How To Pray For Your Work (Devotional)
Start your workday off with prayer. Jesus modeled how to pray in what is often called the Lord’s Prayer. Each day of this reading plan takes a piece of Jesus’ prayer and shows how to apply it to your work. Sample prayers with fill-in-the-blank included.
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When Jesus’ disciples asked him how to pray, he gave them a model which is now commonly known as “The Lord’s Prayer.”
This prayer can be a template for you as you pray for each workday.
Jesus started his prayer with a sentence praising God.
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” (Matthew 6:9).
If you tend to start your workday preoccupied by problems or worries that press on your mind, begin your prayers with a sentence that praises God. This shifts your focus from the problem to the one who has the solution.
Jesus used the word “hallowed” which means “sacred” to tell God how good he is. You can use whatever adjectives come to your mind to describe God. For example, you might call God loving, just, compassionate, powerful, or generous.
After honoring God at the start of his prayer, Jesus went on to make a request.
“May your kingdom come. May your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
In God’s kingdom nothing is wrong. But that doesn’t describe most workplaces. You likely face frustrations at work. Systems break. Solutions are difficult to find.
You also likely face problems due to other people. People sin against each other. They argue, undermine each other, or do poor quality work.
Recognizing the brokenness of the real working world, Jesus prays: May God’s kingdom come to earth. May people do God’s will.
When you pray, tell God your real work problems. Ask for God’s kingdom to invade your workplace. Ask for the strength to do God’s will.