Am I the only one who has struggled with truly understanding God’s vision and purpose for my work?
Perhaps you’ve thought to yourself,
“If my boss wasn’t such a nightmare, my job would be so much better.”
“My company’s culture is so distant from Jesus – will it ever change?”
“The pressure to perform at work is insurmountable. Will I ever measure up?”
Oftentimes, it’s so easy to be fearful of workplace pain points that we forget those circumstances could very well be the reason why God has called us as believers to that position in the first place.
As Christians, we need to remember we have an enemy that works around the clock. And that enemy is not our boss, co-workers, or company. The real enemy (with a capital E) is Satan.
If I were Satan, I would magnify every fear, insecurity, doubt and shame you experience through your work. If I were him, I would make you think your suffering had everything to do with other people and nothing to do with his power over you. Lastly, if I were him, I would make you believe there is no room for your faith at work – especially when it comes to prayer.
That’s right. Prayer.
Do I pray for my marriage? Yes ma’am, yes sir! Do I pray for my family? Always! Do I pray for those I want to know Jesus? Every day. But what about your boss? What about your co-workers or company culture? Do you pray for your clients to see Jesus through your work? Do you pray that God softens the hearts of difficult leadership?
God has given us the power of heaven through prayer so that we may guard ourselves against the devil’s tactics and overcome even the most despairing workplace experiences. Because of this, we have exactly what we need to strategically change our workplace for the better.
Below are some steps you can take as you pray for your work. This acronym is originally from Priscila Shirer’s book, Fervent, a book I highly recommend.
P – Praise: Thank God for reigning in power and supplying you with the weapons of victory.
R – Repentance: Admit where you’ve been angry and distracted – fighting all the wrong people.
A – Asking: Ask for courage, discernment, patience, diligence and laser-like focus.
Y – YES!!: Because the Lord is with you and he will fight the real enemy through you.
Prayer is a reminder that God is there and he cares about our circumstances.
And be encouraged by what one prophet of God told the people of God on the eve of battle centuries ago:
“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
2 Chron. 20:15