We know that we need to pray about our work. But what do we pray? How do we pray? And how can we know that our prayers for our work are aligned with God’s desires?
The Psalms are a great place to start. It is our prayer book. The Psalms cover the range of human emotion and situations. Just as a child learns language by repeating what she hears her parents say, we can learn to pray more effectively by letting God’s word shape our prayers.
In praying the Psalms, we can be honest with God and confident that we are praying in accordance with His word.
Here are five common workplace challenges and a Psalm and suggested prayer to help shape how you pray about them.
Challenge 1 – You’ve worked hard but are not receiving recognition — and maybe even passed up for an opportunity that you feel like you deserve.
God, I have been working as unto You but I feel as if you are rejecting me, like I would do better to look out for myself like everyone else. But please remind me of what You have done for me, of how much You love me. Let that understanding lead me; let me praise You, because I know that You love me and Your plan for me is better than my own.
Challenge 2 – You have been trying to honor God with your business and decisions. But He’s not moving and your business is still struggling.
God, how long will You allow this? My intent is to give You honor with this business — how can I do that if I’m out of business? I know You are in control of all things, and I know You hear my prayer. Help me continue to push on in faith. Please direct me and give us favor.
Challenge 3 – You are about to give a presentation that will have enormous consequences for your business: it’s the pitch, or major sales call, or presentation to the executive team. A lot is riding on your ability to deliver.
God, You are my confidence and strength. I pray for favor in this meeting, but do not let me have confidence in myself. My confidence is in You. Speak through me, so that You would be honored in this meeting.
Challenge 4 – You have messed up in a public way. Maybe you’ve compromised your integrity, made a major slip because of your negligence or belittled a colleague publicly and lost credibility. You know you need to make it right.
God, I messed up. And my mistake is destroying me and tearing up my team. But I know that when I confess this to You that You will forgive me. Help me to be honest with them about what I have done – even though what I want to do is cover it up. Help me make it right. I know I can do this humbly because of Your great love for me.
Challenge 5 – You are about to enter a conversation in which you know that you and the other person(s) do not see eye-to-eye. It will be tense and it seems like it will be hard to achieve a mutually favorable outcome.
God, Your intent is that we would have unity. Please help me stay focused on that and not be sucked into having to be right. Please bring us into unity, so that You would be honored with this conversation and decision.
These prayers are honest. They have to be. In these situations, you are wrestling with God or crying out to God – and that’s real life.
How incredible is it that we can step into the mess of our life and bring it to God in accordance with His word?!
That is what praying the Psalms can do. I pray that these verses and prayers give you language to be honest with God about your work today, and the confidence to know that you are processing that in line with His word.
Make your work matter,
Director of Operations, Workmatters