At Workmatters, we often recommend things like “prayer,” “leaning on God’s strength,” or “seeking God first in all things.” These are absolutely true, but maybe you are at a place where it isn’t quite clear how to apply these truths.
Today, the nation comes together for a day of unity in prayer — one of our most powerful tools.
Here are three practical prayers to apply today. Think of these prayers as a 3-step plan for calibrating your heart and mind for walking with God at work. Take the plan, apply it and then make it your own.
1. Our foundation
The scripture: Ephesians 3:16-19
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
The prayer: Father, strengthen my heart today. My circumstances will probably change, but your love is unchanging. Help me grasp just how much you love me in Christ, and help me know that you have filled me. Help me move forward with confidence and security into whatever today holds.
The application: Pick a spot 5 minutes before you arrive at the office. Think through the scripture and pray the prayer.
2. Our connection
The scripture: John 15:5
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
The prayer: Father, I need you and depend on you. I need you for wisdom and direction, from the planning of my day to the way I navigate a conversation and contribute in a meeting. I want to understand your plan for my day and every aspect of it. Help me stay connected to you today.
The application: Take a minute before you get out of your car to think through the scripture and pray the prayer.
3. Our mindset
The scripture: Philippians 2:3-4
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
The prayer: Father, help me remember that it’s not about me. You have put me in a position to serve: my family, my co-workers, our customers. As I engage in a project or enter a meeting today, please show me how I can best serve and contribute there.
The application: Say this prayer before you walk in the door. Say it during every transition into a meeting, new project or difficult email.
Our relationship with God is complex, dynamic and messy. It cannot be reduced to a few rote prayers. But God’s Word is never dry, and when you pray in response to his Word it will always be fresh, relevant and powerful.