31 Days of Praying For Your Job


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Genesis 2:15 tells us, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” Work is a blessing from God. Psalm 128:2 explains, “You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.” Honest work also honors God. Therefore, we should consciously devote our work to God (“For we aim at what is honorable, not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man 2 Corinthians 8:21).

In his letters to the Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul instructs believers that they must work to eat and be dependent on no one. (1 Thessalonians 4:12 and 2 Thessalonians 3:10-14.) A similar command is repeated in 1 Timothy 1 5:8. The Apostle Paul explains further, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. In your work you are serving the Lord Christ (Colossians 3:23-24). We must do the best job we can for God. In the end, it is God who will reward us for our work.

Since we spend the majority of our waking hours at work, it makes sense to ask God for wisdom and guidance in our work lives. For the next month commit to pray for your job, your ability to produce excellent work, your coworkers, and your employer. If you are unemployed, or seeking a new job, pray that God will open the door to the right job for you. Mark 11:24 tells us. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

(All Scripture is from the ESV.)

Day

Prayers and Verses

1

Ask the Lord to guide you to the career he has designed you for.

Psalm 90:17. “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

Proverbs 16:3. “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

2

Thank Your Heavenly Father for the gift of a job.

Romans 8:28. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Ephesians 5:20. “Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

3

Ask God for the skills and talents necessary to perform good work.

Exodus 35:35. “He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.

4

Thank God for the skills and talents he has given you to do your job.

1 Peter 4:10. “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

Romans 12:6a. “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.”

5

Pray for those appointed over you. Ask God to give them wisdom and compassion, and that they conduct themselves honorably.

Proverbs 3:13. “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding.”

Colossians 4:1. “Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.”

6

Ask God for the ability to properly plan your work and complete it.

Luke 14:28. “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?”

1 Corinthians 14:40. “But all things should be done decently and in order.”

7

Pray the Lord will help you work diligently and efficiently.

Ecclesiastes 9:10a. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might.”

Proverbs 18:9. “Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.”

8

Pray to get along with coworkers, and remember that in your workplace you may have the opportunity to share Christ with unbelievers.

1 Timothy 2:1-3. “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.” 

Matthew 5:16. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

9

Pray to have a good attitude about doing things you don’t care to do.

Philippians 2:14. “Do everything without grumbling or arguing.”

Colossians 3:23-24. “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

10

Pray for motivation when you don’t feel like working.

Philippians 4:13. “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength”

John 5:16. “But Jesus answered them, “’My Father has been working until now, and I, too, am working.’”

1 Corinthians 15:58. “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

11

Pray for the humility to be obedient to your superiors.

Titus 3:1. “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work.”

Ephesians 6:5-8. “Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free.”

12

Ask God to help you be satisfied with your wages, and accept those in authority who require taxes and other deductions.

Matthew 20:2-4.”When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard. ‘And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the market place; and to those he said, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ And so they went.”

Romans 13:2. “Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.”

Romans 13:6. “For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.”

13

Ask God for the endurance to do the job you have been assigned.

James 1:12. “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”

Colossians 1:11. “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy”

14

Ask God for the wisdom to perform quality work.

Exodus 36:1-2 “Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whom the Lord has put skill and intelligence to know how to do any work in the construction of the sanctuary shall work in accordance with all that the Lord has commanded.’ And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the Lord had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work.”

15

Ask God for the opportunity and ability to quickly learn new skills and more efficient ways of working.

Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”

Proverbs 1:5. “Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.”

Proverbs 9:9. “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.”

16

Pray to be able to focus on the work you’ve been given.

Proverbs 28:10. “Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.”

2 Timothy 2:15. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”

17

Ask God to help you be a blessing to your employer.

Genesis 39:3-5. “His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had. From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had, in house and field.”

Genesis 39:23. “The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the Lord was with him. And whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed.”

18

Pray that you will not be tempted to rest, but have the determination to get up and work.

Proverbs 10:4-5. “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.”

2 Thessalonians 3:10. “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.”

19

Ask God to help you honor him while you work, working honestly, and with integrity.

Proverbs 10: 9. “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.”

Proverbs 28:6. “Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.”

2 Corinthians 8:21. “For we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man.”

20

Ask God to help you advance in your career as you continue to honor Him

Proverbs 22:29. “Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”

Psalm 37:4. “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

21

Pray for balance between your work life and home life, remembering that God rested from his work.

Proverbs 24:27. “Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.”

Psalm 127:1-2. “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”

Genesis 2:2-3. “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

22

Pray for the wisdom to use your employer’s resources wisely.

Matthew 25:20-21. “And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’”

23

Pray to work wisely and make the best use of your time.

Psalm 90:12. “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Ephesians 5:11. “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but expose them.”

Colossians 4:5. “Behave wisely toward outsiders, making the best use of your time.”

24

Ask the Lord for the desire to share with those in need.

Hebrews 13:16. “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

Luke 3:11. “And he answered them, ‘Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.’”

Luke 6:38. “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Acts 20:35. “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

25

Pray you will not overwork or be overly demanding of the work of those under your control.

Ephesians 6:9. “Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.”

Deuteronomy 24:14. “You shall not oppress a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brothers or one of the sojourners who are in your land within your towns.”

26

Ask the Lord to help you be honest even when pressured to be dishonest.

Proverbs 16:11. “A just balance and scales are the Lord’s; all the weights in the bag are his work.

Luke 16:11-12. “If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?”

27

When do don’t think you can do the job you are assigned, claim God’s promise that you can do everything with Him.

Psalm 121:2. “My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.”

John 14:13-14. “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”

Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

28

Ask God to remind you that your identity in Christ applies at work too, and you would know the best way to talk to everyone you meet.

Acts 13:47. “For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”

Colossians 4:6. “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”

29

Ask God to help you model appropriate behavior at work.

Galatians 5:22-23. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

Titus 2:7-8. “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.”

30

Ask God for the humility to treat your superiors with respect, no matter how you are treated.

Ephesians 6:5. “Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ.”

Titus 2:9-12. “Slaves are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.”

1 Peter 2:18. “Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust.”

31

Ask God to help you remember that you are working for His glory.

Colossians 3:23-24. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

1 Corinthians 10:31. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

 © Julie Garro, 2016

A Love Story


 

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Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent. Psalm 71:9

We just returned from a trip to Texas to visit with my husband’s family. It was wonderful to see my in-laws and spend some quality time together. We were also able to catch up with old friends, and visit our former church. There was a lot to do, but the highlight of our trip was the opportunity to witness a beautiful love story. I knew that my husband’s parents loved each other, but, staying in their home, I was privileged to observe daily, the deep love and affection my father-in-law has for his wife.

Haydee and Gerardo’s love story started in Cuba in the mid 50’s. They were married in 1957 and in 1959 they escaped the Cuban revolution. They immigrated to America where they carved out a new life and raised five wonderful children. Fifty-nine years later they have thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren (and counting). Life has been very good to the Garro’s, but every family has its share of sorrows.

Several years ago, my mother-in-law suffered a series of debilitating stokes that left her unable to walk, talk, or even feed herself. This was followed by Alzheimer’s and dementia. Over the years, her family witnessed a vibrant woman succumb to the ravages of old age. I’m saddened that my daughter will never know what a strong and determined woman her grandmother was.

My husband’s father has done everything he can to take care of his wife. Each day a home health nurse assists Haydee to get ready for the day. In the morning, my father-in-law putters about the house doing chores and such. While he works he talks lovingly to his life-long companion despite the fact that she probably doesn’t understand him. After lunch, he sits Haydee up on the couch, and then sits next to her, holding her hand, like high school sweethearts. He speaks softly to his wife; words that I know express his deep love for her.

Every day their routine is the same. It would be easier on the family to put Mrs. Garro in a nursing home. The care she requires is quite a burden. However, to remove her from her home would interrupt the love these two still share. It would also deny their family and friends the opportunity to witness how true love is expressed. Psalm 92:14 tells us this, “They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green.” Indeed, my in-laws are still producing fruit by setting such a beautiful example.

Blessings on your day.

 

 

The Gift of Another Day


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Psalm 90:12

Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.

Once every four years the calendar gives us an extra day. There’s a scientific reason – the earth rotates around the sun every 365 ¼ days. Those who created our calendar added an extra day every fourth year to make up for this. There’s actually more to it than my brief explanation, but you get the idea – we have the gift of another day this year.

How will we use the extra day?

We take so much of life for granted, especially those of us blessed with families, jobs, and good health. We race to get our commitments completed, then complain that we have too much to do – work, errands, children’s activities and the like. We don’t stop often enough to enjoy or appreciate life’s many blessings. I am guilty of rushing through life like there is always tomorrow.

But life is brief. We don’t know how much time we have. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.

Our extra day falls on a Monday this year, so how about celebrating our “leap day” this weekend? Leave your watch in a drawer and unplug for the day. Think about how you can enjoy – really appreciate – the many blessings our God has given to us. Connect with your friends and family and hold them tight. Savor each moment with them. Go on an outing. Gaze at a landscape, or a sunset. Take a nature walk. Stop to really look at flowers, or a lake, or the clouds. Become aware of the gifts we so often overlook. Live.

Psalm 118:24

This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Blessings on your “leap day.”

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An Ash Wednesday Prayer


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Dear Heavenly Father,

Today we begin a season of self-examination and inner reflection. Open our hearts to see the truth of our words and our actions so that we see our lives through your eyes. We open our souls to your presence and ask you to change what needs to be changed. Lord, grant us the grace to emerge from the season of Lent with a more profound understanding of Your mercy and grace. Let your love wash over us, and seep deep into the broken places, healing and restoring our souls. Prepare our hearts for the joyous celebration of Easter.

Amen

Fat Tuesday Does Not Make Sense To Me


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Quite a party is going on right now, in New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro and other cities around the world. It’s called Mardi Gras which is French for Fat Tuesday. It is the last day of a season called Carnival. The Carnival season is filled with merrymaking, dancing, and eating to excess among other activities. Fat Tuesday is the culmination of these festivities, featuring celebrations, parades, masquerades, and also, sadly, drunkenness and shameless behavior.

The day after Fat Tuesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Season of Lent. Lent is a 40-day period of fasting and repentance, and a preparation for the celebration of Easter. Carnival is the indulgence of bad behavior before the fast, or a binge prior to asking for forgiveness. Participants in Fat Tuesday celebrations act as if you can do whatever you want during Carnival, as long as you attend Ash Wednesday services, repent and ask for forgiveness.

I fail to understand the purpose of sinning deliberately, then asking God for forgiveness. The practice is totally unscriptural. The Bible forbids drunkenness and shameless behavior (Romans 13:13-14 and Galatians 5:19-21), and encourages us to think about what is good and pure (Philippians 4:8). If we have a relationship with God, then we shouldn’t want to participate in activities that grieve Him.

God wants us to have fun (Luke 15:3:10 and Luke 15:23-24.) God even commanded celebrations (Exodus 12:14, Deuteronomy 16). Jesus attended a wedding in Cana (John 2:1-12). Celebrations even occur in heaven (Luke 15:7-10) and we await the greatest celebration of all, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:6-9).

God has showered me with many blessings. So I’ll skip the carousing and merrymaking and take my queues from Scripture. I’ll reserve my celebrations for remembering all that our great God has done for us.

Blessings on your day.

 

Reblogged from February 17, 2015

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Developing Patience


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 Psalm 37:7-9

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

“Patience may be the trait we are most lacking.” Pastor David Alexander, First United Methodist Church, Mansfield, Texas

The other day I was listening to a previously recorded sermon as part of my quiet time. The above quote convicted me to the point I knew it was time to do something about my lack of patience because I don’t always display this beautiful trait. In fact, I think I usually fail in the patience category. Frequently, I’ve been short with my husband and kids. I’ve been impatient in traffic and people standing before me in line. I’ve been impatient waiting at the doctor’s office. The list goes on, and on…

Although we live in an instant gratification culture it doesn’t mean we have to live like everyone else. I decided it was time to develop this very necessary skill. What is patience and how can I develop it? Dictionary.com tells us patience is “an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay and the ability to bear provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain without complaint, loss of temper, irritation or the like.” The word willingness is key. It means I have control. I also noticed where the word patience is in the Love Chapter. Notice 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Patience is an act of love.

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Now the question becomes, “How can I develop patience?” There are probably dozens of suggestions, but these are the ones I came up with:

  • Recognize that there are some things you simply cannot control.
  • Recognize the things that make you act on impulse, and either avoid them or think about the reasons for your reactions
  • Look at the other person’s point of view
  • Slow down and practice delaying gratification.
  • Think before you speak. It may be as simple as counting to 10 before your respond.
  • Ask yourself, why are you in such a hurry? Will hurrying change anything?
  • Identify triggers that make you feel impatient and plan to avoid them.
  • Remind yourself that things do take time.
  • Remember that for every minute you are angry, you lose a minute of joy and peace.
  • Create space or margin in your life knowing that you will need the extra time to deal with the inevitable.

How about you?  Do you have any suggestions for developing patience? I would love to hear from you.

 Blessings on your day.

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