Facing a job interview can be an ominous and terrifying gauntlet. We’ve all been on the “scrutinized side of the table to face the grilling questions. “So what audacious arrogance leads to you imagine you are qualified for this esteemed position?” “When have you last won the Nobel Prize?” “What petty assets could you possibly bring to our already perfect organization?” “So how would you handle…” The stress is palpable. Our pulse races. Beads of perspiration build up on our forehead. Our stomach feels heavy as heavy as a bowling ball. Yes, sitting for a job interview is no pleasant experience.
God cares about the practical elements of our lives. When we depend on him he promises to be with us and to work to position us in a place that will step us toward our destiny. One of his most precious gifts is the gift of “peace.” Peace actually is one of God’s names – Shalom it is in the Hebrew language, and it means the state of a perfect fit, where everything is as it should be. We can pray for and receive shalom in our lives, just by asking and believing him for it. And what better to take to a job interview than a state of shalom. Here’s a specific prayer just this specific situation.
“God, I’m about to face a challenging interview for a new job. First, thank you for this opportunity. Thank you that you care about providing for my needs, and fitting me in the right employment situation is something you yourself are working to complete. I know I have you on my side in this matter. You are looking out for my best interest and I know you have a perfect job fit for me. If this is that perfect fit, then make it perfectly clear to me and to those who are making the hiring decision. Begin now to prepare the time and place where we will meet. Set the tone in the room. I know that first impressions matter a great deal, so help me to be the natural “me” that you have created, so that they can see through my nervousness and anxiety to the person you have created me to be. Give me a peaceful and sharp mind. Bring to my memory all the knowledge and wisdom that is already there. Let your joy and contentment flow out through my words. And whatever the result, let this process be a blessing to those who review my case, and also to me and my family along the way. Lord, right now I receive your “shalom” peace. I trust you to work in and through this interview process. I trust you to provide for all my needs. And if this is your perfect fit, then let nothing stand in the way. If it is not right, then close the door and lead me quickly to the right next step. In your name I bless those who will be conducting this interview. Give them wisdom, peace and rest as well. I receive now, ahead of time, your promise – ” I will never leave you or forsake you!” I believe this and oh, do I need it. I don’t go into this interview alone. You are with me. And with that confidence, I am at peace. Help me now to feel that peace. In Jesus…”