Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


A Prayer for Employment

posted by Mark Herringshaw

As of today, the “official” U.S. unemployment rate stands at 9.7% but officials are warning of more bad news for February. Estimates are that payrolls fell by another 50,000 last month lifting unemployment to 9.8%. And this does not include the long term unemployed who have stopped looking for work. These are difficult days…

God cares about our practical needs. In Jesus’ great model prayer – we call it “The Lord’s Prayer” he urges us to pray, “Give us today our daily bread.” This plank of the prayer recognizes that we need simple, down to earth provision and we can bring that need directly to God. Just a few paragraphs later in his long teaching recorded in Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 6, Jesus promises that God, our Father, is aware of our need for provision and will respond when we ask. “Ask and you will receive,” Jesus adds.

Today we offer a model prayer for anyone seeking employment and the resources necessary for life.

“God, I would never imagine presuming on your favor, unless you had graciously offered your love. You have offered, and so I do ask. You have so many wide concerns; what am I in this vast universe that you should care for me? But the truth is, you do care. You invite me to call you “Father,” and to put my trust in you for the big and small things in my life. Today I come with a specific and pressing request: I need a source of provision. I acknowledge, as you say, that you are my true source. But practically, you deliver your grace through specific, down to earth channels. I need to connect with one of the specific sources right now. You promise that you will supply everything I need. I did not create this promise and the expectations it engenders. But I am choosing now to take you up on your commitment. Today, I’m asking for employment, and a way to work that will purchase for me and those who depend on me a sustainable income. Give me opportunity, and contacts, relationships, and a creative mind to consider all my options. Put me into contact with the right people. Give me favor when I speak to them. And with all the contacts I’ve already made, bring my name and what I bring to the table front and center to those considering my case. God, my Father, I’m asking specifically for a job, soon. I’m asking that you would place me in a situation that fits my gifts and experience and desires. Give me a role where I can serve and contribute to a meaningful organization. And now, when it’s most difficult, give me faith and hope to continue walking, so that I can have the strength to believe you and to help those who depend on me to believe as well. I pray this in Jesus’ name, trusting your words and your promises. I am hoping and expecting an answer! Thank you.”



  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/prayerplainandsimple/2010/03/a-prayer-for-employment.html#post kiranmai

    Really I felt very elated to read this prayer. I am desperately looking for a suitable job for 16 months, but I could not get one. Hope my prayer will be definitely answered.
    Thank you very much
    Regards
    Kiran

  • George Tomanovich

    I thank you for this prayer above. What I like most about it is the asking to be placed into a position that will fit our experiences and gifts. That is so important for someone like myself who has worked over (32) years and has much to offer that a minimum wage job will not allow me to contribute to. And to work for a meaningful organization.
    When we pray for work, pray for the ability to work to provide for family and friends who need our help now. That is what has been so hard for me to deal with is the fact without working I cannot help anyone I care for that may need help as well.
    Thank you again for this prayer and I will continue to pray for all of those people as myself who are unemployed and want to work.
    God Bless to all of you+++
    Sincerely,
    George Tomanovich

  • Melissa B Langhorn

    Right after I read this pray, I went to the bible and read Matthew chpt 6..I’ve read it before and didn’t understand it as much as I do now…Thank you, I needed that pray….

  • marisol armenta

    I really neeeded this prayer after i read it a lot a things made sense to me, I am a mother of 7 children my husband got laid off his job and i am also unemployed God knows my struggles but I do bolieve that he will provide for me and my family like he has been this prayer gave me comfort, and I appreciate this words that touched my heart.

  • mom

    Father God, I really need this prayer to help my son find employment soon. Lord i believe that nothing is impossible to you, in Mark 11: 24 Therfore i say unto you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them,and you shall have them. Father i am believeing you for this employment for my son i pray that you guide him to this perfect employment through Christ Jesus . amen

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  • http://suppressingfruit.blogspot.com Cynthia Nielsen

    If only more people would read about this..

  • http://APrayerforEmployment Nancy Pendaeli

    Hi Sis,
    I found this as I was collecting pryers on line. I have a few I will say for you and other people in the family, this one though you have to pray yourself.

    lots of love,
    Nora

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Laverne

    Thank you so much for this prayer. I so needed this today and the words say what I myself have been unable to verbalize.

    Thank you!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Joy

    Need this prayer at this point of my life…I have been searching for more than a year and still can’t find God’s best for me…Quite frustrated and disappointed but i’m trying to keep my faith…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mark

    I haven’t had a job that made the ends meet in 9 years. Thank God, God has made those ends meet through food stamps, wic, student loans, and some gifts. I was fired yesterday from my weekend Custodial Supervisor Job, the facility manager runs a dirty building and I guess he periodically scape goats someone to make himself seem effective to his superiors. He started to complain about my work after I wouldn’t let my 5 year-old daughter stay at his house with his daughter. Before that no complaints after that a complaint every time. Well, I’m glad to be away from him. I know God will provide and deliver justice to the oppressed.

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  • http://Pleaseprovideajoboffer Jim

    Heavenly Father, I come humbly before you, acknowledging with regret my sins of the past. I know I have disappointed you by not using all my gifts to the fullest extent. Forgive me Father through the blood of your precious Son, Jesus…my Rock and my Savior.

    Lord, in Phillippians 4, Paul said to be anxious for nothing but in supplication ask all things of the Lord. Jesus said seek and you shall find, knock and it will be opened, and ask and you shall receive (not sure of the order).

    Lord, I am asking for your help. I have a job interview tomorrow, Monday, in which I am competing against a man 25 years younger. But, I have the experience and knowledge to be successful. Lord, I need this job. It has been 4 months since I have worked. We are nearly out of money. Lord, I am seeking, knocking, and asking for your guidance, wisdom, and strength in helping we win this job. I ask this in Jesus’ mighty and holy name. Amen
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