Philippians 4:6 says: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”
We love the bit about not worrying, don’t we? But what of the ‘pray about everything’ part? Are we really doing that? Are we telling God what we need in our work roles and thanking him for all the good bits?
Reasons to pray
The Bible says we should pray about all things, and if we believe prayer works, why aren’t we doing it more? Here are some of the scenarios you could be praying about:
These are just some of the scenarios where praying for yourself and your co-workers can make a big difference. It’s good to ask God for his wisdom when decisions need to be made. We can lift up our colleagues to him in prayer; even (or especially) the ones we don’t like so much. You can thank him for the triumphs and ask for help when times are tough.
How to pray
There are lots of ways to pray for your workplace. Some people regularly send up silent prayers during the day as new challenges arise. If you’re anything like me, you’ll need some little helpful reminders to keep your mind in a state of prayerfulness during a busy day. If you can, carve out some time before work to pray for your bosses and co-workers. Alternatively, you could pray during your commute to work (just don’t close your eyes if you’re driving!).
You could set reminders on your phone to pray during your breaks, or use your breaks to meet with other Christians to pray together. If there are no other Christians at your place of work, you could take prayer walks around your local area, praying not only for your colleagues, but for the community in which your job is based. If you’re an evening person, why not pray on the way home or before you go to bed?
The fact is, we often pray for our loved ones, but we probably end up spending more time with our colleagues than our nearest and dearest. If you want to see God move in your workplace and even change the culture of your organisation and the surrounding area, it’s time to get serious about prayer. And don’t forget to thank God as you see these changes take place.