Day 3: Monday 16th March 2020 Prayer for our workplaces
You are most likely reading this eating your cornflakes or your toast, getting ready to go into your place of work, college, school, parenting or volunteer role. Yesterday you might have felt really close to God, maybe church was great!! God is good!!!
You might think God was only interested in all the spiritual stuff going on over the weekend but now you’re about to embark on you normal day to day slog.
That’s not important, Gods not interested in that!!
God is so, so interested in what you do during the day at your work.
God has put you in that place for a reason, there is no one in the world doing what you are doing, where you are doing it at this time or point.
You are uniquely made and uniquely placed, and God is given you the gifts to do the tasks for Him.
It is as important, if not arguably more important to demonstrate the fruit of the spirit in your workplace than it is in church.
Your boss may be terrible!! Your workplace may be terrible but your real boss is God and as Christians we are called to be good employees not for our Glory but for His Glory.
Jesus says pray for your enemies, bless them. Where are you most likely to find people who feel like enemies today?? Often bad bosses or lazy work mates can often feel the closes things to enemies we have.
If work is hard, stressful or tough who do you turn to? Do you pray?
Are you thankful for your work? often its Gods provision and His Grace
Where do you think as Christians our light needs to shine brightest?
Where in your life do you think you are going to have the greatest opportunities to demonstrate the love of Jesus to real life non-Christians??and I don’t mean bible bashing!!
Work is Good. For people not to work or take park in work like activity is not good for them. In my experience often people who don’t work become depressed or a bit listless because we are designed for it.
God is a working God. God made work (and rest) commissioning humans to work before the fall. However, it was only after the fall where God said thorns are going to start grow in the field. There will be thorns in your workplace. Stuff will frustratingly go wrong and not the way you planned. But that’s part of the fall and the damage of sin. Whichever job you have whatever job you do there will always be frustrations.
Your work is your worship!!! You are worshiping and glorifying God though you work with it being of equal importance as to whatever happens Sunday.
Today pray for yourself ask God to help you to be a better employee just as the bible teaches us to do. So He is glorified
Ask God to give you patience and grace to help you deal with and endure the thorns.
This is really, really, really, really hard but hey what do you think the Holy Spirit it for?
Pray for the prosperity and the wellbeing of your workplaces as well. If your workplace has a bad atmosphere you can be the catalyst for change.
Pray for your work mates. They may be frustrating, annoying and lazy however they are made in the image of God. Loved by Jesus and need His salvation and His Spirit in their life. Show them the Love of Jesus and pray, pray, pray for them and when you pray for them you might learn to love them as well 😊
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
1 Corinthians 10:31
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”
Stephen Norcross is an elder, married to Lisa and living in Blackburn. Stephen works full time for Community Church Blackburn. Stephen studied music at university and uses his musical gifts leading worship. He also has a passion for bible teaching.