Praying for a job

1. Praying for the right job:

(Please share with someone who is seeking employment or a better job!)

I ask that you provided a job suited for my needs this day. Lead me to a job that will accommodate me without hesitations. You are the rock on which I stand I ask that You provide me with a job that is stable and without shaky grounds.

I ask that my talents, skills, abilities and education will be put into practical use, so that I can have sufficient to pay my bills and place bread on my table for myself and my family and even to give back what is due to You, Father.
praying for a job

Lord You command blessings upon me in my barns and in all that I put my hands to do, and You will bless me in the land which You give me. Right now, I proclaim that I will receive many job opportunities that will allow me to perform at my best, remembering You in all that I do.

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I speak that doors will be opened to me in every direction I turn, because Your light shines upon me. I decree and declare that unemployment is that of the past and will be no more. In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen!

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Unemployment is often the topic of desperate prayer during economic hard times. In the Bible, King Hezekiah gives us a good model of how to pray when we find ourselves in desperate situations.

My wife and I needed deliverance from a bad economic financial situation of unemployment. In 2007, we found ourselves without jobs with no income coming in but savings and income for retirement only. We watched month by month the small income dwindle.  Neither I nor my wife could find any employment. This went on for nine months. We watched our bank account go to zero and even in the minus category and then God provided a job for me and later on for my wife.  Here’s how prayer helped us through.

1. Give God your helplessness. 

 Our desperate life needs sometimes more than overwhelm us. They can pulverize us spiritually and emotionally if we allow them. In the Bible, King Hezekiah gives us a blueprint of how to humble ourselves in prayer and admit we absolutely cannot find a solution for “weathering these storms.” The Bible records how Hezekiah laid a threatening letter from his enemies before God in prayer in the Temple.  (Isaiah 37)

Hezekiah, the King of Judah faced multiple crisis situations during his reign as King.  Things were very bad. Jerusalem was facing possible destruction by the Assyrian Army. Sennacherib, the Assyrian King, boasts that it would be very easy to take it over. No one would help Judah.  In fact, Sennacherib sent out his spokesman Rabshakeh his general assistant with a great army to threaten and humiliate the residents of Jerusalem and King Hezekiah.

Assyria was the most powerful nation and army in the world at this time. The Northern Kingdom of Samaria, or Israel had already been conquered during the time of Hezekiah in 722 B.C. So the threat was not to be laughed at by Judah. Hezekiah knew it could easily happen to them.

Hezekiah and Judah humbled themselves, grieved over their sins, repented, and requested God’s assistance.  Hezekiah went to the temple and laid down the threatening letter before God in prayer.  (Isaiah 37:14)  Here is the ending of his prayer, “Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, O Lord, are God.” (Isaiah 37:20)

Later Isaiah the prophet gave an encouraging prophecy to Hezekiah. The Assyrians will not win, neither will they approach Jerusalem. The Angel of the Lord was sent out to destroy 185,000 of the Assyrian troops and the Assyrian King went back home to Ninevah to face his own assassination at the hand of two of his sons.  (Isaiah 37:36-38.)

From the Bible we learn that in our times of great need, the answer comes through throwing ourselves upon the mercy of God and casting all of our cares upon Him because He cares for us.  (I Peter 5:7)

 2. Surrender yourself to God in prayer.

I’m a member of the clergy and our financial and career crisis struck us when our time at our current church came to an end. I began to search for other opportunities to change careers–thinking I should teach religion at a college or some educational institution. I had an important interview with a college in another state. The position went to another person.

We moved home and no jobs. We moved to another state to live with my wife’s brother. Again, no jobs.

The unemployment went on month after month.  We could not find jobs. We used all my retirement savings to live off of and to pay bills. After a while I began to see that part of the problem was misreading God’s plan for me and my family. I wanted to leave my career as a pastor. God did not want that. When I submitted myself to God once again, He began to show us His opportunities

During this financial crisis which was one of the biggest trials of our lives, I had to finally say, “God, you know what is best, I give it to you, and I’ll trust you whether we pay bills or not.”  Finally, I put resumes out to enter the pastorate again. Within four months, I received a Call to pastor another church.

When we drop to our knees in humility, confess any sins, and call upon the mercy of God to intervene as Nehemiah did, we must accept whatever God’s Will is or whatever it reveals in the future.

3. Pray for faith, endurance and wisdom

 Even after I received a job, we still faced further financial challenges.  Like many families today, we needed the incomes of both husband and wife to support our family and meet our bills.  My wife who has a social services background went through a year of unemployment after we moved to a new state when I took a position as pastor of new church.

How did we get through having only one income for that length of time?  It took prayer, patience, cutting back on spending, and looking for other sources of income. We finally decided to see if my wife could draw unemployment benefits from a different state from a previous job. She qualified and drew a small sum each week until she found employment. This helped greatly.

4. Use prayer to deal with stress and keep a positive attitude. 

Stress and self-esteem are emotional issues that come up when faced with financial crisis. The longer one remains unemployed it creates a stress that envelops you. You begin to doubt yourself and your abilities. You begin to think that no one wants you for a job. This affects ones self-esteem. Prayer is essential in times such as this.

One must not give up or give in to the negative circumstances or perceived outcome. Endurance is key to survival. Faith is critical. Trust in God’s nature and character is a must. It is God’s Will to take care of His children ultimately. Trials and storms will come. Endure them and God will come through for you.

I learned some very important lessons. God will provide in the hard times. But, we must get with His program. Sometimes we forget to ask God where He wants us to be. Where does He want us to go? We must give up our agenda and exchange it for His. This is surrender to His will.

This type of praying involves humility, repentance and surrendering yourself to God’s mercy.

 Isaiah 37:14-20

Copyright 2011 Joe Hethcoat

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In the United States today, so many people are unemployed.  Some are fearful of being laid off.  Others wonder about promotions.  Many are looking for better jobs.  There are a number of issues facing our country today regarding employment.  Here are 7 prayers that you can pray about specific needs in the workplace.

Prayer for Work

Most Merciful Father,

I’m at my wits end, Lord.  I feel like I have tried every avenue to find work and yet I have not gotten a single phone call about my applications that I have sent out.   Lord, I want to provide for my family.  I want to make a steady income that can pay my rent/mortgage and provide meals for my spouse and children.  Lord, you know what is best for me and I lay these burdens at your throne now.  You are good all of the time, Father, and I am placing my trust in you this day.  I love you Lord!  Amen

Jobs at Risk

Blessed Lord,

You already know before I speak what I am going to say.  Nothing I say is a surprise to You and yet You yearn for my voice daily.  I love You, God, because You love me as Your own child.  I bring you a huge burden today, Lord.  My company is downsizing because they are losing money.  O gracious Lord, my department was told about potential lay-offs.  I plead with You now, Father.  Please keep my position safe.  I am scared for my future, Lord.  I pray for Your peace that truly passes all understanding.  Give me an ease of mind as I continue to work at my job.  Lord, if I am laid off, it is because You have allowed it and I pray that You would have another open door ready for me to walk through.  You are King, Father, and I trust in Your will this day.  Amen

Possible Promotions

Wonderful Lord,

You have blessed me with so much, Father.  I have a wonderful family and church family.  I thank you for Your love and I must lay a burden at Your feet.  Father, You know about the promotion that I may get.  Lord, it would be a huge blessing to receive it.  I am not putting my faith in money, Lord.  My faith is in You only.  If You allow me this promotion, I will use it faithfully as You see fit.  I will be responsible with it and pay off existing debts and I will continue to tithe at church.  Father, I am giving this completely to You and whatever Your decision is, I will thank You because You are loving, gracious and generous even in poverty.  I love You, Abba Father.  Amen

Career Decisions

“While there are many problems facing us all at our jobs, we have one ultimate solution and that is to trust fully in God.”

Loving Father,

I praise You because You love me in spite of all of my failures and weaknesses.  You wash me in Your Word and clean my soul up more with each passage I read.  Father, I bring You a burden this day.  I feel like I am stuck in a dead end job with no possibility of promotion.  I am barely floating above water right now.  You have blessed me with other talents that I could potentially use in other career fields.  Father, if You are willing, I pray for You to open a door to a different career for me.  I would love to use the talents You have given me to provide for my family.  Where You lead, I will follow.  I praise Your name, Lord!  Amen

Am I Transparent?

Holy Lord,

Blessed be Your name always.  You have set my feet on a solid rock, Jesus Christ.  I thank You, Jesus, for Your bravery and love that saved me from my sins on the cross.  I will praise You forever!  Lord, I feel like a doormat at work.  I have tried to promote ideas to better the work environment while cutting down on costs.  Management usually pacifies me with words they will not follow through on.  They say, “we will consider it” but I know they forget about me as soon as they walk away.  Father, You have provided me this job and I am grateful for it.  I pray that you will soften the hearts of the leadership there.  I don’t even care if they reject every idea of mine, Father.  I just want to them to actually care and consider my suggestions.  I just want to be seen as a person and not an object to make them money.  I love You, Lord and I will follow You wherever You lead.  I love You!  Amen

Struggles with Co-workers

Beautiful Lord,

You are abounding in grace and mercy for Your children.  I am so thankful that You call me Your child.  Lord, work is getting stressful because of the environment I am in.  Father, there are many people who hate You there and they make my life miserable because they know that I love You.  I trust in James as it says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.” (James 1:2)  I realize the benefit of being persecuted for believing in Jesus and I gladly accept whatever comes my way.  Lord, I pray that You would soften the hearts of my co-workers.  I will keep planting seeds, Lord.  I pray that they will let you water them.  I love you, Father.  Amen

Tragic Circumstances

Oh Merciful Father,

My company has lost a great man to a tragic accident and his life was taken from him.  Father, many people at work really loved this man and everyone is lost right now.  Father, I pray for strength while I am grieving.  Lord, use me to show Your love to all of those hurting at my job.  I want to be the light that shines in the darkness, Father.  I really need Your strength though.  Carry me, Lord, as I help carry others through this difficult time.  You are my strength when I am weak, Lord.  I love You, Father.  Amen

Conclusion

While there are many problems facing us all at our jobs, we have one ultimate solution and that is to trust fully in God.  God knows what is best for us in all circumstances.  I pray that you will trust in God fully with your employment burdens, wants and needs as you continue to live a life worthy of the calling.  God bless you all.

Take a look at this article which gives some life application on trusting the Lord

Trust the Lord Bible Verses and Life Application

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