Day 19 - Praying Over Our Work


Loving Father,

When man fell in the garden of Eden, a curse was placed on our work, that through painful toil and the sweat of our brow, we  would eat our food.  (Genesis 3:17-19)  This is the way of man - to think of our labor as painful, to dread the work that must be done.  Yet in Your infinite mercy, You have opened a door for us to be able to enjoy our work, as we surrender it unto You.  We ask You for this gift that allows us to eat and drink and find satisfaction in our labor during the few days of life You have given us.  We ask You for this gift that we may accept our lot and be happy in our work.  (Ecclesiastes 5:18)

Lead us to the work that You have created us to do.  May we be alert to the people and opportunities that will place us in the right type of work for us - work that will be a blessing to us and to others.   Remind us that our work is an extension of our relationship with You and that whatever we do, may it be done in the name of Jesus Christ.  (Colossians 3:16) 

Keep us from being anxious about any aspect of our work.  Cause us to be like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in season and whose leaves do not wither.  May whatever we do prosper.  (Psalm 1:3)  May we not become weary in doing good, knowing that at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  (Galatians 6:9) 

Help us to be diligent in our work, for he who works his land will have abundant food verses the one who chases fantasies and has his fill of poverty.  (Proverbs 28:19)  May we be like the one who is diligent and receives wealth versus the lazy man who is poor.  (Proverbs 10:4-5)  May we be like the one who is diligent and is fully satisfied versus the sluggard who craves and gets nothing.  (Proverbs 13:4)  May we remember that a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on us like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.  (Proverbs 6:10 / 24:33,34)

We thank You that You give us work to do, that You enable us to do it and that You do not forget the work and the love we show as we help Your people.  May we be diligent to the end, trusting in the inheritance You promise.  (Hebrews 6:10-12)

© margaret young