Do you find it hard to carve out time in your schedule to pray? Most of us do. While extended times of quiet of conversion with God are important for all of us, prayer is more a matter of attitude than schedule. It’s our declaration of dependence on God and an awareness of His constant presence and interest in every part of life.
Prayer need not compete with our other responsibilities. It's the one thing we can do simultaneously with all our daily activities. When Paul challenges us to “pray without ceasing,” he's not asking us to neglect other responsibilities that demand our time. He wants us to recognize that God is always present -- ready to roll up His sleeves, so to speak, and work with and through us to accomplish what needs to be done.
If you find it hard to make time to pray, consider these 10 opportunities to pray about your work and draw on the infinite wisdom and resources at your disposal.
1. When you wake up
Let your first thoughts move to God and thank Him for the day ahead. He already knows the difficult decisions you have to make and tasks you have to accomplish. God is a Worker and He is already at work in you and for you to guide you and make your life and work possible. (Phil. 1:13)
2. On your way to work
Ask God to bless your work, organization, and all the individuals you will see and interact with today. Ask Him for grace and wisdom for the day to use the skills and abilities He has given you to do excellent work. (Col 3:17)
3. As you walk around your workplace
When you see coworkers or pass by their office or desk, ask God to make you a blessing and encouragement to each person and that God would allow them to see the character of Christ in you. Ask Him to make you sensitive to the needs of others so that you can show them that you care. (Matt. 5:16)
4. When reading or sending e-mails
Ask God to help you use wise words and to bless the person you're communicating with. Never deal with negative issues via email. Your words could be misinterpreted. (Eph. 4:29)
5. When making or receiving a phone call
Ask God to fill your words with grace and to build up, rather than tear down, the person on the other end of the call. (Col 4:5-6)
6. When you see and communicate with people who report to you
Ask God to give you a servant’s heart and show you how to make each person successful. (Mark 10:43-45)
7. When you see or communicate with your boss
Ask God to give him/her wisdom, vision, courage and integrity in leadership. Ask God to give you a heart to listen and a servant’s heart to make him/her successful. (Col 3:22-25)
8. When you throw something in the trash
Thank God for the resources to do the work He has given you to do and ask Him to bless all the custodians and support people that make your work possible. (Phil. 4:19)
9. When you have a tech issue
Thank God for patience and for the IT staff who help you solve tech problems. And thank Him for the amazing technology that helps us be more productive -- and for the men and women who develop it and keep it running smoothly. (Eph. 2:10)
10. Heading home at the end of the day
Thank God for the opportunity to serve Him and contribute to human flourishing through the work you do. Also thank Him for continuing to work while you rest. (Psalm 121:1-2)
What other times come to mind when you can pray as you go about your daily work?
Adapted from What God Does When Men Pray by Bill Peel