Paul tells us to “Pray continually” (1 Thess. 5:17). Problem is, we forget.
It’s easy to get so absorbed in our work that we fall asleep spiritually. But even when we do, God is still present. He wants to be involved in our work, and we always have the opportunity to speak with Him.
No matter how full our schedule or where our work takes us, we can pray anytime, anyplace.
" ... He is not far from any one of us. For in Him we live and move and exist. ..." Luke writes in Acts 17:27-28. This means the always-present God is our unchanging environment. So dressing, driving, banking, building, cooking, cleaning or whatever we do throughout the day can be part of our worship.
If you find it hard to remember to pray at work, you might find “21 Ways to Pray at Work” helpful. Here are a few ideas from the list I’m trying to remember as the Holy Spirit nudges.
- On way to the office: Ask God to bless my work, organization, and all the individuals I will see and communicate with today.
- Passing by offices, cubicles and colleagues: Ask God to make me a blessing and encouragement to each person.
- Reading or sending e-mails: Ask God to help me be wise in how I communicate.
- When I make or receive a phone call: Ask God to make my words full of grace and build up, rather than tear down, the person on the other end.
- When I see or communicate with my boss: Ask God to give him wisdom and courage and a heart to listen to Him.
- When I throw something in the trash: Thank God and ask Him to bless all the support people that make my work possible.
Adapted from What God Does When Men Pray by Bill Peel