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Prayer Cues for Your Workday

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Countless Christians repeat what we call the Lord’s Prayer in our Sunday gatherings. As a result, a great many of us can say it word-for-word from memory. But how often do we carry the themes of that wonderful prayer over into Monday and the work week?

If you’re one of those who knows the Lord’s Prayer by heart, you might want to use its key lines as cues to help you pray before your workday begins. How might you go about doing that? The options, I’m certain, have no limit. But here’s an example of how the Lord’s Prayer might prompt prayer prior to leaving for the office, during your commute, or before clocking in. (Note: the boldfaced words blend the two versions of the prayer recorded by Matthew and by Luke.)

The advantages of the Lord’s Prayer as a springboard for workplace prayer are obvious. It immediately focuses your attention on God the Father and the reverence due him—so often missing in the world of work. Before anything else, it puts front and center his coming kingdom and the need for his will to be done here on earth, the stage on which your daily work takes place. And finally, it will remind you to pray for those human needs common to all: provision of bodily needs, pardon for failures, and protection from the lures present in every sphere of work.

Comments (3)

MARLENE HINES (5/14/2015 11:36:02 AM)
Thanks Larry. I fast on Thursdays and so reading this work related application of the Lord's prayer has focused my thoughts on issues facing me in my personal and corporate work space. Another example of the relevance of a Theology of Work.
Paulette Ragobeer (5/14/2015 7:11:14 AM)
Dr. Peabody, thank you for this timely reminder. As I read your post, I could not help but think of the post-election chaos which has gripped my country, and the applicability of your words of wisdom. It is refreshing and empowering to know that I can pray the Lord's prayer and make declarations from it into the midst of seeming 'mountainous' terrain, and see them become a plain!
Thank you for sharing in such a clear and powerful way.
Dave Hataj (5/14/2015 8:47:55 AM)

AMEN! Once again, you nailed it. Imagine how the marketplace would be transformed if all believers took this prayer to work and prayed it without ceasing. Thanks again for reminding me how intimately involved God desires to be throughout my work day.

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