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Prayer Cues for Your WorkdayWednesday, 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.)
- Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Today, empower me to offer to you as worship the work I will do under your heavenly gaze. May I so reflect your character that your name will be held in honor among those with whom my work brings me into contact.
- Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Make me able, by your Spirit, to understand what it will mean to carry out your will as I engage in my daily tasks on your earth. May my actions, reactions, words, and attitudes whet the appetites of those around me for your coming kingdom.
- Give us today our daily bread. I gratefully recognize again today that you supply my needs and those of others through the income given for what I do on the job. Guard my heart from making an idol of money. Give me a heart that’s eager to share.
- Forgive us our sins, as we also have forgiven everyone who sins against us. I count on your promise in Jesus to forgive whenever I fall short of your mark in my work. And give me the power to forgive my peers, my boss, and my subordinates when they fail in ways that negatively affect me.
- And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Steer me safely past the temptations so prevalent in the work world—the love of money, sexual lust, and the pursuit of power over others. Even in the rush of deadlines and distractions, rescue me from the strategies of that prowling enemy of my soul.
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.