Looking for tips on How To Pray To Get A Job? Here are a few that can help.
A big part of daily life is work. Whether you’re applying for a new job, were laid off by your previous job or you have been waiting to hear back from a company, it can all feel stressful and daunting.
But as you wait, apply or pursue self-employment, prayer is not only important but it is available to you.
Sometimes our minds can become fully occupied by job listings, our responsibilities and ways that we can make ends meet.
Though these are all real and valid concerns, the Bible does give us guidance when it comes to our needs, which includes praying for a job.
The Bible tells us that we do not have to be overcome with worry and anxiety, and though that may sound easier said than done, we can rest in the comfort that this is God’s word to us.
Philippians 4:6-7 says,
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I love that this scripture doesn’t give any specifics.
It doesn’t tell us to not be anxious about certain things, instead, it says don’t be anxious about anything. Instead, replace that anxiety with prayer.
When you are feeling anxious, you can turn to God in prayer and ask Him not only to provide for you but to give you peace, guidance and to comfort you.
How To Pray For A Job
When it comes to praying for a job, just like any other prayer request we have, our posture when we pray matters.
I’m not referring to our physical posture, but rather the posture of our hearts. The way we pray should matter to us because it matters to God.
The Bible outlines a few helpful ways that guide us in how we should pray.
If you have been or want to start praying for a job, I hope that these verses will guide you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“ Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
When you are praying for a certain cause, especially for a job, it can be easy to feel discouraged after some time.
You may start off strong and hopeful, but after a few rejections or not hearing anything back, you may feel dismayed and hopeless.
But that is exactly where endurance is needed.
When we become diligent in prayer, that diligence benefits other areas of our lives too, and shapes our character for the better.
This verse actually gives more than simply encouraging you to pray continually.
It also gives guidance on the kind of posture that you can have during that time.
That is a posture of rejoicing, and giving thanks to God, in every circumstance, which includes the time that you are praying for a new job.
Why shouldn’t we do this? Because it is God’s will for us.
Pray with an Open Hand
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
Sometimes when we pray, we may have a very specific plan in our minds about how we would like things to go.
When it comes to praying for a job, you might have a specific job in your mind, or a specific position.
But sometimes, many times, that may not be what we end up with, or where God guides us to.
Proverbs reminds us of the difference between man’s plans and God’s plans. Many times we have 5 year or 10 year plans.
We may have our ideas of where we want to go and what we want to do, but this verse humbly reminds us that God is ultimately the one who establishes our steps.
That is why it’s important to open up our hand to God as we pray, not only asking for the specific job we want, but submitting ourselves to His plan, if it looks different from ours.
Pray for God’s will
1 John 5:14
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
If there is one thing we can always count on, it is that God’s will will be done. The best thing we can do is pray according to God’s will.
We can start doing this by asking God to align our will with His will. We can ask Him to show us what His will is, and to do His will in our lives.
When our will is the same as God’s will, our prayers are answered because God intends to accomplish all that He sets out to do.
I love how it says that it is a confidence that we can have, a trust that when we approach God and seek His will, He hears us.
May this be an encouragement to you to ask God what His will is for you during this job hunting season.
Pray for an opportunity to be a Light
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. “
“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. “
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
As a Christian, our lives are a testament to Christ.
Whether that is the way we treat others, the way we work, how our family functions, or the way we manage our finances.
In each area of our lives we can apply scriptures’ wisdom and guidance, and we have an opportunity to be Christlike.
When it comes to seeking a job, it is more than the finances that we get from it. But even our jobs are an opportunity for us to be a light in a dark place.
That is one of the things you can ask God for as you pray for a job.
Ask Him to grant you not only the position you desire, but for a place where you can be effective in reflecting the gospel to those who are in need, whether in speech, deed or in your character.
I hope that these prayers will keep you encouraged as you wait on God to answer your request.
May this time bring learning, and dependence on God in a new found way, and may He bless you with a new job!