“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
The Gift of Work!
“I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor — it is the gift of God.”
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 (NIV)
This week’s prayer focus is about knowing the gift of work. God’s desire is that we would learn to enjoy both the fruit of our labor and the gift of having work that we can do. While sin brought with it great hardship and toil, God had given Adam and Eve the work of caring for the garden, and enjoying its bounty, prior to sin coming into the world. As you pray this week, ask God to help you see work as a gift rather than a curse. Pray that you would daily go about your work as doing it for the Lord. Pray that you would find value in your work and that you would value the work done by others. Pray for a greater recognition of how God is using your work to meet your needs and the needs of others. Pray that the value of your work would not be based on an income, but rather on an obedience to God. As schools are underway for the new school year, please continue praying for all students, parents, teachers, school staff, and board members of all the various schools in your community.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
Please pray each day for God to help you live as one who values the gift of work.
Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church. Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.
Monday: The Gift of Work Which Honors God. Pray for the humility needed to let your work bring honor to God rather than yourself. Pray that you would know the gift of integrity that comes from work which honors God. “He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.” John 7:18 (NIV)
Tuesday: The Gift of Timely Work. Pray that you would know, and do, the work which needs done now. Pray that you would live with a sense of urgency when it comes to doing the work God has called His children to. Pray that your work would help others know of the nearness of Christ and of His return. “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” John 9:4 (NIV)
Wednesday: The Gift of Work Which Helps Others. Pray that you would live with an awareness of how God wants your work to help others. Pray that your work would be a blessing to you as it allows you to give to those in need. “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35 (NIV)
Thursday: The Gift of Work Which Is Tested. Pray that you would live with an awareness that your work will be tested by God. Pray that the quality of your work would reflect the God who has called you and equipped you for that work. “His work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.” 1 Corinthians 3:13 (NIV)
Friday: The Gift of Remembered Work. Pray that you would not lose heart in work that seems to go unnoticed. Pray that your work would be motivated by love as you use it to help others. Pray for a spirit of perseverance as you trust God to remember the work done for Him. “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10 (NIV)
Saturday: The Gift of Working Together. Pray that you would learn to work well with others. Pray for a spirit of hospitality that welcomes others into the work God has for you to do. Pray that your work with others would always be centered on knowing, and making known, the truth of God’s Word. “We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth.” 3 John 1:8 (NIV)