We recently had an enormous old oak tree fall in our yard. It was massive and messy. Branches everywhere-on the ground, in other trees, laying in the pond. The challenge of cleaning it up appeared insurmountable.
Where to start?
I left work early, and my son and I starting clearing little branches. We used tree loppers and hand saws to cut off the foliage and extract tangled branches. It was sweaty, dirty work. Progress was slow, and I wondered if we were really making a big difference. Then my Dad showed up with a chainsaw. That powerful tool cut through the debris like a hot knife through butter. In a short amount of time we could see the lawn again that had once been blanketed in tree debris.
The difference was the tool.
Prayer is the most powerful tool that we, as believers have. Yet often it sits in the shed of our life unused and collecting dust and spider webs. We pull it out in emergencies (like trees falling in our lives). We may even use it to “prune” our lives occasionally, praying for family and friends.
When is the last time you used prayer in your workplace calling?
Our workplaces can be messy. Like that tree in my yard they can be tangled messes that appear on the surface to be a lost cause-incapable of clean-up. Too daunting of a task to bother trying to tackle. No hope. It’s easier to complain about all of the things that are wrong than it is to pray.
- Prayer takes work.
- Prayer takes faith.
- Prayer takes time.
Just as that chainsaw was powerful in removing the debris of the fallen tree, prayer is the tool that can make the biggest difference in your workplace.
And you may be the only one at your workplace who has the relationship with the One who answers prayer.
God says in His word,
There is confidence in the power tool of prayer. Confidence not in us, or our abilities, but in the abilities of an Almighty God.
Prayer is a mighty instrument, not for getting man’s will done in Heaven, but for getting God’s will done on earth.
• Robert Law
Praying to God to change your boss so he/she won’t demand so much from you does not have the right motivation behind it. Praying that God will get rid of that annoying co-worker will probably not be answered.
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What would our lives look like if we used it every day? All day. What kind of change could take place in our workplace calling if we actually used this amazing, powerful tool that is one of our benefits of being a child of God?
“You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”
(Matt 21:22 NLT)
Do you believe that verse? If God’s word is true then you can pray for anything in your workplace and receive it. I have prayed for:
- Safety for employees
- Machines that aren’t working right
- Increased sales
- Individual hearts
- Meeting outcomes
Through prayer I have seen amazing, powerful, miracles take place. Seeing prayers answered has increased my faith and my influence in the place that God has called me to work.
Maybe you are thinking, “I barely have time to pray for me and my family. How will I find time to pray for my workplace as well?”
You know that commute time you dread? Perfect time to pray. (As a side note: prayer during commuting also helps treat road rage symptoms.) You could arrive 5 minutes early and pray over your workplace. Pray during meetings and on phone calls; while on break and on your way into the building. There’s no need to get on your knees, close your eyes and spend hours in prayer.
I will promise you right here and now, that if you use this tool-this power tool that God has given you in your workplace calling, you will see results!
The results may not happen right away. They may not come in ways you think they should. The results may be changes in you, in some cases. But there will be results.
Will you make a commitment with me to spend the next 30 days praying for your workplace, and the people in it? Try it for one month, and if you don’t see results, you can quit.
But you won’t want to quit after a month-because God keeps His word:
“I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you have received it, it will be yours.” Mark 11:24