5 Christian Prayers for the Workday

Almighty God, thank Thee for the job of this day. May we find gladness in all its toil and difficulty, its pleasure and success, and even in its failure and sorrow. We would look always away from ourselves, and behold the glory and the need of the world that we may have the will and the strength to bring the gift of gladness to others; that with them we stand to bear the burden and heat of the day and offer Thee the praise of work well done. Amen. (Bishop Charles Lewis Slattery, 1867-1930)

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The workday can be stressful, but these Christian prayers for work can help you start off the day on the right foot and improve your outlook. Praying for your workplace may even increase your productivity. 

The Bible says work is honorable, so no matter the occupation, honest labor, done in a joyful spirit, is like a prayer to God. 

Prayer for the Work Day 

Almighty God, thank Thee for the job of this day.
May we find gladness in all its toil and difficulty,
its pleasure and success, and even in its failure and sorrow.
We would look always away from ourselves,
and behold the glory and the need of the world
that we may have the will and the strength to bring
the gift of gladness to others; that with them we stand to bear
the burden and heat of the day and offer Thee the praise of work well done.
Amen.

—Bishop Charles Lewis Slattery (1867-1930)

Prayer for the Workplace

Dear Heavenly Father,
As I enter my workplace today, I invite you to join me so that everyone here will sense your presence. I give you this day and ask you to work through me by the power of the Holy Spirit.
May I convey your peace, just as I am aware of your comforting proximity at all times. Fill me with your grace, mercy, ​and power to serve you and others in this place.
Lord Jesus, I want you to be glorified in my life and in this place of business. I pray you will be Lord over everything that is said and done here.
God, I thank you for the numerous blessings and gifts you have given me. May I bring honor to your name and spread joy to others.
Holy Spirit, help me to depend on you wholly today. Renew my strength. Fill me with physical and spiritual energy so that I will be the best employee I can be. Give me eyes of faith to see from a heavenly perspective as I do my job.
Lord, guide me with your wisdom. Help me to work through every challenge and conflict. Let me be a beacon for you and a blessing to my coworkers.
My prayer is to be a living witness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the name of Jesus,
Amen.

Short Workday Prayer

Dear God,
I commit this work day to you. Thank you for this job, my employers and coworkers.
I invite you, Jesus, to be with me today. May I perform each task with diligence, patience, and to the best of my ability. May I serve with integrity and speak with clarity.
May I understand my role and purpose as I contribute worthily. Help me to handle each challenge with wisdom.
Lord, please work in me and through me today.
Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

—Book of Common Prayer (1928)

A Prayer for Successful Work

Almighty God, whose hands hold all matters of life, give me grace of success in the work that I do. Help me to give it the careful thought and the strict attention that will lead to success.
Watch over me and govern my actions, that I may not mar its perfection.
Show me how to give my best, and let me not despise the toil that is necessary to complete it. Make my life a successful one, in that every duty you give to me, I do it well.
Give me the blessing of your help and guidance, and suffer me not to fail.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Scriptures to Use in Your Prayers for Work

Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish for us the work of our hands— establish the work of our hands!
(Psalm 90:17, CSB)
Whatever your hands find to do, do with all your strength.
(Ecclesiastes 9:10)
Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people.
(Colossians 3:23)
Let each person examine his own work, and then he can take pride in himself alone, and not compare himself with someone else. For each person will have to carry his own load.
(Galatians 6:4–5)