Prayer For All Who Are Out Of Work
Bible Verses About Prayer: 20 Important Scripture Quotes
God speaks to us through His written word, the Bible. Christians speak to God through prayer. Prayer is an important part of the Christian’s life; we pray in words and sometimes we pray in song. Here are twenty important scripture quotes about prayer.
How Often Should We Pray
1 Corinthians 1:4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus,
Ephesians 6:18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
Philippians 1:3-4 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,
Colossians 1:3 (KJV) We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
1 Thessalonians 5:17 pray without ceasing
How Should We Pray
Psalm 66:17 I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue.
Psalm 95:2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
1 Corinthians 14:15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.
James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
What Should We Pray For
Psalm 50:14-15 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
Psalm 118:25 Save us, we pray, O LORD! O LORD, we pray, give us success!
Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May they be secure who love you!
Romans 10:1 Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.
Romans 10:13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Who Should We Pray For
Romans 15:30 I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,
2 Corinthians 1:11 You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
James 5:13-14 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Christian Quotes About Prayer
“Those persons who know the deep peace of God, the unfathomable peace that passeth all understanding, are always men and women of much prayer.”~ R. A. Torrey
“Don’t pray when you feel it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” ~ Corrie ten Boom
“You may as soon find a living man that does not breath, as a living Christian that does not pray.” ~ Matthew Henry
“Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.” ~ John Bunyan
“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” ~ Oswald Chambers
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Prayer for Relationships
The issue of relationships is something that’s constantly talked about among both men and women. Husbands, wives, kids, bosses, neighbors… relationships can be rewarding and fulfilling, but they can also be testy and challenging. When your heart is involved, your deepest needs tend to come to the surface.
So how can you pray for your relationships? Here are a few sample prayers for when you’re at a loss for words.
1. Prayer in the midst of conflict
Father in Heaven, I know I add fuel to the fire in my relationships because I am needy myself. I don’t to admit it, but I know it’s true. Thank You that You see me as I truly am and that You still love me.
Please help me to see myself honestly, and to own my own part in this conflict before I point my finger. Please give me insight into my own needs and give me patience as I encounter needs in the ones I love. I need Your help, Lord. Please guide me.
I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
Conflict very often reflects unmet needs. Sometimes there’s an easy solution, such as the need for sleep. But frequently, the need is much deeper:
- To feel valued and heard.This often stems from insecurity or past hurts, and may show up as overly defensive with gloves on, ready to fight.
- To forgive others or one’s self.The need to control can stem from an angry heart, and can show up as manipulation.
If your unmet needs are showing up in your relationships, talk to a mentor, friend, or a counselor to work through some of these issues. Pray for patience as you encounter the unmet needs in others, and regularly ask God for His help.
2. Prayer for help when I feel “less than”
Lord God, I so often feel inadequate without even realizing it. The disapproval I pour out on others often stems from my own insecurity. I don’t intend to fight. God, I need Your help. Please remind me to address my issues.
Help me to see myself differently and to allow You to love me and to change me. Help me to find my confidence in Your strength and in Your forgiveness. I invite You into my life today. I need You. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
It’s a natural tendency to want God to change the other person. Yet the reality is that you can only change yourself. Sometimes just realizing what words and situations make you feel “less than” is enough to begin the journey of change. Other times you may need help seeing yourself differently.
Be the beginning of change in your relationships. Find ways to give approval more often to those around you. When things need addressing don’t show your disapproval, but choose a calm time to talk. Ask for prayer. Relationships that are worth keeping are worth the effort.
3. Prayer for the words to say in a challenging relationship
Dear Father in Heaven, it is not possible for me to keep my mouth from speaking things it should not. I need Your power to guard my tongue. Help me to think before I speak. Help me to feel that nudge of Your Holy Spirit before words rush my mouth.
Father, I need You to help me to know what to say that will build __________ up rather than tear down or hurt. Please make me aware, by Your divine power, of __________’s needs so I can respond in a way that benefits him/her.
Help me to run to You when frustrations and anger bubble up, and may You ease my emotions and send me back with grace on my lips. Help me to be bold when issues need addressing, but gentle and loving in the way I address them.Father, You are the only one who can perform this miracle in my life. I look to You today to set a guard on my heart and my mouth, as I don’t want to grieve You. And please forgive me for the times when I have grieved You! Walk with me closely today, because I need the help of Your Holy Spirit in dealing with __________. Thank You. I pray this in Jesus’ Name, amen.
God gives sound counsel in His word about how to deal with relationships. It all begins with what comes your mouth.
Listen to His words of wisdom:
«The tongue holds the power of life and death.” Proverbs 18:21
The power of our words is a tremendous force. It has been said that people will seldom remember the words you spoke, but they will always remember how you made them feel.
It’s true, isn’t it? It’s easy to remember those who have made you feel inspired and empowered. But it’s also easy to recall those who made you feel down and useless… just by their words.
Words have power. They can heal or hurt, build up or drag down, encourage or discourage, inspire or deflate.
You can begin the change today. And the good news is that you don’t have to do it alone! Jesus wants to transform and restore your challenging relationships, starting today. I encourage you to use the form below (in the «Connect» tab) to connect with a mentor for prayer. You can also leave a prayer request in the «Discuss» section and we'll pray for you there.
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Does Prayer Work?
By: Joel Lindsey
Prayer can be an ongoing conversation with God, but does it make any difference?
When we talk to God, we’re praying. When God talks to us, we’re schizophrenic.Lily Tomlin
The idea of talking to God—praying—is kind of weird, isn’t it?
Usually when you talk to someone, you can hear his or her response to you. But prayer is different. Prayer looks you’re basically just talking to yourself.
How do you talk with someone who doesn’t necessarily talk back—audibly, at least? And if you believe that God not only listens to prayers but answers them too, how do you distinguish your own thoughts and feelings from God’s answers?
Then there’s the really big question: Does prayer even work?
What’s the point of praying if God already knows the future, orchestrates what’s going to happen, and knows what we need? And yet, billions of people all over the world practice some form of prayer. Why bother if it doesn’t make a difference?
Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, and adherents to many other religions share a common thread of prayer.
For instance, Buddhists believe not so much in praying to an external god but in praying to awaken their own abilities buried deep within. Muslims believe that their prayers, which are required five times a day, are a reminder of God and a calling to a greater purpose beyond themselves.
Christians, too, believe that prayer can powerfully change lives, that it should be practiced regularly, and that it can help us refocus our priorities. Christianity further teaches that prayer also has the ability to dramatically affect the world and influence how God chooses to interact with humanity.2But how does that work? If God is a supreme, omnipotent being, won’t he work out his purposes however he wants? It seems unly that our measly little prayers would affect his plans.
Many Christians would describe it this: In mysterious but sovereign ways, God has decided to allow prayer to influence and accomplish his will. He chose prayer as the means through which to involve his followers in his plan. Prayer is one way God accomplishes his purposes in, through, and surrounding the one who prays.
A Changed Heart
Many of us pray to God as if he were a genie in a bottle. We hope that, if we’re lucky, he’ll hear us and act according to our wishes.
However, many faiths, including Christianity, paint a deeper and more intimate portrait of prayer. Rather than using God as a means to an end, within prayer God is the end. The believer prays, trusting in the character and power of God.
One of the chief purposes of prayer, then, is to transform the heart of the person praying to more closely resemble the heart of God. It’s not so much about getting tangible “results” from God. It is rather an opportunity to know God more fully, to better understand what he wants of each of us, and to establish a lifelong relationship.
Prayer is a lifestyle of humble dependence, of living in community and harmony with God, the source of life.
Ask and It Will Be Given
This is not to say that there’s no place for making specific, personal requests for God’s direction and provision. In speaking to his disciples about prayer, Jesus said:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!3According to these verses, prayer is an opportunity to approach the greatest father of all time and openly express our needs and desires and directly ask for help.
But how could God, an entity massive enough to create the universe, really care about the little details of my tiny life?
This is the heart of the Christian message—God cares so deeply about each one of us that he has provided a way for us to have an authentic, intimate relationship with him. Prayer is one of the incredible blessings of the Christian faith, for the more we believe, the more God reveals himself.
anything worthwhile, prayer is a process. It takes time, commitment, and discipline.4 Prayer is not meant to happen only in times of desperation. It is meant to be an ongoing conversation.
And that’s where it gets fascinating. As someone invests in and becomes more comfortable with prayer, one of the ways in which it “works” is in the growing trust that person gains.
Praying people have reported miracles and answers to prayers that they never would have imagined and certainly couldn’t have created on their own. They believe that prayer made the difference.
Imagine a miracle that you would to see—maybe the healing of sick relative, the repairing of a broken relationship, or the redeeming of a seemingly hopeless situation. Could prayer be your answer? Could miracles become your experience?
- Copy the following code and paste it into your website's code to display this article on your site. By: Joel Lindsey © ExploreGod.com Prayer can be an ongoing conversation with God, but does it make any difference? When we talk to God, we’re praying. When God talks to us, we’re schizophrenic.Lily TomlinThe idea of talking to God—praying—is kind of weird, isn’t it?Usually when you talk to someone, you can hear his or her response to you. But prayer is different. Prayer looks you’re basically just talking to yourself.How do you talk with someone who doesn’t necessarily talk back—audibly, at least? And if you believe that God not only listens to prayers but answers them too, how do you distinguish your own thoughts and feelings from God’s answers?Then there’s the really big question: Does prayer even work?What’s the point of praying if God already knows the future, orchestrates what’s going to happen, and knows what we need? And yet, billions of people all over the world practice some form of prayer. Why bother if it doesn’t make a difference?
Does God Answer Our Prayers?
By Marilyn Adamson
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Have you ever known someone who really trusts God? When I was an atheist, I had a good friend who prayed often. She would tell me every week about something she was trusting God to take care of.
And every week I would see God do something unusual to answer her prayer.
Do you know how difficult it is for an atheist to observe this week after week? After a while, «coincidence» begins to sound a very weak argument.
So why would God answer my friend's prayers? The biggest reason is that she had a relationship with God. She wanted to follow God. And she actually listened to what he said.
In her mind, God had the right to direct her in life, and she welcomed him doing just that! When she prayed for things, it was a natural part of her relationship with God. She felt very comfortable coming to God with her needs, her concerns, and whatever issues were current in her life.
Furthermore, she was convinced, from what she read in the Bible, that God wanted her to rely on him that.
She pretty much exhibited what this statement from the Bible says, «This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.»1 «For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer…»2
So, Why Doesn't God Answer Everyone's Prayers?
It may be because they don't have a relationship with God. They may know that God exists, and they might even worship God from time to time. But those who never seem to have their prayers answered probably don't have a relationship with him.
Further, they have never received from God complete forgiveness for their sin. What does that have to do with it you ask? Here is an explanation. «Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God.
Your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.»3
It's pretty natural to feel that separation from God. When people begin to ask God for something, what usually takes place? They begin with, «God, I really need your help with this problem…» And then there's a pause, followed by a restart… «I realize that I'm not a perfect person, that I actually have no right to ask you for this…
» There's an awareness of personal sin and failure. And the person knows that it's not just them; that God is aware of it too. There's a feeling of, «Who am I kidding?» What they may not know is how they can receive God's forgiveness for all their sin. They might not know that they can come into a relationship with God so that God will hear them.
This is the foundation for God answering your prayer.
How Does Prayer Work?
You must first begin a relationship with God. Here's why. Imagine that a guy named Mike asks the president of Princeton University to co-sign a car loan for him.
If Mike doesn't personally know the president of Princeton, that car loan is not going to happen.
Yet, if the daughter of this president asked her dad to co-sign a car loan for her, it would be no problem. Relationship matters.With God, when the person is actually a child of God, when the person belongs to God, he knows them and hears their prayers. Jesus said, «I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me…my sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them my hand.»4
When it comes to God then, do you really know him and does he know you? Do you have a relationship with him that warrants God answering your prayers? Or is God pretty distant, pretty much just a concept in your life? If God is distant, or you're not sure that you know God, here is how you can begin a relationship with him right now: Getting Connected.
Will God Definitely Answer Your Prayer?
For those who do know him and rely on him, Jesus seems to be wildly generous in his offer: «If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.»5 To «remain» in him and have his words remain in them means they conduct their lives aware of him, relying on him, listening to what he says.
Then they're able to ask him whatever they want. Here is another qualifier: «This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us — whatever we ask — we know that we have what we asked of him.
«6 God answers our prayers according to his will (and according to his wisdom, his love for us, his holiness, etc.).
Where we trip up is assuming we know God's will, because a certain thing makes sense to us! We assume that there is only one right «answer» to a specific prayer, assuming certainly THAT would be God's will. And this is where it gets tough. We live within the limits of time and limits of knowledge.
We have only limited information about a situation and the implications of future action on that situation. God's understanding is unlimited. How an event plays out in the course of life or history is only something he knows. And he may have purposes far beyond what we could even imagine.
So, God is not going to do something simply because we determine that it must be his will.
What Does It Take? What is God Inclined to Do?
Pages and pages could be filled about God's intentions toward us. The entire Bible is a description of the kind of relationship God wants us to experience with him and the kind of life he wants to give us. Here are just a few examples:
«…the Lord longs to be gracious to you. He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for [trust] him!»7 Did you catch that? someone rising his chair to come to your help, «He rises to show you compassion.» «As for God, his way is perfect…He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.»8 «The Lord delights in those who fear [reverence] him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.»9
However, God's greatest display of his love and commitment to you is this: Jesus said, «Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends,»10 which is what Jesus did for us. And so, «If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won't God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?»11
What about «Unanswered» Prayer?
Certainly people get sick, even die; financial problems are real, and all sorts of very difficult situations can come up. What then?
God tells us to give our concerns to him. Even as the situation remains dismal, «Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.»12 The circumstances may look control, but they aren't. When the whole world seems to be falling apart, God can keep us together. This is when a person can be very grateful that they know God.
«The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
«13 God may provide solutions, resolutions to the problem WAY beyond what you imagined possible. Probably any Christian could list examples this in their own lives. But if the circumstances do not improve, God can still give us his peace in the midst of it.
Jesus said, «Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.»14
It is at this point (when circumstances are still tough) that God asks us to continue to trust him — to «walk by faith, not by sight» the Bible says. But it's not blind faith. It is the very character of God.
A car traveling on the Golden Gate Bridge is fully supported by the integrity of the bridge. It doesn't matter what the driver may be feeling, or thinking about, or discussing with someone in the passenger seat.
What gets the car safely to the other side is the integrity of the bridge, which the driver was willing to trust.
In the same way, God asks us to trust his integrity, his character…his compassion, love, wisdom, righteousness on our behalf. He says, «I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.»15 «Trust in him at all times, O people. Pour out your heart before him. God is a refuge for us.»16
God has offered to answer the prayers of his children (those who have received him into their lives and seek to follow him). He asks us to take any concerns to him in prayer and he will act upon it according to his will.
As we deal with difficulties we are to cast our cares on him and receive from him a peace that defies the circumstances. The basis for our hope and faith is the character of God himself.
The better we know him, the more apt we are to trust him.
For more on the character of God, please see «Who is God?» or other articles on this site. The reason we pray is God's character. The first prayer God answers is your prayer to begin a relationship with God.
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Footnotes: (1) 1 John 5:14 (2) 1 Peter 3:12 (3) Isaiah 59:1,2 (4) John 10:14,27-28 (5) John 15:7 (6) 1 John 5:14,15 (7) Isaiah 30:18 (8) Psalms 18:30 (9) Psalms 147:11 (10) John 15:13 (11) Romans 8:32 (12) 1 Peter 5:7 (13) Philippians 4:5-7 (14) John 14:27 (15) Jeremiah 31:3 (rsv) (16) Psalms 62:8
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Worship Resources about Faith and Work
In worship we can speak to God about our work, pray that our daily work may be pleasing to God, and respond to God's continual call to live lives worthy of the calling. The following are songs, hymns, prayers, and readings that give voice to the living faith that we call our work or our vocation.
“Our work is a calling from God.We work for more than wagesand manage for more than profitso that mutual respectand the just use of goods and skillsmay shape the workplace.While we earn or profit,we love our neighbors by providinguseful products and services.In our global economywe advocate meaningful workand fair wages for all. the Lord’s generosity to us,we give freely and gladly
of our money and time.” (source information)
By faith, we are called, as generations have before and generations will be to come—called to live out our faith through our work. As Hebrews 11 says, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
” And so, Abel and Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Moses and so many other heroes of the faith, we are called to live our lives the calling of God—even when we cannot see what is promised to us. Our vocations are the living this faith.
In worship, therefore, we can speak to God about our work, pray that our daily work may be pleasing to God, and respond to God's continual call to live lives worthy of the calling. The following are songs, hymns, prayers, and readings that give voice to the living faith that we call our work or our vocation.
Lord God,We pray for allwho work in business and industry,who work in homemaking,who work in medicine,who work in education,who work in agriculture,who work in government,who work in service to others,who are beginning a new career,who struggle in their work,who are seeking new or different jobs,who are retired or anticipating retirement,
who are unemployed or underemployed.[Add other categories as appropriate]
Give us joy in our work, and in using gifts and talents we receive from you.Give us joy in doing all our work to your honor and glory.Equip us to labor in ways that promote justice and peace.
Equip us to be ministers of your peace in a world that cries for peace.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayers and Readings
A Prayer for Discipleship in Home and Family (LUYH 308) [see * below for abbreviation key]Using a refrain from “The Servant Song” this prayer speaks of a variety of different institutions, communities, and places of work, asking God to equip everyone for service in the kingdom.
A Prayer for Our Work (LUYH 272)
By naming a wide range of places of work, this prayer uniquely prays to God for work and for God’s working through our work. (see text box)
A Prayer for Workers
This prayer is written for Labor Day asks God for the courage and strength that it takes to live in the world.
A Responsive Prayer for Justice
While some have jobs, we are called to be aware of those in our congregation, city, and country that are unemployed or underemployed; this prayer “prays harder” for those who frequently struggle to make ends meet.
A Litany of Labor
From Worship and Daily Life: A Resource for Worship Planners
Beatitude for Workers
Matthew 5:3-6 and Luke 6:20-21, this responsive reading or prayer remembers those who have no work or too little income—through this prayer we eagerly await God’s reign of justice and peace when we shall never hunger or thirst.
Songs of Thanks and Praise
All Is Done for the Glory of God – Abel Nkuinji, tr. S.T. Kimbrough Jr (LUYH 273)
The opening line says it all—“all is done for the glory of God”—a stirring way to frame all of life.
As Those of Old Their Firstfruits Brought – Frank von Christierson (GtG 712)
We are called those “of old,” to offer the first fruits of our labor to God as a sacrifice and thanksgiving for all that God gives us.
Before You I Kneel (A Worker's Prayer) – Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Jeff Taylor, Stuart Townend
A prayer to God, offering the work of our hands as offering and praise to bring glory to God's name.
For the Fruit of All Creation – Fred Pratt Green (ELW 679, GtG 36, LUYH 396, UM 97, WOR 562)
“In the just reward of labor” we recognize that God’s will prevails, and for this and the harvests in every area of our work, we can give thanks.
Songs of Petition
All Our Work and All Our Being – Michael Morgan
Whatever we do and wherever we do it, we can ask that God's will to be done in our work.
Lord of All Hopefulness/Dios Anhelante – Jan Struther (ELW 765, GATH 560, GtG 683, LUYH 378, ORA 556, WOR 568)
A prayer whose verses refer to labor at all times of the day with an explicate reference to Jesus’ own apprenticeship and God’s abiding presence in our daily labors.
Songs of Commitment and Service
A Hymn of Calling – Laura Kelly Fanucci
A hymn of dedication to the calling that God places in our lives, to use our God-given gifts to make the world's needs known and to be a blessing to those that we are called to serve.
Called as Partners in Christ’s Service – Jane Parker Huber (GtG 761)
God's children have unique gifts and when we blend these gifts together, “gracious gifts from God unfold.”
How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord – Fred Pratt Green (ELW 580, GtG 432, LUYH 856)
This hymn explicitly names the call to live our lives according to the word of the Lord, allowing God’s gracious presence to penetrate all of our lives so that our every being reflects the greatness of God and the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross.
I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me – African American Spiritual (GtG 700, LUYH 854)
May this simple conviction, “I’m gonna work so God can use me” be always on our heart, soul, and lips, and be reflected in the working of our hands and feet, “anywhere and anytime.”
Songs that Refer to Specific Areas of Work
Earth and All Stars – Herbert Brokering (ELW 731, GtG 26, LUYH 271, WOR 517)
In a unique way, this hymn calls all areas of our daily labors—classrooms and labs, bands and orchestras, industry and construction, creation and classrooms—to praise the God who created everything absolutely marvelously.
Give Thanks, O Christian People – Mary Jackson Cathey (GtG 644)
A prayer of thanksgiving for those who are called to ministry for those who God places before us.
God, Whose Farm Is All Creation – John Arlott (ELW 734, WOR 683)
Farming is a task that requires a lot of thinking, planning, and waiting—a truth that is voiced in this hymn of gratitude for the crops that we grow.
Healer of Our Every Ill/Sanador de Todo Mal – Marty Haugen (ELW 612, GATH 854, GtG 795, LUYH 303, ORA 778) or The Servant Song/La Canción del Servido – Richard Gillard (ELW 659, GATH 661, GtG 727, LUYH 309, ORA 611)
While these two songs do not explicitly mention labor, they can be a beautiful way to pray for those who work to restore physical or mental health.
O God, Who Gives to Humankind – Edward J. Burns (LUYH 274)
This hymn is especially poignant as a prayer for teachers and learners, at every point in life.
Praise God for the Harvest of Orchard and Field – Brian Wren (LUYH 397)
This rare hymn text makes explicate reference to science and industry, food distribution, the mining of natural resources, and the role of human labor as stewards of creation.
We Plow the Fields and Scatter/Aramos Nuestros Campos – Matthias Claudius, tr. Jane M. Campbell (ELW 680, ORA 659)
A beautiful hymn about how human agricultural labor becomes an intricate part of what God is doing in the world.
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*Hymnal Abbreviation Key (in alphabetical order):
ELW = Evangelical Lutheran Worship, 2006 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
GATH = Gather Comprehensive (2nd edition), 2004 GIA Publications, Inc.
GtG = Glory to God, 2013 Westminster John Knox Press
LUYH = Lift Up Your Hearts, 2013 Faith Alive Christian Resources
ORA = Oramos Cantando/We Pray in Song, 2013 GIA Publications, Inc.
UM = The United Methodist Hymnal, 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House
WOR = Worship: A Hymnal and Service Book for Roman Catholics (3rd edition), 1986 GIA Publications, Inc.
Source: Our World Belongs to God, article 48 © 2008 Christian Reformed Church in North America, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. Our World Belongs to God is also available in Spanish and Korean.