Prayer For Permanent Position in My Current Job
Powerful Prayer for a Job [Quotes & Bible Verses]
Maybe you are looking for a new job, and finding work is extremely hard? Or perhaps some of your coworkers are incredibly hard to get along with, and you simply need the Lord’s guiding hand to help you through stressful workdays.
It is our Heavenly Father’s wish to love you, protect you, rejoice with you, and carry your burdens for you. With His kindness and grace, all things are possible, even in your day to day activities at work.
Allow Him to help you when you feel that all hope is lost. With God, all things are possible. Believe in this, and carry it in your heart. The Lord’s love is great, and He will walk beside you today, tomorrow and always when it comes your employment and beyond.
It is His longing to be there for His children!
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We have faith that sending your prayer to the place where our Lord Jesus Christ gave his life for us will help your request be granted! It is our honor and privilege to be a prayer warrior for you, and to ask the Lord to watch over you, protect you, and keep you, always.
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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Prayer for a New Job
Precious Lord, please be with me today in finding new employment. Lead me to work that I love, and that has value in my life. Guide me to a place with an atmosphere of respect and cooperation, in a safe and happy environment with a loving staff. Help me to find fulfillment mentally and financially as I move into this position. Amen.
Prayer for Job Loss
Lord, I am coming to you today with a very heavy heart filled with regret over the past and what has happened. In all honesty, I am anxious about the future. I am work, and my finances are in a lot of trouble. I have made many mistakes.
Help me to forgive myself, and others, so that I may make amends with all concerned in this matter, and in other matters as well. Grant me peace of mind, so I can fill my life with Your goodness and grace.
Guide me toward a good job where I may fulfill my needs as a better and wiser person. I ask these things in Your name. Amen.
Prayer for Opportunities In the Workplace
Precious Lord, I place my humble needs before You today. I ask that You help me meet my responsibilities in the world, and that I may fulfill what I am meant to do in this lifetime with Your guidance.
Please show me the way to the perfect opportunity to do what I love, to do what I can do well, and what will fulfill my needs mentally, spiritually, and financially.
Thank you for trusting in me Lord, as I trust in You.
Answered Prayer Request for a Job
I posted a prayer request for my job to be save and thank God I still have my job your prayers saved my job. God is good, Thank you all for praying the devil was defeated. Thank you again for your prayer. God bless you all.
Prayer for a Job Promotion
You have blessed me with so much in my life, and I am grateful. I have a wonderful family that I love and cherish. I thank you for Your love and devotion, but today I must lay a burden of mine at your feet. Father, You know about the promotion that I am looking to receive. Lord, it would be a huge blessing to receive it.
I am not putting my faith in money, but there are bills to be paid, mouths that need feeding, other expenses on my plate. If You will allow me this promotion, I will use it faithfully as You see fit. I will be responsible with it and pay off existing debts.
Father, I am giving this completely to You, and whatever Your decision is, I will thank You because You are loving, gracious and generous even in poverty. Amen.
Prayer for Struggles With Coworkers
You are abounding in grace and mercy for Your children, myself included. Lord, work is getting very stressful because of the environment I am in. There are many people who hate You there, and they make my life miserable because they know that I love You.
We just don’t see eye to eye on many issues, but it is hard for me when it comes to how You are viewed in the eyes of others. I trust in James as it says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.” (James 1:2). I realize the benefit of being persecuted for believing in Jesus, and I gladly accept whatever comes my way, anytime.
Please soften the hearts of the people I work with. I will keep planting seeds, Lord. Thank you. Amen.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12
Job Interview Question: Why Do You Want to Leave Your Current Job? (Plus Sample Answers!)
By Beth Colley
One very important question that many job seekers seldom prepare for during an interview is answering the question, “Why do you want to leave your current job?”
This may also be asked as «Why are you looking for a job?»
This question can make the most seasoned interviewee squirm a little because of the first word; why. A question starting with «why» immediately places you on the defensive.
If there is anything that is dissatisfying about your current position, this is where you might unwittingly share that information and unintentionally emit a negative vibe — a VERY bad impression to make.
Acceptable Explanations for Why You Want to Leave
The most effective and acceptable reasons for leaving your current job are positive — not negative — related to moving forward in your life or career.
Some of the most common, and easiest to explain, reasons for leaving a job include:
- Desire to learn.
- Desire to take on more responsibility.
- Desire to take on less responsibility.
- Desire to relocate.
- Desire for a career change.
- Desire to gain a new skill or grow a current skill.
- Company reorganization has led to change in job content.
- Desire for a shorter commute to work.
- Desire to improve work/life balance.
When answering this question, it’s easy to think about all of the things you dis about your current job, but don't go there.
Look Forward in Your Response
Unless you are part of a well-publicized corporate implosion (e.g. Enron) or reorganization, stay positive in your response. Start by responding with “What I really about this job and company that is different from my current one is…”
Take the opportunity to share what you’ve learned about the potential new company (demonstrating your interest in the opportunity). Talk about the environment and culture of this company, and how you feel it’s a strong match with your strengths and experience.
Demonstrating your buy-in to this potential employer's brand and culture is a good way to sell yourself as a match.
- Talk specifically about the job for which you are currently interviewing.
- Show excitement about the opportunity to learn some new skills and adapt to change.
- Focus on your strengths and what you will bring to the employer.
- Make sure you take time to describe your accomplishments, and all of the good that you’ve done for your current employer.
Most importantly, demonstrate that you are dignified and professional and will not talk disparagingly about another company or boss.
Don't Be Negative About Your Current Job or Employer
According to several resources, the number one reason most people voluntarily leave one position for another is because of a bad boss or supervisor. There may be a combination of reasons as to why you want to leave this job, but most all of them will ly tie back to poor management or a bad supervisor.
So, knowing that you shouldn’t say anything negative regarding a company or individual supervisor in an interview, how should you answer this question?
If you speak poorly of a company or boss during an interview, what proof does the potentially new employer have to believe that you wouldn’t say the same thing to a customer or coworker in the new company? Everyone knows that would be bad for business.
It’s best to avoid going down the slippery slope of discussing specifics regarding compensation, poor management, company finances, poor morale, or any other negative aspect of the job.
You can gloss over negative information by focusing on the future and staying positive, stating something :
- I want to build on one of the aspects that I most about the work I currently am doing…
- One of the things that has made things a little more challenging is that I’d to have a platform where I could share my ideas and offer up ways to improve…(service, operations, technology, communication, etc…)
Using phrases that still keeps the mood positive, but allows the employer to read between the lines. It also shows that you want to contribute positively to the success of your employer.
You can also just share your interest in this opportunity by saying something :
- I am interested in learning more about (something this job includes), and this job provides an opportunity to leverage my current areas of expertise and increase my skills in…
- Your focus here is on (something that you ), and I really enjoy doing (whatever that is). So, I expect to increase my enjoyment of my work when I am able to focus more on (that aspect of the job).
- I enjoy working as part of a team and am looking for an opportunity to work on an interesting project. This job is part of a team working on a fascinating project, and I would love to join in this work.
You can demonstrate your interest in this new employer by saying:
- I’ve enjoyed working with a great group of people at my current employer, but this opportunity in this company fits very well with the direction I want to take my career.
- I’ve learned a great deal in my current job, but I’m interested in working at [name of employer] the great things I have learned about this organization.
- This job has been a great experience, but growth is limited because the company is relatively small. So, to continue to grow, I need to look elsewhere, and working in this this opportunity looks very interesting to me because…
Be honest, positive, and frame your response in a way that includes the job you are interviewing for.
If asked this question on an interview, remember to keep it positive, promote yourself and your accomplishments, and follow the old adage of “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
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About the author…
Beth Colley CEO/owner of Chesapeake Career Management Services has guided over 1,200 job seekers to career success since joining the careers industry in January of 2000.
She is a Certified Master Resume Writer, a Certified Career Management Coach, and a Certified Brain Based Success Coach and an active member of Career Directors International, The National Resume Writers Association, and Career Thought Leaders.
How to Describe Your Current Job Responsibilities [Examples]
“Can you describe your current job responsibilities?” Let's discuss:
Are you feeling a little underprepared for your interview?
You’re not alone.
Interviews are stressful for most people. And interviewers know this.
That’s why you might get that above question:
“Can you describe your current work responsibilities?”
Well, hey! Yes, I can.
See, you’re already feeling better. That’s because your job responsibilities are something you already know top to bottom. You can’t get this question wrong. Right?
As I’m sure you know, there are right answers, and there are AWESOME answers.
And the awesome answer is how you ensure the interviewer won’t want to hire anyone else.
This article will show you:
- What the interviewer is asking when they say, “Describe your current position.”
- How to blow the interviewer’s mind when you describe your job responsibilities.
- Examples and samples of the best answers for describing your current position.
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Why Would You Need to Describe Your Current Job Responsibilities?
The hiring manager has read your resume right?
Well, yes. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be preparing for an interview. But there are a couple of reasons an interviewer might still ask you to briefly describe your current position.
- They want to know that you weren’t lying on your resume about your job responsibilities.
- They want to check if your job responsibilities overlap with the role on offer.
- They want to put you at ease. Let’s face it. It’s an easy question.
- They want you to expand on the points that you included in your resume.
Okay, so let’s say you sent a resume that was off the charts. You used a beautiful resume template. You followed all the best career advice you could find.
To top it all off, you just so happen to be the most talented candidate that applied for the job. You may not know it yet, but your skills and experience blew everyone else the water.
The hiring manager is thrilled. But she has her reservations. She needs to pinch herself and make sure you’re not too good to be true. So, she asks you to briefly describe your current position.Now, you’ve never lied on your resume. You’ve never inflated your skills. You’ve never made up numbers to illustrate your achievements or exaggerated your job responsibilities.
But there are those out there who do.
So, how do you reassure the interviewer that your resume is pure gold?
What you want to achieve with your answer is a balance.
It’s safe to assume that the interviewer is familiar with your resume experience section.
At the same time, you will want to go into greater detail about some of the things you have already included.
Remember that you want to keep your answer brief.
So, don’t linger on your resume achievements.
The end goal is to paint a clear and compelling picture of what is that you do at your current or most recent job.
Keep in mind that the interviewer might phrase the interview question in a different way.
Here are some alternatives to the “could you describe your current position” question:
- How would you describe your current employer?
Okay, not quite the same question. But you can answer it in a similar way.
Instead of starting with your job responsibilities, explain what your employer does. You can also mention the work culture. Draw on similarities between the two companies.
Then briefly describe how your current position fits into the scheme of things.
Sample description of your current employer:
My current employer is a mid-range retail chain that is a standard fixture in most malls. That means that we are a well-known brand and get a lot of foot traffic. That also means that most of the customers don’t want help. They either know what they want, or they’re browsing.
Sample transition to a description of your current role:
In my current position as a Sales Associate, one of my job responsibilities is to push new arrivals. Our target demographic is young, trendy women. So, to get customers to buy the more expensive items, I’ve developed a system. I put a couple of special pieces on hold. I target the big spender regulars, our “it” girls. And then I personalize the items on hold by putting their names on the hangers. How do I know when these girls will come in to shop? I don’t. I have their names on index cards. When they come in, we mark the held items for that girl. The trick resulted in a 70% uptick in sales for new arrival items and a management position for me.
Pro Tip: Sometimes the interviewer will ask a direct question about your current job title, role or responsibility. So, it’s best to practice what you might say about any of the bullet points you included in your experience section.
For example, “It says here that you’re in charge of a team of 15+ people? Could you tell me more about that?”
Also, keep in mind that you might have to describe other jobs.
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How to Describe What Your Job Responsibilities During an Interview
Some of you might have a harder time preparing for this common interview question. For example, let’s say you’re a commodities trader or an astrophysicist.
You might struggle to explain your job responsibilities or what you do during the day so that outsiders can understand.
That’s especially true if your interviewer is an external recruiter or an HR staff member. They may somewhat understand the role, but they aren’t experts you.
Here’s what to do in the situation where your work is a bit obscure:
Write down a description of your current job off the top of your head. Don’t think. Just write.
Now, do you notice any jargon? Do you see any complex words or phrases? Can you come up with simpler alternatives or layman’s terms?
Now, imagine saying what you’ve written to someone at a party. They ask:
“So, what do you do?”
And you say what you’ve written down on your piece of paper.
Does the person understand?
Or does the person nod, smile, and excuse themselves?
Try to simplify your job overview so that most people would find it understandable.
Next, you’re going to tailor your answer to the position.
Go back to the original job description. Look for matching duties and job responsibilities.Are there any that you’ve already mentioned? Are there any that you can illustrate with achievements and success stories? Narrow it down to two or three.
Finally, you’re going to use the STAR method to focus on the results.
Okay, so you have your list of current job responsibilities that match those you found on the job offer. And you’ve picked two or three that show off your skill set and come paired with a success story.
The STAR method helps you remember how to talk about your accomplishments.
STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result:
Situation — You start by explaining a situation which required you to solve a problem, use a skill, or come up with a new idea.
Task — Next, you explain the action that your job requires in such a situation.
Action — After, you describe the action that you took. If it’s different than the required task, you should also explain why you chose a different path.
Result — What happened in the end? How did the situation play out once you acted? It’s best here to illustrate successes with numbers and details if you can. Numbers help reinforce the impact that your action had.
Here’s an example of how to describe your current position using the STAR method:
Situation: I am currently a flight attendant with a major airline. I assist on longer trips down to New Zealand and Australia. That’s why one of my key job responsibilities is to reassure passengers. On most flights, I check in with nervous passengers. I also serve food and drink and assist passengers with special needs. On longer flights, I have to use a unique skill set.
Task: That’s because passengers can become distressed, restless, or upset. It’s my responsibility to keep them calm and comfortable. Listening is the key.
Action: I use a soothing voice and active listening skills. I also try to find quick and easy solutions to soothe them. I am discreet about following up with other disturbed passengers. I am often called upon to help soothe young children, as I am the oldest in a family of five.
Result: I have yet to observe an incident on a flight that evolves into an emergency situation. My team and I place emphasis on passenger comfort and care. Because of this, we get consistent positive feedback from passengers.
Pro Tip: You might want to go into detail about some of the job responsibilities you’ve put on your resume. But don’t use your resume a script.
Hiring managers ask you to briefly describe your current position because they want to put you at ease. Once you’re relaxed, they want to see if you’ll say anything that indicates you’re a good employee.
What they aren’t asking is for you to brief them on your resume. So, while you may refer to some of your strengths from your resume, also keep in mind that you can go off script.
Tailoring your answers for a job interview is a lot tailoring your resume. Find out how: 6 Proven Tips on How to Tailor Your Resume to the Job Description and also check out all our other Interview Tips & Advice.
Examples of “Describe Your Current Position” Best Answers
So, what does the best answer look for the “can you describe your current position” interview question?
Here’s an example of a job offer for a cocktail server:
Pro Tip: Keep it brief. One thing you don’t want to do is rattle off a laundry list of job responsibilities.
The hiring manager wants to know more about that accomplishment from your resume and less about all the boring things you do.
You know the accomplishment that shows you’re a whiz at optimizing filing systems? Such a wonderful whiz that you increased office productivity by 25%? That’s what you should mention.Now that you’ve aced your interview, what’s next? Time to send a thank you email to the interviewer. Here’s how: “How to Write a Thank You Email After an Interview(+10 Examples)”
Bonus: Download FREE step-by-step checklist of things to do before an interview. “Things You Need To Do Before Your Big Interview.”
Answering the “can you describe your current position” question sounds a piece of cake. But all typical interview questions, it takes forethought, and it pays to prepare:
- Take a few minutes to think about what you want to say and what the interviewer might be asking.
- The hiring manager wants to know more about accomplishments from your resume, not the boring things you do.
- Do that, and you can show up at your interview feeling prepared and at ease.
Still not sure how to describe your current position during an interview? We can help! Leave us a comment, and we will help you pinpoint what job responsibilities to describe before the big day.
How to Write a Cover Letter to Reapply for My Current Job
If you fill a temporary role with a company, you may have to reapply for the job once the company decides to hire a permanent employee. This practice is known as the temp-to-hire process.
Other reasons you may have to reapply for your current job is because of a merger, acquisition or reorganization. When you are required to reapply for your job, enthusiastically approach the application process just you would any other job.
Submit a cover letter and an updated resume that reflects your current job duties.
Your current employer already knows who you are and might know what you have to offer the organization, but a cover letter always begins with an introduction. Make it clear why you are writing and let the human resources department know that you're the best qualified candidate for the job.
I learned that ABC Company is interviewing candidates for the permanent administrative assistant role. As you know, I have been assigned as the temporary administrative assistant since June.
According to the job announcement, preferential qualifications include familiarity with company processes and procedures, and acquired proficiency with its proprietary software.
Given my knowledge of the organization, positive attitude and stellar performance evaluations while working as a temp , I believe I'm perfectly suited for the permanent administrative assistant position.
In the second paragraph of your cover letter, describe your qualifications. The company should already know the basic qualifications you bring to the job. That's why the company hired you.
However, it doesn't hurt to restate your qualifications as well as list additional skills you have learned during the time you've worked in the job. The person who hired you may not be the same person who reviews your qualifications this time.
The reason you restate your qualifications is so that anyone reading your cover letter and resume will have a full picture of your qualifications.
My qualifications include a recent associate degree from Austin Community College where I gained proficiency in the latest office software systems and technology. For two years I worked part-time as a receptionist at a busy dental office where I scheduled appointments and managed a phone system with 10 lines.
Use your knowledge about the company to put you above other potential applicants. If you're well-d in the organization and mention the relationships you've formed.
The advantage you have over outside applicants is that you know the organizational culture and you won't have the extra ramp-up time that an outside applicant would have. Add that you collaborate well with employees in other departments, if that is part of your job.
Be positive and don't sound resentful that you have to reapply for a job you are already doing well.
I am personally committed to the organization's global mission statement and core values. I have enjoyed the emphasis on teamwork. I particularly working collaboratively with marketing, public relations and sales when preparing the company's monthly electronic newsletter.
If you made any significant accomplishments in your current role, by all means, list them in a third paragraph. Highlight achievements directly related to the priority tasks of the position you seek. For instance, if the job announcement states that the company seeks an innovative self-starter, describe yourself that way in your application.
During the time I have been working as the temporary administrative assistant, I developed a method for organizing customer orders that improves the efficiency of the department's filing system.
Restate your interest in the job and remind the recruiter or hiring manager that you have successfully performed the job duties as a temporary worker. Request an interview to elaborate on your qualifications.
Since you are reapplying for the job and still employed there, it is appropriate to give your work email address and office extension as a means to contact you.
Finish your closing paragraph with a professional salutation, such as «Kind regards,» or «Very truly,» and sign your full name.
7 Prayers for Employment or Work
In the United States today, so many people are unemployed. Some are fearful of being laid off. Others wonder about promotions. Many are looking for better jobs. There are a number of issues facing our country today regarding employment. Here are 7 prayers that you can pray about specific needs in the workplace.
Prayer for Work
Most Merciful Father,
I’m at my wits end, Lord. I feel I have tried every avenue to find work and yet I have not gotten a single phone call about my applications that I have sent out. Lord, I want to provide for my family.
I want to make a steady income that can pay my rent/mortgage and provide meals for my spouse and children. Lord, you know what is best for me and I lay these burdens at your throne now.
You are good all of the time, Father, and I am placing my trust in you this day. I love you Lord! Amen
Jobs at Risk
You already know before I speak what I am going to say. Nothing I say is a surprise to You and yet You yearn for my voice daily. I love You, God, because You love me as Your own child. I bring you a huge burden today, Lord. My company is downsizing because they are losing money. O gracious Lord, my department was told about potential lay-offs. I plead with You now, Father.
Please keep my position safe. I am scared for my future, Lord. I pray for Your peace that truly passes all understanding. Give me an ease of mind as I continue to work at my job. Lord, if I am laid off, it is because You have allowed it and I pray that You would have another open door ready for me to walk through. You are King, Father, and I trust in Your will this day.
You have blessed me with so much, Father. I have a wonderful family and church family. I thank you for Your love and I must lay a burden at Your feet. Father, You know about the promotion that I may get. Lord, it would be a huge blessing to receive it. I am not putting my faith in money, Lord. My faith is in You only.
If You allow me this promotion, I will use it faithfully as You see fit. I will be responsible with it and pay off existing debts and I will continue to tithe at church. Father, I am giving this completely to You and whatever Your decision is, I will thank You because You are loving, gracious and generous even in poverty.
I love You, Abba Father. Amen
“While there are many problems facing us all at our jobs, we have one ultimate solution and that is to trust fully in God.”
I praise You because You love me in spite of all of my failures and weaknesses. You wash me in Your Word and clean my soul up more with each passage I read. Father, I bring You a burden this day. I feel I am stuck in a dead end job with no possibility of promotion. I am barely floating above water right now.
You have blessed me with other talents that I could potentially use in other career fields. Father, if You are willing, I pray for You to open a door to a different career for me. I would love to use the talents You have given me to provide for my family. Where You lead, I will follow.
I praise Your name, Lord! Amen
Am I Transparent?
Blessed be Your name always. You have set my feet on a solid rock, Jesus Christ. I thank You, Jesus, for Your bravery and love that saved me from my sins on the cross. I will praise You forever! Lord, I feel a doormat at work.
I have tried to promote ideas to better the work environment while cutting down on costs. Management usually pacifies me with words they will not follow through on. They say, “we will consider it” but I know they forget about me as soon as they walk away.Father, You have provided me this job and I am grateful for it. I pray that you will soften the hearts of the leadership there. I don’t even care if they reject every idea of mine, Father. I just want to them to actually care and consider my suggestions.
I just want to be seen as a person and not an object to make them money. I love You, Lord and I will follow You wherever You lead. I love You! Amen
Struggles with Co-workers
You are abounding in grace and mercy for Your children. I am so thankful that You call me Your child. Lord, work is getting stressful because of the environment I am in. Father, there are many people who hate You there and they make my life miserable because they know that I love You.
I trust in James as it says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.” (James 1:2) I realize the benefit of being persecuted for believing in Jesus and I gladly accept whatever comes my way. Lord, I pray that You would soften the hearts of my co-workers. I will keep planting seeds, Lord.
I pray that they will let you water them. I love you, Father. Amen
Oh Merciful Father,
My company has lost a great man to a tragic accident and his life was taken from him. Father, many people at work really loved this man and everyone is lost right now. Father, I pray for strength while I am grieving.
Lord, use me to show Your love to all of those hurting at my job. I want to be the light that shines in the darkness, Father. I really need Your strength though. Carry me, Lord, as I help carry others through this difficult time.
You are my strength when I am weak, Lord. I love You, Father. Amen
While there are many problems facing us all at our jobs, we have one ultimate solution and that is to trust fully in God. God knows what is best for us in all circumstances. I pray that you will trust in God fully with your employment burdens, wants and needs as you continue to live a life worthy of the calling. God bless you all.
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People pray in many physical positions. For instance:
- laying flat on the floor, face down, with hands stretched out (also known as 'prostrate');
- standing, hands raised and spread, palms up, looking upward;
- standing, head bowed, eyes closed;
- sitting, head bowed, eyes closed, hands folded (the most common position today);
- kneeling, head bowed, hands folded;
- kneeling, head to the ground, hands face down on ground next to head;
- standing, eyes forward, facing the altar;
- sitting eyes closed, hands in front, palms up;
- laying flat on the floor, face up, palms up;
- slow leisurely walking (or sitting), eyes open, in a place where one can safely pay very little attention to where one is going.
Each of these body positions (and others) can be done for any kind of praying, but each has special meaning for different kinds of prayer. Standing with hands raised is typical of praise, celebrative prayer, and thanks-giving.
Kneeling and prostration show humility and recognition of a superior, and thus are especially well-suited to prayers of confession, repentance, or awe. (If you're someone who bows to no one, please consider praying while laying prostrate. In public. With everyone watching.
If you're too proud to do that, you're too proud to speak to God.) Slow wandering/meandering and lotus-sitting are especially good for meditational prayer and for quieting yourself so you can listen. Standing facing the altar is part of an act of worship with other people who are also worshipping.
Other positions have been used, too; for example, Elijah crouched low to the ground and put his face between his knees. (He must've been a prayer contortionist.)
The Bible doesn't mention arm gestures in prayer except the raising of hands. However, starting at least as early as 700 AD, some devout Jews took to swaying while studying the Torah, chanting Psalms, or praying. Christians praying together often link hands, raise them together, and form circles.
Mainstream Islam has many of the same personal postures for prayer, and treasure prostration (sujood) as when God's servant is closest to God. They pray together by all doing the same prayer and posture together.
Islam discourages many movements, but most sources teach that women can carry a baby during prayer, with the shifting that requires. Sufi traditions have a wider array of body use, including devotional dance. And most Abrahamic and Asian traditions of prayer allow such things as scratching itches.The Christian faith traditions allow ordinary natural behaviors or motions during prayer. Christians can walk, sway, dance, chant, or be quiet and still.
These positions can help you pray right by getting your body into (or, sometimes, the way of) your prayers. It becomes a way to use the body to express what the prayer is for. Prayer is done with your whole self, and the body is part of that.
But the body positions themselves are unimportant to God, who has seen liars and fools use them all. They are useful to know for your own benefit. The key to all prayer positions and postures is that you are having a living response with God, speaking and listening, thinking and receiving.
Whatever position your body is in, God is still paying attention. And that is ultimately what counts.
(This fact should be of special comfort to those who can't get into those positions due to handicap. You can pray from the position you're in, and it's just as good as any other so long as you're fully behind your prayers.)
A Spirithome dare: try each of these positions out in prayer, if you can do so safely. When done, then take a pad and a pen, and quickly jot down what you were sensing, what came to mind, and how fully you were able to immerse yourself in prayer.
In our own times, many people are devising new ways of bringing the body (or parts of it) into their prayer life. Some are fairly humorous, others are more of a meditation than a prayer, and sometimes a bit too trendy for their own good.
(Today's fuzzy spiritualists are prone to label almost any body movement «body prayer»; they're not always wrong.) These prayers are not just 'experiential', they're 'experimental', and they're a good example of faithful risk-taking and discovery.
These experiences can carry forward a true sense of prayer. In several of them, ritual and symbol are well-used for what they are meant to do, something that's usually lost in pop-ritual and by ritualists.
One of my favorite body prayers is below; it's in the spirit of early Celtic Christian prayers, but acted out with the body and with open hands faced out and placed together in a triangular (Trinity) shape. As the old Embody UK site of 2000 described it:
«Stand up with your arms straight out to your side and your palms pointing to the ceiling and pray: «Creator God». Bring your hands together in front of you, forming a triangle with your thumbs and forefingers, and pray: «The three in one».Keeping the triangle shape, move your hands down to touch the ground and pray: «Be in this place». Stand up again and place the triangle over your chest praying, «Be in my heart», and over your forehead praying, «Be in my mind». Take the triangle above your head and pray: «I love you and adore you».
Bring your hands down to the starting point and you can start to pray again.»
An experience in praying while in motion
Back some 20 years ago, I started praying during bike rides. (This, at the suggestion of a Third Order Franciscan.) The trick is to stop before you pray, then start riding again as you finish one prayer, stopping and starting in a controlled, regular fashion. It takes discipline to keep the functions separated.
The first few days, it worked well and felt great. Then, it started becoming more dangerous, because my mind would keep wandering back to God at unexpected, unplanned times so I wasn't paying attention to where I was going, even with my eyes open. With each close call I would tell myself to pay more attention and exert more discipline.
I stopped biking my prayers after jumping a curb, crossing someone's driveway while they were backing up, and landing in thorn bushes on the other side. Fool that I am, I then decided to try something less hazardous: I'd pray while taking a walk, or more accurately, meandering. Same discipline, less risk. But I live in a suburb.
I'd have to go a mile or so to get to a good place to walk around at a normal pace. So (duh…) I chose to walk to a nearby school's track area. Once again, once I started thinking toward God, I would not keep my mind off God, even on my way there.
I stopped that when I walked into the school's perimeter fence one day, and into a parked car the next. I discovered that prayer shtick doesn't work.
I still occasionally use my current landlord's ample back yard woods, where I can meander aimlessly, slowly, and safely — though I did walk into a tree once and another time stepped on a squirrel. But mostly, I stay stationary when praying. I don't want to put God to the test by essentially demanding a miracle healing each time I move about.
I can recommend walking a labyrinth, which is pre-designed for devotional use. No obstacles there; it is a controlled pathway to follow.But it is not really something you just walk, and it's not for recreation or physical fitness.
You pay close attention to the relatively small course, and learn to stop and contemplate or meditate or pray at various points, either as planned or as led from inside.
Read here for more common ways of praying wrongly.
Three preachers were discussing the best body positions for prayer, while a utility repairman was working close by. One of the preachers said, «I find kneeling gets the best feeling».
«No», another jumped up. «I get the best results standing with my hands outstretched to Heaven.»
«Both of you miss the mark», the third shot back. «Prayer's most effective when lying prostrate, face down on the floor.»
The repairman had heard enough of this. «Hey, y'all,» he stepped in, «the best prayin' I ever did was hangin' upside down from a telephone pole.»
Here's a cartoon about the drawbacks of one prayer position, at least to walrus Christians…
A PDF download of Spirithome pages on prayer.
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Prayer to Find a New Job
Are you unemployed, under-employed, or in a toxic work situation? If so, pray this prayer to find a new job and watch God move on your behalf!
Many folks in our community have mentioned their need for jobs over the years
And if that’s you, know that God wants you to have a good job. A GOOD job. A job that will be a blessing to you, because:
The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22).
Papa God is so good that He wants you to have a job:
- that will bless you financially;
- that you will enjoy doing;
- where you will have pleasant co-workers;
- with a nice boss; and
- where you can be a witness for Him.
He also wants you to have a job that will be good for your family. A job that will be safe. A job where you will be honored and respected.
A good job is a blessing from the Lord
And if you need a new job, don’t hesitate to pray for one–and pray specifically!
Yes, you will still have to do the legwork to find your new job. You will have to be diligent to look for the job the Lord has for you. You will have to fill out applications and interview. You will have to work hard at any job you get, go through training, and do everything else that comes with jobs.
But the Lord can and will bless you with a wonderful job if you will pray and believe Him to do so.
Are you ready to pray? Use the sample prayer below, and add your specific points to this model prayer as needed.
Related: Read my whole Radical Prayers series here!
Pray this prayer to find a new job:
“Heavenly Father, I come before You in Jesus’ name.
Father God, thank You for hearing my prayer. Thank You that Your Word says “Before you call, I will answer,” and so You have answered me even before I finish this prayer. Thank You for knowing everything that concerns me, and for providing all my needs richly. I know I can depend on You, Father.
Father, I lift up my job situation to You. Lord, I ask right now in Jesus’ name that You would make a way for me to have a new job, a better job. Show me which steps to take.
Lord, if I am to change careers, then please show me what career to pursue. If I am to stay in the same career, give me peace about that. Either way, Lord, I ask right now that You would bring me into a job where the people are good to work with; where they are nice to me and others. Provide a job where I am paid well, where my work schedule would bless and not harm my family.Father God, I ask in Jesus’ name that You would highlight in my mind where I should apply for new jobs. Give me the motivation and inspiration I need to apply, and shine Your light of favor on me there. As I apply, give me the words to say and help me fill out the application perfectly.
Father, I ask also that You would give the interviews that You want me to have–with the right interviewers too. Make it so that, when I walk into the room to apply or interview, the people there would know that I am the one to hire. Be the answer of my tongue, and help me to speak the words during the interview and application process that You want me to speak.
Father, I ask You to provide a good salary, good retirement benefits, good medical and dental insurance, disability insurance, paid time off, paid vacations, and paid sick leave. Provide for the on-the-job training that I need. I ask also for Christian co-workers in the workplace; and for kind, compassionate, generous, and patient supervisors.
Father God, give me wisdom, strength and power. Reveal Yourself as the Glory and Lifter of my head. In the Name of Jesus I declare that the old things are past and the new things have come. Bring me the old place, and into this new place of abundance. Put me in the right job, and deliver me from the wrong jobs.
Thank You, Father. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer, and that I have received everything I’m asking You for. I give You all the glory.
In Jesus’ name, amen.”
Beloved, here are 5 Bible promises you can claim for a new job while you’re praying:
- “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). Pray this when you ask the Lord to show you where to apply for a new job, and for wisdom during your interview.
- “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:7-11).
- “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22). Pray this when asking the Lord for a good wage, good working hours, and everything else good in yoru new job!
- “The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti” (Esther 2:17). Remind the Lord that He is no respecter of persons; what He did for Esther, He will do for you! Ask Him to shine His spotlight of favor on you during the job search process. Ask Him to give you more favor than everyone around you; that the people who are to hire you would know you are the candidate they seek the first time they see you; and that the Lord would help you stand head and shoulders above the rest.
- “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:12-14). Remind the Lord of this Scripture and ask Him to bring you into a greater job with greater works than you’ve ever had. Ask Him to glorify His own name in His answers to your situation. Tell Him what you desire and ask Him to do it; remind Him that He said He will.
Pray this and remind God that you are asking, seeking, and knocking–so He has to bring you your request!
If you just prayed this prayer and these Scriptures, please leave a comment below so others in this community can agree with you! Also, please let us know when Papa brings you into the new job you have prayed for!