Today, as we start on a new week and face new challenges at work, may we find time to reflect on our personal motivations and the valuable reasons as to why we choose to do hard work on the daily.
“It is difficult to have dignity without work,” Pope Francis says. “Work means dignity, work means taking food home, work means loving!” (Read: Pope Francis Homilies: Valuable Lessons on Christian Living)
So, whether you are someone who’s looking for a new job, working hard to feed your family, struggling to fight work burnout, or facing the challenges of earning amid the pandemic, bring the Lord to the center of your being amid everyday hustle with these short prayers.
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.
Prayer for the Workplace
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.
A Prayer for Successful Work
Almighty God, whose hands hold all matters of life, give me the grace of success in the work that I do. Help me to give it 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.