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James H. Daughdrill, Jr.

This Week's Prayers
Monday, July 6, 2015
(Meditation: Jeremiah 29:11-14)
God, bless those who have lost their jobs or their businesses. When they are stripped of their pride, give them Your assurance. When they feel like a failures, give them hope. When they feel angry, give them peace. When they are depressed, give them encouragement. May their experiences strengthen their family ties, and gain together the strength that comes with shared sacrifices. God, give them freedom from the pressure of needing bigger and more expensive things. Help them to know once again the joy of simple things. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
(Meditation: Matthew 11:28)
God, I love all the new technology, but not everything that comes with it. It makes me more productive, so I take on more responsibility. It makes me more available, but I have to deal with more trivia. Instant communication keeps me up to date, but I have little silence in my life. In trying to keep in touch with everyone, I lose touch with myself and with You. E-mails pile on. My cell phone rings constantly. Text messages and tweets yip at my heels. I'm wireless and overexposed. It's like being stoned to death with popcorn! O God, save me from the whirlpool of trivia. Forgive me for my infatuation with trying to be all things to all people. Help me to trade my trivia for Your truth. Help me to plan my priorities based on YOUR priorities. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
(Meditation: Matthew 6:14-15)
O God, sometimes the things that hurt me most are the hardest to let go. Hanging on to things like anger and self-pity puts me in control, and lets me wallow in being a victim. I'm afraid that if I don't keep reliving my hurts, I won't matter. It is so painful to acknowledge this. God, heal my wounds. Help me to accept Your forgiveness and Your steadfast love. Help me to stop re-playing old hurts and start to forgive others. Help me to open my heart to Your constant love and peace. Help me to let go of my self image, and be reshaped by Your image of me. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.

Thursday, July 9, 2015
(Meditation: Philippians 2:1-2)
Dear God, too often I live in a "we-they" world. Help me today to sense the unity of Your creation, and the harmony of Your providence. Help me to sense the oneness of all people that You created and love. God, help me to feel at one with myself . . . and at one with others . . . all because I feel at one with You. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.

Friday, July 10, 2015
(Meditation: II Corinthians 1:3-4)
O God, I saw a good friend yesterday. Her husband died last year. Her sparkle is gone and she looks older. The sadness in her eyes and the melancholy in her voice break my heart. Hold her close, and let her rest in You. Restore to her the joy of her salvation. And help me, and all of her friends, to be there when she needs an ear and an open heart. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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