“A Hope, A Prayer, A Job”

One of the most well known career ministries in the country is Roswell United Methodist Church Job Networking in suburban Atlanta.

Last month, ABC-TV World News featured them in a story called “A Hope, A Prayer, A Job.” It started me thinking about the connection between prayer and job search.

Is it OK to pray for a job?

My first thought is YES, of course. But then I remember times when I prayed for a job, and I didn’t get it. What happened? Maybe God didn’t hear me, He’s busy or doesn’t care. That can’t be it.

  • Perhaps I didn’t pray right. Something I did wrong. That’s possible.
  • Possibly, it’s God’s way of redirecting or protecting me.
  • Maybe I didn’t pray enough or believe enough.
  • Could it be prayer doesn’t work?
  • What do you think?

Thoughts About Praying for a Job

The best strategy to find jobs, careers, calling combines three efforts:

Online searching
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On-the-ground-networking
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All-the-time praying

Imagine you’re dialing 1-800-Dear-God … calling by prayer the one Person who knows everyone, everywhere, all the time. Ask Him every day before every meeting, phone call and email.

He knows the plans He has for you. He knows where all the job openings are. He knows everyone who’s hiring. Consider this amazing thought in Matthew 7:7 in the Bible.

“Ask, and it shall be given to you;
seek, and you shall find; knock it shall be opened to you.”

As you’re searching for jobs, be prayerful, intentional and alert. Make at least 1 new contact every day – even better make 10 new contacts a day. No matter the outcome of the contacts, remember to:

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Pray for Jobs for Others

May I suggest that praying is not all about you or me, but also about God Himself, and other people?

While you’re praying for you and your job search, also pray for others who are searching and praying for jobs. Ask others to pray for you. You can start now by coming to our Prayer Wall online so that you can:

Even better is to pray with others in person. Our career groups and member churches not only offer job search help and fellowship, but offer prayer times, places and people.

Not Sure How to Pray for a Job?

Here are three suggestions about praying for jobs or anything else:

Or you can just get in a quiet place and take your hopes and dreams, worries and wonderings, privately to God. He is always available, never to busy and happy to hear from you.

So Tell Me What You Think.

Is the ABC-TV headline – “A Hope, A Prayer, A Job” right or not?

Is prayer the connecting point between hope and a job? If yes, then how does that work? It’s a big question, and there are lots of answers.

I would love to hear yours. All of us are smarter than any one of us. We are better together in Him!

Please post your comments below.

Comments

  1. A place of hope and prayer.

  2. please pray for job i losse my job im flight attendant

  3. I will continue to pray for those who are still looking for work. Try to keep your faith in Christ Jesus. He always comes through. We must remain patient. Thank the Lord for other things that you have. For example, Our Freedom in religion. Amen!

  4. what is wrong in my prayer? i trust God everything i do. I have found a job. i apply the job. i start working with my new job. my first day of a job i feel difficult. i need to continue because i believe this job is the will of God. I pray to own this job. 100% i bleieve that this job os for me because i asked it. my second day still difficult, but i need to work and accept. on the 3rd day my boss told to my friend that i will not work .. what can you say ? I have the strong faith and trust the Lord but only 2 days the job is gone..

  5. It’s so hard to a single mom like me to raise a child on my own. I’ve been stocked unemployed for about 4 months and its hard for me to have this crisis because my daughter is already studying. I wish that God would answer my prayers everyday, i know God have reasons behind this. But I’m asking for his grace and guidance this time. May God give me a decent job so i can be stable.

  6. Send us your praise reports and prayer requests on our Praise and Prayer Wall. http://www.crossroadscareer.org/prayer.

  7. I am a single mother of 2 boys and i am not working, it is very difficult but I trust God that He is still preparing a suitable job for me. Please pray with me.

  8. i am praying for a job, I do not have experience but I believe God will open up a door for me. I will not be jobless. God knows the deepest desires of my heart and he will hear my prayer.

  9. I would like prayer for a job and that God will bless my marriage as i am out of work and having a real hard time now,please crossroads family pray for me that God will bless me soon,i do not know how much more i can take!!!!

  10. wow, you would be great at any customer service. i pray the Lord lead you NOT astray but right AWAY to exactly the place HE has reserved for you. Just noticed you posted this almost 2 years ago. how you doing now?

  11. PRAYER REQUEST: My husband has been at his job for 8 years as a contract worker. For some reason he is not getting hired permanently. Please pray for him to get on permanent.

    1. PRAYER: I pray that he gets a permanent job in Jesus’s mighty name. Amen

  12. PRAYER REQUEST: Lord my son have graduate degree in engineering with dila.God let there be an oil company to give him a job. Lord hear my prayer as I am a single mother. In Jesus’ name I pray.

  13. I pray for a job after being unemployed for a long time and recovering from a life threatening illness. I get close but don’t get the offer several times now.

  14. A prayer for better days and a job… Lord be with me please…

  15. I have been unemployed for long time. I’m a degree holder and mother of 2. Please pray with me.

  16. Pls pray that I find better job for my wife and daughter. Bless all of you

    1. Just found your prayer request from Jan 30. I pray the Lord grant your wife and daughter better jobs

  17. pls pray for me. my financial problems are becomming worse by the day. the expenses are mounting and there is no inflow of money. all the doors are shut. pls pray that our lord opens some door for finances to come in. pls pls pray for financial blessings on our family. its becomming very difficult day by day.

    1. Praying for you and your family, that God will provide and protect, guard and guide, to grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation about what to do next. Amen

  18. Please pray that I get the flight attendant job

  19. Hi there, I check your blog daily. Your writing style is witty,
    keep doing what you’re doing!

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