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A Baker’s Prayer

In all kinds of occupations, whether you are a janitor or the CEO of a company, God can use your work for His sovereign care of the world. Illegal occupations are exempted from this rule. A company’s CEO has many ways to make a difference in this world, whether it is innovating to improve human lives or donating financial support to nonprofits that help orphans. If you are a janitor, it may seem that your tedious job does not make an impact and cannot be used by God, but many people may have been spared from getting sick because you have kept the bathroom clean. Regardless of your occupation, you can be God’s instrument in that particular industry—even bakers!

Matthew 5:13-16

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

What services do bakers provide?

There are different ways a baker can be a blessing, but especially by serving others what they need, such as bread and pastries. You can give energy and improve the day for people who eat your baked goods. Undoubtedly, all of us were at least once comforted by a delicious pastry. Very busy people don’t have the time to eat breakfast at their home, so they stop in a bakery to grab something for their breakfast. The baker provides convenience and something to eat for a person who is busy enough not to make and eat their meals. Also, if loaves of bread and pastries were not sold and are still good enough to be eaten but can’t be sold the next day, you can wrap them up and give them to unhoused communities nearby.

How can bakers pray?

Baking is a passion, just as writing music or fixing machines are other people’s passions. Being a baker is an occupation that requires great skill. One example is that you must be precise in your measurements. As a baker, strive to be excellent and skillful in your work. Yes, you may be baking for someone you are working for—a restaurant, cake shop, a bakery, or for those who will eat the bread and pastries you have made—but at the end of the day, we have to remember that we are working for the LORD. Let every piece of bread that comes out from the oven be made for the glory of God.

Proverbs 22:29

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

Colossians 3:23-24

23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Here is a good prayer that you can pray as a baker:

Father, I thank You for giving me the skill and talent to become a baker. I pray that You give me grace and empower me to be more excellent in baking so that I may glorify You more in it. Whenever I bake, always remind me that I bake not for men but for You, Lord. Use me and the bread and pastries I make as an instrument for Your kingdom and let me be the world’s salt and light through baking. Help me be more skillful in this trade so that I am a good example to my fellow bakers as a Christian. Give me the grace to always be diligent when it comes to baking. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

When God uses someone, it is never about their intellect, background, connections, or education. We are always dependent on God’s grace, which is sufficient for us as we go out to be the salt and light of the world, pointing people towards Christ.