Finding a new job involves many things. You must choose which company you should apply to, which offer to accept, and whether you should make a career change in the first place. You also need guidance and direction, especially regarding bigger and more complicated factors involved in choosing a new job. You will also need skills and competence to be the best candidate for the job opening for which you are applying. In other words, getting a new job is not an easy thing. That is all the more reason why we should pray to God when we seek a new job.
Heavenly Father, I thank You because in this season, when I am looking for a new job, I am not doing it alone. You are with me, and as my heavenly Father, I can ask You for help, guidance, and wisdom. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Why Should You Pray To God For A New Job?
You should pray to God for a new job or when seeking a new job because, in the end, God is the source of all things. In Romans 11:36, it is written that from him and through him and to him are all things. In (All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:3), Jesus, who is God the Son, is described as all things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. Creation and all that there is depends on God, as God is the source of everything. God, on the other hand, is not. He is self-sufficient. Because of that, despite being nothing, we can depend on God for every grace, mercy, wisdom, and strength that we need as we look for a new job.
The second reason we should pray to God for a new job is that His providential hand always works for our ultimate benefit. There is divine providence because God is sovereign. Providence means that God, in His sovereignty, wisdom, knowledge, and power, is always actively involved in the lives of His people. That should be a source of comfort for those who are looking for a new job because it means that wherever we end up working, we are where God wants us to be. It gives us peace in the sense that we can never find ourselves outside God’s will, grace, and mercy because His providential care for us always keeps us smack in the center of His will. That is why, in (Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23:6), it is written that surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives.
Whether your applications get rejected or not, whether you end up having a career change or not, or being in the company you want, wherever you end up, there is no need to doubt where you are because God is sovereign. He works all things for Your good, as written in (And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28). Ephesians 1:11 also says that God works all things according to the purpose of the counsel of His will. God has already accounted for everything in the tiniest detail as you search for a new job. It is like His guiding and providential hand surrounds you as you pray and search for a new job. That is why we can always say that the LORD has already gone before us, so wherever we are, He is there.
Just because God is actively involved in our lives and sovereign does not mean our prayers for a new job are useless. In fact, God uses our prayers to bring about His will. For example, as you look for a new job, you might pray for wisdom, acceptance by a company you hope to work for, and a good salary. God has ordained your prayers so that He can bring about those things as you pray.
Another example is when we pray for our governmental leaders, we can’t just say that God is sovereign, and therefore, even if we don’t pray, God will cause them to know Christ. While God can indeed do that, God uses and ordains our prayers so that those leaders can know Christ. It is the same regarding our prayers as we seek a new job. God’s providence, power, and sovereignty give us all the more reason to pray. That is why, as written in ( Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16), the prayers of the righteous in Christ are powerful.
Father in heaven, I thank You because in this season, while looking for a new job, I know that Christ is my shepherd. He is always there to lead and guide me, no matter where I go. This is my confidence, wherever I see myself, that Your goodness and mercies follow me all the days of my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
How Can You Pray A Good Prayer For A New Job?
A good prayer for a new job is a prayer borne out of humility before God. As mentioned above, God is the source of everything; we are all technically nothing apart from God. Therefore, coming to God in humility acknowledges that, in the end, we are dependent on Him. As we do that, we cast our concerns regarding finding a new job to God, as written in 1 Peter 5:6-7. In Philippians 4:6-7, it is also written that we are to present our prayer requests to God, in which His peace that transcends all understanding shall guard our hearts and minds in Christ. In other words, we must say a good prayer for a new job by praying to God about our related concerns regarding our search for a new job and asking Him for a new job.
Some practical things you can do as you pray are to think about the jobs you are considering and would like to have. As you think about them and know that those are the jobs you would like to hold, pray and ask God. Of course, searching for and choosing a new job involves many other factors, like wisdom regarding which openings are worth applying for. You also need grace to be competent enough to be considered for the position and hopefully get it. Even guidance and direction are essential if you are considering a career change. Aside from praying for a new job, you must also pray to God regarding several other things you need as you search and apply for a new job.
Below is an example of a good prayer for a new job:
Heavenly Father, I am considering three job openings, all of which are good job positions for me. The benefits are good, and there is room for growth. I pray that I will be considered for all three of them and choose wisely among them as to which one I should go with. Give me the wisdom, guidance, direction I need, and the competence to be seen as the right fit for the job. If there are any other better job openings than the ones I know of right now, guide me to them and grant me favor in the eyes of those companies as I apply. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
As you consider a new job, it is essential to note that you should not only consider a new job just for the sake of money or the prestige of the work. Ultimately, we work heartily for the LORD, and not for men, as written in Colossians 3:23-24. Our primary goal as to why we work is to expand God’s kingdom and proclaim Christ to the lost. We only use our jobs to serve God and bring about His kingdom here on Earth. That is why as Christians, no job is secular.