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A Lifeguard’s Prayer

Lifeguards aren’t just people on the beach or at the pool who do nothing but watch people. They have many skills and capabilities—more than is apparent. When there are emergencies on a beach or at a pool and anyone’s life is in danger, they are there to rescue those who need help. They also render first aid should that be needed. That is why they aren’t just people who casually do nothing and sit watching over the beach or pool. They are brave, competent, and knowledgeable people who would go to great lengths to save someone.

Heavenly Father, I pray that You would use me in my profession as a lifeguard to watch over people and ensure they are safe. Use me as Your instrument to rescue those in danger and save their lives. Help me to always be competent and dependable in times of emergencies. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

What can a lifeguard pray for?

The things that a lifeguard can pray for are things that concern his profession, most especially competence. Being competent in what you do is vital if you are a lifeguard because it can mean life or death for the person you are saving. That includes you as well. As you pray for competence, you pray for God’s grace and mercy. In Hebrews 4:16, it says that in Christ we can come before God’s throne of grace and ask Him for the grace and mercy that we need.

As a lifeguard, you surely need God’s grace and mercy to be competent in what you do. The knowledge, skills, abilities, and everything else you need to be an excellent and competent lifeguard come from God alone. That is why, as you desire to be a competent lifeguard, you pray for God’s grace and mercy in your profession.

Heavenly Father, help me become an excellent lifeguard that people can rely on in times of need or emergency. Give me the grace and mercy to learn and remember all the essential knowledge and skills I need to be competent. Give me the grace to have presence of mind and the ability to solve problems under pressure. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

The second prayer you can pray as a lifeguard is for grace from God to help you be the salt and light to the world, as written in Matthew 5:13-16, specifically on the beach or at the pool where you are working. Being a lifeguard is a good platform from which you can be the salt and light to proclaim Christ to those who don’t know Him. If there is an emergency where you needed to save someone who is drowning, you can check up on the person afterward, talk to him, and tell him to be careful next time. As you do that, you can insert the Gospel into the conversation since what happened could have involved death. It is an excellent opportunity to preach the Gospel, which shows us that death will never have power over us. The person might not be sure where he will go if he dies and thus have spiritual uncertainty; you are the perfect person to preach the truth of the Gospel to him.

Even without an emergency, you can still preach the Gospel. One example is if you are sitting and watching over the beach or pool and people are chilling out near your post. You can start a conversation with them (not about the Gospel at first) and then slowly try to introduce the Gospel. However, being the salt and light is not just about preaching the Gospel. It is also about demonstrating it. We demonstrate it through the acts of love and mercy that we show others, how we live our lives, and our excellence in the workplace.

Father in heaven, give me the grace I need to be the salt and light at the beach or pool where I work as a lifeguard. When people look at my excellence at work and how I live, they will see Christ. Give me the boldness to preach the Gospel and the wisdom to insert it into my conversations with people. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

The last sample prayer point that you can pray as a lifeguard is more of a reminder than a plea to God for grace and mercy. As a lifeguard, you ultimately work for God and not men. It is written in Colossians 3:23 that we work heartily for the LORD and not for men. When we save someone, we do it primarily not because we want to impress others but because we want to serve God and be a blessing to others. Also, it is written in 1 Corinthians 10:31 that in everything we do, even as a lifeguard, we ought to glorify God. In other words, you remind yourself in prayer that you work ultimately for God and to glorify Him. You can also ask God for the grace to help you consistently do that.

Heavenly Father, always remind me that when I work as a lifeguard, I do it so that I can serve You by helping others and not so that I can impress others and glorify myself. Give me the grace always to be excellent as I work heartily for You and consistently seek to glorify You in everything I do as a lifeguard. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

How do you pray as a lifeguard?

As a lifeguard, you can pray by using the sample prayer points mentioned above. The three prayer points mentioned above are your competence in work, being the salt and light, and being reminded to glorify God in your work. These are the essential things that you can pray for as a lifeguard. You don’t have to follow the exact specifics or details mentioned above; you can pray whatever you want to God in line with our three points. It is important to note that this is not some standard. It is never stated in the Bible that you must use these three prayer points. The reasoning is that as we desire to honor God, we will more likely desire to be competent in whatever work we do, be the salt and light there, and glorify Him in that area.

Heavenly Father, give me the grace that I need to be competent in my work as a lifeguard. Help me to be disciplined so that I can always stay on top of my game. Help me never be ashamed but bold in preaching Christ to my workmates. May I always glorify You in my work so that people will see Christ in the way I live my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

You can also pray to God by lifting up to Him whatever concerns you have in your work as a lifeguard. In Philippians 4:6-7, it is written that we are to present our concerns or prayer requests to God, Who then will give us peace that transcends all understanding and guards our hearts and minds.

Father in heaven, give me the grace to be patient with this rather annoying workmate. Help me show him grace and reflect Your character to him. I also pray that our manager will be more considerate of the lifeguards he is managing and strive to provide a better work environment. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

While working as a lifeguard or at any other occupation, you do what you do for Christ. In Galatians 2:20, Paul writes that the life that he lived, he lived for Christ, Who died for him and gave Himself up for him. He has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer he who lives, but Christ in Him. In the same way, in every endeavor you have as a lifeguard, you do this for Christ.