Starting a new job can be an exciting time, whether it is your first job or if you have moved on from a previous job to finally pursue your heart’s desire and passion. Whatever your case may be, praying to God for guidance and blessings over your new job is a great way to start. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”
As you are here looking for a prayer for starting a new job, may the Lord prosper the work of your hands and bless the company as well, in Christ Jesus’ name. Here is a prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank You for blessing me with a new job. As I am about to start with this new chapter of work, thank You for guiding me, favoring me, and making Your face shine upon me in the workplace. May I shine the light of Christ and glorify You in everything that I do, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Seeking God in prayer when starting a new job is the best choice you’ll ever make in your new journey. You will need His wisdom, guidance, protection, and the Holy Spirit’s gift for discernment and fruit of the Spirit for you to be an effective Christian and true follower of Christ in the workplace.
After all, starting a new job means a new environment, new people with different characters, a new nature of work, and new experiences ahead. Nothing happens twice when it comes to events and experiences, so you must be prepared and equipped spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
As a Christian, you are not merely working to earn a living but also working in your calling as God’s ambassador, Gospel bearer, spiritual warrior, and child of God in advancing His kingdom on earth. You need God’s Word by meditating and studying it daily so that your mind remains fixed on Christ and is always aligned with God’s will.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
And Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
As you say a prayer every day to God upon starting your new job, pair it with discipline and consistency by spending time reading and meditating on God’s Word so that you may be prepared and equipped for the new journey at work.
How can I partner with God in my new job?
Praying to God as you begin your new job is an invitation to walk with God every day. When Christians pray and communicate with God, our prayers become the bridge for heaven to move on earth. When Jesus Christ prayed to the Father upon resurrecting Lazarus, He said, “… Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always….” (John 11:41-42). And when we pray according to God’s will, He hears us and will answer us, just as He did Jesus.
1 John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
Here are some of the things you can do to partner with God in your new job:
1. Stay humble and teachable to the Holy Spirit
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Staying humble and teachable to the Holy Spirit allows God to work in and through you, which can impact your workplace in powerful ways. Staying humble and teachable means not doing things according to your own understanding or leaving God out of the picture in your decision-making. Whenever you feel like you lack wisdom in certain things in your new job, James 1:5 says that you can ask God for wisdom, and He will give it to you. Whenever there is concern in your heart in your new job, 1 Peter 5:6-7 says that you should come to God, be humble, and cast all your concerns to Him. In this way, you continuously work in partnership with God’s Spirit in all situations.
2. Stay rooted and grounded in His Word
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
By staying rooted and grounded in the Word of God, the enemy can’t fill your mind with lies, doubts, confusion, worries, fear, and deceptive beliefs and ideas as you journey into your new job. We know that not every workplace acknowledges Christ and the Scripture, and not all people have a relationship with God, read the Bible, or have an understanding of God’s truths. As a Christian, constantly renewing your mind with God’s Word by meditating and reading it daily is essential if you want to partner with God in your job. It is your weapon against Satan’s schemes and work of darkness and will be your constant connection to the Spirit of Truth.
3. Make God your intention for all things
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Colossians 3:23-24 and Colossians 3:17 instruct the believers to always do things in the name of the Lord and for the sake of Christ, be it in church ministry, in your family, or in your new job. You will always prosper and succeed when God is your intention and motivation, for He rewards those who seek Him. Thus, in your new job, you are doing it and doing your best every day because of God, and you want to give Him all the glory and praise He deserves.
4. Always yield to the Holy Spirit
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Yielding to the Holy Spirit, especially in challenging situations, allows you to produce the fruit of the Spirit, as mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23. Working in a secular place and with people of different characters and beliefs can be challenging and requires the wisdom of God every day. After all, you are not just an ordinary employee but a child of God who shines the light of Christ. Colossians 4:5 says that we must live wisely among unbelievers. As a new man in Christ, you must make the most of every opportunity to win souls over to Christ.
5. Obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
It is the Holy Spirit who reminds you of God’s Word, as mentioned in John 14:26. As you start a new job, this is an opportunity to excel not just in your work but also to advance the Kingdom of God in your words and deeds. Similar to producing the fruit of the Spirit, when you obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit, it can impact and change lives. If the Holy Spirit tells you to be kind to a difficult coworker, don’t resist His voice or question His motives. Simply be kind, and in due time, you will reap a harvest for your seed of obedience to God and kindness towards this difficult coworker. Who knows, that person might really need your help and saving through Christ Jesus.
6. Be a light in your workplace
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
As shown in the five points above, when partnering with God in your new job, you will shine the light of Christ. Your good works will cause people around you to encounter the goodness of God and praise Him, as mentioned in Matthew 5:16. Being a Christian is not easy, but with the help of the Holy Spirit, He will never leave you nor forsake you in the journey. As you continue to choose to obey Him, renew your mind with God’s Word, and yield to God to produce His fruit, your light will impact those who are living in darkness in your workplace. You will be such a great blessing to your new job.
7. Work diligently with all the tasks given to you
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
Proverbs 10:4 says that the hand of the diligent makes one prosperous. As you work in the name of the Lord and glorify God diligently, not only are you blessing God but your company and employers as well. No employer wants to hire a lazy person, as that will threaten projects and the company. However, a worker who diligently and patiently works on his or her assigned tasks can keep projects flowing and continuous, bringing financial blessings and bigger contracts to the company.
8. Set your mind on things above
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
It is important to set your affections on heavenly things, as mentioned in Colossians 3:2, upon starting your new job. We know that there are all sorts of worldly temptations brought upon by secular jobs. It can be in the form of unhealthy competition with a competitive coworker, lust for material wealth upon receiving a salary raise, compromising your biblical stands and faith in exchange for connections, gossiping culture in the office, and so on. It is crucial that you constantly set your intentions by doing a heart check and self-evaluation from time to time as you venture into your new job so that God can powerfully and effectively work in partnership with you. Psalm 139:23-24 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
The list goes on as you work in partnership with the Holy Spirit in prayer, meditation of His Word, in speech, and in your deeds. Given that you desire to be a powerful child of God in your new job, God will surely not disappoint you, as our Heavenly Father always looks after His children, hearing and answering their prayers that are aligned with His will.
How can I be successful in my new job?
As a Christian, success in your job means doing God’s will in your life, and His presence is always with you. While every human desires to excel and achieve greater heights in their job, which is not a bad thing, this isn’t the true meaning of success for God’s people. We must remember that the ways of this world are contrary to God’s Word (see Galatians 5:17). In fact, you can be hated for doing what is right, for shining the light of Christ, sharing and obeying the Gospel, and just being a Christian, especially in secular jobs and non-Christian workplaces.
To be successful in your job, all you need to do is partner with God in all the things that you do, as already discussed in the eight points above. Your success as an employee isn’t based on your personal achievements, performance, and awards but only on what Jesus Christ has already finished and paid for on the cross. As you fix your eyes on Christ and on His Word, you will have greater peace that transcends knowledge and all understanding. Such a state of the soul is better than any worldly achievements and rewards. That being said, God’s children are the head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13). When Christ is your top priority, you will always excel in things with pure intentions and motives because it is the Spirit of God who causes you to walk in excellence, enabling you to do all things through Christ, who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13). Thus, seek God first, and His Kingdom and success will follow in your job. As you pursue Christ and obey His commands, His Spirit will cause you to walk in Christ’s victory and success, no matter what. Matthew 6:33 says:
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
You should also check out this article (A Prayer for Success at Work) to help you pray and to gain more insights on how to be successful in your new job.
May God bless you and prosper you in your new job, in Jesus’ name.
“And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.” – Psalm 90:17