Being successful at work is what every working person desires, whether they like their jobs or not. No one goes to work with the mindset or desire to fail because it is part of human nature to want to thrive, survive and excel in life. As Christians who are working secular jobs, we are not exempt from such desires. After all, we want God to be glorified in everything we do, including our jobs and in our workplaces.
Colossians 3:17 says, “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.”
As you are here looking for a prayer for success at work, may God bless you and favor you as you seek Him for help, guidance, and strength in your work. Here is a prayer to say:
Heavenly Father, thank You for blessing me with a job that aids in my financial needs. I am not only successful in and blessed by my job, but my family and loved ones also take their share. May Your hand of protection and favor always be upon our employers and companies, and may everything I do prosper for Your glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
The world’s view on success differs on so many levels from God’s view on success. To be successful in this world means being in the highest position and authority, having plenty of money in your bank account, owning houses, cars, traveling to luxurious countries, and being influential. On the other hand, Biblical perspectives on success only mean one thing – “Christ is all that matters” (see Colossians 3:11), and that God chooses what the world considers to be foolish that He may be glorified above all.
“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29).
The Apostle Paul showed us what true success is; he considered all his personal achievements as nothing compared to knowing Christ and the knowledge of the Gospel. Even if he may be qualified to boast because of his education and standing as a Pharisee, he said that those things were nothing before Christ.
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith” (Philippians 3:7-9).
As Christians, our success isn’t based on personal achievements, the earthly things we have, or our social standing in society, but is instead based on what God says about us in His Word and on what Jesus Christ has already done. Through Christ, we are successful because of His presence in our lives and when we obey Him, regardless how this world perceives us or treats us. In Christ, we are victors and champions.
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57
How can I be successful at work?
As you say a prayer for success at work, God is already working in your life as He hears your request. We know that faith without works is dead, just as praying to God without doing your part won’t bring anything to fruition. As you desire to be successful in your work as a Christian, here are some things you can do according to the Bible:
1. Do your best for God’s glory
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.
When you give your best in your job, whether it is appreciated or not, trust that the work of your hand will prosper and God will reward you for your good deeds. Colossians 3:23-24 says: make the Lord your motivation and reason for doing your best. This will truly make you successful in your work and career. God sees, He knows, and He will reward you accordingly.
2. Partner with God in your work
1 Corinthians 3:9
For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
Many people encounter burnout and stress in their jobs because they are doing it alone. However, by partnering with God in your work and career, things will be much lighter because you have the benefit of His peace and joy. 1 Corinthians 3:9 says that we are partners with God in the things we do, not just in the church ministry but even in our secular job. As you use your skills and talents to serve others, you carry His presence and anointing to every task at hand. This is a powerful seed in the spiritual realm that can impact those whose lives are touched by you. This is what it truly means to be successful in your work.
3. Stay rooted and grounded with God’s 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.
Since most job offers and work as a whole are secular, and some of the things you may learn are unbiblical, alongside the culture being cultivated in the workplace, you must constantly renew your mind with God’s Word and stay rooted and grounded with it, as Romans 12:2 says. As long as you have God on your side and His Word is kept in your heart, favor, and success will always be upon you.
4. Stay humble and teachable
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
One of the most consistent qualities of successful people is that they are humble and teachable at heart. They learn more and always leave room for growth. When you consider others and listen to what they have to teach you, instead of thinking that you know it all, you prosper not just in your work but in your relationships with your co-workers. Success isn’t achieved through your own efforts alone but through the involvement of others who are with you on the journey. We know that God blesses community and does not celebrate isolation and pride. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).
5. Bless your employer and co-workers
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
When you bless your employers and co-workers with prayers, you are releasing life, power, and fruitfulness upon their lives and the company where you work. As you apply the principle in Proverbs 18:21, you will also get a taste of your prayer as you bless your workplace and the people involved there since you are part of the team. Whenever you are tempted to complain, grumble or be negative about a work situation, pray and speak blessings instead. Doing this makes you a successful worker that exemplifies the light of Christ in your workplace.
6. Work diligently
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
Work diligently on all the tasks given to you, for this will make you prosperous and successful in your work, as Proverbs 10:4 says. It may even bring you wealth and riches when you work diligently with all your heart, not for men, but for God. God blesses you when you take your work and His channels of blessing seriously. As mentioned, He rewards those who serve in the name of the Lord, whether in the church or the workplace.
You can also check out this article (Morning Prayer for Gratitude in the Workplace) to help you pray more effectively for your work.
As you seek God and His help in your work, know that success is your inheritance from Christ Jesus, and you are meant to excel in all things you do so that He may be glorified through you. May you be the salt and light in your workplace, in Jesus’ name. God bless you!
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16.