If you’re at a career crossroads, changing jobs or even starting a new career you might be asking yourself if there is any value in prayer for employment. The answer to this question, however, really comes down to several personal considerations and your existing connection with G-d.
Let’s be honest, prayer for a job is often at the end of a long list of things you might contemplate in your job application process.
Generally, when you think about applying for jobs, you often consider your cover letter, creating the perfect resume, making sure you have great references and highlighting the parts of your life that apply best for the position.
Prayer shouldn’t be the last thing you think about though and I’m going to show you why you should consider changing your process.
The digital job application process
In my opinion, it was easier in the past – in terms of applying for jobs anyway. I remember how we did it back in the day before everything went online. You simply put on your best slacks, a button-down shirt and blazer and waltzed into an employer and requested an application. You would fill out your application, ask to speak with the manager and have the opportunity to make a lasting impression. It wasn’t unheard of to get an interview on the spot, or even get offered a job that same day.
Things have changed dramatically though. I would say that the digital age has made job hunting more difficult and impersonal. You don’t have the opportunity to make a lasting impression, or an opportunity to explain how you are the right person for the job. Even though you may not be qualified on paper.
In this hands-off, impersonal process sometimes it is extremely beneficial to know someone to get your foot in the door.
“If only I knew someone,” you say, “that could help me to move my application from the bottom to the top of the list.”
Prayer as part of your job application process
Well, there is someone who is available to help you. Someone whom you can reach out to for help. And they’re available 24 hours a day. This someone is G-d. And the easiest and most effective way to talk to G-d is with prayer.
When you pray for employment, you connect directly to Him. G-d is waiting and willing to help you with any obstacle you face, and that includes employment.
Prayer for employment is also a great way of releasing all stress and anxiety related to searching for a job, by entrusting G-d with your job-hunting process.
Prayer isn’t just part of the process
A word of caution, don’t expect to simply pray and be rewarded with the job of your dreams. Prayer is part of an ongoing relationship with G-d, it would be inappropriate to commence praying solely for the purpose of seeking a job and then ceasing all communication with G-d after finding a job – or failing to do so.
Prayer is part of an ongoing relationship with G-d. To pray as part of your job application process with an open heart and open mind can be truly beneficial.
Prayer for employment
Below is a series of prayers that you can use in your communication with G-d. Depending on your needs, you can use one on its, combine several together or mix components from one into another.
These prayers for employment can be used by believers from various religions. If you are Christian, you may finish each prayer with “In Jesus’ name, Amen.” Muslims can end with “Peace be upon you and God’s blessings”.
Prayer to find a job
Dear God, I thank you that your word says that you know what I need before I ask. I am seeking employment and trusting you to place me in the best position. Not only to meet my financial needs but to contribute to my success in future endeavors.
I ask that this position be in alignment with the schedule I need so that I may remain faithful in all other personal and professional commitments. I know that you have a job for me, and I will trust you in getting me there.
Prayer for a successful job application
Applications can be overwhelming and even intimidating. So G-d, I ask that you help me to be confident in the skill, individuality, and gifts that you have given me. That I may complete my application in confidence knowing that I have something to offer and that you are with me making sure I get the job that is just for me.
Help me gather all the information needed for the application and to relay my thoughts in a way that is personable yet professional. Help me to see what the specific employer needs so that I may tailor my application to fit their qualifications.
Prayer for success at the job interview
Dear God, help me to see the great and undeniable things about myself that are only true to me. Help me to showcase myself in a way that highlights who I am as an individual, but also relates to why I would be an important addition to their company.
May your peace be settled in me so that I can convey my thoughts clearly and professionally during this upcoming job interview.
Help me to answer all questions in a way that is authentic, yet honest and true to who I am and what I have to offer. May I leave a lasting, unforgettable impression knowing that you are always present with me.
Prayer for career guidance
God, I come to you knowing that you know all things and always have my best interest at heart. Lord, I come seeking your guidance today. Help me to understand which career path is right for me right now. I am choosing not to lean unto my own understanding, but to instead acknowledge you, thus allowing you to guide and lead my footsteps.
It can be hard to see the right thing to do from my view within my own circumstances, so I am instead trusting your judgment and your direction to show me what to do and where to go in this season of my life. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear what you would have me to do.
Prayer to receive favor and blessing in your future job
Dear God, I thank you that you have a job for me, and I know that in whatever position you place me, I will be blessed. I am blessed when I come and when I go, and I know that I am above only and not beneath. You have blessed me and called me your own.
I know that my success is found in you and you have given me the ability to perform my job with excellence. It is in you that I receive a promotion, increase and success and I thank you that your blessing and favor will be awaiting me at the new job that you have for me.
I am confident that these prayers for employment will contribute to your successful job search.
And remember that your relationship with G-d and your prayer habit shouldn’t end once you find a job. There is always room for prayer when it comes to other aspects of your career too – whether it be a new client, difficult co-workers or new business ventures.
Also published on Medium.