A Prayer to Start the Work Day

Lord, I’m going to work now.

It seems like it was just an hour ago I was waking up and getting ready to do my work. One day seems to run into the next. So I pray that today you would show me something new, teach me something new, and let me do something new that will be constructive, will help someone else, and will glorify you.

Lord, I’m going to sweat now.
It isn’t like living in the Garden of Eden. But I know that in “the field” of this world I can honor you in my work. I know that today I will face challenges and probably some frustrations. Help me know how to respond to any bad attitudes or influences I may encounter. Let me see how I can be a positive influence where I work. Sanctify my own attitude, raise me above my own fallen nature, empower me to uphold righteous values, and help me to persevere, especially when the work is hard.

Lord, I’m going to serve now.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a blessing to someone else today in the work I do. You have created this world and everybody and everything in it. Help me see how I can bring your light and life to someone else today. Grant me wisdom to make good choices throughout the day. Prompt me to be compassionate toward the unemployed and the underemployed. I want to conduct myself according to the character of Jesus. And whatever I do, I want to do it in his name and for his sake.


“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him…. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3:17, 23 NIV)

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10 thoughts on “A Prayer to Start the Work Day”

  1. Wow! This will get posted at my desk as a reminder daily so maybe i wont forget as often.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this prayer with us. I’m making several copies to share with some of my peers.

  3. Wow . . . What an encouraging prayer it is. Thank you for putting this prayer guide line and in each heading I felt like adding so much more based on my day to day work pattern. At the marketplace it is an excellent prayer to place it on the desk.

  4. Linda Halloran

    I like this prayer as it will help me with my attitude at work. Lately, I feel as though I do not have a positive attitude. Thank you.

  5. Naomi Stellpflug

    I’m just a student, but at times it’s really easy to forget God and just concentrate on getting through life.This prayer helps to remind me of what is really important in life.

  6. It is very easy to get swept up in the day’s busyness, to simply push through “another day”. When you become mindful of your ability to impact others in a positive way and to glorify GOD by touching someone who needs help you begin to feel spiritually connected. Thanks for your prayer and the inspiration that it gave me.

  7. Regina Refosco (Brazil)

    I would like to memorize the most part of this prayer to ask The LORD everyday by heart; not only to pray it, but to see the answers from our FATHER making them be true in my life and all believers, and GOD be praised forever and ever.

  8. So often I save my prayers for evening as I struggle wearily through the day while keeping God on the sidelines – mostly forgetting He’s there for us all. Spending quiet time with Him in the morning is the very best way to begin each day & a true blessing. Thank you for the prayer. I made a copy for my beside, at work & an extra (just in case).

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