How to pray for your Christian colleagues
If you were to have asked him, he might have said that he never imagined living or working there. With joy radiating from his face and a serene peace about him, he would share that these four things kept him going every day
- Knowing God’s wisdom;
- Trusting God’s hope;
- Anticipating the riches of God’s glorious inheritance;
- Experiencing God’s incomparably great power.
Visiting with the apostle Paul, you might wonder why these impacted him, considering they never changed his situation or his work environment. He was working from a Roman jail cell, and his work environment included the Roman guards he was chained to. If you asked him to comment on his work conditions he probably would have said, “I have been blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ, and that is sufficient” (Ephesians 1:3).
Ask Paul who he was praying for, and he would have said that his prayers were for other believers. He might have mentioned his Christian friends in Ephesus, and that they would know God’s wisdom, trust in God’s hope, anticipate the riches of God’s glorious inheritance and experience God’s incomparably great power (Ephesians 1:15-23).
As a biblical leader, you can model Paul’s example. Think of two or three Christians in your workplace and follow Paul’s example of praying for them.
Pray for your Christian colleagues to have the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that they may know God better.
Wisdom is found in the marketplace. We’re told in Proverbs 1:20 that Wisdom calls aloud and raises her voice in the public square. Wisdom speaks to us in our lives where we live, for that is where we need wisdom. With wisdom, we can live to honor and please God; it enables us to be patient and honest in our dealings with people. Our ability to do our work with excellence and integrity comes from God’s wisdom.
As a leader, pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give your Christian colleagues listening ears to hear His wisdom.
Pray that they would have the wisdom to apply the profound truths about God in the everyday situations of their workplace.
Pray that your Christian co-workers would have hope and not be discouraged
Hope is lived out in the marketplace. The hope that formed our hearts when we heard and responded to the gospel transcends any hope for possessions, wealth or friendship. Hope rooted in faith in Christ is a living hope for continuous fellowship with God and with other Christians. With hope, we can endure any anxiety or trial.
As a leader, pray that the eyes of the hearts of your Christian co-workers would be enlightened so that they would grasp the immensity of the hope to which Christ has called them.
Pray that throughout the day their hope would rest in God and His gracious word of forgiveness. Pray that they would not be discouraged.
Pray that as God’s children your Christian colleagues would know the riches of God’s glorious inheritance
As God’s holy children, He has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. We have an inheritance that is imperishable and undefiled. We have an inheritance that will never fade away. We have an inheritance reserved for us in heaven.
As we are filled with wonder and awe at the riches of our inheritance as God’s children the orientation of our lives shifts from pursuing the riches of this world to pursuing the riches of His Kingdom.
When we fathom the riches of God’s glorious inheritance, we can rest from the frantic busyness of corporate life in the arms of our Savior.
Pray that your Christian co-workers would know the surpassing greatness of God’s power
The same divine power that raised Christ from the dead is active today in the marketplace. God’s power is evidenced in the marketplace when we keep ourselves from self-sufficiency, self-confidence and pride. His power has given Christ a name that is above any other name in this world or the world to come. His power has placed Christ above all people who are in positions of power and authority. God has never been corrupted by his power.
Pray that your co-workers would be overwhelmed by God’s power has done, is doing and will do, rather than being overwhelmed by this world.
Pray that God’s unsurpassing power would be the source of your Christian co-workers energy, vitality, life and fruit. Pray that through their cracked, broken, frail lives the brilliance of God’s glory would shine through.
An enriched prayer life
Your prayer life will be enriched as you get to know the stories of the Christian’s in your workplace. Your faith will grow as they tell you stories of how God has answered your prayers for them.
As they tell you stories …
- of how God has granted them wisdom . . .
- of how they have found hope . . .
- of how they trust in the riches of God’s glorious inheritance . . .
- of how they experience the surpassing greatness of God’s power . . .
Then may your heart be filled with praise to the Lord, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to you or your Christian colleagues.
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James Bruyn is a bi-vocational visionary leader, writer and speaker who enjoys helping individuals integrate their faith in God with their daily life. James leads a ministry to Christians in the marketplace in Calgary, provides leadership coaching, and consults for the rail industry. James is passionate about connecting the rich promises of our loving Heavenly Father that we find in the Bible, with the joys and challenges of living out our faith in the workplace. James writes a weekly devotional at marketplace-ministry.ca/blog.
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