Today our team started off the day/week doing something that I know most do not have the opportunity to do. We begin each week with a staff meeting, but we kick off the staff meeting spending some time in prayer for our work. It is a rich experience and one that we do not take for granted. We should probably start more days off with prayer, but at least once a week we take the time to lift up our work in prayer.
When I was employed out in the marketplace more where most of you are, it certainly was not something that was routinely done. I was fortunate enough however, to work with a couple of Christian bosses along the way that included me in some early morning, before work prayer times. Every couple of weeks we would get to the office early, before most others arrived, we would close the door to his office or conference room and spend thirty minutes or so together praying for our work. It was such a blessing and even though things did not always go our way, it just felt good to pray about them. There is no doubt in my mind that God wired us in such a way that when pray, we are doing one of the things we were designed to do. That is why it always feels like the right thing to do.
Maybe you could find a few like minded people at work and commit to starting the work week off in prayer. If not, you can at least be more intentional about praying for your meetings, for the people God will allow to cross your path as well as other work matters.
Let me encourage those who are in positions of leadership to organize opportunities from time to time for your team to pray together. It can be a tremendous opportunity for growth and blessings for all concerned.
Paul taught us in Ephesians 6:18 to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayer and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always praying.”
“All occasions” sounds to me like it could include those occasions when I am at work!