Each year in September we set aside a week near the beginning of the new school year to pray for our congregations at GBC and for our community. On each day of this week we will pray for different areas of life within Godmanchester Baptist Church. I encourage you to find some time each day to pray - using the short overview and pointers for prayer in the daily e-mail.
Tuesday - At work and home
Each person who is part of GBC has a place that they spend their week. This might be a work setting, or maybe you are based at home, or maybe it is caring for your family. This reflection based on The Lord’s Prayer from LICC (The London Institute of Contemporary Christianity) is really helpful and challenging. Pray for God to give you strength to live this out in the place that you spend your day and for other people who are part of the church.
THE LORD’S PRAYER AT WORK
(you can alter the emphasis to apply to your circumstances)
Our Father In Heaven: As you go to work today, try and picture your Father being there with you.
Hallowed Be Your Name: How does your work honour God? How are you working ‘in his image’?
Your Kingdom come, your will be done: How might the atmosphere, relationships, values, priorities, and policies change if the Kingdom actually came to your place of work? Pray about them with faith and consider how you might influence or contribute to these changes.
Give us this day our daily bread: What might your ‘daily bread’ consist of? Pray that God will equip you to do the work He has called you to. Be as specific as possible about what you need for today.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us: What types of things regularly trip you up at work? Are you taking them seriously and asking for forgiveness from God? Have colleagues hurt you and are you able to forgive them? Have you hurt others? Do you need to ask them for forgiveness?
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil: What temptations or schemes of the enemy may be specific or systemic to your place of work? Ask God to help you stand against them. Have you considered sharing what you face at work with others so that they might support you?
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours forever: As you pray this, give thanks that God is in control over all the areas of your life - including your work place!