Monday, February 16, 2009

Prayers for the Unemployed and others....

The Church of England has published a set of prayers specifically to help the retrenched, and those living in uncertain times especially during this economic downturn. It will be helpful for us to be able to pray clearly. Three prayers have been extracted. The first is a prayer for the retrenched worker. The second is a prayer for those still holding on to a job, and the third is a general prayer for the whole economic situation. Hope that you will find these useful for your own prayers and meditations.

(A) Prayer on being made redundant
‘Redundant’ – the word says it all -



without purpose,

surplus to requirements.’

Thank you, Heavenly Father, that in the middle of

the sadness,

the anger,

the uncertainty,

the pain,

I can talk to you.

Hear me as I cry out in confusion,

help me to think clearly,

and calm my soul.

As life carries on,

may I know your presence with me

each and every day.

And as I look to the future,

help me to look for fresh opportunities, for new directions.

Guide me by your Spirit,

and show me your path,

through Jesus, the way, the truth and the life. Amen.

(B) Prayer for those remaining in the workplace
Life has changed:

colleagues have gone – redundant, out of work.

Suddenly, what seemed so secure is now so very fragile.

It’s hard to know what I feel:

sadness, certainly,

guilt, almost, at still having a job to go to,

and fear of the future:

who will be next?

how will I cope with the increased pressure of work?

Lord Jesus, in the midst of this uncertainty, help me to keep going:

to work to the best of my ability,

taking each day at a time,

and taking time each day to walk with you

for you are the way, the truth and the life. Amen.

(C) Prayer for the current financial situation
Lord God, we live in disturbing days:

across the world,

prices rise,

debts increase,

banks collapse,

jobs are taken away,

and fragile security is under threat.

Loving God, meet us in our fear and hear our prayer:

be a tower of strength amidst the shifting sands,

and a light in the darkness;

help us receive your gift of peace,

and fix our hearts where true joys are to be found,

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Credit: Church of England, Jan 2009)

Other Links:
  • Church of England (site)
  • Daily Telegraph (site)
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