Sunday, January 14, 2018
Vespers - 14 January 2018
Prayers on Vocation
(Our Jobs): LORD God, you told your people, “Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the LORD in all your dwelling places” (Leviticus 23.3). You not only tell us how important sacred rest is, but also how valuable our vocations are; that we have callings, jobs, and careers that are good and worth investing into during the vast majority of our week. Thank you for acknowledging our work. We ask your help, direction and focus in our jobs. Honestly, Father, work can grind down our hearts; bosses can grate against our nerves making Monday a sheer drudgery; customers and clients can almost make us pull our hair out with frustration. Therefore help us to recapture and be recaptured by your Scripture’s valuable reminder, “whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3.17). O Lord, hear our prayer.
(Domestic Callings): We ask you, Lord, to be with those whose calling is to be home, or raise kids, or care for the homebound. Bless their hands and hearts. As they labor to maintain orderliness in the home; as they give their children safe places to grow up, learn, play, and develop as godly people; as they attend to their aging loved ones, some requiring more help than others; may they all know your pleasure, be filled with your presence, flourish in your provision, and see you profit their important work. O Lord, hear our prayer.
(In School): We also ask you to be with those whose occupation, for the present, is to study; whether it’s furthering their education; learning a trade; or preparing for Christian ministry. Thank you for the opportunities we have to learn and grow in learning. May our students gain the proper focus for their studies; retain what they’re learning; fathom the concepts and principles; and be able to effectively put them to good use. And may they come to rejoice in the gift of a good education, rather than grouse or grumble. O Lord, hear our prayer.