I am the vine, you are the branches… (John 15:5). Although we are the branches we need to become so complete in the vine, so completely grafted in, that everyone will be able to see that, as believers, we possess the same nature, life and spirit. When we pray in the Holy Spirit, we must not only think of a Spirit of power, but must also consider the true nature of Jesus. Ask and anticipate nothing less and less yourself. Plead for it. Adapted from Conversation with God by Dr. Andrew Murray.
Almighty God, through Jesus Christ, my Heavenly Father You have within seven days created
the universe; therefore I know that you are aware of all the needs and desires of both managers and workers. I plead in prayer for faith in both You and myself, for integrity that is incorruptible and for the dignified yet fearless execution of my responsibilities.
I pray for mercy that You will always be part of my planning and that my vision and ideals will always be done in collaboration with You. I ask Your guidance so that my dealings with people
will always be done with love and mutual respect, that I manage my time well, but most importantly that I manage every task I do so that it meets with Your approval.
Help me to become Your instrument for communication in the workplace and assist me to always produce quality work myself. Help me to trust and appreciate other people in a manner similar to the trust and appreciation that You have for me, despite my many shortcomings.
Dear Lord, teach me to tolerate criticism when my decisions are not popular, but in keeping with Your will. Entrust me with the necessary faith to take risks with You at my side and assist
me in making both popular and unpopular decisions in fairness and with moral integrity to all that are affected by such decisions. Fill my heart with love and warmth towards those with whom I share my workplace and those working for me. Help me to be firm and clear when taking stance in respect of ethical and moral issues in an unbiased manner. Be with me when I have to accommodate changes and help me do so with enthusiasm. Holy Father, protect me through Your Holy Spirit, that material goods never become an idol in my life thus separating me from You. Protect me from entering into any compromise that will impact my character or integrity. Assist me in using the talents so undeservedly bestowed upon me to the benefit of those I serve and for the expansion of your Kingdom on earth. Ensure that I afford my family and church the priority they deserve and through Your Holy Spirit fend off all negative influences in my life.
This I pray in supplication and thanksgiving because You are the destination of all prayers and the place where they are heard. May Your Name be honoured in everything I do and say and please accept this humble prayer in the name of my Partner and Example, Jesus Christ,
My Lord and Saviour .
Prayer by Dr Andrey Murray