Whether you’re a fresh graduate or a career shifter, job searching can be stressful. Sometimes, the stress pulls you down, and you lose hope of getting that perfect job opportunity. Fortunately, you’re never alone in this. God has a plan, and by asking for His guidance, you can land a job that’s right for you.
Read on for prayers you can use when job searching and preparing for interviews!
What the Bible Says About Careers and Employment
By serving our bosses and employers, we also serve God, as stated in Colossians 3:23-24: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
By working, you bless yourself and others. Whether you’re teaching kids how to read or helping people bag their groceries, you’re improving the lives of the people around you.
Bible Verses About Job Changes
Changing jobs and switching careers can be stressful. If you’re finding the process discouraging, read these encouraging Bible verses for employment breakthroughs and job changes.
- Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
- Psalm 32:8: ”I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
- Matthew 6:34: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Bible Verses for New Jobs
Starting a new job can be as nerve-wracking and scary as the job search itself. Here are some Bible verses to read for encouragement:
- Philippians 4:13: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
- Titus 2:7-8: “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness, and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”
Bible Verses About Hiring Employees
As a business owner, you must hire the right people and treat your workers fairly. These Bible verses will guide you to choose the best employee for the job and treat them with respect:
- Proverbs 26:10: “Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.”
- Leviticus 19:13: “‘Do not defraud or rob your neighbor. Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight.’”
Prayers for Finding a New Job
Matthew 7:7-8 exhorts us to come to God in boldness when we’re making a request: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” If you are asking God for a job, know that He is more than capable of providing for you.
If you’re a job seeker who’s asking, “What does God want me to do for a career?” Read Bible verses about praying for a job to encourage yourself. You can also say these prayers:
Praying for a Suitable Job
“Dear Lord, this day I humbly ask You for a job suited to my needs. Lead me to work that’s fulfilling and useful for others. Just like You are my rock, I ask that You provide me with a stable job.
God, I ask You for a job where I can put my skills and talents to good use. Please, bless me with enough to put food on my family’s table and give back what is due to You.
I promise to always remember You when job opportunities come knocking. May Jesus bless me and unemployment become a thing of my past. Amen.”
Praying to Overcome Employment Obstacles
“Dear God, I am weary of being unemployed for a long time. Please, help all future employers to see me for my skills and talents.
I speak out against all injustice, favoritism, and prejudice in the workplace because it is not the Christian way. I will trust in You to provide me with a breakthrough in my employment. Amen.”
Praying for the Right Career Choice
“Dear God, I come to You because You are all-knowing and always want the best for me. Today, I’m looking for guidance and understanding about which career path is the best for me.
I am aware that my understanding is limited, but You understand everything. Please guide my footsteps and help me choose the right career so I can help others and earn an honest living.
Dear God, I trust in Your judgment to show me the best path at this juncture of life. Please give me a sign, so I understand what to do next. Amen.”
Prayers for Before and After Job Interviews
Sending an application and going to job interviews can be as stressful as searching for work. Here are three prayers to help you weather this storm:
Prayer After Submitting an Application
“Dear God, I come to You for Your help in my time of need. You told us to ask, and You shall give it; that is why I pray today. Earlier, I submitted my application for a job where I hope to be useful to others and glorify Your name in everything I do.
I pray for Your favor on my work application and that my potential employers will look upon it favorably. God, shower me with Your blessing so my work application is acknowledged and opens the door of opportunity for me. Amen.”
Prayer to Prepare for a Job Interview
“Dear God, I bow before You to humbly ask for guidance and support for this upcoming job interview. I pray that You will make my interviewers see my honesty, integrity, and ambition and seriously consider me for this position.
I ask for Your guidance in answering my interviewers’ questions because everything good comes from You and I can’t do this on my own. God, help me say the right things at the right time so they see why I’m the best candidate for the job. Amen.”
Prayer After a Job Interview
“Dear God, I thank You for guiding me during the interview. Now, I humbly return to You to guide the interviewers’ thoughts so that I stand out among all the other candidates. May You help the interviewers see my strengths and consider me one of their top candidates. Amen.”
Prayers for Starting a New Job
We always need God’s guidance, even when we’ve already started at our new job, because we may stray on the wrong path without Him. Here are some prayers to read when asking for God’s grace at your new workplace:
Prayer After Being Accepted
“Dear God, thank You for providing me with this job. Whatever the work, I know I am blessed because You gave it to me. Today, I pray to You for guidance and assistance so that I can succeed in my new career. If I receive a promotion, a raise, or a commendation, I trust it will be through Your guidance. Amen.”
Prayer for Your First Day on the Job
“Dear God, as I start my new job, I thank You for providing me with the opportunities that led to this. I ask for help honoring You through my work, whether through my actions or speech.
God, give me endurance and a strong will so I can give my employers my all. Please also grant me the obedience and respect to serve my bosses, knowing that by honoring them, I also honor You. Amen.”
Prayer to Fight Feelings of Inadequacy at Work
“Dear God, I understand that I can do everything through Your strength. Today, I humbly ask for confidence to stave off these feelings of inadequacy as I do my daily work.
God, protect me from self-judging and self-measurement. Instead, give me the ability to help others in my job. Amen.”
Searching for jobs or starting a new one is often stressful and nerve-wracking. However, don’t forget that God is with you every step of the way. If you feel yourself starting to drown in stress, stop to say a prayer or read a Bible verse to remind yourself that God is always there to help.