“They are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” ~John 17 :14-17
We live in a very secular materialistic world. God does not want us to isolate ourselves from the rest of society. We are to be salt and light in our community. But the source of light is expended by burning and salt is expended by use.
There is no conflict between work and being spiritual. The first chapter in the Bible is about God at work and we are made in the image of God. God wants us to take delight in our work. Hard workers make the best Christians and the best prayer warriors. Many people are too lazy to be blessed greatly. They do not know how to pay the price of self discipline to find time for God’s word and prayer. They let almost anything take priority over being spiritually refreshed in God’s presence.
Prayer is dissipated by critical attitudes, thoughts of resentment, or any unforgiveness or bitterness of heart. Nothing will drain away God’s blessing, power and anointing from your life more rapidly than unkind thoughts of others. Unloving words, gossip, laughter at the expense of others, and negative talking destroys the sweetness of God’s presence.
“Some work places have a very negative atmosphere. There is gossip, negative talk, fault finding, dirty jokes, cursing and swearing. All of this is spiritually draining. We need to pray for God’s transforming power to invade our work places and bring light into the darkness. We also need to ask God to cleanse our hearts and minds from all that is displeasing to him.” (Ablaze with God Wesley Duewel p 86)
--Wesley Duewel, paraphrased by Neville Bartle, New Zealand
Prayer: Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (Psalm 51:10-12)
Let me be a worker who is an example of Christ in my workplace. Let me be one who builds others up with my words, and who refuses to listen to gossip. Help me to be courageous to speak truth in love and to listen more than I speak my opinions. Let my words be seasoned with salt so those who listen to me will be aware of Your welcome, that You are for them too. Thank you for sending Jesus as the Living Word, in whose name I pray. Amen.