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Prayers for Employment

This section of the website focuses on prayers about work, with the different challenges, pressures and opportunities that working life brings. If you are currently unemployed or looking for a change of career path, then there's a page here with prayer and reading about finding a new job. If you are at the stage of being called for an interview, then check this page which has a short prayer you can pray before going into the interview.

Being self-employed or running your own business brings it's own fulfilment and hardships, and the two prayers on this page help to bring these concerns before God. Finally in this section you can discover some contemporary and traditional Catholic prayers to pray before starting your working day. The petitions further down on this page are concerned with help when unemployed or uncertainty with the work that you are in.

resources on this page

Morning Prayer Before Work

A simple prayer asking for God's leading and energy through the working day:-

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." 

T S Eliot, twentieth century poet, (1888-1965)

Prayer for the unemployed

(a prayer for breakthrough in finding a new job)


I trust in you as I look for new work.
Lead me to the right job.
I rest in your goodness and give you all I have.
Help me as I seek to find, apply and interview for each position.
You know the skills I have, and the things that I enjoy.
Lord, I ask for more than a wage.
Lead me to a position where I can really feel valued, respected and part of a team.
Please watch over me and my family in this waiting time.
Help me to be confident in knowing your will.
Open the right doors for me, please come and direct my path.
I put my trust in you completely.


(a prayer for employment opportunities from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Prayer Before Work

(For those who are uncertain about the work they are in)

Lord, I feel confused about life at the moment
I'm not sure I'm in the right place
Thank you that wherever I am
You have gone before
You turn the night into day
Sadness in joy
And mourning into dancing
Help me to live in this place
And through my serving
Bring daylight, laughter and rejoicing

(a modern prayer for before work from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Serenity Prayer

The serenity prayer is a simple prayer of surrender to God, trusting that "He will make all things right". The following is an inspiring short film version of this famous prayer featuring images of distant galaxies:-

Prayer For Vocation in Daily Work

Almighty God our heavenly Father, you declare your glory and show forth your handiwork in the heavens and in the earth: Deliver us in our various occupations from the service of self alone, that we may do the work you give us to do in truth and beauty and for the common good; for the sake of him who came among us as one who serves, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

(Source: 1979 Book of Common Prayer, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA)

Prayer For the Unemployed

Heavenly Father, we remember before you those who suffer want and anxiety from lack of work. Guide the people of this land so to use our public and private wealth that all may find suitable and fulfilling employment, and receive just payment for their labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Source: 1979 Book of Common Prayer, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA)

More pages with prayers about work & business...

here are links to some wonderfully inspired prayers to aid your journey