Note: I asked several followers of Jesus to share their experience of prayer and offer encouragement to those who struggle with prayer in a recent post. One of the pieces of encouragement Rachel Jones offered related to praying the Bible. Instead of writing a ‘How to’ post, I thought it would be better to an example of praying the Bible. This particular piece comes from Rachel’s book ‘5 Things to Pray for the People you Love.’ I hope it helps praying the Bible come to life for you.
– Darryl Eyb
Five things to pray for a colleague on based Colossians 3 v 22 – 4 v 6
1. A transformed attitude
First, pray that you would work well, not only when your boss’s “eye is on you … but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart” (3 v 22-23).
This is a tall order! We can only do it by the Holy Spirit— invite him to transform your attitude to work. Then pray that your countercultural way of working would grab the attention of your non-Christian colleague.
2. Spiritual hunger
“You know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward” (v 24).
Thank God that you aren’t slaving for a bigger house, a flashier car or a more exotic holiday; that instead, you can look forward to treasure in heaven that will never run out or disappoint. Pray that your colleague would become dissatisfied with their financial rewards and big promotions, and instead be searching for something that will last for ever.
“Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs” (v 25).
Thank God that Jesus has paid the price for your wrongdoing. Then ask him to extend his grace to this work friend, who so desperately needs it.
4. Gospel opportunities
Pray that God “may open a door for our message, so that [you] may proclaim the mystery of Christ” (4 v 3).
Pray that he would provide situations that allow you to share the gospel with your colleague. Pray that you’d be ready to “make the most of every opportunity” (v 5). Ask God to help you speak “clearly” (v 4)—keeping the fundamentals in focus and finding just the right words to use.
5. Salty speech
Pray that your conversations at work would “be always full of grace, seasoned with salt” (v 6).
Think about some of the situations when you find this difficult: when office politics get messy, when the banter gets crude or when deadlines are looming. Pray that your speech would be salty—distinctively different from that of your colleagues. Pray that you’d be able to show each person you work with the same undeserved grace that God has shown you.
Taken from 5 Things to Pray for the People you Love by Rachel Jones, © 2016, pp. 43-45. Used by permission of The Good Book Company. www.thegoodbook.co.uk/. Purchase this book from The Good Book Company here.