Prayers For finding the right Job

By Olabode Ososami

What must we do as Christians to walk in biblical wisdom as we look for jobs and opportunities that God has opened unto us? What did God say about His provisions on livelihood?

Deut 11[10]  For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs: [11]  But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven: [12]  A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.

There are seven vital prayer points and you should fast and wait on God (perhaps a day or more) concerning the above scriptures to receive clearer illumination – even before prayers. In summary, there is the job that is certainly not for you as a Christian and there is the position you may not consider so attractive but which has the eyes of the Lord in constant watch. We do need divine insight to make the right decisions in a period filled with traps and snares to lure the careless.

Pray the following prayers in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. These are based on the word and promises of God. Do not be seduced by first impressions nor be put off by initial daunting challenges. Rely more than ever on the leadings of God and you will find that He has been waiting for you to seek Him as He responds in love to your earnest prayers. In this Recession, again I emphasise, lean not to your own understanding..but acknowledge Him more in all your ways.

The prayer points follow:

1.      Father, let me not go to a job that I will water with my foot, toil and sweat. Let me not go back to places and positions I have escaped from only by your mercy. Let me not be deceived by first impressions of ease only to find myself later sacrificing my family, marriage, devotion and spiritual growth. Amen

2.      Father, let me not sow my seed, my efforts, time and life on a job you have not selected for me. Show me a clear sign of your approval or disapproval. Give me extra grace to act according to your revealed will. Amen

3.      Father, let me not find myself in a job that will be sustained continually only by human efforts and self-application. Give me grace not to become a one-person dynamo that eventually burns out in a land that devours its inhabitants. Help me not to find employment in a place in which you will not closely partner with me. Amen

4.      Father, give me the grace to walk away from traps and snares cleverly disguised as promotion and growth opportunities. Amen

5.      Father, show me and draw me to the land of hills and valleys that drinks water from above…the place that is nourished by your divine provision and sustained by your supernatural providence and unfailing mercies.Amen

6.      Father, let the challenges and barriers trying to stop me from your divine selection of a job be unable to do so. Fix me firmly in the job of which you care and watch over day and night. Amen

7.      Father, let every single day, from the beginning of the New Year to the end, on my new job testify greatly of your divine assurance and constant watch over me. Amen

God bless you. Amen

Healing of Job Loss

By Olabode Ososami

It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job: it’s a depression when you lose yours.– Harry S. Truman..

How true.  How do you heal of the humiliation and leprosy of losing cherished employment?  It is so much easier to watch and analyze this when it pertains to others. Often we think we know how others feel but we do not. Instead, we perceive situations that do not directly affect us to be lighter and magnify the impact of our direct impressions. I believe God must give this direct experience to a few so that they can understand how it truly feels and minister genuine support. I have had the direct experience of job loss and all I can honestly say was that it was not what I would have expected or written about. Never say “I know how you feel” unless you have truly had the experience. This article is about healing. What does the Bible teach us on this?

In Luke 17[12]  And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: [13]  And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. [14]  And when he saw them , he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. [15]  And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, [16]  And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. [17]  And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? [18]  There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. [19]  And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

My own personal experience and the conclusions I have arrived at borrow from the healing in this text in 5 fundamental ways. What should you do in times of sudden job loss?

1.      No matter how afar off you may be spiritually, begin by crying out to Jesus and do not waste time grieving and lamenting to men. Humanity may mean well but they do not have the solutions.

2.      Patiently bear the stigma, the stones and derogatory shouts of “unemployed” even as you keep holding on to the assurance that your wounds, isolation and hurts will soon heal.  Get busy and active in whatever God has laid on your heart. Move forward with something.

3.      Never let Jesus out of your heart.  Keep Him in your mind. Let your gaze be on Him and let your memories of His promises sustain your progress.

4.      As you are strengthened, get closer to Him in prayer, in meditation and in listening to His word.

5.      Begin to thank Him and live a life of constant thanksgiving. Thank God for silly things like the earthquake that did not happen or the star that missed the earth in its destructive trajectory. Thank Him for waking you up in the morning and helping you sleep at night.

Soon, you will begin to wonder why you need be sorrowful.  Begin to exude a new confidence and ponder over new ideas and previously unexplored territories . You are healed when you come to the conclusion that perhaps it was a good thing to be able to move on to something different and discover new and uncharted chapters unfolding before you.

The difficulty in a Recession is worsened by the absence of human sympathy, locked access to the avenues you would have wanted and glances that say “No vacancy”. However, the error you make is that you are looking down instead of up to Him waiting to help you.

My personal experience is that life probably has an infinite combination of paths, possibilities and avenues and we probably (due to prejudices and biases) can only see and exploit perhaps less than a tenth of the openings waiting for attention. Looking to Christ takes your gaze off the blockers and soon you begin to discern many other things previously unseen. Now as you see with excitement other many alternatives to chose from and have the humility to seek continued guidance from God in travelling these new paths – you are now indeed made whole.

Arise and be healed, in Jesus name. Amen

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