living prayers - contemporary prayers for today

contemporary prayers for today

prayer before work

open notebook in front of laptop

This page features four daily prayers for before starting work. The first is a prayer of surrender to God, and asks for His clarity and wisdom for the tasks ahead. The next two prayers are for nurses and office workers, and the final prayer is a request for God's love to come and inhabit everything that is involved in the working day. There is also a short prayer to say before a work meeting.

Morning prayer before work

(a daily prayer of surrender to God)


I give you all that I am this day.
Please brush away my weariness,
So that I may be inspired in my work.
Help me to discover new ways to reveal your love to all I meet.
Keep my mind clear and focused on all I need to achieve,
And give me the wisdom to overcome difficulties and find solutions.
I look to you and trust you are with me this day.


early morning prayer

An uplifting prayer poem that leads us to worship and inspires us for the working day:-

"May each moment be filled with heavenly truth"

Office prayer before work

Living Lord,

Be with us as we work today.
Fill this office with inspiration and energy.
Help us to work as a team, and bring out the best in each other.
May we be efficient and achieve all we need to, but also remember to rest.
May this place be full of fun and friendship
And may relaxation and harmony inhabit this space.
Thank you for this new day and the opportunity to work together.


Prayer for work

A beautifully uplifting prayer for those who are currently experiencing stress and problems in the workplace:-

Nurses prayer before work

Loving Father,

May I be your hands and feet today,
Bringing comfort, healing and care.
May I speak with your love,
Bringing hope, understanding and kindness.
May I carry your peace in my heart,
Bringing clarity, reassurance and calmness.
May each moment be filled with heavenly truth.
With you I am stronger, kinder and wiser.
Come lead me through each moment
And watch over my working day.


Prayer Before Work

A morning prayer for work with sunrise over trees in the foreground

click here for prayers for nurses to say before duty

Prayer Before Work Meeting

Father, as we gather together we thank you for your endless goodness to us. Thank you for all the skills and talents that you have given us and for everyone that is part of this wonderful team. We pray that you would give us great wisdom and insight as we discuss our work plans and make decisions about the future. We open our hearts to you now and invite your Holy Spirit to be present amongst us.

Thank you, Lord.


Short Prayer Before Work Starts

As the sun rises may your love rise in my heart.
A love that dispels tiredness.
A love that overcomes difficulty.
A love that builds relationship.
A love that inspires diligence.
A love that delivers excellence.
A love that develops trust.
A love that produces praise.
Lord, may I live in the light of your love.


bible verses about work

"Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others."

(1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, NLT)

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters"

(Colossians 3:23, NIV)

"But those who trust in the Lord for help
will find their strength renewed.
They will rise on wings like eagles;
they will run and not get weary;
they will walk and not grow weak."

(Isaiah 40:31, GNT)


further reading

arrow rightmorning prayers
a selection of short inspirational prayers for starting the day with.

arrow rightserenity prayer
the famous prayer for wisdom and courage, with a free printable pdf version.

arrow rightprayer before meals
several modern prayers to use as blessings before lunch or dinner.

arrow rightprayers about worrying
with prayers for worry and constant stress, & a film on receiving inner peace of mind.