I was looking at stats for Unemploymentville and saw people were searching on ‘Job Loss Prayer’. Having said a few prayers when I was out-of-work, here are my ideas.
My own job loss prayer
God, I don’t have a job.
Help me to have faith for a good future and
To be patient with myself as I grieve losing the future, I thought I was going to have.
Remind me that you have all kinds of work in this world and my gifts are needed.
Help me to see that all life’s experiences have lessons they can teach.
When I am discouraged, lift me up.
Remind me to reach out to others who might help.
God, I’m having some low moments now.
Moments when I don’t see the point,
Where I feel overwhelmed
And life feels very dark.
Help me to believe in life’s dawn.
Teach me to get back up each time I am knocked down,
To steady myself after each misstep.
I may need to try many paths before discovering one that leads to the next chapter in my life journey.
Make me brave enough to ignore my doubts and shake off disappointments along the way.
I shall come to talk to you when I feel ready to give up to ask again for renewed strength.
Help me to believe, not just in you, but in myself and the gifts you gave me.
I’m going to be quiet now in case there is anything you’d like to tell me. Thanks.
Originally published at http://www.unemploymentville.com on July 12, 2020.
As I said, I wrote this prayer based on a keyword search tool indicating people were looking for ‘Job Loss Prayer’ or ‘Prayers for Job Loss’ and that there were very few results. I wanted my prayer to be similar to what I felt when I was out-of-work and to also be non-denominational.
One of the toughest things about being out of work is feeling alone because you’ve lost connection with people who you used to see or at least talk to every day. Shared work projects, even if they are NOT your dream job, still bring people together. With that connection gone, it’s important to rely on other connections you might have, including one with your creator, God, whatever higher power you believe in.
Next up, a famous passage from the bible, that can be used as a prayer during any difficult time.
The Lord is My Shepherd
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Psalm 23 — King James Bible (public domain)
Can you pray during job loss when you aren’t sure there is a God?
Have you ever thought about praying and then wondered if there even is a God? If so, consider a prayer like the one below.
I don’t know if there’s anyone or anything listening
but I’m going to talk anyway.
I am in a dark place.
I vaguely remember being happier,
Feeling useful and needed.
I want to know that I matter,
to get back in the game.
Surely, there is someone, some way I can contribute.
I have bills to pay.
Shouldn’t there be some work I can do and earn enough to pay those bills?
Help me to find that work.
There’s a lot of people needing work now, struggling.
Help us all to find our way.
Help me find the warrior within me, the dreamer
and to move forward
and then another
Are YOU out there?
I am here.
After Praying for Job Loss, Other Ideas
Once you’ve prayed, try an activity that has made you feel better in the past. A walk outside is a good option. Or find a song that you want to listen to, maybe even sing along. Call a friend and check in on them.
My Own Prayer during Unemployment
I had met with a man who wanted a website done. We had chatted about his business plans and how he hoped the website would help that. But when I started to talk to him about the next step and me giving him a price, he said that he was planning to work with another website developer who had a lot of e-commerce experience. Meeting and working with me was his back-up plan. It was clear I was not likely to hear from him again, which meant I had no work to do and no immediate job prospects.
I drove home and pulled into the driveway and said aloud, “I am in a far, far darker place than I have ever been before.” I paused, then asked, “why have you abandoned me?” A voice in my head replied, “Hey, it’s not like you’ve been hanging on my every word?”
They say that man makes God in his or her image and vice versa, so it’s not surprising that my God has a bit of a sarcastic streak.
I wondered, was unemployment and my cancelled job offers, something that was meant to shift me in a different direction? To turn me back towards God? What was I supposed to take from this experience?
It’s not easy looking for something of value in a rough situation. Sort of like that joke about the little girl digging in horse sh*t. When asked what she was doing, she cheerfully said, “There has to be a pony in here somewhere!”
Pray for help in discovering your ‘pony.’
Is it appropriate to pray that you get that job?
I think so. Why not?
If you, or a loved one is dealing with job loss, you may also want to read this story about what happened to Marla Wynne Ginsberg when her job disappeared, or for a more complete collection of job loss survival stories, try Out-of-Work to Making Money, 21 Comeback Stories Every Job Hunter Should Hear.
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