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Unemployment is an unwanted nightmare, a place of uncertainty and religious
individuals who find themselves facing the challenges of unemployment often seek
out God's guidance. The following prayers invite God to bless the unemployed individual
and his/her family.
Melissa M. Roberts is a freelance writer, spiritual director, and teacher. Melissa
has a BA in History from Baker University in Baldwin City, KS, graduate coursework
in Medieval History from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, a Masters in Theological
Study from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va, and nine units Clinical
Pastoral Education, interfaith ministry and relationship training, from the Association
of Clinical Pastoral Education in Peachtree, Georgia.
A former hospital and hospice chaplain, Melissa now teaches meditation, world religions,
history, and violin. She offers stress management workshops, facilitates spiritual
retreats, and offers spiritual direction via phone, email, or in person within an
hour of Parsons, Kansas U.S.A.
A former hospital and hospice chaplain, Melissa now teaches meditation, world religions, history, and violin. She offers stress management workshops, facilitates spiritual retreats, and offers spiritual direction via phone, email, or in person within an hour of Parsons, Kansas U.S.A.
Losing a job can feel like the end of the world. Not only must one find a new
job, but there is the worry about the bills, the home, and feeding the family. The
following prayer asks God to protect the unemployed and offer hope for the future.
"God of power, I don't know why You didn't save my job. Help me now that I've lost
the means to support [insert names of those income supports.] Lead me away from blaming
myself, fearing for the future, and despair over the current situation. Grant me
faith to trust in Your goodness, no matter what lies ahead. Please bless and keep
me and my family. Amen."
This prayer may be shared by concerned family and friends after a loved one
has lost a job, as well.
Prayer for Family of Unemployed
Unemployment affects everyone who loves and cares for the jobless person, as
well as that person’s spouse and dependents. The following prayer asks God to comfort
and protect the family whose provider has lost a job.
“God, You give and take away for reasons no one understands. Please be with [insert
family’s name] as they struggle with the loss of [insert name of parent or provider
who’s become unemployed]’s income. Free them from anxiety, comfort them in Your love,
and bring people into their lives that can help them to meet their needs. In Your
loving and precious name, Amen.”
One concerned about an unemployed family, or recently unemployed themselves,
might pray this or other prayers daily for strength.
Prayer to Ask for Help
No one likes to ask for help, but when one is unemployed, loved ones can offer
necessary support such as loans, shelter, food, and other sources of income. Government
assistance is another option that is hard for some to accept. The following prayer
asks for strength and humility to reach out and meet financial needs if a new job
is too long in coming.
"God, I can't believe I've lost [insert losses] and now I have to ask for help from
[insert source of support.] Heal my pride wounded by recent hard times, and let me
reach out in faith that You will provide. Help me believe in myself and Your ability
to grant me a job in the future. Inspire me to keep reaching out, no matter how hard
it is, that I may receive all blessings from You, including help from others, in
Your loving and precious name. Amen."
This prayer may be repeated every time one seeks a job or assistance from others
as a reminder that God is with the unemployed during this difficult time.
Blessing for the Unemployed
Losing a job can be devastating to one's sense of worth. The following blessing
reminds the person who has just lost his or her job that he or she is still beloved
and precious in God's eyes.
"Loving God, though I am jobless, I am not unloved. I am Your beloved child, with
whom You are well pleased. Please bless and keep me and my family during this difficult
time, that I may never forget whose I am. Amen."
Unemployment is a time of uncertainty, where one most needs a reminder of God's
love and goodness. With prayer, God can strengthen and nurture those challenged by
unemployment and offer hope in the darkness.
For another prayer for financial difficulties, one may enjoy Prayers for Debt.
To learn more about praying in general, one might enjoy Prayers of Intercession:
How to Pray for Others.