Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Colossians 3:23

Heavenly Father,

You have granted each of us multiple vocations on this earth. We fill roles as husbands and wives, parents and children, employers and employees, friends, neighbors, and more. Some of us have roles of leadership, either within the home, the workplace, or the community. All of these are important and valid in Your eyes. Some of these callings, or vocations, may not be as glamorous as others, yet they are no less important in Your kingdom. Filling a role as CEO of a big company may seem far more exciting than that of a stay-at-home parent, for example, but both are necessary. Some vocations are also easier to enjoy than others. It is so easy to get discouraged when we feel unappreciated or taken for granted in what we do. Yet help us to see through the eyes of faith that we are serving You through serving our fellow man in our vocations, from being a faithful boss to being an honest employee to changing diapers in the home. Help us to remember that we are working for You rather than for men. Help us recognize that “whatever [we do] for one of the least of these brothers of [Yours], [we do] it for [You]” (Matthew 25:40). Give each of us joy in our various vocations, that we may work with all our hearts, knowing that our inheritance in You is far better than any earthly compensation, for You have promised heaven itself to those who believe in You. Let this knowledge fill us with gratitude and willingness to serve wholeheartedly in the vocations You have placed us.

Please be with me in the following vocations I fill…
Please be with the following people in their vocations…

In Your name I pray. Amen.

For a full explanation of this challenge, see the post 12-Minute Prayer Challenge. If you are just joining us, feel free to continue on with us from the current day, or if you prefer, you can go back and start at Day 1.