A Prayer for Vocational Wellbeing

Praying time: less than three minutes.

Joy in ministry is a good sign of a balanced, healthy life.  I pray constantly for God’s gift of joy for you!  Gob bless your endeavors in the ministry of God’s Word.

Dear Father in heaven, what a joy it is for me to be called into the most high and holy calling of Pastorpreachingall, sharing the saving love of Jesus Christ with others.  Even the angels of heaven must be jealous of me.  I am privileged to bring “good news of great joy for all people.”  Thank you, Father, for the unique opportunity of this calling.It is Your good and gracious will that all people would be saved, that everyone on earth would know by faith the good news that I am so blessed to know.  Your Word is truth.  Your Word is power to turn hearts.  Your Word tells of salvation and even works salvation.  How humbling it is for me to consider that I have been trusted by You and by Your Church to be a bearer of that Word to others.

I need You help, Lord.  I’m reminded of Pastor Luther who prayed, “If left to myself, I certainly would have brought it all to nothing.”  The harvest is so plentiful, and I am so weak.  I feel overwhelmed by the task.  It is way beyond my strength.

I need the faith of Mary, to confess that I am only Your servant.  It’s by Your power and might Teacherkidsalone that this ministry entrusted to me can be fruitful.

And so I take confidence in the testimony of the faithful servants of the Word who have gone before me.  I cherish the stories of scripture that consistently reveal Your power in the midst of human weakness.  I cherish the history of Your holy Christian Church on earth that reveals the same.  I thank you especially for my own mentors in ministry… and… and ….  Bless my humble efforts after their own example.

The fruit of the Spirit is gentleness.  Whenever my sinful pride rears its ugly head, thinking that this is my classroom, my pulpit, my church, restore to me the humility and gentleness of my Savior, who took up the basin and towel and washed the feet of others.

Give me faith to see the ways that You have in the past used even such humble efforts as my own for the advancement of Your kingdom in the hearts and lives of those I have been privileged to serve.  Give me faith also to see beyond my present weariness, frustrations and the obstacles that lie before me.

Point me forward to that glorious day of Christ’s return in glory when all who have heard and PastorPrayingbelieve will give You glory and honor because Your Spirit has worked faith in our hearts.  Give me confidence that because You are at work in this ministry, Your Word, like rain from heaven, will not return to You without having effect.

Give me courage to continue on in this ministry in spite of hardship and trial, knowing that because this is Your ministry and I am but Your servant, Your hand will be upon me through every day of this journey.

Dear Father in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Amen.

Thanks for praying with me.  dz

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2 thoughts on “A Prayer for Vocational Wellbeing

  1. Padre Dave Poedel

    Dear brother:

    Your prayer is most timely, as I have recently announced my planned retirement as soon as my successor is Installed, likely in March or April of next year. I am retiring, only half-jokingly, under duress. Being a Pastor is the pinnacle of my adult life, after my marriage and family. I have been a lot of things in my adult life: a Paramedic, a college professor, a non-commissioned and a commissioned officer in the Air Force, an equine reproductive physiologist….those are the main ones. Later in life the only vocation I ever sought was finally opened by the Lord to me: at age 7 I knew in my child heart that I would be a priest. Where most Roman Catholic kids in the ’50’s who went to Catholic school had some inkling, I was positive about it (my consecrated sisters of the faculty disagreed with my sense of Call, truth be told). How fortuitous that a Catholic Chaplain in the Air Force told me to become a Lutheran; that way I could be a priest and still be married with a family. I didn’t know what a Lutheran was when I was 19! Long story short, I was first Ordained as a Deacon (yes!) and 10 years later I was Ordained a Pastor, though it was not necessary from a Lutheran perspective. For 26 years I have served 3 parishes, and one Intentional Interim and a couple of vacancies. I pray that in retirement the Lord will continue to use me in spite of my chronic pain and need for more physical rest than my mind wants to give my body. I still have lots of energy for preaching and presiding! Thanks for a great centering prayer. I want to keep it before me for my daily prayer!

  2. Keith Witte

    Thank you for the prayer, reminder, and reassurance that the ministry is God’s, drowning my pride and despair.

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