Establish | Practical Tips: How Can I Worship God At Work?
Good morning! We’re so delighted you are here and even more excited to be sharing this on Day One of Establish! One of the main reasons we’ve launched Establish is to try and form an answer to the questions we heard from young women, asking: what does it really look like to be a Christian in my workplace? How can I worship God throughout the day?
So, here are a few top tips drawn from friends, mentors, colleagues and role-models who have given practical advice on how to walk closely with God throughout the working day. We're praying they would be valuable additions to your weekly routines! Lucy & the MP Team x
1. Keep the main thing the main thing
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. (John 6:27)
This first tip sounds hugely simple (and it is): remain relentlessly focused on what you’re really on this earth to do. The Bible says we are here to glorify God and to make disciples; so keep this Big Picture Mission in mind as much as you possibly can.
This could be as practical as asking God in prayer each morning how He would use you in the day ahead; or praying that God would give you opportunities to love your colleagues or clients and show them the faith you have.
2. Pray through your calendar for the day
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests. (Ephesians 6:18)
This is a tip from a powerful Civil Servant, who maintains a sharp focus on his higher purpose in Christ by praying through his daily calendar. I’ve found this enormously helpful: instead of seeing the day as something just to ‘get through’ - it turns the day into a wealth of opportunities! Pray boldly and with faith for the meetings you have! Pray for your lunch break! Pray even when you can’t possibly see how God relates to something: (i.e. a fire drill, or a reminder to submit your expenses claims)... He is at work in everything!
Prayer is a powerful weapon, and setting this discipline for yourself will focus your mind on what really matters. And how powerful to think that faithful Christians across the world might be praying big for whatever the day ahead of them holds…!
3. Set up your 'worship-station'
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord. (Colossians 3:23)
One of my dear friends Jess has the most inspiring attitude to work, and firmly believes that she is worshipping God just as much at her desk as when she is at church. With this view of your workplace, maybe you can put some practical reminders and signifiers in place to show what (and Who!) you are really working for.
For example, set reminders in your Outlook calendar to pray or to encourage your colleagues. Put a Bible on your desk. Make your computer background something inspiring that might be a good conversation-starter amongst your colleagues.
Maybe you don’t have a desk at work, or you are constantly on the move. Don't let this stop you! Whether it’s wearing a cross necklace, or having worship music on as you travel - be proactive in thinking about how you can create your worship station, setting yourself up to be a light wherever you are placed.
4. Pray through your To-Do list
Look to the Lord and His strength, seek His face always (1 Chronicles 16:11)
This one been an absolute world-changer for me! In a very simple way, praying through my To-Do list shows me what things are truly worth doing, and what things I can let go of. It reminds me of 'the main thing' (Point 1!) and it gives me confidence to aim high and be ambitious, as I'm reminded that God is with me and gives me His strength.
From asking God for a servant-heart to clean the bathroom - or asking Him to give me the diligence to get up early and go for a run (rare!) - praying through my tasks and goals has moved me to fix my eyes on God in everything I do, and to trust that if it’s the Lord’s work, He will give me every resource I need to complete it.
5. Call on some prayer-warrior friends
Devote yourself to prayer. (Colossians 4:2)
Prayer has been a common theme throughout these tips - and it's because we are given it as a weapon to use; to sharpen us and protect us. Sometimes we will face extremely challenging or stressful situations at work, and it's enormously helpful to have a core group of 2-3 friends who you know you can quickly text or Whatsapp a prayer request to, and who will be devoted to supporting you.
Knowing that you have others in your life who will pray for you boldly and faithfully is a huge reminder that God is at work everywhere, and that He is in control. If you don't have people in your life who can do this for you, why not make your first prayer one that asks God to provide these?
6. Remember Whose you are
That is why we labour and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God. (1 Timothy 4:10)
Though the workplace environment can often be unstable and unpredictable, we have a living God who is everything He promises: faithful, true and always trustworthy. It can be easy to feel that our identity is wrapped up in our job title, or our popularity within the office - but remembering who we belong to is key to living with faith and integrity at work.
When we remember that God is at the helm of our lives, we will be freed up to a place of 'self-forgetfulness' - confident to take risks and be ambitious, because we know that we are the works of God's hand, and we are simply vessels for His goodness and grace. So: go for those more difficult projects! Go for that promotion! But remember Whose you are - and whose glory you are working for.
Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)
We're praying that you would feel the joy of drawing close to God throughout your working day, and that you would feel confident to live faithfully for Christ wherever you are placed!
Lucy founded More Precious in 2013 whilst studying at Durham University, and has had the humbling experience of overseeing its growth ever since. She is passionate about communicating what it means to be in real relationship with God to girls and young women, and is committed to doing this through the work of More Precious. Lucy also has the privilege of a job she loves, working with the Resurgo Ventures team supporting innovative businesses with social purpose. She is married to James and attends Holy Trinity Clapham, where she sits on the Women’s Leadership Committee.