Marketplace Devotion 2016/08/07

Discovering mission at work: Prayer

Psalm 16:11, the Message

Now you’ve got my feet on the life path, all radiant from the shining of your face. Ever since you took my hand, I’m on the right way. (Psalm 16:11, the Message)

Have you ever struggled to discover direction at work, or wondered if you were walking in God’s will? In Psalm 16, the writer starts off with a cry for help. God! Help me, I’ve reached a dead end! Eventually God leads him to find joy and purpose (v.11).

In case everything has gone smoothly for you since the day you joined the workforce, congratulations! But let me give you this reminder and encouragement: you need to discover God’s mission for you in life, including your life at work. Then you will experience the sheer joy of knowing that no matter how much you sweat and toil each day, your work serves a specific purpose on earth. Meanwhile, your Father in heaven looks on and smiles in approval.

How do you arrive in this state of bliss? Step 1: Prayer! I’ve shared this with many people, and their response is usually, “Oh, I know.” But you do need to pray specifically for direction. If you’re lost, tell God. If you feel scared, stressed out and uncertain, tell Father (Ps 16:1). Give Him the details. Listen for a response as you read scripture slowly. Then ask Him to show you your path in life and at work.

This is a lifelong learning process, but rest assured that your Father will answer you. Trust Jesus on this: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).


  1. Can you write down your mission at work? Do you regularly ask yourself what is your mission?
  2. This week, take time to slowly read Psalm 16 each day.
    1. Are you taking refuge in God? (v.1) Why?
    2. In what ways are you already obeying God? In what areas do you trust Him?
    3. Are there some areas you won’t let go? Why?
    4. How do you set God before you? (v.8)
  3. As you start praying for direction, first ask God to remove any negative emotions you may have about your work. Then ask your Father to give you the fruit of the Holy Spirit, which includes love, joy and peace.
  4. Continue to journal and record your prayer experiences.


“Father, as I seek your will for me in the marketplace, help me acknowledge the difficulties that already exist. Show me how problems and obstacles are be overcome in the name of Jesus. Transform me, and enable me to bless others in Jesus’ name. Amen.”