An effective job search needs help from all sides to be successful. Make sure you aren’t overlooking one powerful source of assistance.
There are literally thousands of articles, books, podcasts, webinars, videos and seminars that provide guidance and tips for job seekers. Just type in the term “Job search tips,” using your favorite search engine and be prepared for thousands and millions of responses. Just now I performed this search and in only 0.40 seconds about 771,000,000 results popped up (yes, that’s 771 million). It’s amazing when you thing about it!
However, it’s doubtful that the majority of the results include the power of prayer as a top job search tip. Yet, for a believer, prayer (in combination with the latest job search strategies and tactics) can be a powerful force for job seekers.
Start with your own prayer life. Consecrate dedicated time each day to pray for your job search. Be faithful. Ask for guidance. Seek answers. It’s OK to express frustration or joy during your prayer time. Be real. Be honest. Be open.
Don’t overlook the next step to unleash the full power of prayer. Ask your family members and others to pray for you. Perhaps you have hesitated to ask for their assistance thinking it’s a sign of weakness or perhaps not wanting to let too many people know about your current situation. Don’t let your unfounded fears or your ego get in the way of the power of prayer.
“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16) That fervent prayer can be from a man, a woman, a child, a neighbor, a former work colleague, a church member, or virtually anyone who has a heart to help your job search.
Enlist prayer warriors to lift up your cause to the heavens. It can be accomplished by taking the simple step of asking another person to pray for your job search. Do this once a day and you’ll soon have countless warriors praying on your behalf.
Once when I was between jobs, my son prayed regularly for my job search. He lifted up my need for a job in prayer each week at a group he attended with other fellow believers. One week a guest who was invited to give a brief devotional heard my son’s prayer request that he made for me. After the prayer session, the guest asked my son what type of position I was seeking and then went on to make an important connection to another leader in his organization who was seeking out someone with my skills and experience for a position still being formalized.
If you haven’t already done so, begin enlisting your own group of prayer warriors to offer effective and fervent prayers on your behalf.
By Keith Lundquist
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