How to Convert Your Work into Prayer

Is your work sucking the life out of you?

Do you keep on delaying your tasks because you dread doing them?

One time I was assigned to lead a committee that wasn’t my forte — logistics! This means that I had to arrange for the reservation of the venue, set up an impressive stage look, and deal with construction and design. I am really more of a content creation person or the one in-charge of the program, so this was the total opposite of what I was good at delivering. Oh, how I dreaded the tasks! I didn’t have much experience, but I relied on the strengths of my committee members and I prayed really hard that it would turn out great. I realized that I had to shift my attitude towards the tasks — to be more positive and proactive. By God’s mercy, it went well! It wasn’t perfect, but I knew that our team gave our all.

Not all work is easy. There are really things that we don’t like doing or are forced to do, but are required to deliver. What if we can see our tasks in a different way? What if our work is our form of prayer?

St. Josemaria Escriva said:

“Let us work. Let us work a lot and work well, without forgetting that prayer is our best weapon.
That is why I will never tire of repeating that we have to be contemplative souls in the midst of the world, who try to convert their work into prayer.

Here are 3 ways of converting your work into prayer:

1. Do your work in the name of Jesus

If we do our work just for ourselves or for our bosses, then it’ll be a struggle. But if you elevate the purpose of your work by doing it for God, then it’s going to be a different story. Here’s an inspiration from Vatican II’s Apostolicam actuositatem 4:

Neither family concerns nor other secular affairs should be irrelevant to their spiritual life, in keeping with the words of the Apostle, “Whatever you do in word or work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Col. 3:17).

Just simply say, “This is for you, Lord!”

2. Shift from grumpy to grateful.

When we despise our tasks, we tend to be grumpy, wishing we were doing something else. Yet, this task is something that blesses us, because as a result of doing it, we get paid. Isn’t that a blessing? We sometimes forget to pray, “Thank you Lord for this job” or “Thank you Lord for this business!” Smile!

3. Tap on the Power of the Holy Spirit

You don’t have to do your work alone. The Holy Spirit’s task is to help us live out our vocation. Certainly your work is part of fulfilling your vocational role as a family member or being a parent or of supporting people who depend on you.  What I do is I sing a Spirit song, like:

Come Holy Spirit I need you

Come Holy Spirit I pray

Come with Your strength and Your power

Come in Your own special way

Converting your work into prayer makes your tasks connected to a higher purpose; and by doing this, you become more passionate in what you do.

What’s your way of converting work into prayer?

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