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Prayer For The Unemployed (28 May)

Sing: Blessed By Your Name

Scripture: Psalm 13

1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.

Search your heart and pray as the Spirit leads

Scripted prayer

Father, You are the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent One! Time is in Your hands. We don’t know the day we are born or the day we will perish from this earth. You alone know. Grant us wisdom to live responsively to You and responsibly with one aother and the creation You call us to steward. Lord, thank You for sustaining us since the Circuit Breaker in Singapore started on April 7. These have indeed been trying times for many of us, feeling isolated and hemmed in, and sometimes falling into a state of depression and even sorrow. 

The Psalmist prayed open and honest prayers about the griefs they bore, the anger, the frustrations, the disappointments, their sorrows but also their hopes, their joys and faith. O Lord, in these days of “confinement”, help us to pray as the Psalmist prayed…real and raw! Holy and acceptable to You. Help us find ourselves in their authenticity and not feel that we have to put up a bold front, a strong face. Tear away the plastic demeanor that we think we must have to show that all is well when it isn’t. Teach us to cry our laments and know that You are a God who is not offended by our transparency but desires us to find freedom in being all You desire us to be and allow You to shape us with the raw materials we bring to You. We are never more ourselves than we are in You. So, Father, help us be with You attentively.

Father, We bring before Your throne the self-employed and the many unemployed as a result of this long extended economic standstill or slowdown. There are so many in different fields, areas and capacities. Some are in the entertainment industry as musicians, actors, sound and light technicians and ad-hoc performers. Some are videographers, photographers or wedding planners. Yet others are in the transport industry as private hire and taxi drivers. There are also life coaches, personal trainers, school CCA enrichment instructors or management consultants. Increasingly in Singapore, especially amongst younger ones, school-leavers are venturing out into hitherto untried fields. They are adventurous, creative and risk-takers. Calculating the risk and seizing opportunities, they embarked on these enterprises with great hope and expectations. 

Now, many are anxious about the future. They are faced with mounting debts, especially for those who are the sole breadwinners with children to support. Thankful for subsidies given by the government which tide them over in the short-term. They need to find a new equilibrium to survive and indeed prosper into the future. Grant them, dear Father, godly wisdom – to be “as wise as serpents (shrewd as snakes), and yet as innocent as doves” (Matt. 10.16). Others face criticism even from loved ones who chide them for leaving well-paying jobs to follow their dreams and urge them to abandon their businesses to return to the seemingly safe path of paid employment. However, under such times, Father, no job seems secure or stable when the economy is suffering. Lord, prompt them daily to turn to You in Word and prayer. Open their eyes, hearts and minds to hear You speak directly to them from Your Word rather than the taunts and temptations of the evil one. Renew their minds with Your truth, and affirm them with Your love and comfort them with Your Spirit. Speak ever so loudly to all…and even more so right now, to the self-employed and unemployed. Assure them that You’ve got them covered – front, back and centre. You know exactly what is in their minds and hearts. You made them individually in Your own image and they, as Your children, are most important to You – even more so than the birds that fly around in such a carefree manner (Gen 1:26). You will not let them down. Even though the situation may look bleak at the moment, certainly there will be sunshine ahead. Lord, please sustain them in ways unknown to them but meet them where they need You most…spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically and socially. Move Your people in our church to play a part in Your plan to uphold these dear folks in prayer and to minister in tangible ways. Father, help each person – givers and recipients – not lose hope, but continue to show love and press on in their faith and trust of You.

Lord help us to look up to You when our heads get too heavy. Indeed, we have trusted in Your steadfast love before, and we will continue to trust in Your steadfast love. Your love never fails. We will rejoice in Your deep love. Thank You that we know what love is as we know You loved us first and loved us bountifully. Thank You for Your love, and thank You for saving us. We know that there is light at the end of the tunnel because regardless of how this pandemic ends, You will be with us all the way. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!

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