A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 4 – For Daily Work

Day 4, page 21 – 22 – third prayer

Prayer for Daily Work

Almighty God, as we come into [Your] presence to re-dedicate ourselves, and our work, to [Your] service, we ask for special strength to meet all that shall come to us during this day; the temptations and trails which will beset our path.  Grant us knowledge that every victory won is with [Your] help and makes us stronger to meet the next temptation; and that effort we make to help others, and forget ourselves, makes it easier for us to grow strong in [Your] service. Teach us that in doing our work wholeheartedly, we are doing it as a service to [You], whose service is perfect freedom and love.  O God, fill us with [Your] Holy Spirit, and the desire to be all that [You would] have us to be, and [Yours] be the Glory now and evermore. Amen.

Suggested Old and New Testament verses: 

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,  Colossians 3:23 ESV 

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.  Proverbs 16:3 ESV

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.  Genesis 2:15 ESV 

Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.  Proverbs 18:9 ESV 

Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.  Colossians 3:22-24 ESV 

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.  Ephesians 4:28 ESV 

For nothing will be impossible with God.”  Luke 1:37 ESV 

For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.  2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.  1 Corinthians 15:10 ESV

Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”  John 6:27 ESV 

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28 ESV

affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,  1 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV

But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.  Galatians 6:4-5 ESV

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.  Proverbs 14:23 ESV 

Let all that you do be done in love.  1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV




Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!  Psalm 90:17 ESV 


A Song of Ascents. Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord. The Lord bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life! …  Psalm 128:1-6 ESV 


You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.  Psalm 128:2 ESV 


In the blog posts under this title we will revisit a collection of prayers published by the BBC* in the 1950’s for use in hospitals, [] denote changes. These prayers included Psalms suggested reading within the text and here we add some Old and New Testament scripture that could also be associated with the prayers.

* “A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.

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