ICF - This week's Prayer Focus

Those whose employment involves overseas working and travel

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Employees in the overseas offices of multi-national companies; Ambassadors and Embassy staff. Staff of the United Nations and non-Government Organisations. Employees whose work takes them away from home for long periods or whose hours leave little time for family contact. Pilots and cabin staff; people who write and produce travel guides; interpreters and people who arrange overseas business meetings and travel.

God of every tribe and nation, you made each one of us and through Your Son call us to be one human family. We pray for those whose employment takes them regularly overseas, protect them as they travel; help them to adapt to changes in climate, language, time and culture, and through their presence in whatever task they are called to undertake, may they sow seeds of harmony and understanding; carry stories of plight and of hope; that bear the fruit of peace and justice for all peoples. Through Christ our Lord AMEN

Regular prayer for the world of work can be a significant feature in Sunday services. ICF seeks to provide a variety of resources to help those who prepare these. Prayer of this nature is important because:

  • It encourages Christians to see their working lives as part of their Christian Identity

  • It helps those involved in the world of work, particularly when their job makes it difficult to participate in church activities, to feel affirmed and valued.

  • It is a vital part of our intercessory responsibility to the community around us.

  • It communicates a faith that is relevant to real issues to those who visit our churches

Each week, we highhlight different groups of workers and encourage our members and followers to particularly pray for people who work in that sector. We also encourage local churches to include regular prayers for the world of work

As you pray, Consider what might be said in the context of thanksgiving, confession and intercession, both for the workers concerned and for those present.