Prayers for the Economy and those at Work

Our Chaplains regularly meet together to pray and worship together. We also pray privately.

Contact us if you have a concern or issue you would like us to pray for.

Chaplains also lead prayers in workplaces, when they are invited, such as at Festivals and Remembrance time.

They can offer suggestions of how to organise these moments.

A number of workplaces have Multi-Faith Prayer Rooms and chaplains can offer some advice on how these are best used.

Chaplains are happy to work alongside people of all faiths and no faith. Chaplains witness to God’s love in the diversity of daily life.

A number of our Chaplains are very experienced worship leaders and are happy to receive invitations from churches and for events.

… and lastly.. Please pray for us!

If you are looking for a short prayer to say..

Prayers for the working day:

I arise today through a mighty strength;

God’s power to guide me; God’s might to uphold me,

God’s eyes to watch over me; God’s ear to hear me.

God’s word to give me speech; God’s hand to guard me,

God’s way to lie before me; God’s shield to shelter me,

God’s host to secure me.                      (By Bridgid of Gael c. 451 – 525)


Lord God, bless the labour of our hands,

Whether in the office or in the kitchen;

on the farm or in the garden;

on the hospital ward or with an unwell friend;

in the school of the world of business;

on the phone or on the computer;

when holding our children or our grandchildren.

May all we do this day be done to your glory.

So, Lord, bless the labour of our hands.      (Brian Hudson [adapted])

Prayer for urban life:

Come, God of the city, into my city.

Put up a sign – ‘Danger – God at work’.

Build places of welcome – places to play – riotous sound and colour.

Build homes for celebration with friend and stranger.

Build places of worship – places to pray,

spaces to listen and rest in quietness.

Illuminate with your energy

Add your wine to my parties.

Bring generosity to my economy

And offer hospitality through my openness.        (Janet Corlett)

Prayer for working people

Creator God,

you have called us to do your will in the world, in the name of Jesus.

You have called us to be shop assistants and social workers

truckers and teachers, carpenters and chemists

engineers and evangelists, labourers and lawyers

and much else besides.

We pray with all people in their daily life and work

enjoying fulfilment in a purposeful job or challenging vocation,

staring at the uncertainty of redundancy or dismissal,

holding immense responsibility and facing testing decisions,

feeling exploited by injustice in trade,

caring for others, unpaid and unsung.

And we pray for people for whom time passes slowly:

seeking employment, frustrated by repeated refusals,

unable to work through illness and incapacity,

retired, now wondering where they are still wanted,

finding their work a drudge, dreading each new day,

still listening for God’s call.

Enabling God,

We commit to you the insights of our minds,

the labour of our hands, and the love of our hearts,

as we share in daily community life

and shape the future of your created world.  Amen         (John Bell)

A Prayer for the Economy

Gladdening God,

Jesus transformed disciples and friends:

Peter who fished; Martha who served;

The centurion who ordered; The tax man who took.

We call on you to work your power

with the people of Birmingham and Solihull.

In diversity, may we share in your household of abundance,

Marking relationships with dignity, and decisions with love.

Pour our your Enterprising Spirit that we may take risks,

to see a just and sustainable Economy,

balancing your truth and our need.

Our dream is that all people will experience the Value of Your Kingdom,

transformed into faith and hope.

We long for the City of God. Amen.

Further prayer resources can be found on the ‘Prayer and Worship’ page of ‘Resources for Churches’.