A Prayer for the Unemployed

VICAR

Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well and that You are enjoying the summer so far. This week I would like to consider the unemployed, especially those coming out of the pandemic and off furlough who are now surplus to their companies’ requirements. People who have never been unemployed before.

It is easy to look at all the job vacancies out there and to mock the unemployed. That is unfair. There are some people who are unemployed because that is what they want but most are unemployed now because they cannot find the kind of work they had. The adjustment is very stressful and it is these people I would like You to think about in Your prayers today.

Philippians 4:6 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Deuteronomy 15:7-8 

“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.

Some of the newly unemployed have never been unemployed and are now facing up to their credit cards getting maxed out. They look at their expenses which are still at pre-pandemic levels and are now facing difficult conversations with partners and loved ones. There is massive stress involved in all this. Let us think about these people and reach out to them where We are able.

I wish You all a peaceful Sunday and happy week ahead. God Bless You all.

Let us pray for those whose incomes have been reduced, for those whose jobs have been suspended and all who are facing unemployment – across all industries, companies, and positions. Holy one, you sustain all who fall and raise up all who are bowed down. Provide for the families and individuals who are enduring economic hardship because of the pandemic. Let them find work and fulfillment.

Amen