Every year, I struggle with this. Why, on Labor Day, do we forget to pray? Why do we take a day off, and shut off our minds to the value or our work? Why do our sermons ignore that it is “Labor Day”, the day designed to celebrate our work?
Labor Day, according to Wikipedia – Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American Labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.
On the day that is set aside to celebrate your labor, your work, I’m challenging you to pray. Not just for yourself and your career, but for your workplace. If you have ever been laid off, or lost a job, you know the stress that results. It is so easy to take our work for granted, until we don’t have work. It is so easy to assume we will be able to provide for our family, until we can’t.
I get that it is a day for you to rest. It’s a day to enjoy being “off.” But what is the bigger meaning? Do we have to take the day off from prayer?
I think that this precious time, this end of summer, change of season, last long weekend with the kids, time, this is the time to hit pause and to pray. Don’t take it for granted. Instead, pray for our workplaces. Pray for your boss, and your co-workers. Pray for the financial state of the company you work for. Pray that as you go to work each day, that you could show the love of Jesus to someone.
In Genesis, we read that God rested from His WORK. Yes, God worked. We were made to work. It is important to God that we work. He created work for Adam before he created women. He cares about our work! What would happen if we cared about our work too? If we committed to prayer and seeking his will in our workplaces? Our leaders need our prayers!
So today, as you sleep in, and complete yard projects, or camping, or the final dip in the lake, stop and pray for your work. The impace, well, it might change your world in ways you hadn’t imagined!