'O Lord...give me success today.' Genesis 24:12 NIV
We seldom know ahead of time the full significance of what we do or don't do in our work. The Bible simply says, 'Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might' (Ecclesiastes 9:10 NIV).
Judaism, Christianity and Islam all trace their roots to Abraham - who was a farmer. Abraham was '...now old and well advanced in years' (Genesis 24:1 NIV). So he realised the time had come to find a wife for his son Isaac. Since there were no internet dating services in those days, he assigned the task to his 'chief servant' Eliezer. The servant set out with a caravan of ten camels to the region Abraham had directed him. Finding a wife for the son of your boss was an important assignment that required considerable thought. Certainly, it isn't a job you'd want to fail. So the servant began his work with a prayer: 'O Lord, God of my master Abraham, give me success today.' Do you ever pray and ask God to make your work successful? People sometimes wonder if it's ok to pray for your work to be successful. Of course! Now, if 'Success' is becoming your God, you will have to find a way to dethrone it. But generally speaking, if you can't pray for the success of what you're doing, you should start doing something else!
Any good parent wants their child to succeed. Any wise employer wants their workers to succeed, because when they succeed the company succeeds. Here's what God told His people: 'Carefully follow the terms of this covenant, so that you may prosper in everything you do' (Deuteronomy 29:9 NIV).
SoulFood: Judg 4-6, Mark 8:1-13, Ps 88:9b-18, Pro 13:4-6