“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16b, NIV)

John Spencer was a supervisor in an automotive distribution company. He was in the habit of praying for everyone he managed. Most of the time he prayed quietly and privately, so that no one even knew he was praying for them. One day, when he and one of his associates (I’ll call him Matt) were having a discussion about forgiveness, he asked for Matt’s permission, and then openly prayed for him.

Months went by. Matt and another employee, Tom, had a serious disagreement. In fact they ended up barely speaking to one another. The atmosphere around the office began to suffer. Morale was at an all-time low. John was getting quite concerned and thought he might have to intervene. Then suddenly, the storm clouds disappeared. Matt and Tom were on decent terms again. In fact, they appeared to be friends.

John asked Matt what had happened. Matt replied, “I remember the time you prayed for me a couple of months ago in your office. The disagreement I had with Tom was really bothering me. So, I got down on my knees before God and asked for His guidance to help me see my faults more clearly, and to help me forgive Tom. The next time I saw him, I apologized to him and asked for his forgiveness. All of the anger and pride left my body immediately. We’re closer now than we’ve ever been!”

That first prayer – the one shared between John and Matt – created an opportunity for forgiveness and reconciliation to take place months later, between Matt and Tom. God used John in a remarkable way to bring Matt and Tom closer together and to be an example to others in their workplace.

Never underestimate the power of prayer when prayed in submission to our Lord. His ability to break into our circumstances is unlimited. Prayer softens hearts and is the number-one piece of equipment needed by every workplace Christian.

Spend a little time in prayer this Monday. Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

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  1. OK, I need another cup of Coffee!!!! Even if it is Work Place coffee, this if a great devotional and a wonderful way to start a week!!!! Take Care and God Bless Kenny T 🙂


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