July/August 2009 Spirituality
7 Great Affirmative Prayers for Job Seekers
by Paul and Tracey McManus
When the dot-com bubble burst, I was suddenly unemployed. Even though our income stopped coming in, the expenses of supporting a family remained. Our savings evaporated rapidly, the bill collectors were banging on the door and we were losing our home. We were scared and paralyzed with fear.
One sleepless night, we lay in bed and began to thank God for what we did have. We had our health, we had each other and we had three beautiful children. We focused on our blessings rather than on all that we were losing.
That simple prayer of gratitude was life-changing. We then created our own prayers that gave us hope and strength to stay together in the toughest times.
When you're out of work, where do you turn when it seems nobody can help you or those you love? These seven affirmative prayers are the ones we and thousands of others have used to overcome unemployment and the painful emotions surrounding it.
- Thank you for blessing me with a future new job.
Change your focus. Take your mind off your life's challenges and shift your focus toward good thoughts and attaining a new job.
Tip: For many of your prayers, believe as though you have already been blessed with what you are trying to attain.
- I am grateful for all I have and welcome comfort and strength while job hunting.
Put yourself in a state of gratitude. Take a moment and reflect on all the good things in your life and give thanks. Change your thinking from lack to thanks and gratitude.
Tip: Prayers without taking action are just wishes. Take steps forward every day to find a new job and give thanks for everything during the day. There is nothing too small to give thanks for. For example, give thanks for the beautiful day, a smile, a kind word, not to mention your health and family.
- I am blessed that I am loved and cared for.
Always keep a good attitude. Think and act positively.
Tip: Pray as if you're talking with your best friend.
- I am confident that I'm on the right path for finding a new job.
It's OK to ask to be blessed with a new job. Believe that you will receive what you ask for.
Tip: For some reason, some people believe they don't deserve blessings. Throw this idea out once and for all. You are a good person. You are loved. You deserve to be blessed, so ask to be blessed in your affirmations, believe you'll be blessed and you will receive blessings.
I will take continuous action and leave no stone unturned.
Be on the lookout for blessings. Be alert to messengers and events that have been sent your way to help you receive the blessings you desire, which includes helping you through the entire process of your re-employment.
Tip: Set a goal. Have a clear picture of the job or jobs you want. Put your re-employment goals in writing. Studies show that those who put their goals in writing achieve dramatically better results than those who don't. Write your re-employment prayers in a journal with your re-employment goals, and then take action.
- I love and bless family, friends, and all those in need of love, comfort and strength.
Bless and love others. Love your neighbor as you would love yourself. When you are out of a job it's easy to feel very alone and isolated - self-absorbed in your painful situation. Again, it's crucial that you maintain a positive attitude, and an easy way to do this is to say short, loving, blessing affirmations for others.
Tip: Decide to live in the now. Don't fret about the past, don't worry about the future. Don't go through your re-employment alone. Connect with family, friends, people you've worked with in the past, community services.
- The more I help others, the more blessings I attract into my life.
Use your talents. Whatever you put into the universe will come back to you ten-fold. You have special gifts. Reflect on these gifts and how they can help others. Be open to a completely different career, including a move to a new location. With every adversity there is the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
Tip: While looking for a new job, stay active. Volunteer. Help others. It's the right thing to do and your volunteer work may very well connect you to a person or event that will help you become re-employed.
Paul and Tracey McManus, authors of The 7 Great Prayers, offer a free pocket-size prayer card designed to help you stay positive, take action and get a new job. Visit www.the7greatprayers.com/unemployed.