This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Col. 3:23-24

Heavenly Father, I’m not sure when Mondays got tabbed as day to dread and bemoan. But Mondays are just as surely “the day you have made,” as Fridays. We come before you on this Monday, not lamenting in the first day of a work-week; but rejoicing in the privilege of a worship week.

Indeed, your heart and hand claim laboratories and libraries, health care and floral shops, art studios and pharmacies, the financial sector and food trucks, homemaking and highway building just as much as they claim our gatherings for corporate worship.

So, no matter what our work is, help us see it less as a job, and more as a vocation—less as a way of just paying the bills, and more as a means of expanding your kingdom and revealing your beauty. Whatever you’ve given us to do, may we do it “as unto you”—the mundane and the momentous things, the boring and the exhilarating.

By the truth and power of the gospel, keep us more aware of who we are in Christ than where we are in the “org chart.” Wearing the lens of the gospel, help us view, and value, our co-workers as fellow image bearers of God. Like us, they too are in need of your daily mercies and grace-riches. Life’s not about how much we make, but how well we love.

Father, grant us quick repentances when we get frustrated; kindness and grace for people who annoy and disappoint us; and great joy in knowing that we are serving the Lord Jesus, and not mere men.

Wherever you’ve placed us, help us be the chief encouragers, the best listeners, and the most trust-worthy workers. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ wonderful and merciful name.