This prayer for co-workers who are hard to get along with is a guided prayer that will help you talk to God about your problem co-worker as you seek a solution on how to deal with a difficult co-worker and stressful work relationships.
Prayer for Co-wokers who are hard to get along with
Dear Heavenly Father,
I come to you today praying about my relationship with my co-worker ____________. I am praying for your help, wisdom and insight on what I can do to make our working relationship more bearable, productive and pleasing to you.
Here are the things that my co-worker does that are bothering me __________________________
Here are the things that my co-worker says that bother me ________________________________
Here are the personality traits my co-worker has that don’t fit well with mine _________________________
Here’s how my difficult co-worker is affecting my work and affecting my coping ability_______________________
Here are my honest feelings about my co-worker_____________________________________
I thank you Lord that I can honestly express my feelings to you. I believe that you can guide me and help me and strengthen me to deal with this situation. I need your sustaining power and your provisions for my livelihood and career.
I now ask that your Holy Spirit will give me deeper insight into the causes and source of the difficulties I am having with my co-worker.
Show me the things in my own background and past that this conflict is dredging up__________________ Thank you for bringing these to my mind. I pray your grace, healing and freedom from my past. I claim your freedom to put my past behind me and go forward stronger and wiser.
Give me a new insight into why my co-worker acts as they do ___________________________________
I pray that you will now begin the process of guiding me step by step in protecting myself from my co-worker’s problems so I can stay focused on doing my job to the best of my ability.
I pray that you will enable me to communicate more clearly with my co-worker. Prevent me from speaking when I am the most frustrated, angry and hurt. Help me measure my words and keep them businesslike and professional. Help me seek clarification during our conversations that will help me see if they have good reasons for why they do what they do. Please give me one new idea on how to communicate with my co-worker more effectively ___________________________________________________________
I pray that you will show me how to set healthy boundaries between me and my co-worker. Teach me to say no to their demands without making apologies, to excuse myself from unnecessary conversations and to avoid being drawn into their mind games. Show me a boundary that I can set today with my co-worker and give me the strength to keep it firmly in place when they cross the line _____________________________________
Show me how to stay focused on my work and do the best job possible. Give me the ability to concentrate and work efficiently. Help me to be courteous and polite. Keep me from complaining and gossiping.
Show me ways to nurture myself and deal with the stress caused by having to deal with my difficult co-worker. Bring to my mind ways to keep myself healthy in body, mind and spirit____________________________
Show me the places I can go outside of work where I will be surrounded by people who love and respect me, who value my good qualities, enjoy being with me and who encourage and build me up. Lead me to activities where I can receive a sense of accomplishment and joy. Bring to mind one such uplifting thing I can do today__________________________________________________
I pray that you will help me know if it’s time to seek help with my co-worker who is hard to get along with. I pray for wisdom in knowing how and where to find this help. I now ask you to guide me whether it’s time to bring up this matter with my boss or supervisor or another person in the workplace who can help change this situation_______________________________________________
I also pray that you will guide me to a friend, mentor or prayer partner outside of my workplace who can pray with me, advise me and help me. Here is a name you are bringing to my mind_____________
I seek your wisdom and guidance in whether I should pursue a job transfer or look for a new job. Please give me your thoughts on this______________________________________
Enable me to pray for my difficult co-worker. Here is my prayer for them now __________________________
Help me to pick my battles with my co-worker. Show me the things I can ignore and the things I should challenge_________________________________________________________________
Please help me handle my emotions. Show me my trigger points and how I can stay focused and calm when my buttons are pushed__________________________________________________________
Father, as I’ve made this prayer I realize what a complex task it is to deal with difficult co-workers. Without your help, it makes my job twice as hard and exhausts me. Help me to continually lift myself up to you in prayer moment by moment and day by day so I might accomplish the work functions required of me. And as I struggle, trust and pray, may I grow closer to you daily.
I thank you that you care about me and love me and want the best for my life. May I always remember that you will never leave me or forsake me.
About this prayer for co-workers who are hard to get along with
After writing this prayer I became very aware of the mental and spiritual battles that we face when dealing with difficult co-workers. Frequent prayer is badly needed because your emotional reserves and coping skills are being used up during the hours you spend in the workplace.
When I made up a list of reasons we might have difficulty with relationships with co-workers, the list was long and daunting. Here are a few things that might make co-workers hard to get along with: gossiping, envy, not pulling their share of the work load, abrasive personality, nosey, talkative, emotionally needy, constantly interrupting and not respecting your time, unpredictable behavior, quick temper, prejudice (against your age, race, nationality, religion), bitter, sarcastic, untruthful, personality clashes, dishonesty including petty theft and misusing company time or resources, inexperience and incompetence, annoying habits, resentful, mistrustful, defensive, being a know-it-all, prideful, boastful, being a poor listener, unwilling to change and lack of communication skills.
This list shows why we need divine help! The Bible gives us this overall advice on co-workers who are hard to get along with:
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, lie at peace with everyone…’If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. “ (Romans 12:14-18,20,21 NIV)
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