On March 17 many people around the globe celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. He was a human trafficking victim in the 5th century who became a missionary to the people and land of Ireland where he once was a slave. Obviously, Patrick’s Day is a special day! – for those of us who are both of Irish background and named Patrick.
My friend Mats Tunehag shared with me this well-known prayer by St. Patrick, and he customized it to be a Business as Mission related prayer: (the original is in bold and italics). Let’s all pray this together on March 17th.
Christ with me, as I do business for Him and people.
Christ before me, as I plan my work each day.
Christ behind me, as I review my work performance.
Christ in me; my guiding light in my workplace.
Christ beneath me; He is the foundation of all I do.
Christ above me, He is the owner of my business.
Christ on my right, Christ on my left, He is the Lord of the marketplace.
Christ when I lie down, and rest from my work.
Christ when I sit down, in my office chair.
Christ when I arise, enthusiastic or weary to serve co-workers and clients.
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, and my job.
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, and my job.
Christ in every eye that sees me, my staff, customers, suppliers, and competitors.
Christ in every ear that hears me speak about my products and services.
For Jesus’ Sake, Amen
PATRICK LAI and his family have worked in SE Asia for other 37 years. His experience in doing business with Jesus has brought him to understand the meaning of work and worship in the marketplace. He started 14 businesses in four countries, six of which are still operating. Patrick and his wife, May, mentor and coach businesspeople working where there are few or no Christians. Check out Patrick’s latest book, Workship, now available in paperback and e-book.