Work can be made difficult when you dread seeing a coworker that you just don’t click with. Here are 25 of the most encouraging prayers for difficult coworkers, including images you can print to use and share.
Prayer for Strength
All-Powerful Father, I come to You seeking the strength I need to make it through my trial. I deal daily with a difficult coworker, and I am beginning to feel beaten down and weary. Lord, You always provided Your children with the strength they needed to get through trials. So, I am asking as Your child that You would give me Your strength to make it through this current difficulty. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Wisdom
Loving Father, I come before You as one who is battle-weary and in need of Your help. My difficulty at work continues to be a burden on my heart, and every word I speak seems only to increase the tension. I ask Lord that just as You gave Your disciples the words to speak before their accusers, that You would also give me the correct words to speak. Help me to restore peace to my workplace. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Words to Pray
Heavenly Father, Your instructions are to pray for those who persecute us. I confess that it is hard for me to pray for someone who is making my life so miserable. However, my desire is to be more like You in this situation. I need Your help to see beyond my coworker’s actions and to be able to pray as Christ would pray. You are the only one, Lord, who truly knows my coworker’s heart. Please direct my prayers for my coworker so that they will be in unison with Your will. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for His Love
Most loving Lord, Your Word and actions have demonstrated that You are love. Even though I am Your child and Your Spirit dwells within me, I find myself struggling to love my coworker. This person is causing great distress in my life, but I know You don’t want me to harbor resentment. I ask, Lord, that You would give me the ability to love my coworker as You love them. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Acceptance
All-Knowing God, I know that as Your child I must pass through trials. I also know that the trials will always be for my good because You love me. I am struggling with this current situation with my coworker, but I want to choose to trust You. I open my hands and receive from You what You have given me. Please give me the faith to trust in Your will for my life. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Peace
My precious Lord, Your Word says that the thoughts You have for me are of peace. My current situation with my coworker is causing great unrest in my life. I am struggling to be at peace amid the strife in my workplace. The situation is always on my mind. I need peace so that I can continue to stand firm. I ask that You grant me, Your child, the peace that I long for. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
React in Love Prayer
My loving Heavenly Father, I know that You love my coworker and with Your help, I can also love them in spite of their actions. I ask that even though they are hurting and humiliating me, that You would give me the ability to always react in love. I understand that anger or retaliation will not resolve this conflict. I also know that loving my enemy will honor You. Help me to always reflect Your love and bring honor to Your name. I need Your help, strength, grace, and wisdom as I seek to love as You love. I pray in Jesus’s name. Amen.
Prayer for the Source
Heavenly Father, I come before You on behalf of my coworker who is a source of distress in my life. Experience has shown that hateful and mean-spirited actions usually flow from a wounded heart. Lord, only You know what is in the heart of my coworker. I pray for Your love to penetrate their heart and heal the source of their meanness. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Christ-Likeness
Gracious Lord, Your love and kindness are an ever-present help in my life, and for this I am thankful. My coworker has hurt me many times, but I don’t want to let that hurt take over my emotions. I don’t want to lose sight of being Christ-like. I ask for You, Lord, to sustain me so that I will not buckle and can be used as You see fit. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Protection
All-powerful God, I take shelter beneath Your wings seeking refuge in Your strength. As I pass through this difficult situation at work, I know I am vulnerable. I pray Lord that You would protect me from anything that’s not part of Your purpose for this trial. As I seek to bear the pressure of this trial, I pray for Your covering because I am emotionally and physically weak. Be my shield and my refuge. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Encouragement
Precious Lord, I come into Your presence today because I feel I am becoming more and more discouraged in my current trial with my coworker. I ask that You encourage me and help me abide in Your presence. I pray that You would give me everything necessary to stand my ground in this trial and not become overwhelmed. Lord, please lead me to scriptures that will encourage me. Holy Spirit, please guide my prayers. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Intervention
Caring Lord, You intervened on my behalf when You paid for my sins on the cross. I am once again seeking Your intervention, this time in the conflict with my coworker. If You are willing Lord, please provide people who will be Your instruments to bring about a favorable resolution to the conflict. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Favor
My precious Lord, I come seeking Your help in finding a resolution for the conflict with my coworker. I pray You go before me this day and give me favor in the eyes of my superiors. I ask that You, Lord, would open their eyes and help them see what is happening. For my sake, I ask that You please grant them Your wisdom and use them to resolve this conflict. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for the Lord’s Help
Heavenly Father, as I consider my coworker who has made my life so difficult, I wonder what’s going on in their life. Lord, only You know if there is an addiction, a chemical imbalance, or possibly an unsafe home environment. I pray Lord that You would move on their behalf and bring the help that they need or lead them to it. I pray that You would heal them and keep them from hurting anyone else as they’ve hurt me. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Security
Most Precious Father, in Psalms 107:28-30 You show how You work for those who call out to You. I cry out now, Lord, and ask for You to bring me out of my despair. Please guide me to a haven of peace and security. Please give me the strength to hold on until the storm passes. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for More Faith
Precious Savior, my conflict with my coworker is pushing my faith to its limit. For this reason, I come and ask You to increase my faith and reveal any unbelief I may have. Grant me the faith I lack so that I can fully trust You to bring me out the other side of this trial. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Healing
Loving Father God, as I deal with the conflict with my coworker, I pray You would protect me from emotional scars and trauma. I ask for You to heal the scars I already have. Please cover me so I can come through this trial unscathed and ready to be used to comfort others facing the same circumstance. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for My Future
Wonderful Lord, as I walk through this trial with my difficult coworker, I am asking for Your help in keeping my eyes focused on You and Your plan for my life. Please do not allow me to be derailed from Your purpose and will for my life, Lord, even in this hard time. I ask for Your help to be able to withstand this trial and stay the course for the future that You have planned for me. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Salvation
Forgiving and Faithful Lord, Your children are to be known by their fruits. My coworker’s treatment of me seems to reflect that they do not belong to You. Lord, only You know what is in the hearts of individuals. For this reason, I am entrusting my coworker into Your loving hands. If they are unsaved, I pray that You would reveal Yourself to them. If they belong to You, then I ask for You to free them from their bondage and draw them back into the fullness of a healthy relationship with You. I pray all these things in Jesus’s name. Amen.
Prayer for Joy
Loving Father, my coworker’s treatment of me often strips me of my joy. I pray for Your help to remain joyful throughout this trial. I ask for Your help to stay focused on You and not the circumstances. My desire is to maintain a joyful spirit, as I remember that in the midst of my troubles that You are always with me. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Protection from Sin
Mighty God, You are my refuge and shield. I am before You now because I am fearful that I will be drawn into sin due to my stressful work relationship. I run to You and throw myself into Your loving arms asking for Your help. My heart’s desire is to do nothing that will hinder my walk with You. Lead and cover me as I pass through this trial. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Perseverance
Heavenly Father, Your love for me is without end and I know this trial will produce perseverance in my life. I pray for Your grace and mercy to enable me to persevere to the end of this trial. My desire is that I would be able to bring honor to Your name. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Hope
Loving God of all my hope, the distressing situation at work is causing me to lose heart. I come to You because You are my only source of true hope. All other help is nothing in comparison to the love and hope You can give. When I am losing heart, please remind me that in You there is always hope. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Friends
Heavenly loving God, my tense working conditions cause me to feel alone. My difficult coworker often intentionally excludes me. The joy of friendship can lighten a weary heart. For this reason, I ask if You could please lead me to a coworker with whom it is safe to develop a friendship. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Comfort
Amazing Savior and Comforter, You are my greatest comfort in life. As I pass through this trial with my coworker, Lord, I ask that You soothe my heart. I have fears and pain caused by the situation at work. Lord, I am asking You to bless me with Your presence and to bring the comfort my heart is aching for. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.