I have been working for a building contractor for 40 years, initially as a site engineer and now as a project manager. My work is stressful as I have to oversee the operations of the project team, find resolutions to many technical and site problems, manage the site constraints, and deliver a good quality project according to schedule and budget. Nowadays, I also have to assure a clean and green working environment. When I am stuck and in trouble with my work, I pray and ask God for help. I praise God for the many blessings God has provided throughout my career, including awards I have received for my completed projects, and for the ways God has helped me overcome obstacles I have encountered.
My type of job is also hazardous. In Singapore, 45 fatal construction accidents were recorded in 2022 alone. Working in construction brings to mind Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (NIV). I always remember this verse and thank God for the ways I have been protected all these years, and for my ability to return home to my family safely each day after work.
Prayer is part of our faith and our Christian journey, and we surely cannot live without it. There are many verses in scripture that tell us when we call on God, God hears us. In Matthew 7:7 we read, “Ask and it will be given to you.” Jesus tells us in John 14:13, “I will do whatever you ask in my name.” David says in Psalm 6:9, “The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.” And there are many more verses like these. We cannot do everything ourselves, but God can. As Jesus says in John 15:5, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” And in Matthew 19:26 he tells us, “With God all things are possible.” These words give me comfort and assurance that I can always depend on God alone to take good care of me.
Therefore, if we have issues big or small, let us present them to God in prayer and leave them with God, believing that God will help us. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?” (Matt. 7:9-10). These verses sum up our heavenly Father’s great love and care for us.
Even a simple prayer like, “So help me, God,” will do. For as we read in Romans 8:26, “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” God knows our hearts and understand our sufferings. God will help us in the ways God knows are best for us. Hallelujah. Amen.