ICF - Prayer Focus

Those who work in recycling, waste disposal and cleaning


Recyclers of waste materials, scrap metal merchants, conservationists, refuse collectors, staff of landfill and waste disposal facilities. Furniture and picture restorers, steam and blast cleaners, metal restorers, energy conservationists. Launderers, dry cleaners, contract cleaners and providers of linen services. Car Wash staff, suppliers and manufacturers of cleaning equipment. collectors and sellers of second hand goods and charity shop staff

Blessed Lord, we are stewards of your creation. May we strive to live in such a way as to enhance rather than to damage the environment we pass on to our children and grandchildren. Help us to respect what we use and to keep our world as clean and wholesome as we can. May we, in discarding what is no longer of use to us, ensure that valuable materials are re-used rather than destroyed. Help those of us who work in cleaning and recycling to know the value and importance of what we do and to work with dignity and self-respect in the certainty that we do it for you. AMEN

Regular prayer for the world of work can be a significant feature in Sunday services. ICF seeks to provide a variety of resources to help those who prepare these. Prayer of this nature is important because:

  • It encourages Christians to see their working lives as part of their Christian Identity

  • It helps those involved in the world of work, particularly when their job makes it difficult to participate in church activities, to feel affirmed and valued.

  • It is a vital part of our intercessory responsibility to the community around us.

  • It communicates a faith that is relevant to real issues to those who visit our churches

Each week, we highhlight different groups of workers and encourage our members and followers to particularly pray for people who work in that sector. We also encourage local churches to include regular prayers for the world of work

As you pray, Consider what might be said in the context of thanksgiving, confession and intercession, both for the workers concerned and for those present.