The Fourth Friday Project (Praying for the Unemployed and Underemployed)

As many of my readers know, I am looking for work for the first time in 28 years. If you are in a similar position, you know that being unemployed (or underemployed) can be a challenge to you physically, emotionally, and spiritually. There are remedies for each of these challenges and the one that works best for me is the prayers and support of my friends and family. A kind word, a loving gesture, a simple smile can go a long way to helping you stay on track.

I stumbled upon another prayer resource the other day. The resource is located at and is titled The Fourth Friday Project. The website is advertised as “Leveraging prayer and action to help our unemployed and under-employed sisters and brothers endure during their time of anxiety and despair.” Well, that certainly got my attention. I recommend checking out the site. They provide in-depth prayers for the fourth Friday of each month that are dedicated to the unemployed and underemployed. I could sure use the prayers, as could the millions of other Americans in my situation.

I like the image their advertising portrays. I like the use of the word “leveraging”. Using the laws of physics, a lever and pivot point can be used to “move a heavy or firmly fixed load with one end when pressure is applied to the other” (Oxford American Dictionary).

The burden of unemployment can certainly rest heavily on the one who is looking for a job. (It also weighs heavily on their family). The job seeker can often feel “stuck” and immovable. It is through faith and friendship that we are able to move forward in our lives.

Those of us who are unemployed know that this state in life will pass some day, and we acknowledge that things can be even better than they were before. When we lose sight of that truth, your prayers can make the difference in helping us move forward. Your prayers are like “Spiritual pressure” that helps propel us toward our goal.

Take a look at the website referenced above and consider praying for the unemployed and underemployed on the fourth Friday of each month.

Be at peace and know that you are loved!

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