Heavenly Father, how I praise and thank You for bringing me to this important point in my life, this point of my retirement. Father, in one way I find it daunting and yet in another way it is one of the most exciting times of my life.
Help me not to dread the thought of retirement but rather use it I pray, as an opportunity for me to be used in Your service, in whatever capacity You would choose, to carry out the good works, which You have prepared beforehand for me to do in Your strength and for Your glory.
I pray that You would give me the wisdom to push on different doors, and allow You to open any through which You would have me to pass. I want to be in Your will and I desire to do Your purpose in my life. Keep me I pray, from trying to orchestrate a life in my retirement that is not under the shadow of Your leading and guiding.
Lord, I pray that You would take whatever time I have left in this world and use it to Your praise and glory. Bring into my life Christian friends, where we can find mutual edification, but also I ask that You would bring into my path the people to whom I can witness of the Lord Jesus Christ and His saving grace. Take every day of my life, from this day forward I pray, and live Your life through me. In Jesus' name,
Dear Lord Jesus, I have come to an important cross-roads of my life and I know that there are many unknown opportunities in the horizons of my life. I pray that You would take my hand and guide me along the path that You would have me to go.
Thank You, that Your Word has been a lamp to my feet and a light to my path and as I now step out into the unknown, I pray that You would continue to guard and guide the way that I take. Thank You, that You have scheduled every day of my life, including the unknowns in this retirement.
Lord, I pray that this may be a wonderful new beginning for me and not the end of the road, that is so often the case when retirement arrives. Help me to seize every opportunity that arises and to explore the skills and gifts that You have given me, so that they may be used to glorify Your name.
I trust You Lord Jesus, to be with me in sickness and in health, in poverty and in wealth and pray that I will submit day by day to the leading of Your Spirit and simply rest in Your love, knowing that You are my light and my life, my way and my end. In Jesus' name I pray,
Dear Heavenly Father, I come to You with grateful thanks that You have permitted me to reach my retirement after so many years of service. Thank You for the health and strength that You have given me day by day to enable me to work, and thank You also for those that have been instrumental in giving me work and working alongside me.
Please bless all my work colleagues and bosses, my friends and those that have mentored me over the years. May each one be sheltered and protected by Your love and I pray that those that have resisted the gospel of grace over the years, will one day open their hearts to Jesus and accept Him as their Lord and Saviour.
Thank You for the skills that I have learned and the opportunities that You have put in my path throughout my career, and I thank You for the opportunities that You have purposed for me, that are yet hidden in the future.
Thank You for being with me throughout my working life and Lord, I pray that with You at the helm, You will continue to give me many more years in Your service, so that this time of retirement may continue to be an opportunity to serve You in spirit and truth and to draw ever closer to You, until I come to be with You in heaven. In Jesus' name I pray,
Heavenly Father, I pray for the men and women who are getting near to their retirement and perhaps are growing weary as a result of the stresses and strains of the world, or who are concerned that during their post-retirement life they will be ill-equipped to provide for their daily needs.
Comfort and strengthen, all those that are in this situation. Draw alongside each one and create in them a vision of the future that You have for their lives, with You at the helm of their lives.
Motivate them to look beyond the world’s view of retirement, which so often devalues the older generation and help them to see that with You they have the rest of their lives to love and serve You in newness of love, as You lead and guide them in ways that they may never have imagined, to Your praise and glory.
Provide I pray, for all their needs and necessities of life, and draw each one into a closer fellowship with You in the years ahead. In Jesus' name,