Are you nervous or a little distraught because you have to ask your boss for something tomorrow...a raise, a day off, or to work through a problem...no matter what it is, you're not sure how he or she will respond. Surprisingly, that's a problem for which you can find help in the Scriptures.
One biblical example of "asking the boss" for something is in the story of Esther when she got word that her people, the Jews, were about to be destroyed. Obviously, she wanted the king to spare their lives, hers as well! But she didn't go directly to him and pour her heart out. Instead, she prepared a banquet for him!
At the banquet, when he asked her what she wanted, she said she wanted him to come to another banquet the following night...then she would tell him what was on her mind. What kind of tactic was this? She was making her respect and affection for him a known priority. This way he would never feel pressured or "used." He would be assured that concern and consideration for him always came first with her - even before her own life or the lives of her people.
King Solomon once wrote, "...the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure for every matter, though a man's misery weighs heavily upon him" (Ecclesiastes 8:5-6, NIV).
So before you approach your boss tomorrow, ask yourself, "Is this the best time for him? What's his schedule?" Consider his needs. Pray for guidance and direction. Listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
God loves you and wants to answer your prayer. Say this prayer with me:
Heavenly Father, thank you for showing me the discipline and self-control necessary to keep the proper perspective. Before my meeting, help me to check my attitude, motivation and timing. Even if my request is not granted, may Your love still shine through! In Jesus' Name, Amen.