When Job Prayed

12-28-12

Job was a man that God says was an upright man in the earth, one that feared the Lord and hated evil. Satan accused Job before the Lord saying that Job only served the Lord because of all the good things the Lord had done for him and protected him. The Lord allowed Satan to strip Job of his children and his possessions and eventually his health. Job had some friends that came to him after all this happened. A careful reading of the book of Job will reveal that Job’s friends thought that Job was guilty of wickedness, and that was why all those bad things happened to him. Job knew that he was not going through all that he did because of some sort of wickedness but his friends didn’t believe him. They said some horrible things to Job. One of his friends told him that his wickedness was great and that his iniquities were infinite. He accused Job of taking advantage of his brother and taking from the needy. He told Job that he had not helped others and that he sent widows away empty. They assumed the worse about Job because of all the horrible things that had happened to him. Most of us would probably not remain friends with those who would treat us that way at our time of deepest need of comfort. Job however began to pray for his friends and that changed everything for Job. Job 42:10 says, “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Maybe you have some people in your life that has misjudged you and it has hurt a lot. It always hurts more when it comes from family or friends. Let me ask you a question…have you prayed for them? I have found it very difficult to remain angry and upset with those who have hurt me when I have begun praying for them. Sometimes it takes a while before I can actually begin to pray for those who hurt me, but when I do it seems like the Lord softens my heart and blesses me for it.