This morning as I was reading through Instagram postings an idea hit me like a shot. And the Lord [d]restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. (Job 42:10 NKJV)
Right now many of us are in uncertain circumstances. If you turn on the news all you see is confusion and chaos. Some of you, right now, are feeling hopelessness and trying to find a since of direction. Some of you are fearful and afraid because even though there seems to be hope on the horizon you are not sure if that hope is trustworthy. There is a God whose word is trustworthy.“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” (Numbers 23:9 NKJV)
Have you ever been in a place where you just could not pray. Whether because of a distraction or discouragement? You may feel like the knot at the end of your rope of hope is just about gone. But notice God restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. You may have a friend or know someone who is in worse shape than you. Who has lost their way and is walking in the wrong direction. Sometimes your friends don’t tell you what they are going through. You have to be able to discern. Then you will know they need you to cover them in prayer while they recover from whatever they are battling.
If you know Job’s story, then you know he prayed while in a situation much worse than any of us could ever imagine. But because he prayed for his friends God restored his losses with more than he had in the beginning, and also blessed him with long life. (Job 42:12-17) All of these blessings came after Job repented. (Job 42:1-6 NKJV)
Sometimes we need to forget about ourselves and our circumstances and place our minds on others. But in order to do this, we must have the mind of Christ. This entire world is in the throes of chaos and darkness. But there is a God who sits high and looks low. Whose eyes are in every place and whose ears are attentive to the cries of His people. (2 Chronicles 16:9 NKJV) So I challenge you today, to take the focus off your circumstances, give them to God and pray for someone you know that needs to be covered in prayer until they recover. And this is not just for a day, but thirty days. And perhaps like Job, God will turn your captivity around. You see, the scriptures also say The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:16b NKJV)
And always remember. God will never leave you empty. He will replace everything you’ve lost. If He asks you to put something down, it’s because He wants you to pick up something greater.
“The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ’(Numbers 6:24-26 NKJV)
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