I have read the ‘book of Job’ several times in my life. It has been my go to book during trying times. When times seem hard and difficulties abound, I reach for Job. I study his life, his friends, his wife and his victory. Yet in all the years that I have reached for Job, I only came across this verse of scripture this week.
“And the LORD 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
Job had been afflicted by the devil, he had lost everything. He lost his children, his wealth and his relationships were in disarray. His wife became the mouthpiece of the enemy as she encouraged him to ‘curse God and die‘. His friends became the thorn in his side as they accused him in his trying times instead of lifting him up. Instead of providing him with support, they brought condemnation. Job’s friends intensified and prolonged his suffering, and yet, he was not delivered from the clutches of the devil until he prayed for them.
Who do you pray for? I have a prayer list that keeps getting longer daily. I pray for myself, my family, my friends, those in need, my future husband, my future children, old friends, bosses, colleagues and the several prayer requests raised for others at church gatherings. But after reading Job 42:10, I will proceed to continually pray for those who have hurt me. Sometime last year, I was hurt by someone in a very unexpected way, and after crying out to God to help me and heal me, something within me encouraged me to pray for her. I initially found it strange but I did that, and prayed for her family as well. Once I did that, I felt the weight of her wickedness lift off my shoulders. I knew that the burden of her wrong doing was not mine to bear.
““But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.”
Luke 6:27-28 NKJV
What will you gain? Probably peace of mind knowing that you have done all you could. But more importantly; what will you lose? The answer to that is nothing. You have nothing to lose by praying for your enemies. Jesus taught his disciples the Beatitudes before the verse above. He taught them that there is no virtue in hatred, no virtue in wrong doing and nothing to be gained in keeping malice. Prayer frees us, as we relinquish control to Him who is truly in charge. In Job’s case, praying for his ‘frenemies’was the key that unlocked his blessings, freedom and restoration. Prayer; it takes the pressure and the weight away. It reminds us that we have a father who hears and answers when we call. When last did you pray for your enemies? If you haven’t done so recently, do so today.
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Until next time
Dami loves to pray