Job 42:8-10 – Pray For Them

Job 42:8-10
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Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.
9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.
10 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.

-Are there people in your life who are a source of contention, people with whom you just can’t seem to get along?  Job had some of those people.  Those whom he once called his friends came to him in his time of affliction and sought to blame him instead of help him.  But notice what Job did for these men; at the command of the Lord, Job prayed for Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar.  Certainly they benefited from the prayers but what does the Bible tell us?  It does’t tell us that the Lord helped Job’s friends when Job prayed for them; the Bible tells us that the Lord helped Job when Job prayed for them.  It’s a solution that is so easy we surely miss it a lot of the time; but going back to those people with whom you just can’t seem to get along, regardless of who’s at fault, have you tried praying for them?  “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44)

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