March 20, 2012
Job 42:10 “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.
Someone shared this verse with me and it got me thinking about our morning prayer group and how we are standing in the gap for women on this compound.
Sometimes it’s hard to pray for people that do wrong to us. Like the group of smokers that got our chapel bathroom locked and our picnic tables taken cause they hid cigarettes in them. How do you pray for them when I have such bad thoughts about them? It’s hard, but you just do, because they NEED prayer more than others.
I’m sure Job was highly offended and bothered by the words of his friends. And when God told him to pray for them, I’m sure he said “Really God?! You want me to give them my blessing?”
But he did. And that was before Jesus gave the command to “love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” (Matt. 5:44)
That shows how in tune Job was with God – that he knew the heart of Jesus before His Words were even spoken.
People have started bringing us prayer requests, knowing that we will lift them up. Our prayers started off all about us. For our release and our family. But then gradually, our burdens turned to others, and not only our release – but release for all prisons. There is even a group of ladies in the other dorm who have asked Mrs. Locke to pray with them at nights in the dorm. He’s drawing them in…
And I’ve heard people say, “You’ll be blessed when you pray for others” But I never knew it was Biblical. And not only is it Biblical – it says you will be doubly blessed! GLORY TO GOD!