We shall be looking at the benefits of praying for our friends in this write up and for the task; we shall take a look at Job 42:10. It says: ‘’And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends….’’
Job was a man who feared God and shunned evil. And as a result, God had explicit confidence in him to the extent that He allowed Satan to rattle him because He was cock sure that he would never be disloyal to Him. In the process, he (Job) lost everything he had except his life and some few friends whose comments about him were everything but kindly. Even then, he still found it fitting to pray for them and God blessed him vastly in return.
The bible says we should pray for each other (James 5:16) because there are benefits attached to doing so. For example, healing is one of them and in this case, it is not limited to restoration to good health alone. It connotes restoration to perfection in all areas of life. Job prayed for his friends and God restored his health back to perfection and gave him twice as much as he had earlier and blessed the latter part of his life more than the former. As if these were not enough, He also gave him the opportunity to live up to a respectable old age and to die peacefully. In short, God healed all aspects (physical, mental, marital, financial, material, etc) of his life (Job 42:10-17).
Friend, do you find time to pray for your friends? If you do, brilliant but if you don’t, you are just denying yourself of a lot of mouth watering benefits. When you pray for them, other people will pray for you too because ‘’…whatever a man sows, that he will also reap’’ (Galatians 6:7). Furthermore, Apostle Paul emphasised in 1Timothy 2:1-3 that praying for others, is both good and well acceptable to God. And in a situation like this, I cannot see how you will not be blessed if you engage in it.
Perhaps you have been praying for improvements in certain areas of your life until now and it seems you are getting no where; perhaps you need to change your tactics a little bit. Why don’t you consider praying for your friends and other people for a change? Job did and he was immensely blessed. You too will be blessed if you do same in Jesus name. Amen.
Finally, let me commit you into God’s able hands throughout this month and beyond and please endeavour to pray for your friends as much as you can. I will!
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr Stoney)
Ellesmere Port, UK.
Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies