Did you notice that? Did you catch it?
I know many of us reach a point in our lives where we feel like and can relate to Job. We have experienced a lot of loss, accompanied by grief and other strong emotions. We pray and pray and pray and pray. Which is the good and right thing to do. God commands us to pray continuously and persistently.
I just caught it in this verse this morning. A principle. It says the Lord restored the fortunes of Job ... when he had prayed FOR HIS FRIENDS!!!
Not for himself, not his problems, but for his FRIENDS! We know that Job was having an ongoing conversation with God through out the book of Job. But here...his fortunes were restored WHEN he prayed for his friends.
Meditate on that. It seems important to me that we are intentional about praying for OTHERS. Don't get caught up in your own situation that you are frantic in your prayers for yourself and your own life and problems. Pray for your friends. Other people you know that are struggling or even doing well. Pray blessings for both. Pray for your children, your spiritual leaders, your bosses, your neighbors, your enemies.
Learn the art and discipline of prayer. If you are weak in prayer and do not have a natural gift for it, develop it. PRAY for OTHERS! Don't stop praying. ♥ ♥ ♥