An excerpt from the much anticipated new book, Living Life with Strings Attached

“After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.” – Job 42:10

I love this quote from Job. Let me refresh your memory about the story.  This particular verse actually takes place within the Epilogue of the story of Job. Job has been through (literally) Hell on Earth; he has been faithful, but prideful; he has questioned God; and he has seen the error of his questions and repented before the Lord.  The Lord is angry with Job’s friends for speaking out against Him. He tells them to offer burnt sacrifices and Job will pray for them and that Job’s intercessory prayer will be heard. It is heard and Job’s friends are restored in the eyes of God. Job also, by praying for his friends, is restored.

How many times have you said to someone going through a tough time, or needing a little encouragement, “I’ll pray for you.”

I do it, often multiple times a day. It’s the standard Christian good bye.  “Hi, how are you today?”

“I’m fine, thanks!”

“Oh great…I’ll pray for you!”

That’s wonderful! But the real question is: how often do you REALLY do it? Do you REALLY pray for them?

I will be totally honest – I am preaching to the choir here! I have been really convicted of late to change this part of my Christian walk.

Here’s my challenge to you (and to me, too):

The next time you are confronted with an opportunity to pray for someone…STOP RIGHT THERE and do it! Right then! There are a couple of ways to do this:

First, you could simply say to the person you are talking to, “I would love to pray with you about that. May I pray with you right now?” If the answer is yes, well, then you know what to do.

Sometimes, however, the answer will be no. Prayer is a very intimate experience and some people are simply not ready to share that with you. They may covet your intercessory prayers on their behalf, but they are not ready to be privy to them.  This is ok, and it doesn’t mean that you can’t pray RIGHT THEN.  Just take a moment alone, and lift that person up in prayer. Your moment doesn’t have to be long, but it does need to be intentional. I find that not only does praying for others encourage a life of “praying without ceasing it also helps me to remember the prayer requests of the people who I run across in my daily life.

Thinking of the Book of Job, I often wonder at Job’s friends. They showed great loyalty by sitting with him.  They sat for 7 days and watched their friend suffer. They debated and thought and tried to coach Job through a solution to the problem.  Sometimes, perhaps they were not far from striking the theological truth. Sometimes, they were just plain ole wrong. But never once did they offer to do the one thing that all good friends should do. They never once offered to pray for Job. I wonder what would have happened if they had?

7 thoughts on “An excerpt from the much anticipated new book, Living Life with Strings Attached

  1. Great! This is exactly what I do. Several years ago I was convicted about telling people I would pray for them and then forgetting about it. Now, I pray immediately (if I can) or in the case of blogging, I immediately pray and let them know in the comments. I NEVER tell someone I will continue to pray unless I write the request down and add it to my list because I don’t want to be untruthful! If God continues to burden me about that person or request, I will continue to pray and try to let the person know but I feel relieved of that guilt of not remembering!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. So true, there have been times I’ve found myself doing the very thing you describe. I will accept your challenge now. I really enjoyed reading this, thank you for sharing!

  3. Oh! What a blessing you have been and are going to be to God and His kingdom. I just read both your testimony and your book excerpt and was so blessed! You are so right about the whole praying for others issue. I have a prayer journal and I make it a point to go immediately and write the name of the person that I have been asked to remember. I haven’t always done that and soon realized that it was the only way to be sure that I remembered them. But, you idea of praying with them “on the spot” is great and on occasion I have done that, but not as often as I should have. Blessings to you in your ministry! I look forward to following your blog.

  4. I totally understand. I do that too now. Instead of saying I’ll pray for you, I’ll say the prayer and tell them that I prayed for them. And guess what? He hears our prayer! Not always a yes answer, but we need to continue to be faithful to our prayer and trust He has a greater plan for us. Loved the sneak peek!

  5. I write daily on one of my blogs. Today’s choice was Job 42. I have found several other people who have recently written on this chapter. I have been studying it more all day, because I think it is awesome. Your blog was one of the referral’s at the end of my blog as an additional resource about Job. Thanks for writing this . Your writing is clear, concise and easy for one such as me to read. Thank you.

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