“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.” Job 42:10
This is one of my favorite scriptures in the Bible. It shows us that not only can the Lord redeem us, He can take a horribly tramatic situation and turn it around instantly. Job had a hard time of it. He was plagued by the enemy, he lost his children, his wealth and everything else that he held dear – even the support of his friends! The Bible says however that when Job began to pray for his friends the Lord turned his captivity and gave him twice as much as he had before!
I woke up last night with this scripture of Job’s on my heart, and my husband sleeping diagonally across the bed. Ordinarily I would have shoved and pushed him over to his side (maybe even kicked), but after the remembrance of that particular scripture, I decided instead to pray for my husband. I prayed that the Lord would give him a goodnight’s rest, and that he would thoroughly enjoy his sleep.
As I was praying, I began to think of all the days that I pray for myself compared to the time I spend praying for others, and it really was of little comparison. Praying for others takes on an important role in the turning of our captivity. It opens your heart, takes your mind off of your own needs, and blesses those who may not have any idea how to pray for themselves.
Friends, I pray that as you go through your day today you too would begin to feel the blessing of taking your mind off your own needs and focusing instead on spiritually aiding in the needs of others- let us move away from captivity and toward the freedom of Christ!
God bless you friends! We’re praying for you!
Jessica Heilman is founder of Wholehearted Ministries in San Jose, Ca. You can read more about her and her ministry work by clicking HERE.