‘”And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before” (Job 42:10).
Prayer is of four parts. Paul the Apostle insists that all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men (I Timothy 2:1).
In the Old Testament, prayer denotes the ‘Incense.’ David said, “Let my prayer be set before you as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice” (Psalm 141:2). In the book of Revelation, we notice an angel holding the golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints (Revelation 5:8).
In the New Testament God has placed us, the believers, as kings and not the priests. We, the royal priesthood are the censer of incense. “Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with pleasant fruits, fragrant henna with spikenard, spikenard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices” (Song of Solomon 4: 13, 14).
The bowl with frankincense which is noticed in the Old Testament is shown as a parable for prayer. Though the frankincense devoid of fragrance, it helps in mixing balms and preserving them. Similarly, the prayer of intercession unites the families and the churches with the fellowship of love and brings in integrity. So by praying for others and bearing one another’s burdens, fulfil the law of Christ.
What do we learn from the prayer of Job? At that time Job was in several captivities. He was facing problems from several directions like sorrowful losses, unbearable diseases in the body, of hurting words from the friends and boycott of his wife. Even when he was under these circumstances, he pleaded for his friends and in turn, God changed his captivities. Job received the healing and regained his health and strength. Job received twice as much as he had lost.
You will see peace and deliverance in your family in proportion to what extent you plead for others with burden in your prayers. For example, let us take you to be caught in problems of debt. When you pray with the burden for some others who are caught in problems of debt, God will take care of your debt problems.
The first blessing is yours when you come forward to pray for others. There is an old saying in Tamil: “If you take care and nurture the children of a third person, your child will grow automatically (even without your care and effort).” Dear children of God, is not God pleads for you on the right of the Lord? Is it not a necessity for you to plead for others?
To meditate: “Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death and He was numbered with the transgressors and He bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:12)