Prayer for Encouragement
When Job was in desperate need for encouragement, he needed his friends to encourage him. To their credit his friends did sit with him for a week without saying anything.
Sometimes there are no words that need to be said. Just being there is a comfort to someone in deep despair.
But then the true thoughts of his friends came forth. Instead of beseeching God for deliverance, they began to find fault.
“My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.”Job 16:20
Friends mean well. They want to help but sometimes their comfort seems harsh.
Job found his friends to be miserable company, but that did not stop Job from seeking comfort from the greatest comforter of all, his Saviour.
“O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbor!”Job 16:21
Job did not lose his faith during the greatest trial of his life. Instead, he drew closer to God than ever before.
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.”Job 19:25-26
Life does not always turn out according to our expectations. Job suffered great loss, yet God afterward abundantly rewarded him. We also will find many blessings if we keep our focus and faith in God above.
O Father, thank You for Your great mercies and love that You show toward us. When we find ourselves discouraged, may we realize that You and You alone can give the encouragement that we need.
Thank you for your faithfulness to us. May our faith not rest in people or people’s wisdom and advice, but in You and Your power alone.
No matter in what situation we find ourselves, may we respond with love and kindness. Give us a Christlike attitude and remind us of the great homecoming You are preparing for us in Heaven. Help us to continue in the faith until that great homecoming day.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
May you be encouraged to know that God loves you. He has not left you alone. You can call out to Him at anytime and know that He hears your prayers.
- Have you ever been discouraged?
- What did others do that encouraged you the most?
Thank you for commenting on any ideas that will help others to know how to encourage their friends when they need it.
Copyright 2019 by Peggy Clark