Praying for Those Who Hurt Us

After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.  

(Job 42:10 NIV)

I wonder what Job’s reaction was when God told him to pray for his friends, who we know were no friends at all. All the Bible tells us is that Job prayed for them, no questions asked. Jesus would later teach His followers to do the same, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). In fact, it’s after praying for his friends that “the LORD restored [Job’s] fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.” While we may not necessarily get compensated when we pray for those who hurt us, God blesses us in other ways and most importantly, as His children, we learn to act like Him. I’ve come to admire these hard challenges in the Bible. Every time I decide to do what God says, regardless of how I feel, I know that God is pleased and I’m growing into Christ-likeness.

Pray for those who hurt you.

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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