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.