Midweek Morsel: Gift of Intercession


“My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.” Job 16:20-21

If anyone can offer some insight into what helps a person who is hurting, it could certainly be Job. The Old Testament tells the story of Job, the righteous man whom God allowed to be tested and afflicted by Satan. Satan felt sure he could make Job forsake his faith in God, but God had confidence in Job.

After having his home, his considerable wealth, each of his children, and even his health all taken from him, Job would not turn his back on God and walk away. His pain and grief overwhelmed him, but during the midst of his darkest days, he gave us a lesson—though it may have been unintentional—on how to help the hurting.

Job said, “My intercessor is my friend . . .” The one who would plead with God for him was the one Job considered a friend. Job saw the prayers of others as a true gift, a real help, and a comfort during the most heartbreaking time of his life.

How can we help those who are hurting? Let’s give the gift of intercession.

“Brothers, pray for us.” 1 Thessalonians 5:25

*When has someone’s gift of intercession been a sign of loving friendship for you?

*Flickr photo by albertopveiga, Creative Commons License

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