So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.” (Job 42:8)
Criticism can come from different places. It can come from those who want to be helpful. Others do not have the intention of seeing you improve. Their words are discouraging and instead of uplifting. They have the opposite affect of helping. A good friend properly evaluates the situation and gives an account of how to respond or change. Misinformation usually does little to increase in knowledge and understanding that is supportive.
God tells about a man in the Bible who received erroneous criticism from his peers. They had advice on the current events of his life. Much of their advice consisted of false accusations against God and the man. Their character and integrity were being criticized. God also gave criticism to the man and his friends. He gave instruction the man to pray for them because their words were sinful.
God’s gave instructions to the man’s friends for them to get prayer from him. The friends were very off base about God’s actions and needed to be covered in prayers from a righteous person. Do you know of others that need prayer? Your family and friends should be the place to start. Ask how you might be a blessing to them by praying according to God’s will. Pray for the desired result and give thanks to God for answering. Have an expectation that God will answer and give Him praise when He does.
Challenge: Believer, others are need of your prayers both near and far. Commit today to spend time in God’s presence on behalf of others. Prayer shows trust in God. The Holy Spirit is a help and will know the heart of God on the issue. Keep on praying: persistently, consistently, and lovingly. You will find great rewards when God answers.
Make thanksgiving always a part of your prayers. Praise Him! He is worthy of all praise and honor! Amen!