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When Friends Betray You… {Intercessary Prayer: How to Pray for Others}

“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, NIV

Job’s whole world had shattered. He lost all of his children. He lost his flocks and his herds, which is the equivalent of losing your job along with any additional source of income today.

If that was not enough, Job was afflicted with a horrible disease. He lived in constant pain, and even his nagging wife would not comfort him. Three friends came to sit with him, after a time of silence, they began to reflect on what had happened to Job.

They made some ugly accusations, insulting both Job and God. They insisted Job had committed some great sin and that the hardships he faced were proof of this.

When God restores Job, He sends his friends to apologize and beg his forgiveness. God says that Job should offer a sacrifice on behalf of his friends so that God would accept their offering.

Interestingly, Job’s response is never noted. He offers the sacrifice, but Job's conversation with his friends is not recorded. How easy it would be to proclaim his righteousness at that moment. It would be hard not to gloat about how right he was.

When someone else has sinned, it can be tempting to rejoice in their fall. But Job is an example of how we should treat friends who have failed to honor God. We’re not to delight in their sin but humbly ask God to forgive them.

God, I confess my pride when I see someone else do wrong. I am tempted to believe that I am better than them, but I’m not. So I humbly pray for (name). Please forgive their sins. Show them how to walk in Your ways. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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