A few days ago we saw Job’s prayer in spite of suffering. Now after God challenges Job to see if Job can match wisdom with the Omniscient, Job repents.
When we’re frustrated and we’re venting, it may be time to re-orient our view of our LORD.
Then Job answered the LORD, and said, 2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. 3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. 4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. 5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. 6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
Job 42:2: “thou canst do everything” – God is omnipotent!
Job 42:2 “no thought can be witholden from thee” – God is omniscient!
Job 42:3 “I uttered that I understood not” – I can’t compare
Job 42:4 “Hear, I beseech thee” – Please, listen to me
Job 42:6 “I…repent in dust and ashes” – Forgive me for arguing with you
Let’s remember that the LORD understands more than we do!
Moses obeyed the LORD. He left the safety of Midian to return to Egypt where he was wanted for murder (Exodus 4:18). He told the elders of Israel that they were breaking out of Egypt (Exodus 4:29). He went to Pharoah and said what the LORD said (Exodus 5:1). But the people were not released, and the work was made harder (Exodus 5:7). Now the Israelite officers were starting to turn on Moses (Exodus 5:21).
And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.
I don’t like it when people complain to me. Especially if someone tells me that I am doing evil. But the LORD is different from me.
The anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses (Exodus 4:14) – but not for his prayer of frustration. No – the only time in Exodus we read of the anger of the LORD is a chapter earlier when Moses tried to escape God’s calling.
When Moses obeyed, and felt frustrated, the LORD spoke for eight entire verses giving Moses a behind-the-scenes look at His plan.
It’s ok to feel frustrated. It’s ok to express that frustration to the LORD. But it’s not ok to disobey.
Are you afraid? Is there something coming that could destroy your life? Are you in fear of what the future is bringing?
Jacob was scared to death. He cheated his brother out of the blessing (Genesis 27), and Esau declared “then will I slay my brother Jacob” (Genesis 27:16). Now Esau has 400 men with him, coming to meet Jacob (Genesis 32:6).
So Jacob prayed.
9 And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: 10 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands. 11 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children. 12 And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.
Jacob called unto the LORD and claimed the promises.
I am obeying when You said to return! (Genesis 32:9)
I have been listening to Your Truth (Genesis 32:10)
And said, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Are you frustrated? Has life been miserable to you? I was talking to a friend, within a short period of time he lost his family, his wealth, and his health. Job knew what that was like – but how did Job pray when we’d be frustrated with how life is going?
Job recognized he started with nothing, and he will end with nothing. Everything is under God’s sovereign hand.
When life is rough – we can still say, “Blessed be the name of the Lord!”
Hello and welcome to the 2019 Prayer Encouragement Project! I’m excited about partnering with you to go deeper in prayer in 2019. We’ll be looking at mnemonics to use the days of the weeks to organize our prayer requests, learn from the shortest prayers of the Bible, and how to keep our prayers from being blocked!
As we get started – would you be willing to time how long you pray tomorrow? Don’t send the results to me – just make a note in your journal. While there is no spiritual points for how long you pray – I’d encourage you to time yourself because often we over-estimate how much time we spend with God, and under-estimate how much time we spend elsewhere.
The average American prays about 1 minute per day. Unfortunately we use our phones about 215 minutes per day. If you want to know how much time you spend on your phone, use Screen Time for iOS, or Antisocial for Android.
US adults will spend an average of 3 hours, 35 minutes per day on mobile devices in 2018
Don’t be discouraged – pray that God will help you learn how to pray this coming year! If you haven’t signed up for our email list, please do – you’ll get links to free books from 4 great authors like E.M. Bounds, D.L. Moody, and more.
Finally, invite a friend to join with you! The best way to grow is with accountability – whether it’s at the gym or reading your Bible or anything! Share with them about 2019pray.org!