Scripture Readings: Job 11-13
Reflection Verse: Job 13:15
Prayer: Lord God, Job was probably the first to ask the question of “Why do bad things happen to good people?” He certainly will not be the last, because all of us have to come to grips with that question. His friends tried to dissect it. But the truth is often found in the realm of spiritual warfare. Even though Job did not understand what was happening to him he put his hope in You because he knew that You had not left him defenseless. I, like Job, only have my hope in You. You are the only thing that is viable for me to trust. Things good and bad will come my way, yet I resolve as Job did, my hope is in You. Having hope in You, Lord, keeps me breathing and trusting You even in those situations that are almost to unbearable for me to comprehend. Yet I will hope in You, Lord, in Jesus name. Amen.
Scripture Readings: Job 14-16
Reflection Verses: Job 16:1-5
Prayer: Father God, people really don’t know what to say to encourage people who are experiencing grief. Most of the time we say the wrong things, thinking we are helping the situation when in reality we are making us feel better. To truly encourage someone, we have to have compassion for them and empathy with them. Some would say we have to “walk in their shoes”. Most of the time we just need to be there with them and let them talk. Enable me, Lord, to grieve with those who grieve to find Your place of comfort and care that You make available to them. Help me understand that grieving is a process that has its own individual time table and that my ministry of presence, not words, is all that is needed in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Scripture Readings: Job 17-20
Reflection Verses: Job 19:25-27
Prayer: Lord God, Job sees that he will be with You and see You. He knows that his redeemer lives. No matter what he is experiencing now he knows that his relationship with You is secure. Life on this earth is temporary. Life with You, Lord, is forever. Even after I die, I will be with you. This is truly something to yearn for. Job knew this and yearned for it to occur. This is my prayer also, Lord, to be with You always. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection this is my destiny In His name. Amen.
Scripture Readings: Job 21-23
Reflection Verse: Job 21:34
Prayer: Lord God, Job is telling his friends that they are not giving him any comfort in what they are saying because of their lack of faith in You, nor do they have any understanding of his situation. Their words are empty, presumptuous, lacking in any real truth and compassion. How can any of us truly bring comfort to a person going through difficult times without Your wisdom, Lord. We can’t! What we say during these times usually doesn’t resonate and can bring harm to a person even more. I pray Your peace and comfort for any person going through difficult times in Jesus’ name. Amen.
About The Author
Rev. Dr. Allen Tyndall is an ordained EA pastor. Allen serves as a Regional and Executive Director of Pastor Care, is Dean of Mount Carmel Academy – Lexington, and has served as pastor of local congregations in Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina. Allen is the author of the book, My Prayer With You Today. He and his wife have four grown children and 10 grandchildren.
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