We’re returning to Job 8 this Sunday. And as we do, we have the opportunity to respond to heart of Bildad’s counsel to Job in vv.5-7, Seek God in prayer. This is the exact same counsel Eliphaz gave him in 5.8.
God, says the psalmist (Ps 46.1), is a very present help in trouble. So it goes without saying that men in trouble (and who’s not in trouble!?) should seek God. But sadly, when we’re in trouble, prayer isn’t as ready a response as it should be. And, sometimes, although we know we should pray, we still don’t. Maybe we doubt God will hear us. Or we doubt God can help us. Or we feel guilty that we haven’t been praying and we don’t want to just pray because we’re in trouble. Or, sad but true, we’re not sure we want God to intervene…
Obviously we need to take this counsel to heart. To help us do that, I’m offering 4 directives that’ll support, not simply, our praying, but our praying heartily, boldly, believingly, and freely. Please pray for the Lord’s blessing on this message, that He would quicken us with these directives and awaken us from the slumber of our prayerlessness and from the rote of our unfeeling prayers.
Also, let us use this week to prepare our hearts to come to the Lord’s Table in sincere faith, with hearty repentance, a burning love, and a sure resolve to walk in a manner worthy of the salvation we’ve received, Eph 4.1-3.
Yours in Christ’s service,