Praying Father

Job 1:5¬†So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed¬†God in their hearts.” Thus Job did regularly.

There are many biological fathers. To become one takes no character or heart. But, great is the man who has the heart of a father for his children.

When we think of Job we think of all of the possessions he lost and then his children were killed. But when you read verse 5 you realize that losing his children would have knocked the breath out of him. This was a father who not only provided for his children but took much effort to regularly offer up a sacrifice for each one of them just in case they had thought something wrong.

As a child I always heard about praying mothers and on Mothers Day we would sing the song “If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again.” thank God for praying mothers. But where are the praying fathers like Job. Fathers who will intercede for their children on a regular basis. Not that the prayer of a mother does not work, but the prayer of a father is a missing element.

It is said that Hallmark donated Mothers Day cards to a prison one year and they ran out of cards. So, for Fathers Day they made sure that they had enough, but only three were taken. It was evident that these men didn’t have praying fathers, or at least fathers who cared about even what their children were thinking.

Back to Job. Now, you can fully understand the pain in his loss. Not only did he lose possessions but he lost the children of his heart.

What was the result of Job’s faithful intercessions? Verse 10 says that a hedge was built around his household.


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