Is There Profit in Prayer? (Part 3)

Praying Through the Bible #40 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Job 21:7-15

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible”. The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 39 messages in this series.

This is message #40 titled “Is There Profit in Prayer? (Part 3)”

Two weeks ago, we began looking at Job’s question — “Is there profit in prayer?” As you might recall, in that first message, we found that: prayer is profitable internally (that is, in spiritual matters); prayer is profitable externally (that is, in physical, temporal matters); and prayer is profitable eternally (that is, it is a part of the plan of salvation in that we can accept Christ as our Savior and go to Heaven to be with Him when we die).

On last week, we looked at this same question from the perspective of how the wicked oftentimes seem to be blessed without prayer, and the righteous seem to be cursed even though they pray. Not only did Job struggle with this question, but Asaph — King David’s music director — wrote about this issue in Psalm 73. He said, “I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” We came to the conclusion that we must acknowledge that God is in control of all things. The blessings that the wicked seem to have can easily be taken away, and the lack of blessings that the righteous seem to have can easily be reversed. However, the difference between the wicked rich man and the righteous poor man is that the latter has a relationship with the God of the universe. Because of this relationship, one of the profits that we have in prayer is that we do not have to be envious or worried about the seeming success of the wicked. Because of our relationship with God, we are content with such things as we have. As the Bible says, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” In my opinion, one of the marks of a saved person is that he can rejoice and be happy when others are being blessed. And, when a righteous man suffers, he does not have to get frustrated or worried because he has already placed his life in God’s hands. As Job said, “though he slay me, yet will I trust him.”

Now, as we close this mini-series today, I want to share with you three specific benefits that we gain through prayer. A.W. Tozer wrote about this question — is there profit in prayer? He said, “The whole tone of the remark shows that it is meant to be rhetorical. The doubter, believing the question could have no answer, tossed it off contemptuously and turned away, like Pilate, without waiting for a reply. But we have an answer. God Himself has supplied it, and the universal consensus of the ages has added an Amen.” Today, in light of what so many people are facing in life, let’s look at why there is indeed profit in prayer:

1. Through prayer, we can have peace in the midst of the storms of life. In verse 6 of our passage, Job calls on his friends to look upon him “Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh.” Job was in a situation of great distress to him. He was going through a storm of life. As he goes through this difficult time, we see how he repeatedly looks to God for answers to his troubles. The Bible encourages us to do the same.

2. Through prayer, we invite God to work in the situations in our lives. The story of Job is the story of a man asking God to fix his broken life. Job knows that the troubles that came upon him can only be resolved by God. That is why in this passage, he seems to be a little frustrated at how the wicked seem to prosper, because he knows that all blessings come from God. He says at the beginning of his discussion, “As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?” Job is not mad at those who have been blessed, he simply wants God to restore his blessings to him. In fact, in Job 42, the Bible specifically states, “the Lord turned the captivity of Job” and “the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” It was all God’s doing.

3. Through prayer, we learn the value of being humble. The result of Job’s affliction is found in Job 42:5-9 where Job said, “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Even though Job was not guilty of any sin which brought on his terrible circumstance, he ended up humbling himself before God when it was all said and done. Through prayer, we too, will learn the value of being humble before God.

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