Blog 67 / Our High Calling

More to Prayer Than Meets the Eye

 “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the Name of the Lord be praised.” Job 1:21 NIV

When we pray for our needs or those of our family and friends, we usually tend to pray the obvious. Someone is sick and we pray for healing. Someone else has a financial need and we pray the need will be met. This is all good. But sometimes there is more to a situation than meets the eye. Take Job for example.

The book of Job reveals that our lives are being played out on two stages—the earthly stage and the heavenly stage. Job had no idea that his sufferings on earth were a direct result of a confrontation in heaven between God and the devil. At stake: would Job, if God removed all of His blessings from his life, still speak well of God or curse Him?

If we had been alive in Job’s day we probably would have alerted all of our prayer chains to ask God to heal Job of his sores and blisters. But in the light of the conflict in heaven, the real prayer would have been that Job remain faithful and not curse God and die.

This conflict between God and the devil continues to this day. Satan is before God day and night accusing the believers while our Advocate, the Lord Jesus intercedes continually for us before the Father. The Holy Spirit meanwhile helps the saints to pray according to the will of God.

Since events in heaven impact our lives on earth, we need discernment when we pray. My wife and I, in our early days as GRN missionaries, went through several deep financial trials. The obvious prayer we wanted people to pray was for more support. The real issue we should have asked prayer for was that we would praise God and rejoice in Him regardless of whether we had a little or a lot. (Confession: yes, we did murmur and complain at first when we were out of funds, but God brought us to a place where we could genuinely thank Him for our trials because He used them to deepen our trust in the faithfulness of God which were priceless lessons.)

So when we pray, we should ask God to show us what to pray. Healing a sickness will bring Him glory. But it may bring Him greater glory if He does a deeper work of grace in the person by letting their sickness remain. He may also allow the enemy to buffet us without immediate deliverance. How else can we learn to be overcomers unless we have something or someone to overcome?

As with Job, the question is whether we will speak well of God if He allows us to suffer or undergo persistent trials. Whether He gives or takes away, can we still say, “Blessed be the Name of the Lord”?

How can we not?



Colin Stott
GRN Global Prayer Coordinator

read colin’s previous blogs:
praising god before he answers – blog 66
Praying For God’s Glory Will Cost Us – blog 65
rejoicing over god with singing – blog 64
indispensable prayers of the church – blog 63
the glorious end God has in mind- blog 62
No Place LIke Home – blog 60
finishing well – blog 59
are we known as formidible opponents? – blog 58
Thy Kingdom Come – blog 57
A Life Lived in Pursuit of Knowing God – blog 56
The church triumphant – blog 55
we do not have because we do not ask – blog 54
exclusive property of god – blog 53
indispensable prayers of the church – blog 52
the battle is still the lord’s – blog 51
nothing is impossible with god – blog 49
It is a wonderful life – blog 48
Listening for the master’s voice – blog 47
prayer and unbelief – blog 46
Our Motivation in Praying for the Lost – blog 45
demolishing strongholds – blog 44
overcome evil with good- blog 43
dealing with strongholds – blog 42
when our prayers go unanswered – blog 41
key to unanswered prayer – blog 40
prayer and The bride – blog 39
The Battle is the Lord’s – blog 38
praying for workers – blog 37
finding time to pray – blog 36
when the church is under attack – blog 35
FEASTING and FASTING – blog 34
why ask for what we already have? – blog 32
is anyone praying for them? – blog 31
delays are part of answered prayer – blog 30
weapons of our warfare – blog 29
Keeping our spiritual fervor – blog 28
days of great harvest – blog 27
not i but christ – blog 26
what if – Blog 25
praying scripture – Blog 24
Prayer and obedience -Blog 23
the Prayer warrior – Blog 22
time alone with god – Blog 21
last resort – Blog 20
Prayer with rejoicing faith – Blog 19
travel the world through Prayer – Blog 18
lord, break me – Blog 17
ye have not because ye ask not – Blog 16
our Prayers reveal our heart – Blog 15
church of the living god – Blog 14
when we Pray for the lost – Blog 13
more than meets the eye – Blog 12
sugar cubes and  Prayer – Blog 11
it’s a wonderful life – Blog 10
the longings of god – Blog 9
praising god before he answers – Blog 8
no place like home – Blog 7
praying for god’s glory – Blog 6
are we known as formidable opponents – Blog 5
sugar cubes and Prayer – Blog 4
rejocing over god with singing – Blog 3
the indispensable Prayers of the church – Blog 2
the glorious end – Blog 1