There’s this funny thing about the Christian life. The more you help others, the better off you are. Let’s apply this principle to prayer. We find this interesting little verse toward the end of the Book of Job. Despite Job’s great losses and pain, the rest of his life became the best of his life. All of his losses were eventually restored.
By hard work? By manipulation? By the help of a friend?
No. No. No.
So what turned things around for the man whose name has become synonymous with patience?
Here it is: “The Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends” (Job 42:10).
The blessings in Job’s life came in direct proportion to how much he prayed for his friends.
Recovery Step: Craig Groeschel said it best: “Your prayer for someone may or may not change them, but it always changes you.”
Mark and Beth Denison, married for 36 years, launched There’s Still Hope as a national movement to call men and women into lives of sexual integrity. Their ministry offers 90-day recovery plans for addicts and one-on-one and group coaching for addicts and their spouses. TSH also produces resources for pastors and churches to confront the porn epidemic that is destroying so many lives.
Dr. Denison was a senior pastor for over 30 years, NBA chaplain, and board chairman at Houston Baptist University three times. With a Master’s Degree in Addiction Recovery, Mark is a certified PSAP and active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Mark has written four books on recovery: Porn in the Pew, 365 Days to Sexual Integrity, A 90-Day Recovery Guide, and 40 Days to Porn-Free Living. His latest book, Jesus on the 12 Steps, will be released later this year.