Job 42:10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Your breakthrough is often tied to the breakthrough of someone else. Your prayer of breakthrough for someone else could be what opens the heavens for the manifestation of your breakthrough.
God was displeased with the utterances of Job’s three friends- Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. The essence of their conversation with Job was that the reason he faced his turbulent circumstances was because he was unrighteous. That is similar to views in Christendom that the only reason a person may be facing hard times is because they did something wrong. The life of Job is a contradiction to that view. Bear in mind that it was not some random persons on the street that were making these false allegations against Job, these were his friends, persons who would have known his integrity. However, their words were not a personal attack against Job, the problem here was that they had the wrong concept of God and so they saw everything through those lenses.
When God came on the scene he scolded them for their wrong concept of Him and instructed them to do 2 things in Job 42:8: offer a burnt offering of seven bullocks and seven rams; and, then go to the same Job that they referred to as unrighteous for him to pray for them because He (God) would only accept Job’s prayer and not theirs. Their words would have caused great hurt to Job, so it would not have been easy for him to intercede on their behalf, but he did. Take note that God was ready to break the captivity of Job but it was not until he prayed for his friends that his captivity was broken. There are two principles you can draw from this. The first is that you are one instruction away from your breakthrough. Job’s obedience to the instruction to pray for his friends brought his turnaround. The second principle is that you must sow in prayer for someone else what you want God to do for you. Job needed his captivity broken but here he was interceding that the captivity of his friends be broken.
It was not when Job prayed for himself that his breakthrough came. It came when he prayed for his three friends. Sow seeds for someone else in prayer.
Life Application: Make it a habit to pray daily for the various needs of those around you.
Prayer: Lord, there are days when I’m so consumed with my issues and situations and as a result, that’s all I pray about. I commit today to pray for others, not out of self seeking ways, but to be obedient to your word that asks us to intercede on others behalf. Remove all selfishness from me and allow me to bear the burden of others in prayer and supplication. In Jesus name, amen.