There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. Job’s sons would take turns preparing feasts in their homes, and they would also invite their three sisters to celebrate with them. When these celebrations ended—sometimes after several days—Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, “Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice. (Job 1:1, 4-5 NLT)
Normally, whenever we hear the name Job, we think of his many trials. Few people have suffered more than Job. Yet the first part of the book of Job also tells us about a man of great integrity and character. A part of Job’s character is seen through his concern for his family. In some ways you might call Job “the family priest.”
Every home needs a family priest. By that I am not suggesting that we become priests like those found in the Old Testament; nor am I insinuating that the priesthood of Jesus is not sufficient to take away our sins. When I use the term ‘priest’, I am referring to someone in our family, who like Job, prays regularly for the needs of their loved ones.
I thank God for the many priests that I have had in my life. I would not be who I am today if not for the faithful prayers of people like my mom and dad, and my loving wife. I also count it a privilege to be the priest of my home today.
If you are a family priest, may the Lord bless you and use you in a powerful way as you pray and impact the lives of your loved ones.
Matthew 7:7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Matthew 21:22 “You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”
John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
1 John 5:14 “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”