Tonight at Mugg&Bean where we discuss the morning’s service someone gave the caution that Job’s prayer in Job 42 should not be used as a formula for changing suffering. Jacques wittingly commented ‘so we shouldn’t change it into ‘The prayer of Job’?

He meant it as a joke yet I came across a bunch of sermons that implied exactly that. They basically say that one should pray for your enemies and then God has to bless you and change your fortunes … I’m sure someone in the near future will exploit this teaching. I can see a bunch of prayer-of-Job T-shirts, mugs, books, mirrors, stickers and accompanying merchandise coming our way ….