A Regular Custom


I love my children, but I am sure glad I don’t have to offer a burnt offering for each of them, for their sins, like Job. A lot of what the ancient Israelites had to do seems cumbersome in light of the society we live in today. That is the beautiful love of Christ. He took care of our sins once and for all, past, present and future, on the Cross.

Now, that doesn’t mean we are to continue in sin simply because all our sins have been forgiven. There are still consequences for sin. One of the greatest consequences is broken fellowship with God. Nothing can ever separate a believer from the love of God, but our fellowship with him is interrupted by the sin in our life. Yet, God remains faithfully gracious. He gives us the gifts of confession and repentance, which restores our fellowship with Him. And, the Holy Spirit is always available to help us confess and repent.

But, what really stands out for me in Job 1:5, is the regular habit of Job’s burnt offerings on behalf of his children. Burnt offerings were a sacrifice. Job had to literally give up the animals he offered, this was a monetary sacrifice. He had to give up what was most likely a large amount of his time, (he had ten children!), yet Job regularly prayed for his children, which deepened his relationship with God.

Ah, and maybe this is one of the reasons bold, audacious prayers for our loved ones and the Bride of Christ never leave our lips, prayer deepens our relationship with God, prayer draws us into a more intimate relationship with God. And, it is there in that intimacy that God reveals our wandering heart to us and desires to heal us.

Encouraging you to make prayer a regular custom.


©2018TereseJMBelme/Hope forToday.

Author: Terese

Terese is a wife, mother, Grammie, sister, aunt and friend. Best of all a daughter of the King! Terese is a Bible study teacher and speaker. One of her passions is investing in the lives of other women and encouraging them in their identity and authority in Christ. Terese is a life long student of God's grace.

8 thoughts on “A Regular Custom”

  1. I agree very strongly.

    I begin my day with prayer pray throughout the day and end my day with prayer.

    It is like talking with my best friend. After a while it just comes naturally.

  2. God bless you, Terese. You remind me of my mom. She always pray ferevently for us 🙂

    Hope you’ll also visit my account, sister in Christ 🙂 hellodewww.wordpress.com

  3. Wow. That is a lot of prayer. And children do cause us to be on our knees so much more. I’ve had to release my kids and grandkids to the Lord over and over. I keep taking them back and I try to work out their problems. But it does cause me to draw closer to the Lord. There is nothing like his presence. There was a time in my life I thought I could figure it all out without God because things weren’t going as I had planned. That was a miserable time. Not being in his presence is like death. I quickly ran back to him, thanking him for his mercy. God is good even when circumstances are not.

    1. Oh, so true, about children and being out of God’s presence! Thank you for sharing and for stopping by to read and follow! God bless you as you continue to share His light through your writing to a hurting world!

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