Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Day # 19 March 10th – Prayer for Enemies

“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:44-45. Again we come back to prayer. Perhaps this is even the most difficult form of prayer. It is easy to pray for people we love, and those who are good to us, but to those who have hurt us, and intentionally oppose us is difficult. There are some great pains in our life that have been committed by others that linger on for many years, and affect our lives greatly. If we mention our enemies at all in our prayers it typically is asking God to rain down vengeance (instead of justice) upon our enemy. Jesus tells us that we must pray for our enemies if we are going to be any different than tax collectors and the rest of the world. Again this discipline involves the will of obedience over every inclination to do otherwise. So what do we pray for when we pray for our enemies? First pray for their forgiveness, and that they may seek forgiveness. Second, pray that God may reach out and touch their life, and pray that you may be able in some way reach out to who they are and touch their life. Finally just pray for God’s will and love, when we do not know the words to say, let the Holy Spirit do the talking Romans 8:26-27. Be obedient, be a child of God and pray for an enemy today

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