Pray for Me

Ever asked anyone to do that for you?  It works both ways, you know. How often do you pray for your friend?   How often do you pray for your enemy?   Yes, your enemy.

Jesus taught us to love our enemies and to pray for them. It is one of those commands that we find easy to explain away, but extremely difficult to actually obey. But, Jesus says we’re not His disciple unless we do what He says. So, looks like this command is a required course of action for me and not an elective.

Upon a few moments reflection, you can see the wisdom of Jesus’ teaching. If you have an enemy, do you find yourself cultivating feelings of hatred, resentment, and revenge toward them?  Are these pleasant feelings?  Do you enjoy living your life feeling that way?   There is a way to rid yourself of those life-sucking feelings. It has to do with love, prayer, and living more like Jesus. Let’s talk about prayer.

I personally find it hard to dwell on negative emotions toward a person for whom I am praying. That makes a lot of sense since Jesus said to pray for our enemies. Not only is there the potential in this prayer to help that person who is so annoying at work to behave better, there is the vast reality of the improvement in my own attitude which will likely affect my behavior for the better.

Prayer for my enemy, and everything that flows from it, could very well lead to my enemy becoming my friend. Had you rather have friends or enemies?  

You have heard the old saying, “Reward your friends and punish your enemies. ”  A better way to look at that is, “Reward your friends and convert your enemies. ”  Prayer can help you do that. 

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