Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Pray For Your Enemies
It's easy for anyone to pray for those who they love and care for, who have been a blessing and loved them back, who haven't denied their freedom or have never harassed or persecuted them in any way. But who prays for their enemies? Should we? Yes, indeed we should. Jesus says we should. It may be difficult to pray for those who abuse and mistreat you, or for those you don't agree with, but we must. We all need Jesus' forgiveness. No one is immune to sin. We've all been there and are there daily. Everyone needs prayer, and everyone should pray for one another.
Pray for the salvation of those who don't believe. Pray for pastors and preachers. Pray for your country. Pray for those who lead your country, whether or not you agree with them. Pray for murderers and rapists and thieves. Pray for your enemies. Pray without ceasing. When Jesus was on the cross, there were two thieves on both sides of him. He forgave those who put Him on the cross and prayed for the thieves. One thief went to heaven for believing that He was the Messiah. Jesus ministered to murderers, thieves, prostitutes and such, and some turned their lives around. That's what it is all about. Bringing people to the Truth of Jesus. "Go out into the world and make disciples", Jesus tells us. If we pray first, then people will turn from evil to righteousness.
Praying should not be our last resort, it should be our first priority. Praying can sometimes be difficult, especially if we are called to pray for those we want to hate or we just don't get along with. Please by all means not only pray for those you love, but also do as Jesus said, and pray for those who persecute you. Be blessed today.