When we pray for someone – it’s typically for those we love and are closest to.
Whether it’s a friend going through a difficult season, or a family member with health concerns – we often willingly offer to pray for our loved ones with ease.
But when it comes to praying for our enemies – some of us struggle with this command. However – the truth is – praying for your enemies will change your heart in ways you might not even realize.
A Testament To Our Faith
All throughout Scripture we are told to love one another – including our enemies.
This can be challenging, especially to a person who keeps wounding us, but we are commanded to do so.
If we love only those who love us – Jesus asks if we are no better than unbelievers.
“For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” – Matthew 5:46
But when we love our enemies – especially enough to pray for them – our love for Jesus is manifested and on display – and it serves as a witness.
The world expects us to be hostile and “one up” our enemies – but in praying for them, we are demonstrating that our love for Jesus remains supreme and that we will follow His commands – even when it’s hard.
It Prevents A Root Of Bitterness
Bitterness is a poisonous root that will rot us from the inside out.
When we’ve been hurt, it can be easy to keep feeding the “anger” in our hearts – making us feel justified.
But in praying for our enemies, we are stopping Satan from gaining a foothold.
Not sure where to start?
For those who don’t know Jesus, we can always pray for Him to touch their lives and change their heart with His truth.
It Softens Our Hearts
The truth is, it’s hard to hate someone you continue to pray for every day.
By taking the time to lift up our enemies, it will keep our hearts soft and prevent them from becoming hardened with hate.
If you’ve never considered praying for those who have wronged you, consider giving it a try for the next 30 days – and watch how it changes you from the inside out.
Of course – praying for someone who has wronged you doesn’t mean you need to let this person be an active part of your life – especially if they keep wounding you.
Setting boundaries is important – and necessary – for those who continue to cause you harm.
And you can pray for your enemies at a distance – you don’t even have to let them know you are doing so.
Prayer is a powerful act of love – and while we don’t fully understand how it works – we can trust that when we obey God’s command to pray, we can leave the results up to Him.
Do you struggle to pray for your enemies?
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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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