PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HURT YOU
This devotion speaks to the hearts of God’s people. God has called us to pray for
those who hurt us. We will be called to pray that they might receive God’s Will over our own will. We may also have said things that hurt others. Perhaps what was said was not intended to cause hurt, however, it became the result, just the same. Each of us need forgiveness from God for the wrong we have done, so why can’t we forgive others — including those who have hurt us? When you forgive others, God gets the glory, and the chains are broken. There are no more chains holding us — we are free! Let us free ourselves today by forgiving those who have caused us pain and pray for them. In Matthew 5:44,we find these words:
But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!
Jesus is speaking about love for one’s enemies. He has a deep concern for the people of God. He speaks about the need to love our neighbor and our enemy. In verse 43 and 44, He says, “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor, and hate your enemy. But I say love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” Doing this, we will be acting like children of our Father in Heaven. Our Heavenly Father sends rain on the just and the unjust. Let me conclude this devotion by simply saying what the Master said, “Pray for those who persecute you.”