PRAY FOR YOUR ENEMIES
Today’s devotion, in my humble opinion, is deep and profound. Before I pen another word, I want to put down a disclaimer. It is not my words that are deep and profound, but the words of the Lord. Praying for our enemies is something that the Word of God is clear about. In reality, most of us do not pray for our enemies. We often say words like, ‘What goes around comes around.” It is hard in our flesh to pray for enemies when they hurt you and plot against you. It is hard in our physical being to pray for them. However, God gives us power to pray for those who spitefully use us. We find familiar words in Matthew 5:44 that clarify this.
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
We have heard these words before. Notice that before we pray for them, the Word instructs us to love them and to bless those who curse you and do good to those who hate you. We should extend the love of God to enemies and persecutors. God’s loving kindness allows us to pray for our enemies. Remember, the Lord will make our enemies our footstools. Read chapter five in Matthew with a different lens. Read it through the eyes of God. God makes it possible for us to love even those who hate us. That is utterly amazing. Love is stronger than hate. Remember, we all have enemies we need to pray.
Matthew 5:44 (NIV)