Praying For Thy Enemies: No Easy Art
Being in business, you gain your fair share of enemies. Jealousy, resentment, fear, and failure all tend to bring out the worst in people, and any time money changes hands, there is fertile soil for these emotions to grow and flourish.
In the business world, I’ve seen plenty of people—once friends, collaborators, and colleagues—turn into the bitterest of enemies. I can tell you this, it is one of the hardest things to witness. It’s also challenging not to let these instances turn you into a hardened cynic. The only means by which you can get away with NOT becoming jaded is through prayer for the people who have harmed you.
I’ll admit, forgiveness is hard. Of course, it’s easy to want and accept it when you’re in the wrong, but it’s hard to dole it out when you’ve been wronged.
Yet, despite this, Jesus asks us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us! Can you believe the nerve of such a request?! Although it seems an audacious suggestion, Jesus Inspiring Messages 660 followed it to a tee, even praying for his enemies after they tortured and jeered at Him. From the depths of His despair and pain on the cross, He pleaded to God for their souls. I can honestly say that, although I’ve been wronged, my pain is just a drop in the bucket comparatively.
So how DO you pray for your enemies? Well, there are lots of ways NOT to pray for those who have hurt you. You shouldn’t pray the “justice prayer,” which goes a little something like this: “I pray that so-and-so gets what’s coming to them!” That’s probably not the prayer Jesus had in mind.
Instead, God asks that you pray for their soul. You pray for their comfort and peace. You pray they can find Jesus in their own lives. Because, if they do, if they accept Jesus into their hearts and lives, then most likely whatever they are doing to hurt you and others will take care of itself.
Jesus has a funny way of changing people for the better.
BUT TO YOU WHO ARE LISTENING I SAY: LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO HATE YOU, BLESS THOSE WHO CURSE YOU, PRAY FOR THOSE WHO MISTREAT YOU.