Pray for Who

Pray for Who?
You have heard that it was said; You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:43-45
Someone must have stood up and said, “Pray for who?” how can I pray for that person, they are unkind, wicked, just mean, and I could come up with a lot of other adjectives to describe them. Say that again; Who do you want me to pray for?
Have you ever been so hurt by someone that if you found yourself about to meet them while walking down the street that you would cross the street just to avoid having to see them face to face. I think that many of us have been there, traffic, pain, fear, and hurt all colliding against us at once.
I suppose I am to pray for the rebels who held those bodies so long and in all likely hood cause those bodies to be there. Then of course I am going to pray for the Hamish in the Gaza strip as they shell Israel, how about the Muslims, they are always giving us a hard time, Pray for them!
I think that many of us have been there. One of the mysteries of life and especially love is that when you dare to love you are very likely at some point to be hurt; the other side is that you are also likely to cause hurt. When that happens it is often very difficult to get rid of the pain and the memory. Maybe trying the way of Jesus would help it be forgiven and removed?
What if all the Republicans went over and sit next to a Democrat and they had a word of prayer before the committee meeting or session, then the next day the Democrats could to the same. The media would go crazy. Maybe our leaders on both sides of the isle need to try this?
Love and pray even for those who dislike and mistreat you. Is that not so like Jesus. Boy, He sure does place the bar high, but don’t forget He prayed for us…


Published in: on July 22, 2014 at 12:03 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Thank you Ivan, We’ve enjoyed many of your postings. Al Perkins

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