FaithSpring’s 46-day Prayer Challenge for Lent
Day 40, Sunday, April 9, 2017
Pray for our enemies, frenemies, and those that seek to harm us.
On the 40th day of the Prayer Challenge, we seek to pray for our enemies, frenemies, and those who seek to cause harm to us. Although most of us are aware that we’re supposed to both love and pray for our enemies, putting it into action is a difficult task.
Take a moment and think about someone who seeks to cause you harm. What kind of emotions arise when you think about praying for them? Anger? Hatred? Frustration? Praying for enemies sounds good in theory, but when we put names and faces to it, it’s a very different story. It seems completely unnatural and certainly unfair to consider asking God to help, car for, or even bless these people. But indeed, this is what God commands and it’s a tough order to follow.
Yet just as God witnesses the harm that others seek to cause us, God also recognizes the difficulties we face in offering a prayer on their behalf. Our willingness to seek God’s blessings for these people demonstrates our faithfulness in God’s work, and it also demonstrates the value we place on God’s people. After all, just as God created each of us, God also created the people who seek to hurt us. None of us is without sin, and thankfully, Jesus Christ came to save both us and them.
“Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for He is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.” (Luke 6:35, NLT)