God of NOW – Part 4
January 26, 2013
The Power of Words – Part 1
January 28, 2013
God of NOW – Part 4
January 26, 2013
The Power of Words – Part 1
January 28, 2013

Pray For Someone You Don’t Like

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” Matthew 5:44

Pray for someone you don’t like. What? Jesus says to pray for those who “despitefully use you.” That Greek word means a person who threatens, insults, slanders, and falsely accuses. You probably have been the target of people like that.

Years ago a comedian was famous for his insult and put down humor. People laughed when he poked fun at others. He says he did that so people would laugh at themselves. It isn’t funny when people insult you.

Jesus said the world says to hate, but I tell you to love. He calls us to bless and do kind acts of love toward them and pray for them. Most of us don’t give one thought about praying for a person who has despitefully used us.

Maybe you’ve been the object of malicious ill will prompted by an urge to hurt or humiliate. I think most people have been hurt by someone who can only in their own eyes seem better than you by putting you down. It does hurt. Yet, you don’t have to respond in a counter attack. You don’t need to seek revenge. You don’t need to take offence that causes you to have a bitter spirit toward this person.

It’s simple—pray for that person. And don’t pray a precatory prayer wishing that person harm. Pray for his soul. Pray the he will find salvation. Pray that the Word of God through someone who cares will bless him. Pray that he will see is ways and not do this to others. Our natural instinct is to curse them, but Jesus says the Kingdom’s way is by loving and blessing. Maybe you are not at the ‘love your enemies’ stage. Pray for someone you don’t like—then allow God’s love to flow through you.