A Lesson for May 18th

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Luke 6:27“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

Pray for those who abuse you? Really?

What do you say in such a prayer? Do you use the old Irish “blessing” that God would turn our enemies or at least turn their ankles so we might know them by their limping?

No, to pray that would be to pray against ones enemy. Jesus asks his followers to bless and to pray for their enemies. To do this I must understand the needs of my enemy and to pray for my enemy’s success.

If God meets my enemies’ needs, might they cease being my enemies? Might they be free to see my point of view and become my friend?

Who do you need to pray for?

2 thoughts on “A Lesson for May 18th

  1. Rob,
    I’ve found that when I do this consistently, it tends to change me at least as much as it changes those I’m praying for.

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