#278 – Pray For Them

Good morning people of the Word

I was listening to a fantastic song recently that was written by a man who disgraced himself and hurt a lot of people in the process. I started thinking about the situation and wondering how he was doing now. It’s easy to be judgemental but it’s a lot more beneficial to pray for people that have hurt us and let us down. I felt a real challenge to pray for this brother and so I did.

God’s heart is to restore and reconcile people to Himself. The truth is we are all sinners saved by grace. We are also all ones that still sin and do things wrong even though we know the truth. What we need are people to believe in us, who give us another chance and who pray for us. You need this, I need this and so does this man who I was thinking about.

With all my heart I feel to challenge us all this morning with this question.

Do you pray for those who have hurt you?

I believe it is possible that your prayers for them may be the very thing that sets you free. You may never get justice but you can get freedom. It’s not about what is deserved because none of us deserved God’s love yet we gladly received it. As ones who have received, we must be ones who pass it on. It’s too easy and way too common to be judgemental and often hypocritical (which of us is without sin?). Today, pray for others and be free.

Matthew 5:43-43 You have heard that is was said, “Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I tell you; Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

Further Reading; Matthew 5:38-48