Enemies. We all have them. I wish I could say that wasn’t the case, but unfortunately, we have enemies whether we realize it or not. If you are one of the few, who doesn’t have an enemy, congratulations.
Someone once said if you don’t have enemies, you haven’t gotten out much or been active on social media.
Today’s verse of the day comes from Matthew 5:43-45.
“You have heard it said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
The teaching above comes from the Sermon on the Mount and is just one of many things Jesus teaches his followers.
Jesus encouraged his followers to pray for their enemies. In doing so, they would be so like God, who provides even for those who don’t believe in him. The rain falls on believers and unbelievers alike.
What can we do?
How can we pray for those we dislike and consider our enemy? Is there someone in your life you think an enemy, and if so, have you stopped to pray for them sincerely?
We are living in a very different time than we were a year ago. Many people consider others enemies. What if we prayed for them?
Don’t short change the power of what God can do through your prayers.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received; that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,”