Today I want to talk to you about praying for your enemies. What? Yes, praying for your enemies. Believe you me, I get it. I don’t want to pray for my enemies when I am hurting badly either. I understand. However, the Word says we must. So how can we pray a sincere prayer for someone who has offended us and not feel like a phony?
The Apostle Paul gives us excellent examples to follow regarding prayer that will do nicely as we struggle to pray for people who have hurt us. Therefore, let’s look at the prayers Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:17-21 that will enable you to pray with sincerity for those who have hurt you. Furthermore, these are definitely good prayers we can pray for ourselves on a daily basis as well.
Knowledge of God
The first prayer is from Ephesians 1:17 which says, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” This is a powerful prayer in that many times those the enemy uses against us do not have intimate knowledge of God, and that precisely is why they act the way they do. They may not even be saved at all. We all need daily intimate contact with the Master so that we can elevate our maturity level to the point where we are able to encourage and build others up instead of tearing them down.
Ephesians 1:18 is also packed with prayers that will make a difference in the life of those by whom you have been offended. One prayer reads as follows: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.” This impactful prayer asks God to open their eyes to what they are doing and how they are impacting others.
Fulfilment of Potential in Christ
As we read the rest of verse 18, we find another great prayer. Paul writes, “…In order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.” The apostle is praying for us to be able to get to the place where we are mature enough to fulfill the call of God on our lives and recognize the gifts and talents God has deposited in us to be used for building up the Kingdom. When we pray this prayer for our enemies, we cry out to God for them to ultimately be able to fulfill their potential in Christ and make a significant, positive impact in the world.
The Experience of God’s Power
Finally, Paul prays in Ephesians 1:19-20 that we who have faith in Christ will experience God’s “incomparably great power.” He further describes that power as being “the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead.” We all need that power to transform us once we get saved. It’s also the power those who don’t know the Lord need to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and be transformed as well.
So as you can see, Beloved, these are the kind of prayers we need to pray so that the power of God will be able to operate in the lives of difficult people we may encounter on a daily basis. Even if you are still hurting, can you sincerely pray any of these prayers for those you must forgive? To personalize the prayer, simply put the individual’s name in there as you read the prayer out loud. If you need transformation, you can even pray for yourself and put your own name in there if necessary. Just keep on praying daily until you get your breakthrough. You may be surprised how fast the healing comes when you pray for those who have hurt you.
Getting emotionally free is a process, but it starts with the decision to forgive and pray for your enemies. Don’t allow the enemy of your soul to keep you in an emotional prison. Pray the prayers Paul prayed so that you can walk free of offense and stay peaceful.
What has been your experience with praying for your enemies? Please leave a comment below.
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