I returned only a couple of days ago from a trip to Europe. There is a seven hour difference, so I found myself wide awake at 4 a.m. this morning. I lay in bed and listened to a song playing in my heart, How He Loves Us. A person came to mind. Someone I love. I began to pray for them as I lay there. At some point I began to think about why I was praying for them.
This person is in the ministry. She is sharing the gospel all over the world. Lives are being changed. While these are reasons to pray for her, I realized that the reason I was praying for her is because I love her. The people I pray for the most are the people I love the most. I don’t have to be asked to pray for my husband, my parents, my family, my closest friends. I love them, so I pray for them.
A scripture came to mind as I lay there.
…Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you… (Matthew 5:44, Amplified)
While we may not love what our enemies are doing to us, our motivation to pray for them must be the same. Our motivation must always be love.
For God so loved the world… (John 3:16, KJV
But God shows and clearly proves his own love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ…died for us. (Romans 5:8, Amplified)
The next time you find yourself faced with an enemy. The next time you decide to pray for your enemies. Find that place of love, God’s love for them, and pray.
There will be times when you feel the love of God rise up and feel compelled to pray for your enemies. But just as we hear that “love is choice” concerning our closest relationships, it is also a choice you can make with your enemies. You can choose to love and you can choose to pray for them.
…God has poured out his love in our hearts by the Holy Spirit… (Romans 5:5, NIV)
…You have loved back my life from the pit of corruption and nothingness… (Isaiah 38:17, Amplified)
Let us love. Let us pray. Let us win their lives back. Selah.