I know my first inclination in dealing with hateful, petty people. How about you?
Lord Jesus, we honor and celebrate You as Savior and Lord. There is none like You in all the earth. You are without rival or equal and we’re amazed You call us friend.
Because while we were still your enemy, You died for us.
We lived in opposition to everything You created us to be and yet You loved us so much You laid your life down to save us.
And along the way You taught us to love our enemies.
You weren’t talking about those who dislike us. You said love those opposing us as we opposed you. And to pray for these very people who hate us, curse us, are vengeful and hostile toward us.
Lord knows we don’t want to do it and can’t in our own strength.
So we’re grateful for the help of the Holy Spirit to do what pleases You, and for your word to show us why. Over and over we see that the people Satan used against us are the very ones You used to promote us.
You prepared David for the throne while Saul hunted him down as his sworn enemy. You prepared Joseph for his role as second in command of Egypt through all the events following his brothers selling him into slavery.
And Judas launched You into your role as Savior through your death, burial, resurrection and ascension, by betraying You for a few coins. He sent You to the next level, so You called him a friend.
Those who come against us push us higher—like a footstool.
And while it hurts, and it feels like we’re sinking under their hatred—we bless them and pray for them because these light and momentary afflictions ultimately make us weighty with glory.
Our encounter with them is a destiny moment.
So, we pray You free them from the bitterness consuming them. We bless You for using even their malice to work for our good, and that no weapon formed against us will prosper.
It’s in your Name we pray—Amen.
Prayer inspired by Luke 6: 27-28.
Here at Vine Life Faith, we pray God’s Word to enjoy God’s will because His Word contains the words He’s obligated to. While we pray inspired by a particular verse, the prayer references multiple verses as the Lord leads. God bless you.