When Praying for Others Is Hard
How do you respond when someone hurts your feelings? Do you let it rob you of joy? Or do your emotions run wild?
Luke 6:28 tells us what we should do when people hurt us: We must pray for them and bless them.
It’s not a natural response to “pray for the happiness of those who curse you.” But God’s wisdom is higher than ours, so even though it doesn’t feel “right,” it’s the right thing to do. And I’m willing to do it in obedience and say, “Lord, I don’t really feel like blessing people who hurt me, but I want to pray in faith for You to do it anyway, because You’re telling me to bless them with Your presence.”
Choosing to pray for them is one of the most difficult things God asks us to do, especially if we believe that whoever hurt us is in the wrong and doesn’t deserve to be forgiven.
But God instructs us to practice forgiveness. And when we choose to follow the path of forgiveness, we will experience the peace and joy that come through obeying God’s Word. When you obey God, He can help you overcome the pain of offense and enjoy life more.
Prayer Starter: God, it’s hard, but I pray for those who have hurt me and ask You to bless them. Help me release the hurt and forgive them.
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