doh. missed another day. so, we’ll just combine them today ;)

we’re called to pray for others. plenty of us pray for our loved ones without even thinking of it. we pray when they’re hurting, we pray for their future and for what’s going on in their lives. but… Jesus says that when we pray for our friends or family we really are no better than non-Christians, even they often pray for their loved ones. {and don’t hear me wrong, we still should pray for our loved ones!} but we’re called to pray for not only our loved ones, but also our enemies…

“You have heard that it was 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. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

-Matthew 5:43-48

we’re even called to pray for those who have it out for us. who are mean to us at work. who just dismiss us as unimportant… or whoever you think of who has hurt you. how hard is that? HARD. it’s easier to get indignant and to come home fuming becuase of how that person has hurt us. it’s easier to gossip about that person, isn’t it? but Jesus calls us to LOVE them and PRAY for them.

that’s a little convicting, huh? who are you going to pray for today?

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