Spiritual Practice

Praying for Enemies

It’s tough to do! Yet Jesus calls us to pray for our enemies, not only for their benefit but because it can change our heart.

Enemies?Take some time to think about the people you consider your enemies. Try to see them as children of God. What worrisome situations or broken relationships are they facing? Are there things that you have in common?

Then pray, asking God to be with them in the tough situations they experience and to heal your relationship with them.

Repeat this practice over the next few weeks or months, and notice whether your prayers begin to transform you into a more gracious person.


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