I have been praying for my enemies (Matthew 5:43-48). It’s an acquired taste for sure. I’m a James 1:22 guy, it’s not enough to hear the Word I have to do what the Word says. Hear and do.
My friend Jim says that we Christians live “distinct” lives. That’s true. Jesus said, loving and praying for those that persecute you proves you're a child of God, therefore, distinct.
Praying for your enemies is a three-step process. To be obedient to this precept the first thing you have to do is admit you have people you don’t like very much (that’s not very Christian is it). The second thing you have to do is make a list of those people and the third thing is you have to admit you’re as screwed up as they are. After you do all three you’re ready to do business with God. It’s the third step in this process that I’m unable to complete right now concerning some of the people on my list. I’m so much better than them, right?! About that time I hear the sound of soft, sandaled feet and someone laughing.
The Bible says, “For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” I’m struggling with that. If I was honest there are times I want the opposite. There are times my prayer would be, “Lord, keep the sun from shining and the rain from falling on my enemies.” Curse them, don’t bless them.
I like the Sons of Thunder, James & John. In Luke 9:51-56, an entire village of Samaritans rejects Christ and these loyal disciples asked Jesus if they could pray for fire to come down from Heaven and destroy the village of people. Jesus said, “No.” Not only, “No,” but “are you kidding me?” Jesus scolded them for having such thoughts. Wonder what He’s thinking about me right now?
It’s hard to hate someone you're praying for. I think that’s the point. I don’t know if my enemies are changing but I am. He told me to tell you that.