Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Pray For Your Enemies

Have you ever had the breath knocked out of you?

That is how I felt. I stood there listening to my husband tell me that he had just spent the entire week in Franklin. As he said it, a friend of his had fallen and broken a hip, so he had been staying with them to help out.

At first, my response was to tell him that it was nice of him to do this. When deep inside, I was hurting because he was not there for me, when I fell.

Follow God's Leading 

Then, all of a sudden, I felt led to ask him who this "friend" was. He told me that I wouldn't like it because it is a female. Somehow it finally came out that he has been involved with her. So I asked him how long this has been going on and he said for a few weeks.

I told him that I am against him seeing someone else. I am also against divorce.

A lot of things were said, but what I remember is telling him that I know the Lord has a purpose for all of this. I told him that I will be praying hard for him that the Lord will open his eyes to see what the enemy has been keeping him from seeing.

Now here I am. There are so many thoughts going around my head.

Even When It Hurts

During my sleepless night, as I prayed, it was revealed to me that I need to pray for my enemy. Okay, so here, you need to picture me trying to question God to make sure I was hearing Him right.

Luke 6:28 NLT  

Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.

I mean pray for this woman?! Seriously?


After I accepted my call to pray for her, I felt a tiny bit of peace. Then, you know what? I felt led to share some food with her.

So after I finished cooking our meal, I put some in a container for her. I will then pray over the food asking for blessing and for healing in her life.

Is it easy for me to think about praying for this woman? Um, no. Is it easy to take away from our food and give it to her? Definitely not. But once I accepted what the Lord was telling me to do, I had some peace.

And then Jacob brings up the question.... do you know what you are going to do?

He wants me to plan ahead. I mean, in all honesty, every time T comes over, something else is different or has changed. Somehow or another he ends up turning my world upside down again.

Trust in the Lord's Timing

So, in response to Jacob's question I told him that I have to leave things in the Lord's hands. If I think about things too much, I start having panic attacks and that will not do me any good.

If T does pursue a "d" word (and I know that is a possibility), I am left without a job, without a source of income, no medical insurance, no way to pay for doctors, no way to pay for my prescriptions.

So what am I going to do? In the planning ahead part, I have no idea and that scares me. However, for right now, I am going to put my trust in the Lord.

Proverbs 25:21 NIV 

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.


Father in heaven, You are mighty. You are powerful. You are majestic. Nothing is too hard for You (Jeremiah 32:17). I humble myself before You, right now Father, and I ask that You will be with this person. I do not know her name. But since she is a part of my husband's life, she is now a part of my life as well. I lift her into Your hands. Please open her eyes, Father. Let Your light shine through and reveal those things that have been kept in the darkness. Father, I am sharing my food with her, may it bless her and help her to regain some strength. Please cause her to have a speedy recovery time. She needs Your healing touch on her life. Thank You for being with me through all of this. I pray that Your will be done. In Jesus' name, Amen. 

Your Turn: 

When someone has hurt you, have you felt led to pray for that person?
Have you ever felt led to share compassion with that person?
I would like to encourage you to spend some time praying over this to see what God speaks to your heart.

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Ps. I have put together A Prayer For Your Enemy freebie for you. I hope that praying through this prayer brings you comfort. 


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