This morning, God gave me such a powerful reminder of the need to pray for others. Especially those you’d really like to yell at, pound on, and gossip about.
We sat in a meeting with the principal at my son’s new school. As I’ve shared in previous posts, we’re moving him because of some intense and scary bullying that is emotionally crushing him. He was withdrawing, his grades were dropping, his motivation was waning.
We couldn’t get him out fast enough.
When we were done, the principal prayed for us. She prayed specifically for my sweet Sam and asked God to mend his broken heart and to help the transition to be smooth. She thanked God for the giftings Sam would bring to the school. Loved and appreciated it!
But then she went… there.
She began to pray for those kids who had been bullying Sam. She asked God to bless them and prayed that they would become better friends.
Why? I realized in all the council I’d given my son, praying for his enemies wasn’t something I’d encouraged him to do. In my Momma-Bear anger, praying for those twerps never crossed my mind because I was in protection mode for my son.
But I was wrong, because we’re clearly told to do so.
It’s hard enough to do this when I’ve been wronged, but it’s so much harder when it’s my baby. I wonder if you can relate? But you know what? We need to put on our big girl undies and do what God is calling us to do.
- When your friends talk behind your back… pray for them.
- When your boss throws you under the bus to cover his mistake… pray for him.
- When your husband has an affair… pray for him.
- When your parents disown you… pray for them.
- When you get flipped off by the driver behind you… pray for her.
When you do this, it keeps your heart from rotting with anger. It releases you. It doesn’t make right how you’ve been wronged, but it protects your mind and heart from bitterness and unforgiveness.
Even though it goes against my flesh, I’m gonna pray for ’em anyway.
Father, we need your help to tender our hearts so we can pray for those who persecute us and the ones we love. We confess our lack of forgiveness, our anger, our hatred, our vengeful thoughts and other emotions and thoughts we entertain. Make us more like you, Lord. Help us be an example of what that looks like. Amen.