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Pray FOR Your Enemies, Not Against Them (March 7th, 2019)

"I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." (Galatians 5:16)



Sometimes there are Christians who pray against their enemies, saying things such as, "Whatever evil my enemies have planned against me, Lord, give them double!" No, this isn't the right way to pray as a Christian, not when you're full of the Spirit!


Those who pray like that are praying according to the desire of the flesh, not according to the Spirit. Our opening verse says, "...Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." It's the desire of the flesh to see the destruction of your enemies, but it's the desire of the Spirit of God to see their salvation.


When you pray against your enemies, that's walking in the flesh-- that's praying in the flesh. What God wants for us is to pray in the Spirit:


(Ephesians 6:18)

"praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit..."

Stay in the Spirit. Don't be perturbed by whatever your enemy may be scheming against you.


Jesus said to pray for your enemies:


(Matthew 5:44)

"But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you"

You may feel hurt, upset, or angry, but refuse to hate. You're too full of love to hate or curse anyone. You're too sweet in your spirit to be bitter or take record of the wrong things done to you.


Don't give attention to your adversaries-- they don't count. It makes no difference how many people gang up against you, they're not a factor. You've been raised up together with Christ! Greater is He that's in you than he that's in the world.


(Psalm 27:2)

"When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell."

There wasn't any reason for David to pray against his enemies; they simply took their place, they stumbled and fell. That's what happens to anyone who makes themselves your enemy. If they don't repent, they're doomed. But your role is to pray for them, hoping God would grant them repentance unto the acknowledging of the truth.


Prayer:

Dear Father, thank You for Your love that's shed abroad in my by the Holy Spirit, and for the fullness of Christ in my heart. Your love is expressed through me daily in my thoughts, words, and actions. I'm riding through life gloriously, making progress with giant strides, in Jesus' Name. Amen.


Further Study: Proverbs 24:17 GNB; Luke 6:27-28; Isaiah 54:17

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