I received this question from a sister on Facebook. It’s a great question because this is not an easy thing to do in the natural.
“towards the end of the sermon brother Branham, mentions “We shall pray for our enemies and love them; do good to them that do bad to us.”
Now i would like to ask simple question: How is it possible to pray for enemies whose mission is to hurt one? or when we pray to God for our enemies, what do we tell Him about them? Especially enemies who do not fear the Lord and are always trying to discourage a christian’s faith?”
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. Matthew 5:44
How is it possible to pray for someone whose mission is your hurt? It certainly isn’t an easy thing to do, but the first thing to do if you do not feel able to pray for them then you have to ask God to take away any bitterness you might have towards them and to give you a spirit that is willing to be obedient and pray for them. It is not easy because there can be years of hurt in your heart, but if you want to be obedient to the word of God – pray that he will help you overcome the hurt you have in your heart and pray for that person.
When we pray to God for our enemies it is in a spirit of meekness and fear not in a spirit of self-righteousness like the Pharisee that said, “God I thank you that I am not like these sinners over there.” Pray that the Holy Spirit would soften their hearts and change them. Pray that their hearts would be converted to hear and believe the word of God. Pray that they would make things right in their life so that Satan would no longer have dominion over them. There are many other things you can pray for, but none greater than their salvation.
Those enemies who are discouraging will not and cannot have dominion over you. Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. Pray that the Holy Spirit would convert their hearts to receive Jesus. God is omnipotent and able to do all things. We need to pray and have faith that He will. Jesus prayed for those who crucified him as an example, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” My, what love the Son of God showed and gave as an example! When you pray for those who discourage and use you pray that the Father in heaven would forgive them and grant them repentance.
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