When your enemy attacks you, God has a Secret Weapon for you to use. Jesus instructed you to “pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:28) and “pray for those who persecute you” (Matt. 5:44). Praying is God’s Secret Weapon to use against your enemies. My book If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray (chapter 16) explains three reasons why you should do this.
1. Praying for your enemy protects you from becoming resentful and bitter. If you have been abused by someone, your natural reaction is to respond with revenge, which will eventually destroy you. Praying for that person prevents the seed of unforgiveness from being planted in your heart and puts you in a position to receive God’s blessing (Job 42:10).
2. Praying for your enemy starts the repentance process in them. Praying is God’s Secret Weapon to change your enemy. Sometimes it looks as those who are getting away with their evil behavior without suffering any consequences. God wants them to change and your prayer is what begins the process of them repenting.
3. Praying for your enemy releases the Holy Spirit to convict him and her of their abusive behavior. When the innocent victim prays for the person who caused the hurt, God intervenes and brings conviction on the oppressor. Only the Holy Spirit can bring true conviction, which brings change.
The Lord might even bring punishment on your enemy to bring him to repentance. “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles, or the Lord will see it and be displeased, and turn His anger away from him” (Prov. 24:17-18). This verse tells us God is watching both you and your enemy. If you are thrilled to see your enemy punished, He might remove His hand from the situation.
If you don’t use God’s Secret Weapon and pray for your enemy, you are in danger of becoming bitter and the abuser may never change. And this is why Jesus said to pray for those who mistreat you. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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