As I read news about Israel (the land and people who live there and across this world as well as spiritual Israel) and the many attacks on them by their enemies all over the world as well as in their land, my heart is very sad and heavy. I confess I don’t know to pray but am reminded of Yeshuas words to all believers in Him inMatthew 5:43-47. “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.Mat 5:44 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;Mat 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.Mat 5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?Mat 5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Mat 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
My question is “How do we do this?”
I’m a searcher of the Internet and found a prayer by Mary Ellen Meyer on a blogger post that I would like to point to as a model.
Prayersforenemies.blogspot.com by Tom Beutel
September 21, 2004. (The following is a prayer that the author led with the faculty of the university in which he teaches, in January 2003 before the start of the Iraq war.)
“Lord God (Yahweh) sovereign God (Eliohim) of the universe, savior and deliverer, we pray first that you would help us by the indwelling of your Holy Spirit to take our refuge in you and not in our own strength or plans.
We pray that you would help us to resist the temptation to usurp your role, and to allow you to deal with each person, even those who do evil to us, according to your knowledge and your designs.
We earnestly pray for all who would do us harm. Help us to understand in what ways we may be provoking the hatred of our enemies; help us to understand the frustration or desperation that may lead some to strike out against others; help us to love and not to hate; help us to want to pray for our enemies, for their salvation. We know that you do not wish for any to perish. We ask that your mighty presence be with those who embrace terrorism, and with their leaders.
We pray especially for (add who, where, or what).
Lord, we do not ask that you would assist them in their aggressive actions, but that you would open their eyes to you, and that you would soften their hearts until they repent and embrace the Lord Jesus Christ. May it be in our lifetime that we could call these men brothers in Christ. In the name of Jesus your Son we pray, Amen”
I added parentheses.
I pray that our great Creator Yahweh will draw all believers together in agreement of Yeshuas words to us.
I also pray for Yeshuas soon return and for His Kingdom come in our days. Amen
Always in His loving Grace, Lana