Matthew 5:44 (NKJV) “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”
PRAY FOR THEM: Someone once said you are not truly released from hurt until you can speak a blessing over the person. Praying for someone who has hurt you release a flow of God’s power from your heart, and this power will heal you in the process. Job 42:10 says “And the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends”. This is a confirmation that you trust God to defend you, protect you and restore you. While it may seem like nothing is happening, we are expected to “give place for God’s vengeance”. He will take care of you, He is there to help you (Heb.13:5b-6). The confidence of His presence is like a sweet embrace, and we can declare boldly “the Lord is my helper”.
Are you hurting so much that you would rather see someone that has wronged you get hurt? Then you need to release yourself from this hurt by forgiving, and praying for the other person; Hebrews 12:15 points out that the root of bitterness defiles one’s spirit, thereby weakening the spirit. According to Prov.18:14, we need a strong spirit for strong bodily functions.
Jesus commands that we pray for those that have used us and despised use us. These acts of blessing are rooted in a heart of love, and they are powerful weapons. Love is the key to victory in life.
It’s simple, pray for those who have hurt you in the past, this releases a grace of God that will heal you and ultimately bless you.
Scriptures to Meditate on: Jer. 30:17, Mark 11:24, 1 Pet.3:9, Luke 6:35