Pray for Those Who Hurt You

“But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)

I was at a community mothers group today and the topic of conversation was forgiveness. We were watching the 20/20/ Parenting series by Julie Richard which we have been working through for some time. After our video and wonderful conversation, one of the mother’s asked our group if we had heard the song “Praying” by a singer named Kesha. I hadn’t. I listen to the same 2 stations 24/7 and rarely stray from my Ava Maria Radio or K-Love app I play on my Roku. So she played the song and we saw the video.

Wow.

I was blown away, holding back tears trying not to let anyone know they were forming. Staring at my sleeping baby on my lap as a distraction. Then Matthew 5:44 came into my head.

“But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)

Now, I’m not sure where Kesha is now on her journey to Christianity or even if she is on that journey. Yes, I have googled it and I did tweet what I found but the answer is still unclear. Either way her song really hits, and could really hit anyone.

In her song, she says she is praying for the person who hurt her and is hoping they are ‘somewhere praying and hopes their soul is changing. Matthew 5:44 tells us to pray for those who persecute you. 

When was the last time you prayed for someone who hurt you? Who wronged you? When was the last time you thought about an incident that has hung with you and you just took a deep breath, prayed, and let it go? 

Now, if you have seen this 20/20 Parenting series you have heard how toxic lack of forgiveness is. Julie Richards shares studies by professors from institutions like Stanford and other PhD’s. Lack of forgiveness causes extreme physical health issues, to the point, it’s kind of scary.

When you can’t forgive someone I hope you turn to God to help heal you. I hope you see the amazing things prayer can accomplish. I hope you get to the point of living Matthew 5:44 to the fullest and you are able to pray for those who hurt you, who insulted you, who you feel wronged you. I hope you are able to remember those people, if not in your daily prayers than at least in your weekly prayers.

I hope you heal, those who hurt you heal, and I hope you never forget and are able to live Matthew 5:44.

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