Praying Hands by Albrecht Durer (I believe this is the painting that I always remember hanging in my Grandmother's living room.))

Hi Guys! It has been a long time since I’ve written. Ok… not my longest, store but it has still been a while.

Firstly, buy a little background on what I’ve been doing recently, healing as it has EVERYTHING to do with this post. Recently, I started going through a book called “Becoming the Woman I want to Be”. It was written by Donna Partow. I believe that it is a very good book for those that really want their lives to be a good example of Christ. There is Scripture to memorize. There is a passage to read every day. There is a bit of  fitness program, so you can get your “temple” in shape. I’ve added some things to it, but I’d say that I like it for the most part.

Ok… now onto the main topic. Forgive that this post will probably be all over the place. The main reason that I am writing it is because I have a lot of stuff I need to work through. I’m not perfect and this imperfect being was just faced with a very difficult task to complete: PRAYING FOR HER ENEMIES.

Today’s soul portion of the book (it focuses on spirit, soul (mind and emotions), and body every day) was all about my wonderful enemies.

We all have  them. Some of us do a great job to earn them. Some of us don’t even mean to, but they just pop up. Maybe for some of us it is all in our heads. I’m sure that I have a few that are just perceived enemies, but are still enemies, because I made them enemies it my mind… If that makes any sense.

It was kind of funny because when I started looking at this week’s pages, I cringed, you know, kinda like what you’d see on some show where the mother is opening up her child’s old food containers to empty into the trash and wash out. I looked at these first 2 pages like they were week old rotten food.

My action to take was to name and pray for 2 people that I viewed as enemies or “difficult to get along with”. That was easy, huh? I’m pretty sure that you just named 2 yourself. Then comes the hard part… I don’t think it’s hard to pray for your enemies. The hard part is what you pray for them.

I could be like David and beg God to smite them to prove we are upright and just in HIS sight (See Psalm 3, Psalm 35 and Psalm 109 for examles), because David TOTALLY DID THAT! I could pray that God would punch them in the jaw (Psalm 3). I could beg that God draw his sword against them (Psalm 35). I could also beg that God not let any human being extend mercy or help to them (Psalm 109). While I understand that David wrote those in ANGUISH and that he was asking GOD to have vengeance and not take it into his own hands, the thought of praying ill will for those whom I feel are a hindrance and an ungodly judge of me really bothers me.

Why does it bother me so much? Do you remember that catch-phrase used by so many in the 90’s (Yes, I am old!)?  “WWJD? What would Jesus do?”

In Matthew 5:44 Jesus says, “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;” (KJV says it better. :P)

Let’s see what the whole thing says:

5:38Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:39But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.41And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.42Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. 43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  44But 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;

What about Luke 6:27-36, which has Luke’s rendition of above: 

27But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, 28Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. 29And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also. 30Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. 31And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. 32For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. 33And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. 34And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

After reading such, I don’t think I can pray, in good conscience, a prayer to hurt my enemies.

So what do I pray?

“God, help them realize just how much they hurt us”? That seems OK. “Please let them stand up and accept that they broke their word”? Help them to realize that although the relationship they have with us may never be great, we are willing to try to be friends. We don’t want them out of our lives, but we don’t want them to continually judge us every time we meet with them to talk, because their judgement is not on target and You are the Judge, God. We sometimes feel like Job being accused by his friends and realize that no matter what we do, it will never be good enough for them, even though we trust fully in You for our every meal, every breath, and every decision. I pray that the accusations can be thrown out the window and that every day, every talk can be brand new. I pray that we can wipe the slate and just learn to love each other. I hope that we can do this, not just for us, but for others looking. I pray that all of our lives would be an example to others about the LOVE of CHRIST and not our own selfish ideas of what we think we should be or do in order to serve You. Lord, You are our supplier and we have never had a lack of anything. We have had close calls, but you ALWAYS prove Your miraculous hand in our lives. We know that these miracles still happen, because You do them for us. I pray that those that look will see Your hand in our lives. Thank You for Your salvation, in spirit and in every day life. Amen!

I guess when you get your mind in the right spot and your heart is willing to listen, God will give you the words to pray. He taught us how to before.

Matthew 6:9-13
9 .) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10.) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11.) Give us this day our daily bread.
12.) And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13.) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Megan A.K.A. “Mom”