September 22, 2015 on 10:34 am | By | In Faith & Forgiveness | Comments Off on TUESDAY THOUGHT 9/22/15: PRAYING FOR OUR ENEMIES

At our men’s small group several weeks ago, a friend was lamenting that he was a hair’s breadth away from quitting his new job because his supervisor was making his life downright miserable. Though he has decades of experience, she criticized everything he did, picked at this, commented negatively on that, and in the probationary review, came to the meeting with pages upon pages of notes with which to censure him.

So, at the end of our men’s meeting, when we go around the table and share prayer concerns, we were all sure our friend would pray for a bolt of lightning to strike the supervisor, or at least for guidance about what to do about his situation. Instead, we were all stunned and then delighted when he surprised us all by praying for this supervisor, by asking God to bless her, and to give him understanding, strength, and guidance.

The point:  Well, this one’s pretty simple. Jesus told us to pray for our enemies. Our friend did just that. Good advice for all of us. Pray for those who torment us or who we would like to kick so hard in the butt that their teeth flew out. Not only is it what God said we should do, but it will make us feel better and help remove the bitterness inside. –jri

But I say, love your enemies! Pray

for those who persecute you! In

that way, you will be acting like true

children of your Father in heaven.

For he gives his sunlight to both the evil

and the good, and he sends rain on the

just and the unjust alike.

  • Jesus (Matthew 5:44-45)

P.S. on that story: The supervisor in turn was censured by other members of the staff and backed off. Though there will probably never be any love lost between my friend and the supervisor, he expressed marvel at how the job has turned around, and he is so glad he did not act rashly and quit. Funny how God handles things, eh?


John Ingrisano


September 22, 2015

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