“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
“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,” Mt. 5:44
So I have a question for you. What if every time you felt hurt by someone, offended by someone, rejected by someone, abandoned by someone, abused by someone, were mistreated, lashed out at, treated terribly, etc., you saw an opportunity for a Prayer Project? Oh, of course, undoubtedly we don’t tend to have much problem praying for ourselves in such cases. But here’s my question. What if we considered the very person whom we feel we have every right to hurt in return, hate in return, leave behind in return, reject in return, gossip about in return, pridefully looking down upon in return, absolutely anything whatsoever in the way of responding unfavorably to the awful way we feel we’ve been treated, may be the perfect person for a Prayer Project?
A Prayer Project? Don’t ask me. Ask the Lord. He is constantly giving me words and messages. Stuff I haven’t heard from anyone else anywhere else. Just messages He gives me as I continue to pursue Him and dive deep and deeper into His Word. Like the Prayer Project idea. So here it is.
What if the next time, and the next time after that, and all the next times to come that you feel hurt by someone’s behavior, you opened your eyes and heart to the Lord leading you to pray for that person? To pray seriously for that person. To pray big for that person. To love. To forgive. To have mercy. And to pray intensely for that person. Remembering God created that person. Realizing that person needs the Lord Jesus Christ just as much as any of us do. For forgiveness and everlasting life. For a forever relationship with God. For a productive, fruitful, godly life on this earth.
What if the very person you feel so hurt by is the very person God wants you to consider in the way of a Prayer Project? Whereby every time that person comes to mind, you are open to the possibility the Spirit of Christ might lead you to pray for that person? And that when God leads you to do so, you PRAY for that person! And that you actually thought of it as a project. As a mission. As obedience to Christ. As service to God. As part of your daily agenda. What a project that would be, wouldn’t it?
How could we possibly do that? With God’s love, in His strength, by His grace, for His glory. By dying to self and to what we want and to living and loving instead to honor God and to love others in His name. No matter who they are. Or what they’ve done.
Honestly, friend, God’s been teaching me how to do this. And it’s blowing me away. He is pouring His love and mercy through me. It all begins with the decision to obey God by loving and forgiving those people. And by having compassion for them. Yes, even the seeming worst of them.
Will you join me in the Prayer Project? For Christ’s sake?