A few days ago, I posted 1 Timothy 2:1, in which Paul tells Timothy (and us), “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people…”.
Note what Paul says here: for ALL people.
This is not the first time we hear these words. Let’s go back to the Gospels real quick and here what the Son of God has to say.
“‘You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.'” (Matthew 5:45-46)
Jesus makes it very clear here: we are to pray for not just our friends but also our enemies.
So, I have to ask: are you praying?
I’m not just talking about prayers for yourself for health and security or prayers for you family and friends or for the victims of terrorist attacks and murders and shootings. I’m talking about the hard prayers. The prayers you don’t want to pray.
Are you praying for ISIS? Are you praying for the mass gunmen? Are you praying for the families of those people? Are you praying for the terrorists? Are you praying for the leaders of ISIS? Are you praying for the leaders of our country or any other country?
Are you praying the hard prayers?
These types of prayers are essential in our lives as Christians. If we only pray for our friends and families and those who are nice to us, Jesus says that we are no better than unbelievers (Matthew 5:46-47).
Rather, we should be like God, forgiving the evil in the world, loving those who are causing pain and attacking the innocent, and praying that those who are lost, even the worst of the worst, come to saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
So, again, I ask: are you praying the hard prayers?