Praying for my enemies!

Last week was some week for me…it was long and challenging (at best)!  As I was out running some errands this evening, a thought was impressed upon my heart…“Pray for your enemies”!  After the way last week ended, this was the last thought I wanted to emerge in my mind, particularly because I have trouble not acting on my convictions, but I can’t always control the things that pop into my mind.  So, as I was circling my promises in prayer tonight, I found myself praying for my enemies, known and unknown, as well.  The interesting thing is, my prayer wasn’t that they would get the bad that I feel they deserve or that they would experience pain and suffering, rather, my prayer was that God would forgive them for their wrongs just as He has forgiven me, that His spirit would infiltrate their being, and that He would heal their entire being, for only hurting people hurt people.

I didn’t pray for those people who dislike me because they are my favorite people whom I want to receive God’s richest blessings, I prayed for them because I’m obligated to.  I recognize that the only way I can receive God’s promises for my life is by releasing the bitterness from my heart and forgiving even my enemies.  I’m in no way saying I’m there yet…I would be lying if I said I’ve forgiven every one of my enemies.  Frankly, my enemies make me sick and praying for them stinks!  Let’s be honest, why in the world would we want God to show compassion towards those who are far less than compassionate towards us?  Why should I want to pray for the people who sit and plot out my demise…why should I want God to help those people who hardly have a good bone in them?  These questions will always linger in my mind, but  I recognize that in praying for my enemies, I’m doing my part, and for that God will indeed prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

So, while I’m not happy about praying for these folks, I’m working on doing better at being obedient, so I’m going to praying for my enemies.  And because I’m praying for them, I know God will bless me!

Until next time…



Walking in Circles…

For the past few weeks, my pastor has been talking about a book, The Circle Maker, during Sunday morning service.  From the first time she mentioned it, the book seemed very interesting to me, and I added to my reading list.  Yesterday, I managed to pick up a copy of the book.  In a nutshell, the book talks about making circles around our prayers…simple enough, right?

A few weeks ago, I shared with some of my church buddies that I was praying that I would be more loving and compassionate.  In some way, life has made me cold and hard…I’ve lost the ability to show compassion to others, my patience is always running thin, and when I think someone is just playing games with me, I shut down completely, I don’t take mess and I don’t mind letting people know this.  The reality is that it’s not because I’m not a caring person, it’s just that I feel like I’ve been taken advantage of so many times that I refuse to be a victim of my kindness again.  In recognizing my issue with being loving and compassionate, I found a need to pray specifically for a change in this area specifically to happen in my life.  By placing this on my heart, God was up to something…

When I got home from work on Monday evening, I checked my mail and found a flyer about a new housing development across the street from my community.  Typically I would have just thrown this in the trash, but for some reason I read the advertisement this time.  As I looked at the monthly mortgage rate, I realized that these rates were within my price point, and felt led to be in prayer about the purchase of a home.  Again, God was up to something…

On Wednesday morning, I picked up The Circle Maker and within a matter of minutes, I realized God is truly up to something in my life.  After reading just a few pages of this book, I found myself fired up and ready to start walking circles around my wildest dreams and craziest prayers.  While I’ve gone to church my whole life, prayer has never been my strong suit.  There have been times where I’ve fallen asleep while praying, or found myself randomly talking about nothing while praying, or even saying my grace during my evening prayers.  There have been days when I haven’t prayed at all and days when my prayers probably weren’t worth much.  It’s not that I don’t know the value of prayer, it’s not that I don’t have words to say, I just don’t settle myself down into that “sanctified” posture of prayer as I should.  Does this mean I’m less of a Christian?  In the eyes of some, perhaps, but for me, I just see it as that area in my faith walk that will always require my attention.

So, for however long the Lord shall lead me, I will be circling the promises God has for my life (the author refers to these as our Jerichos) in prayer.  I will literally be making circles around the houses across the street from my community and believing in faith that God is going to bless me to purchase a new home.  I will be circling the bank as an outward act of faith to let God know that I’m trusting Him to provide the financial backing needed to purchase this home.  I’m going to be walking and specifically praying for some other things as well, not just for me, but for my family and friends to.  It’s no mistake that I learned of this book…it’s no mistake that my prayer life is being challenged in this season…I truly believe that this path I’m walking is about to reveal things in my life that I never could have imagined!

What promises will you circle in prayer?

Until next time…peace and blessings!