One of the most challenging requirements from God is to pray for our enemies and those who mistreat us.
Matthew 5:43-48 (NKJV)
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 [a]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, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your [b]brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the [c]tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
This is a requirement and not a suggestion. But, we all know sometimes our feelings don’t align with what God expects us to do.
So, what do you say when you pray for your enemies and antagonists, especially when you don’t feel like it?
Here’s a suggestion…
Pray that God softens their heart to His LOVE, His WILL and His WORD through peace if possible.
Then ask God to FORGIVE them, and reveal to YOU any way YOU may be WRONG, through peace.
Remember, He doesn’t love them any less than He loves you. When someone sins against you they are always sinning against God first by not meeting His righteous standards.
Once an enemy repents, they are no longer an enemy of either you or God.
It’s not a matter of your enemy seeing things your way, but both you and your enemy seeing things God’s way.