My dear disciples,
A few days ago, Holy Spirit said to me, “Jessica, forgive them. Pray for your enemies. Love your enemies.” I said, but I did forgive them. Holy Spirit said, “but did you pray for them?” Then He told me to read Luke 6:27 and Luke 6:35.
27 But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who you hate, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
35But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Today’s Moment of Submission is: LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, PRAY FOR THEM
Recently God directed me to fast and pray for my enemies. Remember, what I told you about obedience? Yeah, so initially I was like, “Okay, God, this is a bit of a stretch, but I know it’s for something bigger than me”. So, I obeyed. I didn’t really know what and why I needed to pray for them, but Holy Spirit quickly made it very clear to me.
I know it can seem weird praying for someone who has hurt you, especially when they are an enemy. I mean it’s different when it’s a loved one and they hurt your feelings. An apology could clear that quickly. But when it’s an enemy, I mean someone that if you hear their name will send you in a tangent, that becomes a challenge. Like why would I want to bless and love a person that obviously didn’t care enough to do the same for me? Do you remember what I said about forgiveness being our superpower? And about God’s promise to us? Well yeah, if we want the promise then we must collaborate with God so He can move on our behalf.
You’re probably like Jess, you’re asking me to do a lot you already asked me to forgive, isn’t that enough? But let me be clear, I’m not asking you to do anything that Jesus hasn’t done.
And you know my saying,
“If Jesus can do it, then so can you.”
Ever wondered why the Bible tells us in many Scriptures to love our enemies? to pray for them? Why does God say to do these things ahead of the offense, hurt, pain? Let’s try looking at this through the lens of parents: Most parents teach their children to do unto to others as you want them to do to you, right? Why is that? Well for one, it is the 2nd commandment from God: Love your neighbors as yourself. (Mark 12:31) But if you really look at this commandment, God is asking us to extend grace and mercy unto to others as we would want it extended to us. That’s what love is.
Yet, we are called to love those who persecute and curse us.
Our enemies’ actions are not excused by this commandment, instead it brings us to submission to God’s love. God’s love for His children covers it all. Like a Father, He protects, heals, fights, stands in the gap, redeems, restores, multiples, sets free. Harboring hate and anger in our hearts holds us captive to the offense and God is saying today, “Can you let me handle it?”
Being a child of the Most High means that your steps are ordered, which always means that God knew you would go through that experience. He knew it would cost you some pain just like it cost Jesus to come into a world and die for sins that he had not committed. Every step has purpose attached to it and that includes that experience as well. They brought you pain, hardship but God says, “love them, pray for them”. When I was a little girl whenever I would hurt myself, I would run looking for my dad. My dad was my superhero, he would come in and save the day. He would fix whatever was wrong. He would repair whatever was broken. He would affirm my feelings and encourage me. He would avenge for me, if needed. Just like an earthly father, God, our Abba Father, wants to do that PLUS more. My dad and I live in different states now, so if I needed his help, it would most likely take some time for him to get to me. The beautiful essence of Abba Father is wherever I am, He is. Omnipresent, he is everywhere at the same time.
NOW, DON’T THINK FOR A SECOND THAT YOUR ENEMIES ARE SOMEHOW OFF THE HOOK, BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT.
They may seem like they’re getting away from what they’ve done, but believe me, they’re not. Even if we can’t see God’s justice, we must have faith in Him and revere His name to know that we don’t have to see it to trust He’ll do what He says. God’s word never comes back void. That’s why God call us to pray, be intercessors (stand in the gap) for our enemies. The Bible says in Proverbs 25:21-22, if your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.” Truth is when you pray for your enemies, it brings upon God’s will in their lives. And that is the only thing that we should be praying: Thy Kingdom, thy Will be done.
Not our own will, because that would be witchcraft.
So, let us submit ourselves today to pray for our enemies. God’s promises are YES and AMEN. He promises us so much more than the “justice” that we may desperately want today. He is the Great Champion and Rightfully Undefeated. He knows how to fight our battles, but he can’t do it without our collaboration with him and through prayer. The Great Redeemer, He is. He will contend with those who contend against you. He will give you vindication, but will you submit it to Him?
Will you pray for those who persecute you? Will you bless them?
Whether we meant it or not, we’ve all caused someone harm at some point. Wouldn’t you want God’s grace and mercy extended to you so that you could make any wrongs, right?
That’s what God is telling us to do. To love our neighbors as ourselves.
That’s exactly what our parents taught us. Do unto to others as you want it done to you.
Well, I must see justice served, Jess…
I want to challenge those of you who say, “Well, I must see justice served.” What will it mean for you, if you don’t receive the justice, you believe you deserve?
Often, we get caught up in the ‘how’ we want to see our enemies suffer that we forget that we were enemies of God before we were extended grace and mercy.
If you never see them, get your version of “what they deserve”, know that God is still moving on your behalf.
So, I challenge you, today: Be obedient to God. Repent for praying YOUR will on your enemies. Pray for them and love them for it is a commandment from God.
El ‘Shaddai (The God Who Fights),
Thank you for the person reading this post today. You have called us to forgive our enemies, pray for them, and love them. Although it may be difficult for us, we trust you so much that we will obey your command. Today, we ask for forgiveness for hardening our hearts against those who have caused us harm. Holy Spirit, purify our hearts of anything we harbor against our enemies. Let our hearts be filled with faith, hope, and love today. We lay down our agendas, plans, and wills at the foot of the cross. Lord, we return you to your rightful place. Even though it is hard, we pray for our enemies today. Help us to love and bless them in the way you want. May your will be done in their lives. Today we bless those who persecute us. Have your way in their lives, Holy Spirit. By your spirit, not by might. We ask you to extend your grace and mercy to our enemies as you have done for us. We stand in their place today. God, we trust you to vindicate us. Restore us, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
I want to share with you one of the prayers I use when praying for my enemies. I encourage you to use it during your prayer time. Click below to access:
Prayer for Salvation:
If you’ve gotten this far, and you wondering who is this God that she keeps referencing. I want to let you know that you have been led here by God’s divine order. If this message resonated with you and you would like to know this Jesus that I speak about, this is an opportunity for you to meet my Jesus. Let me just let you know that you don’t have to have it all together. Jesus says come as you are, and He will do the refining.
The Bible tells us that if we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you are saved. If you want to give your life to Christ, then make this declaration:
It’s me. I repent of my sins. I confess with my mouth and believe with my heart that Jesus is Lord. I believe He lived, died, and rose again just for me. Now Holy Spirit come into my heart. Transform me in you. Amen.
If you’ve made this declaration, I want to welcome you into the Kingdom of God. Your name has been written in the Book of Life. I rejoice over your salvation, but most importantly the Heavens are rejoicing for your salvation. You have made the best decision that you will ever make. God is so proud of and so am I.
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