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Pray for Those Who Persecute You

By: Gale Jackson

Matthew 5:43-48 New International Version (NIV)

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.


  1. subject (someone) to hostility and ill-treatment.
  2. harass or annoy (someone) persistently.

What happens immediately after a prayer request is made on behalf of those who persecute?  The wait begins………………

I simply turn it over to God and right away God lifts the burden from me.  I release it. In doing this, the prayer consoles me. Gratitude envelops me because now I am grateful that I am not harboring ill feelings toward the individual.  Most times, a calm comes over me toward that individual & the situation. It’s comforting to me to know that I have this avenue of prayer to God throughout what could have been a tumultuous experience. I can appreciate the many ways that God is blessing my life when I pray for the individual and God lines my life up to receive these blessings.

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