A difficult thing for me to do is pray for my enemies. Today, on September 11th, I’m reminded of the evil in the world and how many enemies all of us have. What is our response? In Matthew 5:44 Jesus instructs us to pray for them: “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
This is what Christ followers do. This is the new way of living in the Kingdom of God. It’s also life to our souls. Pray this prayer for our enemies today, even if it’s hard.
“Lord Jesus Christ, Who commands us to love our enemies, and those who defame and injure us, and to pray for them and forgive them; Who also prayed for Your enemies, who crucified you: grant us, we pray, the spirit of Christian reconciliation and meekness, that we may heartily forgive every injury and be reconciled with our enemies. Grant us to overcome the malevolence and offences of people with Christian meekness and true love of our neighbor. O Lord, grant to our enemies true peace and forgiveness of sins; and do not allow them to leave this life without true faith and sincere conversion. And help us repay evil with goodness, and to remain safe from the temptations of the devil and from all the perils which threaten us, in the form of visible and invisible enemies. Amen.”