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Pray For Your Enemies… Not Against Them by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

Pray For Your Enemies... Not Against Them by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye
shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh
(Galatians 5:16).

 Sometimes, some Christians, while praying,
would say, “Whatever evil my enemies have
planned against me, Lord, give them double!
Anyone who wants me dead, let that one rather die a
sudden death!” No, this isn’t the right way to pray as a
Christian; not when you’re full of the Spirit!

Those who pray like that are praying according
to the desire of the flesh, not according to the Spirit.
Our opening verse says, “…Walk in the Spirit, and ye
shall not fulfil the lust (desire) of the flesh.” It’s the desire
of the flesh to see the death of your enemies, but the
desire of the Spirit is to see their salvation.

When you pray against your enemies, that’s
walking in the flesh; that’s praying in the flesh. What
God wants is for us to pray in the Spirit: “Praying always
with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit …”
(Ephesians 6:18). Stay in the Spirit; don’t be perturbed
by whatever your enemy may be scheming against you.
Jesus said, “Pray for,” not against, your enemies:

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them
that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and
pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute
you” (Matthew 5:44). You may feel hurt, and upset or
angry, but refuse to hate. You’re too full of love to hate
or curse anyone. You’re too sweet in your spirit to be
bitter or take record of the wrongs done to you.

Don’t give attention to your adversaries, for they don’t count. It makes no difference how many people
gang up against you, they’re not a factor. You’ve been
raised together with Christ! Greater is He that’s in you
than he that’s in the world. Read the words of David
in Psalm 27:2: “When the wicked, even mine enemies
and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they
stumbled and fell.”

There was no need for him to pray against his
enemies; they simply took their place: they stumbled
and fell. That’s the fate of anyone who professes to be
your enemy. If they don’t repent, they’re doomed. But
your role is to pray for them, hoping God would grant
them repentance unto the acknowledging of the truth.

PRAYER
Dear Father, thank you for your love that’s shed
abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit, and for the
fullness of Christ in my heart. Your love is daily
expressed through me in my thoughts, words, and
actions. I’m riding through life gloriously, making
progress with giant strides, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
Proverbs 24:17 GNB; Luke 6:27-28; Isaiah 54:17

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Mark 12:18-44 & Numbers 20-21

2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Matthew 21:1-11 & Exodus 16
 


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