44c — Pray for Terrorists

Pray For Those Who Persecute You —

cherry-bomb-mdAre we to pray for REAL enemies — like those who are trying to kill us? Are we really supposed to pray for people who are terrorists?

Let’s take a second look at Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:43-45.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good.” (NIV)

There seems to be no wiggle room. Jesus indeed taught that since God extends goodness to all people including those who do evil, he expects us to do the same; and one way is through prayer.

So how do we pray for terrorists?

The Christian website “Adopt a Terrorist for Prayer” has some helpful ideas. Click here for a prayer sheet based on their information. Use it to inspire your prayers.