Praying for Those Who Hurt Us

The Bible tells us to pray for everyone, not just our friends and families, the people for whom we have affection. In fact,

” But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” Luke 6:27-28

I’ve been trying to do this recently. It isn’t easy but it’s helpful. When we pray for someone who has hurt us, or who seems to be set against us, we begin to be more understanding, and we start to see our own shortcomings. This short reading from Of The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, touched my heart during my devotional reading this morning.

“I offer unto Thee my prayers and sacrifices of propitiation, for those especially who have in any matter hurt, grieved, or reviled me, or who have done me any damage or displeasure. For all those also, whom at any time I have grieved, troubled, burdened, and scandalized by words or deeds, knowingly or in ignorance; that Thou wouldst grant us all equally pardon for our sins, and for our offenses against each other.

Take away from our hearts, O Lord, all suspicion, indignation, wrath and contention, and whatever may wound and lessen brotherly love.”

For more about praying for others see:

Praying for Enemies?

A Prayer for Unity with Christ

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Praying For One Another