Prayer for January 10

Prayer for January 10: Please pray with me. Patient God, today we pray for our enemies, our opponents, those who annoy the crap out of us, those that we don’t like or trust.  We really don’t want to pray for them Lord.  We’d rather call them names, fight them, dehumanize them, shame them and so much more.  Yet, you call on us to pray for our enemies.  This is not easy – in fact, it sucks.  But then again, following you was never meant to be easy.  We pray that all those opposed to us would have a change of heart.  And more importantly Lord, we pray for ourselves – change our hearts towards our enemies and opponents.  Silence us before we respond in anger.  Hold us back before we respond with violence.  Stop us before we type our of frustration.  Close our mouths before we say something we will regret.  There are frustrating people in the world Lord.  Help us to see when we are frustrating someone else so that we might instead offer mercy, forgiveness, patience, and if need be, make us walk away to give space to others.  Amen.

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