I don't know about you, but it's far too easy for me to get caught up in worry and anxiety. As a Christian, this is something I'm constantly in prayer about - learning how to trust God in all situations, at all times.
Maybe you're like me... or maybe right now is just a difficult season for you too.
One of my go-to verses to meditate on and pray over is Philippians 4:6-7:
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
I don't know about you friend, but I want that kind of peace in my heart and mind!
Lately however, my worry has been sneakily turning into frustration or anger, especially when I feel like the situation is out of my control or at the hands of others.
You see, I know that worry isn't productive. I know that my worrying won't change anything about a situation. I know God is with me and I have nothing to fear.
And still... it's a daily struggle that I bring before the Lord.
I'm sharing this today to encourage you that if you have ever struggled with something similar, 1) you are not alone and 2) God HEARS our prayers and 3) HE wants to speak into your life!
Praying for Your Enemies
This week, God led me to Matthew 5:44. It's a verse I've read many times before, and it's one of those ones that you feel like you need to chew over a lot. You KNOW Jesus lived this out - but how can we possibly do the same in our own lives? It's HARD.
In Matthew 5:43-44 (CSB), Jesus says this:
"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, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. For he causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."
Verse 44 really hit straight to my heart - and challenged me in a really hard and good way.
I'll be first to confess that I don't make a habit of praying for my enemies or those I feel persecuted by. In my human, cowardly flesh I want to hold on to anger and resentment. But that's not who God calls us to be.
If our aim is truly to become more and more like Christ here on earth, then this is part of that transformation - learning to pray for our enemies and for those who persecute us.
So today, I'm praying for God to work on my heart, to strengthen me in my prayer and give me the words when I don't have them (or truthfully, don't want to), and to help me love my neighbor and my enemy - all for His glory.
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I also put together two phone backgrounds to personally remind me of these verses and to actively meditate on it this week. You can download either of them below!
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