My Prayer for My Enemies

My Prayer for My Enemies

Lord Jesus, following Your example and command, I pray for my enemies today. I ask first that You would saturate my life with the Holy Spirit’s power and might. Send Your love flowing through me, and forgive me for holding on to anything that could hinder my prayers. I now release any unforgiveness, thoughts of revenge, or hateful emotions that can stifle Your Spirit in my heart. Give me wisdom as I seek how to bless, to love, and to pray for my enemies. [state current names]

I pray you bless these enemies of mine and to orchestrate events in their lives that will leave their hearts exposed before you. As You characterized blessing in the Beatitudes, I pray that You would give them a poverty of spirit, a heartfelt yearning that recognizes their deep need for You. I pray they will discover Your comfort in times of mourning, and they would be humbled before You—in Your way and Your time. I pray You would show them mercy before it is too late—knowing we were all God’s enemies before You extended mercy to us—and that they would, in turn, be merciful to others.

Lord, I pray that instead of lusting for evil, either pure or unrecognized, that they would hunger and thirst for Your purity and righteousness, become advocates of Your justice and that their warring spirits would be changed into peacemaking. Remove the façade of well-being; tear down the lies that have deceived them; and hedge their ways until they can see no way out but up. I pray You would show them the futility of what they are doing because in opposing God’s kingdom and in their darkness, they are often oblivious about the true reasons for their behavior and resulting consequences. Reveal to them any deep hurts or traumas in their own lives that may be contributing to their destructive actions.

Knowing how you sometimes use pain and difficulty to bring blessing to our lives, I pray the same for my enemies. Use whatever means You need to soften stony hearts, open blind eyes, open closed minds, inspire new perspectives, and to help them realize their ultimate neediness for You. If necessary, allow persecution in their own lives so they can experience Your blessing resulting from that. Speak to them in miraculous, supernatural ways if necessary, through a dream, a movie, another believer, Your Word—or even through my own life if I am ever confronted with them. In some way, let them witness Your power and recognize that You are the source. I pray for conviction, for an honest evaluation of their own destiny, and for a sense of desperation if that’s what it takes for them to consider Your claims and to discover Who You really are. Pursue them, even allowing goodness to lead them to repentance. And give me patience and a deep trust in You, Lord, even when I can’t see any change in my enemies. When I waver, not wanting to pray for my enemies, help me to remember Your grace in our own life, and what I would be without You.

Scripture regarding praying for our enemies:

  • Proverbs 16:7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
  • Matthew 5:44 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
  • Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
  • Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
  • Romans 12:20-21 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
  • 1 Peter 3:9 not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
  • Proverbs 20:22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; But wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.