Recently, I saw this Scripture…
Proverbs 6:16-19 “16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” (KJV)
Immediately, I thought of my mother. She has done all of these things. Immediately after I thought of that, I felt a burden to pray for her. I decided that since my memory is pretty bad, I’d set an alarm on my cell phone to remind me to pray for her every morning. Shortly after, I decided to add my father to that morning prayer.
I don’t know what’s going to happen, if they will change or not. It is up to them if they respond to or ignore God’s promptings to change. However, whether or not they do, I know praying for them is changing me. It’s only been a few days, but so far, so good. I feel a new peace knowing I have done something good for them.
When someone hurts or abuses you, it’s so hard to pray for them at first. It may even take years before you feel able to do so, especially when the hurt goes deep. I have been a Christian since February, 1996, & in that time, I admit, I haven’t prayed much for my parents or even my in-laws. They all hurt me too deeply. I tried, but sometimes prayed through gritted teeth. Starting to pray for my parents regularly this time hasn’t been easy, but I pushed through. I am glad I did, because the more I do it, the easier it gets. The more sincere I am in my prayers. And, I’ll probably add the in-laws to my daily prayers.
I know this may seem a very daunting task, but why don’t you give it a try too? Even when you pray through gritted teeth like me, God will honor your willingness to do so & make it easier for you to pray for them. You truly will be blessed when you pray for others as I have been.