I read something in the Bible today that blew my mind!!! The children of Israel had been led away into captivity in which they would remain in Babylon 70 years. During that time, God sent a word by the prophet, Jeremiah, in which He told the Israelites to “seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it (Babylon); for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace” (Jeremiah 29:7). What?? I read this over and over again. You mean to say, that I am to pray for peace for this city while they have me enslaved….then my peace shall come.
First of all, there is nothing peaceful about captivity. I am sure kindness towards the Israelites was not a priority for the Babylonians. Lord, I find that to be a difficult task to perform. The thoughtless, inconsiderate actions of others strikes a raw chord in my soul. If they can act, I find the need to react. The flesh desires revenge. Payback is in order. The carnality of my humanity demands to be defended, protected, and justified. But this is not the desire of the Spirit.
The Bible tells us that “we must not walk after the flesh, but after the Spirit”(Romans 8:4). Oh, but revenge feels so good!! The character of God demands that we love our enemies. How do we love our enemies? First, we forgive them. Truly forgive them from the heart. Let it go! (I struggle with that from time-to-time). Second, we apply grace and mercy to the situation. Remember all the times you needed grace and mercy; how it was freely given. Thirdly, pray for them. Pray that their mind to be opened to the error of their ways. Pray for healing. Pray for their needs to be met. Pray for them to come to the full knowledge and understanding of Christ as their Lord, Savior, and Redeemer. Pray that God’s will be done in their life. Pray for them to be blessed. Pray for their needs to be met. Lastly, pray for them to find peace and that the peace of God may be applied to their lives.
When a soul has articulated such a powerful prayer, peace and tranquility shall come in like a flood. Great peace shall overtake you…Wow! Jesus told his disciples, “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” (Matthew 6:44). God is so good!! That is kingdom living! That is walking in the Spirit! Doing things His way is better for all the involved parties. Allow God to be God in their lives. He does not demand much…just prayer. He will judge. He will correct. He will make it right. He will make the necessary changes. Amazing!
Just think: Prayer + Enemy = Blessings and Peace For Everyone Involved
Written by Laura Alexander