I had to pray for someone yesterday, someone that is not a very nice person. Someone who created a current, horrific situation affecting people that I love. And this same person has created horrific situations for other people that I love in the past. This person is selfish, and mean. Long story short, unless this person has a profound change within their soul, she is going to hell.
And I HAD to pray for her yesterday. Not because she asked me to pray for her. But because I felt in my heart that she needs a profound change in her life, and we needed a miracle.
I have no idea what has happened in her life for her to be such a mean and hateful person. I know her parents. I know the area she grew up in. I know a great deal of her family. And nothing explains why she is the way she is…except Satan has got a hold of her.
Satan…man…that guy is just bad news. And when he gets his hooks into someone, really digs in deep, bad things will happen.
I have known for a long time, and personally experienced, Satan tries to throw things my way because I’m a Jesus girl. Satan doesn’t like it when Jesus girls continue turning to God, no matter what hardships or war Satan tries to throw our way. So sometimes the more we turn to God during a temper tantrum from the evil one, the worse the temper tantrum becomes.
And that’s exactly what happened. Satan has tried throwing a temper tantrum, in human form. And havoc ensued.
So how is it possible that I can pray for such a hateful person? Well, the Bible told me to do it.
I look to these 2 verses for direction in how to pray for people you just don’t get along with.
“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, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people-”
1 Timothy 2:1
Paul isn’t telling us to just pray for our friends, and people that we love. People that we get along with, and the ones that are nice to us. No, no, no. Paul is telling us to pray for ALL people.
So while I fully understand that when you pray for people who just haven’t been very nice to you, you may start off doing so through gritted teeth and a locked jaw. I get it. Been there, done that, gotten the souvenir t-shirt.
I feel you.
When Satan starts using people to attack you, persecute you, do evil and vile things, his goal is not to get you to pray more. His goal is not to get you to turn your back on the evil, and pray. Pray for the person that Satan is attacking. Pray for the situation. Turn everything over to God, and let Him be the one in charge. His goal is to win! He wants you to crumple. He wants you to turn your back on God and think that He has left you to suffer this tragedy all on your own!
I urge you…don’t bow down to Satan and the things that he wants to happen.
But rather…what an awesome way to thumb your nose at Satan!?! Tell him that you aren’t going to cave to the pressures he is putting you under.
Turn everything over to God, including the person Satan is using to attack you.
Not today, Satan. NOT TODAY!!