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Energies of Prayer

You are not going to like everyone and everyone is not going to like you. The Bible says to love your neighbor, but Jesus made a point to tell us to love our enemies. It is hard to love people who do not love back but Jesus told us how to respond—with prayer.

Pray for those who persecute you. Pray for your enemies. Pray for those who are more difficult to love. Pray. Pour out the energies of prayer and watch God move.

Your prayers may not change the person, but they may change you. Pouring out love rather than hate is always the best response. Acting in compassion never goes unnoticed. Your show of mercy may plant many seeds. Keep on loving. Keep on praying.

“I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves.”

-Matthew 5:44 [MSG]

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Interested in People

People are important. Every single person matters. Zechariah 7:9-10 tells us, “Treat one another justly. Love your neighbors. Be compassionate with each other. Don’t take advantage of widows, orphans, visitors, and the poor. Don’t plot and scheme against one another—that’s evil” (MSG). These are simple commands to remember and act upon; however, our society screams, “Me, me, me.”

If you are not so interested in people, then you have forgotten the two commandments of Jesus: Love God, love others. It’s plain and clear. There’s no way to misinterpret. It is not complex or mysterious. Zechariah states, “You’re interested in religion, I’m interested in people.” Sometimes we get that mixed up.

Religion is very different than relationship. God wants a relationship with us and He wants us to be in relationships with others too. God is a communal. It is all about community. It is all about people. If people—all people—are not your interests, I pray today you may start changing your interests. There are a whole lot of people out there—and each one needs Love.

 

 

“God-of-the-Angel-Armies gave me this Message for them, for all the people and for the priests: ‘When you held days of fasting every fifth and seventh month all these seventy years, were you doing it for me? And when you held feasts, was that for me? Hardly. You’re interested in religion, I’m interested in people.’” Zechariah 7:4-6 [MSG]

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