December 10th: Pray for Your Enemy

Who is the person you most dislike in the world? Who most dislikes you? Think about these people. The Lord told us that we should love our neighbors as ourselves and that we should love God with all our hearts, might, mind and strength. Most of us try to and generally live these laws. But the Lord also told us that we should love our enemies and to be good to them that spitefully use us. There are ample examples of Jesus Christ showing love and kindness to those who abused him. One of my favorites is in the Garden of Gethsemane when the soldiers come to arrest him, and Peter cuts off the ear of one of the arresting soldiers in Jesus’s defense. Rather than being angry with the soldier, Jesus shows kindness and love as he stops Peter and heals the injured soldier.

Take some time today, after identifying your enemies, to pray for them. A simple prayer for their welfare and health would suffice. You can ask that God will bless them with a good day.

Take some time to ponder the Savior as the Prince of Peace.