Have you ever wondered why Jesus said pray for your enemies and for those who persecute you or use you? You might think, yes, because they have a problem! But there’s a different reason Jesus said this, Jesus did not mean for you to pray for the person because they have a problem, but to pray for the person so you would not get a problem, knowing that not forgiving causes a root of bitterness to come in to your heart.
In Job 42:7-10, after Job’s friends had this big discussion with him, telling him he must have sinned in some way or God would not have allowed his suffering, God instructed these friends to go to Job and for Job to pray for them. God was causing Job to face the pain his friends caused him so bitterness would not set in.
How many people do you know who have been hurt by someone who just can’t move past it? They can’t move on because they have not forgiven the offence. Praying for someone forces you to forgive. It causes you to confront the pain and to deal with it being like Jesus, saying, “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.” In verse 10, God blessed Job after he prayed for his friends. “And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all that Job had twofold.” It only blesses us to forgive and pray for the people who hurt us.
Father, help us to forgive those who wrong us, giving us the heart to pray for them. Show us if there is anyone in our past that we are bitter towards and help us to forgive them. Thank You for forgiving us and for Your great love towards us. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.