Loving Father, thank You for the example of Jesus Who cried, Father forgive … on the cross. Help me to be one that freely and willingly prays forgiveness over those who are my enemies, and those - who for whatever reason dislike or try to harm me.
Lord I thank You that even the people in our lives who despise and ill-use us have a divine purpose in Your perfect plan – in that it drives us back into Your arms of love, so that we may lift them up to Your throne of grace in prayer – asking for their forgiveness and salvation and releasing in us any pent-up hatred or bitterness - that is so damaging to our souls and well-being.
Forgive my enemies Lord and all those who have tried to hurt or harmed me…Look down in pity on all those who I term ‘enemies’ and give me the grace to show them the love of Christ in my actions and attitudes towards them. Keep my thoughts from becoming resentful or seeking revenge but rather release in my heart the peace that only comes from casting all my cares on You – including my enemies.
Give me the grace, not only to truly forgive all my enemies but also to bless those who persecute me – for in so doing I see a dim reflection of Your enormous grace towards me – for which I praise and thank You in Jesus blessed name,
Heavenly Father, You have called us to pray for our enemies and all those that seek to do us harm, and not to heap up unforgiveness or resentments in our heart, and so Lord I want to bring before You all those people in my life who have become enemies of my soul - and to ask for Your grace, favour and forgiveness to be poured out on them - and Lord, I pray that You would convict each one of their need of Jesus as their Saviour.
Lord I know that it is not Your will that anyone should perish but that all should come to salvation in Jesus Christ – and so I bring all those people in my life that have sought to do me evil or inflicted harm on me, whether intentionally or unwittingly to Your merciful throne of grace to plead forgiveness and to ask mercy on their souls.
Lord for Your holy names sake, I pray that You would draw close to each. Open their eyes to the truth of the gospel of grace I pray and bring each one into a saving faith on the Lord Jesus and draw them with Your cords of loving forgiveness into Your family, in Jesus name we pray,
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You that You are our precious Price of Peace and our perfect example. Thank You that we have Your peace in our hearts and for the understanding that without You there is no perfect peace in this world of strife. Lord there are many people today who do not know You and who seek to destroy those that are Your children - but Lord You have commanded us to love our enemies, to bless those that curse us, to do good to those who hate us and to pray for those who despitefully use us and persecute us.
Lord we lay before Your throne of grace the many individuals and groups that openly seek to kill and persecute our Christian brothers and sisters and we pray for each one and lay each soul at Your feet – asking for Your mercy to rest on each of them. Look down in pity on those who are openly aggressive toward Christians for they have been blinded to the truth of the glorious gospel of Christ Jesus our Lord. Open their eyes we pray and bring them to a saving faith in Jesus we pray.
Lord I ask Your blessing and mercy on each one for I too was once a stranger to the truth and at enmity against You, but You lifted me up out of the miry clay and set my feet on the rock of my salvation – and there is no one who is beyond Your grace and mercy..
Give me a heart of love towards those who have hurt me personally and give me a heart of forgiveness and prayer.