Powered by 4 - May 2, 2011


Monday, May 2

Prayer & Love

today's reading.
Matthew 5:43-45Matthew 6:5-6Luke 18:1-8    "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy'...

think about it.
What commands does Jesus give about prayer (Matthew 5:44; 6:6)? What does this tell you about the necessity of prayer? Describe your view of prayer's place in your life right now. In Luke 18, why did Jesus tell this first parable (18:1)? What does this parable teach you about prayer?

the blog.
Three different nuggets for us on prayer from Matthew and Luke. Since I just talked about being persistent in our prayers last Friday, I'm going to consider loving our enemies and praying for them today (Matthew 5:43-45). I find this command to be a tall order. But it is a command nonetheless, so I need to do it. Now every time I've been deliberate in praying for someone that I don't care for or who's making my life difficult, it's been a good thing because it really drives home that God loves that person, in spite of the fact that I may not be feeling too loving. It's hard to hold onto bitter feelings, grudges or anger toward someone when I'm lifting them up in prayer.

So what's your experience been when it comes to praying for an "enemy"? What do you find is your biggest challenge? What are some things we can do to be more consistent in praying this way going forward? Tami W.

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