"You're familiar with the old written law, 'Love your friend,' and its unwritten companion, 'Hate your enemy.' I'm challenging that. 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. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.

In a word, what I'm saying is, Grow up. You're kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you." (Matthew 5:43-48, The Message)

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Today the Holy Spirit told me something deeper about prayer.

He said that often in the body of Christ, we acknowledge the prayers prayed for us by those whom we like and who like us.

That's because they often will tell us that they prayed for us. We may even acknowlege in public, that they prayed for us.

But, the Sprit said to me, the deeper level of understanding of the prayer of a righteous man, is acknowledging the prayer of the person who prayed for you even though you hated them.

This person truly believes Me. He put his faith to work, obeying My instruction to pray for his enemy which was you.

The Spirit said that you don't need to know if your enemy has prayed for you to acknowledge the prayer.

Just thank God, believing that someone whom you hated, prayed for you.

For this, too, is the prayer of a righteous man, which is powerful and effective.

"Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]." (James 5:16, Amplified)

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Scripture taken from The Message. ©1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permissionof NavPress Publishing Group. Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission." (www.Lockman.org)

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Comment by David Honkanen on May 22, 2010 at 2:24am
Matthew 5:44. Good stuff Kim thanks for sharing.

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