“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven…” [Matthew 5:44-45]

Meditating on the word this morning reminds me that reading the words of Jesus always gives us three things:  a command, a directive, and a promise.  But there is more.

Notice that the command to Love is written with a capital L – God’s Love – unlike ours that so often wants to ‘fix’ things for people.  We’ve all been there… if I just do this, or that, or provide this or that – if I just meet the need.  Then they will turn and seek God.  Perhaps in the beginning when a man is a child and learning to submit to authority this works, but time will prove the discipline and rebellion will often work its work in a grown man or woman’s life.

This Love is God’s Love!  It is compassion that will follow the direction to pray.  Not a quick ‘bless them Lord’, but a heart rendering intercession that weeps for the rebellious and lost souls in the arena of spiritual warfare.  Deception and spiritual blindness is not removed by kindness or learning the ways of the world.  These can be a bridge, but will not win the lost.  Only the power of prayer releases the hosts of heaven to intervene so that truth can penetrate lost souls and set the people free.   It is the power of the cry from a broken heart – “Father forgive them, they know not what they do”.  That prayer opens the door to salvation.    The promise is seen, the children of God are manifested as the sons of God.

Further Reading:    Matthew 5:43-48; Mark 6:32-42; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18