Dearly Beloved Brothers and Sisters,
My sincere desire is that this message blesses you and finds you with grace and peace from our heavenly Father through His Only Begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ!
When Peter cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant, during the arrest of Jesus, . Jesus healed and restored the man’s ear (Luke 22:47-53; John 18:1-12). In Luke 5:44, Jesus instructed that we should bless, love and pray for our enemies. This may be a hard thing to do. How can we pray for house invaders? Murderers? Deceivers? Racial profilers? Liars? Home wreckers? What kind of prayers can we pray for someone who has swindled or scammed us or who has murdered a loved one or discriminated against us in the work place, housing, or even in the class room? It would be easy for me to say to pray the same thing for them that you pray for yourself. However, that may not be applicable to them. There is a common need that we all have, whether we have acknowledged it or not: we all need salvation. God’s desire is that we all be saved, but the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Timothy 2:4; 1 Corinthians 6:9). The prayer every Christian can pray for those who sin against us is that they be saved. This is God’s desire. Such a prayer fulfills Jesus’ instructions. When we pray for murderers, deceivers, liars, racists, abusers, rogues, thieves, seducers, home wreckers, misusers and other unrighteous persons to be saved, we are simply asking God to change them from their evils and sinfulness. A few things happen when sinners come to Christ and believe in their hearts that He rose from the dead: They acknowledge their sins, confess their need for salvation, and repent (turn from their evil ways). When they turn from their evil ways, they stop killing, lying, stealing, fornicating, abusing, seducing, swindling, scamming, house invading, misusing, racial profiling, and other types and forms of discriminating and bullying. They begin to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and strength, and to love others as they love themselves (Their aim and focus changes from the life style of a heathen to one who hungers and thirsts after righteousness, striving to please God and keep His commandments). It benefits the people of God to pray for their enemies to be saved. If you or a loved one has been violated or mistreated, I pray to God in the name of Jesus Christ, that through your tears and healing process, God’s grace, will comfort you and give you peace which passes your understanding, and with such great peace and comfort, you will be endowed with power and faith to pray for salvation for those who have dealt so evilly against you and yours. May the Lord continue to give peace and comfort to all His children! Amen..
Sunday Services 9 AM Sunday School and 11 AM Worship Services.
Wednesdays 5 PM Bible Study and Prayer Service.
Holistic Ministries Inc. hopes to fellowship with you. We hope you will join us very soon to worship, fellowship, and learn of the goodness of Jesus. We believe salvation is an individual journey and that God’s people perish for a lack of knowledge. Jesus came to set us free; His burden is light and His yoke is easy. He already paid the cost for our salvation - when you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that He is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead, then you are saved! (Romans 10:9)
C.Y. Dozier, Pastor