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“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”(Matthew 5:44) 

Have you ever said this about someone else? “You know, I’m here because of him.” or “He’s just keeping me from being a success.” We are experts in casting blame for our own situations. We have learned to be proficient at pointing fingers, when in reality God tells us, “Point those fingers in a different direction and learn to pray for them.” We need to learn to “Thank the Lord for them,” seeing how God has used them to reveal what is really going on with us. Instead of blaming someone for where we are, we need to intercede for them. 

People in pain drive pain and push pain buttons in the lives of other people. God can use painful people to help you get free from your own pain.  That’s why you need to pray for them.  Pray also that God would set them free! When we turn into intercessors instead of victims, great things begin to change within our lives. We begin to see our lives through a different set of lenses, and that’s an extremely important place to be.

God will show you how to pray for them, if you ask Him. Is there someone giving you a difficult time right now?  Have you asked God about how you should pray for them?  Instead of “Oh, God, drop an atomic bomb on them today,” pray this: “Dear Lord, will you pour out your blessings on ___________?”  “Please show them your goodness and give them joy in their family. May they experience your grace, just like me.”  When you begin to pray for your “pain giver,” you will be amazed at what the Lord will do not only in their life, but in yours, as well.


  1. Debra Byrne on November 13, 2021 at 5:20 am

    Thank you I needed this today. A week ago a neighbor of mine had really become a thorn in my life and in trying to be a nice person I dealt with it until I was so distraught I had a face stroke. I haven’t wished any bad to her at all I just now avoid her at all cost. Now I know to pray for her instead. Seems like anymore there’s more evil than good in the world.

  2. Betty Laughlin on November 13, 2021 at 8:21 am

    I have been praying for my neighbors too but I need to ask God have to pray for them and for peace in my heart

  3. Susette Loughney on November 13, 2021 at 8:47 am

    I have been praying for my best friend sometimes she has a really hard time and sometimes I don’t know what to pray for thank you for this one today I really needed to hear that it helps me understand better and want to pray for.

  4. James W Howell on November 13, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    Prayers for people are so much in The Way JESUS would have us be. Thank YOU JESUS for showing me what YOU want from Me. Help me pray for those who need .

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