Praying for Others

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Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:44-45a

Jesus modeled this when he prayed for those who crucified Him in Luke 23:34.

Stephen did likewise when he prayed for those who were stoning him in Acts 7:60.

And yet at my slightest offense or difficulty, I forget to pray for others with their good in mind.

Instead, I find myself praying for my benefit, so that I might be treated more to my liking. But how misguided I am when I do that. I need to be praying for people for their eternal good, not to make my life easier.

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