{Love Your Enemy} Pray Like the Dickens!

Posted on: September 18th, 2012 by Laurie Coombs 3 Comments


I have to be honest, when I began this journey, I understood my need to forgive and knew that forgiving would bring me to a new and better place. I wanted to forgive.

The thing I did not want to do, however, was love my enemy. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. The word “love” in the same sentence as “enemy” didn’t seem to make sense to me. What’s more, the word “love” in reference to Anthony was repulsive.

Still, I knew that this is what the bible tells us to do. Jesus says, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). Yet, I didn’t quite understand it. The only insight I had on how to do this was to pray for Anthony and to do what God told me to do, which was to bring him a bible.

So, out of obedience, I began to pray for Anthony. I prayed good for him, though it was counterintuitive to all that was inside me. Honestly, I did not hate Anthony at this point, as I once did. Still, there were a lot of negative feelings associated with him. Even saying his name felt vile.

But I prayed nonetheless.

I prayed that God would change him. I prayed that God would heal him. I prayed that God would bring him to complete repentance. I even prayed that Anthony would be transformed by the gospel to the extent that he would be motivated to live to the glory of God in prison, bringing many prisoners to know and serve our Lord Jesus Christ (a pipe-dream prayer, or so I thought).

I prayed these things, yet I truly didn’t want good for him. It felt wrong, praying for Anthony––like I was betraying my dad––but I knew the ways of God are always right, regardless of our feelings. So, I continued to pray.

Little did I know at the time. These prayers would be answered. God was about to do a mighty work in and through me, and I believe much of this was a result of these prayers. I thank God that He gave me the grace to take this step of obedience.

Eight or nine months later, I saw the fruit of this difficult trial. Even then the trial wasn’t over, but it was then that I cried tears of awe and tears of joy as God began to show me how my prayers impacted myself, Anthony, and many others.

All I kept saying to anyone who would give me ear, was “God is crazy! God is just CRAZY!!!”

Truly, there are no words for the work I have witnessed Him accomplish. So, from the bottom of my heart, I encourage each of you to pray. Pray like the dickens! Pray for the needs in your life. Pray for that impossible situation that just won’t seem to get better! Pray for those who are far from God! And please, no matter how difficult, begin to pray for your enemies!

We serve a mighty God. A God who can do ALL things. A God who desires to display His splendor through works that only He can do in each of our lives! So, pray. And then believe Jesus when He tells us “…with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26b).

Blessings to you as you begin to pray for the impossible…

{Loving your enemy is praying for your enemy.}

It’s time to pray! What is your impossible prayer? 

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  • Paul

    Your nuts!!!!

  • I am continually moved by your story, and in awe of your obedience and God’s power. I can only imagine the feelings of anger, resentment, and bitterness I would feel in the same situation. But what you have just shown us is a living, breathing example of how God can do so much more than we ever imagined – when we pray. Thanks so much for sharing your story and your heart – you are making me hard at some of those things I’ve “given up” praying about.