But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.—Luke 6:27
(Voice of the Persecuted) I have a picture on my prayer board that shows the 21 young Egyptian Coptic Christians kneeling on a beach in Libya with their persecutors behind them ready to give the fatal ending. Why do I have a picture of this horrendous event? To remind me to pray for them.
But then the Lord asked me:
Pray for these men. Not those who fell by the sword, for your brothers have received their reward! I need you to pray for those who stand behind them. Pray for their persecutors, they are lost in darkness. Intercede for them. Pray in the Spirit for them. This kind of darkness can only be won on the battlefield of Spiritual Warfare. Overcome their evil, their hate, through love and prayer!
I looked at the picture again, this time with spiritual eyes. I began to see the love the Lord had for each of these men veiled in black. So I, with the Lord’s help, prayed.
We lift up each one of these men who by their hands have shed innocent blood. They are trapped in hate and darkness. Let their sleep be restless, let their dreams pierce their hearts and reveal to them the horrors and atrocities they have committed.
We pray a hedge of thorns around their consciousness and their souls. Let them wake in terror of the night and wake screaming with bloodstained hands!
Open the eyes of their hearts Lord! Reveal yourself, Isa, to them through dreams and visions!
Let not one be lost to you.
We bind Satan in your name, Lord Jesus. That the lies and cords of darkness be broken! Give them understanding, awaken their hearts, Lord. Make them weary of the bloodshed and the dead hollowness in their hearts.
Call out to them by name, Lord!
Jesus let them see You, reach out to You. Only You can free them from the desolation in their souls.
We ask this in Your mighty name, Lord Jesus, AMEN!
After praying, the song “Amazing Grace” came to me and I started to sing it. I too was lost and I was found by a gracious loving Savior who shed His blood for me and also for them.
We need to pray for the lost. Let us not harden our hearts and be deceived as to who is deserving of prayer and salvation.
This is a trap from the enemy! To lead the believers of God to hate those who commit murder in the name of hate.
The families of those martyred for their faith in Jesus forgave their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers murderers. They are an example of Christ’s love to the fullest. Whether it be members of Isis (Islamic State) or the likes of Boko Haram, we need to be on our knees praying. Remember Saul to Paul! Will you heed the call of the Lord to pray for them?
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promises, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any perish but that all should come to repentance.—2 Peter 3:9
To God be the Glory!
L. Stradley, VOP Guest Author