We have all had people in our lives that we do not like, people who maybe drive us a little crazy. I remember one person in particular who annoyed me and hurt me often. I had to work with the guy and knew that God was not pleased with my attitude toward him. He is my brother in Christ as well, so I really was upset with myself for, “not liking him.” I cried out to God to help me know the way to think right about this person. I would think I had it all worked out, and then he would do or say something else to hurt me, or rub me the wrong way. And no it is not my sweet husband that I am talking about. It was a fellow believer that I worked with in ministry.
As I cried out to God for help, He showed me the way. It was as simple as praying for the person. God didn’t want me to pray pious prayers of, “God change him, can’t you see how annoying he is.” God wanted me to pray blessings over him, his family, and his life. At the time I was using a wonderful prayer tool for praying for my beloved husband called, “Power of a praying wife,” by Stormie Omartian.
I began to pay for this person’s life as well using the prayers that she was inspired to write. I began to pray for others as well, using this precious guide. My eyes were opened and I began to see these people as God sees them. I actually began to understand them more. I could see that what annoyed me, didn’t annoy God. I began to truly like this person and we eventually became good friends. god freed me from my own opinions and He is still freeing me from them. I love the very end of Job where God asks Job to pray for his friends. If you haven’t read Job for awhile, read the whole book, I learn so much every time I devote time to studying it. I have found such gems there. One of them is:
“When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes.
In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before.”
Prayer changes things, circumstances, people, etc. but I have found that prayer changes ME more than anything else. Jesus says it best.
Matthew 5: 44-45
” But I say to you, love your enemies. pray for those who persecute you!
In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in Heaven
For He gives His sunlight to both the evil and the good.
He sends His rain on the just and the unjust alike.”