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Praying For Those Who Attack You
1/25/2016

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, Matthew 5:44 (NKJV)

A few years back I awoke to find mydailydose.org site had been hacked.  It was interesting, because this was the 2nd time in as many weeks, and our changing passwords only seemed to provoke the enemy to show his affinity for darkness, resulting in the security wall being torn down.  The hackers had taken a devotional from 2-years prior and had exchanged it for the one scheduled for the next day.  I quickly made changes, but later in the day I had discovered the site was again tampered with, and this time the main page was tagged with the hacker’s graffiti, boasting of their ownership of the site. 

Initially I was bothered, but the Lord then gave me a peace, and reminded me He was in control, and would continue to use everything for good (Rom. 8:28).  Let’s face it; none of us likes it when we are attacked, but as sure as the sun coming up, we will all face battles of various sorts.  Understanding the nature of these battles is essential, as is how we are to prepare and respond (Eph. 6:10-18). 

As we began to undertake the rebuilding process of the security walls of our website, I was reminded of the story in the Book of Nehemiah, where God’s prophet had been given the job of rebuilding the very walls the enemy has decimated. The job required the people of God to stand fast against every attempt to disrupt the building efforts.  Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built, and they each had a trumpet they could blow, should they need help in defending against the enemy’s attacks.  Nehemiah gave told them; “Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us” (Neh. 4:18-20). 

Israel’s enemies saw Nehemiah and the people rebuilding, and so they conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion, and we can see how Nehemiah and the people responded in the verse below.

Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night. Nehemiah 4:9 (NKJV)

Today we can find ourselves following Nehemiah’s example of seeking the Lord in prayer for His help in defending against the attacks of Satan, and for God to speak to the hearts of those who have come against His work, so they may know of His love for them.  

I want to encourage you to remember; God can take what the enemy meant for evil against us, and use it for good in order to save many people (cf. 50:20).  We just have to be prepared to trust Him, and to do our part. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Matthew 5:44, how should we respond to those who attack us and persecute us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to trust the Lord to defend you against those who attack you?  Are you willing to earnestly pray for those who come against you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to stop the enemy’s cycle of sin by praying for those who attack you, and by praying for God’s blessing of revelation upon their lives, so they may be saved, or restored and reconciled.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, Thank You for allowing me to see Your heart through the pages of Scripture.  Father, I pray for these people who have hacked into this website—that they may be drawn to You, and that they may know Jesus as Lord.  Open their eyes today and allow them to see Your truth.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 

 

 


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