Should I pray for my enemies or curse them?

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TEXT: NUMBERS 16: 1-28, GENESIS 45: 1-8, 50:15-21, LUKE 9:54-56

I have discovered that to be a consistent intercessor, one has grow to a certain level as stipulated by Psalm 199 vs 165. You and I have to enter into the level of great peace where we can forgive (not be offended) and plead the cases of people before God.

People who cause harm, hurts and provoke us or even sin against God need to be reconciled to God. So, the best way to help them out is to intercede for them. If like Dothan, Abiram and Korah, they decide to perish ( because they refuse to repent like others (Numbers 16:2, 26-27), then you would have done the will of God.

We can see how intercession born out of compassion and love for enemies’ by Joseph and Moses saved many lives. Let us take cue from Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke 9:54-55.

He will help us in Jesus name.

1. Describe the responses of both Joseph and Moses to the hatred and jealousy exhibited by their haters. Genesis 45:1-8, Numbers 16:2-26
2. How did God fight for Joseph and Moses? Does He still do same today?
3. From Luke 9; 54-55, what should be our attitude towards people who do not favour our righteous course? Numbers 16:22-24, Genesis 50:17-21
4. Compare the end of the intercessor with that of his/her enemies

MEMORY VERSE: 9:55…..55 but he turned, and rebuke them, and said ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 56 for the son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. Any they went to another village.


The Overcomers Church, Lagos, Nigeria

6 thoughts on “Should I pray for my enemies or curse them?

    The Bible and The Muppets « 5th Street said:
    July 4, 2008 at 10:34 am

    […] This blog asks a great question about prayer.  […]


    paarsurrey said:
    July 9, 2008 at 3:48 pm


    The PromisedMessiah 1835-1908 has taught us that we should pray for our enemies that they are lead onto the truthful path; and I think it is very appropriate.


    I am an Ahmadi peaceful Muslim


    JaneO said:
    July 15, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    It has taken me several years to see the value of praying for our enemies. We are not praying that they succeed in their evil deeds but that they can be rescued from evil and come to know the love of God.
    If more of us would pray for our enemies maybe less bombs would have to be used. I think a lot of people see praying for our enemy as praying for their success to harm us.


    mariela said:
    February 5, 2009 at 9:30 am

    i learned is better pray for enemies that deal with them exmple my mother in law she course me daily,she crtice my food peruvian,she no understand that now i am married with one of her sons and i do my best to take care my kids agree with the lord say me etc but she so angrie and say whatever come to her mine,but iam ready to do what god say in his word.


    ElijahBeth said:
    June 9, 2010 at 4:38 am

    All the comments were done with grace from the heart,christian and muslin. Don’t forget being a human, Christian or other faith does not mean we have to own someone elses junk, we are in a spiritual war every day, read Psalm. As a Christian I too struggle with “bless them that curse you, pray for them that ……. and so on.” By praying for the enemy, God the surperior over all spirits and every person , place or thing will deal with the spirit in the person we call the enemy. We all have fallen short of Gods glory, but its the uncomfortable feelings in us that brings forth motovation for answeres and relief . being nice to someone who is nasty to you, can be uncomfortable to the nasty one. Standing firm and taking your ground back that was stolen from you is also warrented, if done by the truth and control of emotions. How awesome it is that God, who is spirit will be the big daddy that deals with the bully thats messing with his kid.Thats why we pray for our enemy, so God will bring them into his place of rest in hopes they see their wrong and make it right. Ask Paul in Corintians, he was a huge loser, then you know the rest of the story. All we need to do is ask him for help, revelation. Every situation is different, and God has the answer for all of them. Seek him first, then the answer will come.


    Bible Study said:
    October 14, 2010 at 2:24 am

    We should definitely pray for our enemies, the bible tells us to do so.


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