Do You Pray for Them?
If you follow me on Facebook (or as a good friend calls it “The Book of Faces on the Interweb”) you know that I usually do one post a day and it is usually one of three things. First being a positive/motivational conversational point. Second, every once in a while, I take a stab at trying to be funny. Then the third thing is usually something about Carol, our family or our extended family. That’s it. Never about the economy, ecology, politics or airing of the dirty laundry. While in daily conversations with the people in the general public or people within our church body, I try my best to follow those same three conversation points. Yet, somehow, in some way, the conversation can turn to politics or about people in general. I listen (or try to anyway) to the concerns the person might bring up and the conversation will end up with either “Can you believe that about______?” or “what do you think?” In my mind I am screaming “why are you telling me this?” but I say something really deep like “I cannot believe it either!”
The words we say are telling and most of the time, they can reveal our heart. Yet we believe the fat lie that we teach our children at a very young age “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!” What a lie… and what a living lie. Words do hurt all the way to the bone. And our actions? Well, to say the least, once we do something, it is hard to rewind and take those actions back.
Thousands of people were following Jesus the week before the cross, yet on the day of the cross, the same thousands were casting out insults too vulgar to write here and throwing things at Him like sticks and stones that indeed hurt. But the words said and the total denial of knowing Him by his closest friends cut the deepest. And what was our Lord’s response to all of this? We find the answer in Luke 23:34 “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” In case you did not get what is going on here, it is not the words Jesus said, it is what He did. HE PRAYED FOR THOSE WHO WERE HURTING HIM! Yes, He prayed. Have you prayed for those who wronged you or said hurtful things to you or about you? I am currently going through that very thing, and I am just as human with the strong possibility of human reactions as any of you. Yet, I pray. What about you? Remember this, sticks and stones may break your bones but prayer changes everything!