The Lord’s role is to avenge. Our role is to bless. 1 Peter 3:9 says, “Not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”
As I read this, I thought about the life of a reviler. Yesterday I read a blog of a godly man’s comment of a political figure that is full of hatred. It has given me a more specific way to pray for this reviler.
How do we bless someone through prayer? We ask the Lord to give them what they do not have. Think about someone with hatred. They are gnashing their teeth in rage. Their bitterness is like an inner acid which is slowly corroding their organs. They are destroying their health. They have no peace whatsoever.
They cannot escape the torment they have created through unforgiveness. Matthew 18:35 says, “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”
Here is a vivid example of what unforgiveness does. The Etruscan pirates’ form of torture was to tie a living person to a rotting corpse, face to face, mouth to mouth, limb to limb, with an obsessive exactitude in which each part of the body corresponded with its matching putrefying counterpart. Shackled to their rotting double, they were left to decay.
1 John 2:11 says, “But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” I hope this gives you some direction to pray for those you know who are locked in hatred. Let their lack break your heart so that you pray for them with true compassion and understanding.
Do you know someone who is caught up in worry? Then you have an opportunity to ask the Lord to bless them with a deeper trust in Him. Worry is sin that blocks our fellowship with the Lord. Worry is rooted in the fear of what might be. It catapults us from our present into thoughts of what might happen but that we have no control over.
The Lord truly cares for us. He knows our hearts. He knows every troubling situation we face. He knows what is ahead. He prepares our way and leads us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Jeremiah 17:7 says, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.” Hope is the anchor of our soul. It keeps our mind focused on the Lord alone. Think about how you can ask the Lord to bless someone you know who is struggling.