A method for praying for those you disagree with

Light and Shadow | Praying for those you disagree with | Prayer

Right now, it seems argument is everywhere.  There appears to be no end of political vitriol and it’s spilling across borders as well as dividing families.  Here are some ideas for praying for those you disagree with, whether those people are politicians, family members or people in your church.

Confess any feelings of hate or contempt you may have towards the other person.

Acknowledge that there may be some good in what they believe and in humility admit that you do not know everything.

Ask God to increase their understanding and widen their perspective. (Do not specify what they need to understand, leave that to God).

Ask God to bless what is good and loving in their lives (again, do not specify what this is, God knows).

Hold them in the light. This is a Quaker practice and means seeing the person as surrounded by and held in God’s light.  Trust God to know the needs of the person without a lot of words or explanation.  Compassionately hold the image of the person being held and healed by God’s light.

Some verses you may wish to pray over the person:

Live as children of light- for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Eph 5:8-9

If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays. Luke 11:36

This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, the God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5

Perhaps you need to commit yourself to praying for this person regularly going forward.

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