Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God’s blessing (favor) upon those who abuse you [who revile, reproach, disparage, and high-handedly misuse you]. (Luke 6:28 AMP)
This is an almost impossible request of someone who has no connection with God, and hard for some who believe that have a very good relationship with the Father. But it’s our calling. Jesus advocated for us and His persecutors while hanging on the cross saying, “Father, forgive them…”
In the earlier years of my walk I used to pray a prayer sorta like this:
Heavenly Father, I thank you for all you’ve done to protect me from those who desire to be my enemy. I know there is only one true enemy, satan. So I ask today that you bless my enemy as you have blessed me. I ask the you raise them up above me in your kingdom and place them on a pedestal and shine your light on them. I ask that you give them twice as much as I have, twice the love, the mercy, the grace. I ask that you stop them, turn them around and bring them back to where I am in you grace, and then lift them higher than me. Place them in a position of service above me in the kingdom. And fill them with all the righteousness necessary for the task of glorifying you, great and awesome God. Amen.
A bit pious. Yes. But what I’m asking God to do is turn them from their current distraction and give them real purpose. Occupy them with His work. Give them talents to be accountable for.
In my pride I know that I’ve assumed that they don’t already have these thing so I’m asking God to remind them. I’m also asking God to anoint them for service. And that service includes me. “He that would be great must first serve.”