Messianic Prophecy Jesus Prays for Enemies
The Lord Gods spoke by His servant King David, Jesus would pray for his enemies. It is not easy to forgive your enemies much less to pray for them yet in the Scriptures we read, Jesus prays for his enemies. We should follow his example and pray for our enemies too.
“For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer,” Psalm 109:4.
What a profound statement, Israel reciprocates love for hate. Despite this slap in the face of Jesus he never retaliated instead, Jesus prays for them.
Jesus is a phenomenal teacher and model. Christ teaches, “Love your enemies”, “bless that that curse you”, “and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you,” Matthew 5:44.
Jesus prays for his enemies and Stephen Follows his example
This is no walk in the park instruction. Sometimes it is so difficult to speak to your enemies much less to bless, or to pray for them and to love them! Nevertheless, this is Jesus’doctrine, and Christians should emulate their leader. Jesus wants us to pray for our enemies that is what he taught and that is what he demonstrated. To make it into heaven we must be obedient to the Lord’s Word, forgive those persons who hurt us and pray for them.
Thinking about this Messianic Prophecy I remember one of Jesus’ disciples, Stephen. He was stoned to death by a mob but while he was dying, found the grace of God to forgive and pray for his killers, Acts 7:60.
I cannot imagine any ordinary person under ordinary circumstances could relish the notion of imprisonment. It may not be obvious but when we refuse to forgive, we imprison ourselves. Forgive your enemies and pray for them really liberates us.
Jesus taught, when you pray forgive others who hurt you and God will forgive you else your sin remains, Mark 11:25, 26. Therefore, by forgiving and praying for other we are free!
Messianic Prophecy Fulfilled – Jesus Prays for his Enemies
While the prophecy, that Jesus prays for his enemies was made many, many years prior to Christ its fulfillment is inevitable. Doctor Luke provides us with a record, which describes the circumstances under which Jesus prays for his enemies.
At Jesus’ crucifixion, while he was on the cross, he prayed for those who hurt him. “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do,” Luke 23:34. This record, documents the fulfillment of King David’s, Messianic Prophecy, Christ Jesus prays for his enemies.
In closing, hundreds of years before, it was prophesied that Jesus would pray for his enemies. He came on the scene and taught the same thing, pray for your enemies. Jesus also taught, Believers need to forgive and pray for those who hurt them for their own liberation. At Jesus’ crucifixion, while he was on the cross, he prays for his enemies fulfilling the old Messianic Prophecy. Do you pray for your enemies? Have you recently prayed for someone who hurt you? Remember Jesus prays for those who crucified him!