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Pray for Your Enemies: 12 Resources for Youth Group Studies

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No one ever said living an obedient Christian life would be easy. That’s especially true when it comes to following God’s command to pray for your enemies. Yet here’s what Jesus says in Matthew 5:43-45 (NIV): “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”

When you’re discussing that challenging concept with teenagers, be prepared for lots of questions. Kids will ask about praying for your enemies and what that really means. For example: “Does that include people who persecute you? Do I need to pray for my enemies to succeed and thrive or just to change? Is it enough to just pray for your enemies? Or do you also need to love your enemies and befriend them?”

Before tackling this tough topic with youth, prepare by studying God’s Word and reviewing Bible lessons and other resources. Be ready with specific tips about how to pray for your enemies. To help, we’ve assembled a variety of options below, including sample prayers, quotes, and Bible verses.

12 Resources on How to Pray for Your Enemies

1. Four Ways to Help You Pray for Your Enemies

The biblical reflections on this site explain that Jesus set the ultimate example of praying for your enemies. Next, discover the role that this type of prayer (and love) plays in Christian discipleship.

2. Why God Tells You to Pray for Your Enemies

After acknowledging the pain and trauma that enemies can cause, this site explores reasons behind God’s “pray for your enemies” command. One is the fact that God made all people in his image. Tip: Be sure to check out the impactful story at the end of this post!

3. A Powerful Assignment

This brief but meaningful post reminds readers that because God forgives us, we too are to forgive others. Plus, God empowers us to complete this often-daunting task.

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Stephanie Martin, a freelance writer and editor in Denver, has spent her entire 30-year journalism career in Christian publishing. She loves the Word and words, is a binge reader and grammar nut, and is fanatic (as her family can attest) about Jeopardy! and pro football.