Praying For His Enemies

To pray for those who have wrongfully accused you and have caused your death, is beyond possibility for a mere human being. Most of us, when we are harmed by another; immediately begin to contemplate how we might hurt our tormentors in return. We may catch our wrong attitudes and correct our thinking, but the first thoughts of our mind when we have been wronged are nearly always for revenge.

The fact that the Psalmist knew in advance of the Messiah’s amazing love for those who were causing Him the greatest harm, is beyond happenstance. The Holy Spirit was aware that Jesus would pray for those who betrayed Him, beat Him, and put Him to death. He loved even the people who had caused Him the greatest suffering. As God, Jesus understands us. He knows our composition, and how often we are quite ignorant and unaware.

Psalm 109:4, predicts that the Messiah will pray for those who wrongfully accuse and crucify Him.

Psalms 109:4 In return for my love, they are my accusers, But I give myself to prayer.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

John 12:27 “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.”

Praying For Those Who Do Harm

In the movie The Passion, as Jesus is being nailed to the Cross; the man who has driven the spikes into His flesh can take the guilt he feels no more. As Jesus prays for him from the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,” the love and the forgiveness that Jesus displayed throughout His crucifixion is more than this guilty man could bear. He takes the hammer that he used to pierce Jesus’ hands and feet and throws it away in disgust. Though he caused Jesus so much pain and suffering, the Lord was loving him to the very end.

If you have thus-far rejected Jesus Christ in your life, you have been a participant in the suffering that He endured. It is also true that all of us put Jesus on the Cross by our own sins. It was our wrongful acts that put Him to death, not anything that He had done. Jesus was without sin; He was perfect in every way. He came to bear all ours sin and take our place at the fury and vengeance of God, against all sin.

Can you see a picture in your mind of Jesus hanging from the splintered wooden cross? Can you see the massive amount of blood that has poured forth from His tortured body? The torn flesh and the missing handfuls of His beard torn out? The 4-inch thorns pressed into His skull and the 9-inch spikes that have pierced His hands and feet to fasten Him to the cross?

Jesus was looking down from His place of suffering, all the way through time, and into your eyes. He is simply asking you, today, if you understand why He endured so much pain. He wants to know if you are aware that you can be free from the heavy burden of all your sins; if you will only surrender your life to Him. He waits for you everyday to call out to Him. Though He is the Great God of the universe, He waits and watches for you. If you take only a single step in His direction, He will run to meet you. He will place His robes of righteousness upon your sin-stained back. He will give you His name and make you His friend forever. He will lift away all of the guilt, take away the pain, and fill you with more peace than you have ever known in your life. You may have been His enemy thus far, today you can become His friend. He prays for you, as He prayed for His torturers, two thousand years ago.

Will you receive Jesus into your heart today and confess with your mouth that you have taken Him as your Lord and Savior? He endured all this suffering for you, so that you would never experience God’s wrath for your own sins. Jesus perfectly fulfilled Psalms 109:4 at His condemnation and death; He prayed for His enemies.