My Prayer Project

My Prayer Project

by Anonymous on May 21, 2020
“Bless them that curse you and pray for them which despitefully use you.” (Luke 6:28)

“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37)

“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Romans 12:19)

“My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.” (Psalm 7:10)

“Pray for everyone you ever knew,” the Spirit said to me. Thinking I heard this incorrectly, I ignored it. “Pray for everyone you ever knew,” the Spirit said the next day. Wondering, “Really? What is this all about?” I dismissed it again. “Pray for everyone you ever knew,” the Spirit said the third day. Realizing this was a command, not a suggestion, I obeyed.

Overwhelmed by the daunting task, from my first recollections to the present day, I prayed blessings on every person I could recall, living and deceased, kind and malicious, close and distant. Perhaps the most significant spiritual impact of my life, my prayer project evoked marvelous but also terrible memories, revealing acute insights about people, motives and circumstances.

With great joy and gratitude, I celebrated wonderful people the Lord placed in my life - those with the purest souls, generous selflessness and genuinely loving hearts.

In praying blessings on those who were mean-spirited and malevolent, I recognized an abundance of opportunities to forgive. I incorporated forgiveness into my prayers for them. After all, the more I forgive, the more I will be forgiven.

I did not pray for revenge. Vengeance belongs to the Lord who knows the truth of every incident, circumstance and intent of my life. By not seeking revenge, I demonstrate trust in the Lord who is my shield and my defender.

The Lord surprised me with astonishing results - release from resentment toward those by whom I had been victimized. The Lord graciously gifted me with peace, love, joy and more to fill my soul as I prayed for everyone I ever knew.