Praying for the terrorists

It is so awesome to see so many people on social media united in solidarity for Paris. It is even more awesome to see so many people PRAYING for Paris. But I can’t sleep because my heart is so heavy with this question, of all the people praying for France, how many are praying for the enemy?
I know, it sounds crazy right?
Pray for the terrorists who kill HUNDREDS of people?!
Yes!
Didn’t Jesus come to seek and save those which were LOST? Can’t we stand united in prayer for a revolution in the hearts of those who are led astray with hatred and power? Isn’t God able?!
We are under the impression that through war or retaliation WE are able. But it is NOT by might, NOR by power, but by HIS Spirit. HE IS LOVE. The greatest war we could rage is through prayer, being of one mind, one accord.
God brought to remembrance Proverbs 21:1, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.”
That means that the God of love is able to turn and cleanse the hearts of the wicked. For it is God’s will that NONE should perish.
It is so easy for us to pray for the good guys, but it is the bad guys who need our prayers the most.
We pray for those who have been attacked, but what if we prayed for the attackers? Perhaps if we unite in prayer for the enemy we wouldn’t find ourselves mourning loss, but rejoicing for that which was once lost.

Behave Like a Christian
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

I encourage you to pray for the enemy!
God bless ALL of His creation!

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Surrenders Victory

The pit. Most of us have dwelt there. We’ve been experts at making it as beautiful and comfortable as possible. The pit however, continues to sink deeper until we can no longer dig our way to beauty. We’re pitted in the ashes of our choices, as well as, choices of others. How do we ever get out of the pit? Surrender.
Complete surrender. That place where we are broken down to raw bones. Our eyes can see, at last, the foolishness we selfishly chose to live in. Our eyes finally see that we are chosen, and not for a pit but for a great purpose. The purpose is not destructive but edifying and full of love. Not love as the world knows love. Love that is pure, holy, selfless.
I’m so thankful to witness Gods powerful deliverance from the pit within members of my own family.

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This is my brother and his precious children. (Yes, that’s me in there also.) My brother made himself a beautiful pit..which easily allowed others to hold him there. But my brother surrendered. He confessed his sin, his weakness. He gave his life to the only One who can give life, and more abundantly. Robert is witness of Romans 12:2. While once he was conformed and reconciled to the world, he is now transformed. His mind renewed. He is committed to the will of the One who made him. It is evident in his words, his deeds, his fruits. He is the healthiest, strongest, and most peace filled I’ve ever known or seen him to be. It radiates out of him. He has chosen victory and life. No bondage will enslave him..his faith has set him free. His eyes are fixed on the call. Praising God in all His goodness forever and ever. Amen.

In love and trust in Him, Samantha Grace