When you pray for something or someone, by default, you think about them. When you think about them, you find yourself wondering things. What do they need? What do they want? What scares them? What makes them angry? What do they hope for? It’s then that you begin to see them in a different light. You come to understand their motivations in a new way.
Who are your enemies? What about them is loveable? What can you ask for them in prayer? Pray for them. Love them. Then watch as your own heart softens, transforms and begins to engage the world in a manifestly different way.
This message is an excerpt from “Pray for the spiders” by Susan Sparks in the July/August 2018 issue of Gather magazine.
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