“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” (Matthew 5:44)
Emotional hurt can be more painful than childbirth, and a broken friendship more excruciating than a broken bone. When I experienced a broken friendship in my life, it was the most difficult thing I had ever faced. It felt like a marital divorce. Almost everything in my life reminded me of this person, making it hard to accept that we were no longer friends. People tried to comfort me and console me, but I was inconsolable. My friendship was broken and there was nothing I could do to fix it. Every action on my part only drove her farther away. But one day, God clearly spoke to me and said, “I want you to pray for her. The emotional healing you want and need will come as a result of you praying for those you have hurt and those that have hurt you.” I had already prayed for her on occasion, but God wanted me to make it a part of my daily prayer life. That person may no longer be your confidant and friend, but if they are a believer, they will forever be your sister or brother in Christ, and God expects you to pray for them. Every prayer you pray will minister healing to you. Prayer is an outward expression of inward forgiveness. The deeper the pain, the more you need to forgive and pray. Pray that God will bless them and have His way in their life. Pray for them from your heart just like you did when all was well and good between you. Pray for them in that way, and God will completely heal your emotions, richly bless you and cause you to move forward and enjoy the life He has given you.
Prayer: Father, I need You. I am still healing over this broken relationship and I thank You for giving me the wisdom to pray for them daily from my heart. You love me and You love them. I receive Your help, Your strength and Your wisdom. Completely heal my emotions as I cooperate with You. I trust You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.