July 27 - Prayer Life of Jesus 4

I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.                     ~Luke 6:27-28


You've heard it.
“Practice what you preach!”
Well, Jesus did that.
In the passage above Jesus is teaching a principle of prayer which he will soon practice. 

Lots of things Jesus taught were hard to hear. Some seemed to border on the ridiculous, or even the impossible. 

Jesus begins our Luke passage today with the words I say to You who listen because He knows this is heavy stuff about prayer that not everybody will be willing to listen to!

Love your enemies? Do good to those who hate you?
Bless those who curse you? Pray for those who abuse you?
How would you characterize those commands? What comes to my mind is, morally commendable but somewhat impractical!
And... I wonder... in the real world, even possible?

But Jesus practiced what He preached… in the real world.
The ultimate expression was on the cross, when looking down at the soldiers who had driven spikes through His body, and the religious leaders whose hate and false accusations had led to His mockery of a trial, He prayed
Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
(Luke 23:34)
A prayer. From the cross. For His enemies who hated Him and cursed Him and abused Him. 

I have never been hated that much.
I have never been cursed that much.
I have never been abused that much.
Yet I have found it difficult to pray for those who, intentionally or not, have wounded or rejected me over the years.
I guess I still have a long way to go in this prayer thing. 

Click here for Part 5: July 29 - Prayer Life of Jesus 5