Pray for Your Enemies

Today make an enemies list.  Think about those who have wronged you, who have it out for you, people you would avoid if you could.  Create different categories–people you know personally, enemies you don’t know personally (TV commentators who always get under your skin might come to mind), and then national enemies–those we go to war against militarily or economically.

Then spend time, however long it takes, praying through that list.  Pray for the forgiveness of your enemies, for their flourishing and well being.  Pray that you will be reconciled to them.

About Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of This is My Body: From Obesity to Ironman, My Journey Into the True Meaning of Flesh, Spirit, and Deeper Faith (Convergent/Random House 2015).