What is preventing us from praying for our enemies?
1 Timothy 2:1
God is limitless with love and mercy. Why then do we try to limit our prayers to only certain people? We must expand our prayers to include those different from us, including our enemies.
When we pray to God, who are the people we are praying for? What are the roadblocks preventing us from caring for others? How can we be exclusive when speaking to God when God isn’t this way?
It may be hard to show the same care for people we normally don’t pray for. But we can begin by simply having them in our minds. To think about the “other” and see how they are really just like us.
We can hopefully transition into caring for others more and more each time. To start seeing how we are all children of God and in need of God. If we have our struggles, others also face their issues and need our prayers. Let us start uniting ourselves to others by first praying for others to God.
As a Maryknoll seminarian, Diego Ramirez talks about his experience serving and accompanying communities abroad. In this conversation Diego defines or redefines what ‘missionary work’ means and how Christians can connect with our fellow neighbors.