Who Are Our Enemies?
Abba Father, In these dark and perilous times, we come before You in faith to pray for protection from those who wish to cause us harm, but we also know that it is Your good and perfect will that we also pray for them. We understand that our true enemy is ultimately the one we know as Satan himself, the devil who enticed men and women to sin against You from the beginning of time. And we thank You that for this purpose the Son of God, Who Is Yeshua/Jesus, was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. ~1 John 3:8
So we must be sober, be vigilant; because our adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. ~1 Peter 5:8 And also, Your Word tells us that friendship with the world is enmity with God. Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. ~James 4:4
In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness (in full agreement with Him and walking in His Way) is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother's righteous. ~1 John 3:10-12
Enemies of God walk in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. ~Ephesians 4:17-19
How Do We Pray For Protection From Our Enemies?
Like Cain killed his brother Abel, Your enemies, Jehovah Nissi (Adonai Our Banner), mean to cause us harm and even death for the mere reason that we call ourselves Yours, as they are being led by Satan. We know that You created law and order for our benefit and for our protection and that this order is in eminent danger of being dismantled for nefarious purposes. We know that this could lead to war and we ask for You to help us prepare to protect the innocent, including our families. We pray ahead of such confrontations, that You act on our behalf to cause confusion and discontent among those whose hearts are hardened and who would bring destruction upon us.
Plead our cause, O Lord, with those who strive with us; Fight against those who fight against us. Take hold of shield and buckler, And stand up for our help. Also draw out the spear, and stop those who pursue us. Say to my soul (each one of us), "I Am your salvation." Let those be put to shame and brought to dishonor who seek after our lives; Let those be turned back and brought to confusion who plot our hurt.
Let them be like chaff before the wind. And let the angel of the Lord chase them. Let their way be dark and slippery, And let the angel of the Lord pursue them. For without cause they have hidden their net for us in a pit, which they have dug without cause for our lives. Let destruction come upon our enemies unexpectedly, and let their net that they have hidden catch themselves; Into that very destruction let them fall. ~Psalm 35:1-8
How Should We Treat Our Enemies?
Thank You, Abba, for showing us that our enemies merely hate us because they hated You first and that You have chosen us out of the world (John 15:18-27) and our enemies are not fully aware of what they are doing or why they are doing it. (Luke 23:24)
Repay on one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as it depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. ~Romans 12:17-20
Why And How Should We Pray For Our Enemies?
You have taught us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us ~Matthew 5:44 And also that we ourselves were once alienated and enemies in our minds by wicked works, yet now You have reconciled in the body of Your flesh through death, to present us holy, and blameless, and above reproach in Your sight--- ~Colossians 1:21-22
And You are not slow to fulfill Your promise as some count slowness, but are patient toward sinners, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. ~2 Peter 3:9 And that they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. ~2 Timothy 2:26
To Yahweh be the Glory Forever and Ever, Amen!