Returned to Sender
by Cheri Cowell
Have you ever been hurt so badly you thought your heart was being ripped from your chest? I have. As I began to heal, I thought I was doing the right thing by praying for those who hurt me. After all, isn’t that the best form of loving your enemy? One night as I was praying “for my enemies,” and feeling quite good about myself, I heard God say, “Notify sender, mail returned.” You might be saying God doesn’t return prayers. Well, He might not, but He got my attention. Over the next few weeks, God showed me that my pious attitude when praying was not what He was looking for. I learned that God didn’t mean that I was to pray for my enemies to be changed, repent or come to understand their guilt. I instead was supposed to pray that God would bless them. Yes, I said bless them, and in blessing them they would have their eyes opened to His love.
First Peter 3 shares these words, “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” If you struggles with this concept as I do, begin by praising God for never returning your prayers, and for patiently teaching you how to pray in accordance to His will. Then begin to pray blessings, and feel your heart warm.