"Pray for those who persecute you." - ChristI was searching the hymnals on my shelf looking for prayers for our enemies. Couldn't find any. Odd, considering all the other prayers available there, and that's one of the prayers we're specifically called to make. So I thought, "Why not?"
Lord, we praise you for your loving kindness.
Your mercy endures forever.
While we were yet your enemies
Christ died for us
The righteous for the unrighteous
To bring us back to you.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Have mercy on us sinners.
Lord, if you kept record of our sins
Who could stand before you?
When I hid my faults
I wasted away.
When I confessed my transgression
You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
You oppose the proud
But give grace to the humble.
You have taught us to pray: Forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Let mercy be the measure we use for others;
May their cups overflow with blessing.
We remember before you all hateful souls:
May knowing you bring peace.
We remember before you all who have wronged others:
May your mercy turn hearts of stone to hearts of flesh.
We remember before you all who hide secret guilt:
Create clean hearts, O Lord, and renew a right spirit.
Let the guilty heart turn to you:
May the forgiven celebrate your goodness.
May the redeemed celebrate your glory:
May your compassion be proclaimed to all the earth.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
His mercy endures forever.