[remorse and praying for one’s enemies]

[remorse and praying for one’s enemies]

On my way to work this morning, I was thinking about the situation in my country and what might happen in the future. (Sidenote: it is incredibly great to be able to think again. Sounds odd, I know, but last two weeks I was pretty much incapable of that. See last post.)

One of the things I have pondered about lately was how to pray for the enemies. I never had true enemies until now and I don’t like this feeling of hate.

However, this morning, as I was reading Psalm 40, where David once again reminds us not to be envious of those who are more “successful in this world” yet who do things that are wrong, I wondered…

The worst thing that can happen to Putin and Yanukovych now is that they might become Christians.

Let me explain…

A quote surfaced in my mind as I was captured by this idea… a quote from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

“Isn’t there any way of putting yourself back together?” Ron asked.

“Yes,” said Hermione with a hollow smile, “but it would be excruciatingly painful.”

“Why? How do you do it?” asked Harry.

“Remorse,” said Hermione. “You’ve got to really feel what you’ve done. There’s a footnote. Apparently the pain of it can destroy you. I can’t see Voldemort attempting it somehow, can you?”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 6

Voldemort, the evil man of the Potter saga, basically “sold his soul to the Devil” or, in Potter-speak, created several Horcruxes. The only way back, the only way to undo this, was to feel utter remorse for the evil deeds you’ve done.

The sheer pain of remorse is so great that, as Hermione says, “it can destroy you.” However, on the good side, you gain your soul back…

So I thought…

If we pray for Putin and Yanukovych to become Christians, they will have to go through that painful transformation that we all experienced when we realized what Jesus did for us on that cross. When we realized that all the things we’ve done and haven’t done yet… He paid for it all. It still is a staggering thought.

So in a way… it would be some sort of revenge.

I know it’s not right to pray for those guys to turn to God just because I want them to suffer (and to be completely honest, I do… I can’t help it.) But it sure helps to at least pray for them with any kind of reason besides “Lord, destroy them.”

In regards to prayers: please pray for Ukraine, but also, please pray for Russia. They already are losing quite a lot because their president decided to create a power show. Just today they have lost $55 millions at the stock exchange market because of their invasion into Ukraine. My country is a strong one and we won’t give in… but Russia is so big and scattered that it is harder for the rural areas to survive. So if the economy fails, then it will be extremely hard for people to survive.

I love my friends in Russia, even when some of their words are like daggers in the back. I love them because they are my friends and I value friendship more than political views. I don’t want to lose anyone – be it my own people or others. So besides Ukraine, please pray for our neighbor that keeps wanting to capture us but can’t.

This was one of the drawings by a kid in third grade. The writing says "Heroes don't die." There is now a display of kids' drawings down at Maidan, where the bloody events took place.
This was one of the drawings by a kid in third grade. The writing says “Heroes don’t die.” There is now a display of kids’ drawings down at Maidan, where the bloody events took place.
  • Mary

    Yes, all people need to pray for both “sides” on this. Many people will suffer if this situation escalates. However, I would suggest that we need to remove all hate from our own minds, however subtle the form of “revenge” might be. Hate in any form cannot be reconciled with Christian teachings. Our first task is with ourselves.

    A challenge, no doubt, but it is an essential first step in true prayer. Let us then pray for all participants in this situation, so that God’s love can come through and help everyone to see a better way.

    • Yeah, it was a somewhat tongue-in-a-cheek thing about “the worst thing that can happen to them.” On a serious note, I have no idea where (well, I do have an idea) I got this peace and ability to even think of praying for them.

  • You are being a testimony to those around you and to those of us who read you blog. For sure it is God who is dropping those thoughts of praying for your enemies…or those who hurt you. We have to go against the feelings of hurt to do this…thus building your faith in your Heavenly Father. Praying for you my courageous wise hearted blog friend.

  • Susan

    May our Father strengthen you and give you peace. You are daily in my thoughts, Zee.

  • it is hard to pray for our enemies, but we do have a great Example. As for your post, I like the idea of Putin and Y coming to Christ. Giving up to gain. My prayers continue for you, Sam and all of Ukraine & Russia.

    • Thanks, Big Brother 🙂

      Yeah, if that would happen, it would be… oh, I don’t know. A true miracle, equal (or even more dramatic) than raising of Lazarus from the dead.

  • Wow, Sister. This is an amazing view during a harsh time. Thank you for pouring out your heart so we can understand better how to pray. God is with you.

    • @kevianaelliot:disqus – thanks for praying.

      God is so active here right now, and I am looking forward to finally writing how everything worked out. Because it already is working out… in miraculous ways.

      • Mary

        This situation is a long way from being resolved.

  • Jennifer Dougan

    Zee,

    I’m so glad you stopped by my blog http://www.jenniferdougan.com, so I could meet you. Yes, knowing who to run to in troubled times is paramount! Our God is strong and good. Thanks for stopping in.

    Hmm, I was instantly intrigued at your mention of instability in your region, and hopped over here to see what country you were in. The Ukraine. Yes, we have been watching BBC news, and praying for your nation. I’m sorry for the loss of life and tension your region is going through. I used to live in West Africa, and we were there when the civil war broke out years ago.

    I have family who were in the Ukraine last year for about three weeks, and they have recognized various places on the news this month.

    Watching the news with you,
    Jennifer Dougan
    http://www.jenniferdougan.com

    • Jennifer,

      Thanks for the prayers. We definitely need them since at the moment we don’t know what might happen, considering that it’s now Europe plus the States against Russia on Ukrainian ground. (BTW, the country’s called simply Ukraine. Used to be “the Ukraine” back when we were a part of the USSR, but ever since independence, it’s just “Ukraine”:)

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing encouragement! God bless!

      Zee

  • I never thought that praying for Putin and Yanokovych to become Christians could be some sort of revenge, but I do like the idea of praying that they will put their faith in Jesus. I’m convinced that is the best thing for those guys and if it happens it will also be a good thing for Ukraine and Russia!

    • Well, like I said below in one of the comments, it was a tongue-in-a-cheek kind of thing… But it does give some relief to know that one day they shall realize what they have done. I can’t help it – my people have died.

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