Dear Heavenly Father,

I hear the words of you Son echo in my ears, “Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” But I confess that I am finding it difficult to love and pray for my family and friends let alone my enemies. I acknowledge that even this simple task is beyond my own strength. Forgive me; I do not know how to love.

I ask that from your glorious and unlimited resources that you empower me with inner strength through the Holy spirit to love as you love. I ask that you continue to root me in the love of Christ. Grant me the grace to understand how wide, how long, how high, and how deep your love is for your creation. Allow me to experience the love of Christ even though it is too great to understand fully, so that I will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from you.

I ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ, by the Power of the Holy Spirit, and to the Glory of the Father.

– Matt