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October 7, 2016, 10:48 AM

Praying for the "un-deserving"

This past week we prayed for the victims of the Townsville Elementary School shooting. At the school one teacher and two children were shot while one other student was wounded.  Jacob Hall (one of the children who was shot and only six years old) passed away 3 days later after succumbing to his wound and loss of blood.  

Wednesday we prayed for the family of Jacob Hall as they said their final goodbyes with a superhero send off, while the community and funeral attendees dressed up like superheroes.  

Thursday we prayed for the teachers and students of Townville Elementary as they went back to school for the first time since the horrific and senseless tragedy.   

All of the above “deserve” our prayers.  They need our prayers.  They need us to continue to pray for them.  I will continue to pray for them

But..

Today (Friday) I am praying for Jesse Osborne and for the Osborne Family.  

He is the 14 year old boy who (allegedly) shot and killed his father and then drove to Townsville Elementary and started shooting.  

There are some who might say that he does not deserve our prayers.   There are some who may not even think to pray for him and his family.  

But can I remind you that as believers in and followers of Jesus Christ, He has instructed us to pray Jesse, and others like him that often we find “unworthy” of our prayers.  

Matthew 5:44 says:

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”

I give you a second reason to pray for Jesse and others that we may not think of praying for:  

Matthew 22:39 says “…love your neighbor as yourself.”

Let me give you perhaps the greatest reason of all to pray for Jesse, his family and anyone else who you may not deem “worthy”  of your prayers, love and compassion.  

Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

That verse tells us that while we were unworthy of God’s love and compassion, He sent His only son to die for us!  We were wretched and vile and could do nothing to deserve God’s love and forgiveness.  

Sounds a lot like Jesse to me.  

Someone prayed for me to be forgiven and saved, and someone prayed or is praying for you.  Even though we don’t deserve it.  We, if we belong to God, have the love of God in us and are capable of loving and showing compassion just as God does for us and the whole world.  

So I ask you.  Who is “undeserving” of your prayers, but yet God deemed worthy enough to die for?  

Who is it that you will pray for today?  

 


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