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“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36 NLT

Compassion is a profound experience that the original text describes as the seat of love and pity that moves one to action.

On multiple occasions we read that Jesus was moved by compassion and healed, moved by compassion and taught, moved by compassion and prayed ‘Father forgive them for they know not what they do’. Our posture in prayer should not be any different. When you are led to pray for someone, and you carry no sense of compassion in that prayer, you labor in the flesh. Luke 6:27cannot be exercised by a heart that is not driven by compassion.

To be able to stand and pray for your enemy is only effective when you can see a spiritual advantage you may possess over this person which offers you a clarity to see them beyond their shortcoming and intercede without guile.

Child of God, if ever you are to pray and sense no compassion over that which you are aiming to pray for, lay it aside and pray for a compassionate heart least you transgress in ignorance. Nothing makes prayer effectual like its being rooted in compassion. Hallelujah!

Prayer: Father I thank you for this wisdom. Like Paul says, I have exercised my spirit to feel after you before I take on any labor in prayer that may be counted a transgression. I know your word and align my meditations to it before I set matters too great before me, thanks be to the Holy Spirit that teaches us into all wisdom in Jesus’ name. 


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