Terrorists: Praying for our Enemies

They are raised together.
They pray together.
They observe religious festivities together.
They kill together.

I am currently watching a movie called Traitor, the story of terrorists conducting attacks. As I watch this movie, it becomes apparent to me: as much as these attacks are about pleasing Allah, there is a deep bond between these people behind the attacks. And it is scary.

Deep down, these people are human. Evil humans, brainwashed humans, but humans all the same. They find belonging in living– and dying– for Allah. As I think about these things, my heart does not go out to these twisted people, but I can see exactly what their truest need is: Jesus.

They are just as lost (albeit much more nefarious) as any other human being. Instead of blowing up people who don’t believe in Jesus, Jesus wants us to pray for these people. As He said:

“‘You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor” and “Hate your enemy.” But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Do not even tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even Gentiles do the same?

— Matthew 5:43-47, BSB

In light of what Jesus has said, please pray with me that justice would be done on behalf of those hurt and deeply affected by Boko Haram, Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), and other muslim terrorist groups.

Dear Father God,
You gave Your Son so that we might be saved and know You as Lord and Savior. Today, Lord God, we pray for our enemies: those who kill us for loving You. Please bring Justice to those who have lost so much at their attacks, and please ultimately bring these terrorists to You. In Jesus’ Mighty Name we pray, amen.”

Do you know Jesus?

Jesus died even for the worst of the worst men. Meet this amazing Man– who is God– here.

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