Many have seen the acronym P.U.S.H. It stands for Pray Until Something Happens. I don’t know who came up with this, but I love it! Those who know the Lord (or even know of him) will pray. I wonder, though, how many of us pray without ceasing as suggested in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. There are two more calls to action right before and right after this verse.

Rejoice always, 17Β pray without ceasing, 18Β give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~1Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)

These are what we call memory verses. They’re the go-to verses that you need as a reminder when the journey becomes a bit difficult to traverse. Another verse that I now use that I hadn’t even noticed until a couple of years ago (literally) comes from the Book of Matthew. This verse reminds me to pray for my enemies (Matthew 5:44). I accepted the challenge of doing this tough task a few years ago along with the words of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, and I was amazed at what God can do — what seemingly impossible conversion can occur just from fervent prayer for someone I was reluctant to pray for.

I say all this to punctuate the importance of not only praying for those who are dear to you, but also praying for those who persecute you. God is able to do all things but fail. I’m certainly a believer. Take a minute today to pray for that person. Commit to doing it every day until something happens. Β Scroll down to the comments, and let me know whether you’ll accept this challenge.

May blessings abound! <3


31 Thoughts

  1. I accept this challenge. Jesus has been calling me to this for awhile, you are a confirmation and a step in the path He has had me on. I have prayed for my enemies here and there but it has been a hard and unsure path that I have followed out of obedience. I have loved how it has softened my heart. I am thankful for the verses He had you highlight today, a new direction revealed. Thank you for posting this!

    1. You’re welcome. πŸ™‚ This post was as much for all of you as it was for me. I, too, have to remember that prayers for my enemies are urgent and necessary. Best wishes and happy holidays! <3

  2. Pray for your enemies. This is always a tough one for me, but I am working on it. I don’t have many, but the ones I do have make up for the ones I don’t! Maybe prayer is what they need.

    1. Lots of things try to take us out, but we are overcomers! Keep fighting the good fight, Mimi. Before you know it, you’ll have so much free time (as the kids get older), that you won’t know how to fill it. πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks, Kim. I remember focusing on that scripture a couple years ago — wishing I had known about it six years ago when an “enemy” almost got the best of me. Now I know how fight those battles. It stretches your faith — especially when you start to see the change.

  3. This was actually my word of the year this year. It has been amazing seeing th manifestation of choosing this word. I’m sharing an update on the blog next week! β€οΈπŸ’•β€οΈ

    1. Thanks, Kirstin. We do have so much to be thankful for, but sometimes it’s hard to focus on those things in the midst of trials. Be of good cheer; God has your back. <3

  4. I literally try to push through on a daily. I am working on still praying for people who dont wish me well that can be difficult.

  5. I needed this reminder. It’s funny what and who God uses to nudge us in the right direction. I am definitely reluctant to pray for some folk but praying His will over their lives and hearts is better than cursing them out so… challenge accepted πŸ™‚

  6. Thank you for this. I need to be more persistent with God. At first it all sounds so pushy like I’m making God do something and in that way feels disrespectful. But it is all really about my own dedication and persistence in accomplishing His will. I admire following the PUSH and I will pray until something happens.

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