God says to pray for your enemies, which is to have no enemies… But when people hurt us, it is easy to make them our enemies and have thoughts of anger and hatred toward them…The saying “ hurt people hurt” is so true and all of us have hurt someone in some way, and many times unintentional and unknowingly.
But if we look deep with Christ-like thinking, God is telling us that those who spew evil and hatred toward us, are under attack by darkness, to which they cannot see or understand their evil ways… and those that cannot understand the darkness that is encompassing them will believe their actions are justified.
We cannot accept Jesus and live in an evil mind. So we must pray for those that spew anger and rage toward us… because they do know not what they do, and they will not make it to Heaven. God wants all of us to help one another, so we all make it home to him, and sometimes the only way we can help, is to pray.
We are no different from the evil-doer if we return thoughts of anger and rage toward them; even if it is just in our thoughts. Prayer is a conversation with God, so when we pray for those who have wounded us, we are asking God to work on their heart, to help them see his light and turn away from evil, so they don’t end up in Hell.