Pray for those who mistreat you

Scripture references

Matthew 5:44 (ASV 1901)

44but I say unto you, Love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you;

Luke 6:28 (ASV 1901)

28bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you.


Having abandoned heathenism for Christianity, Guanamoottoo's unbelieving relations gathered to punish him and another Christian for breaking their caste. But as the two Christian men cried to the Lord for help, and for forgiveness of their persecutors. Even before their prayer was over, the Lord delivered them.
Christian preachers amongst the Karens were persecuted and beaten almost to death, rather than retaliate with anger, they prayed for their persecutors.
Captain Tarmak tried to break Vanya and make his renounce his faith by confining him and depriving him of food for five days. The officer returned hoping to find a broken man. But Vanya was yet unbroken since the Lord blessed and sustained him.