12 A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth, 13 who winks maliciously with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers, 14 who plots evil with deceit in his heart—he always stirs up conflict. 15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.

Do you know a troublemaker? Is there someone in your world that is always stirring up conflict? Pray for them! They have a disaster coming. It puts Matthew 5:44 in a little different light, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”. With a healthy fear of the Lord, we are to pray for those troublemakers in our lives.

Can you do that today? Can you pray from your heart that God would spare them the difficulties that might be coming their way? Or do you first need to forgive them, let them off? We have to let go of our need for retaliation before we can pray in a healthy way for another. “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.” Mt. 5:23-24.

Lord, cleanse my heart today. In areas that I have wanted your retaliation against people, forgive me and help me to forgive them. Give me a heart to pray for all people, those following your will and those that are in contrary to you. In all of this, be glorified. In Jesus’ name. Amen.