Anselm’s Prayer For His Enemies

I thought to share this prayer from Anselm. I don’t think I have any enemies at the moment, but you never know. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt 5:9). It’s interesting that peacemakers are called sons of God. Those who are reconciled to God can’t help but pursue reconciliation with others and others’ reconciliation with God. May this be true of us!

A Prayer For My Enemies

Almighty and tender Lord Jesus Christ,
I have asked you to be good to my friends,
and now I bring before you what I desire in my heart for my enemies.

If what I ask for them at any time is outside the rule of charity,
whether through weakness, ignorance, or malice,
good Lord, do not give it to them and do not give it back to me.

You who are the light, lighten their darkness;
you who are the whole truth, correct their errors;
you who are the true life, give life to their souls.

Tender Lord Jesus,
let me not be the cause of the death of my brothers,
let me not be to them a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.
Let them be reconciled to you and in concord with me,
according to your will and for your own sake.

Do this, my good Creator and my merciful Judge,
according to your mercy that cannot be measured.
Forgive me all my debts as I before you forgive all those indebted to me.

Perhaps this may not be so because in your sight I have not yet done this perfectly,
but my will is set to do it, and to that end I am doing all I can.
I have prayed as a weak man and a sinner;
you who are mighty and merciful, hear my prayer.

Here’s some information on Anselm. According to Wikipedia:

Anselm of Canterbury (1033 – April 21, 1109) was an Italian medieval philosopher, theologian, and church official who held the office of Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. Called the founder of scholasticism, he is famous as the originator of the ontological argument for the existence of God and as the archbishop who openly opposed the Crusades.

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