So here's the first word. If someone's hurt you, the first thing you wanna do is pray. You wanna actually pray for them. Pray for the people who hurt you. I can already feel the the push back right now, I'm not gonna pray for them, you don't know what they did, you don't know what they said.
I'm not gonna pray for the people that hurt me, are you kidding me? Some of you right now are pushing back and saying, oh, I'll pray for them all right! Lord, strike them with lighting! How about that prayer? I'll pray for them all right! I love how real the Bible is because the people in the Bible struggled with it just like we do, even King David.
He wrestled with it. People hurt him, and he had prayers like this, here's Psalm 3:7 and when someone hurt him, I love this, I love how real the Bible is. Arise oh Lord, rescue me! My God, slap all my enemies in the face, shatter the teeth of the wicked. Some of you are like, well that's a great verse! I'm gonna write that down, I gotta start praying that! I didn't even know that was in there.
I'm so glad I came to church today! No, that's not our model, okay? That shows you how real it gets, and the people in the scriptures are just like us, we all feel that way at times. But our example is not David, our example is Jesus. And he prayed a prayer, and it's a beautiful prayer to teach us.
Prayer for Forgiveness
And I love that Jesus didn't just tell us to forgive, he showed us how to do it. Here's how we should pray, Luke 23:34. I'd like for all of us, all of our campuses, read this with me, let's say this together. Here's a great prayer. Father, forgive them for they don't know what they're doing.
You see you, if you're not familiar with church and you're still struggling with Christianity, you may not realise when Jesus said this. You may say, well that's easy to say, hey let me teach you how to pray, say Father forgive them, and then he goes back off to a mountainside somewhere, and they go back and sit at the beach.
But remember the context of this prayer for Jesus, let me just take you back 24 hours from when he said this. He was literally betrayed by one of his 12 closest friends, and then the 11 other friends who said, "we're always gonna be there for you", they abandoned him. He was taken before all of these false witnesses and they said all these things that weren't true.
He was accused of things he didn't even do. You see, if you walk through the last 24 hours of Jesus' life, here's what you discover. You see, I don't know what's happened to you and you're saying, you don't know, I can't forgive. You don't know how bad it hurt. You're right, I don't.
You may say to me, you don't know how unjust it is, or how unjust it was that they did that to me, how much abuse I've been through. You're right, I don't. But I do know this. The most unjust thing that has ever happened to anyone on this planet, in the history of the world, is what happened to Jesus.
Because he didn't deserve it. He was the perfect sacrifice. He lived a perfect life, and he died an excruciating death. And those Roman soldiers beat him within an inch of his life, and they dragged that rugged cross outside the gates of Jerusalem and they nailed him to a tree, and they put a mocking crown of thorns on his head.
And as he was suspended between heaven and earth, with people yelling at him and screaming at him, and after crowds yelled, crucify him, that's when he said that prayer. And I promise you he didn't feel like it, but he chose forgiveness and he said, Father, forgive them for they don't know what they're doing.
Will you pray that prayer over those people who have hurt you? Because Jesus said it for us to do it, Luke 6:28, he told us to do it and he showed us how to do it. He says, bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. So Jesus says pray for them, and here's the second word, bless them.