Ryan Dueck was recently reminded of exactly what Christians do — and what they pray — when a member of his Bible study group prayed for the perpetrator of a senseless, deadly attack at a school in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Ryan recounts that while he and others were praying for the victims and their families, one woman “had the courage to pray like a Christian” by being mindful of the perpetrator and his family. Ryan admits,
“It felt somehow like praying for this young man and his family represented another act of violence toward the family grieving the loss of a daughter, a sister, a niece, a granddaughter…”
But then he considered the lives of those connected with the young man who carried out the violence. And he was reminded of the difficult task of Christians to love all people. It is not easy to be concerned and to pray for those who do harm, but it is what a Christian does.
“I looked down the table at this dear woman who had the courage to pray like a Christian. … Yes, I thought, this is how we must pray. Not because we want to or because it’s easy, or in any way comes naturally, but because this is what a Christian does.”