But I tell you this: love your enemies. Pray for those who torment and persecute you - in so doing, you become, you reveal that you are children of your Father in Heaven...for He causes the sun to shine on evil and good alike...It's easy to love your own kind (those who love you), for even tax collectors do that. So be perfect as your Father in heaven is. Matthew 5:43-48
Some key words to consider. Enemies - ekhthro - haters, those who are actively hostile. Perfect - mature, virtuous.
What enemies, Lord? Haters. Those who would steal my joy and subvert my path towards godliness. I am thinking about how I can act righteous and pursue godliness with support and how certain dreadful people get me off track - make me want to swear and obsess about their dreadfulness.
How about the system which oppresses my black/brown friends? It breaks my heart and steals their joy. How do I pray for those enemies of God's people? Martin Luther King said they would only be won over with love. Which prayer could I pray "for" them. By implication my prayers are that they would be moved towards God.
The scariest prayers I pray for my loved ones, these enemies deserve: "Lord, do whatever it takes..." Do whatever it takes to remove oppression, to return hearts towards the Lord, to allow love to flow between people instead of hate and eliminate hostility. Such a focus would move me and them.
I think of how I want to pray for my friends, colleagues, brothers and sisters in Christ. May I want to pray for all enemies with the same fervor. Feels daunting, but I must.