You likely prayed for your marriage. Prayed for your spouse. Prayed for God to heal the problems between you. Maybe you kept a journal where you cataloged every prayer without ceasing, or maybe you started praying when your marriage began to falter. Either way, when a marriage ends after much prayer and you are no longer together, should you continue in prayer for your ex?
If you have one of those amazing relationships with your ex where you’ve come through a divorce with a wonderful friendship and incredible respect for each other, you probably have no issues with praying for them. But many who’ve tried to have the above but are unable to create a healthy relationship despite their best efforts struggle to pray for someone they feel is continuing to hurt them. For them, the mandate to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44) is more real and more difficult than they ever imagined it could be in their life.
So, how do you pray for your ex, and should you?