For today, think of one person for whom you rarely, perhaps never, pray. It could be someone you barely know or someone you know well. Don’t choose some great world leader or some famous celebrity. Choose someone not likely to have a couple million people intimately interested in every obscure detail of his or her life. Choose a factory worker, a custodian, a teacher, a letter carrier. Choose someone you don’t even like. Yes, that would be perfect.
Spend the day in prayer for that individual. Pray that God would bless. Pray that God would ease the pain that is in the heart. Pray that God would grant forgiveness. Pray that God would bring encouragement. Pray that God would heal relationships. Pray that God would grant favor in the eyes of others. Pray that God would open the heart and give wisdom, peace and understanding. Pray that God would guide into greater fulfillment. Pray that God would grant courage to do what is good and right and honorable. Pray that God would use that individual to bring blessing within the family, the workplace, the community. Pray that God would draw that person closer to him. Pray that others would reach out to that person and bring cheer and hope. Pray for that person as if that person were someone that you loved.
It will feel awkward at first. You may feel a bit hypocritical, praying for someone you don’t really like and frankly don’t care that much for, anyway. Pray through that. Keep praying. By the end of the day, I know that at least one of you will have been blessed.
Do this each day for thirty days. By that time, you’ll be able to pray effectively for the people who don’t care that much for you, either. And, if I join you in this, which I will, we will both have been obedient to the Savior who taught us to pray for those who really, really, really, don’t like us. And in this manner of praying, we will have become more like him and less like them.