Pray for those who persecute you!
There are a number of different verses in the Gospels where Jesus gave specific instructions about prayer and probably none more powerful that Matthew 5:44 where he tells us to “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Now this is not our knee jerk reaction when we find ourselves being persecuted. Instead we often want that person to suffer the wrath of God because it is what he or she deserves. But Jesus invites us to radically shift our perspective. With this simply instruction to pray for those who persecute us, we shift from wanting them to get their due to wishing good things for them. Practically this means you pray for him/her to have the things you want for yourself.
Bring to mind someone right now that you feel has persecuted you. You know the one. Just pay attention to your body if you are not sure. Look for the tenseness in your chest, the tightening of your stomach and the whirling in your mind. You mistakenly believe that he/she is withholding something from you. Now see this person in your mind’s eye and offer him/her the very things that you think they are keeping from you. Pray that they have the peace, the love, the abundance that you want for yourself. Even if you feel fake, do it anyway. Commit to doing it for a certain period of time just to experiment to see if this practice effects any changes in you. Pay attention to your body over time and see if the tightness begins to soften. Notice if you experience more peace and well-being as you think of this person. My hunch is Jesus knew that as we pray for those who persecute us, the chains of bondage that fear and resentment fabricate begin to drop away freeing all of us to live more freely and fully.