Jesus challenges me to do things differently than the way people of this world do things. He is not subtle at all.
Jesus knows my friends and acquaintances, even my family, will give me a hard time. Following Jesus guarantees that for sure.
What should I do? I should devote my whole energy to praying for them. That is the way of Jesus and God’s goal for me.
When God is in me, praying is second nature to me. I start reflecting my God-created self that way.
Jesus challenges us to be like God, to love like God. He gives us the power.
When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does.