Some people in our culture equate like with love. This is can cause problems because you won’t ever pray for people that you don’t like. Our Lord commanded us to love, not to like. “Like” is in the emotions, and ever since the Fall of Adam and Eve our emotions have not been totally under our control. “Love”, however, is in the will, where we choose.
When we can pray for someone that we don’t like, or even detest, then we are fulfilling Christ’s command to love our enemies. It may just be someone who gets on your nerves, or truly “an enemy.” Knowing that we don’t have to like them frees us to pray for them, and not to seek revenge, or return insult for insult. It truly is freedom. It keeps us from doing some kind of emotional gymnastics that make us unreal and tied in knots thinking that we have to like them in order to love them. Some people we just can't make ourselves like them.
There’s another point. None of us came to know and love our Lord without other people praying for us, some whom we will never know until we reach heaven. We owe it to pray for others. Just don’t let your emotions control you…live in freedom and peace of heart, like Jesus! Start praying for people you don’t like!