Should We Pray for God to Punish Our Enemies?
Frida Ghitis: The months of June and July have been difficult for Christians in America, and she says we should avoid alarmism and fear mongering in response to events in the news, instead considering the psalms of judgment.
Sing a Song of Judgment
Yes, we should love our enemies and give up our cloaks and walk the extra mile to return good for evil, as David prays in Psalm 69 against “those who hate me without cause.” Can we ask God to pour out indignation on our opponents?
Love Your Enemies and Pray for Judgment
In Romans 12, Paul warns Christians against taking vengeance into their own hands; however, reminding ourselves of God’s judgment does not negate the call to love. In what situations, then, are the imprecatory psalms of judgment appropriate?
Who Are Our Enemies?
Paul claims that the psalms of judgment are not intended for all unbelievers; not all unbelievers are enemies of God’s people in the strict sense, he claims. Paul categorizes humanity into four groups: friends inside and outside the church, enemies inside and outside the church, and enemies within the church. Enemies inside the church are those who deny Jesus by distorting core biblical teaching.
Pray with the Scriptures
David Frum: Psalms of judgment are powerful weapons, but they’re also difficult to use, he says, and they should be used in situations involving enemies both inside and outside the church. Frum prays to God for guidance as well as wisdom in praying the psalms.
How do you pray to God for protection from evil?
As I begin this day, I pray for Your protection; You are my safe haven, and I can always find refuge under Your wings. Protect me from harm wherever I go, and keep evil at bay.
Is it right to pray against our enemies?
The Bible allows prayers against our enemies, but only at specific times, and only with godly intentions and a godly heart. You cannot pray against your enemies out of hatred.
What does the Bible say about God not hearing our prayers?
1. 1 Peter 3:12 – “For the Lord’s eyes are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the Lord’s face is against those who do evil.” 2. John 9:31 – “We know that God does not listen to sinners.”
What does the Bible say about sinners praying?
In order to become a Christian, one must confess with his mouth, that is, say the sinner’s prayer. Revelation 3:20 is used to teach that Christ is knocking at the door of one’s heart, and when a lost person asks Him to come inside, Jesus comes into the sinner’s heart. Romans 10:9-10, 13 are used to affirm that one must confess with his mouth, that is, say the sinner’s prayer.
What are the most powerful prayers?
The Top 15 Most Influential Prayers
- Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that all my thoughts may be holy.
- The Lord is my shepherd
- I shall not want.
- O gracious and holy Father,
- Morning Prayer.
- Christ with me, Christ before me,
- The Serenity Prayer.
How do you pray a powerful prayer?
I hope they inspire you to make the year 2021 a year of prayer.
- Thank him.
- Ask for God’s will.
- Say what you need.
- Ask for forgiveness.
- Pray with a friend.
- Pray the Word.
- Memorize Scripture.
What does Psalm 109 say?
Help me, O LORD my God; save me in accordance with your love; let them know that it is your hand; they may curse, but you, O LORD, will bless; when they attack, they will be ashamed, but your servant will rejoice; my accusers will be clothed in shame and wrapped in shame like a cloak.
Does God protect me from my enemies?
God will go before me and let me gloat over those who slander me; but do not kill them, O Lord our shield, or my people will forget. Deliver me from my enemies; protect me from those who rise up against me; deliver me from evildoers and save me from bloodthirsty men; God will go before me and let me gloat over those who slander me; God will go before me and let me gloat over those who slander me; God will go before
Is Psalm 91 a prayer?
Psalm 91 is frequently recited as a protection prayer, and some people say it before going on a journey.
Can God hear my prayers?
We are taught in the scriptures that if we address God with faith and real intent, He will always hear our prayers and will answer them; in our hearts, we will feel the confirmation that He does hear us, a sense of peace and calm; and we will also feel that everything will be fine if we follow the Father’s will.
Does God speak to sinners?
Others confess their sins at their bedside after reading the Bible; God speaks to the sinner’s heart no matter where they are; however, there is only “One Way” to salvation, which is through the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
What causes God not to answer prayers?
– If you knowingly condone sin, whether it’s happening to you or to someone else, and don’t correct it, you’re’regarding iniquity in your heart,’ and should therefore disregard God answering your prayers.
Can God bless a sinner?
While all wrongdoing is sin, there is sin that is not deadlyu201d (5:15-17), because being dead in sins blocks any other blessings rather powerfully. So, while God can bless even serious sinners, we should not assume that He will, and instead pray for lifesaving repentance.
What is the only unforgivable sin in the Bible?
Several passages in the Synoptic Gospels, including Mark 3:28u201329, Matthew 12:31u201332, and Luke 12:10, as well as other New Testament passages like Hebrews 6:4-6, Hebrews 10:26u201331, and 1 John 5:16, specify one eternal or unforgivable sin (blasphemy against the Holy Spirit), also known as the sin unto death.