Praying For Enemies


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SOOOO…I’ve been told that asking God to make my enemies fail at all levels of life is pathetically wrong. 

I’ve been told that I should never ask God to get revenge on their mortal souls or purge the world of their stupid behavior.  That I should never ask God to make them lose control of their car on a slick, icy road or veer into oncoming traffic during the afternoon rush hour. 

That my prayers for their children to bare the punishment of their parent’s sins is unloving, unmerciful and unkind.  That I should never ask God to make their hearts desires a reality and then suddenly strip the rewards from their lives so they can never fully enjoy them. 

That praying for them to lose their jobs, homes and regular bowel functionality is hurtful and that my prayers are unkind, unChrist-like, unloving and purely out of hate and there is NO scripture that would ever support my prayers. 

After all, aren’t we supposed to “love our enemies”?  Isn’t that what the Bible tells us to do?  Didn’t Jesus love His enemies even unto death? 

The answer to all three questions is a resounding Yes…But to say that there is no scripture to support my prayers…well…that’s just a pathetic attempt to get me to side with your lack of scriptural knowledge. 

I’d like to point out that there is a passage in the Bible that supports my prayers, and that passage was penned by a man who God refers to as, “A Man After God’s Own Heart.”

That man’s name… is David. 

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this man, he was the king of Israel in the Old Testament and he’s the one who God used as a tool to stand up and slay the giant, Goliath. 

However, something you may not know is that even though David was a valiant warrior, he was also a poet and song writer, and one such song that he wrote is recorded in Psalm 109.  The very psalm that supports what I ask God to do to my enemies.

The truth is, this Psalm wasn’t about David getting revenge on his enemies or for David to have the right to kill them.  It was about letting God get the revenge for their lack of kindness and love towards David. 

David treated those who hated him with love, but when they didn’t respond in kind, he stepped back and realized that these people needed to be prayed for because they were a nasty bunch who sought to destroy him. 

And before he prayed, David always tested his own heart and motives and when he was certain that he had the proper reverence, trust, praise and love for God; he could then make this type of request to Almighty God and know that God would answer him and deal justly with the unjust. 

Because…and in all sincerity…it’s not about getting revenge…it’s about having evil people brought low enough to know that God does exist and they aren’t Him. 

I don’t know how you’ll respond when you read this passage.  Not sure I even care.  But I’ll share it with you anyway, because I want you to know that it IS in the Bible and also to consider just how scarey it is that someone out there might actually be praying this in regards to you.

Psalm 109

Vengeance Invoked upon Adversaries
For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

Oh God of my praise, Do not be silent!
For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me;
They have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without cause.
In return for my love they act as my accusers; but I am in prayer.
Thus they have repaid me evil for good and hatred for my love.

Appoint a wicked man over him, and let an accuser stand at his right hand.
When he is judged, let him come forth guilty, and let his prayer become sin.
Let his days be few; let another take his office.
Let his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
Let his children wander about and beg; and let them seek sustenance far from their ruined homes.
Let the creditor seize all that he has, and let strangers plunder the product of his labor.
Let there be none to extend lovingkindness to him, nor any to be gracious to his fatherless children.
Let his posterity be cut off; in a following generation let their name be blotted out.

Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord, and do not let the sin of his mother be blotted out.
Let them be before the Lord continually, that He may cut off their memory from the earth;
Because he did not remember to show lovingkindness, but persecuted the afflicted and needy man, and the despondent in heart, to put them to death.
He also loved cursing, so it came to him; and he did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him.
But he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, and it entered into his body like water and like oil into his bones.
Let it be to him as a garment with which he covers himself, and for a belt with which he constantly girds himself.
Let this be the reward of my accusers from the Lord, and of those who speak evil against my soul.

But You, O God, the Lord, deal kindly with me for Your name’s sake; because Your lovingkindness is good, deliver me;
For I am afflicted and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
I am passing like a shadow when it lengthens; I am shaken off like the locust.
My knees are weak from fasting, and my flesh has grown lean, without fatness.
I also have become a reproach to them; when they see me, they wag their head.

Help me, O Lord my God; save me according to Your lovingkindness.
And let them know that this is Your hand; You, Lord, have done it.
Let them curse, but You bless; when they arise, they shall be ashamed, but Your servant shall be glad.
Let my accusers be clothed with dishonor, and let them cover themselves with their own shame as with a robe.

With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the Lord; and in the midst of many I will praise Him.
For He stands at the right hand of the needy, to save him from those who judge his soul.

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

Having enemies is pathetic, but knowing that God will get revenge on those who seek you harm…that’s fantastic!!!!

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As I was writing this post, this song came to mind, and I felt compelled to share it with you. 

 

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33 thoughts on “Praying For Enemies

  1. God is supposed to be perfect, but is jealous. I know interpretations say it is not used the same, but it is the same word. Jesus contradicted his father on multiple occasions. If you live by the teachings of God, prior to Jesus, then are you Christian? Jesus came down and said, “Nope, you are doing it wrong. This isn’t right. Here is what we meant.” Even most Jews follow the teachings of Christ more than many modern “Christians”. And Jesus did not follow his father’s imperfect take on things. Do you believe that the Bible is the word of your God directly, or the word of your God through the interpretation and filter of the men who wrote it down? Imperfect people can not write a perfect account, even when the word is being spoken to them. The New Testament absolutely destroys ideas of the Old Testament, but many “Christians” like to argue that it does not and live by the Old, while completely ignoring the New. Don’t you have faith in your perfect God to be able to sort things out without the need for you to point it out to him? Or is he not omnipotent?

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    • Josh, wow! this is a really good comment because you bring up some really great questions and topics of conversation. However, answering your questions in a comment section of a blog post is going to be confusing…so I’ll do my best but know that there is A LOT of information that I would love to share and I just can’t do it here. So…let’s begin, first, you made mention that Jesus contradicted His father on multiple occasions…I’d like to point out that isn’t true. If you can please provide specific examples, we can further that topic of discussion, but Jesus never contradicted His Father and the two of them, working together, completed the plan of eternal salvation and redemption of all humanity. Jesus was and always will be the “exact representation of His Father” – (Hebrews 1:1-4, John 10:30). Therefore, Jesus never did His own will, but did the will of the Father who sent Him. – (John 12:49)

      You also asked the question, “if you live by the teachings of God, prior to Jesus, then are you Christian?” – The answer is no. People who lived by the teachings of God were not labeled “Christian” prior to Jesus because that term wasn’t coined until after Christ’s resurrection and it was meant to be an insult for those who were following this Christ’s way of salvation. However, prior to Jesus the Israelite was to live by the Mosaic Law that God gave to them while in the wilderness. So, prior to Jesus walking on the earth, God established through ONE people group a series of commandments and Laws that was never meant to save a person from their sins (Hebrews 10). It was only a tutor (Galatians 3:15-29) to show that God has a standard by which we are to live until God would send Jesus in His perfect time to be the atoning sacrifice for the sins of all humanity.

      God never “changed” His plan or the way of salvation. His eternal plan of salvation was always to be through His own sacrifice, and that sacrifice was the death of His own Son, Jesus. Yet! God the Father was in Christ reconciling the world back unto Himself (2 Corinthians 5:18-19) while Christ was on the cross; and when He died, the payment of all sins past, present and future were cleansed for all time and now Jesus, who was raised by God the Father (Romans 10:9) can save to the uttermost as He is the mediator between man and God (Hebrews 8:6, 9:15 and 12:24).

      I know reading this can be confusing, but the plan that God established was set many, many years ago in a promise He made to Abraham when He told Him that HE (GOD) would be the one to save the world through His own sacrifice (Genesis 15). God kept His promises.

      Now, as to the authenticity of the Scriptures…I believe that the Word of God is just that. God’s Word. I believe that God used humans to write down exactly what God inspired them to write and that His word is infallible and without error. However, I do believe that in the translation of scripture into other languages, the meaning of certain Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew words losing some of it’s true depth…but the understanding of the text as well as the meaning of the message is what God always intended for humanity to know about Him. And in a way…you are correct that the New Testament absolutely destroys ideas of the Old Testament, but the Jesus never came to abolish the Law…He came to fulfill it, therefore, the things of the New and Old Testaments work together to establish one book that shows the Awesome Power of a Just, Holy and Righteous God.

      And lastly, Yes, God is omnipotent and He can sort things out without my intervention or need to point it out to Him…but He’s my Father and my Friend and that very much makes Him a God of relationships. He desires that I talk with Him and ask Him to do things so that when He acts on behalf of my request, my faith and trust in Him will grow, and I end up worshiping Him even more than I did before I made the request.

      wow..that was a lot…hope it makes sense and I didn’t miss anything.

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      • Sound and reasonable explanation of your beliefs. It is obvious you follow a certain interpretation and that is something I will not attempt to debate you because I do not. I respect your right to believe, particularly because I have not come across anything discriminatory or hateful from you, and so I just don’t want to site the examples where, (in my interpretation from my Theology studies) Jesus contradicts his father in the text. I know your interpretation will be able to explain it away, just as the “jealous God” line often is by some interpretations. I would never try to push my lack of faith onto you, just as I appreciate when people do not push their faith on me. I just like asking certain questions to see if the Christians I am talking to have even read the Bible…and it is clear you have. May your God bless you.

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        • Since I’m not an atheist, religion is interesting to me, even if I’m not convinced. Well-reasoned positions are always worth reading. You wouldn’t believe the amount of people on either side who argue over something they’ve never studied. Or maybe you would.

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        • LOL! Yes, I would! 😀

          It’s amazing to me that people don’t take the time to research anything…instead, they would rather take bits and pieces from others they have heard and use that to support their beliefs. I’d much rather have a good conversation with someone who has studied a topic than someone who just thinks they know something. And that goes for any topic, not just religion and scripture.

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        • My mom was Catholic when I was younger, and I always had to go to church with my grandmother, so I learned their interpretation. Then when I was a teenager, we went to a non-denominational church together. Then I took Theology for a couple of semesters. Then I just spent time reading up on every religion. I find it fascinating. I usually don’t let people know that though.

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        • that’s an interesting background. I was raised in with a Presbyterian background and my family then moved to a more Evangelical free denomination. I’ve had the blessing to be surrounded by some very awesome scholars and pastors who taught me how to study scripture and what to study. It is fascinating to read about other religions and to see the difference in beliefs. It’s not uncommon for people who are in those other religions to think I’m ignorant of their beliefs. It’s a shock to them when I explain their own religion to them and then show them how Scripture either does or does not support their stance.

          Like you, I’m not about to get into a conversation with someone over what they believe just to force my belief on them, but if they open up and want to discuss it, I’m game! 🙂 lol.

          I appreciated your no nonsense approach to asking my beliefs and challenging my knowledge of what I believe, but you did it in a way that wasn’t offensive or demeaning. I hope my response didn’t come across as an offensive reply…I never want to do that and I tried to write it in a way that was clear and concise but also calm and friendly.

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        • No absolutely not, in fact, I was worried I had offended you with my asking your thoughts. Sometimes it comes off like I think people’s beliefs are BS, and in certain things, I’ll admit I do, but for the most part, I don’t, because I just haven’t been convinced by practically any set of beliefs or non-beliefs.

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  2. LOL! You made me laugh. This is an awesome post. Does your spirit not just cry out for some justice sometimes? Oh, come on Lord, just let me lop off someone’s ear! If you would just smite a few on my enemies we could be done with this matter. 😉

    This is an issue that is near and dear to my heart. Yes, there is a time to turn the other cheek, a time to be patient, a time to forgive, 70 times 70 even. However, there is also a time to go into the temple and start flipping over tables and chasing people around with a whip.

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    • lol. You know, I’ve been struggling the past few years with a few people who just can’t seem to understand that the way they treat me and others around them is flat out horrible. I know that I’m supposed to be kind and loving towards them, but there are days I just look up and ask God, “So when are you going to deal with them so I don’t have to?” lol. It’s a bit hilarious, but it can also be a bit frustrating and sad. I’m trying to love them…I really am, but I like the idea of cutting off their ear, however I’m not sure management (let alone God) would go for that. 😉

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  3. I vaguely remember my high school teacher saying he thought God had a great sense of humor when it came to revenge because at some point in the old testament, He struck His enemies with hemorrhoids.

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