Recently I was reviewing my Prayer Journal (yes, I actually keep one) and I was forced to do a double take when I read a certain prayer over and over again. The prayer?
Lord, if you aren’t going to regenerate this filthy rat then please take this persons life and allow this person to be tormented in hell forever NOW!
Have you ever prayed such a prayer?
Apparently I have many, many times over the years and the sad part is these folks are still running around doing ungodly things and bringing disrepute to the Body of Christ. I guess I was just wasting my breath, huh?
I decided to do a little digging and see what God has to say about my prayer as to whether its biblical or just my flesh rearing its ugly head so to speak.
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.
Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he fell asleep.
On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
That certainly sheds some light on the subject doesn’t it?
We’re supposed to LOVE our enemies. That seems like a resounding them here.
We’re supposed to forgive our enemies. That sounds good as well.
We’re supposed to give food and drink to our enemies but Paul doesn’t mean that literally, or does he?
Was my prayer biblical?
Was my prayer God honoring?
Was my prayer “in the Spirit” or in the flesh?