If You’ve Run Out of Things To Pray…

You could always pray Psalm 109… with an enemy in mind.

7 When the sentence is passed,
let him be found guilty—
let his prayer be found sinful!
8 Let his days be few;
let someone else assume his position.
9 Let his children become orphans;
let his wife turn into a widow.
10 Let his children wander aimlessly, begging,
driven out of their ruined homes.
11 Let a creditor seize everything he owns;
let strangers plunder his wealth.
12 Let no one extend faithful love to him;
let no one have mercy on his orphans.
13 Let his descendants be eliminated;
let their names be wiped out
in just one generation!
14 Let his father’s wrongdoing
be remembered before the LORD ;
let his mother’s sin never be wiped out.
15 Let them be before the LORD always,
and let God eliminate the very memory of them from the land.
16 All because this person didn’t remember to demonstrate faithful love,
but chased after the poor and needy—
even the brokenhearted—
with deadly intent!
17 Since he loved to curse,
let it come back on him!
Since he didn’t care much for blessing,
let it be far away from him!
18 Since he wore curses like a coat,
let them seep inside him like water,
seep into his bones like oil!
19 Let them be like the clothes he wears,
like a belt that is always around him. ”  (CEB)

Oh, does that make you uncomfortable?  Is it disconcerting to find such a text in Scripture?  Among the prayers of the faithful?  It shouldn’t  And if you want to know why it shouldn’t read Gordon Wenham’s upcoming volume– especially chapter 9.

About Jim

I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.
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