The language in the Old Testament sometimes gets my attention when abused by people living in the grace of the New Testament.
So may all your enemies die like that, O Lord,
but may your friends shine like the rising sun! – Judeges 5:31 GNT
What scares me most is that these are not opinions expressed but rather prayers that are prayed. How many times have I asked God to punish me for my wrongdoings or for being out of sync with Him because of my sin? But I am willing to pray against those who do not know God and I want them off the face of the earth so that they will never know Him.
I do want the kingdom of God here on earth but I am sure this is not the way it is going to happen. So I have to read these verses with a different set of lens. I cannot pray that people will be sent to spiritual and eternal damnation.
If I did, I could never have read about the conversion of people like Saul.
The Lord said to him, “Get ready and go to Straight Street, and at the house of Judas ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying. – Acts 9:11 GNT
Saul when from persecuting Christians to being a man of prayer. He prayed before, in a religious sense – which raised the question – I often say my prayers, but do I ever pray?
God leads us all one step at a time – it is there in that journey I learn that God has a plan for my life. It is amazing to discover that plan and I must constantly be praying with the help of the Holy Spirit.
God, give me a deep humility, a well-guided zeal, a burning love and a single eye—and then let men or devils do their worst! – George Whitefield