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Question: In trying to follow the example of godly people in the Scriptures, my question concerns what and how we are to pray. I‚Äôve always wrestled with the imprecatory psalms, but I just don‚Äôt want to go alone to the Old Testament; I want to go to the New Testament as well. We have a godly man, a godly psalmist praying judgment upon the enemies of God in the Old Testament; and in the New Testament, as you talked about, we have perfect love in heaven and John has a vision in Revelation 6 of the martyrs praying to God, ‚ÄúWhen are you going to avenge our blood?‚ÄĚ Is it a violation of the law of Christ? Or are we doing something wrong? Yes, we are to pray for our enemies. We are to pray for their salvation. But at the same time if they will not be saved, are we okay if we pray for judgment to fall upon the enemies of God at the same time?
Charles lives in Kirksville, Missouri, with his wife, Mona and their five children. He has served as co-pastor of Lake Road chapel since 1974. He has been a conference speaker in the United States and Eastern Europe. You may learn more about his ministry at http://www.lakeroadchapel.org