Romans 12:19 Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Reading through 'A Cloud of Witnesses' I was often struck that the Scottish martyrs of the Killing Times in Scotland were frequently praying on the scaffold for their enemies and as you say; they were mindful of their own grace and mercy. They were however quick to differentiate between personal offenses and those done against God Psalm 51:4. God only can forgive offenses down against Himself. His election known only to Himself is contrasted in Scripture with those to whom he withholds mercy for his own sovereign purposes. Romans 9:15-17; Ps. 16:1-4
I agree with you as to the urgent need for prayer in the Spirit; "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:"
If we are to pray in the Spirit that proceeds from David's son and David's Lord, we need to be forming our prayers from the Psalms balanced in the whole counsel of God. Appreciated the balance you added in the consideration of the news and the media's effect on a personal level, so as to bring all considerations to prayer for our enemies wherever they may be found.
To Joe & John Thanks for your comments. I would suggest that David's imprecatory prayers depict the prayers of David's greater Son, the Lord Jesus, as He mediates for the Church and His own Kingdom. However, His instruction to us in Matthew 5 and other passages is plain, which is why the focus is there. I'm not saying that we can't pray for God to stop those that are enemies, but our discernment is rarely as clear as David's and people are often moved by the flesh rather than the Spirit. May God give us all clarity in the face of tragedy.
Great Sermon! I would have liked you talked about a passage like psalm chapter 59 and how this also fits in. Please use the entire Bible when discussing a topic, especially since David and his prayers are almost always mentioned when this topic comes up. David a man after gods own heart.
Half the picture Thank you for the reminder to love our enemies and pray for their salvation. We should do always. Yet shouldn't we also pray that God would protect innocent life by breaking their teeth, even destroying them if necessary.
Great Sermon! This sermon speaks very wisely. I guess we need Jesus to change our way of thinking. We must try not to see things through worldly eyes but pray that The Lord will bring peace as written in isaiah 19.
Thank you ...for saying what God's people NEED to hear and not what they/we WANT to hear. This is true love for God's people. Yes, it stings to hear when the Holy Spirit convicts, but I'll bear fruit with joy for Christ in more holy living. Thank you.