Prayers for Persecutors

Prayers for Persecutors

We’ve been mighty blessed in America. Even in this day of increasing conflict, the biggest threat that some California churches face is having their power shut off for meeting during a pandemic. This is certainly a breach of our constitutional rights to worship freely, as we will, but it by no means compares to the kind of persecution that Christian’s in other lands are currently facing. Just pick up the Bible, or Foxes Book of Martyrs, and stories will begin to flood your mind of what believers of old have faced. The latter part of Hebrews 11 details this for us in graphic detail. But it also says something profound about these individuals: “of whom the world was not worthy.”

David was one such individual who was frequently persecuted for doing right and following God’s way. But we can see through Psalms, particularly Psalm 35, that David makes no qualms about praying for judgement upon his persecutors. In our civil, westernized Christianity, our focus is so much on “love” and “repentance” for unbelievers, that we neglect to remember, and pray for, God’s righteous judgment upon the ungodly who refuse to turn from their way. Indeed, “God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” But God is also not willing for Satan’s kingdom to further advance on this earth, through the inventions of unrepentant and wicked men. Jesus Christ came that, “he might destroy the works of the devil.” David understood full well that God ordains His arrows against the persecutors, and protects the righteous as a shield.

So maybe in this time of increasing conflict with the ungodly, we should learn how to humbly pray as David did.
We should pray for protection – Psalm 35:1-3
We should pray that the Lord would persecute the unrepentant wicked – Psalm 35:4-8
We should pray in praise toward the Almighty – Psalm 35:9-11

This is not assuming the position of judge and jury in relationship to the ungodly. This is placing it all back in God’s hands. And maybe, just maybe, if we prayed more for their way to be dark and slippery, it wouldn’t be as easy for Satan to advance his agenda on the earth. Especially if he’s met by praying, Spirit filled saints at every way.

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