Stop and think with me about two questions that may initially appear unrelated but have huge practical importance.
First, how do you pray about your enemies?
Second, how are you preparing for conflict or peace in your society?
Psalms against the Enemy
I recently reread the Book of Psalms, and I was struck by how frequently the psalmist talks to God about his enemies.
Out of 150 psalms, “enemies” are mentioned 93 times, “foes” 40 times, and “the wicked” 104 times. Interestingly, the enemy is one of the central topics — or targets — of this book of prayers. David meditates on his enemies seemingly all the time when he talks to God.
But what really struck me is the content of these prayers. David never prays for his enemies to be changed or healed. That’s not on his mind or in his desires. He also never prays for them to be forgiven or experience mercy, even as David famously confesses his own failures and begs God for mercy (see Psalm 51)... Read More