Do you pray for your enemies? If so, how do you pray for your enemies? Do you pray for them in the same way as you pray for yourself? Do you wish for them to seek the Lord?
I implore you to read this Psalm of Asaph, who is calling out to God not just for vengeance on enemy nations, but also for these enemies to know who the Lord is. What a prayer! Who would pray for another to be put to shame so that they could seek the Lord’s name? Do you pray for yourself to be humbled in a similar way? Sometimes we get so full of our own selves and our righteousness versus other’s wickedness that our supposed righteousness makes us whitewashed tombs.
So, read Psalm 83 below and pray along with Asaph. Pray for an enemy (personal, national, or whatever), but also pray for yourself to know more and more the Righteous One who made you righteous in His sight.
Psalm 83 (ESV)
A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.
1 O God, do not keep silence;
do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
2 For behold, your enemies make an uproar;
those who hate you have raised their heads.
3 They lay crafty plans against your people;
they consult together against your treasured ones.
4 They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation;
let the name of Israel be remembered no more!”
5 For they conspire with one accord;
against you they make a covenant—
6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites,
7 Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8 Asshur also has joined them;
they are the strong arm of the children of Lot. Selah
9 Do to them as you did to Midian,
as to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,
10 who were destroyed at En-dor,
who became dung for the ground.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 who said, “Let us take possession for ourselves
of the pastures of God.”
13 O my God, make them like whirling dust,
like chaff before the wind.
14 As fire consumes the forest,
as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,
15 so may you pursue them with your tempest
and terrify them with your hurricane!
16 Fill their faces with shame,
that they may seek your name, O Lord.
17 Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever;
let them perish in disgrace,
18 that they may know that you alone,
whose name is the Lord,
are the Most High over all the earth.