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A Prayer for Letting Go of the Desire for Revenge

     Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord. Rom. 12:19 (NIV)

     It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.” Deut. 32:35 (ESV)

     The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Rom. 16:20 (NIV)

     Dear heavenly Father, in view of the increase of kidnappings and human trafficking, the proliferation of pornography and the spirit of jihad, I find myself growing angrier and angrier. I find myself craving revenge, and relishing the thought of harming the purveyors of terror and evil. So I’m desperate for you to apply these Scriptures to my heart this morning. I need fresh and specific grace. It’s one thing for me to long for justice, but an altogether different thing to want to repay harm for harm, evil for evil, beheading for beheading.

     Father, thank you for your commitment to avenge and annihilate all evil. Thank you for your commitment to wipe away all tears, put all things right, and to make all things new. Just as in the “fullness of time” you sent Jesus to be our Savior (Gal. 4:4), so in “due time”, the day of disaster and doom will come upon the kingdom of darkness. I praise, bless, and adore you for your promise to crush Satan under our feet “soon“. May soon be very soon.

     Until then, Father, help me to be more aware of the advancing of your kingdom than the exploits of evil. May the beauty and present reign of Jesus be more real to me than the ugly and sinister deeds of darkness. Father, show me my place in your story, with your people, in my city.

     Instead of wasting energy on fretting evil, help me use that same energy for loving my neighbors and pushing back the effects of the Fall in my community. Instead of chatting up the latest menacing story, help me to be more ready to share the gospel and speak of the hope you have given us in Jesus. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ loving and triumphant name.

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