22 Let the bountiful table set before them become a snare
and their prosperity become a trap.
23 Let their eyes go blind so they cannot see,
and make their bodies shake continually.
24 Pour out your fury on them;
consume them with your burning anger.
25 Let their homes become desolate
and their tents be deserted.
26 To the one you have punished, they add insult to injury;
they add to the pain of those you have hurt.
27 Pile their sins up high,
and don’t let them go free.
28 Erase their names from the Book of Life;
don’t let them be counted among the righteous. NLT
Read verses 22-28. Is it okay to pray this way? Why or why not?
Which parts of those verses surprise you the most? Why is that?
According to verse 22, in David’s mind, whose fault will it be if his enemies suffer?
Look closely at verse 26. Earlier in this psalm David admitted he had sinned. What appeal does he make in verse 26?
::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::
What role do our sins and our sufferings play in our prayers? After thinking about this question, take a moment to pray to the Lord about this question.