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“And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous are You, the One who is and who was, O Holy One, because You judged these things; for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it” (Revelation 16:5-6)

Vengeance belongs to the Lord.  He will repay.  But do not pray for vengeance, but instead pray for mercy.  Pray that those in this world would repent and come to the Lord while they can.  Bend your heart toward compassion, for this world is filled with vengeance – and it belongs to God alone.  Only the Lord knows true justice.  Only the Lord can properly deal with the rebellion of the wicked in this age.

Lord, I see these things and then want to seek vengeance.  It is not mine, but yours alone.  Teach me how to be merciful even to those whom I think should not receive mercy.  You have given me mercy and I suppose there could well be those who would rather I had not received it.  Teach me to live as Your disciple as I journey toward becoming like You.  Take me away from living in the way of this world.

Lord, I am easily and often confused between the way of this world and the way to which You are calling me.  It frightens me how easily I revert to thinking in terms of anger and hatred.  Guide me in the way of everlasting life, saving Lord, so that I may walk humbly with You.  I deserve vengeance and wrath, but by Your grace, I have received mercy.  Help me to be forever thankful.  Amen.

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