We do no wrong when we pray for God to punish our enemies. After all, God has repeatedly assured us that righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
Why would a righteous God overlook when His righteous ones are oppressed by their enemies. And if God is ready to punish our enemies, why should we not ask for their punishment?
However, we also understand that Jesus asked us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. This is a more advanced way of dealing with our enemies.
The former way of asking God to punish our enemies is not wrong but loving our enemies is better. Whichever option someone chooses depends on their level of maturity in salvation.
The truth is that we do both. It is only Jesus who didn’t ask for the destruction of His enemies but still God promised that He will make the enemies of Jesus His footstool.
The truth is that God will punish our enemies whether we ask Him to punish them or not. The enemies of a righteous person are the enemies of God.
What angers a righteous person, angers God even more. But God is gracious and compassionate in that He doesn’t unleash His wrath instantly but gives our enemies time to repent. Remember they are children of God too.
In the Bible, we are told of the blood of Abel which cries out to God to punish Cain. Abel is clearly praying that God would punish his enemy. But we are told in the book of Hebrews that the blood of Jesus speaks better things than the blood of Abel.
The blood of Jesus was shed in innocence but instead of asking God to punish His enemies, Jesus asked God to forgive them for they didn’t know what they were doing.
This clearly shows that Jesus is more mature than Abel even though Abel’s prayer is not wrong.
Therefore, we should strive to pray that God would forgive our enemies for they do not know what they do but if we pray for God to punish our enemies, we do no wrong. In the end, our enemies will be punished if they don’t repent.