Scripture – Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake. Revelation 8:5
Funny that the result of sending the censer down to the earth was thunder, lightning, and an earthquake. It’s full of the prayers of the saints. Is there a connection between the fact that it’s full of the prayers and the result? Perhaps prayers for righteous revenge against the world?
God is a God of equity. “Vengeance is mine, I will repay” says the Lord, as Paul quotes in Romans (I think). Much of the Law is about equity. One hurts another, the one deserves to get hurt back. Should we pray for the suffering of others? On the contrary, Jesus says to pray for our enemies, and the bless them that curse us. But I think it is right to pray for God’s justice upon the world. That is the part of God we should fear.
God, I know you are a God of righteous judgment. Help me to be motivated by that to pray for the lost and to hate sin in my own life.