On my prior post I wrote about praying that Jesse would have a rotten time when he went out. A friend suggested that praying that someone has a rotten time is not a Christian thing to do. He suggested “we should pray that God and people will extend grace and favor and good to others and to ourselves, and that we’ll see how to appreciate that and act accordingly.”
I need to clarify that I’m not praying that Jesse or anyone else has a rotten time just because I want them to suffer. What I want is for them to experience immediate consequences for their actions and decisions. What better way to learn that going out drinking, partying, smoking, etc., (I won’t go into to details) is not good than to suffer immediate consequences for their actions?
It’s a lovely thought that I should pray for grace and favor in Jesse’s life. Maybe having a rotten time and suffering immediate consequences for his actions is actually evidence of God’s grace and favor to him? After all, would it be better for him to learn the negative consequences of his using chemicals now or twenty years from now when his body is sick and his relationships are broken?