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A Prayer for Confusion (Psalm 35:1-4)

Introductory Thoughts

It is not a common practice for people to desire or pray for confusion. Yet, there are times in the word of God when believers pleaded with the Lord in hopes that He might send confusion to their enemies. For instance, David entreated the Lord to send confusion to those who devised (Psalm 35:4), desired (Psalm 70:2), and rejoiced at his hurt (Psalm 35:26). Perhaps those chasing David would be led by the Lord in the wrong direction. Perhaps the Lord would allow David’s enemies to turn against each other rather than being united together in killing David. Regardless, David knew there would be times when his enemies would have the ability to overtake him. In those times, he asked the Lord to intervene on his behalf by confusing them.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Elisha told Israels king where the Syrians were going to attack. Syrias king sent a great host to surround Elisha at Dothan. Elisha prayed for the Lord to smite the army with blindness and he led the army to the king of Israel (2 Kings 6:8-14, 18-19).
  • (For everyone): Has there ever been a time when you needed the Lord to confuse someone who was trying to harm you? Did you know that you could ask the Lord to work on your behalf?
  • How would this be a good prayer for missionaries who are working in closed countries, like China, Israel, or the Arab nations? How would it be a good prayer for those who seek to give the gospel in troublesome times?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Thank God for the times He has confused the enemy.
  • Ask God to put a hedge about you as you serve Him.