Praying the War Psalms as Spiritual Warfare

Praying the War Psalms as Spiritual Warfare

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Although the Psalms are much beloved by readers of the Bible, some hostile language in individual psalms may be disconcerting. Are these seemingly vindictive prayers acceptable in the mouths of Christians? How is a pastor supposed to preach these texts?

James E. Adams wants us to embrace God’s Word in its entirety, and that means examining the parts that make us uncomfortable. In video, Adams answers a number of questions: Are these psalms from God? Who is the speaker in the psalms? May we pray these psalms today? It turns out that the Prince of Peace has much to teach us about war, and even the imprecatory psalms may be prayed with the merciful goal of conversion.

About James Adams

James E. Adams holds theological degrees from the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church and Westminster Theological Seminary. With his wife, Nancy, he did missionary work in Colombia, where he helped train pastors and started a church that continues to thrive there. Together they have served Christ for 50 years, and God has blessed them with three children and eight grandchildren, who are all joyfully active in gospel churches in their respective countries. Their son David has founded and runs a non-profit Christian publication company, “Poiema,” in Medellín, Colombia. Jim has authored four books, two in English and two in Spanish. He has pastored Cornerstone Church in Mesa, Arizona since 1980 and teaches theology and preaches at conferences in Spanish and English.