It will surprise many, even Christians, particularly those who do not know their Bibles, that not only does The Lord Jesus pray for his people (John 17 for starters) but he also prays against the reprobate wicked. This is clear from the many imprecatory Psalms e.g. Psalm 69 where Christ basically curses his enemies (and in particular Judas Iscariot). He prays that all they have been provided by God be a trap that catches them in their un-thankfulness and which will, on judgment day, testify against them. This destroys the error of “common grace”. The same one who prayed from the cross, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” also prayed, ”Let them be blotted out of the book of the living and not be written with the righteous.” This destroys the error of the “well-meant offer” or that Christ wills the salvation of all in the proclamation of the gospel. It is very evident that Christ’s prayers are in line with his eternal decrees to save or to damn according to his sovereign will.
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