Thank you both for your insights (above). Drawing from your responses, It seems like the two things are compatible, then.
If we cry and plead for the injustice to be addressed by God (examples: a theft/debt to be paid, painful memories to be healed, a current oppression to be removed, a public defense to be made, etc.) . This is encouraged by our Lord, and such earnestness comes with the promise of a speedy answer. The first prayer can quite naturally flow from the heart and this flow can be directed toward the pain rather than the pain-giver.
However, we cannot ask for a punishment (like fire brought down from heaven) upon the one(s) that caused the injustice. In fact, quite the opposite: we are commanded to ask through prayer for no punishment upon those that harm (or have harmed) us. This is the prayer of forgiveness. Correct? If so, this second prayer can easily be articulated to God, but would not naturally flow from the heart (especially if the victim is still being oppressed by say a betraying friend or a cruel-hearted, insidious parent).
I don’t think we have to **passionately desire forgiveness **- that might be too unnatural for us as weak human beings with limited eternal foresight. Forgiveness might be more like a signed contract. We might not want to sign the legal document, but through prayer we can articulate through prayer a write-off of all required punishment on our behalf and the behalf of those we love.
As a test of the imagination, I put myself in one of the most heinous situations I can think of, such as in the shoes of the mother in the Maccabees -
“The king fell into a rage, and gave orders that pans and caldrons be heated. 4 These were heated immediately, and he commanded that the tongue of their spokesman be cut out and that they scalp him and cut off his hands and feet, while the rest of the brothers and the mother looked on. 5 When he was utterly helpless, the king[a] ordered them to take him to the fire, still breathing, and to fry him in a pan.” 2 Maccabees 7
As the parent seeing my dear child tortured as such, my obligation there as I stand in utter shock before my oppressor would be to beg God to stop this vile torture, crying from the depths of my heart while at the same time articulating the following: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34. Though of course, at this moment in time, it would be nothing less than a miracle that such a prayer would come from my heart! At least I may be able to utter it like agreeing to a contract as commanded and modeled by Jesus hoping in the eternal joys that will put such a grievous moment far behind us.
Any further thoughts or insights?