Hosea 2:6 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, And make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.
This is what God did with His people when they went astray. It is pictured in what He did with Gomer in the life story of Hosea. God hedged up the way, made it hard to get ahead, hard to go forward, difficult to figure out how to live.
I have prayed this prayer for people that were intentionally living in sin and wouldn’t get back on track. I have asked God to make them miserable till they get back where they should be.
Praying this isn’t cruel. It is kind. Because if in their misery they realize that God has bigger plans for their life maybe they will come back and enjoy His will and all He has for them!