11. ASKING GOD TO DESTROY ALL EVILDOERS
These prayers are known as ‘IMPRECATORY PRAYERS’. To ’IMPRECATE’ is to invoke or call down evil.
1. IMPRECATORY PRAYERS
a) Strike All My Enemies
3:7 Arise, O Lord! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.
b) Let Death Take My Enemies
55:15 Let death take my enemies by surprise: Let them go down alive to the grave, for evil finds lodging among them.
c) May God Arise
68:1-2 May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him. v2 As smoke is blown away by the wind, may you blow them away; as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God.
d) How Long?
79:5-6 How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever? How long will your jealousy burn like fire? v6Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the kingdoms that do not call on your name.
(I pray regularly for the destruction of Boko Harum, a Muslim terrorist group attacking Christians in several African countries, and am often tempted to use one of these prayers!)
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK (not taken from the above verses!)
Rom 12:19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
NEW TESTAMENT LINK
Jesus Christ teaches us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us.
Matt 5:43-45 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ v44But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, v45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.