What is an imprecatory prayer?
It is a biblical prayer asking God to crush a clear enemy of His, an enemy which is an aggressive adversary of freedom and peace loving people.
Yes, Mr. and Mrs. Precious Moments Figurine Collector, the Bible is filled with maledictions prayed by saints and speedily answered by God against violently impenitent enemies of liberty and righteousness.
Here are a couple examples:
“Break the teeth in their mouths, O God; tear out, O Lord, the fangs of the lions! Let them vanish like water that flows away; when they draw the bow, let their arrows be blunted. Like a slug melting away as it moves along, like a stillborn child, may they not see the sun. The righteous will be glad when they bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.” Psalm 58.6-10.
“Pour out your wrath on them; let your fierce anger overtake them. May their place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in their tents. For they persecute those you wound and talk about the pain of those you hurt. Charge them with crime upon crime; do not let them share in your salvation. May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous.” Psalm 69.24-28.
Given the soft-focused, effeminate condition of evangelicalism, I’ll bet the great majority of Christians have never even heard of an imprecatory prayer, much less prayed one. More than likely, the above God-inspired texts aren’t on their refrigerator scripture magnets either. I’ll go a step further and venture to guess that the majority of evangelical and Catholic clergy don’t even know what an imprecatory prayer is and have probably never taught on them or prayed them from the pulpit (Please investigate and report back to me.)
If my assumption regarding your typical congregation and clergy is true, then this is sad, unbiblical and a prime reason why militant enemies of God, freedom and humanity continue to march on unimpeded. We are not using the spiritual big guns of imprecatory prayer against the beasts of unrighteousness.
Y’know, most religious people are familiar with Christ telling us to “bless our enemies” in prayer and to “love our enemies”. We should do both. But seldom to never do we hear about the “other” prayers for our enemies, prayers to be prayed when our enemies become clear and implacable enemies of mankind. Yes, there comes a time when the intercessors’ gloves must come off and enough is enough and we pray the “not so nice prayers”.
It’s simple: when our enemies move from being foes who have personally wronged us, or have made fun of our bad comb over, or have flamed us via our Facebook group, to becoming enemies of righteousness then it is time to stop praying the “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep” stuff and start asking God to thwart and stamp out these bug eyed loons who want to hijack our freedoms and make it conform to their jacked up view of “life”.
So start tossing imprecatory prayers heavenward and watch what God does to the godless. The celestial spanking of the impenitent is no big deal for God. It’s His will. So, get busy.
Let us pray.
* Author’s note: Of the 150 psalms contained in the Bible’s prayer book, i.e., the Psalms, 104 are imprecations. Hello! Also, these psalms are to be sung and read, unedited, during the worship service (Ephesians 5.19). For an irrefutable book on this hot topic, check out James Adams’s work, “War Psalms of the Prince of Peace”. In the mean time, here’s a short list of imprecatory psalms: Psalm 5, 7, 9, 10, 17, 25, 28, 31, 35, 40, 41, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 63, 68, 69, 70, 71, 74, 79, 83, 94, 104, and 109.