Theologians call these specific prayers, from the psalmist David, “imprecatory prayers.” They are prayers to pull out and pray when things get bad — as in real bad. Prayers you use when a nation’s getting mucked up by degenerate priests or politicians, or when the enemy is crushing the people of God, or when your flesh/personal demons are out of control.
King David was the king of this type of incendiary intercession. This giant killer slew more Goliaths in his prayers and songs than he ever did with a rock and slingshot. Oh, and by the way, Jesus said all those imprecations David dealt out were not the mad ramblings of a ticked-off warrior-poet, but were actually inspired by the Holy Spirit. (See Matthew 22:43.)
Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass is a collection, from the book of Psalms, regarding how David rolled in prayer. I bet you haven’t heard these read, prayed or sang in church against our formidable enemies and therein lies the Churches problem. We’re not using the spiritual weapons God gave us to waylay the powers of darkness. It might be time to dust them off and offer ‘em up if you’re truly concerned about the state of Christ’s Church and of our nation.
Also included in this book, Psalms of War, are reproductions of the author’s original art from his Biblical Badass Series of oil paintings.
This is a great gift for the prayer warriors on your Christmas list. Real. Raw. Relevant.