Updated: Mar 25, 2021
The meaning of imprecate frightened me when I first read about it. To imprecate means
"to invoke evil upon or curse" one's enemies. How could I, a Christian, pray this prayer knowing I need to walk in love. The constant memory of past injustices makes the next verse hard to swallow.
Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
In the Bible, King David imprecated all the time in the Psalms.
Psalm 55:15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.
Psalm 59:8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
Psalm 58:6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Lord. KJV
They say these prayers were written to emphasize God's loathing of evil. The point is God is holy and just and He will judge the wicked for the evil they do.
So, as an intercessor, where do I stand? How do I pray? Am I to imprecate?
There are imprecatory prayers in the New Testament, too.
Paul said in Galatians 1:8-9 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
In Matthew 23, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ called down judgment on religious leaders. Hello! If He did it, I can, too!
I speak violent intercession, imprecatory prayers against the spiritual darkness of this age. Father I pray your will as defined in your Word, be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Lord, would you please intervene, because no one else will or can? You said to ask.
I am not driven by vengeance...please, Father I have a deep desire for justice...
and I pray to no other but you, Lord, in the name of your Son Jesus, as I plead the blood of Jesus!
Lord, my arms are too short to box with heavenly or earthly beings, so I use my faith, I lift up my voice as a sword to pray for God to convert or curse the enemies of Christ and His kingdom.
Psalm 91:8 My eyes are wide open to see how the wicked is being punished, even as I speak.
Me, my family, my loved ones and all who know Him are protected by the "Blood of Jesus". He will vindicate all the wrong that has been done to me and my people, and He will do so perfectly.
Listen, I can't avenge myself...I leave it to the wrath of God.
Matt 11:12 "And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force"
Imprecate, people...imprecatory prayer is not cursing our enemies out of vengeance or wrath. It is acknowledging God as Supreme, calling Him to do what he declared in his Word. King David prayed imprecatory prayers and saw God's deliverance!
I called on the Lord in distress; The Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me". The Lord is for me among those who help me; Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me; It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. Psalm 118:5-9