37:12; 139:19-20). He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA. My Father, remove by forces all wicked forces of my life in Jesus name. 58-66; Derek Kidner, Psalms 1-72, pp. We will strive to understand the purpose of such prayers, and the principles which underly them, that apply equally to the saints today. O LORD, remember what the Edomites did on the day the armies of Babylon captured Jerusalem. The corrupt will be convinced (58:11). In fact, when Paul instructs Christians not to take revenge (Rom. This Psalm presents a pretty vivid picture of whats happening in the United States today. A God whose very nature is to take pity on the afflicted can certainly be expected to hear the plea of the psalmist, since he is spiritually and physically miserable. When he had the chance to kill Saul, he cut off a piece of his robe instead (1 Sam. October 2017 First they remind us of the awfulness and terribleness of sin. In other words, dont ask God to change other people so much as to allow ourselves to be changed. I dont disagree. 139:19-22). December 2016 While he is not entirely free from sin, he is right with God by His grace, and he is righteous with regard to the charges of his opponents. Let us learn from the severity of the Davids imprecations the intensity and the cruelty of his adversaries. Lou de Palingboer (Louwrens Voorthuijzen)  (1898-1968), a Dutch charismatic leader who claimed to be God as well as the Messiah from 1950 until his death in 1968. Verse Concepts. Release fire into the gathering of my detractors in Jesus' name. 45 Prayers against Wicked Voice from my Foundation, 40 Prayers For God Fearing Man For Marriage. Remove impurities from the silver and the silversmith can craft a fine chalice; Remove the wicked from leadership and authority will be credible and God-honoring. Wicked voices from the foundation are serious spiritual problems. 24 My knees are weak from fasting; And my flesh has grown lean, without fatness. Let us not leave these introductory verses without learning that those who would pray a prayer similar to Davids must be like Davidthey must be those who praise God (not just petition Him), and those who are right before God and men. 1:8-9). 6 Appoint a wicked man over him; And let an accuser stand at his right hand. Lord God, you are the Builder of all things. This was part of Hezekiah's prayer: ". For your glory, in Jesus' name, So Very Amen. Prophets Of The Bible Faith That Overcomes A mans sins not only have dire consequences for him personally; they also adversely affect his family (cf. 1 For the choir director. Jer. Put an end to his evil-making against your image bearers and Jesus' church, in Ukraine and Russia. The basis for Davids petition is then given in verses 2-5. David may have prayed fiercely, but his actions were absolutely gracious and kind. Verses 23-25 move from the wounded spirit (v. 22) of the psalmist to his pathetic physical condition, which is a result of oppression at the hand of his enemies. Preserve me from all peril, of the contrariness and traps of demons. 194 Even in the New Testament the children of the wicked are said to suffer for the sins of their fathers, cf. The person who sins will die. Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the Lord, and of them that speak evil against my soul.". In religious terms an imprecation is a prayer for evil or misfortune to befall another. Verses 1-5 are the basis of Davids imprecation. No matter how perplexing the problem of imprecatory psalms may be, we cannot easily dismiss them. David, the author of the psalm as indicated in the superscription, calls upon God to destroy his enemies in the most horrible ways. For our church and/or nation,that God may raise up shepherds after Christs own loving heart,and bring down from their thrones those who seek only power and glory,that the people may rejoice in leaders who are wise and just,and be spared the yoke of the wicked and self-serving,we pray to the Lord. So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience. #4. In the name of Jesus, I deliver myself from the cage of oppression and suffering that has been used to increase my suffering. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. For they have dug a pit for me. (Rom. (1) We are all armchair theologians who have not walked in the shoes of the psalmist. In addition we must remember that all the psalms were recorded and preserved for public worship. I hate them with the utmost hatred; they have become my enemies (Ps. Let every evil device against me be disappointed in Jesus' name. The Psalmist is expressing himself to God in need. Either the psalmist is self-deceived, a hypocrite or a liar. March 2016 His knees are weak from fasting and his body is lean. We as believers are accountable when we see evil and we are to speak out against it. The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of His people,It is you who have devoured the vineyard;The plunder of the poor is in your houses. Sorry, but #1 could be perceived as extremely partisan and judgemental especially at times when a country or people are divided. 147:6; cf. Entries (RSS) and Comments (RSS) TOP Verses 6-13 concentrate on the consequences for sin which are sought both for the man and his family. 51. Help our leaders - and help us - not to be divided, but to commit to working cooperatively for the common good. In religious terms an imprecation is a prayer for evil or misfortune to befall another. David makes his petition to God as one who is dependent on Him for righteousness (cf. Happy is the one who takes your babies and smashes them against the rocks! December 2018 For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be . My God, the plans and decisions of the wicked will never prevail against me in Jesus name. But by Your strength and your power, I am saved, and I am an over-comer. 8 Let his days be few; Let another take his office. Lord. Judgment is one theme, one aspect of Gods dealings with men, but not the whole. And do I not loathe those who rise up against Thee? Reflections on Torah are based on Rabbi Mordecai Silver's commentary from the early years of his ministry. 190 Perowne refers his readers to an article by Rev. We are thus judging the whole by one part. Do I not hate those who hate Thee, O Lord? Exod. 25 I also have become a reproach to them; When they see me, they wag their head. Pray first of all thanking God for calling and equipping them by His Spirit and power to lead His people, in Jesus name. prayer against wicked leaders. Behind the scenes they were engaged in harmful activity. I believe that verses 1-5 are crucial to a correct understanding of imprecatory prayers because they inform us about the prerequisites for imprecation. I believe that David responded as he did to his enemies because he was a man after Gods own heart. Our problem is that we look at sin and sinners more from a human viewpoint than from the divine. Isaiah 10:1. The world we live in today is filled with wickedness, and until we arise and resist the wickedness of the devil through aggressive prayers, the devil will continue to win, but that can never happen. Zec. Lord, let your wings of protection shelter me and my family in Jesus name. What I want to stress is how seldom the sin of backbiting is included in those lists. vv. Or is this just a partisan prayer? According to verse 5, they had been the recipients of Davids love, which they had spurned and showed him hatred instead. BUT, when declining to resist the temptation to Add More, my suggestion is to re-focus the object of such attentions from Them to Us its one rarer situations where petitionary prayer may more fruitfully be focused on self than others. Satanic temple mentioning my name and decreeing evil into my life, I scatter you by the thunder of God in the name of Jesus Christ. for the sudden transition lv. David does not himself seek revenge, but he requests God to apply the principle of retribution to his foes. Ps. Imprecations are effective only when we see sin as God does and when we ask Him to deal with sin as He has promised to deal with it in His Word. In the name of Jesus, I nullify all incantations made to disrupt my life and destiny. also 1 Sam. 27 And let them know that this is Thy hand; Thou, LORD, hast done it. I had strongly opposed the Iraq War, but this struck me as a great example of how the Universal Prayer ought not be used and what it was for. David asks that a wicked man be set over his foe and that an adversary accuse him (v. 6). Perowne, II, pp. Verses 26-29 appeal to God for help on the basis of Gods lovingkindness (v.26) and the fact that the deliverance of David will prove that Gods hand is on him to bless him, not to punish him (vv. Davids imprecation is certainly fierce and forthright, but I believe that it is not excessive. 4.3 Fear no evil prayer. However We Are Not Prohibited From Praying For The Removal Of Wicked Leaders. April 2017 E219: A Prayer Against Wicked Leaders (Live From Cigars & Sermons) Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass is a collection, from the book of Psalms, regarding how David rolled in prayer. Your rulers are rebelsAnd companions of thieves;Everyone loves a bribeAnd chases after rewards.They do not defend the orphan,Nor does the widows plea come before them. Matthew 6:13 is a great example of praying for escape. We should pray that God will make them powerless, remove them from office, and prevent them from gaining access to power. Lord, no evil weapons of the wicked targeted at me shall prosper in Jesus name. All Why isnt hell a terrible place of torment for Satan and his angels and sin? in your presence. I think we have become entangled in a satanic conspiracy. Ps. The upright see it, and are glad; but all unrighteousness shuts its mouth. 3:16) and therefore these prayers have a lesson for us to learn. 13 Let his posterity be cut off; In a following generation let their name be blotted out. 18:17-20) so that he may be severely chastened, with the goal of his repentance and restoration (cf. Consequently a greater urgency is to be expected on the part of the psalmist. There are people, Oh Lord that do not wish me well. They are Gods servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. Several who were asked to read this scripture passage in our teaching hour declined. Matthew 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men, Haman a very wicked man decided in his wicked mind to destroy a whole nation just because Mordecai, a Jew refused to bow down to him. My Father, let all the works and efforts of the wicked against me turn into ashes in Jesus name. In the name of Jesus, I recover all I have lost through the decree of wicked voices from my foundation. Others like Cross have questioned the value of such psalms for public worship: We question the worth for Christian worship of such Psalms as express a spirit of vindictiveness. 16). The amazing thing is that when we strive to conjure up human feelings of love and forgiveness, we really cant love or forgive our enemies. November 2019 Thank you, Michael very nice prayers for us at this time. But I declare that every chain of evil words spoken against me is now broken. Depression Let those who oppress those under them taste what it is like to have an evil man over them. The Diocletianic or Great Persecution was the last and most severe persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire. Faith At Christmas Ephesians 6:2 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darknes of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. We want to think that God hates the sin, but He loves the sinner. 12:3) prayed, Rise up, O Lord! Punishment and vengeance belong to God. ; 2:1ff. Who will protect me from the wicked? 1:20) as he did the man living with his fathers wife (1 Cor. Psalm 109 is vastly different from a voodoo curse. 3 They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without cause. 60-67) are excellent. I believe that in Davids case his enemies were Gods enemies whom God hated (cf. Rather than show his adversaries mercy, let God deal with them in the light of their own sins, as well as those of their fathers (vv. Let no one be kind to him; let no one pity his fatherless children. For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest upon the land of the righteous. February 2018 Ours is not the first age to be painfully and undeniably aware that our leaders are not always shepherds after Gods own heart (Jer 3:15). July 2022 1). Praise This timidity is not known to the Psalmist, who trusts that the sceptre of wickedness shall not rest upon the land of the righteous (Ps 125:3), nor to the Virgin Mary, who rejoices that the mighty are toppled from their thrones (Lk 1:52). (4) The words of verses 6-20 are actually the words of Davids enemies, which David quotes as evidence of their evil attacks against him. 11 Let the creditor seize all that he has; And let strangers plunder the product of his labor. In the previous verses (6-20) David has made an imprecation against his enemies. Pray and come against demons whose targets and assignment are the leaders of the body, their spouses, marriages and families; declare that they shall not prosper, in Jesus name. Gods blessing included both material gains and a posterity to benefit from the prosperity He gave (cf. 192 After surveying the possibilities for identifying the enemies referred to in the imprecatory psalms, Anderson has some excellent concluding remarks: None of these interpretations is completely satisfactory. I disarm any power that has made a covenant with the ground, water and wind about me in the name of Jesus. 938-939; Perowne, The Book of Psalms, I, pp. Woe to those who enact evil statutesAnd to those who constantly record unjust decisions. My Father, let thunder visit the cohorts of the wicked when they try to carry out their evil plans against me in Jesus name. In this context and many others, their guilt is the offense of the tongue. 20:12-15). In response to the rebellion of Korah, God destroyed Korah, Dathan and Abiram, along with their wives, their children, their cattle, and their possessions (Num. It is this verse, you will recall, that was applied to Judas, the betrayer of our Lord, prompting the disciples of our Lord to choose a replacement for Judas among them (cf. Wars are waged to fight against leaders of evil nations . 47. I ask you to watch over me again as you do always and stop the evil deeds of others from going further. When Satan sought permission to "sift" Peter like . 10 Let his children wander about and beg; And let them seek sustenance far from their ruined homes. Biggest Christian Prayer and Bible Website, In a family where ancestors worshipped different idols and made promises to those idols, children from the lineage of those ancestors can grow up to face loud, wicked foundational voices and problems. 5:5). 9-10). They apparently were closely associated with David. As the apostle Paul put it, Behold then the kindness and severity of God (Rom. a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family. I recently heard of a senior U.S. prelate (denomination unknown) who regularly prays that his president may suffer a mild heart-attack not so severe as to threaten his life (or his capacity for conversion), but severe enough to require his permanent retirement from office. In how many respects have the harsher outlines of the legal economy been softened down by the mind that was in Christ Jesus. As in the Sermon on the Mount He substitutes the moral principle for the legal enactment, so here He substitutes the spirit of gentleness, meekness, endurance of wrongs, for the spirit of fiery though righteous indignation. Advent In addition, it warns that the consequences for sin fall on the house of the wicked, not just the individual. How might the public words of the liturgy address and even shape this issue? Matt. 10:6 - When your debtors are refusing or are . Jb. The God who is the object of his praise (v. 1; cf. May his children become fatherless, and his wife a widow. 5:38-42). Ezekiel 22:27 - Nations flourish and celebrate when they have just leaders. A very difficult text from Judges 19 which I preached several years ago describes the gruesome account of the attempted homosexual rape of a Levite, the brutal rape of his concubine, and the dismembering of her body into twelve pieces, which were sent to the twelve tribes of Israel by her husband. Verse Concepts. I declare a sword of justice is against the mighty that seek to perpetuate evil plans and conspire against our nation. Oh Lord, send the spirit of confusion and disagreement into the camp of the wicked and let them turn against themselves in Jesus name. Lord, arise in your power and dishonour every wicked power in my life in Jesus name. Pray When the Wicked Seem to be Winning. Wicked voices that decree sickness into my home and saying no to my healing, I uproot your tongue in the name of Jesus. In other words tell God how you really feel. also 12:5; 18:27; 35:10; 69:33; 72:4). 3ff. Pray that the Bible will rise up as the . Imprecations are only effective against the guilty. Powers that have vowed not to allow me rise, die with your vows in the name of Jesus. October 2016 Imprecations are prayers for the punishment of the wicked. Dear Father, I seek Your protection from the wickedness of the evil one. ; 15:15ff. Please save me from my enemies and their evil ways. Third, since the psalms were intended for general use, David did not identify his enemies so that the righteous could supply the names of their adversaries, so to speak.192. Verse 7 seeks a verdict of guilty when his enemy is brought to court. 27, 31-33). If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. Who Is The Holy Spirit? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 2 For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me; They have spoken against me with a lying tongue. Psalm 109 is a similarly unpleasant passage for many. 10. May creditors seize his entire estate, and strangers take all he has earned. 5:10) and the unsaved (Rev. In the name of Jesus, my life will not be miserable. May his family name be blotted out in a single generation. My children, wife, husbands, etc., are all protected from wicked foundational voices in the name of Jesus. While the accusations against David by his enemies are many, they are without basis (cf. God's Will Versus My Will We pray for these plans of evil to come to nothing. 28:15-68). Evil and Wicked Elders make evil plan against God people, we need weapon of spiritual warfare to fight all wicked elder. May 2021 8:00AM EDT 10/21/2021 Larry Tomczak. Anger of God, visit everyone sitting in darkness to decree evil into my life in the name of Jesus. Why are these things even in the Bible? November 2017 Those who seek Gods wrath on the guilty should be innocent. 21:24; Lev. The nature of the sin of the wicked against David is especially informative. 24:20; Deut. (David is not praying that these terrible things will happen to his enemies, only prophesying that they will be punished for their wickedness.) 195 Derek Kidner says of verses 17-20: The terrible logic of judgment, whereby what a man chooses he ultimately and totally receives, and indeed absorbs and is enfolded in, is expressed nowhere else with quite this vivid intensity. Kidner, Psalms 73-150, p. 390. May our leaders work together harmoniously and not get sidetracked by partisan politics. Andersons words here do not reflect his position, but are intended to bring the problem of the imprecatory prayers of the Bible into focus. (10) The church discipline of the New Testament is not really that different from the imprecatory psalms of the Old Testament. The psalmist does not talk boringly about the details of his personal situation (like the proverbial person who inflicts the story of his operation on his friends); he does not turn introspectively to his own inner life. I recover everything I have lost through the pronouncements and power of foundational wicked voices, in the name of Jesus. also Deut. 14-15). The plain truth is that we really do not know who the enemies were, for the psalmist expresses his distress in stylized language which had been employed for centuries in cultic situations. We may well wonder that it propagates at all.199. You are the Almighty God, and his power is no match for the might You provide. "Fear Not" Is A Command My God, punish the wicked for their evil plots in Jesus name. You may wish to challenge me by stressing that while we must hate sin, we should not hate the sinner. The gallows, fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai, who spoke good on the kings behalf, is standing at the house of Haman.Then the king said, Hang him on it! 10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Voices telling me its over for me, perish today in the name of Jesus. 1 Samuel 15:23 - He can easily overthrow a wicked king. There are good reasons for this. 185 Bernhard W. Anderson, Out of the Depths: The Psalms Speak for Us Today (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1974), pp.