“Let their tables become a a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap. Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake. Pour out [T]hine indignation upon them, and let [T]hy wrathful anger take hold of them. Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents. Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into [T]hy righteousness. Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.”
One might think that the text above was said by a character of Shakespeare. It truly is a curse meant from the heart. If one thinks that this is a line from a fictional play one would be wrong. The above text was a petition from King David to his Lord and God. And it is prophetically spoken as the Words of Lord Jesus as He is hanging upon the cross. Some may think that the last sentence is heretical due to the Words we have from Christ’s own lips, “Father, forgive them….” If one does think it to be heretical and wrong they, are in fact, heretical and wrong. As Our Lord speaks those incredible Words of compassion He is speaking only of those soldiers who are crucifying Him (see and compare 2 Samuel 15:11) and not for all others.
The last paragraph is not to be the point of this post. I would have been remissed, however if I had not clarified and rightly explained the above because it is needed for us to understand a responsibility that is not usually, if ever, spoken of.
What is this responsibility? To Curse and petition God to glorify His Wrath and Justice upon evil. We are not to ask God to avenge our hurts persecutions; no we are to bless them that curse us and pray for those that despitefully use us. But the enemies of God, the enemies of holiness and righteousness are to be prayed AGAINST! I do not suggest that we pray against individuals necessarily but against the evil itself. For example: We might pray for an individual muslim to come and submit to Christ and at the same time pray and ask God to destroy the religion of Islam. One might pray thusly, ” O’ God please let these evil men; these enemies of the cross and of Thy Son, slip and slide into confusion and darkness.” We do not pray against those that are of other “religions” but we may pray against the religion, itself. We love those of the catholic religion but we might ask God to expose the lies that the religion purports. As to politicians, the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord. We might ask God to send forth a spirit of dimness that they might see Light.
Prayer is part of the whole armour of God. Let us, therefore, armour up.