My Unashamed Prayer Against the Wicked
The recent videos that have blazed across the Internet about the wickedness of humanity are horrifying. We have watched as children were disemboweled in the name of abortion. Terrorists have executed scores of Christians by drowning, burning, and beheading. The unarmed have been shot, the innocent have been attacked, and the weak have been oppressed. It makes me so sick that I can barely watch the news or any news feed.
When the Israelites were oppressed by the wicked, they could only do one thing: cry out to God. As they pleaded their case to the Lord, it was with faith. They believed that the righteous God would judge the wicked and vindicate the innocent. In times of such desperation, our reaction should be no different. I pray against all earthly odds that God will turn the hearts of evildoers toward Him. I want them to repent of their violence and find redemption. We should all long for the conversions of the Sauls in this world. We need more Pauls. I long to see the world’s ambassadors of death to be redeemed by Jesus so they might become ambassadors for the Life.
But, alas, the hearts of so many men and women are nothing but stone. They have set their face against what is right and are rebels against the very image of God within every man, woman, and pre-born child. So, in praying for their redemption, I also hope that their sin will show its horror to them.
God included the imprecatory psalms for us to read and experience. Perhaps, they are included in the pages of the Bible for us to also use. They are the prayers of God’s people that He would visit the wicked with judgment. It is the plea that God would hold back the tide of evil by His righteous anger. As of today, I am unashamed to join them in a prayer against the wicked in our world. Christians should offer grace, mercy, & the gospel. We should also pray for God’s power to fall upon evil. May they taste divine wrath and have their hearts turned back to the living God. May God’s mighty power destroy the violent and the violence against the innocent.
1 Do you really speak righteously, you mighty ones?
Do you judge people fairly?
2 No, you practice injustice in your hearts;
with your hands you weigh out violence in the land.
3 The wicked go astray from the womb;
liars err from birth.
4 They have venom like the venom of a snake,
like the deaf cobra that stops up its ears,
5 that does not listen to the sound of the charmers who skillfully weave spells.
6 God, knock the teeth out of their mouths;
Lord, tear out the young lions’ fangs.
7 They will vanish like water that flows by;
they will aim their useless arrows.
8 Like a slug that moves along in slime,
like a woman’s miscarried child,
they will not see the sun.
9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns—
whether green or burning—
He will sweep them away.
10 The righteous one will rejoice
when he sees the retribution;
he will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 Then people will say, “Yes, there is a reward for the righteous!
There is a God who judges on earth!”