Imprecatory Prayer
The Christian answer to
persecution, injustice and tyranny.

The information in this article will be supported by several Bible examples.

    What is a Christian to do when the government protects criminals and criminal activity such as the abortion clinic? What is a Pastor to do when the government, or the news media, or well funded liberal hate groups persecute and bad mouth him because of his doctrine? What is a Christian to do when he can not go to the courts, police, and government for justice? What if the courts, police and government are the criminals. The answer is imprecatory prayer. Here is the definition found in most dictionaries.

   Imprecation: A curse, denunciation that conveys a wish or threat of evil).

   Imprecatory prayer: To pray for evil or misfortune (malediction, anathema, execration)

    Information on imprecatory prayer is extremely rare and that definition is so poor that it could almost be called a 'government' definition. Why is this definition poor? What is a better definition?

   First, the definition above is poor because it conceals more than it reveals.

   Second, this establishment definition makes it seem like imprecatory prayer is somehow 'unchristian'. Imagine yourself on T.V.. The T.V. Talk Show host would ask, "What kind of a Christian would ask God to curse, or bring evil and misfortune on anyone? (The implied answer is "None!").

    Of course the answer would be interrupted, and during the commercial break the T.V. audience would be left to believe that the guest is some kind of a hateful nut. Here is a better definition;

    Imprecatory prayer is a last resort appeal to God for justice. The so called 'curses' are simply the just penalty called for in the scriptures for the alleged crime. Imprecatory prayer is an appeal to the court of divine justice (1) for protection and (2) the appropriate punishment for the criminals. 

    Imprecatory prayer is most often used when the criminals are the rich and powerful or corrupt men in government. The prayer asks God to solve the problem and bring the criminal to repentance, or to judgment.

    Here are a few words from a sermon by Pastor Pete Peters as he was commenting on pages 216 and 217 of Paradise Restored by Rev. David Chilton.

    "You be careful with imprecatory prayer. Because if your life is not right. It can have a boomerang effect. You see, as you judge, so shall you be judged. Think about that. Does that make sense? I say that because, the other day somebody pointed out to me that a woman has been praying for me to die in an airplane crash. She is a Christian woman. She wants me dead. Well, now, I was thinking about that, you know, If I was her son I would not want to get into an airplane. You see what I am saying? You got to be careful how you use that power. With imprecatory prayer, if we don't mature as Christians, it is like putting a loaded 45, `hammer-back, cocked and the safety off, into the hands of a five-year old. Does that make sense?" Quoted from: Pete Peters, Rules for Radicals. 3 tape set.

    Praying for someone to die in an airplane crash does fit the establishment definition of imprecatory prayer. (A curse, denunciation that conveys a wish or threat of evil. To pray for evil or misfortune.) But does that woman's prayer conform to the second definition, "a last resort appeal to God for justice". No! And that prayer would be un-Christian.

    Your personal adversary is not always God's enemy: If a neighbor backs over your mail box time after time, you may be angry and extremely frustrated. But you are dealing with a neighbor, not an enemy of God. The following scriptures apply to this situation. Matthew 18:22 and Luke 17:3-4. The request that God would have someone destroy some of his property to teach him a lesson; to care for the property of others, that might be appropriate. But you don't ask God to kill someone just because you don't like him. There has to be a crime and an appropriate appeal for justice.

   A false witness: (16) If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;

(17) Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the Lord, before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those days;

(18) And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;

(19) Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.

(20) And those which remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil among you. (Deuteronomy 19:16-20 KJV)

    In the situation where the woman is praying that God would cause Pastor Peters to die in a plane crash we have verse 19 to be concerned about . "Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother," the boomerang effect as Pastor Peters called it.

    In Psalms 109 Jeremiah was the victim of a slander campaign. Jeremiah ask God to do unto the accuser as he had thought to do to Jeremiah, "Let a wicked prosecutor bring him up on false charges and even let him be found guilty." Psalms 109:5-6

    So, if you hate your neighbor and ask God to curse him, you might just end up having God bring that same curse upon yourself. This lady who wished Pastor Peters dead, if she had the money, she might just hire an assassin. Having little money, she asks God to be the assassin on the free will offering plan. In doing this she just might even bring upon herself the false witness penalty. She would not be coming before the court of divine justice with clean hands.

   With Clean hands: That is, without guilt. When a Plaintiff comes before a court with a complaint he is expected to come with 'clean hands'. A thief is not to accuse another of theft. For an extreme example: Bob and Joe agree to rob a bank and split the money 50-50. But Bob takes most of it for himself. Joe can not go to court to sue for the balance of his share. Joe can not come before the court with 'clean hands'.

The woman caught in the act of adultery
  1. John 8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
  2. They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
  3. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
  4. This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with [his] finger wrote on the ground, [as though he heard them not].
  5. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
  6. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
  7. And they which heard [it], being convicted by [their own] conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, [even] unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
  8. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
  9. She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

   Let him who is without sin cast the first stone: In this Bible story, a woman was caught committing a felony. And apparently the accusers were felons also. Adulters are not in a position to accuse others of adultery. When Jesus said, "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone," no one stepped forward.

    This is not to be extended to say that no one can ever step forward and cast the first stone because 'All have sinned"

    For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23 KJV

    A traffic violation on your part does not keep you out of court as a plaintiff when another person steals your property. Likewise, being a sinner does not mean that you can not go to God for justice via imprecatory prayer. The first goal is repentance. So the imprecatory prayor needs to repent of his sins first then take his complaint and plea for justice to God.

    The purpose of imprecatory prayer is to bring a criminal to repentance. And if there is no repentance, then to punishment. Not at man's hand, but at God's hand. "Vengeance is mine, I will repay"

    The governmental courts are considered to be God's courts. If the court judges righteously and punishes the criminal then the Court's punishment is God's vengeance. When the Earthly courts are corrupt, we appeal to a higher court, the court of divine justice. We appeal to God asking Him to get personally involved.


    When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Isaiah 1:12 KJV

    Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by. Zec 3:7 KJV

    To show the connection between the courts of the Levitical priesthood and today's modern courts we click on the link below.

The Modern Day Levitical Priesthood in Your Town .


Angel: You look frustrated today my Lord.

God: What a bunch of bone-heads! It's those Christians! I told them to love their neighbors and hate My enemies. But all they do is fight with the brethren and pray that I 'bless them that curse thee'.

Angel: Shall I continue to do as they ask? To bless those that curse them? I hope they realize, before it is too late, Christians are to pray for blessings upon their neighbors and curses upon Gos's enemies.

A time to love, and a time to hate

   A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. (Ecc 3:8 KJV)

Hate: Hate God's enemies. Pray against them.

   I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked. (Psalms 26:5KJV)

   I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the Lord. (Psalms 31:6 KJV)

   Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies. (Psalms 139:21-22 KJV)

Love: Love the brethren, pray for them.

   By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:35 KJV)

   This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. (John 15:12 KJV)

   For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. (1 John 3:11 KJV)

Law enforcement is the government's job.

Romans 13:1-11 Lawful authority comes from God:

   (1) Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

   (2) Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

The duties of government:

(3) For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

(4) For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

(5) Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

(6) For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

(7) Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

(8) Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

   The law that government is to enforce:

(9) For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

(10) Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

The cure for corrupt government:

(11) And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

    The cure for corrupt government has to do with 'waking up'. The solution is nearer than when we believed. It is imprecatory prayer. Click below for Bible examples of Imprecatory prayer.

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Contents of this study:

10 Bible Examples:

1.Jeremiah 11
2.Jeremiah 18
3.Psalms 10
4.Psalms 55
5.Psalms 58
6.Psalms 59
7.Psalms 109
8.Psalms 140
9.Psalms 143
10.Luke 9:54

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