Countering Injustice

Luke 18:1-8… “And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily” (vv. 7-8, KJV).

In Habakkuk 3:1-13, the prophet prayed and invoked God to avenge Israel. As a result, God went forth for the salvation of His people (v. 13). I want to talk about praying against the wicked deeds of a nation’s leadership. When wicked leaders govern the nation, why do most Christians invoke God’s blessings upon them? I recently learned a new phrase, “imprecatory prayer.” It refers to prayers that entreat God to avenge us for the wicked deeds of those in leadership roles. The Bible tells us of men and women who were given positions of influence and believed that God put them there “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14, KJV… “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”). Moses confronted Pharaoh and brought the oppressors of God’s people down to defeat. Elijah confronted Ahab and Jezebel and changed history. Daniel challenged the Babylonian kings and preserved the nation of Israel who had been held captive for seventy years. When the founding fathers gave birth to America, they prayed and were led by God. For over two hundred years, the nation prospered, but now a new administration is in control, and wicked deeds and hurtful programs abound.

A new type of prayer is in order–it is called “imprecatory prayer.” God can use this present generation to bring restoration. It is time for the church to arise and pray imprecatory prayers with faith that God will avenge these wrongs. It is God who takes vengeance, not believers. God wants to counter injustice. Note 1 Samuel 11:1-7… Psalm 97:2 tells us that righteousness and justice are the foundations of God’s throne. It’s time for the world to recognize the spiritual power of the church. Paul tells us in Colossians 2:15 that Christ has defeated the devil once and for all. 2 Corinthians 10:4 tells us that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. Prayer is one of our weapons to pull down strongholds of the enemy. Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us that the armor we are to put on includes imprecatory prayer. James 5:17 tells us that Elijah prayed imprecatory prayers against a vile and perverse nation. God withheld the rain for three and a half years, and Israel’s economy suffered. Imprecatory prayer is our duty. Christ, in Matthew 23:13-39, unleashes crushing imprecatory words against the deeds of the wicked. These alone are enough for us to ask God to avenge us from our enemies. The psalms are filled with imprecatory prayers… see Psalms 35, 55, 58, 68, 83, and 109 for some examples. 1 Corinthians 16:22… “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema [accursed].” That’s powerful. Note also Romans 11:9-10 and 12:17-21. The New Testament says that we are to love our enemies, yes (Matthew 5:43-48, Luke 6:27-35), but we must pray against their evil deeds.

Pastor George Belobaba

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