Saturday, August 18, 2007

Doug Giles: Imprecatory Prayer: The Intercessor's Elephant Gun

Doug Giles at has an interesting essay on imprecatory prayer or

prayer asking God to crush a clear enemy of His, an enemy which is an aggressive adversary of freedom and peace loving people. Yes, Mr. and Mrs. Precious Moments Figurine Collector, the Bible is filled with maledictions prayed by saints and speedily answered by God against violently impenitent enemies of liberty and righteousness.
While I'm not sure I agree with everything he says, it is an essay worth reading.

He concludes his essay with this:

Of the 150 psalms contained in the Bible's prayer book, i.e., the Psalms, 104 are imprecations. Hello! Also, these psalms are to be sung and read, unedited, during the worship service (Ephesians 5.19). For an irrefutable book on this hot topic, check out James Adams?s work War Psalms of the Prince of Peace. In the mean time, here?s a short list of imprecatory psalms: Psalm 5, 7, 9, 10, 17, 25, 28, 31, 35, 40, 41, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 63, 68, 69, 70, 71, 74, 79, 83, 94, 104, and 109.

Take a look at the whole essay over at

In Christ,

+Fr Gregory

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