Posted by Lonnie Henderson on October 23, 2014
Dangers of Praying Ungodly and Vindictive Prayers.In this life, in one form or another, we will experience persecution for the sake of the Gospel by those who are under the influence of demonic spirits, either willfully or unwittingly. THE IMPORTANT THING IS how do you respond in prayer. When someone treats you unkindly, you must respond with kindness and not in kind...that is the bottom line. If you are submitted to God and to His love, then whatever someone does to you they do to God. It is a spiritual principal. I will give you scriptural references:Let’s start with God’s Promise to Abram whose name was changed by God to AbrahamGenesis 12:1Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:(KJV)Genesis 12:2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:(KJV)Genesis 12:3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.(KJV)Now let’s examine scripture to learn how this promise is extended to obedient Christians:Galatians 3:16Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.(KJV)Galatians 3:26For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.(KJV)Galatians 3:27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.(KJV)Galatians 3:28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.(KJV)Galatians 3:29And if ye [be] Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.(KJV)According to scripture then, those who persecute us will be dealt with by God. That is His promise. So then we pray amiss when we ask God to avenge us. We are admonished not to curse. Romans 12:14Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.(KJV)When we ask God to rain down curses upon our enemies, he will not honor it because you pray amiss:James 4:3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume [it] upon your lusts.(KJV) James 3:7For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind :(KJV)James 3:8But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.(KJV)James 3:9Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.(KJV)James 3:10Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.(KJV)James 3:11Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet [water] and bitter?(KJV)James 3:12Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so [can] no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.(KJV)James 3:13Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.(KJV)James 3:14But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.(KJV)James 3:15This wisdom descendeth not from above, but [is] earthly, sensual, devilish.(KJV)James 3:16For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work.(KJV)James 3:17But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.(KJV)James 3:18And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.(KJV)God gives us examples to demonstrate that when we are submitted to the Lord, then we become extensions of Him in the earth and what is done to or against us is done to or against God. That is why He tells us that He will curse those who curse us and bless those who bless us:Acts 5:1But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,(KJV)Acts 5:2And kept back [part] of the price, his wife also being privy [to it], and brought a certain part, and laid [it] at the apostles' feet.(KJV)Acts 5:3But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back [part] of the price of the land?(KJV)Acts 5:4Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.(KJV)Notice that Peter did not ask God to rain down curses upon Ananias and Sapphira because they did not uphold their pledge. He did not report the matter that Ananias and Sapphira lied to them regarding their receipt for the sale of their possession. God Already knew. Also notice that even though the couple lied to men regarding this issue, Peter informed them that they lied to the Holy Spirit who is God. The Holy Spirit was identifying with the holy people of God, so whatever was done against them was done against God.I will give you another Scriptural example our relationship with God when we obey Him, even when we are persecuted for righteousness sake:Acts 9:1And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,(KJV)Acts 9:2And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.(KJV)Acts 9:3And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:(KJV)Acts 9:4And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?(KJV)Acts 9:5And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: [it is] hard for thee to kick against the pricks.(KJV)Take note that Saul was crucifying people of the way (Messianic Jews – Christians), but Jesus contended that Paul was persecuting Him. Jesus was identifying with the people of God. Jesus was right there knowing what was happening and identified with the Christians. They did not have to report anything to God in prayer – He was at hand.So when we are in right standing with God we have got to remember that He is at hand. God commands that when we pray for our enemies, it is to pray on their behalf because they stand in danger of the curse of God for cursing us. We are commanded not to sic the wrath of God upon them:Matthew 5:43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.(KJV)Here Jesus is referring to ungodly counsel that the people had been receiving in the past, that is why people like David had been praying for God to reign down fire and brimstone upon his enemies because he did not know any better, he had been wrongly influenced by people such as Moses who at times succumbed to his own emotions. As a consequence, Moses incorporated what he believed the Lord condoned into the law as it regards enemies of Israel:Deuteronomy 23:6Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.(KJV) David, out of ignorance went further and reported to God what the enemy was doing and asked God to enable him to destroy his enemy (sound familiar?)– I think this may be a point of our misunderstanding:Psalm 41:5Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?(KJV)Psalm 41:6And if he come to see [me], he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; [when] he goeth abroad, he telleth [it].(KJV)Psalm 41:7All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.(KJV)Psalm 41:8An evil disease, [say they], cleaveth fast unto him: and [now] that he lieth he shall rise up no more.(KJV)Psalm 41:9Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up [his] heel against me.(KJV)Psalm 41:10But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.(KJV)Clearly, David was out of order when he directed God to enable him to “requite them”:Isaiah 40:13Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or [being] his counsellor hath taught him?(KJV)Isaiah 40:14With whom took he counsel, and [who] instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?(KJV)Likewise, those who instruct the Lord to exact vengeance upon those who have offended them have exalted themselves above the Lord:1 Corinthians 2:16For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.(KJV)So Jesus makes very clear how we are to respond to those who offend us:Matthew 5:44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;(KJV)This is why you will not find any of the Apostles of Jesus crying out to God to avenge them, even during those times that they were persecuted. If this is God’s command to us, then when we cry out to the Lord to destroy our enemies, even twisting scriptures to justify such pleas, then those prayers, even though we say we are praying in the name of Jesus, will not be received. God will not go against His word. However, prayers are spiritual. So the prayers are still going forth in the spirit realm – to satan; the spirit of death and destruction. Such prayers have given these demonic spirits authority to operate in the natural realm. But now those praying such prayers are in danger of being the recipient of those prayers of death or destruction and this is why:God tells us to forgive throughout the Bible, but I will go to one verse to make a point:Matthew 6:14For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:(KJV)Matthew 6:15But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.(KJV)You see, we fall from grace when we disobey God. God tells us to forgive and when we cry out to God to avenge us, then it is an indication that we have not forgiven. WE are then in a state of sin; we have slipped into darkness and now enslaved or have become the servants of the ruler of the darkness of this world. What follows is torment – sometimes we may be tormented by the very sight of that person whom we have not forgiven. Emotional healing is as close as the Lord whose hand is stretched out still, but we refuse to grab hold because we would rather wait on the revenge that we long for. The danger is that if we wait too long to forgive, our heart will become hardened because the tormentor – who is now satan, will convince us that we are justified in our emotions because we have been hurt so much and so deeply. We have now become an angry person without even realizing it and hell bound. Praying destruction and damnation upon our enemies is a good indicator as to how far we have slipped into darkness, it is an indicator that we are in danger of losing our soul.If you seek vengeance against your enemies, reporting them to God and ask Him to avenge you, you bring destruction and damnation upon yourself because number 1, you are mocking God who said to pray for, not against your enemies. Number 2 it indicates a heart disease because you have not forgiven as the Lord requires of us, and therefore stand in need of forgiveness for the sin of unforgiveness. Now the danger is as God has said – if we don’t forgive, neither will our Father in heaven forgive us. The spiritual principal here is sowing and reapingGalatians 6:7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.(KJV)Galatians 6:8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.(KJV)Proverbs 22:8He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.(KJV)Hosea 8:7For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.(KJV)If we sow curses we will reap curses, not from God necessarily, but from satan whom we have chosen to obey by sowing the curses. That is why it is in our best interest to sow blessings upon our enemies as God has commanded.Romans 6:15What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.(KJV)Romans 6:16Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?(KJV)If God does not forgive us, the only place left for us in the end is hell. The irony is that that person who has persecuted us may have already made peace with God, such as Paul. He will go to heaven because God has forgiven him, and we will end up in hell because we have refused to honor God’s word and forgive our enemy.So for our own sake we must sow forgiveness into the lives of those who have wronged us. It may seem difficult. However, if we submit to God we can and will do it. I will give you a scriptural example other than Jesus:Acts 7:55But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,(KJV)Acts 7:56And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.(KJV)Acts 7:57Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,(KJV)Acts 7:58And cast [him] out of the city, and stoned [him]: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.(KJV)Acts 7:59And they stoned Stephen, calling upon [God], and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.(KJV)Acts 7:60And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.(KJV)
It is all about loving the way God commands that we love – unconditionally, anything less will keep us out of heaven. If we are sitting under a minister who does not subscribe to forgiveness, and prays Davidic prayers of vengeance upon one’s enemies, I suggest that we mount up with wings as an eagle flee that place because the Holy Spirit is being grieved and quenched. Flee and pray for that ministry that their spiritual eyes and ears be attentive to the voice of the Lord, and not the voice of satan. Flee that place so that those spirits will not be transferred to or influence you and harden your heart.
Proverbs 29:22An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.(KJV)
2 Thessalonians 3:6Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.(KJV)
May the eyes of your understanding be enlightened as the Holy Spirit now ministers to you, in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.
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