“Tisha will you pray for me?
I feel like people are praying against me.”
It was a request from a church leader I served with. I knew what he was saying was true. I knew there was a small group of people who really
disliked the leader. They thought they
were better than this man and they thought of this leader as “evil.”
This man, of course, was not evil. Some of the Pharisees in the church didn’t
like that he wouldn’t conform to their preconceived ideas. He also wasn’t perfect – but he did not
deserve for people for people to actually pray against him.
Praying for this leader during this time was a real
eye-opener to me about how Christians can pray wrong prayers for each
other. It caused a fear of the Lord to
rise up in me as I prayed for others. We
must REALLY be careful about how we pray for others… especially the people we
do not like.
You have heard that it was said
, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and
But I tell you, love your enemies,
those who curse you
, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who
mistreat you and persecute you
that you may be children of
who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil
and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. 46 For if you love
those who love you, what reward do you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do
the same? 47 If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others?
Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? 48
Therefore you shall
, just as your Father in heaven is perfect
those who persecute you;
bless, and don’t curse
. 15 Rejoice
with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind one
toward another. Don’t set your mind on high things, but associate with the
Don’t be wise in your own conceits
one evil for evil
. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men.
18 If it is possible, as much as it is up to you, be at peace with all men. 19
seek revenge yourselves
, beloved, but give place to God’s wrath
. For it
is written, “Vengeance belongs to me; I
will repay, says the Lord.” 20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a
drink; for in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head.” 21
be overcome by evil
, but overcome evil with good
I have personally felt the effects of people praying against
me. They don’t realize how praying
outside of God’s will actually gives the devil a foothold to attack you. Praying against someone is hatred. Hate-filled words release spiritual death.
Here is what would happen to me – I would feel a heaviness
and a depression that would come over me. I would sometimes be filled with
doubt and be discouraged about my walk with Christ. I would pray and ask the Lord, “Have I sinned
to cause this darkness to envelop me?”
He would then show me that someone was praying against me.
To get free, I would forgive, command their words to be
dead. Then ask God to bless them. Within
about 15 minutes my spiritual atmosphere would clear up and the sun was shining
again on my heart.
Our words are powerful.
We CAN curse others or Jesus would not have told us not to.
tongue has the power of life and death
, and those who love it will eat its
On several occasions the Lord has directed me to pray for
President Obama by removing the word curses that God’s own people have spoken
over him. What God’s people don’t
understand is that they are the tool of the enemy by cursing our
President. If they truly understood God’s
kingdom they would not be offended by President Obama and they would ask God to
set him free from all of his wrong thinking.
Instead God’s people have hated our President, and released hate filled
word curses over him.
We would be better off if people would bless President Obama
and deal with the spiritual manipulation he is under. We would be better off to pray a blessing
over the President and his family.
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and
thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority,
that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This
is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4
who wants all people to be saved and
to come to a knowledge of the truth.
Even Jesus asked the Father to forgive the people who nailed him to
a cross. Can we not forgive our
President for his grievous acts against us?
I’vewritten about the “loophole” in the Bible in 1 John 5:16. (click here)
We CAN ask God to forgive the sins of
Be careful how you pray against people, especially people
you do not agree with. I suggest that after praying for your enemies adding this phrase - "yet not my will but Yours be done" - to the end of your prayers can be wise!
Our prayers for others should ALWAYS be redemptive. Focus on praying against the evil that is affecting people – not against
Bless and do not curse.
Steps to Wholeness:
If you are guilty of praying word curses against someone –
repent and break them off.
“Lord forgive me for every word I have spoken against someone
else. I pray that my word curses would
be dead and not live past this moment, in Jesus name!”
If you feel the effects of others praying against you or
cursing you with their words – forgive them and break off their words.
I pray this prayer frequently – about every other day over
“God I forgive every person who has spoken a word against me and I pray
their words would be dead and not live past this moment, in Jesus name!”