Now, before you compadres bust a vein in your foreheads, let me help you out with a little Christianity Doug Giles style. To assist you in your efforts to change this SNAFUed situation, you must add to your repertoire of petitions you offer up to God Almighty what I like to call Dirty Harry prayers: radical prayers against the radically unrighteous direction our nation is headed. You heard me right. I said pray against this fetid mess.
Most good Christian folks only pray “for” stuff. For example, most believers’ entreaties are for a new car, a nice house, high test scores in school, healing for a sick loved one, or that God will never allow them to become Leif Garrett. That’s pretty much the now-I-lay-me-down-to-sleep extent of most Christians’ cries to God.
The believer, however, has an insanely powerful arsenal of divinely-inspired dynamite to utilize against unrighteousness and those who propagate it. Yep, Dinky, it’s a prayer against both sin and sinner—the problem and its perpetrator. Theologians call these the imprecatory prayers, or maledictions. I call them Dirty Harry prayers, prayers to pull out and pray when things get bad. Real bad. Prayers you use when a nation’s getting mucked up by degenerate priests or politicos.
Who in the Scripture volleyed these Holy Spirit inspired invectives toward people and places? Well, guys like Moses, Joshua, David, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Paul and uh . . . let’s see . . . there was someone else. Oh! I remember . . . Jesus. Yep, the Prince of Peace prayed some not-so-nice prayers against a gaggle of corrupt critters who were a hindrance to life and truth on His planet.
King David, however, at least from a recorded standpoint, was the king of incendiary intercession. This giant killer shook more Goliaths in his prayers and songs than he ever did with a rock and slingshot. Here’s a sample list of how David rolled in prayer: Psalms 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. I bet you haven’t heard these read or prayed in church against our nation’s corruption, have you? I didn’t think so. It might be time to dust them off and offer ‘em up if you’re truly concerned about the state of our union.