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Praying against evil
Linda Buxa
by Linda Buxa
June 3, 2024

I was having a conversation with a group of strangers when things started getting weird. The woman next to me said all sorts of things about manifesting and light and energy, things that sounded thoughtful, encouraging, wise, and spiritual.

Most people nodded in agreement, but none of what she said was true compared to what God says in the Bible. It dawned on me that she had a form of godliness but denied its power. (You’ll find that in 2 Timothy 3:5.)

I was for sure outnumbered in that group, but I knew what she was saying could lead people away from God, so—without even thinking about it—I started praying against this woman’s message. I prayed something like, “Lord, this is against you. Her words are not from you. Work against her message, stop its power, and don’t let the message settle in their minds and hearts.”

This was not something I had ever done before—and, frankly, not something that I was super comfortable doing. But I knew that God had called me (and you) to “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:10-12).

There was a spiritual battle going on in that room, and I knew the One who had the most power over the situation, so I put it in his hands.

Honestly, I’m still a little uncomfortable with the concept, and I’m a little nervous writing about it. See, we hear that we are supposed to pray “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18). We know how to pray for people, to pray with believers, but we rarely talk about prayer against evil.

But King David wrote a whole bunch of prayers and hymns that asked God to work against evil. In fact, there’s one devoted entirely to “a prayer against an enemy” (that’s the description for Psalm 109 in my Bible). Today people call these kinds of prayers “imprecatory prayers,” which is a churchy way of saying you are praying to bring a curse upon an enemy. We don’t necessarily have enemies the way David did, but we easily see the evil taking place in this world, the acts that are obviously full of darkness, and the acts that are masquerading as light. So we pray against them, asking God to use us and his angels in the spiritual battle against evil.

When we are done praying against evil, we also pray for God to use us and his Word to get through to people whose deepest need is to be in a relationship with the God who was manifested in flesh, the God who is the Light of the world, the God who gives us the energy to powerfully contend on his behalf in this world.

Want to learn more about spiritual warfare? Watch this video from Pastor Mike.

Linda Buxa is a writer and editor who has a prayer chart full of people and issues to pray for. Maybe she needs to add a “pray against” category to her morning prayers.