Prayer against your enemies

by Sharrida (New York)

Heavenly father I pray that you cast away the spirit of my enemies who are against me and those close to me. Let your light shine upon myself and my loved ones affected by it. Please guide everyone involved in this matter and create in all of us a clean heart. Help us to forgive our enemies for they know not what they do. Allow a peace of mind to rest upon us in all of our days.

Please reveal their identity and stop their wicked ways towards us. For this battle is not ours to fight, help us to trust in you and to be still, for we know you are Lord, You are good all the time, and all the time You are good. Send your angels of protection down upon me and those I love and care for.

Please work in the midst of this for I am growing weary, without you there would be no victory. Please hear me Lord God, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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I have never preached a sermon on praying against your enemies or praying about your enemies. As a matter of fact, I have never heard anyone preach this kind of sermon about enemies. Last Sunday I said in jest, “I pray that they (the terrorists) may get hit with a bomb.” A couple of people were not sure I should have said that. One side of me says, “Forgive them”; the other side of me says, “Kill them.” But it’s not what I think or feel, it’s what God thinks, and what He says in His Word.

This sermon has three parts. First, I want to look at how David prayed for his enemies in the Psalms. Second, I want to look at what Jesus said about “Turning the other cheek,” and praying for those who persecute you. Third, I want to look at what the Bible says about how we should pray for our nation in war.


David’s battle against his enemies began with Goliath, the Philistine. After that battle, David fought many other adversaries. Remember, Goliath did not just hate David as a sixteen-year-old opponent, Goliath hated the people of God and cursed God, Himself. David was shocked “that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (I Samuel 17:26). This was more than a battle between David and Goliath, it was a battle between the Living God of Israel and the demon-inspired idols of the Philistines. He launched his attack on Goliath saying, “I come unto thee in the name of the Lord of host, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied . . . that all the earth may know that there is a God in Heaven” (I Samuel 17:45-46).

There is a similarity in our battle with the terrorists. They have made it a battle between our God and their god, i.e., between light and darkness. Quickly I add, it is not a battle with Islam; but with the terrorists whose twisted view of Allah has driven them to attack us.

David was not a mild man who turned the other cheek. Listen to his prayer against his enemies. I’m reading parts of Psalm 109:8-15 in the Living Bible, “Let my enemy’s years be few . . . may his children become fatherless, and may his wife become a widow. May his children wander as beggars, and may they be evicted from their ruined homes . . . may all his offspring die. May his family name be blotted out in a single generation. May the LORD never forget the sins of his ancestors. May these sins always remain before the Lord, but may his name be cut off from human memory.”

David constantly prays that his oppressors may suffer the evil they plan for him. David prays that his enemies would be cursed with the curses they hurl at him.

So if we lived in Old Testament times, and we were to pray like David; we would pray:

1) Lord, kill the terrorists.

2) Lord, destroy their families.

3) May everyone forget the terrorists ever lived.

4) May the evil they plan for America destroy them, their families and friends.

5) Curse them, Lord, with the curses they hurl at us.

But we don’t pray like that. We live under grace, David lived under the Law. We do not live under the Law today. The Law demanded, “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth” (Exodus 21:24).


There are some who want us as Americans and as Christians to forgive the terrorists. They want us to turn the other cheek, and to love them unconditionally. Why do they say this:

1. They say we Christians should respond as Jesus responded to those who nailed Him to the cross, “Father forgive them: for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).

2. They say we should do as Jesus commanded, “Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other” (Luke 6:27-29).

There are two things wrong with “turning the other cheek” to the terrorists. First, these commands I just read are for individual Christians. These are not commands for a nation. What I do as an individual is different from what we do as a nation.

There is a second reason why we should not “turn the other cheek” to the terrorists. These commands involve our Christian testimony and our personal faith. We are not to retaliate as a Christian when they attack us for being a Christian, or when they attack our message.

*Pay attention to the instructions at the end of the prayer, to ensure its power* or, Watch “Prayer for my enemies Video on Youtube.”

Save me, O God, by your name;
vindicate me by your might.

Hear my prayer, O God;

listen to the words of my mouth.Arrogant foes are attacking me; ruthless people are trying to kill me— has no regard for God.Surely God  you are my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.Let evil recoil on those who slander me; in your faithfulness destroy them.I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you; I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.{You have delivered me from all my troubles, and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.} Repeat this line 5 x

Say this prayer once in the morning, once in the afternoon and once in the evening for extreme cases.

There is power in prayer. We do live in the world where we can’t see everything that is going in our lives and the lives of others. The spiritual realm has battles going on that we are not aware of.

Many of us couldn’t handle seeing this even if we have that gift. We need to use what we against the enemy and all enemies. Remember the prayer of Jabaz? “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.”

Prayer binds Satan and can pierce darkness along with using our faith. Jesus Christ took the enemy and destroyed him at Calvary—meaning we have the power through prayer to fight and prayer for protection.

Jesus proclaimed:

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom. Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy–nothing will harm you.”

God will keep you from harm. He is our rock and fortress from our enemies.

Pray scriptures over your life and for others.  You will find them after each prayer.

“My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies (2 Samuel 22:3-4).”

Here are prayers you can use against your enemies and key scriptures to also help you:

“I come against all darkness, hate, uneasiness with the power of God’s word. I stand on the authority of Jesus Christ his victory of you at Calvary. You will not defeat me for I am in Christ and I am protected. I claim favor over the darkness used by people or in the spirit world.”

Scripture:  A reminder for you in the Psalms to help you: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.”

“I bind all negative powers and influences today. You have no authority over me or the household. I speak confusion into Satan’s assignments.”

Scripture: Isaiah 54:17: No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from me, declares the LORD.”

“Forgive me and clean me Jesus Christ. I command all demons must cease in the Name of Jesus! I pray a covering over the church, the community, the world, and my family.”

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:18: “The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever.”

“I come against all those spirits trying to confuse me and hurt my mind or body. I am a child of the highest God. I have the garment of praise today. Nothing can hurt me. My boss, people, creditors, the spirit of intimidation or the spirit of fear can’t harm me. I am more than a victor in Jesus. I rebuke these distractions and walk in the love of Christ.”

Scripture: Psalm 121:7-8: “The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.”

The prayer of David is another prayer you can use for protection against enemies. “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust, let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies triumph over me.”

“Father, I pray for protection at night and during the day. Lead me to righteousness, and strengthen me.”

Scripture: In 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 we read that we don’t have to be crushed despite being persecuted. Persecution is not just from people, but from the devil. “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”

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