Prayers for Deliverance by Jack Kettler
“Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man;” (Psalm 140:1)
“Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;” (Proverbs 2:11-12)
“Hear this, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right; who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness. Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Therefore because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.” (Micah 3:9-12)
What can be done when governed by a wicked ruler?
“And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings…” (Daniel 2:21)
God sets up kings and removes them by His sovereign power. God will even raise up an evil king to bring judgement upon, and ultimately bringing repentance to His people. O Lord, help us to acknowledge our evil as a nation. Help us to bring forth fruits worthy of repentance.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
National repentance and true reformation are required for God to hear our collective prayers. God’s people must humble themselves, and pray earnestly for the removal of God’s judgment, and seek him for deliverance. Most importantly, we must turn from our wicked ways. O Lord, be merciful and give us leaders who will govern in fear of You and who will love Your law.
What about a ruler who break God’s laws or goes beyond his jurisdiction? Gary DeMar from American Vision writes:
“A civil ruler only operates legitimately in those things over which he has jurisdictional authority. He can’t claim that because he’s a king that whatever he does is the result of his office. An elected official that lies, cheats, steals, and murders is not doing God’s will in his civil capacity. He can and should be called to account.” *
“Pronounce them guilty, O God! Let them fall by their own counsels; Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions, For they have rebelled against You.” (Psalms 5:10)
Like the Psalmist we can pray, “Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man…” (Psalm 140:1) I maintain that as Christians, we have to right to privately pray for the removal of ungodly leaders. Many believers have prayed for the president’s salvation. There comes a time when prayers for a wicked leader to be removed from office is appropriate. Now is the time.
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“When he is judged, let him be found guilty, And let his prayer become sin. Let his days be few,
And let another take his office.” (Psalms 109:7-8)
With these thoughts on repentance in mind, I pray the following prayers:
Dear God; please deliver us from our present wicked ruler who was mentored by the Communist organizer, Frank Marshal Davis, and who at one time was known as Barry Soetoro. In your presence O’ Lord and with his hand on your printed Word, he swore to uphold faithfully the laws of this land, many of which are based upon principles in Your Word. With a haughty look and bold arrogance, he now proclaims he is above the rule of law and can make his own laws. We beseech Thee for deliverance from this lawlessness.
Dear God; please deliver us from our present wicked ruler who at one time was known as Barry Soetoro and by his action or inaction is in violation of the sixth commandment, supporting those that are involved in taking the human life in the womb. O Lord, give a ruler who loves life and will defend those unable to defend themselves.
Dear God; please deliver us from our present wicked ruler who was mentored by the Communist organizer Frank Marshal Davis and by his support for laws contrary to your Word and is leading the nation astray into envy and jealously, creating class warfare where many are now coveting their neighbors goods. O Lord, Your law is the way of wisdom!
Dear God; please deliver us from our present wicked ruler who at one time was known as Barry Soetoro, and who has repeatedly called the idolatrous pagan book known as the Koran, “Holy” and has said that we must not slander Muhammad, the false prophet of this depraved religion of backward medieval Arab culture. O Lord, give us a ruler who honors you only!
Dear God; please deliver us from our present wicked ruler who at one time was known as Barry Soetoro and on a daily basis: makes arrogant prideful untrue representations, speaks falsely, and willfully misrepresents and misleads the nation in violation of the ninth commandment. O Lord, Give us a ruler who can say: “O how I love your law! it is my meditation all the day.” (Psalms 119:97)
Dear God; please deliver us from our present wicked ruler who was mentored by the Communist organizer Frank Marshal Davis and by his administration’s lies to hide the truth, and by his action or inaction is in violation of the sixth commandment and at a very minimum is guilty of criminal negligence in the deaths of four U.S. Citizens, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi, Libya.
Dear God; please deliver us from our present wicked ruler who at one time was known as Barry Soetoro and by his actions are in violation of the eighth commandment “Thou shalt not steal,” by using the power and force of government to take income and property from one group of citizens and giving the stolen goods to others. O Lord, give us a ruler who will respect the property of others. O Lord, you have said: “You shall not steal.” (Exodus 20:15)
Dear God; please deliver us from our present wicked ruler who at one time was known as Barry Soetoro and exhibits signs of malignant narcissism manifesting itself as prideful arrogance and by his support of the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda, sworn enemies of Your Church, and of your ancient covenant people, is in violation of his oath of office.
Dear God; please deliver us from our present wicked ruler who at one time was known as Barry Soetoro, and by his confession that the “Muslim Call to Prayer One of the Prettiest Sounds on Earth,” and even wears a ring inscribed in Arabic saying “there is no God but Allah” which are shocking violations of the First Commandment “You shall have no other gods before me.” (Deuteronomy 5:7)
Dear God; please deliver us from our present wicked ruler who at one time was known as Barry Soetoro, who bows down to misogynist kings and befriends the Islamic supremacist, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who admires Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, and believes the Jews are the descendants of Apes and Pigs.
Dear God; please deliver us from our present wicked ruler who was mentored by the Communist organizer Frank Marshal Davis and by his support of and his endorsement of homosexual practices, is calling evil good. “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:22). O Lord, give us a ruler who loves your law.
Dear God; please deliver us from our present wicked ruler who at one time was known as Barry Soetoro and by his statement “I will stand with the Muslims…” indicates that his allegiance is to a false god and a pagan religion. O Lord, give a a ruler who does not deceive us and attempt to lead the nation astray into idolatry.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil.” (Matthew 6:13)
“Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.” (Psalms 6:10)
“His trouble shall return upon his own head, And his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown.” (Psalms 7:16)
“Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.” (Psalms 10:15)
“O God, break the teeth in their mouths; tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord! Let them vanish like water that runs away; when he aims his arrows, let them be blunted. Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime, like the stillborn child who never sees the sun.” (Psalms 58:6-8)
“Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more! Bless the Lord, O my soul! Praise the Lord!” (Psalms 104:35)
King Solomon said: “When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.” (Proverbs 29:2)
Examples of Church leaders dealing with tyranny:
“Although I never lack the presence and plain image of my own wretched infirmity, yet seeing sin so manifestly abounds in all estates, I am compelled to thunder out the threatenings of God against the obstinate rebels.” – John Knox
Would John Knox have remained silent in the face of public wickedness being promoted by our current leader who was known at one time as Barry Soetoro? Is a king higher than God’s law?
In Lex Rex, (law is king) Samuel Rutherford argued that the law is above the king because it is founded on the Law of God. If the king disobeyed God’s law then the king was to be disobeyed. Rutherford argued that the civil authorities are fiduciary figures, that is they hold authority in trust for the people. If they violate that trust the people have a legitimate recourse to resistance.
Rutherford recommended increasing the levels of resistance for the individuals:
1. by self defense by protest or legal action;
2. by flight where possible; then only
3. by use of force in self defense.
Because God’s law is above civil rulers, we have the right to say: “The emperor has no clothes.”
John Knox said: “Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.”
Consider: The First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women by John Kox. The First Blast published in 1558 was prompted by the murderous activities of Mary Tudor, a Roman Catholic who succeeded to the throne of England.
Mary Queen of Scots told him that God expected subjects to obey their ruler. Knox replied that subjects did not have to obey a ruler who was ‘ungodly.’
Was Knox right that we do not have to obey an ungodly ruler? Would he have thundered out the threatenings of God against our obstinate covenant law breaker rebel bottom feeders, who pass themselves off as political leaders?
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.” (Romans 13:1-7)
Does submission to the governing authorities mean that believers and the church must keep silent in the face of public evil by these same governing authorities? Or, is keeping silent in the face of evil part of the definition of submission?
“If there is no final place for civil disobedience, then the government has been made autonomous, and as such, it has been put in the place of the living God.” – Francis A. Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto
Consider the thoughts of one New England pastor from a time when public office holders, acknowledged the God of the Bible:
“It is blasphemy to call tyrants and oppressors, God’s ministers. They are more properly the messengers of Satan to buffet us. No rulers are properly God’s ministers, but such as are just, ruling in the fear of God. When once magistrates act contrary to their office, and the end of their institution; when they rob and ruin the public, instead of being guardians of its peace and welfare; they immediately cease to be the ordinance and ministers of God; and no more deserve that glorious character than common pirates and highwaymen. So that whenever that argument for submission, fails, which is grounded upon the usefulness of magistracy to civil society, (as it always does when magistrates do hurt to society instead of good) the other argument, which is taken from their being the ordinance of God, must necessarily fail also; to person of a civil character being God’s minister, in the sense of the apostle, any farther than he performs God’s will, by exercising a just and reasonable authority; and ruling for the good of the subject.…. When magistrates rob and ruin the people, instead of being guardians of its peace and welfare, they immediately cease to be the ordinance and ministers of God, and no more deserve that glorious character than common pirates and highwaymen.” – Jonathan Mayhew (1720 – 1766), Congregational minister at West Church in Boston
Submission to governing authorities cannot possibly mean the Church and individual Christians must remain silent in the face of public wickedness.
For example, evangelical leader, James Dobson, calls the president out on his radical support for baby killing at the national prayer event. http://www.wnd.com/2014/05/dobson-obama-is-abortion-president/
Some of Dobson’s comments: “I believe in the rule of law,” he said, but “I will not pay the surcharge for abortion services. … To pay one cent for the killing of babies is egregious to me, and I will do all I can to correct a government that lies to me about its intentions and then tries to coerce my acquiescence with extortion.” So, he concluded, “come and get me if you must, Mr. President. I will not bow before your wicked regulation.”
“…tolerance of intolerance is cowardice.” Ayaan Hirsi Ali
What about the passage in 1 Peter where we are instructed to submit to every authority. Are there qualifications or limits in this passage?
Some have argued yes. For example, the American colonists read 1 Peter 2:13, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority . . .,” and saw the phrase “for the Lord’s sake” as a condition for obedience. The reasoning ran thus: if the authority was unrighteous and passed unrighteous laws, then following them could not be a righteous thing. In other words, one cannot obey a wicked law “for the Lord’s sake.”
Check out the following article links that give direction to God’s people in their resistance to wicked leaders:
* Is It Unbiblical to Protest Against Unrighteous Governments? By Gary DeMar
The American Right to Revolt Against Tyranny: Part A—Ancient Roots by a Reformed pastor in Ireland.
Resistance to Tyrants
A Christian Against the State by Laurence M. Vance
We Can’t Afford to Ignore the Tyranny that Exists
Obama Breaks Nearly All Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments of Obama
“When government engages in the involuntary transfer of wealth, that’s nothing more than legalized plunder. There is nothing noble or laudatory about it. It is contemptible, evil and profoundly wrong.” – Frederic Bastiat
“The moral absolutes rest upon God’s character. The moral commands He has given to men are an expression of His character. Men as created in His image are to live by choice on the basis of what God is. The standards of morality are determined by what conforms to His character, while those things which do not conform are immoral.” – Francis A. Schaeffer
“Be not intimidated… nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice.” – John Adams
“That government is best which governs least, the people are entitled to a government that stays within the confines of the Constitution, the Constitution was written to keep the government off the people’s backs.” – Judge Andrew Napolitano
In conclusion, I say that is time to pray for God to remove corrupt leaders and to raise up good ones that are “God fearing.”
Mr. Kettler is the owner of http://www.Undergroundnotes.com where his theological, philosophical and political articles can be read.