Should Intercessors Pray for the Wicked and Evil?

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As intercessors, it is our duty and privilege to pray the will of God. However, praying the will of God doesn't always mean we pray for people to be blessed.

Of course, we always pray first and foremost that people will be saved. However, according to Scripture, there are some who have given themselves over to a degenerate mind and no longer listen to their conscience. These people have no hope of salvation, for they have rejected God for the final time.

I've written before about how to pray when people have become the enemies of God. Today, however, I want to invite you to pray with me about those who have pushed wicked and evil political agendas in America.

As we pray together, please note that I am not calling any specific person wicked or evil. We should judge the fruit of every person's behavior, just as Jesus mentioned pertaining to false prophets in Matthew 7:15-20:

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"Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruit. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit. But a corrupt tree bears evil fruit. A good tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a corrupt tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruit you will know them."

The fruit of every person's behavior must be compared to the Word of God, the Bible, according to Isaiah 8:20:

"To the law and to the testimony; if they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."

And many other Scriptures list the works of the flesh and of evil. Therefore, even though I am not applying the prayer to any particular person here, we should always discern evil behavior based on these criteria of Scripture—and should stand for righteousness, no matter how the world tries to lead us or how much the world likes a particular person or organization.

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