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Abba, we commit ourselves to trusting You today and in the days to come, because You alone see and know all things. We ask that You release Your shalom, fill us with confidence in Your character, and keep us from speaking words that position us against You. Prepare us to receive prodigals who have been deceived. Also prepare us to accept Your judgment toward the wicked and to remember that, in Your mercy, each of them has been given time to return home to You. We trust You, and we will not defend the wicked in the days to come.

Several months ago, I heard a soft voice say: “Do not defend the wicked. On the day that I bring down ones whom the Church has thought pure, if you defend the judged, you will be contending against Me.”

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In the months since, I have allowed myself to be challenged, even stretched, as I sought scriptural understanding. This is my understanding, and I believe that it is a right-now word for the Church: Saul of Tarsus was deceived; Jezebel was wicked. The thief who asked to be with Jesus when He came into His Kingdom had been deceived; the thief who continued mocking and jeering Jesus was wicked. Rahab was deceived; Delilah was wicked.

Saul of Tarsus (who became the Apostle Paul), the thief whom Jesus said would be with Him in the kingdom, and the prostitute Rahab (who is a part of Jesus’ earthly ancestry) were all changed for the better through their encounters with God. They are no longer counted among the wicked. Today the Church must recognize the difference between the wicked and the deceived, because our collective lack of understanding has given Satan access to our families, the Church, and the nations that he should never have had.

I believe that if we continue in our collective ignorance about the distinction God makes between the two, many will unnecessarily remain among those ignorantly contending against God. Where wickedness is concerned, scriptural revelations abound as regards God’s heart and intent. It was the pervasive, unrepentant, and unrelenting wickedness of the people of Noah’s day that brought about the flood: The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (Genesis 6:5 ESV) — with “every” meaning all, and “continually” meaning nonstop. At that time, only Noah was found to be righteous and was granted a way of escape for himself and his family. The wicked were all destroyed, because they had refused God’s love and warnings. Fret not yourself because of evildoers, and be not envious of the wicked, for the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out (Proverbs 24:19–20 ESV) is another example of the unhappy outcome for the wicked.

Like Paul, Rahab and the repentant thief, we too were once counted among the deceived before our redemption. In our self-deception, we participated in what God considers wicked. We were the wandering, prodigal children of Abba — prodigals for whom others interceded — but God! At a pivotal time in our lives, when confronted about our wicked ways, we said yes to Him in our valley of decision. He had graciously already gifted us the perfect atonement. The wicked, however, are those who have continually rebuffed God’s voice or whose intent was never truly for the good; they may have been playing church, or perhaps they’ve been using God’s name as a commodity and a cover while every intent and thought of their heart was wicked. For them — as for the faithful — what has been sown shall soon be reaped. And for those of us watching as their recompense comes upon them, the wrong response would be to defend them against God. We witness examples of such a mistaken defense when congregations shield pro-infanticide pastors, or when church leaders known to have misused their authority and their access to abuse women and children are protected from exposure and from righteous justice. This is tainted fruit masquerading as grace. Though not spoken correctly concerning Job’s walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Elihu’s wisdom nonetheless rings true: “Mighty God! Far beyond our reach! Unsurpassable in power and justice! It’s unthinkable that he’d treat anyone unfairly. So bow to him in deep reverence, one and all! If you’re wise, you’ll most certainly worship Him” (Job 37:23–24 MSG).

There is still time for some of the wicked to experience a radical, life-giving encounter with God. Pray with me that many will. Also, prepare to be ones who remain faithful throughout the shaking and judgment in His house, and let us not become like those who complain or contend against God’s faithfulness to do all He has promised. Let’s ask God to reveal if any man, woman, or organization has replaced Him as their first love — the one for whom we ought to forsake all others. Ask Him to prepare our hearts to trust His love and justice. He will comfort us when people we may have respected and still love are exposed for having chosen their own way. And finally, let us together trust Him to put a song of praise in our hearts through it all.

How are you praying for the wicked and the deceived? Share your thoughts and prayers below.

Mavourene Robinson is a homeschool mom, an author, and an intercessor. A former human resources professional, she began full-time ministry in 2014. Mavourene is a lifelong learner about the intersections of faith with international relations and domestic policy, and she is active in intercession for family, government, education, and religion. Photo Credit: Paul Wong on Unsplash.

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Becky
August 25, 2022

AMEN! What a good word of exhortation from Poppa God! What a gracious warning to be wise, align ourselves with God, not against Him. What a word of comfort too in these sometimes dark days, God is still and forever good, He can be totally trusted, even in matters of judging the wicked. Thanks and praise to You too Lord, Your faithfulness, goodness, tender loving kindness, chesed, is a deep comfort when we look around and are witness to so much suffering.
That song, People get ready, the Christian one by Crystal Lewis is so timely, especially as we go into the High Holy Days, God’s people, do you hear Him? Will you be ready? This is an anniversary of our beginnings as a nation, this Holy season and some of the teachings/prayers/articles recently here on IFA have been trumpet calls to get ready, THE King is coming ya’ll!!!

Carreen Hansen
August 2, 2022

Thank you for this clarification between good and evil. It has been
a blessing to me. Three or four months ago, a still, small, insistent
voice spoke to me saying” Pray for George Soros.” I argued with God telling him I didn’t know how to pray for him. He insisted. I requested instruction on how to pray.He instructed until I came to the actual point of praying for someone to show Jesus’s love to George Soros. My heart was heavy for his salvation. Later, IFA requested prayers for him. My heaviness has left. He only has a little time left to choose, but I’m assured that others are praying.
Will his heart be broken, his life changed. God has been trying to
reach him. I continue praying that all his evil efforts will end. God is in control. Thank you.

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Gladys
July 29, 2022

I was surprised and still speechless seeing the so called born again refusing to accept president Trump. How can church leaders vote democratic.
Trump loves Jesus Christ as Paul did.

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Deni
July 28, 2022

This is a word confirming what Pastor Kent Christmas gave earlier this month. God is warning us and we must heed it in love. We can pray while there is still day.

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Brian
July 28, 2022

It would appear that the people who are manipulating Joe Biden are just as wicked as he himself is. I pray for a Damascus Road experience for them, as they are clearly living and functioning under severe deception. They despeately need to repent. It is their only hope. Give them ears to hear the still, small voice of Holy Spirit. God, You alone are greater than the enemy. Please, move on behalf of Your children. In Jesus’ name.

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    Connie
    July 28, 2022

    If they don’t know the Lord they are not His children…but rather their creation in need of salvation. And, no matter whether saved or not, all have a God given conscience and void only He can fill; but they have to recognize that. Without that reckoning, they are choosing evil nevertheless . At some point, a human being knows the difference between right from wrong and left to ignore their own conscience becomes wickedness.

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Zoe Ella
July 28, 2022

Rejecting the sin without judging the sinner is not the same thing as defending the sinner. Judgment is God’s, but revenge is not the same thing as judgment. One is judged as the consequence of what one has done and not repented; one is not taken revenge on because God is mad at them. We, too, need to take no pleasure in revenge – or judgment because of someone’s unrepentant condemnation. One can certainly pray for them – that is not arguing as a lawyer in their defense. There is a difference between petitioning God and arguing.

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Sheila
July 28, 2022

Both my kids are not living for the Lord and they know we don’t agree with their lifestyles and we’ve made our boundaries. But we also all still get along and love each other very much. Doesn’t love come first over all? It’s a very hard world to live in right now with so much indoctrination of our kids. They leave home as Christians to go to college and come back in alternative lifestyles. We hope and pray daily! I just pray God can forgive me if I’m not supposed to be taking to my children😏.

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    Susan
    July 28, 2022

    Yes, you are to be talking with your children! And unconditionally loving them! And trusting God to work with them! He loves them much more than we earthly parents love our children. His love is perfect. So we ask the Holy Spirit to give us discretion and to guide our thoughts and words. We completely trust God with what we understand and with what we don’t understand. We worship the Healer, whether healing occurs or not. But we, of course, believe Scripture is without error and live accordingly.

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Shara
July 28, 2022

Great article! After I read it, Matthew 7:6 came to mind.

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Holly
July 28, 2022

Amen!
Thank you.

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Nancy Nelson
July 28, 2022

Quite a revelation. Thank you for sharing the insight God gave you!!!
I pray:
“Confuse the wicked, O Lord, & confound their speech. Throw the wicked into confusion before Your people!”

“You will once again see a distinction between the righteous & the wicked, between those who serve The Lord & those who do not!” Malachi 3:18

Father, I pray that we, Your children, will show ourselves to be blameless & guileless, innocent & uncontaminated & we are seen as bright lights shining clearly on a dark world, holding onto & offering to all people The Word of Life”. Phillipians 2:15, 16

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Gary Fox
July 28, 2022

Absolutely Profound!!!

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Sharon D. Giles
July 28, 2022

Thank you, Mrs. Robinson, for this excellent article! Yes, Lord, help me to know the difference when a person can have a changed heart, and when I need to be more careful, and not get involved with a person engaged in repetitive wickedness. Lord, You know all things, and please keep giving us great wisdom in these times! Amen.

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Karen
July 28, 2022

This is an excellent word! My husband and I pray that “those who are yet going to make decisions for Him would do so quickly.” He knows already exactly who that will be. We are not led by our Lord to pray for all who are wicked or have rejected Him. Thank you for the confirmation that we are praying exactly as He wants us to!

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JACQUELINE
July 28, 2022

I pray for heightened level alertness and discernment for the Church. Father, bring an awakening of Holy Spirit’s role to the Church. Forgive those who have refused Him access to their services may we never be embarrassed or shy about Him manifesting Himself. Holy
Spirit, invade our gatherings, empower our efforts, saturate our lives. We expect this and thank you in advance. Amen.

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Claire Taylor
July 28, 2022

Lord Jesus we pray for those who are deceived. Open their eyes, unclog their ears, soften their hearts to Your truth in Your Word. Speak to them Lord in dreams and. visions as they sleep through the power of Your Word.

As for the wicked, expose and bring to light every scheme for evil.

In the Mighty Name of Jesus- Amen 🙏🏻✝️🙌🏻🔥

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Martha
July 28, 2022

I prayed this morning for the Lord to turn all the wrong permitted through Biden be turned into blessings. That Justice would prevail at the border regarding the drug and child traffickers, but the surge of humanity will turn into a blessing for our country as the Lord transforms us.

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    Jane Fain
    July 29, 2022

    Amen, Martha, I have been praying that the Revival and Great Awakening that are coming to our nation will hit the illegals who have crossed our border, transform them spiritually like it will do with our people and that they will feel convicted to return to their own country to live and be a missionary there.

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Paul Halbeck
July 28, 2022

Father, in this time of turmoil, give us great discernment, and to stand for the Righteous ways of God. Those leaders who do not stand for righteousness may they be quickly remove from office , and may they personally turn to the living God who gives us salvation.

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Tracey Powers
July 28, 2022

Oh, Father in Heaven, please give us spiritual discernment as we interact with our family members and everyone You bring into our paths! Open they eyes of the blind and turn all of us from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to the power of God that we may receive forgiveness for our sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in You, Lord Jesus! Let not our spouses, children or grandchildren believe the lies of the enemy of our souls, but only run to You, Abba, and help us repent and follow You fully! Be our First Love, Dear Lord Jesus, and shine Your Light through us so many will see and fear, and trust in the Lord!

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Linda Lucas
July 28, 2022

I have prayed scantily for the wicked in power. This is because I do not want to offend Almighty God by bringing up the stench of the wicked that have no intention of repenting, up into the nostrils of my Lord and Savior. God alone be their Judge because He alone knows their wicked hearts and intentions. Every day, I get aware of new and more profane deeds from those in power in Washington, DC, in Canada and in Europe and Asia and the Middle East, more shockingly evil deeds and sins against infants and children.

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    Jane Fain
    July 29, 2022

    Linda, you can pray that the real winner of the 2020 election will take his place in the Commander-in-Chief’s seat in the time of God’s choosing.

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Allena Jordan
July 28, 2022

Lord, we’ve been asking You to expose, expose, expose in our government. Yet, judgment begins with God’s own house. Lord, as difficult as it is to pray this, expose the unrighteousness that exists in Your house and expel it, either by repentance or removal. Lord, help me to walk circumspectly, humbly, awaiting the cleansing of Your house. May Your house be a house of prayer, full of righteousness and Your glory once again. And let it go forth from there into all the nations. Amen.

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    Liz Hazelet
    July 28, 2022

    Amen

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    Annamae
    July 29, 2022

    I’ve been praying the same for a while. Begin with me, churches that are not teaching the truth, wrong-doing in local community, state, nation and the world. Most of all let each sin be dealt with and not ignored.

Janie Kelley
July 28, 2022

I pray everyday for Joe Biden to accept Jesus and be saved. I also pray for Nancy Pelosi to come to Jesus for salvation. But if they are truly evil and will not accept such a great salvation, I pray for them to be removed from any position of authority or power over decent people.

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Jon
July 28, 2022

2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
1 Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
1 Timothy 2: 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

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Karen Ellard
July 28, 2022

Your article is a timely word for the Body of Christ. Thank you for sharing with IFA!

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EJ
July 28, 2022

The infamous phrase, live and let live, is a curious response from Christians to evil in America. Worse yet, when Christians accommodate and facilitate the sin of others in the house of the Lord, in the school house or in the people’s house of government and justice, it is shameful. In doing so, these Christians become accomplices to the sinners. What will God do on judgement day, other than ask why did you help this sinner carry out their sins? This is a chilling question. It is one that Christians need to contemplate now, while there is still time to stop themselves from pretending wrong is right, truth is subjective and sin is unaccountable. Pray that Christians will say no to evil spreading throughout our nation rather than aid and assist it through their action or inaction. Be confident in God’s Word and encourage each other to be faithful to the Lord.

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Jan E Taylor
July 28, 2022

Thank you, I really needed to read this.

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James Allen
July 28, 2022

Excellent WORD🔥🙏🏽😇

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Martha Kinsler
July 28, 2022

Thank you! What you shared requires humility, brokenness, wisdom, discernment, the Word and the Spirit filling us, and Light! This pierced my heart— “Let’s ask God to reveal if any man, woman, or organization has replaced Him as their first love — the one for whom we ought to forsake all others.” Praying we “return to our First Love!” In doing so—remaining and abiding—we will be fulfilling the Desires of His Heart! ❤️‍🔥🔥🎚🙏‼️

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MJB
July 28, 2022

As long as we allow the false prophets and money grubbers to influence the church, we are defending the wicked. We can’t expect to have the power of the Holy Spirit if we’re willing to pay one of these scheisters to teach us how to be prophets, as if God’s gifts were for sale through their hands. If we don’t abandon false gifts, teachers, and prophets, we continue to defend the wicked.

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Judy Lowrance
July 28, 2022

I am praying for GOD to pour out upon them a terror of GOD and a spirit of repentance, showing them what their end will be if they don’t repent and that HE would speak to them through dreams, visions and visitations.

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