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If you are currently going through a violent haunting, it will be prudent to follow the following guidelines:
- Never challenge the entity in any way (saying things like, “If you are present, then show yourself or give me a sign”).
- Under no circumstances should you ever speak to the entity. Doing so can put you, your loved ones and your property in danger. We are to use instead imperative or deprecatory prayers.
- Specifically, never ask the entity questions. Asking demons questions or challenging it can have disastrous consequences.
- Never, under any circumstances attempt to contact the entity through sťances, Ouija boards, psychic mediums. shamans, or any other occult or New Age methodology in the attempt to negotiate with and/or placate the spirit.
- Do not use “imprecatory” commands directed toward the entity. Imprecatory prayer is prayer that contains curses. The Bible has many imprecatory prayers.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines imprecatory as “to invoke evil upon; curse.”
Father Hardon's Catholic Encyclopedia refers to imprecatory in the entry on “imprecatory psalms”":
Those in which the psalmist pronounces a curse over the enemies of God and God's people, as when David prays, "May no one be left to show him kindness, may no one look after his orphans, may his family die out, its name disappear in one generation" (Psalm 109:12-13). Such imprecations should be seen as the ardent expressions of the Oriental mind, and written under divine inspiration. They were not only statements of the human author, asking God to punish evildoers, but in prophetic terms foretold the divine intention, i.e., what God was going to do to those who resisted his will. (Etym. Latin in- + precari, to pray: imprecor, to call upon, to invoke on a person.)As we can see imprecatory is not a mere “command”, it refers to invoke and to curse. The very word means in Latin to pray, to call upon, to invoke on a person. These types of commands are to be avoided as they can place you and/or your loved ones in danger. This is one reason why the Holy See has officially prohibited the use of imprecatory commands by anyone outside of a formal solemn exorcism (see Inde Ab Aliquot Annis: On The Current Norms Governing Exorcisms, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, September 29, 1985).
Here are some examples of imprecatory prayer in the Old Testament:
Psalm 55:15 - Let death take my enemies by surprise; let them go down alive to the grave.Here are some examples in the New Testament:
Psalm 58:6 - O God, break the teeth in their mouths.
Psalm 69:28 - May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous.
Psalm 109:9 - May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
Psalm 137:9 - How blessed will be the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.
Matthew 23:13 - “But woe* to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you shut the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither enter yourselves, nor allow those who would enter to go in.”Imprecations are reserved to a priest authorized to perform a Solemn exorcism.
Matthew 26:23-24 - He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me, will betray me. The Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe* to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”
1 Corinthians 16:22 - If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.
Galatians 1:8-9 - But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, If any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed.
* ["Woe to you" means to call down sorrow and calamity]
- Direct imperative commands may be used in deliverance prayers. For example, “Depart from me, demon of anger, and go where Christ tells you to go” and “I rebuke you demon of anger.” This is perfectly acceptable. It is not imprecatory as it is not calling down a curse or a calamity on the demon.
- Deprecatory language may be used in our prayers. Deprecatory language avoids the personal confronting of the demons, the “I” language, and replaces if by asking the Father to do the commanding or rebuking/binding/casting out. For example, follows is the imprecatory prayers listed in the last paragraph to deprecatory language: “In the name of Jesus Christ, Father, I ask you to command this demon of ...” or “In the name of Jesus Christ, Father I ask you to rebuke (bind) (cast out) this demon of ...” Also see see the Prayers page for examples of prayers that use deprecatory wording.
Prayer affords the best protection for you and your family at this point. Pray the prayers that we have listed on the Prayers page. Try not to be afraid. Although we do fully realize that the events that may be going on around you are terrifying, try to realize that you are being protected by God and His holy Angels. If you were not being protected, you would not be reading this right now. In addition to this, you need to seek out help, whether it be help from us or clergy.
To begin with helping yourself with violent hauntings or any other spiritual warfare problem, please see the Seven Steps to Self-Deliverance.
Do not be afraid to ask your Priest or Minister for help. Realize, though, that they are human and as such can and do make mistakes. Pray for them rather than criticize and condemn. Also, most Priests and Ministers are not knowledgeable or prepared to handle spiritual warfare problems. In such cases our assistance may be especially helpful to you.
The bottomline is that it can be dangerous to fight these violent hauntings alone without assistance and guidance from an experiences and trained deliverance counselor/investagator.