How do we harmonize praying curses with "love your enemy". How can we repay evil with good, yet pray that God's enemies "melt away like a slug on the sidewalk"?
Anathema means "cursed" - but there's more than that. It carries a meaning of "laid before God."
Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said,Luke 21:5
As with all the imprecations, this is not about us carrying out personal revenge. This is about laying the enemies of God at His feet, praying that the God of the Covenant will carry out HIS justice on behalf of His people.
Follow the Leaders and pray the curses
When we look for those praying curses on the enemies of God...and God's people, we find Paul, telling Timothy about Alexander, "May God repay him on that day."
We find the perfect saints of God who have been martyred, crying out
“O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”Rev. 6:10
If the perfected saints in heaven pray curses against those who murder God's people pray for His perfect justice, we should be free to follow their example.
Jesus said to love our enemies. Paul said to overcome evil with good and to try to be at peace with all men.
However, what is in view here is not praying for God's justice. We are not to pray curses in order to further our own sinful and malicious maltreatment of those who have wronged us.
Taking our own personal revenge is always wrong (and that brings us to the end of this post...