An imprecatory prayer is one that calls for evil to befall one’s enemies.
Hence, an imprecatory prayer that invokes Psalm 109:8 with regard to President Obama is a plea for this (to quote the text of that passage):
“Let his days be few and let another take his office…Let his children be fatherless and his wife a widow. Let his children continually be vagabonds and beg. Let them seek their bread also from their desolate places. Let the creditor seize all that he has and let strangers plunder his labor. Let there be none to extend mercy to him nor let there be any favor to his fatherless children.”
Isn’t that sweet?
Some folks on the Religious Right have been touting that imprecatory prayer for Obama (see illustration above), thereby prompting a legal challenge on grounds that violence against the president might ensue.
As we see HERE, an appeals court in Texas has cleared the way for a jury trial of certain defendants who have invoked the imprecatory prayer at issue against Obama and several other people.