Do you know that the Bible clearly instructs us to pray for Israel? As Christians, we must ‘watch and pray’ in all situations. And this undoubtedly includes ‘Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem’.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good.” (Psalm 122: 6-9)
This encompasses all people in the Middle East. If you have been to the Holy City, you will know it has four quarters, Armenian, Jewish, Christian and Muslim quarters. God loves all people, and He doesn’t want anyone to perish. (2 Peter 3:9)
However, the Jewish People are referred to in the Bible as God’s ‘Chosen ones’, (Deuteronomy 7:6) the ‘Apple of His eye’. They were called to be a light to other nations, to bring forth God’s covenant plan of Salvation through the Messiah.
Pray for peace in the Middle East. Let’s intercede for Israel at war. May God protect the Jewish People and His Holy Land. May there be an end to civilian casualties on all sides. We ask for the peace of Jerusalem.
Pray for Israel? ‘Comfort My People’
Why does God instruct us to pray for the Jewish People specifically? Perhaps it is because they need the most intercession. Certainly, the Jews are the most persecuted race and religion in history.
In Isaiah 40:1-2, we read “Comfort My People, Speak tenderly to Jerusalem.”
Why does God give us a guarantee that our comfort of the Jewish People and our intercession for Israel will not go unnoticed? The Scriptures challenge us with the promise that whoever blesses Israel shall be blessed.
Remember, He who keepeth Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps. (Psalm 121:4-7)
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