Pray for Israel - Prayer Pointers
Our Heavenly Parent, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Esther and Ruth, in obedience to Your Word, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the Land of Israel. Bless the people of Israel with Your promise of redemption, shield them with Your love, and bring them renewed hope for their day of salvation. Guide Israel’s leaders and advisors with the light of Your truth. For Your Name’s sake, I ask that You remember Your promise and bless the Land with peace, and its inhabitants with lasting joy. In Jesus Name, Amen.
1. Pray for Peace and Protection
Throughout history, the Jewish people have been dispersed throughout the nations and have endured relentless harassment, persecution, and near annihilation. Even at the birth of a safe Jewish Homeland in 1948, the new nation of Israel was welcomed by war. Jewish people still fight for survival as Israel is surrounded by adversaries, foreign and domestic. Israel’s desire and hope for peace remains as constant as her enemies’ desires for her death and destruction.
Israel needs continued prayer for Angelic hosts to encamp around the Land. (See Psalm 83). There now exists very real danger once again from Hezbollah on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon, continued attacks in the southern cities from Hamas in Gaza and the Sinai, potential discord with both Syria and Turkey, as well as Iran’s long standing threat “to wipe Israel off the map.”
In July of 2011, a second Freedom Flotilla to Gaza was attempted, as well as an en masse “fly in” to Ben Gurion Airport. Neither of these efforts to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip and to paint Israel as a violator of Human Rights, were successful. Nevertheless, a trend has begun by ill- informed activists and anti-Israel forces that could result in future violence and further demonizing of Israel.
Pray that the nations would not be deceived but would align with Israel. Pray for Godly wisdom for those bartering for peace in the peace process. Let Israel also know that true shalom will come from the Lord and not from man.
2. Pray for the Redemption of Israel
In Ezekiel 36: 22-28, God tells of God’s plan to bring the people back. The Lord says that God is bringing them back for the sake of God’s Name. The Lord promised to do certain things and God will fulfill them so that the nations will know that God is God.
3. Pray That God Would Raise Up Christian Watchpeople to Pray for God’s Peace and the Lord’s Purposes to Manifest in This Spiritually Strategic Land
Even though the Jewish people and the nation of Israel desperately desired peace, peace has historically eluded this tiny nation and this particular people.
Pray for current houses of prayer to have an increased heart for Israel and God’s purposes for the Land and its inhabitants. Pray also that God will raise up, increase, and embolden Christian Watchpeople in each nation. Pray Psalm 91 protection for those standing in prayer for Israel, especially watchpeople living in countries governed by Koranic or anti-democratic rule of law.
We need informed, strategic intercession for a “time such as this” as well as spiritual covering for any impinging spiritual retaliation from the enemy for praying for Israel. May God strengthen perfect unity among the houses of prayer and in their intercession to bring forth unity between Jews, Arabs, and other ethnicities. Isaiah 62:6 and Deuteronomy 31:6
4. Pray for Reconciliation – Jewish/Christian, Jewish/Arab and Other People Groups
God's desire is that humankind would reflect God in all of the Lord’s ways, especially in our relationships and interactions with one another. There needs to be prayers of reconciliation between the Christian and Jewish people, as well as prayers of reconciliation between the offspring of Ishmael and Isaac. (Ephesians 2:15)
5. Pray for Healing from Pain in the Past
We serve the God of yesterday, today and tomorrow, and He desires to bring “Abundant Life” to every season – past, present and future. It is therefore not surprising that when Jesus proclaimed His mission, He said He was sent to heal the broken hearted and to proclaim liberty to the captives. (Isaiah 61:1 - 3)
Today we can do the same for those in Israel who have tremendous pain from the past, by the power of prayer in the Name of Jesus. Pray that the joy of the Lord would be the strength of Israel. Pray that the anointing bestowed upon David known as the “Davidic anointing” would be graciously poured out over all Israel and to all the nations. Pray that new songs unto the Lord would bring forth deliverance, healing, restoration and joy for those who live in Zion. See Psalm 126: 1 - 6
6. Pray for Leaders
The leaders in Israel today have a wonderful legacy from Biblical times that they would be wise to study and from which to draw. Abraham, Moses, Joshua and David were mighty men of God who led Israel to victory and blessing because they “inquired of the Lord” and they obeyed their God. Pray that today’s Israeli leaders would not trust in their military might or in their friendship with the United States, but instead put their trust in the Lord – The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Pray for moral clarity among Israeli leaders.
Pray for Godly wisdom for Prime Minister Netanyahu and for his administration; pray that they would know how to handle Iran, Syria, Turkey, and other countries with radical Islamic policies. The “Arab Spring” uprisings are not only toppling dictators, but are allowing Radical Islamic groups like The Muslim Brotherhood to infiltrate the fragile new governments, potentially breaking established peace treaties and economic trade agreements with Israel. Between December 2010 and July 2011, there were revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, a civil war in Libya, violent civil uprisings in Bahrain, Syria, and Yemen, major protests in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, and Oman, as well as protests in Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Western Sahara. Israel’s leaders need much “wisdom from above” to safely navigate the unknown and ever changing waters of the future in the Middle East.
Proverbs 3:5 – 7 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.”
Taken from www.daytopray.com and adapted for DGFC