I believe that we are to be "watchmen" on the walls of Jerusalem. . .we are to pray for the peace of Jerusalem as the Bible instructs us. I believe that this means we are praying for the New Jerusalem and for Israel to come to know their true Savior. We are praying in support of God's chosen people, of whom by our belief in the Jewish Messiah, we are now grafted into.(Read Romans, Chapter 11) We are, by our love of Yeshua (Jesus), part of the House of Israel now. Our prayers for the sufferings of His people right now show our love and support of them.
This is what God says to us concerning His people, Israel. . .“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:2-4, New International Version [NIV])
I also remembered a scripture about us being watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem. I believe we are to pray for God to comfort and strengthen the Jewish people and to show them the saving powers of Yeshua. We are to stand with them against the evilness of Islam. God uses our prayers to empower people. Our prayers show God that our hearts are with Israel. I have highlighted certain portions of this scripture, but read the whole chapter below, because I believe it says a lot to us about supporting Israel with our prayers.
Zion’s New Name
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.
The nations will see your vindication, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.
You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah,[a]and your land Beulah[b]; for the Lord will take delight in you, and your land will be married.
As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.
I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.
The Lord has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: “Never again will I give your grain as food for your enemies, and never again will foreigners drink the new wine for which you have toiled;
but those who harvest it will eat it and praise the Lord, and those who gather the grapes will drink it in the courts of my sanctuary.”
Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.
The Lord has made proclamation to the ends of the earth: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your Savior comes! See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.’”
They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted. (Isaiah 62, New International Version [NIV])
Our prayers, especially corporately, are so very powerful. In Revelation 5:8 our prayers are golden bowls of incense. “And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.”
Then we read in Revelation 8 what happens when we pray. . . Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
We should be praying for the peace of Jerusalem. We should pray for comfort and strength for the nation of Israel and her people. We should pray for wisdom for the leaders of Israel. And we should pray that God will show those in Israel who have not accepted Yeshua to see their true Saviour...Sar Shalom...THE PRINCE OF PEACE!
Footnotes: Isaiah 62:4Hephzibah means my delight is in her. Beulah means married.
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