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Prayer for Israel

11214163_990325321030575_6399602475697441857_nGod desires that the whole Church would partner with His heart and pray for Israel. His sovereign election is this nation, and His heart is jealous for Jerusalem (Zechariah 1:14-16). He will fulfill His promises towards this city (Isaiah 62:1). Jesus is coming to earth to rule from a throne in Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:4; Joel 3:17; Psalm 110:2; 132:13-14; Acts 1:11-12).

Israel will one day accept their Messiah Jesus (Matthew 23:29). God is committed to Israel’s salvation for the sake of His own glory in the world. His strategy to redeem the earth is the redeemed and restored nation of Israel under the leadership of Jesus (Ezekiel 36:22-23). Jesus will rule over David’s Kingdom (Israel), and he will sit on David’s throne (in Jerusalem). This will be His global headquarters on the earth during the Millennium (Isaiah 9:6-7). Israel will be God’s vehicle of salvation (Genesis 22:18; John 4:22).

God wants us to stand with Israel in prayer.

Praying for Jerusalem is God’s strategy to release fullness to the Gentile and mercy to the Jew. Our response to Israel is a test, and we will be judged according to our stance towards Israel. We must cultivate a passion in our heart for the Jews. We must contend in prayer for Israel and give God no rest till He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth (Isaiah 62:7).

The prayer movement will culminate in the return of Jesus, the salvation of Israel, and the consummation of God’s Kingdom on earth (Psalm 122:6-9). The Holy Spirit is establishing global intercession for Israel (Ezekiel 13:3-5; 22:30; Lamentations 2:18; Zechariah 2:5). Jerusalem is one of the last battlefronts spiritually, politically, and militarily (Zechariah 14:1-3). There is a war between two Houses of Prayer—Jesus’ and the antichrist’s (Psalm 122:6; Revelation 13: 8, 12).13

Some Biblical intercessors who left great examples of prayers for Israel are: Moses (Exodus 32:11-13; Numbers 14:13-19; Deuteronomy 9:18-19, 25-29; 30:1-10), Solomon (1 Kings 8:46-53), Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1:4-11), Asaph and the sons of Korah (Psalm 44; 74; 79; 80; 83; 85), Isaiah (Isaiah 6; 58:1; 62:1; 63:15-19; 64), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 9:1; 14:7-9, 17-22; 15:5; Lamentations 3:43-51; 5:19-22), Daniel (Daniel 9:1-19), and Joel (Joel 1:8, 13-14; 2:12-17).14 You may want to use these prayers as you intercede for Israel. You may be asking:

“What are some specific prayers that I can pray for Israel and the believers living there? What are some strategic ways that I can pray?”

Here are some ways recommended by our friends at Revive Israel Ministries in Jerusalem:

  • Pray for believing Israeli, especially the youth – Pray that they would be strengthened in their faith and connected to other believers in Yeshua. Pray that believing youth will connect through national camps that provide a place to be strengthened in faith and connected in deeper ways. Strong young followers of the faith are the future of the body of believers in Israel
    (Romans 11:5).
  • Pray for unity in the body of believers in Israel – Pray for humility and cooperation among believers throughout the entire spectrum of faith. There are many forms of expression and variations in theological orientation. Pray John 17:20-23.
  • Pray for effective personal evangelism – Pray for an increase in effectiveness as Yeshua is shared with the lost sheep of
    Israel, especially through personal relationships. Pray for
    Israeli believers to become key leaders in Israeli society so that
    many may hear and see the love of Yeshua (Matthew 10:5-7;
    Romans 10:14-15).
  • Pray for effective discipleship of native believers – Pray for the development of discipleship programs to fit the needs of new Israeli believers from all walks of life. Pray that many
    more Israelis would come to know Yeshua, and that they would
    be effectively discipled into His likeness (Matthew 4:18-22,
    Luke 9:1-6).
  • Pray for hope found only in Yeshua (Jesus) – Israeli society suffers severe economic and natural resource limits together with international political pressure and the increased cost of daily housing, fuel, and food beyond the resources of the average Israeli. Because of these pressures, Israelis are often in a hopeless day-to-day disposition. Pray for Israelis to have hope found in Yeshua the Messiah (Luke 24:21; Romans 10:1).
  • Pray for national security – Israel is under constant threat for her continued existence as a nation. Pray for wisdom for the Israeli governmental leaders. Pray that those protecting her borders would have eyes like eagles to uncover evil plans against her (Isaiah 54:17; Zechariah 2:4-6; Luke 19:41-44).
  • Pray for the believers in Israel to possess the land – Because of high housing costs and persecution as believers of Yeshua, it is a great challenge for believers in Israel to own homes and businesses. As the believers become more recognized as a legitimate part of Israeli society, it is important as part of their witness to the wider society. Pray for Messianic Jewish businesses and families to possess the land (Isaiah 61:1-7; Luke 4:17-20).

For weekly updates, current events, and additional information on how you can pray for Israel, visit Revive IsraelRevive Israel Ministries believe that it is impossible for Israel to fulfill her national destiny to invite Messiah Yeshua back to earth (Matthew 23:39) without the informed and effective prayers of Christian friends from around the world. I encourage you to print out these prayer requests and pray for Israel regularly.

You will experience God’s blessing when you do.

God is arresting our attention because He wants to give us His heartbeat for Israel and the nations. He wants us to see the world through His eyes and realize that the eternity of nations are at stake.

“His agenda is far more serious than anything man can comprehend, for He always deals with eternal issues and the eternity of entire nations is at stake… The longer that I walk with the Lord, the more I know that He is a God who has definite strategies and works according to a fixed set of plans. Nothing, absolutely nothing is a happenstance with the Lord for He is a God of order. Consequently, He has a plan concerning the nations and it is for this reason, too, that there is a judgment of the nations.” Michael Howard

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International

Our Prayer for Praying God’s Word

11230031_994913747238399_3289985085759092424_nLord, teach us to pray your Word. Teach us to make it central in our House of Prayer. Your Word is alive and activeIt’s sharper than any double-edged swordIt judges the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts (Hebrews 4:12). We long to align ourselves spiritually with You and Your Word. We want to pray your Word with Your authority, and with greater faith and obedience in our lives. Lord, we want to be passionate about the things you are passionate about. We want to be students of Your Word. Teach us to pray Paul’s apostolic prayers with power and faith. Teach us to pray the hymns from the book of Revelation with reverence and awe. Teach us to pray Your Word out loud in such a way that we see mighty spiritual breakthroughs in our House of Prayer. Help us declare the prophetic promises and decrees from Your Word.

We want to experience the “zoe”, life-giving power of Your Word on a daily basis. Show us truth in Your Word, and bring it to life through our prayers. Let us be ones who have learned to pray Your Word out loud, continually experiencing life-giving, “zoe” revelation through our prayers. Thank you so much for Your Word. It is precious to us. We rejoice in following Your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. We meditate on Your precepts and consider Your ways. We delight in Your decrees. We will not neglect Your Word. Open our eyes that we may see wonderful things in Your law. We run in the path of Your commands, for You have set our hearts free (Psalm 119:14-16, 18, 32). In Jesus’ name, amen.

Verses to Memorize

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe” (Ephesians 1:17-19a).

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International

Praying the Bible

10930949_964090020320772_5568470259813218675_n-2The mystery of intercession is actually profoundly simple. We tell God what he says in His Word. Everyone can pray like this—young and old, beginners and the experienced. God knows everything. We don’t have to come up with some intelligent method of praying, but He is deeply touched when we pray the truths in His heart back to Him.

God loves it when we agree with Him through His Word. We read His Word and let the Holy Spirit speaks to us through it. Then we pray it back to Him as the Holy Spirit leads us. His Words are Spirit and Truth (John 4:23-24; 6:63). When we speak God’s Word, it marks us on the inside, changes us, and builds us up. We unite with God’s heart in a most amazing way.

Our own hearts are transformed as we pray God’s Word.

God will actually withhold His blessing until we stand in faith, agree with His heart, and pray it back to Him (James 4:2). We can change whole cities when we agree with God’s heart and pray. Power and revival is released when we pray His Word over a city. God runs the universe through prayer. Praying God’s Word gives us sustaining power. The revelation we get from Him through His Word strengthens our emotions.

Haven’t you noticed when you’re discouraged or down, how different you feel after God speaks to your heart through His Word? It’s as if a light goes on that dispels the darkness. God upholds all things by the word of His power (Hebrew 1:3). When we read His Word we can have a living, active dialogue with Him in our heart (Hebrews 4:12). But we must receive it with obedience, faith, and devotion. When we abide in it (John 15:7), everything else seems to falls into place.

In my country, in the past most Americans respected the Bible. According to the Gallup pole, this has greatly dropped over the last several years. In 1963, 65% of the people believed the Bible literally, and today the number is only 32%. At one time most Americans were familiar with Bible doctrine. But this is not true today. Newsweek tells of a small child who saw a crucifix and asked, “Mommy, what is that man doing?” At one time most Americans accepted absolute moral standards. They knew that some things were right, and some things were wrong. Today 70% reject moral standards.

We are in a serious battle throughout the world over the authority of the Bible. We read in 2 Timothy 3:16-17:

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

This is one reason why we must uphold it as absolute, authoritative truth in our prayers. As we do this, we combat the lies of the enemy and spiritually strengthen our ability to abide in God’s Word, in our prayer meetings and to all we meet. We choose to obey God’s Word as we pray it. We feed our hearts on it. We learn to talk to God about His Word and then we listen. We internalize it, and we say it back to Him.

As we pray the Bible, it brings joy to the heart of God. Feeding our mind on Scripture and praying it helps determine our thoughts. When we speak the Word of God, it impacts our mind to follow what we speak. If we get our words right, then our thoughts, emotions, and behavior will follow the right path (James 3:2).

Praying God’s Word fights the fleshly battles of life using His spiritual weapons. This gives us authority in the supernatural realm to pull down strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). We no longer are in agreement with darkness but agree with the light of God’s Word.

Praying God’s Word refreshes us internally and enables us to live radically for Him long-term. Let’s learn to cultivate a spirit of radical devotion to God’s Word as our everyday lifestyle. David wrote many of the Psalms in the Bible. He saw himself and others through the eyes of God as he prayed. He understood the love of God even when facing difficulty because His attitude was right. Praying God’s Word is a positive way to live.

“When you pray the Bible, you will understand how God views you and how He views others. In a culture distorted by negative media images, we all need to be founded on what God thinks of us. David’s self-image came through prayer. He saw himself as God’s anointed, as the apple of God’s eye. David knew that God loved him, and that he was favored when the wicked were not. Therefore, we need to pray the Bible until we receive the same attitude that David did.” Wesley & Stacey Campbell

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International