“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure’” (Psalm 122:6).
In one way, Jerusalem will never completely know peace until the Prince of Peace comes to reign in the city. When Messiah comes (again), He will establish Jerusalem as the praise of all the earth, the place from which He will reign over the earth. There is, however, a peace that comes to the human heart when Jesus is made Lord of that heart and life. I believe it is essential that we pray for the peace of Christ to come into many hearts in Israel. It is this peace that will comfort and endure, even through times of great trial and tribulation.
On the first Sunday in October of each year, many in the church come together for the International Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem. If your church has not become involved in this powerful prayer event, check out its website at www.daytopray.com. Praying for the peace of Jerusalem is so much more than a one-day event, but this day of prayer can help ignite your prayers for the rest of the year on Israel’s behalf.
Jesus, our Messiah, pour Your peace into the hearts of those who live within Israel’s borders. Come and establish Jerusalem as the praise of the earth. May believers in the nation shine like stars in the universe and continually hold out the word of life to those who are perishing. Give wisdom to political, military and church leaders for the glory of Your Great Name.
–Adapted from Prayer and the End of Days (Praying God’s Purposes in Troubled Times) by David Butts. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise Jesus, who is “declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead” (Rom. 1:4). Thank the Father for having given us his “incomparably great power . . . the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead” (Eph. 1:19-20). Confess the times when you have not taken into account the mighty power of God in your life. Commit yourself to meditating daily on the Scriptures and on the power of God (Mt. 22:29). Ask God to use your weaknesses to “show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Cor. 4:7).
Pray for God’s power to be unleashed in the life of the unsaved people you know, that their eyes will be opened to God’s love for them.
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