Praying for Israel is easy! It is hard to find a page in the Bible that doesn’t talk about Israel – especially in the prophets. We pray the Word because we know that “if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.” (1 John 5:14). By praying the Word we remind God of His promises and can be assured that He hears us. Through prayer, we engage in welcoming the will of God into the earth. His Kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven!
WHERE TO START?
Biblical beginning… Psalms of Ascent
Rabbi Avraham Isaac HaCohen Kook, a prominent rabbi prior to the establishment of the modern state of Israel, was perplexed by Christianity’s love for the psalms of David and yet disdain for, or at least separation from, the people they are written by and about – the nation of Israel.
Start with Psalm 120 through Psalm 134. The nation of Israel would sing these psalms as they made their ascent up to Jerusalem for the feasts 3 times a year. (Any movement towards Jerusalem is considered as “upward.”) Psalm 132:13 & 14 declare “For the Lord has chosen Zion, He has desired it for His dwelling place: This is My resting place forever. Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.”
WHICH WAY IS JERUSALEM?
Biblically directional prayer… Turn and pray towards Jerusalem
We are all familiar with the prophet Daniel and his commitment to God even to the point of being thrown in the lion’s den. What was Daniel’s crime? Praying three times a day toward Jerusalem. The enemies of God hate prayer – especially when it is prayer facing Jerusalem. The Bible tells us in Daniel 6:10 that Daniel went home, and with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees 3 times that day and prayed, as was his custom. It is important to remember that Jerusalem was in a state of desolation at this point in history yet Daniel continued to pray toward it, in hope.
At the dedication of the Temple in I Kings 8:30 & 48, Solomon prays, “May you hear the supplication of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray towards this place. Hear in heaven Your dwelling place; and when You hear, forgive.” And again, “…when they return to You with all their heart and all their soul in the land of their enemies who led them away captive, and pray to You toward their land which you gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen and the temple which I have built for Your name: then hear in heaven Your dwelling place their prayer and supplication and maintain their cause and forgive Your people.”
CLICK HERE for a biblical window into Israel and her destiny, compiled by Nancy Campbell, editress of Above Rubies: