Since walking in fellowship with the Lord, asking Him what is in His heart so I could pray in agreement with Him about an issue has been my way of praying. Yesterday, before going to the Monday prayer and intercession for Israel, I asked Him what was in His heart that He wanted me to share with the intercessors. The Holy Spirit whispered in my heart this word:
13 “Oh, that My people would listen to Me,
That Israel would walk in My ways!
14 I would soon subdue their enemies,
And turn My hand against their adversaries.
Psalm 81 is a call to repentance. While it is not wrong to pray for the many issues affecting Israel especially the issue of security in the midst of all the threats to the nation’s very existence (and praise Him for answering those prayers), God wants us to remember to pray for the most important one – Israel’s repentance and for the Jews to acknowledge and receive Yeshua as their Messiah.
Israel has fallen into apostasy. Many are caught in religious traditions that have nothing to do with God and His Word. Others simply do not believe that God exists. Praise Him though, for the many Jews who believe in Yeshua their Messiah. May the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob increase their number.
In view of the above, here are some thoughts for the Christians regarding Israel:
To the Christians who supposedly love Israel, express that love by praying for the Jews. Attending pro-Israel gatherings and supporting everything Israel on social media are not in themselves true expression of that love if you do not also pray for them.
Going back to Hebraic roots to the extent of copying Israel’s religious traditions, becoming more Jewish than the Jews, is not the right way to support Israel. It may, in fact, put you in danger of going back to the bondage of the law. Sadly, many have fallen into that trap.
Those Christians who believe that Israel lost her status as God’s chosen nation because of disobedience and so do not believe in supporting and praying for her, consider the word of the Lord through Jeremiah.
31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,[a] says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
35 Thus says the Lord,
Who gives the sun for a light by day,
The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night,
Who disturbs the sea,
And its waves roar
(The Lord of hosts is His name):
36 “If those ordinances depart
From before Me, says the Lord,
Then the seed of Israel shall also cease
From being a nation before Me forever.”
37 Thus says the Lord:
“If heaven above can be measured,
And the foundations of the earth searched out beneath,
I will also cast off all the seed of Israel
For all that they have done, says the Lord.
38 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, that the city shall be built for the Lord from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. 39 The surveyor’s line shall again extend straight forward over the hill Gareb; then it shall turn toward Goath. 40 And the whole valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the fields as far as the Brook Kidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, shall be holy to the Lord. It shall not be plucked up or thrown down anymore forever.”
In all our praying and standing for Israel, let us consider God’s heart and agree with His plans and purposes.
Love in Yeshua,