For Zion’s Sake – September 2016

Hi All!  Today is the first Wednesday of the month, thus we’re focusing on our Isaiah 62 prayer effort.  If you are new to Looking for the Blessed Hope, you will soon learn that I have a passion to pray for Israel (and her neighbors), just as Scripture commands.  I use the International Christian Embassy’s Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative to guide our prayer time.

Isaiah 62 contains 12 verses, thus we focus on a different verse of that chapter each month.  Because September is the 9th month of the year, our focus will be verse 9.  However, to maintain context, here is verse 8-9:

8  The Lord has sworn by his right hand
    and by his mighty arm:
“I will not again give your grain
    to be food for your enemies,
and foreigners shall not drink your wine
    for which you have labored;
9  but those who garner it shall eat it
    and praise the Lord,
and those who gather it shall drink it
    in the courts of my sanctuary.”

Prayer Points:

  • PRAISE Him because He is good and His love endures forever! Praise Him for that which the Jewish people gather, they will also eat.
  • PROCLAIM His Word by reciting Isaiah 62:9.
  • PETITION the Lord for fulfillment of His promise that the Jews will eat and drink that which they gather.
  • PONDER:  The Lord promises that which the Jewish people gather and bring together, they will eat and drink.  This sounds fair enough. It is simply normal.  But it is only normal for a people who are not at war, being plundered, or raided, or under siege as Jerusalem has been throughout most of her history.  As God’s people enjoy food and drink, they will praise the Lord in the holiness of His presence.  In this same scroll, Isaiah recorded the words of God, “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy?  Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance” (Isaiah 55:2).  We ask God to compel Israel to seek this satisfying food.
  • PRAY using the current prayer points provided here.

Please participate in this worldwide prayer effort.  If you are in the Phoenix area, we invite you to join us at Calvary Community Church – Central Campus at 6:00pm for a 45 minute time of prayer.

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