In accordance with Scriptural commands to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122) and to give the Lord no rest until Jerusalem is a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62:7), we are turning our focus today to those very commands. The Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative is a worldwide effort to draw Christians from around the world together in prayer. The first Wednesday of every month is set aside as the day of prayer. Today, that falls on the opening of the Feast of Tabernacles! What a great time to pray for Israel! (If you are seeing this after the fact, pray anyway! God is not bound by time!)
Isaiah 62 is our prayer guide and we focus on one verse of that chapter each month. It is October, so we’ll zero in on verse 10:
Go through, go through the gates,
Clear the way for the people;
Build up, build up the highway,
Remove the stones, lift up a standard over the peoples.
PRAISE: Lord, thank You that You include us in Your glorious plan for Israel. We respond to Your call to action and we give You praise for the work You will do both in us and for Jerusalem. Thank You for Your redemptive work. Amen
PONDER: There is work for the watchmen to do. The prayers, attitudes and actions of the watchmen help create a thoroughfare for God’s promises to freely move. There are gates to go through, a way to be prepared, a highway to build, stones to remove and a banner to lift up. For the Christian, this work involves removing the crushing stone of 2000 years of antisemitism. We must earn a right to our voice, we must recognize and rectify the harm that has been done in the name of Christ, and we must demonstrate the true face of Jesus the Messiah to the Jewish people. Israel must know that there is a people who will sacrifice for them – us. Lord, we pray that we are worthy of this work.