For Zion’s Sake – April 2018

Only days ago we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  What a wonderful celebration of the most glorious event in all of human history!  Our Lord set us free from sin when He died on the cross and resurrected three days later.  But with salvation comes obedience to live according to His will.

While we are all on our own individual paths of discovering and discerning His will for each of us, there are hundreds of specific things the Bible teaches that all of us are to do.  For example, these verses teach us to pray for Israel:

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…
~Psalm 122:6

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent…
On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen;
All day and all night they will never keep silent.
You who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves;
And give Him no rest until He establishes
And makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
~Isaiah 62:1, 6-7

Thus the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem has declared the first Wednesday of every month a day of prayer for Israel.  Isaiah 62 is the chapter from which we glean prayer guidance, and tomorrow is that day, so I want to lead you in a time of devotion and prayer.

PRAISE

Eternal God, we praise You.  You are able to transform desolations into delights.  The forsaken become desirable in Your hands.  Keep us mindful of this during the dry and lonely times.  Amen

PROCLAIM

It will no longer be said to you, “Forsaken,”
Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “Desolate”;
But you will be called, “My delight is in her,”
And your land, “Married.”
~Isaiah 62:4

PONDER

In this verse, Zion is called by four names.  Two are negative and in the past, while two are positive and yet to come.  God promises that the people and land will undergo a transformation from “Forsaken” and “Desolate,” that is, from those who have been turned from and left astonished and devastated, to “My delight is in her” and “To be a Husband, to be Married.”  That which was destitute and ruined becomes a delight.  According to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Zion is “the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:2).  It is for this that we pray.

PRAYER

Join with thousands around the world in these Prayer Points for April 2018.

PS: There are several ways to get involved with ICEJ’s Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative:

Blessings to you as you follow in obedience to the Lord’s command to pray for Israel!

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