Hi friends! Did you know there is a worldwide prayer initiative to pray for Israel and her neighbors? In January 2016, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem launched the Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative, inviting Christians from around the world to join together in praise, proclamation, pondering and prayer.
Isaiah 62 is a fantastic pattern of prayer for Israel, and it happens to have 12 verses. The first Wednesday of every month is designated as the day of prayer and focus is given to the verse corresponding to the month. This is May, the fifth month, so we’ll hone in on Isaiah 62:5.
NOTE: Reading the entire chapter in context is very important, so I suggest you start there, then dive into the prayer guidance below.
PRAISE: Most High God, we praise You that You rejoice in taking that which was separate, apart and alone and making it perfect, complete and delightful. Who is like You, Lord?
For as a young man marries a virgin,
So your sons will marry you;
And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
So your God will rejoice over you.
PONDER: Think of the happiest moment in your life and you will have a good idea of how God will rejoice over Zion. Not only will the Jewish people be “married” to Israel, but God will be married to her as well, and will rejoice over her. Did you know the Hebrew word for bride comes from a word that means perfect and complete? Jerusalem will be united with God in response to our unceasing prayers. For this blessed union we earnestly lift our voices to the Eternal Bridegroom.
PRAY: ICEJ provides specific prayer points each month. Use them to guide your prayer time.
PS: There are Isaiah 62 Prayer Groups all over the world. Why not join one! If you are in the Phoenix area, please join us at CalvaryPHX, Room 301 this evening at 6:00. (Directions and more info here.)