For Zion’s Sake – November 2018

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Greetings friends!  Indeed, time spent in prayer is never wasted, so I hope it is your habit to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, as Psalm 122 exhorts.

On the first Wednesday of every month we join believers from all over the world to do just that.  Our Father in heaven is pleased when His children unite together at the foot of the throne.  Today’s the day, so let’s go there!

PRAISE:  Lord, we praise You that You are a God of encouragement.  A great Salvation is coming for Israel, as this great Salvation came for us.  We praise You for Jesus, Messiah of Israel.  Amen.

Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth,
Say to the daughter of Zion, “Lo, your salvation comes;
Behold His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him.”
~Isaiah 62:11

PONDER:  In spite of the variety of deadly enemy campaigns against Israel throughout the ages, there is a promise that this darkness will fail.  We are called to encourage Zion with the assurance that a great deliverance is coming, that there will be a blessing, and that this salvation is embodied in a person, the Messiah, who died for them.  His reward for Israel is with Him, to the embarrassment of all who have ever hated Israel, including (at times) the Church.  There is a glorious future beyond the present which is a blessing to Jerusalem and a blessing to us.  Let us usher Him in with our prayers.

PRAY:  See this month’s prayer points, posted by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and pray accordingly.  Find the “Current Prayer Guide” here.  (Hint: there are several prayer points, so why not split them up and pray for a few of them each week throughout the month of November.)

For Zion’s Sake – October 2018

Indeed, we have victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!  Having just celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles, we are reminded of the ultimate victory and the reign of King Jesus in the Millennial Kingdom, and for all eternity!

But meanwhile, we’ve got work to do, dear believers!  We are to be about the Father’s business until He sends His Son to redeem us from this world.  The Father’s business is different for each of us, but there is at least one thing we are ALL commanded to do: pray!

That is what the Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative is all about! On the first Wednesday of every month, faithful Christians from all over the world participate in one of the largest prayer initiatives in the world!  On that day, fellow believers who love Israel are praying specifically for the needs of the land, and for the people, using one verse of Isaiah 62 as a guide.  For those of us on the Gregorian calendar, October is the 10th month, therefore, we are looking at verse 10 as our key verse.  Today is the day, dear friends, so let’s get going!

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.

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.
~Isaiah 62:10

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, stone to take out and a banner to be lifted 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.

PRAY:  You will find specific prayer points for this month here.  Please pray accordingly!

For Zion’s Sake – September 2018

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On the first Wednesday of every month, Christians from around the world join together in the Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative.  Igniting prayer warriors worldwide, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem guides us through Isaiah 62, where we focus on one verse per month while praying for current prayer needs.

So, let’s gather in the throne room!

PRAISE:  Lord, we praise You!  You are good, Your love endures forever!  We thank You, bless You, honor You and give You thanks.  We come before You with glad praises and joyful thanks.  Amen.

(I’m combining verses 8 and 9 in order to avoid beginning in the middle of the concept.)
The Lord has sworn by His right hand and by His strong arm,
“I will never again give your grain as food for your enemies;
Nor will foreigners drink your new wine for which you have labored.”
But those who garner it will eat it and praise the Lord;
And those who gather it will drink it in the courts of My sanctuary.
~Isaiah 62:8-9

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, praying…

PRAY:  Find this month’s specific prayer points here.

For Zion’s Sake – August 2018

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The first Wednesday of every month is a day of prayer…and this month, if falls on the 1st!  Tomorrow is the day, so let’s begin the month by joining thousands around the world in prayer for Israel, the nations, and for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.  It is their prayer initiative that draws us all together at the foot of the throne.

Isaiah 62 serves as a prayer guide, and we focus on a specific verse each month.  August is the 8th month (on the Gregorian calendar), so verse 8 is where we will anchor today.

PRAISE:  Lord, You are the Mighty One of Israel who makes promises and keeps them.  We praise You for this and marvel over Your amazing track record in fulfilling Your pledges.  Amen.

The Lord has sworn by His right hand and by His strong arm,
“I will never again give your grain as food for your enemies;
Nor will foreigners drink your new wine for which you have labored.”
~Isaiah 62:8

PONDER:  The Lord is described as making a vow with His right arm.  Symbolically, the right arm represents strength and dexterity.  He promises that Israel will no longer toil to the point of exhaustion, only to hand everything over to the enemy.  He has sworn.  Sworn, in its most literal form means, “to seven oneself,” seven being the number of perfection and completion.  It’s as if the Lord repeats His declaration seven times.  We can count on a time that Israel will be able to keep her food and drink, her bread and wine, for which she labored and not have it stolen by the enemy.  It is for this we pray.

PRAY:  This month’s specific prayer points are found on ICEJ’s Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative page.  Please join others from around the world in lifting these petitions before the Lord.

PS: This prayer event happens every month, and I hope you will join the worldwide movement.  Click here to find out how.