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.

For Zion’s Sake – July 2018

The Bible tells us that those who bless Israel will be blessed.  (Genesis 12:3)  But exactly how do we do that?

There are many ways, but perhaps the most important and most rewarding way is to pray diligently for Israel. Did you know that believers from around the world join together the first Wednesday of every month to pray fervently for Israel?  Why not join the effort!  (Check out the International Christian Embassy’s Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative to engage more fully.)

We follow the guidance provided by ICEJ in using Isaiah 62 as our prayer guide, as we focus on one of the 12 verses each month.  This is July…and verse 7 is perhaps my favorite verse of the chapter.  That’s where we’re headed, though I want to include verse 6 with it so we don’t jump into the middle of a thought.  So, let’s go…

PRAISE:  Lord, we praise You that You receive our incessant requests and Hallelujahs, never having a quiet moment to Yourself.  Thank you that You have commanded us in this.  Amen

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.

PONDER:  “Give Him no rest.”  This may well seem like a command for bad manners, but Jesus had this concept in mind too, when He told His disciples how they should always pray and never give up.  He told them a parable about a judge who did not care about God or people, and who muttered to himself that he would see that the persistent widow would get justice so that he would not become worn out from her incessant badgering.  Then Jesus said this: “Shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?  I tell you that He will avenge them speedily” (Luke 18:7-8).  In both testaments, we’ve been given the green light to “pester” the Lord until He fulfills His promise in making Jerusalem a “Hallelujah.”  So, again.  And, again.  And, again, we go to Him as He teaches us to do.

PRAY:  This month’s prayer points are found here.  Please remain in prayer throughout the month, as the Lord guides you through these things.

Be blessed as you gather in the throne room of the Most High God!

PS: If you are following along with the Bible study, Why Israel Matters, don’t worry…we’ll pick it back up tomorrow.  See you then!