For Zion’s Sake – December 2017

Isaiah 62 December 2017

Tomorrow is the first Wednesday of the month, which means time to pray!

Actually, I hope you pray often.  However, the first Wednesday of every month is designated as a day of prayer for Israel.  The International Christian Embassy’s Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative is our guide and I hope you will find a local group to join with in prayer.

PRAISE: We praise the Name of the LORD, who seeks, redeems, sanctifies and saves. We praise You LORD for new names and new beginnings. We praise You for Your plan for Israel and for the nations, for it is glorious. Amen.

PROCLAIM: And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD: And you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken  (Isaiah 62:12)

PONDER: New names are evocative of new beginnings, clean breaks, forgiven pasts, and a transcended future. We count four such names in this one wonderful passage: “The Holy People,” “Redeemed of the LORD,” “Sought Out” and “A City Not Forsaken.” In sum, the Jewish people shall be sanctified, delivered, pursued and favored! God will bring this to pass. We hold Him to His word to bring forth all He has promised, relentlessly reminding Him with our prayers.

PRAY: Find this month’s prayer points here.

Please be faithful in prayer today!  Blessings!

For Zion’s Sake – November 2017

Tomorrow is the first Wednesday of November, which means time to join the Isaiah 62 worldwide prayer initiative.  It is a day when hundreds of thousands of Christians from around the world join in unity to pray for Israel.  Join the movement!

Using Isaiah 62 as a prayer guide:

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.”

PROCLAIM:  Indeed, the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, and His work 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 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.

PRAYER:  Click here to get the November 2017 prayer points and join in the worldwide effort.

Note:  Looking for a prayer group to join?  If you’re in the Phoenix area, come join the Isaiah 62 Prayer group at Calvary Community Church.  We meet the first Wednesday of every month in Room 301 at Central campus.  (Find more info here.)

For Zion’s Sake – October 2017

Isaiah 62

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.

PRAYER:  Specific prayer points are found here.

Thank you for being a watchman on the wall (Isaiah 62:6, Ezekiel 33:1-9), and know that the Lord looks favorably on those who heed His commands to pray for Israel!  Blessings!

For Zion’s Sake – September 2017

Shalom from Jerusalem! Today is the first Wednesday of the month, which means Isaiah 62 Prayer day!  This prayer effort is an initiative of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, in an attempt to bring Christians from around the world together in prayer for Israel, the region, and for ICEJ.

If you love and support Israel, this is your opportunity to make it practical!  Everyone can pray, and your prayers make a difference!  I am actually in Israel right now, spending time at the ICEJ, and I have seen and heard testimony of how the prayers of believers around the world have impacted lives.

Please be one of the millions of believers around the world praying for Israel, the region, and the ICEJ today.  Take the Isaiah 62 pledge and find a local group to join.  You will be blessed!