For Zion’s Sake – March 2018

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It’s first Wednesday, so let’s dive right into the Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative!  If praying regularly for Israel is not part of your regular practice, may I suggest that you consider what it means to be a watchman who takes no rest, and gives God no rest, until He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth?  (Isaiah 62:6-7)

Isaiah 62 has 12 verses, so we focus on one each month.  Today, verse 3 will serve as our key verse.

PROCLAIM: You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.  (Isaiah 62:3)

PRAISE: Lord, Your crowning gift to us is salvation through Jesus, the Messiah, who was given to us through Your people Israel.  We praise You.  Encircle us now with Your majesty and with Messiah’s glorious presence.  Amen.

PONDER:  This verse mentions two crowns, two hands and two names of God.  “A crown of glory in the hand of the LORD,” in Hebrew, infers to a beautifully ornamented crown, designed to encircle the head of royalty.  The hand is open, signifying power.  It is Yahweh’s hand, the hand of the Eternal One.  “A royal diadem in the hand of your God,” in Hebrew, is a type of crown which is actually a cloth that is wrapped around the head, like a turban.  This diadem is in the curved, powerful palm of Elohim, God Almighty.  The Almighty One hears our prayers, and promises that one day, His powerful hand shall open, and on display there will be the emblem of His kingdom.  It is none other than Jerusalem – gleaming, embellished and glorious.  Let Him her us now.

PRAY:  Click here for this month’s specific prayer points.  You will join thousands from around the world, bowing together at the throne of our God on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people.

Be a faithful watchman!


Netanyahu: “Don’t Test Us!”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads a security cabinet tour of the IDF's installations on the Golan Heights, February 6, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Netanyahu on the Golan Heights (Photo credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Yesterday, Israel’s Prime Minister took his security cabinet to the Golan Heights, overlooking Lebanon and Syria, for a briefing outlining Israel’s readiness to deal with threats from Hezbollah and other Iranian proxies.

The tension along the Lebanese border has escalated recently.  Just days ago, Lebanon told Israeli military officials that the border wall being constructed on Israeli territory  “violates its sovereign territory.”

Meanwhile, it is believed that Hezbollah has purchased about 100 acres of Lebanese ground as a place to store weapons arriving from Iran via Syria.  Also at issue is Lebanon’s claim to gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea, currently being drilled and produced by Israel.

Adding to tensions in the region, Iran just announced production of drones capable of striking a variety of targets with warheads.  In 2017, Israel shot down a similar drone, being operated by Hezbollah over Israeli airspace on the Golan Heights.  It is believed the drones are capable of flying over 1,800 miles, putting Israel well within reach.

So, in the face of such threats, Netanyahu and his security cabinet surveyed the area from the Golan Heights, after which, the PM said:

“We want peace, but we are prepared for every scenario, and I suggest that no one test us….Israel’s reaction will be strong and painful.”

He also indicated that Israel will continue building the border wall (on Israeli territory), and that Hezbollah will “pay dearly” if it tries to inflame tensions.

I hope you are joining the multitude of Christians around the world today for the Isaiah 62 Prayer initiative.  What a perfect time to unite together in prayer for Israel’s safety and security, as well as wisdom and restraint for the Israeli government as they make very difficult decisions.  They will continue to be antagonized by enemies intent on wiping them out.  We must be diligent to stand with them in prayer.

“Had it not been the Lord who was on our side,”
Let Israel now say,
“Had it not been the Lord who was on our side
When men rose up against us,
Then they would have swallowed us alive,
When their anger was kindled against us;
Then the waters would have engulfed us,
The stream would have swept over our soul;
Then the raging waters would have swept over our soul.”

Blessed be the Lord,
Who has not given us to be torn by their teeth.
Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper;
The snare is broken and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
~Psalm 124

For Zion’s Sake – February 2018

Tomorrow is prayer time, warriors!  Yes, the first Wednesday of every month has been designated by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem as a day of prayer for Israel, her neighbors and the ICEJ.

So, let’s prepare for tomorrow’s prayer time.  Isaiah 62 is the basis for this prayer initiative, and I encourage you to take some time to pray through the entire chapter.  You will be blessed in doing so.  But to join with hundreds of thousands of believers around the world, we’ll focus on verse 2 this month.  (The chapter has 12 verses…one on which to focus each month!)

The nations will see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory;
And you will be called by a new name
Which the mouth of the Lord will designate.

PRAISE:  Lord, thank You that nations and kings shall see righteousness in Zion.  We praise You that we who believe in Jesus, the Anointed One of Israel, partake of Your righteousness even now.  Amen.

PONDER:  God has not abandoned His people.  The nations – that is, the Gentiles – for the most part do not recognize God, let alone His people Israel and her eternal capital, Jerusalem.  But there are Gentiles who know their Bibles and see the truth, so God calls this remnant of “Biblical Zionists” to prayer.  He calls us to tell Him to bring forth all He has promised.  Today, kings, prime ministers, presidents and other world leaders do not see the glory in Israel’s future, but they will.  With joy, the nations and their leaders will one day behold a Zion that epitomizes justice and displays God’s splendor.  Jerusalem’s renown shall be designated by God Himself, and it is for this that He calls us to pray.

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

If you are not currently part of an Isaiah 62 prayer group, I encourage you to find a local group to join for this once-a-month prayer time.  It is powerful, and a great way to share in prayer with others who follow the Lord’s command to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122).

If you are in the Phoenix area, join us at CalvaryPHX at 6:00 pm tomorrow.  We meet in room 301 (north side of campus).  Find directions and more info here.  If you are not in the Phoenix area, find a group near you.

For Zion’s Sake – January 2018

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Ok, prayer warriors, today’s the day!  It’s “first Wednesday,” and time to join with hundreds of thousands of fellow watchmen on the wall praying for Israel, the nations and the International Christian Embassy each month.

The ICEJ’s Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative keeps us all on the same page.  Take time to read Isaiah 62 and today’s prayer points (found here), then join the prayer movement and become part of what the Lord is doing in and around Israel.

Let’s start a prayer wave! If you’re praying, please comment…then share this post with other prayer warriors!