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Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah Psalm 24:7-10
To be sure, our bi-monthly Jewish-Arab meeting, held yesterday in Jerusalem, was unusually sweet. Once we started singing and worshiping in English, Hebrew, and Arabic, it seems the Spirit took over and poured faith and joy upon us. The verses above became our theme in song, proclamation, and prayer. There was a reality to our prayers as we called upon the King of Glory to come and rule in Jerusalem as King of Israel, and the ruler of the whole earth. How precious
None of the Arab brothers there had any problem asking that the Messiah would come and rule in the midst and take His place in the Land.
Several of the Arab brothers shared that many within the Palestinian cities in Judea and Samaria are disillusioned with Islam and are open to hearing about Jesus. Not religion, he emphasized, but to hear about Jesus.
- We prayed for the spread of the gospel within the Palestinian areas, especially at Easter time, as this is when many of the Arab churches have outreaches.
- We prayed for the Word to be preached with power from on high to break every barrier to the gospel in these areas
- We prayed for Gaza (one brother shared with us the under the radar work that is going on there.
- We prayed for the Lord to, not just open the doors in Gaza, but to spiritually yank the city gates altogether; as Samson did to the physical ones. (the enemy’s grip seems so solid there, doesn’t it? But the Lord is at work in the midst of darkness!)
Our Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting
All of God’s promises are yes and amen in Messiah (2Cor. 1:20). This means that the restoration of Israel, as well as God’s entire plan in the earth, is based on the work of Messiah on the cross. This is the firm foundation on which we base all of our praying for Israel and the Kingdom of God.
Isaiah 49 expresses this truth in a beautiful way. There are three sections to that chapter.
The first, Isaiah 49:1-7 describes the identity and work of Messiah (we cannot take space here to expound on these passages.)
Isaiah 49:8-14 describes the work God will do through the Messiah, in Israel and the nations. This section is most wonderful in that it describessd God’s will as mercy, compassion, and grace; all in the giving of His servant, His son to His people in the covenant. “In an acceptable time” (Isaiah 49:8) means literally: In the time of my will, in the day of salvation. His will is Mercy; His will is Salvation; all through His Son.
Isaiah 49:14-26 describes God’s word of comfort to Israel who feels forlorn. God speaks to her with the tenderness of a mother assuring her that she is not forgotten. “I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands” He assures her. (Could this be an allusion to the nail prints of Yeshua on the cross?) These words are a description of the work of God in the last days, and they became our “platform” for prayer. Paul quotes Isa 49:8 in 2Cor. 6:2, and adds: “Behold now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation". indeed it is, and therefore we pray!
- We gave God thanks for His Son
- We gave God thanks for the work of His Son’ His Servant - our Messiah
- We called on the name of the Lord to hasten the Day of salvation for Israel
- We prayed for a revelation of the Love of God to Israel as His people (see how spiritually depressed she is (Isaiah 49:14, Ezekiel 37:11) the restoration of Israel is also the resurrection of her hope in God.
- We prayed for the physical restoration of the land: From destruction (Isaiah 49:19) to construction; From gloom to bloom; from desolation to rehabilitation.
- We prayed for God to lift up His hand to the nations that they might bring His people home (Isaiah 49:22)
- We prayed for the revelation of Messiah to break through all the religiosity that takes over during the feast of Passover.
- We prayed for the revelation to many in Israel of their need for Yeshua as their Passover.
- Lastly, we prayed for Israel’s protection and security, both generally and at this time, especially during Passover. (The Palestinians are planning a Day of Rage to be held on the eve of Passover next Friday. Read here about it: https://www.timesofisrael.com/security-forces-gear-up-for-violent-passover-palestinian-march-of-return/ )
- We prayed into verse 25 (Isaiah 49:25) “I will contend with him who contends with you, And I will save your children.” The word "contend" means to quarrel, conduct a legal suit (NIDOTTE),The verse could be read in this way: "I will fight with all those who accuse and oppose you!"
We say this to Israel, in the spirit:
Israel you are not alone, God has taken your cause and will bring it to completion. He will turn all your disasters and failures to victory by His mercy and grace which shall shine throughout the world, bringing great glory to God and His name. He will demonstrate to the world what His power to save looks like, what His blood can accomplish. He will pour upon you the spirit of repentance and prayer. He will bring you back from the dead and settle you. He will fight for you and see you through. He will not forsake you, and He will not fail to complete His Work. He will reveal Himself to you, and you will know the Lord. You shall be His people, and He will be your God!
Blessings from Jerusalem,