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Zech. 1:11 So they answered the Angel of the LORD, who stood among the myrtle trees, and said, "We have walked to and fro throughout the earth, and behold, all the earth is resting quietly."
Zech. 1:12 Then the Angel of the LORD answered and said, "O LORD of hosts, how long will You not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which You were angry these seventy years?"
Zech. 1:14 So the Angel who spoke with me said to me, "Proclaim, saying, "Thus says the LORD of hosts: 'I am zealous for Jerusalem And for Zion with great zeal.
Zech. 1:16 "Therefore thus says the LORD: 'I am returning to Jerusalem with mercy; My house shall be built in it," says the LORD of hosts, "And a surveyor's line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem."'
Zech. 1:17 "Again proclaim, saying, "Thus says the LORD of hosts: 'My cities shall again spread out through prosperity; The LORD will again comfort Zion, And will again choose Jerusalem."'"
Jer. 33:8 I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me.
Jer. 33:9 Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor before all nations of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them; they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it.'
Ezek. 36:22 "Therefore say to the house of Israel, "Thus says the Lord GOD: 'I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name's sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went.
The scriptures quoted above make several things crystal clear:
Israel's restoration is pure mercy
It is interesting to note that the Angel of the Lord is sore displeased when he hears the report that all the earth is quiet and at ease. Why? It is because the nations are at ease while the work of God languishes. It is because the nations are happy when God's people and his work are defeated. They have no intention of ever coming under the sovereign God, nor care for His kingdom.
But God is zealous and Jealous for His Work on the earth, and Israel is a big and central part of it. That is why we pray, that is why we stand before Him for His will to be done. It is for His name sake, for His glory, It is for our King that we fight in prayer; it is for His glory and Honor. We cannot ourselves be at ease while the World spirit flourishes and devastates the earth with its foulness
Mercy, in God, is not just a little favor done in momentary laps. Mercy is God's covenant love in action. Mercy means the whole work of redemption on the cross. Mercy means we are totally unworthy of this Grace. Mercy means that we have nothing. Mercy means that Israel's restoration is not based on her worthiness; she has not all of a sudden become righteous on her own. Mercy means that God has determined Israel's restoration in His sovereignty; God is working his sovereign will on the earth.
Mercy is not some passive force, it is the very Power of God, who is moved by compassion to accomplish redemption and salvation. The cross of Messiah is His mercy to us. O' what great mercy! Mercy means - all from God, none from ourselves. He will even supply the repentance (Zech 12:10)
We prayed in this vein for our nation
- Lord, we thank you for your covenant love
- We thank you that although we have turned from you, you have not turned from us
- We thank you that you are keeping your covenant promises although we broke your covenants
- We cry to you for mercy, we cry to you for Grace
- Turn us, and we shall be turned
- Wash us, and we shall be clean
- Give us your righteousness, and we shall then be righteous before you
- Sanctify us unto yourself dear Lord
- Break the Power of sin in this Land
- Open the blind eyes to see our need for you
- Remove from us the terrible darkness of religion
- Shine your light into our hearts, dear Lord,
- Arise O' Lord, in thy great majesty and holiness — that we might fall at your feet
- Cleanse us, pardon us, sanctify us for your self. Do it for your great name sake dear Lord.
- We thanked the Lord for His move among the Jews of the Diaspora — it seems that 10's of thousands have gotten saved in the last few decades.
- We prayed for many more to be saved.
- We prayed for the Diaspora Jews to awaken to their calling to come to their homeland.
We prayed for the nations (Jeremiah 33:9)
- Lord make Israel a showcase — a place of a Great Display of who you are
- Lord the nations are stirred up against your plan, against your purposes - Show them thy great Power, the Power of Salvation, of pardon, right here in this Land
- Lord display the great Power and efficacy of your blood, its cleansing power, its power to redeem the vilest sinner
- Father, the nations laugh at goodness, at mercy; they see it as a weakness. Morality is far from their hearts. Reveal thy might to them through the salvation of Israel.
- Lord, it seems that though the nations will first greatly fear the display of your awesome and great goodness to Israel, they will, in the end, be attracted by it — they will come to Jerusalem to hear the Word of the Lord.
- O' Lord save the nations from their folly and hatred of you!
- Send your light into the nations that surround us, dear Lord. Reveal thy son, even in the strictest of regimes.
- Lord, you have set your Son as King on Mt. Zion (Psalm 2) We plead for His rule over all the earth.
We prayed for the Body of Messiah
Hag. 1:12 Then Zerubbabel the Son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the Son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him; and the people feared the presence of the LORD.
Hag. 1:14 So the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the LORD of hosts, their God,
What a relief it is to read: "the people obeyed the voice of the Lord their God." How rare is that! There is an amazing combination here: The preaching of Haggai, the move of God to stir the spirit of the people, and most amazing: His Presence!
How we long for the presence of God, for the stirring of God in our midst. Yet, take note that Haggai's preaching was part of this. We must preach, and we must believe and hope in God, that He would stir up the hearts of the people to build His Body, to be His house.
- We prayed into those verses that the Lord might stir up our hearts as a Body
- We prayed for the Lord's Word to be preached mightily from the pulpits of the Land
- We prayed for His presence in our midst.
- We asked for a mighty stirring of God's people in the Land. To awaken out of slumber, to awaken out of self purposes, to awaken from pursuing their own comforts and ease, to awaken to the need of building the House of God, of which we are living stones.
We prayed for Israel's 3rd elections (in less than one year)
- We pleaded with God for mercy in the matter of leadership (we are a bit envious of the decisive outcome of the elections in the U.K.)
- God's whole heart for His ancient people is revealed in Jeremiah 31 — the Land is meant to prosper, and the people are meant to be happy and secure, rejoicing in the goodness of God. This, of course, will not be realized fully till we fully esteem and look to our Savior-King, but nevertheless, God has meant our return to the Land to be a blessed, happy thing.
- We prayed for leaders that will be part of the means of fulfilling His promise. Both internally and externally).
- We acknowledged God's sovereignty in the earth and in Israel. We asked for Him to accomplish His purposes even though it may seem to us a chaotic situation.
Thank you for reading this prayer blog, thank you for praying. May you be encouraged as you comprehend the Grace of God upon you in Yeshua, your Savior and King.
Blessings from Jerusalem,