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Praying for Israel

With all the conflict in the Holy land and the distaste for the Jewish people by the news media we really need to stand in solidarity with God's people.

Isn't it odd how history itself has documented the constant persecution of the Jewish nation, and the Bible recorded it before the foundation of the Earth and still the world can not see it. The Jewish people are the chosen people of God.


God is very clear about His people and the way we, the grafted ones, should treat them. So WHY SHOULD CHRISTIANS PRAY FOR ISRAEL?
Christians should pray for Israel beause:

1. We are commanded by God to pray for them

Psalm 122:6


Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.


2. God loves them

Jeremiah 31:3


The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.


Romans 11:2

God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,


3. God's blessing is upon those who pray for them

Genesis 12:3


And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.


4. It is God's will that they be saved

Romans 11:23-27


And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.

For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

5. They do not understand God's righteousness

Romans 10:3

For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

6. They are increasingly open to the Gospel

Romans 11:23-27

And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.

For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

7. Satan seeks to destroy them

Revelations 12:27


And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

8. Gentiles have tragically neglected the command of Romans 1:6

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.


9. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is to the Jew first

Romans 1:16


For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.


10. They are in desperate need of their Messiah

John 8:12-24


Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.


The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.


Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.


Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.


And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.


It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.


I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.


Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.


These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.


Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.


Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.


And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.


I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.


11. Judaism fails to satisfy

Hebrews 10:14


For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.


Galatians 2:16


Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.


So why should we pray for the salvation and care of Israel? Simply because God commands it!
Tori

For more information on reaching the Jews with the Gospel of Jesus Christ go to IBJM.org

7 comments:

  1. Excellent post, and so true!
    I am troubled now for Israel, but also excited as I feel that we are so close to the Rapture!

    Blessings to you and your family this day!

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  2. How right you are! May we pray more this year for Israel than we ever have before. The "changes" coming for our nation may possibly include a nation who doesn't see the need to protect Israel as it has in the past. I enjoy your blog very much. I read it often and it is always an encouragement to me.

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  3. Amen Tori!! Recently I did a post about standing with Israel and I am going to be linking to this post.

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  4. Israel has very much been on my heart! Thanks for the encouragement to pray, Tori!

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  5. It just doesn't get any clearer than that. Thanks, Tori, for this excellent post.

    We stand with Israel, too, and pray for her!

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  6. Amen! Amen! We have been praying for them also.

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