2000-04-16 - Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem
What Hinders Your Prayers, Part 5
Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: They shall prosper that love thee.
This is our last devotional on our series on prayer. We thought it would be fitting to end with this theme. Psalm 22:6 encourages us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. A careful study of the Word of God will reveal that the Lord is far from through with the nation of Israel. God has given us a great love for His people, the Jews. It breaks my heart to read in the Scriptures that they are facing a time of trouble, described by Jeremiah the prophet, in Chapter 30, as being so severe that there is none like it, and by the prophet Daniel in chapter 12, as being a time of trouble such as there never was since there was a nation, even to that same time. For clarity's sake, I am placing both these chapters at the end of this devotional. (I encourage you to read them to get the full message of this devotional.) Still, praise the Lord because we have the assurance of both these prophets that Israel will be saved out of it.
We read in Hosea 5:15, the solemn words God says through the Prophet : "I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me earnestly." I pray that every Jew on the face of the earth would see and study these statements of their prophets, and believe them, and receive as their Messiah, Him who is so plainly described in the Scriptures as being the Lord and Savior. You may ask me why. My answer is simple: When there will be peace in Jerusalem then the earth will have peace. Jesus will have returned and a time of blessing will be the order of the day. Chaos, wickedness and iniquity will be abounding as grass grows in a field, and confusion compounded will be a thing of the past.
I have had the privilege to work with a small dedicated handful of believers who, like me, hold fast a desire to set before the Hebrew people the correct teaching of the Scriptures. A careful study of the Christian religion will reveal that it is not a religion that is foreign and antagonistic to the religion of the Old Testament, but that it is the outgrowth and development of the same. Again in Isaiah 62:1-7 we glimpse the Lord's will, which will come to pass for Israel. We know that day will come and we also are encouraged in verse 6 and 7 to pray for it.
Isaiah 6:1-7 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her righteousness go forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burneth. And the nations shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory, and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of Jehovah shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of beauty in the hand of Jehovah, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land Beulah; for Jehovah delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee; and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee. I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that are Jehovah's remembrancers, take ye no rest, and give Him no rest, till He establish, and till He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Someday the Lord will bring to pass all He foretold to do through the Prophets for Israel. When He sums up these prophecies and gathers Israel into His salvation, there will be no more sorrow in the world as we know it today. Satan will no longer deceive the nations. Yet very few people pray for the peace of Jerusalem in the church today, and fewer still bring the truth to Israel to examine closely, but I am confident that the Truth shall rise and all the Lord said He would do will happen just as He foretold. We all look forward to the hope we have in Jesus of eternal life.
Will you please be among those who will earnestly pray for Israel's peace? Will you be among those who seek the Lord to bring to pass what He has decreed? We thank you.
In His Service,
Jeremiah Chapter 30: The word that came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying, Thus speaketh Jehovah, the God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. For, lo, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will turn again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith Jehovah; and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. And these are the words that Jehovah spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. For thus saith Jehovah: We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child: wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith Jehovah of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds; and strangers shall no more make him their bondman; but they shall serve Jehovah their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.