10 Days of Global Prayer for Israel (May 19-28, 2024)

Day-6: Pray for the Church to have the right theology about Israel (5/24)

Prayer for the Church to be set free of anti-Jewish theology and practices. Paul wrote, “Do not be arrogant toward the natural branches (Israel, Jews) because they are the root that is supporting the Gentiles, Church.” (Romans 11:17-20)

(Click!) [David Blease] Video Transcriptions (Translation will not be perfect. Thank you for your understanding!)

Hey, my name is David Blease. I am the teaching pastor at the Gateway Center for Israel, and today we are gathering to pray for the church to have healthy theology regarding Israel. I know growing up in the church, I kind of felt like theology was like an opinion, like yeah, it’s good to have good opinions and right opinions, but you know, we can have different opinions. That’s especially how many Christians think about Israel, that it’s just something we can kind of weigh in on and have different opinions on, and it doesn’t really bear any kind of fruit.

The more that I’ve realized, the fruit that replacement theology bears is anti-Semitism and Jewish hatred, and at its nth degree, is the Holocaust. Many people don’t realize that Martin Luther, early in the Protestant Reformation, a German, kind of started believing this replacement theology message, which after years and years of lying dormant in the German church, we get Nazi Germany a couple of centuries later. So this is crucial, that the church would have a biblical, sincere love for Israel and the Jewish people, and that we put them in their proper place theologically, which is where God puts them, as His firstborn, the apple of His eye, His inheritance, His wife, as Isaiah says.

We need to understand who we are as Gentiles, who they are as the Jewish people, and the unity that God wants us to have. As Romans says, one new man, the olive tree, coming together in this beautiful family we’ve been adopted into. So will you join me in prayer right now for the church, the global church, to have this understanding?

So, God, we thank you so much that you have created Jew and Gentile, just like you created male and female, two distinct roles that come together in unity, and it’s a miraculous blessing. Just like male and female create one flesh, Jew and Gentile create One New Man. Lord, we pray that the church would see this. We pray that the church would develop healthy, biblical, sincere love for your people based on scripture, based on what you say about them. We would not develop opinions based on what the world says. We would base opinions on what your word says, and you say that they are your special treasure. I pray the church would see them that way. In Yeshua’s name, amen.

(Marty Waldman, General Secretary@TJCII / Robert Morris, Senior Pastor@Gateway Church)

Prayer Focuses for 10 Days

Praying for the Lord’s protection and peace over Jerusalem (Psalms 122:6, Isaiah 40:1-2)

(Click!) [Marty Waldman] Video Transcriptions (Translation will not be perfect. Thank you for your understanding!)

Shalom everyone. Welcome to this 10 days of prayer focused on Israel and the Jewish people. I’m Marty Waldman, and I would like to help us focus today’s prayer on the peace of Jerusalem and all of Israel. It comes from Psalm 122, which is a song of ascents written by King David. We read, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: Shaalu Shalom Yerushalayim. May they prosper who love you. May peace be within your walls and prosperity within your palaces. For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, may peace, may Shalom, be within you. For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.”

So let’s pray for the peace of Jerusalem. The word peace here is Shalom, which many of you are familiar with. Shalom is a much more inclusive word than just peace or just the absence of war. It includes well-being and prosperity. We want to pray for the well-being, prosperity, peace, and absence of war for Jerusalem, for all of Israel, and for the Jewish people around the world.

I want to also include a prayer from Isaiah chapter 40 as part of our focus. This is chapter 40, verse 1: “Comfort, O comfort my people, Nahamu Ami,” says your God. “Speak kindly to Jerusalem and call out to her that her warfare has ended.” Let’s pray that prophetically today, that her iniquity has been covered and removed. Let’s pray again prophetically for this. Many Jewish people have already come to know Yeshua, like myself, as the King of Kings and the Messiah, the Son of the Living God. But let’s pray prophetically for what Paul prays for, that all of Israel shall be saved, that she has received of the Lord’s hand double for all of her sins.

So Lord, we just pray right now. We pray in Yeshua’s name, in the name of our Messiah Jesus, and we ask you, Lord, to remember your covenant people, Israel. The people who are called by your name, the people whom you call the apple of your eye. We ask you, Lord, for peace, welfare, prosperity, the absence of war, and strengthening for the people of Israel and for the Jewish people around the world. We pray for the destruction and the diminishing of anti-Semitism, which has risen exponentially around the world, and we ask you, Lord, to arise. O Lord, let your enemies be scattered. We pray in Yeshua’s name, in the name of Jesus our Messiah. Amen.

God bless you, and please continue to pray with me today for the peace of Jerusalem and the comfort for all of Israel and the Jewish people. Thank you.

(Click!) [Francis Chan] Video Transcriptions (Translation will not be perfect. Thank you for your understanding!)

Thank you so much for taking time to pray for Israel. It’s so easy in our lives to compartmentalize things, and you know, we can be trying to figure out where to eat and forget that there’s a war going on, forget that there are still hostages, forget that there are people suffering, or parents whose children are in this war.

And on a more eternal scale, to realize that there are people who are dying and coming into the presence of Almighty God apart from the forgiveness of Christ. So we need to pray for peace in Jerusalem, peace in Israel. Pray that God would end this war. It says in Psalm 122, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May they be secure who love you! Peace be within your walls and security within your towers! For my brothers’ and companions’ sake I will say, ‘Peace be within you!'” Please, in faith, come before God right now, believing that Almighty Sovereign God could end this and bring peace to this nation.

Praying for protection and deliverance for Jewish people in America, Europe, and all over the world as they continue to be intimidated, persecuted, and harassed (Ephesians 1:17-20, Romans 10:1)

(Click!) [Michael Brown] Video Transcriptions (Translation will not be perfect. Thank you for your understanding!)

Let’s pray right now for Jewish people worldwide outside of the land of Israel.

Father, I come to you as a Jewish person myself. I cry out to you on behalf of my people scattered around the world. Father, many feel great uncertainty. Many feel the hostility of the nations. Many wonder if another Holocaust is coming. Many are realizing that the anti-Semitism on the left is even worse than the anti-Semitism on the right. Many in America, in particular, are seeing foundations they trusted in crumbling.

I pray, Father, that you would use this time to open their hearts and minds. I pray that the pressure of the hour would drive them to their knees, that the fear, that the hatred, would drive them to cry out to you, the only one who can save. I ask you to open their hearts and minds to recognize Jesus, Yeshua, as Messiah and Lord. May prejudices and misunderstandings be overcome. In accordance with Zechariah 12:10, pour out on them a spirit of grace and supplication that they would look to the one they have pierced. May they recognize that Jesus, Yeshua, understands their sufferings better than anyone. He knows what it is to be outcast, he knows what it is to be hated, he knows what it is to be rejected and to die.

I pray, oh God, that Jewish people around the world would find a place of solidarity in Him and would cry out to you. That religious Jews would recognize that their tradition cannot save, that secular Jews would recognize the bankruptcy of their ways and the emptiness of the things they have trusted in. Oh God, save my people Israel and protect them from every evil attack, not because of our goodness but because of your goodness, not because of our faithfulness but because of your faithfulness. You said that we would be scattered in the nations but that you would preserve us in the nations even under discipline.

I ask you to remember the tenderness of a father towards your son. You said of Israel, “Israel is my son, my firstborn.” Oh God, may your tender love for a firstborn son be felt again. May your affection for Israel, even in our sin and our unbelief, be felt deeply. Oh God, protect us from every evil device of the enemy. And as the Prophet Jeremiah led in prayer for his people, saying, “Here we are, we have come,” I say those words as well prophetically on behalf of my people, the lost sheep of the House of Israel. “Here we are, we have come.” Behold, Lord, we come. Save us, touch us, forgive us, cleanse us. May it be so, and burden your church worldwide to pray like never before for the lost sheep of the House of Israel. In the name of Jesus, Yeshua, amen.

(Click!) [Pierre Bezençon] Video Transcriptions (Translation will not be perfect. Thank you for your understanding!)

Greetings. You are all loved by God the Father. My name is Pierre Bezençon, and I’m the author of “The Heart Of God for Israel,” a 21-day devotional. I have been praying for the Jewish people for over 20 years. Today, our topic is Jewish people outside of Israel. Seven million Jews live in Israel, and about 8.3 million live outside of Israel. Six million are in America, and the rest are mainly in Canada, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Argentina.

The scripture for today is Romans 10:1: “Brothers, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.” The Apostle Paul has one desire, one prayer, that the sons of Israel will be saved. The Apostle’s desire reflects the desire of God the Father, who sent His only Son, Yeshua, His precious Son, to save the lost sheep of the House of Israel and then, of course, the lost sheep of the nations. Paul has received an impartation of this love, this passion that is in God’s heart, ready to sacrifice the most precious for the salvation of others. One chapter earlier, in Romans 9, the Apostle Paul wrote that he would be willing to be separated from Messiah, the most precious in his life, if it could bring salvation to the sons of Israel. Yeshua, like Paul, has given the most precious to release salvation to His brothers.

Paul was consumed with the zeal of God for His people. He had touched the intensity of the Father’s heart for Israel, and he had one desire and one prayer: that they may be saved. Paul shared his deep desire with his brothers. He said, “Brothers, you who are close to me, you who are my family, I want you to know I have this desire, I have this burden, I have this prayer that they will be saved.” It’s like Yeshua wants also to share with us His desire for His brothers and sisters in the natural, the Jewish people. He wants us to feel His desire for them to be saved. Like Paul, who is Jewish, Jesus is Jewish, and He wants His people to be saved.

For us, when we pray for our unsaved family members, it’s very personal. It’s very personal for Paul, and it’s very personal for Yeshua because they love them. They love the Jewish people so dearly; they want them to be saved, like our family members.

Let’s pray. Father, we thank you for your heart to save the Jewish people wherever they are outside of Israel. Father, we thank you for the passion in your heart to see the salvation of the sons of Israel. Father, we pray that you will impart this passion like you shared it with the Apostle Paul. Share it with your church, that we will be pushed out to share the gospel, to share the love that we have, and that we will be ready to risk our lives to protect and defend Jewish people and to share this love so big, so great that Yeshua has for them all. Father, we pray that believers will share with their Jewish friends, with their business partners, that they will share the love of Yeshua for them. We pray in the name of Yeshua. Amen.

Pray for diverse leaders who represent Jews, Arabs (Christian and Muslim), and other minorities in Israel to lead with righteousness and wisdom based on the instructions of the God of Israel (Proverbs 21:1, Phil. 2:3)

(Click!) [Nic Lesmeister] Video Transcriptions (Translation will not be perfect. Thank you for your understanding!)

Hey everybody. Welcome to day three of our 10 days of praying for Israel and the Jewish people. My name is Nick Lesmeister. I’m a pastor at Gateway Church, and I’m so thankful that you’re with us today to continue to pray for Israel and the Jewish people during this 10 days of prayer from Pentecost Sunday, May 19th, until May 28th.

Today we are praying for Israel’s leaders. There’s never been a more important time to pray for the leadership in Israel. Every single day they’re making decisions that can cost many, many lives if they’re not careful, so we want to pray for them to have wisdom. I’m reminded of Proverbs 21:1 where it says this: “The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he turns it wherever he pleases. People may think they are doing what is right, but the Lord examines the heart. The Lord is more pleased when we do what is just and right than when we give him sacrifices.”

So, would you just join me in praying today for the leadership in Israel—for Prime Minister Netanyahu, for the members of his cabinet, for all the leaders, all the way down to every decision-maker in the Israel Defense Forces? We want them to be directed by the Lord in every single way so that they are thinking about his plans and not their own.

So, Lord, today we just join together, and we thank you for this time of prayer for Israel and the Jewish people. We pray for Israel’s leaders. We pray for leaders in the global Jewish community. Lord, we pray that their hearts would be like a stream of water that is directed by you. Lord, we ask that you would speak to them. We ask, Lord, that they would take time to get counsel from you, to think about what you would have them do. Lord, we pray this would be a moment where they would draw near to you and that they would get into a closer relationship with you, God, and that you would reveal yourself in your fullness. We thank you for them today. We bless Israel and the Jewish people. We bless their leaders. In Jesus’ mighty name, amen. Amen.

Praying for awakening among churches around the world regarding God’s love for and purposes for Israel (Romans 9-11, especially Romans 11:25-30)

(Click!) [Francis Chan] Video Transcriptions (Translation will not be perfect. Thank you for your understanding!)

Today, the prayer focus is for the church. Just that the church all around the world would really get into God’s word and understand God’s purposes for the nation of Israel. There is a special relationship that God has with this nation, and as we study His word, we’ll understand that this was not just an Old Testament thing but something that continues to this day.

In Romans chapter 11, it gives us some insight. Pray that believers would read Romans 11. For too many years, this has been neglected. I didn’t understand it, but it says in Romans 11: “Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way, all Israel will be saved, as it is written, ‘The deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob, and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.’ As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake, but as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”

So, even though the majority of the nation rejects Jesus and, as scripture says, they’re enemies in the sense that they hate the gospel, the Bible says there’s going to come a day, there’s going to come a time when they’re going to believe. God made some promises in the Old Testament, and He says those are irrevocable. There’s still some special heart feeling that He has towards this nation, a commitment, a covenant that He made with them. So, pray that the church would grow in this and understand this and not just be focused on ourselves but on the very heart of God.

(Click!) [Nic Lesmeister] Video Transcriptions (Translation will not be perfect. Thank you for your understanding!)

Hey everybody, welcome back to our 10 days of praying for Israel and the Jewish people from May 19th until May 28th. Today is day four, and my name is Nick Lesmeister. I’m a pastor at Gateway Church in the Dallas Fort Worth area in Texas. Today we want to specifically pray that the church would have a heart for the Jewish people. The church, mainly predominantly Gentile, would have a heart for our Jewish brothers and sisters.

You know, many churches around the world, most churches around the world, are really unaware of God’s love for the Jewish people, and there’s a hardness that has come over the church over 2,000 years of adopting a bad theological framework called replacement theology. So we want to pray today that the Lord would break that off of every Christian leader in every church and that really the words of Paul would be echoing in the hearts of Christian leaders and people.

I think about this in Romans 11. Paul says, “Has God rejected Israel?” He says, “Of course not.” Then he goes into this beautiful picture of an olive tree and he talks about how we Gentiles were added into, we were grafted into the promises God made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that were the promises to the Jewish people. Through Jesus, we’ve been added into those promises. But Paul’s whole point is this. He says in Romans 11:17 and 18, “Do not be arrogant of the branches.” Don’t become arrogant and think you’re special because you’ve been brought in and there are other believers, people in the Jewish community, who don’t yet believe in Jesus.

So here are the verses I want to focus on. This is Romans 11:25: “I want you to understand this mystery, this mystery of the Olive Tree, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud and start bragging.” Another translation says, “Do not be arrogant and do not be ignorant. Don’t be conceited and don’t be ignorant.”

So let’s pray today that the church would no longer be unaware or ignorant and that the church would not be arrogant towards the Jewish people who haven’t yet put their faith in Jesus. Let’s be like Paul who in Romans 9 says, “I’d be willing to lose my salvation if it meant for their deliverance.”

So Lord, we pray today for the church. We thank you, God, for calling every person around the world to walk in relationship with Jesus. We thank you that the church is the body of Jesus, Jew and Gentile, united together as one new family under your banner to reach the world and to redeem the world. We pray today that, Lord, all of the non-Jewish leadership of the church would break their heart for the Jewish people. Lord, you would soften their heart, you would make them aware. We pray that you would speak to pastors as they study the Bible, God, that they would know that you love Israel, that you love the Jewish people, Lord, and move them to get motivated and interested.

So Lord, we ask that you would purify the church. We ask for your forgiveness for the sins of the church, treating, Lord, your firstborn son, the apple of your eye, the Jewish people poorly. We pray, God, that you would put a new spirit within us and that we would discover your love for your covenantal family, the Jewish people. We thank you in Jesus’ mighty name, amen. Amen.

Pray for the church to be the voice (not to be silent) in the face of antisemitism and for the Christians to be set free from fear and intimidation to be able to stand with the Jewish people (Proverbs 24:11-12; Proverbs 28:1; Matthew 10:28; Luke 9:23-25)

(Click!) [Ed Hackett] Video Transcriptions (Translation will not be perfect. Thank you for your understanding!)

Hello, my name is Ed Hackett, and I’m here today to join with you intercessors from all over the world to pray for God’s plans and purposes for Israel. This is day five, and the focus is to pray for the church to have courage for Israel. In this time where anti-Semitism is arising and great pressures are coming upon not only Israel but throughout the nations, there’s a tendency to want to draw back and maybe even in fear draw back from being a witness, especially when it comes to standing with Israel.

So we want to pray today that God would give the church, men and women just like us, weak, broken, young, and old, the courage to stand. I think a lot of times we draw back because of fear, maybe fear of rejection or fear of whether it’s going to be a popular thing that we’re speaking of. Speaking of Israel right now, it’s not necessarily one of the more welcomed subjects on the planet. But God has a plan, and God wants to strengthen us. I believe that one way He gives us courage and helps us overcome fear is through love. In John 15:13, Jesus said, “There is no greater love than this: that a man would lay down his life for his friends.” That’s what Christ did for us. He laid his life down for us, and then He encourages us to go and do what He has done for us.

This is a great opportunity for the church to love the people of Israel, both Jew and Gentile, Jew and Arab, in the land. We pray that God would move powerfully in their midst and that many would be saved at this hour. But to do that, the church needs to be witnesses. We need to be bold to witness, and I believe that love, the love that we have for God and from Him, will move us to reach out beyond our comfort zones so that we can love and be witnesses and stand with God’s plans and purposes, much like the saints of old have done.

So I want to pray with you right now that God would strengthen the body of Christ all over the Earth, every tribe, tongue, and nation. Lord, we come to you together. We agree together. We agree with you, we agree with the blood of Christ, that you would raise up a bold witness, a tender witness, a clear witness, a witness that would be in alignment with your plans and your purposes for Israel. We would stand especially with our Jewish brothers in this time, that we could be a witness to them of your love, of the glorious gospel, and that we could lead many to faith in your son Yeshua.

God, we ask that you help us, send the spirit to strengthen the church, and cause us to be witnesses in this hour. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen. I want to thank you all for this opportunity to pray together, and I bless you all, bless your families, bless your nations, bless those areas where, Lord, you are working mightily through each one of these intercessors. Amen.

Prayer for the Church to be set free of anti-Jewish theology and practices. Paul wrote, “Do not be arrogant toward the natural branches (Israel, Jews) because they are the root that is supporting the Gentiles, Church.” (Romans 11:17-20)

(Click!) [David Blease] Video Transcriptions (Translation will not be perfect. Thank you for your understanding!)

Hey, my name is David Blease. I am the teaching pastor at the Gateway Center for Israel, and today we are gathering to pray for the church to have healthy theology regarding Israel. I know growing up in the church, I kind of felt like theology was like an opinion, like yeah, it’s good to have good opinions and right opinions, but you know, we can have different opinions. That’s especially how many Christians think about Israel, that it’s just something we can kind of weigh in on and have different opinions on, and it doesn’t really bear any kind of fruit.

The more that I’ve realized, the fruit that replacement theology bears is anti-Semitism and Jewish hatred, and at its nth degree, is the Holocaust. Many people don’t realize that Martin Luther, early in the Protestant Reformation, a German, kind of started believing this replacement theology message, which after years and years of lying dormant in the German church, we get Nazi Germany a couple of centuries later. So this is crucial, that the church would have a biblical, sincere love for Israel and the Jewish people, and that we put them in their proper place theologically, which is where God puts them, as His firstborn, the apple of His eye, His inheritance, His wife, as Isaiah says.

We need to understand who we are as Gentiles, who they are as the Jewish people, and the unity that God wants us to have. As Romans says, one new man, the olive tree, coming together in this beautiful family we’ve been adopted into. So will you join me in prayer right now for the church, the global church, to have this understanding?

So, God, we thank you so much that you have created Jew and Gentile, just like you created male and female, two distinct roles that come together in unity, and it’s a miraculous blessing. Just like male and female create one flesh, Jew and Gentile create one new man. Lord, we pray that the church would see this. We pray that the church would develop healthy, biblical, sincere love for your people based on scripture, based on what you say about them. We would not develop opinions based on what the world says. We would base opinions on what your word says, and you say that they are your special treasure. I pray the church would see them that way. In Yeshua’s name, amen.

Pray for the return of Jewish people to the Land of Israel and the restoration of the Jewish people to the Messiah of Israel, Jesus (Ezekiel 36, Romans 11:21-24)

Pray for a spirit of conviction and repentance in Israel, for Jewish and Arab citizens to turn from their sinful ways and walk in righteousness with God and one another (John 16:7-8; Ephesian 4:32; 1 John 1:9; Mathew 3:1-2)

Pray and prophesy a restored relationship between Jewish and Arab people as a loving relationship to these two “brothers” so that they will come together in unity to worship the God of Israel (Genesis 25:12-18; Isaiah 19)

Pray for the fresh mercies of God to be poured out upon the Jewish people and ultimately upon all nations (Romans 10:1; Romans 11:28-32; Ezekiel 36:24-28; Romans 11:12; Habakkuk 2:14)

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