How to pray for Jerusalem, Israel, Jews

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Christians have been praying for the peace of Jerusalem, and yet, there is still no peace today in Jerusalem. Far from it! Great civil unrest exists in Jerusalem amongst Jews, Christians, Muslims, Arabs, and Palestinians. Should we still pray for the peace of Jerusalem? Messianic Jews especially and some well-meaning Christians take an isolated verses and demand that we all pray for the peace of Jerusalem. They use the book of Psalms: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee” (Psalm 122:6). Some of these supposed brethren claim that if we pray for peace to come to Jerusalem, then that will make Jesus Christ come back to Earth quicker.

People who urge us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they are not rightly dividing the Word of God as per 2 Timothy 2:15 . It is worth noting that Jesus nor his disciples had preached this, had asked us all to do so.. Never once did even our Apostle Paul in his epistles, Romans through Philemon, instruct us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Are we praying primarily for a political peace?  Of course, political peace is good and an asset to all parties.  But the peace God desires must mean a fundamental change of heart and action on the part of all those who live in Jerusalem and the surrounding area.  Such peace must include developing a spiritual peace with Jesus Christ for all and thus a health and wholeness for all peoples. We must pray for the Israeli’s breakdown of thier false resistance to the Gospel and to bring all of Israeli’s to know now their own Messiah, Jesus Christ.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

Luke 19:41-42 “He saw the city and wept over it, saying ‘If you had known, even you, in this day the things that make for your peace!’”

Zechariah. 7:8-14) “‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’ But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and covered their ears. They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the Lord Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the Lord Almighty was very angry. ‘When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations, where they were strangers. The land they left behind them was so desolate that no one traveled through it. This is how they made the pleasant land desolate”

Most of the capital in Israel, the wealth and the media, are in the hands of about 15 families. They control almost everything in Israel – from the price of cheese to the outrageous rate of rent. Money is the name of the game, not righteousness, and in that game those who have nothing are doomed to poverty. Those who have little will soon join the ranks of those who have nothing, and those who have much will become richer.

Matthew 20: 1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?
7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.
8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.
9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,
12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?
14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.
15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
17 And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them,
18 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death,
19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.
Luke 23 :28 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
29 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.
30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.
31 For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?

John 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

Acts 21:13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

Consider 1 Thessalonians chapter 5: “[1] But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. [2] For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. [3] For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”

 Zionist  Christians and Jews citing the Bible to support their policy positions   are thinking politically, not honestly. When you build a bridge from biblical Israel to modern Israel, there is an enormous gap in history and theology.  The word “widow” in the Hebrew of the Old Testament does not only mean a woman without a husband. Its Biblical meaning is much broader than the one we ascribe to it today. It means a woman, a city or a nation who is in ruin, who has no provider and no one to help her manage her life. Jews and Jerusalem today included, Luke 13:35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Israel now has no longer any national status before God today. Israel has no special relationship with JEHOVAH. She had such a relationship in the past but it is was terminated when the Jews killed our Lord Jesus Christ. snf nrct the temple in Jerusalem was completely destroyed.

God is focused today on the Church, the Body of Christ instead. Ephesians 2:6-7: “[6] And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: [7] That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

In the Lord’s Prayer,” we read in Matthew chapter 6: “[9] Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. [10] Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven, and so that is really God’s will today. Should we pray for the peace of Jerusalem today? No and why not. The re-establishment of Israel? No. We need to pray in accordance with God’s will, not misquoting Bible verses, and repeating them to God, all corrupted and muddled up. Let us not be distracted by claiming Israel’s past promises, verses and promises and making thema false part of our prayer life. That is sure to bring about to all rather unanswerable confusion and misery.

“If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men” (Romans 12:18).

If you reach into the Old Testament and say, ‘God has given the Holy Land to the descendants of Abraham,’ but the question is whether the modern state of Israel is that nation that God had was imagined for today back in the Bible.

Galatians 3:29, Apostle Paul says, “If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring.”

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