Christians Unite in Prayer for Israel

by | Oct 6, 2008 | Charisma Archive

Churchgoers in 175 nations were expected to participate in the Global Day of
Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem.
 
Christians Unite in Prayer for Israel
[10.07.08] Millions of Christians around the world united in worship and prayer
for Israel Sunday as part of the sixth annual Global Day of Prayer for the Peace
of Jerusalem (DPPJ). 
 
Hosted by Robert Stearns, founder of Eagles’ Wings Ministries, and
Foursquare President Jack Hayford, the prayer day takes its name from Psalm
122:6, which states: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who
love you.'”

“We are praying past the place of political agenda; we are praying past
the point of theological doctrinal statements,” Stearns said. “The Bible
commands that we pray and the current situation demands that we pray.”

Although events were to be held in 200,000 churches in 175 nations, Stearns
and Hayford gathered Sunday with Christian, Jewish and Arab leaders at the Haas
Promenade, overlooking Jerusalem’s Old City. Participants included the Hon.
Daniel Ayalon, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States; Orthodox Rabbi
Shlomo Riskin, founder of Ohr Torah Stone and the community of Efrat; Wayne
Hilsden, pastor of King of Kings/The Jerusalem Pavilion, one of the largest
churches in Jerusalem; and Malcolm Hedding, director of the
International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem.
 
Approximately 700 intercessors joined in “virtual prayer rooms” through a
24-hour teleconference call.
 
“The fact is, whatever our theological or political positions regarding
Israel, we can all agree there is a biblical mandate and a current crisis that
should cause us to pray,” Stearns said in a statement. “God is vitally concerned
for all those living in Jerusalem—Jew and Arab alike—and we should be directing
our prayer and actions toward God's Shalom [peace] manifesting in that
city.”
 
In an article posted on the DPPJ Web site, Hayford
wrote that Christians are living in a “sobering moment in history” that calls
them to stand with Israel. “We could be people of the last hours,” he said.
We are not to be passive in the face of prophecy; we are called to
pray
with passion, to intercede, and to minister according to the words of
the Savior who said it is not our task to speculate when the end will be. It is
our responsibility to do Kingdom business until He comes (Luke 19:13).” 
 
The prayer day has won support from such prominent Christian leaders as
T.D. Jakes, John Hagee, Michael W. Smith and Aglow International founder Jane
Hanson-Hoyt. “Never has it been as critical as it is now that we stand in the
gap for the nation of Israel and its people,” Hanson-Hoyt said before the prayer
day. “The biblical mandate to ‘pray for the peace of Jerusalem’ must take on
greater priority in our lives as we watch the intensity of warfare increase,
both in the natural and spiritual realms, over God’s end-time purposes for His
people—Israel and the body of Christ.”
 
The international prayer day was broadcast to 192 nations via GOD TV and
coincided with Eagles’ Wings celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary.

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