Thursday, July 10, 2014

Praying for Israel

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 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 (Genesis 12:1-3).

I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid.  For I also
  am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin (Romans 11:1). 

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee (Psalm 122:6).

Father, You know me.  You know my innermost thoughts, and the deepest motivations of my wicked heart: nothing is hid from Thee. I am conscious of my Savior's warning in Matthew 6:5-7, about praying in public, to appear "pious."  But I also know that there's a time for public prayer, and this does not always displease Thee.  I come before Thee in the strong Name of Thy Son Jesus Christ, to pray for Thy nation, Israel, in this terrible time of testing, as she is attacked once again by the Philistine barbarians. This time, not for the first time, she is  abandoned by her former ally, the nation in which You placed me, the United States, under the diabolical guidance of a President who, like his predecessor, cares more for the barbarians than for Thy nation: a President who loathes Thy people as did Haman of old.  Who on Earth has the power and the will to help Thy nation, Lord?  None, Thou knowest.  Israel is alone, except for Thee, and for the prayers and support of Thy people.  We thank Thee, Father, that Iron Dome is helping, and that Operation Protective Edge is helping, and that Israel's current leader is resolute. But apart from Thee, none of man's plans or devices can avail.   Please, dear and holy Father, protect Thy nation, and save her people.  It is not for me to curse any man, but I ask Thee to curse Hamas, Fatah, ISIS, and all of Israel's enemies throughout the world, especially those Mohammedans who hate Thee and hate Thy nation.  In the words of the old song, Father: "confound their politics, frustrate their knavish tricks, on Thee our hopes we fix!"

Father, we are not blind to Israel's faults or sins. Instead of being the truly Godly nation You desire, they have gone whoring after modern enchantments and devices, such as "liberal democracy," and their coddling of the Sodomites and other sinners in their midst is no different from that of my own nation, or any other.  They are not a Godly people, and we know that this displeases Thee; but that is between them, and Thee.  We are too conscious of our own nation's sins to cast stones.  But You have said, in the context of Israel, that the gifts and calling of God are without repentance (Romans 11:29). Israel is still Thy beloved nation, despite those among my brethren who deny this with their Hellish "Replacement Doctrine." We repudiate that doctrine, and fly to the pages of Thy word, and beg You to preserve and protect Thy nation once again.  We know from Thy holy prophecies that it will get worse before the end, and we pray for the people of Israel, in their coming tribulations.  

You have commanded us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and we eagerly and enthusiastically obey.  Forbid it, Lord, that we should sin against Thee by neglecting to pray for Thy nation (1 Samuel 12:23).  Protect Thy nation, Lord, regardless of her shortcomings and unbelief: and, as it pleases Thee, save the individual residents of that nation by bringing them to faith in Thy dear Son, their Saviour and mine, the Lord Jesus Christ, in Whom alone lies eternal hope.

I pray this, not for Israel's sake or my own, but for Jesus' sake, and in His Name.  Thank You for hearing this faltering prayer, Lord.

inside an Israeli bomb shelter

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