Do you know that doing as God asks without equivocation carries within our act of bending our will to His, enormous blessings? Yes! That's right! Doing what God asks us to do - even when we'd rather do anything but - aligns us with His perfect will. And since God's will is not petty or self-seeking those of us who chose Him over the world that continues to beckon us have chosen what is best. Scripture says of this choice, in Isaiah 48:17 that, “This is what the Lord says...I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you and directs you in the way you should go.”
So my dear ones, thank you for knowing that what is always needed - no matter what the Bible has to say about the End Times – is prayer. God desires for us to pray because when we do we are close to Him. Seldom has God told us exactly what He wants us to pray for, so when He does we need to pay attention. Therefore, when God said in Psalm 122: 6-7 to, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels,’” He was gifting us an understanding of what He wants. Within each command of God’s there are manifold blessings. We who are in Messiah have become “one new man” there is now neither Jew or gentile so when I ask you to pray for this peace, I am asking you to stand against what is happening now so you will be strengthen and know how to do what will be necessary when you are experiencing these things.
And know that during your distress those you have prayed for will be lifting you up as you have lifted them up. After all, being part of the family that Our Redeemer bought with His shed blood can we do less? I think not! Instead, we are called to give our all for Messiah.
Though we may see ourselves still as Jew and gentile believers in Messiah, when we pray for this peace - we are praying that the Church - no matter which denomination - experience peace. Both in Matthew 15:24 where Yeshua (Jesus) said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel,” and in Matthew 10:6, where Messiah told those he was sending out to, “Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel,” we see God’s heart and Christ’s!
Therefore, those who, during this or any other time of distress for the Jews or the church, think it’s all about End Times are missing the blessing in doing what is nearest and dearest to our Lord, and that is to not look forward expectantly, but to work in the world, for as we read in Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
Thank and bless you for reading this post, and may you as you listen to Jonathan Settle sing “Pray for the Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem" do that throughout your day...when you awake, when you stop by the way, when you look up and see puffy clouds in the sky... when you do all the little everyday things that 80 % of the Jews in Israel cannot do, may God burden your heart to continually pray for the people who are still the “Apple of God's eye”!