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Beyond Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem
Beyond Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem - YI Report

Beyond Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem
by Shani Ferguson

Part I - (Because of the amount of relevant categories for prayer in regards to Israel, this article has been broken into two parts. The first part will deal with physical issues such as land, government and security. The second part (that will be send out next month) will deal with spiritual issues such as ministry, character and the Body of believers in Israel)

If you watch a variety of Christian shows about Israel, you might honestly believe that the greatest prayer need in Israel lies somewhere between the 6th trumpet blast and the rebuilding of the third temple. I mean no disrespect, since any attempt by Christians to bring Israel to God’s attention is greatly appreciated by both Him and us Jews! Yet, I can only assume the reason these things become the focus of prayer is because, although Christians worldwide get tremendous insight from the Bible, they often lack updated information to make their prayers for Israel more specific and relevant to the times. The quickest way to overcome this problem is simply to go to the best source for things going on in modern day Israel – Israeli believers.

Since not every Christian has the luxury of sitting down for coffee with an Israeli believer to get the inside scoop, we have compiled some categories that we hope will help direct your prayers when beseeching our Father on behalf of Israel.


Pray for the Israeli MilitaryLAND/MILITARY


“Oh, dear people, will you listen to me now? Israel, will you follow My map? I’ll make short work of your enemies, give your foes the back of My hand.  I’ll send the GOD-haters cringing like dogs, never to be heard from again. You’ll feast on my fresh-baked bread spread with butter and rock-pure honey.” (Psalm 81:13-16)

I know this will come as a surprise to some, but I personally care little for political land disputes. While Israel has some beautiful areas, if it were up to me to choose a promised land, I’d have picked Switzerland or the Caribbean Islands. As it stands, Israel is largely a desert land located in an unfriendly neighborhood. However, God chose to place His name here. Therefore, the land should be inhabited by the people He chose to represent His name. It’s that simple.

Still, focusing solely on Israel’s land right is attacking the problem in reverse. In Joshua’s initial failed attempt to conquer Ai, God informed him that the failure was not due to military error, but rather to sin in the camp. God was telling the Israelites they needed to deal with the sin in order to get the military victory over Ai. Until Israel removed the sin from the camp, even the most logical military approaches failed. On the other hand, God does at times choose to fight on Israel’s behalf even when they are not in perfect standing with Him. He does this because of His unconditional promise to Abraham and in hopes that His rescue will return them to Him. So we appeal to God for both purification of His people and simultaneous deliverance from those who seek to destroy us. So that I address some modern day Christian’s belief in complete nonviolence, God did not tell Joshua nor any other military leader in the Bible that it was wrong to send in a military force. Israel’s army was and is still the tool that God has used when establishing the children of Israel in their land.

Thirty years ago, Israel’s army was not an easy place for Jewish believers. Sometimes, a believing soldier’s commander would be hostile towards the soldier if his faith was found out. At the very least, the believing soldier would be considered untrustworthy and would not be granted positions of high responsibility. In Israel’s army today, Israeli believers receive more and more recognition as being reliable soldiers with an excellent spirit of patriotism and service.

  • Pray that God will give these believing soldiers insight, boldness, and courage in military  operations and ultimately glorify Yeshua.

  • Pray for wise strategies and protection of all soldiers and military personnel who are tasked with protecting our nation from Islamic terrorists who wish to make this land Allah’s.


Pray for Israel's Economy ECONOMY


“May God give you heaven’s dew and earth’s richness— an abundance of grain and new wine.” (Genesis 27:28)

While the military budget is a heavy national burden, there is little hope that the need to defend Israel’s existence will lessen in the near future. Still, as the world economy has teetered, Israel’s economy has (so far) held its own.

Though the standard of living in Israel remains far below American and European standards, it continues to move forward. Israeli minds and ingenuity have impacted the world, and the world in turn has offered up many dollars in appreciation. Still, there is a growing movement demanding the boycott of Israeli goods – even if grateful Arab workers made them. In addition, Israel’s economy faces another type of economic strain – permanent welfare.

Welfare is normally used to provide temporary assistance for the unemployed or disabled – a sort of safety net to assure a temporary setback doesn’t bury victims in its wake while they get back on their feet. However, the idea of temporary help is not embraced by some in the Orthodox Jewish and Arab communities. With Orthodox Jews viewing all-day Torah study as highest priority and large sections of the Arab community chronically unemployed, welfare has become a standard way of life for many. The longer-term dilemma is that both these sects of society often have many children and raise their children with the same “entitlement” mentality. In contrast, the tax-paying working class families tend to limit their number of children due to the high cost of living. In a few decades, this trend could result in the population demanding subsidies that outweigh the scales of the working population’s treasure chest.

  • Pray that God would give the government wisdom in integrating these sects of society into the workforce and raise up responsible leaders who will rein in welfare payouts.

  • Israeli inventions and innovation have advanced technology as well as improved and saved many lives through medical development. Pray the efforts of boycotting organizations would be overrun by those who desire to invest in and bless Israel.

  • Pray the military would use its budget wisely.


GOVERNMENTPray for the Israeli Government


“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:24)

“By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.” (Proverbs 29:4)


Without a doubt, our government is a bit on the corrupt side, but not in the way the United Nations would have the world believe. Our military is the most honorable entity in our land, and indictments against their policy of conduct are among the most misguided accusations spinning the globe today. In other matters within the government, however, indictments of money favors and sexual harassment pour into the courts. In addition, justice for the common man is often difficult to attain as one-time or involuntary offenses get slapped with hard sentences while wealthy or serial offenders are able to hire clever lawyers and avoid serious punishment.

  • Pray that justice and mercy would reign in the land.

  • Pray that the illegal or unethical deals in the government would be exposed and prosecuted quickly.

  • Pray that God would put a desire in the hearts of Israel’s government leaders to live pure, honest lives and pass Godly laws.


MIGRATIONPray for Israel's Migration Issues

 

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. (Psalm 91:9-10)

While Israel is a land with the constant uneasy threat of terror looming, her streets are far safer statistically than the streets of many cities in the U.S. You could walk around at 2 a.m. in almost any of Israel’s cities (large or small) and feel safe.

Recently, however, there are a few neighborhoods that have been overrun by illegal immigrants and Sudanese refugees. Despite the efforts of local charities offering hot meals, the main source of income for illegals is crime because they don’t register with the system. Some neighborhoods have become so dangerous that Israelis are afraid to walk down the streets, even in the daytime, for fear of being attacked. Many of the Israelis living there are elderly people who purchased their homes decades ago and have no means by which to leave – or defend themselves if their home is broken into.

It’s the age old dilemma of compassion for needy outsiders vs. responsibility for those already under your care. Israel’s illegal immigrant situation has very different variables than in the U.S. We are a small nation of 8 million people bursting at the seams with the potential of losing half of our landmass in the near future should some peace deal be reached. And yet, in terms of nearby nations in Africa and the Middle East Israel is a bastion of freedom, stability and modernity and is thus a magnet for people fleeing oppression. Israel is also constantly dealing with absorbing a flow of new Jewish immigrants from around the world so resources for integrating people into the local communities are often exhausted. In addition, since being born in Israel does not automatically qualify one for citizenship, there is no long-term plan to deal with permanent illegal status.

On another note, while we don’t have much in the way of individual street crime, mafia-like organized crime (a large percentage coming from the Former Soviet Union) is a serious a problem that fuels large scale drug and human trafficking. Illegal women and children are particularly vulnerable since reporting a crime against them would mean reporting themselves.

  • Pray against human trafficking and the spirit of violence in these neighborhoods. 

  • Pray that Israel will be able to stifle the local mafia.

  • Pray that Israel will find creative ways to deal justly yet compassionately with refugees who fled their homes in Africa for fear of death, as well as those who just came here to make a few extra bucks.



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