Would You Commit to Pray for Israel?
My heart is grieved by the recent violence and suffering in Israel. I hope you’ll stand with me in support of God’s people in these dark times.
As Christians, we know that what’s happening in Israel is not a human struggle; it is a spiritual struggle against the forces of darkness.
God has promised that His chosen people will endure forever.
For that reason, Satan has done everything he can to annihilate Israel. If he can destroy Israel, then he can prove that God’s incapable of keeping His promises. Over the years, Satan’s schemes against Israel have involved human leaders such as Pharaoh, Antiochus Epiphanes, and Herod—and, ultimately, the Antichrist, the future world leader who will unleash the greatest persecution Israel has ever known.
The Bible assures us that the enemies of Israel will not succeed. And when Jesus Christ returns, believing Israel will receive the blessings God promised.
How are we as Christians to live in light of these events? Let me share four qualities that ought to characterize every believer as Christ’s return draws near.
- We are to be people of hope.
- If we as Christians are always fearful and fretting about what’s happening in the world around us, what kind of witness is that? Paul wrote in Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Because we serve the God of hope, our lives ought to be overflowing with hope.
- We are to be people of insight.
- Tucked away in 1 Chronicles is a verse that describes how we should be living in times like these. This passage is a listing of Jewish men who left the service of King Saul and joined forces with David. Verse 32 says, “The sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do.”
- The sons of Issachar understood the moral and spiritual climate of their nation. Because of that, they knew what to do.
- Christians today need to have our finger on the pulse of what is happening morally, spiritually, and politically in our world. There are some Christians who don’t want to get involved in current events. That’s not godliness; that is ignorance. To be a godly person, you need to understand the times in which God has placed you.
- We are to be people of action.
- In Matthew 5:13–15, Jesus compared His followers to salt and light. Salt is a preservative—it can’t prevent the decay of meat, but it delays the decay. In the same way, we are to push back against the tide of evil in the world today so that people have more time to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. It is our responsibility to confront evil and hold forth the light of the gospel in these dark days.
- We are to be people of courage.
- Daniel 11:32 says, “The people who know their God will display strength and take action.” May God fill you with courage and hope as you stand with Him and His people!
Would you commit to join me in prayer today for the people of Israel?
- Pray that the Lord would do a mighty work and protect the innocent.
- Pray that the Lord will bring strength and wisdom to those who need it greatly.
- Pray that the Lord would bring comfort to hurting and fearful hearts.