Praying For The War in Israel and Gaza
PRAYING FOR THE WAR IN ISRAEL AND GAZA
I recently (12/10/23) preached a message entitled: Geopolitical Christmas in which I laid out some Biblical perspectives to inform our thinking and prayers for this ongoing crisis. Many of you have encouraged me to share them with you, along with some prayers that flow out of them. Here they are:
1) Jesus is called the “Prince of Peace” in Scripture. When he stood before Pilate, the representative of Rome’s Empire, Jesus said that God’s Kingdom is not advanced by his followers with weaponry and bloodshed.
2) Jesus was and is forever fully human . . . He was born to Jewish parents in Bethlehem. He died a Jew and is raised now to the right hand to God’s right hand as the Divine Son and as a son of Israel. Our Savior and Lord is a Jew.
3) Jesus died for all of humanity and is the Savior of all peoples, including every single Palestinian, even every member of Hamas.
4) The current state of Israel is a secular, materialistic state. Traditional religious Jews in Israel are the spiritual descendants of the Pharisees and are extreme persecutors of Jewish Messianic believers. But the return of the Jewish people to the land is a fulfillment of Scripture and the following principle applies: “first the natural, then the spiritual.” (I Corinthians 15:46)
5) The Bible makes clear that the Jewish people and the Promised Land have a future role and place in the outworking and fulfillment of God’s redemptive purposes in the earth.
6) The spirit of Anti-Christ is an evil cosmic principality that opposes the redemptive purposes of God in the earth. This principality wars against the Jewish people and seeks to eradicate them and wars to keep the nations of the earth from turning to Christ.
7) God is a God of justice and He takes up the cause of the oppressed and dispossessed. No one is more for the people of Gaza than Jesus of Nazareth, born in Bethlehem and now seated at the right hand of the Father. The Kingdom that Jesus brought near is for Arabs and Jews.
8) Our call is to put our trust in God and our primary strategic “weapon” is prayer. Remember that Jesus taught us to pray: “Your Kingdom come—here on earth!”
Father, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for your Shalom to engulf all of the Holy Land. We pray for the leaders of Israel that you would give them great wisdom as they respond to the attacks of October 7 th . We pray for your believers in the land that you would protect them and give them great grace to be your hands and feet in the midst of this crisis. We pray for the people of Gaza and all the Palestinian people, that you would protect them and we pray for food, water, medicine and shelter for those who are displaced. We pray that you would break the yoke of terror called Hamas. We pray for a genuine resolution of this conflict. Would you give our leaders here in the states wisdom and courage to do what is right in the face of these events. We ask you, Father, to bind the spirit of anti- christ and prevent this principality from escalating this conflict and the one in Ukraine to a global war. We pray that the harvest of the nations in Asia, the Middle East and the Southern Hemisphere would continue to come into the Kingdom and not be cut off by global war. And may thousands of Israeli Jews and Palestinians come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord. Reveal yourself to them through your people there and through supernatural dreams and visions. Lord, may your Kingdom come to this most desperate and needy world. Sustain us in hope as we continue to pray in faith. AMEN.
Blessings, Pastor Rick