If you have just come across our website or are perhaps unfamiliar with the state of current events in Israel and the Middle East, this may be a question that you have. Why do we put our efforts into supporting the people of Israel through our mission work, and why should you pray for Israel and its people?
There are a wide variety of reasons to lend your prayers to Israel, including:
• Your blessing of the people of Israel will yield blessings in return. Genesis 12:3 reads “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” We have been told through scripture that our blessings to the people of Israel will lead to blessings of our own.
• We are specifically told to do so at various points in scripture. Psalm 122:6 tells us to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem,” a message that remains as timely today as ever before with the constant violence between Israel and Palestine. Isaiah 62:6-7 says “You who call upon the name of the Lord, give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem as a praise in all the Earth.” These are just a couple examples of places in scripture where are told to pray for Israel.
• God loves Israel. We are told time and time again that the people of Israel are God’s chosen ones. He has “loved [them] with an everlasting love” (Jer 31:3), and the people of Israel are “beloved for the sake of the fathers” (Rom 11:28). Whoever touches Israel “touches the apple of His eye” (Zech 2:8). God has a clear demonstrated love for Israel, and therefore we should pour out our love to them as well.
• God still has plans for Israel. Even with everything happening in the Middle East today, there is still plenty of reason to believe that God still has plans for Israel. “Again I shall rebuild you and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel” (Jer 31:3). “Has God cast away His people? Certainly not God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew.” (Rom 11:1-2)
Pray for peace in Israel and for an end to poverty and suffering for its people. Pray that God will continue to shine His light on its people. Your prayers are greatly appreciated.