Did you know that God appointed Christians as watchmen on the walls of Israel to be praying and interceding for the peace of that country.
Ezekiel 3:17-19 says, “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them a warning from me. If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.
We are called to pray and intercede for Israel and the Holy Spirit is releasing this strategic call again in the 21st century.
Here are 7 reasons why you should pray for Israel:
1. Israel Is the Apple of God’s Eye
We are called to pray and take a stand for Israel because Israel is close to God’s heart.
“For the Lord’s portion is His people; Jacob [Israel] is the allotment of His inheritance. . . He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye. . . He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions.” Deuteronomy 32:9–11
2. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem
We are called to take a stand for Israel because God wants to bless Jerusalem with His peace and goodness.
Psalm 122 says: “May they prosper who love you. May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces.”
We must pray for the shalom of God for the city of peace.
3. Pray for Israel to receive salvation
God wants us to understand his heart and pray with discernment for the salvation of Israel.
The apostle Paul said, “I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. . . . My heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation” (Romans 9:2; 10:1).
Such was Paul’s burden for his fellow Jews to be saved that he declared, “I could wish that I myself were accursed . . . for the sake of my brethren . . . who are Israelites” (Romans 9:3–4).
4. God wants us to give ourselves no rest
God wants to establish Jerusalem and make her a praise in the Earth and wants us not to be relaxed but to pray and work continuously towards that.
The prophet Isaiah declared: “On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; all day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves; and give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” Isaiah 62:6–7
5. Israel will be brought back to life when they receive Jesus as Messiah
When the Jewish people accept Jesus as Messiah, it will lead to worldwide revival.
Romans 11:15 says, “For if [Israel’s] rejection [of Christ] is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?”