In mid-February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Washington DC to meet with senior US officials including newly elected President Donald J. Trump. Many issues were discussed, including Iran and the perennial conflict with the Palestinians. President Trump’s campaign promise to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem was on the agenda, but progress is slow due to political and diplomatic challenges.
Please pray the ‘reset’ in relations between Israel and the United States under the new Administration in Washington will bear much good and lasting fruit for Israel, both in strategic, economic and diplomatic terms. Pray the US will lead a large group of nations in returning their embassies to Jerusalem this year. (Isaiah 62:1-7; Micah 4:1-2)
Israel is also enjoying a renaissance in its relations with several African countries which were strong in the early 1950’s and 60’s. Following Israel’s victories in the 1967 and 1973 wars, defeated Arab governments put pressure on African countries to sever these ties, but in recent years things have begun to turn around again.
Pray with us for Israel’s relations with the many African nations who express a desire to re- connect and expand ties with Israel. Pray the hearts of African leaders are moved to open new doors for Israel and to strengthen Christian support for Israel in those nations. (Psalm 22:28)
The endless conflict in Syria poses a growing threat to Israel’s safety, such as an increased Iranian military presence on Israel’s northern border and greater threat from the Lebanese Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah. Sunni jihadist groups, including ISIS, have also targeted Israel from the north and more recently in the south, from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
Pray for Israel’s security, both in the south and on the Golan Heights in the north, an area that borders with war-torn Syria; that the threat posed by ISIS and other Islamist militias would continue to be held at bay. (Psalm 94:22)
Pray for Arab and Islamic nations to cooperate more closely with Israel for their own benefit, and to accept Israel in the region. (Isaiah 19:23-25)
Reports continue to surface in the neighboring Muslim nations of large numbers of people receiving the Gospel, as massive disruptions caused by wars and environmental degradation and social/economic dislocation lead them to question their traditional understandings.
Pray for the move of the Holy Spirit that is being reported throughout the Middle East, that multitudes living in darkness and despair would come to find hope and peace in Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 49:6-9)
Lastly, pray also for both the physical and spiritual restoration of Jerusalem, and bless the Body of Messiah in Israel. (Ezekiel 36:24-36; Jeremiah 31; Hosea 6:1-2; Galatians 6:10)
Join the Isaiah 62 initiative of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem as we corporately pray for Jerusalem, the nation of Israel, and the Middle East:
Join as an individual prayer warrior at www.icej.org/isaiah62
2. Begin an Isaiah 62 prayer group in your community.
3. Join us in fasting and praying on behalf of Israel every month.