“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
During Winter Break, Pastor and Mrs. Walter, Mr. Fry, Mrs. Parker, Miss Cole, and two of our seniors had the privilege of travelling on a Holy Land tour to Israel along with twelve other members and friends of Latham Bible Baptist Church. This trip provided an opportunity to walk where Jesus walked and to get to know Him better. It was also a reminder of the importance of praying for the nation of Israel. The Bible provides several ways we should pray faithful for this tiny country.
First, we should pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Psalm 122 gives this command along with the promise of blessing to those who do so. We should pray for peace within the walls and prosperity for the leadership of the country.
Second, we should pray for Israel to recognize and accept their Messiah, Jesus Christ. While many Jews have accepted Jesus as their Savior, many have continued to reject Him and await another. The prophecies of Isaiah 53 and many other Scriptures were fulfilled when Jesus lived, died, and resurrected nearly 2,000 years ago.
Third, we should pray for Israel to be united. Joel 3 gives the promise of unity one day. With three world religions claiming Jerusalem as a holy city, this request may seem nearly impossible. We can be grateful that God has promised to accomplish this when He rules and reigns from this city one day.
Fourth, we should pray for the United States to honor Israel. In this political season, the small nation of Israel seems to get kicked around to score points for one side or the other. The verse quoted above promises that God will honor those who honor His people. We must never let our political leaders forget this important promise.
The trip to the Holy Land was truly the trip of a lifetime for those of us who could attend. It is our hope and prayer that we can serve as a reminder to all Christians to pray faithfully for God to work in the land where His Son once walked this earth.