Praying for Israel

Heavenly Father I praise You for the heritage of faith that has been passed down through the generations.  Paul tells us in Romans 4 “It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, because the law brings wrath.  And where there is no law there is no transgression. Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: ‘I have made you a father of many nations.’   

Holy Spirit I ask You today to put a hedge of protection around the country of Israel.  I pray that You show mercy and Your power to protect the civilians and visitors to this country.  I pray that You guide the missiles fired onto Hezbollah to hit the ones shooting and not the innocent Arabs who at their mercy.  We pray that there will be a cease fire.  We pray for peace in Israel.  We pray that You will once again demonstrate Your love for Israel and protect them in a miraculous way.  We ask that Your Holy Spirit continue to move among the people of Israel to accept Your son as their personal savior, messiah and to become part of our family.  

Now I’m returning to you.  I’m saying these things in the world’s hearing so my people can experience My joy completed in them.  I gave them Your word; the godless world hated them because of it, because they didn’t join the world’s ways.  Just as I didn’t join the world’s ways.  I’m not asking that you take them out of the world but that you guard them from the Evil One.  They are no more defined by the world than I am defined by the world.  Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth; Your word is consecrating truth.  In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.  I’m consecrating myself for their sakes so they’ll be truth-consecrated in their mission.  I’m praying not only for them but also for those who will believe in me because of them and their witness about me.  The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you, So they might be one heart and mind with us.  Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me.  The same glory you gave me, I gave them, so they’ll be as unified and together as we are—I in them and you in me.  Then they’ll be mature in this oneness, and give the godless world evidence that you’ve sent me and loved them in the same way you’ve loved me.  Father, I want those you gave me to be with me, right where I am, so they can see my glory, the splendor you gave me, having loved me long before there ever was a world.  Righteous Father, the world has never known you.  But I have known you, and these disciples know that you sent me on this mission.  I have made your very being known to them—who you are and what you do—and continue to make it known, so that your love for me might be in them exactly as I am in them. (Amen) John 17:13-26, the Message