Psalm 122:6 says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you.’” In an attempt to obey this scriptural call to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, we will soon publish a booklet entitled, 52 Prayers for the Peace of Jerusalem. This booklet will provide believers with a specific prayer they can pray each week of the year for the peace of Jerusalem.
Here is a sample of the prayers you will find in that book:
- A prayer for more Christians to pray for Israel
God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, thank You for raising up many Christians worldwide to pray for Israel. We believe You are hearing them because we see Your Spirit moving mightily in Israel. But our hearts yearn for even more believers to know Your heart for Israel (Zechariah 2:8). Father, empower our brothers and sisters through Your Spirit to hear Your call to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and flood Your heavenly throne room with prayers for Israel (Psalm 122:6). Father, raise more Christians to express the apostle Paul’s great sorrow and continual grief for the salvation of Israel (Romans 9:2–3). In Jesus’ (Yeshua’s) name, we pray. Amen.
- A prayer for believers to grow in passion for Jewish evangelism
Heavenly Father, I pray You continue to give believers all around the world Your heart and desire to see the Jewish people saved. Help them to see Jewish evangelism as a critical link in Your returning for Your people (Matthew 23:37–39). Give them the apostle Paul’s desire for the salvation of the Jewish people (Romans 10:1). Lord, we pray Jewish evangelism does not become the great omission of the Great Commission. We know there is salvation in no one other than Jesus; “for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). In Yeshua’s name, we pray. Amen.
- A prayer against any antisemitism among Palestinians
Blessed are you, God, King of the universe, Creator of all nations of the earth (Acts 17:26). We thank You for how You care for men and women, Jewish and Gentile people alike (Galatians 3:28). We ask for You to protect the Jewish people from harm and send Your angels to guard Your nation (Psalm 91:11). We ask for You to turn any hatred and antisemitism among Palestinians into love toward the Jewish people. You greet people in peace, and we ask for You to help the Palestinians recognize You are the Lord of Peace (Judges 6:24), and You have sent the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). We pray You will turn any words of harm directed toward the Jewish people into words of blessing, like You did with Balaam and the children of Israel (Numbers 23––25). Father, You reconcile people through Your Son, and we ask You to reconcile both Jewish and Palestinian people to Yourself and to each other (Ephesians 2:11–22). In Yeshua’s name, we pray. Amen.
- A prayer against any anti-Arab sentiments among Israeli Jews
Our Father and King, we pray for the Jewish people of Israel whom You have called to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (Exodus 19:6). We pray, through the work of Your Holy Spirit, You will cause them to fulfill their calling. We pray You will remove from their hearts any hostility and bitterness toward Arab Palestinians and replace them with love. May they come to know the forgiveness and grace You offer through our Redeemer, Yeshua, and may they pray for their enemies as Yeshua did (Luke 23:34). In Yeshua’s name, we pray. Amen.
- A prayer for those in the Middle East to know the Messiah
Heavenly Father, we pray for those in the Middle East to know the Messiah Jesus. Please reveal Yourself to them through Your Word (Romans 10:17). Please give them eyes to see and ears to hear—for them to see You rightly (Matthew 3:16). Please soften their hearts, so they will encounter Your radical love for them, transforming them from the inside out. Finally, please give them Your peace, which surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). We lift these requests up to You in Yeshua’s name. Amen.