5. Bringing the Messiah to His Own
If we bless Israel then we are participating in bringing God’s promises to the Jewish people, which directly impacts the Gentiles, as Israel was chosen to bless the Gentiles and be a bridge of redemption to a broken and sinful world.
When we bless rather than curse the Jewish people, we are engaged with God’s plan for world redemption. Praying for the peace of Jerusalem is, in reality, praying for Jesus to return, as the ultimate peace we long for will only come when He takes His rightful throne in Jerusalem and reigns forever (Matthew 23:37, Romans 11:11–29, Revelation 11:15). Therefore, sharing the gospel with Jewish people enables a Gentile believer in Jesus to bring God’s ultimate blessings to His chosen people.
Praying for the peace of Jerusalem is a way of asking God to implant His peace in the hearts of both Jews and Gentiles by personally accepting the Prince of Peace as Lord of their lives…now! May they prosper who love you….
The Psalmist tells us that love is and should be the motivation for their prayers for God’s holy city. In other words, if you love Jerusalem then you will pray for Jerusalem.
Knowing the reward is not the reason for prayer or blessing the Jewish people. Our love for Jerusalem and the Jewish people is the motivation for our prayers and blessing. And the reason so many followers of Yeshua, both Jews and Gentiles, love the Jewish people, the nation of Israel, and the city of Jerusalem is because they love the God who created the nation of Israel and love the Messiah of Israel. You cannot possibly love Jesus and not love His chosen people…and this love leads to prayer and blessing, which brings blessing and peace to the believer.
Dr. Mitch Glaser is the president of Chosen People Ministries and a founding member of the Alliance for the Peace of Jerusalem. He has also authored and co-authored numerous books, including “Israel, the Church, and the Middle East: A Biblical Response to the Current Conflict.”