Dear prayer partners,
Thank you for joining us in focused prayer for the month of April 2019. Hebrews 12:28 says, “Therefore since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe…” (NASB) Therefore, let us pray to our God with gratitude, and willingly offer Him our acceptable service!
Praying together every month throughout the year is special and powerful. Therefore, let us be grateful to God for choosing us to partner together in prayer in these special days. As we reflect on everything God has done to restore Israel, let us also look forward to all He will continue to do.
Isaiah 66:18-20ff says:“‘For I know their works and their thoughts. It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues, and they shall come and see My glory. I will set a sign among them; and those among them who escape I will send to the nations: … who have not heard My fame nor seen My glory? And they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles. Then they shall bring all your brethren for an offering to the Lord out of all nations, on horses and in chariots and in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem,’ says the Lord, ‘as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord.’”
As I read these verses, I see Jesus as a sign to the nations. Followers of Jesus from the nations are called to bring the Jewish people who have been scattered throughout the world, back to their promised biblical homeland: Israel. When we partner with God in this work, the Lord says He will receive it as a pleasing offering.
My heart rejoices with gratitude that we are the generation blessed to cooperate with our Lord in this process of restoring Israel. We are the generation that gets to see God redeeming Jerusalem. Therefore, we are called and empowered by His Holy Spirit to show comfort to His people. Isaiah 40:1-2 says: “‘Comfort, yes, comfort my people!’ says your God. ‘Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; For she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.’”
As we seek the Lord in prayer this month, let us give thanks to Him, who brought us into His unshakable Kingdom.
Shalom from Jerusalem!
Barry R. Denison
Vice President of Operations
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem