For praying people who love Israel, it is time to pray for the Israeli Prime Minister who will hold his first meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. tomorrow.
Several high level representatives of the Obama administration have made strong (and unreasonable) comments towards the Israeli leadership in the weeks leading to this meeting.
Pray that Netanyahu will not blink when faced with Chicago-style, strong arm politics. (Israel has had to strand strong against terrorists to survive, will a gangster-political style intimidate Netanyahu? I do not think the approach will yeild expected response.)
To many of my Israel-loving friends who never ceased to complain about George Bush and accused him of being less than a friend to Israel, I have to say, Now you will find out what a real 'less than a friend to Israel' looks like.
That being said, let's stand in faith declaring the promises of God toward Israel. At this point, we are going to have to mine a whole new, far more aggressive set of scriptures to pray over the U.S. relations with Israel than were necessary with President Bush. Here are some:
"The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge,
But He overthrows the decrees of the deceitful." Pr 22:12
"I will wait on the Lord who hides His Face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him. Here I AM & the children whom the LORD has given me! We are for signs & wonders in Israel from the LORD of armies who dwells in Mount Zion."
"Therefore says the LORD who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob:
'Jacob shall not be ashamed,
nor shall his face now grow pale;
But when he sees his children,
the work of My hands in his midst,
they will hallow My name,
And hallow the Holy One of Jacob
and fear of the God of Israel"
In that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious....when the LORD has washed away the filth of the daughter of Zion....Then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion and above her assemblies, a cloud and a smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For upon all, the glory shall be a defense.
Ro 11:19-24 You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear.
For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.
And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
Now these first few scriptures are promises of God toward the generation that God restores the natural branches (Israel) through faith in His Messiah, Yeshua Jesus.
They may seem out of context in praying for protection of Israel as it negotiates a new reality with a new U.S. President who does not recognize the right and plight of Israel in the midst of those who would harm her. (Sound like Exodus 1:8 Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph?)
But these promises of a Remnant of Faith in Israel must be fulfilled - whatever the politics of man than come and go, God still has business in Israel - and that family business is salvation.
Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law,
Have fellowship with You?
They gather together against the life of the righteous,
And condemn innocent blood.
But the LORD has been my defense,
And my God the rock of my refuge.
He has brought on them their own iniquity,
And shall cut them off in their own wickedness;
For I, says the LORD, will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst. Ze 2:5
Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around....2 Kings 6:16
“Behold, I have created the blacksmith
Who blows the coals in the fire,
Who brings forth an instrument for his work;
And I have created the spoiler to destroy.
No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the inheritance of the servants of the LORD,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the LORD.
That we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men....the LORD who is faithful, will establish you and guard you from the evil one.
So He became their Savior; in all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence saved them.
Is 63:9 (The Angel of His Presence is Jesus.)
I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.