A Prayer for Peace in Jerusalem
Psalm 24, Jeremiah 33:6-11
Reflections of the Heart:
O, Uru-sa-lim – Jerusalem – you are a city founded to possess God’s peace; you are one of the ironies of the whole world. Your long history has experienced so little peace as principalities and powers in the world have shed rivers of blood to possess you, in spite of the heavenly possibilities intended in your name. We pray for you, Jerusalem. We pray for peace in Jerusalem.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Lord, You are great and mighty in power; Your understanding is infinite. We exalt You Lord, our God, and worship at Your holy hill. You are Holy. We give You thanks, O God. Your wondrous works declare that Your Name is near. Father, thank You for Jerusalem and for re-establishing the Nation of Israel. Thank You for remaining faithful and steadfast to the covenant You made with Abraham. Thank You for including us as children in Your covenant and for giving us a rich heritage. Lord, You are good. Your mercy endures forever. You are a faithful, loving and compassionate God.
Loving Father, in the Name of Jesus, we pray for peace to return to Jerusalem. We stand on Your Word that all who love this city shall prosper. We unite and declare that peace be within the walls of Jerusalem and prosperity in her palaces. For the sake of our families and friends, peace be unto you, Jerusalem. For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, we will seek what is best for you, Jerusalem. Father God, we, Your peacemakers, sow Your Word, in the Name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit. The seeds of Your Word of peace will reap a harvest of righteousness and peace in Jerusalem and in Your Kingdom here on earth. Your Kingdom is of people who have right-standing before You and who embrace Your peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. We are obedient to Your Word, Father, and know that You, Father, the God of Peace, crush satan under Your feet. Your grace and peace are with us, Your ambassadors of peace to the city of Jerusalem, through the knowledge of You, Father, and of our Lord Jesus Christ. We claim all spiritual prosperity, all necessary good, and freedom from fear, agitating passions and moral conflict for the envoys of Your good will and intentions for Jerusalem.
Father God, we pray Your shalom, Your peace – comprising Your health, prosperity, rest, safety and welfare – be administered to the people of Jerusalem. We covet that Your ambassadors from around the world will unite in prayer to You, to hear and obey Your voice to receive the blessing of Your peace plan for Jerusalem. Father, we lift up to You American leaders who are working to achieve peace in the Middle East – President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the State Department’s top diplomat for the Middle East, Jeffrey Feltman – as well as U.S. envoy George Mitchell and international envoy Tony Blair. We pray that our leaders will act to influence the minds and spirits of Israeli leaders – Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and top negotiator Amos Gilad. We covet that the Holy Spirit be used to influence the decisions of the representatives of the four Palestinian factions who are meeting this month in Egypt at the invitation of Egyptian Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit to develop inter-Palestinian committees to form a national unity government. Lord God, we specifically lift up to You Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and the various leaders of the factions which may emerge from time to time within Palestine, including leaders of Hamas, Fatah al-Islam, The Popular Front and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), the Islamic Jihad and the Palestinian People’s Party, that Your will be done to bring peace to Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, the wider Middle East, and the world as a whole. Holy Spirit, remind our Christian leaders that peacemakers who plant seeds of peace reap a harvest of righteousness in the development of God’s Kingdom here on earth.
What can you do in the crusade to bring peace to Jerusalem?
Lord God, forgive us in the body of Christ when we fail to be concerned about Your holy city, Jerusalem, and Your people, the Jews, both those who inhabit Israel and those of the Diaspora around the world. Forgive us when we are mindful only of the desire for peace in our country and not for peace in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world, for You love all the world and desire that all people come into Your Kingdom. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind us all of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Heavenly Father, help the people of Jerusalem to not yield to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.
Almighty God, You alone are our God, the One who is able to do mighty miracles. As Your Name deserves, You are praised in Jerusalem and to the ends of the earth. Your strong right hand is filled with victory! O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, may Your name be praised forever and ever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text: Jeremiah 4:10, John 14:27, II Corinthians 5:20, Matthew 28:18-20, I Chronicles 23:25, Jeremiah 33:6-9, Psalm 122:6-9, James 3:18, James 3:18, Romans 14:17-19, Romans 16:19-20, II Peter 1:2, Zechariah 9:9-10, I Timothy 2:1-4, James 1:13-14, John 16:33, I John 3:8, Deuteronomy 10:21, Psalm 48:10, I Chronicles 29:10
Today, I will trust God to: ____________________________________________________________________________________