The Bible pointedly instructs:
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you. May peace be within your walls and prosperity within your palaces…’ For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.”
Psalm 122:6-7, 9 NASB
The Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast
For the past three years, the Israeli Knesset has invited Christians to Jerusalem to join in prayer for a 3-day event called The Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast (JPB). This event has united Jews and Christians, Pastors, lawmakers, business people and intercessors from all across the globe to do just that, pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
There have also been numerous JPB events held around the world in places like The Hauge, Ghana, London, Singapore, Uganda, and, one year ago, San Antonio, Texas. I was privileged to get to organize this April 2019 event with a remarkable team. During this time I made some amazing new friends and got to reconnect with some old ones. Below are some shots of the event.
The JPB is an outreach by the Israeli Knesset to Christians, so the majority of the attendees were American Christians. But we did have some Israeli guests, including the head of a world-renowned hospital near Tel Aviv, and a Knesset member who was on the flight from JFK to LAX that struck a sign on the runway and almost crashed.
The US and Israel Partnership
Since America’s founding, she has sought the good of Jerusalem and recognized Israel’s numerous contributions to our own faith and freedom. For example, John Adams declared:
“I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation….If I were an atheist of the other sect who believes (or pretend to believe) that all is ordered by chance, I should believe that chance had ordered the Jews to preserve and propagate to all mankind the doctrine of a supreme, intelligent, wise, almighty Sovereign of the Universe, which I believe to be the great essential principle of all morality and consequently of all civilization.”
Why Support Israel?
Throughout history, the United States has never wavered in support of the Jews and Israel. As a believer, I support Israel because of God’s promise that He will bless those who bless the nation formed from Abraham and Isaac. The scripture is also clear that believers are grafted by God into Jewish roots (Romans 11:11-24), with salvation being promised “to the Jew first and [then] also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16 NASB).
As an American, we owe our founding principles to the Judeo-Christian Biblical values that shaped the constitutional rights and freedoms we enjoy to this day.
We can, therefore, echo the words of Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister:
“Israel has no better friend than America. And America has no better friend than Israel. We stand together to defend democracy. We stand together to advance peace.”
Under God’s providence and as a result of His direct intervention, Israel and the Jews have survived millennia of persecution from many civilizations. Because the Bible promises that such efforts will continue to the end of time, we should join with the Biblical psalmist and pray:
“God, do not remain quiet;
Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still.
For behold, Your enemies make an uproar,
And those who hate You have exalted themselves.
They make shrewd plans against Your people,
And conspire together against Your treasured ones.
They have said, ‘Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation,
That the name of Israel be remembered no more.
’For they have conspired together with one mind;
Against You they make a covenant”
Psalm 83:1-5 NASB
America must never become part of any movement to punish Israel. May God Bless Israel—and thereby may God also Bless America! As God promised Abraham about Israel and the Jewish people:
“And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse”
Genesis 12:3 NASB