DAY 10 - Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem
Bishop Orlando Burt
WORD OF FAITH HATTIESBURG, MS
WORD OF FAITH GULFPORT, MS
FAITH4LIFE JACKSON, MS
Hello. I am Bishop Orlando Burt, Senior Pastor of Word Faith Christian Center in Hattiesburg and Gulfport, Mississippi, as well as Faith4Life church in Jackson, Mississippi. Our prayer focus today is to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. So let’s look at what God’s Word has to say about it. In Psalm 122, stanza 6 through 9 from the NLT, it reads, “Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper.O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls and prosperity in your palaces. For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “May you have peace.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek what is best for you, O Jerusalem.” So you can see from these Scriptures that we are instructed and encouraged to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Now, with everything that is going on right now in the Middle East, it is pretty obvious that Jerusalem needs our prayers. But as we have been taught at Word of Faith, our prayers are to be specific and this text gives us just that. It says that we are to pray for peace. In the Hebrew, peace can be defined as completeness, welfare, health, tranquility, protection and prosperity. With the impending threats from her enemies, Jerusalem needs our prayers and it starts with us praying for the leadership according to First Timothy chapter 2, verses 1 through 4. It says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
So praying for Jerusalem starts with us praying for her leadership. Then we are to pray for her welfare, preservation and protection from her enemies. We are to pray that Jerusalem never be attacked and even if it is, that it never be taken. Then, we are to pray for the prosperity, the unity of its people, and tranquility. Now, the Bible teaches us in the book of Zechariah that God loves Jerusalem and it will one day become the center of worship to Him. Now with that said, we are not to pray for Jerusalem out of custom or formality, but from the vantage point of loving what God loves and make no doubt about it, He loves Jerusalem. Lastly, prosperity is promised to those that love her and we have seen that those who bless her are blessed. So church, let’s pray for the peace of Jerusalem today and trust that the blessing of God comes upon our lives as we do. Thanks for joining us today and I pray that our Father will bless the works of your hands and prosper you in every way. We will see you next time.