At our church, Trinity Church, we spend a good portion of the first Wednesday of every month in corporate prayer.
Last night we were encouraged to follow the Biblical imperative to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” in light of the global political issues surrounding the state of Israel and the state of Iran.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. (Psalm 122:6 NIV)
What came to my mind as we began praying was Jesus’ understanding of what would bring peace to Jerusalem, recorded in the book of Luke
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. (Luke 19:41-42 NIV)
Jesus, who could quote the Scriptures, recognized that in order for Jerusalem to have real peace it would have to recognize him as Messiah. He recognized that their rejection of him would bring physical destruction:
The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” (Luke 19:43-44 NIV)
So when you pray for the peace of Jerusalem you should be praying for the Jewish people to have their eyes opened so they can see the Prince of Peace who is the only one who brings the peace described in Psalm 122.