ISAIAH 62 PRAYER INITIATIVE
|The next day of prayer and fasting in our Isaiah 62 Global Prayer Campaign will be on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.|
Last week, while studying chapter 18 from the Book of Jeremiah, we discussed the meaning of events in the potter’s house. God reminded Jeremiah of His sovereignty: as Creator, He alone has absolute power over human beings who are His creation.
At that time, the message of the potter’s house explained how the Lord was fashioning a disaster against Judah and Jerusalem (Jer. 18:11). The God of Israel was saddened that His people had forgotten Him, fallen into idol worship, stumbled, and shown their back rather than their faces to Him as their God and King (Jer. 18:12-15, 2:27).
Through the prophet’s word, God warned the people that without repentance and turning from their evil ways as a nation, judgment would soon befall them. He also said, however, that with one turn of the hand, one turn of the wheel, He could and would alter the shape of the clay, unmake it, and make it anew to completely transform their impending judgment into a wonderful blessing (Jer. 18:7-8).
Unfortunately, the people did not repent and disaster came in 586 BC when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon destroyed the Jerusalem Temple and took the people into exile. There they spent the next 70 years in captivity. This should remind us that when we see any nation with an unrepentant heart and rampant evil, to warn it, to offer the message of repentance, and to point towards Hope. Thanks to the Prophet Jeremiah, we know how to pray for a nation in danger of impending judgment.
We are now in the year 2016 and this month, in the light of God’s Word, we want to evaluate, discuss, and see what lies ahead for us as nations. This will equip us to pray according to the will of God and He will hear us (1 John 5:14-15).
Israel: God’s People
But, for this to actually happen, the modern day Israeli people need to repent from their unbelief and sinful lifestyles. This is inevitable, since God Himself has already promised to pour out His Spirit to move them and to give them the gift of repentance (Zech. 12:10, Acts 5:31). So, we know what to pray on behalf of Israel.
Middle East: Syria and Iran
The catastrophe in Syria has caused extreme and indescribable suffering for its people and it is still continuing. With the USA, Russia, and Iran’s involvement, the death toll in the area shows no decline. Only a change of heart and mind, repentance, and returning back to the ways of the Creator will stop the current insanity and shameful human behavior in its sinful and unrepentant state in Syria. Let’s pray fervently on behalf of the suffering Syrian people, their leadership, the rebel groups, and the world leaders involved.
Iran is emerging from isolation after signing a nuclear agreement with the West. Attention is now focused on business relations, especially in the oil and airline industries, but world leaders are not publicly addressing the need for the Iranian leadership to cease threats toward Israel. Instead, Iran is now free to infiltrate many nations of the world with its evil intentions and continue building their nuclear weaponry. According to the New York Times (from Dec 19, 2015), Iran is also in the grip of a seven-year drought that shows no sign of breaking and many experts believe this may be the new normal. Even a return to past rainfall levels might not be enough to avert the water crisis. Without repentance, a very difficult and sad route is ahead for Iran.
But, there is a God in Heaven who has all power on Earth. In the midst of all this chaos, a grassroots revival among the Iranians is strong! Millions have come to faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and are also blessing Israel as a result. Intercede with us for Iran, as the revival continues and spreads to other nations in the Middle East!
As prayer warriors, we do have a say in the future fate of our nations. The response from the heart of the people to their God determines their path. Let’s pray together for Israel and her neighbors!
With every blessing from Jerusalem,
Rev. Juha Ketola
PRAYER POINTS FOR JANUARY – WEEK 2
â–º Please pray for Israel’s salvation as promised in the Scriptures and for the modern day Israeli people to repent from their unbelief and their sins. God Himself already promised to pour out His Spirit on them!
â–º Use Zech. 12:10 and Acts 5:31 in your prayers.
â–º Please pray for the Messianic Body in Israel to grow and to be built-up in Jesus.
â–º Use Eph. 4:11-16 and Col.1:9-12 in your prayers.
â–º Please pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
â–º Use Ps. 122:6-9 in your prayers.
â–º Please pray for President Assad of Syria and his leadership, the leadership of the rebels, and the leadership of Russia, Iran, and USA to submit to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in establishing righteousness and peace among the ordinary people and for the good of all.
â–º Use Prov. 21:1 in your prayers.
â–º Please pray for a complete end to the fighting.
â–º Use Jer. 18:7-8, 2 Chron. 7:14 in your prayers.
â–º Please pray for the violence to not spill over the borders into Israel.
â–º Use Psalm 121:3-5 in your prayers.
â–º Please pray for the nuclear program in Iran to cease, and for the Lord to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weaponry.
â–º Pray for the eyes of the leadership to suddenly and miraculously open concerning their violence and hatred towards Israel and the West.
â–º Use Num. 22:31-34 in your prayers.
â–º Please pray for the revival to continue and to get stronger in Iran!
â–º Use Acts 4:23-31 in your prayers.
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