Why Pray for Jerusalem?
The Bible says to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Mount Zion, city of David, holy mountain).
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
Pray: 7592 (sha’al): Is not the usual word for pray. It means to ask, but more so about inquiring because we care. How’s Jerusalem? We should want Jerusalem to do well.
Written to the Jew and for the Jew, because if there is peace in the city, then there is peace for the citizens of the city.
More than that. Jerusalem is the Jew’s city, but the city is also God’s city. There is often something on the heart of the Christian to want Jerusalem to do well.
Prosper: 7951: sala (shawlaw): to be at rest, to be quiet to be at ease.
To be safe, secure, securely enjoys prosperity.
To be tranquil and secure in mind.
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
We are to pray from peace, not fear.
The reason is because God has chosen Jerusalem as His city on the earth, but not just for the Jew but for all humanity. It is a city from which God will reign in the future.
1 Kings 11:36 And to his son I will give one tribe, that My servant David may always have a lamp before Me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen for Myself, to put My name there.
Revelation 3:18 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
The name "Jerusalem" means "city of peace." It is from two words, one of which is "salem" or "shalam." It is translated "peace" with the meaning "to be completed, finished, whole." It is descriptive of salvation for life, peace, protection, health, provision, safety, restoration, and soundness. It is similar to the Greek word "sozo" for our salvation. We pray peace for the city, but the city is actually representative of peace for everyone.
Salvation is available for every person. God didn't just chose Abraham to father Israel; He chose Abraham to be a father to the nations through faith in Jesus, the Savior of the world. When Jesus died on the cross, He died for the world. When God chose Israel, God's plan was for us, the Jews, the Arabs, the Palestinians, the Russians, the Asians, the Europeans, the Indians - everybody!
“I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
There were plenty of times when God was failed by the Jews. The Jews are people just like anyone else, but God made a promise to David that redemption would come through his bloodline. The emphasis of the bloodline was not on one people group; it was based on covenant, a blood covenant that God would make with ANY OF US through the sacrifice of His Son.
Christian, please be mindful that the Arab world has every opportunity for salvation as the Jew. Please be mindful that God has compassion for the Palestinian. When we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, let's remember most Muslim people are earnestly searching for God, too. Let's be careful that we don't come across just as a supporter for one people group, because as we know and want and serve and give - this Gospel is to go to every tribe, nation, tribe, and tongue.
Jerusalem belongs to God, not only for the Jew, but for us all. Satan knows it is God's chosen place to represent salvation to the world through His Son, Jesus. Why else would Satan work so hard to divide it?
PRAY FOR FUTURE PEACE
We pray for peace in Jerusalem; however we also know from Scripture that war is inevitable. We can pray for peace, but there will be a season of conflict before Jerusalem is restored back to peace.
Prophetic – temple and city Jerusalem – major things happened prophetically when it had to do with the temple and the city.
Solomon built the temple 480 years after Israel left Egypt. Took about 7 years to build it.
Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Solomon’s temple in 587/586 BC.
Why? Israel sinned against God, didn’t let the land rest, 70 years of captivity.
Daniel 9 – prophetic of 70 year (490 years) for the Jew and Jerusalem, basically from close to their time to the end of time. 70 AD the temple was destroyed.
Maccabees and Antiochus Ephiphanes when he desecrated the second temple
Siyon: “Parched Place” 6726
Poetically, Daughter of Zion, inhabitants, more specifically, virgin daughter of Zion, bride of Christ
The city where God dwells in the Millennium – future glory, Messiah reigns in it
PRAY FOR PEACE OF SALVATION FOR ALL
Yes, continue to pray for that ultimate peace and for the people who will be involved in war. Let's also pray for "shalam" or salvation for everyone who will come to the Lord through His Son. Jerusalem, a city of salvation, belongs to God and it belongs to everyone who will put their faith in Christ.