Praying Daily for the Elections – Day 10 – 9/27/12
Fifty Days of Prayer for the National Election 2012 – Day 10
Day 10 September 27th
Focus: The Voter’s Choice and America’s Alliance With Israel
America’s support of Israel and the naming of Jerusalem as her capital has been a contentious issue this election season.
Background: Israelis and Palestinians both claim Jerusalem as their capital. The Obama administration officials, in keeping with decades of official American policy, have been unwilling to call Jerusalem the capital of Israel because Palestinians also envision it as the future capital of their hoped-for state.
Democrats first dropped from their platform recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. That is a change from four years ago, when the Democratic platform stated unequivocally that “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel.” After a firestorm of criticism, Gov. Ted Strickland offered Amendments to include Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel. In their platform, mention of Hamas and Hezbollah is excluded, and the Democratic platform’s section on terrorism is dedicated to lauding Pres. Obama for the killing of Osama bin Laden.
The Republican platform offers firm support for Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The platform also states: “Hamas and Hezbollah must be isolated because they do not meet the standards of peace and diplomacy…”
Pres. Obama has touted his close relationship with Israel while Republican challenger Mitt Romney is attacking the President’s decision not to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu this week. During a recent interview, Pres. Obama was asked about the growing tension between Israel and Iran. Obama appeared dismissive of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s concerns, saying he was going to “block out any noise that’s out there.” Obama added that Israel was just “one of our closest allies” in the Middle East. That statement raised concerns as there is no other country in the region that could be relied upon to deploy its military assets on our side in a Middle Eastern war. On Monday Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Israel has “no roots” in the history of the Middle East and represents a disturbance for Iran. Ahmadinejad also referred to Israeli concerns as “noise.”
The Lord commands us to pray for Israel and Jerusalem.
Pray that the United States will uncompromisingly align itself to the support of its most important ally in the Middle East. Ask the Lord to remove any U.S. policy makers from office who do not stand firm in this conviction. Ask the Lord to bless the land of Israel and give the leaders godly wisdom.
“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”(Genesis 12:3)
Pray for Benjamin Netanyahu who addresses the United Nations today.
Abba, we thank You for Bibi Netanyahu. We ask You to protect him physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. “O Lord, how [his] foes have increased! Many are the ones who rise up against him. Many are saying of his soul, there is no deliverance for him in God. Selah. But You, O LORD, are a shield for Bibi; his glory, the One who lifts up hishead.” (Psalms 3:1-3) Anoint Netanyahu to speak truth at the UN and to not be afraid of man. Bring this scripture to his attention before he speaks: “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever puts his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” (Proverbs 29:25)
Impress upon him to use Your Word when he speaks before world leaders. Give many at the UN an ability to hear what You are saying through him. If Netanyahu meets with President Obama, give him discernment to know truth from lies. We again proclaim Numbers 23:23 over Netanyahu’s time both in the UN and at any meeting with Obama. “Surely, there is no enchantment against Jacob, nor any divination against Israel. According to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, “What God has worked!”(Numbers 23:23)
Prayers for Israel
(this is lengthy, but can be used over time)
Father, remove the veil You have sovereignly placed over the eyes of Israel, that the Jews would recognize Jesus as their Messiah. (2 Corinthians 3:14)
Protection. Show Your lovingkindness to Your people Israel and keep them as the apple of Your eye. Hide them under the shadow of Your wings, from the wicked who oppress them, from their deadly enemies who surround them. (Psalm 17:7-9) Remember Your covenants and promises towards Israel, especially when others rise up against her to swallow her alive. When their wrath is kindled against her, the waters will not overwhelm her. You will not give her as prey to their teeth. (Psalm 124) Bring the counsel of the nations to nothing; make their plans of no effect. (Psalm 33:10) Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion. Let them be as grass upon the housetops, which withers before it grows up. (Psalm 129:5-6) Lord, deal justly and swiftly with Your enemies. Destroy and divide the tongues of those who would incite violence against Israel. (Psalm 55:9) Bind every false religion and false doctrine that does not acknowledge Your eternal plan for the land and people of Israel. We pray for the Holy Spirit to intervene in the current situation. “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” (Isaiah 59:19)
Sanctification. Sanctify Your great name which has been profaned among the nations, which has been profaned in the midst of Israel. That nations shall know that the Lord is God, when You are sanctified in Israel before their eyes. Sprinkle the clean water of Your Word on Israel and cleanse her from her filthiness and from all her idols, including abortion and the occult. Give Israel a new heart, and put a new spirit within her. Remove her heart of stone and give her a heart of flesh that can respond to the Holy Spirit, and cause her to walk in Your statutes, keep Your commandments and do them. (Ezekiel 36:23-27) Break the strongholds of religion, pride and wickedness that seek to control Israel. You will not forsake Your people for Your great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make Israel Your people. (1 Samuel 12:22)
Leaders. Show Your mercy and favor to Israel in this set time. (Psalm 102:13) We pray for the current leaders in Israel, including the prime minister, the mayor of Jerusalem, and all those in military service. Raise up government leaders in Israel (and worldwide) who will not seek to “divide the land,” and who would recognize the unique significance of Jerusalem in Your end-time purposes. He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock. (Jeremiah 31:10) Continue to draw the Jewish people to You according to Your sovereign plan. We declare that Your purposes for Israel will be completely fulfilled and that You will be glorified.
Peace of Jerusalem. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6) and for her to remain Israel’s undivided capital. Father, in Your mercy vanquish the tremendously powerful religious spirits which dominate the whole territory. We pray for a spirit of unity – for peace between religious and secular Jews, for peace to exist between believers in the land. We pray for the body of Messiah in Israel to become a praying, maturing body. We pray that this body would allow the love and compassion of Yeshua to flow through them and touch everyone they encounter. Raise up intercessors for Israel. Put more watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem, who would give You no peace day or night until You establish Jerusalem and make her the praise of the earth. (Isaiah 62:6-7). Father, bring glory to Your name through the mercy You show to the land. Bring the necessary seasonal rain upon the country. Cause the crops to be bountiful.
Emigrants. Bless Israel through the many emigrants who are flowing back to the nation. Bring a sovereign, supernatural move of the Holy Spirit among these new emigrants, that they might proclaim Your truth to their fellow Jews.
Government. We pray for a radical change in the Israeli system of government, that divisiveness and partisanship would give way to unity and cooperation; grant wisdom and revelation to all members of the Knesset and Israel’s Supreme Court. Turn the hearts of the people of Israel to trust in the name of the Lord for deliverance – not in the “chariots and horses” of their military might. (Zechariah 4:6) Raise up elders and young leaders to teach and train the new generation of Israelis who are coming to faith in the Messiah.
Youth. Pour out Your Spirit upon the people of Israel – especially upon the young people so that Your works can be declared to future generations. Raise up “sons of Zion” who take God’s word seriously in opposition to the humanistic “sons of Greece.” (Zechariah 9:13)
Believers. We pray that the Palestinian Arabs will come to faith in Christ and embrace God’s end-time purpose for Israel; send forth laborers to bring in the appointed harvest from the whole of the Middle East. Cause the church to fulfill its commission to preach the Gospel to the whole world, so the full number of the Gentiles would come into the Kingdom. Then all Israel will be saved. (Romans 11:25-26) May Israel’s relationship with the United States be strong, and may our nation – and especially young believers – recognize and support God’s purposes for Israel. Lord, we ask that young believers in America would come to love the Jewish people as they seek to prepare the way for the return of Messiah. In Christ, we pray. Amen.
Their Biblical education colored the American founders’ attitude toward not only religion and ethics, but most significantly, politics. For example, the struggle of the ancient Hebrews against the wicked Pharaoh came to embody the struggle of the colonists against English tyranny. The first design for the official seal of the United States recommended by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in 1776, depicts the Jews crossing the Red Sea. The motto around the seal read: “Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God.” The inscription on the Liberty Bell at Independence Hall in Philadelphia is a direct quote from Leviticus 25:10: “Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”
To perpetuate the principles of free government, insure justice to all, preserve peace, promote the interest and happiness of the citizen and of the family, and transmit to posterity the enjoyment of liberty, we the people of Georgia, relying upon the protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution.(Preamble to the Constitution of Georgia)