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Lord, we know you love the nation of Israel and your chosen people the Jews. They are engraved on the palms of your hands. We pray for protection, blessing and peace (shalom) over the Jewish people and their land.

The smoke has finally cleared from the land of Israel as it reels from an 11-day conflict where over 4,000 rockets were fired. Jerusalem continues to be a “cup of trembling” as Zechariah 12:2 prophesied. Now more than ever, we are reminded to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” as Psalm 122:6 declares. This peace can only come from the Prince of Peace himself–Jesus.

Even as enemy rockets exploded above the land, the 73rd birthday of Israel was commemorated on May 14, 2021. The Israelis celebrated the miraculous birth of their nation that literally sprung to life in one day on May 14, 1948.  The prophet Isaiah spoke of this extraordinary rebirth in Isaiah 66:8.

“Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children.”

Ezekiel echoed this message vividly when he foretold the rebirth of a dead nation. “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones’: ‘I will make breath  enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord,’” Ezekiel 37:4-6.

God brought life to a dead nation just a few short years after the Holocaust. Hitler tried to annihilate the Jews, but God revived and resurrected them. Their providential rebirth was a testament to God’s faithfulness and his great love for the Jewish people.

Before Israel became a sovereign nation again, many believed God had washed his hands of his chosen people. Many even said, “God was finished with the Jews.” Those words flew in the face of biblical scripture, which painted a very different picture. Jeremiah 31:35-36 says, It is the Lord who provides the sun to light the day and the moon and stars to light the night, and who stirs the sea into roaring waves. His name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, and this is what he says: ‘I am as likely to reject my people Israel as I am to abolish the laws of nature.’” This means God will NEVER reject or forget his people. God’s creation stands as a testament to his faithfulness and dedication to Israel.

One person who knew of God’s special, never-ending love for the Jewish people is Corrie ten Boom. Her book, The Hiding Place, tells the amazing story of how she and her family hid more than 800 Jews during the Nazi occupation of Holland. Their home became a refuge and a hiding place for those who needed protection.

Corrie describes how the Nazi occupation first began:

The true horror of occupation came over us only slowly. During the first year of German rule, there were only minor attacks on Jews in Holland. A rock through a window of a Jewish-owned store. An ugly word scrawled on the wall of a synagogue. It was as though they were trying us, testing the temper of the country. How many Dutchmen would go along with them?”

The Ten Booms would not go along with the Nazis. In fact, years before war ever came to their doorstep, they had prepared for this day. Corrie’s father, Casper, had taught his family to honor, love and pray for the Jewish people. They held weekly meetings where they prayed for the Jewish people, and for the peace of Jerusalem. In 1844 Casper’s father Willem, had begun this tradition of faithfully praying for God’s chosen people. At the time, it was considered unusual among Christians to do something like this. The Jews were scattered throughout the world and they were not living in their biblical homeland. The city of Jerusalem was divided. The promises of Ezekiel 37 and Isaiah 66 had not come to pass yet. Nonetheless, for 100 years, and over the span of three generations, the Ten Boom family prayed for the return of the Jewish people to the biblical land God gave them. All these prayers happened in their house and watch shop on 19 Barteljorisstraat. Casper, Corrie and the rest of the family continued to intercede for the Jews, even at their own peril.

As the Nazi occupation continued, things got progressively worse. Jews were forcibly removed from their homes and businesses without reason. Eventually, the Nazis began making public spectacles of Jews as they were arrested. Men, women and children were forced into trucks without mercy. Seeing the Jews being taken away one day, Corrie’s father Casper said, “Those poor people.” But he wasn’t talking about the Jews. He was referring to the Germans. “I pity the poor Germans, Corrie. They have touched the apple of God’s eye,” he remarked.

From their watch shop, Corrie and her father could see the time had come. Something must be done. Someone would have to help the Jews. It would be risky, but absolutely necessary. Corrie and her family would become part of the underground. This meant they would hide Jews.

This was no easy task. A secret room had to be built into the wall of Corrie’s bedroom. It needed to be as inconspicuous as possible because the Nazis made a regular habit of raiding homes. Getting caught hiding Jews would invoke severe punishment. Nonetheless, it was a chance Corrie and her family were willing to take. Casper ten Boom is quoted as saying, “In this household God’s people are always welcome.” He had every intention of helping the Jews at all costs. He also said, “I would consider it an honor to give my life for God’s chosen people.”

On February 28, 1944, the Nazis raided the Ten Boom home and arrested the entire family. Incredibly, the Jews they were hiding at the time were not discovered. They did find ration cards, however, and this was all they needed to prove the Ten Booms were guilty. Initially, they were taken to a local gym, where they were held with others who had also been arrested. In the midst of this, Casper held evening prayers as he’d always done. A quote from The Hiding Place describes this moment: “Every day of my life had ended like this; that deep steady voice, that sure and eager confiding of us all to the care of God. The Bible lay at home on his shelf, but much of it was stored in his heart. His blue eyes seeing beyond the locked and crowded room, beyond Haarlem, beyond earth itself, as he quoted from memory, ‘Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word…Hold thou me up…I shall be safe…’” 

Amazingly, the year of his family’s arrest was 1944 and it had been 100 years since Casper’s own father began the weekly prayers in 1844 for the Jewish people and the peace of Jerusalem. In that span of time, the Ten Booms had held at least 5,200 intercessory prayer meetings. They would pay a heavy price for this dedication. Corrie, her sister Betsie and Casper would be sent to Scheveningen Prison. Actually, Casper was offered a chance to avoid this fate. A Gestapo chief said to him, “I’d like to send you home, old fellow…I’ll take your word that you won’t cause any more trouble.”  Casper answered, “If I go home today, tomorrow I will open my door again to any man in need who knocks.” Casper would die in prison ten days later. Corrie and Betsie were eventually sent to Ravensbruck–the notorious death camp for women.

Casper’s spirit would live on in Corrie and Betsie as they shared the gospel with the women of Ravensbruck Concentration Camp. The daily torture of biting lice and fleas would not hinder the message that Jesus saves. Filthy barracks, blistering cold and empty stomachs would not keep them from telling others that Jesus is their hiding place, as Psalm 119:114 declares. In the midst of so much misery, Corrie says, “For I, too, had a hiding place when things were bad. Jesus was this place, the Rock cleft for me. I pressed a finger to the tiny crevice.”  Many women became Christians in that terrible place, where the love of Jesus would transform misery into hope.

Unfortunately, Betsie would die at Ravensbruck. Two weeks later, Corrie would be released because of a clerical error. Both the paperwork error and the timing were divine interventions because all the women in her age group were killed just a week after her release.

Corrie would travel the world, speaking about her experiences in the concentration camp, the power of forgiveness and her love for the Jewish people. Her story continues to inspire Christians to live out their faith without fear. In addition, her life reminds us that God’s love for the Jewish people should reside in our hearts, just as it did with Corrie and her family. Casper and his family made their home a Psalm 91 for Jewish people who would have been killed by the Nazis. The Jews were covered by the wings of a family that did not cave into tyranny or fear. Instead, they provided shelter, knowing God would sustain them with his shelter, no matter what fate awaited them.

Corrie and Betsie dwelled in the shelter of the Most High, as Psalm 91 describes, long before they ended up in the concentration camps. When they decided to hide Jews, they were already under God’s wings. “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge,” Psalm 91:4. To be part of such an undertaking would be more than risky. The Ten Boom family lived less than a block away from the police station, but they jumped feet first into the danger. Their faith was strong and their connection to God was secure. They did not “fear the terror of the night” as described in Psalm 91:5. They knew dwelling in God’s shelter meant taking risks and letting God handle the rest. They did not let fear slow them down, or stop the work they needed to do. They knew they could “trample the lion and the cobra” as stated boldly in Psalm 91:13.

As the world continues to criticize and ostracize the nation of Israel, let us be like the Ten Boom family as we firmly and passionately pray for the protection and salvation of the Jewish people.

They knew the importance of Genesis 12:3 which says, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples of the earth will be blessed through you.”

How can we pray for the Jewish people, as well as bless them? 

Perhaps we can follow the hundred-year tradition of the Ten Booms by starting intercessory prayer groups. We can also join or follow organizations, whose goal is to bless and pray for the Jewish people, such as Chosen People Ministries, Jews for Jesus, Christians United for Israel, Behold Israel and Friends of Zion to name a few. Our biggest prayer should be that the Jewish people and the nation of Israel would know true peace–the Prince of Peace himself–Jesus Christ.

Will you share one of your favorite prayers for the nation of Israel and/or the Jewish people?

Angela Rodriguez is an author, blogger and homeschooling Mom who studies the historical and biblical connections between Israel and the United States. You can visit her blogs at 67owls.com and 100trumpets.com. (Photo Credit: Canva.)

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bonita D Diamond
May 30, 2021

Yes. Pray that the Rabbis who are searching God’s Holy Word and are teaching the people will see the TRUTH in Scripture. That the Holy Spirit will quicken in them and reveal that Jesus is indeed the CHRIST, the long awaited Messiah. I pray for the Rabbis to have this truth in their their hearts and minds. I pray they be bold to share the truth. That they not consider prestige and place more valuable than taking the truth to the people.

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Jerry Jones
May 29, 2021

I read this with many tears. She has the first tree planted to commemorate those that have been lovers of Israel at their own peril. I believe with all my heart that Columbus was sent out as the beginning of the formation of Israel. Oh, lot more but it all in HIS timing and plan. How can we as a nation be complacent with the hate even in our Congress for Israel? After praise, praying for Israel is second in my prayer time.

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Santos Garcia, Jr.
May 29, 2021

Daily prayer for Israel and her people is mandatory for Biblical Christians. The ‘One New Man’ Paul wrote about under the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit in the Book of Romans clearly reveals that our destiny is inextricably tied to the Jewish/Hebrew people.

ABBA Father we lift up Israel, her precious people, and her anointed leader Benjamin Netanyahu. Continue to protect the Holy Land and all the innocent ones throughout the Middle East that are victims of terrorist regimes and organizations. May Your Holy Grace bring the knowledge of the Truth in Christ Jesus, and the Wisdom from on High that will give them strategy to survive and thrive… in Jesus’ Name, AMEN! Ponder Prayerfully:

https://zionsgate.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/the-jewish-people-end-time-prophecy/
AND the handful of other essays re. Israel linked at the bottom of this post.

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Monte
May 29, 2021

God’s Judgement is “measure for measure” to the Nations when it comes to Israel. Genesis 12.1-3 says God will bless those who bless her, and curse those who curse her.The USA has at times been a great blessing to Israel, but The USA has tried to divide Israel since Henry Kissinger brokered a cease fire from the Yom Kippur war. Ever since, our politicians, even “Christian” Presidents have pursued the satanic two-State plan. I personally believe that the spirit of division has gained access to the USA because of this, and our Land has suffered in even more direct ways. When Bush leaned on Sharon to evacuate Gaza, Sharon did so out of friendship.Now Gaza is a terrorist cesspool and the very same day the last jew left Gaza, Hurricane Katrina formed as a class five storm and slammed into New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. It was one of the costliest disasters in our History and Bush’s Presidency was never the same afterward. We poked the Lion of Judah and got a predictable response. Many other examples could also be cited throughout History. Lord, I pray that you will keep our politicians from monkeying around with Israel, and cause the two-State plan to go to the garbage can of History! Give revelation and wisdom about this issue to all people in our Government, great and small. Forgive us O God!

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Mikah
May 29, 2021

Lord, we know you love THE NATION OF ISRAEL and your chosen people….
Chapter3 excerpted from ‘The Journey Through Tribulation’.

WHERE is ISRAEL TODAY?
When the promise of blessing and cursing was made to Abram, the first Israelite had not yet been born! Abram was still in Chaldea and the promise was to all his offspring. This includes the Ishmaelites and the children of his second wife Keturah that he sent away to the east.

Genesis 12:2-3
I will make of thee (Abram) a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall ALL FAMILIES of the earth be blessed.

Genesis 28:13-14
…the land whereon thou (Jacob) liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall ALL THE FAMILIES of the earth be blessed.

Later, the Israelites were chosen to spread the holy DNA of Abraham and Jacob to all the families on Earth. Also, the tribe of Levi was chosen for the High Priest Messiah to descend through, who was predestined to again reveal the true Kingdom gospel to MANKIND and redeem us from the spiritual law of sin and the second death.

Matthew 4:23
Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people…

Abraham’s grandson Jacob became the first Israelite when Father Yhovah changed his name to Israel. He brought forth THE ISRAELITE NATION, meaning the family of Jacob. Before being scattered, they lived in Canaan, the land of Israel. The Romans changed the name of Canaan to Palestine, there was never a country named Israel until 1948, dividing the land and causing trouble.

When reaffirming the Covenant at Sinai many blessings were promised if the people were obedient and many curses if they were not. They were not obedient and they were scattered.

Deuteronomy 28:45 and 64
Moreover, all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded thee. 64 And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.

Amos 9:9
I will command, and I will sift the house (family) of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.

ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH have been grafted into the family vine of Israel by intermarriages over thousands of years. This is why there are only twelve gates into New Jerusalem, each with the name of an Israelite tribe. We are at the end of this age, at the end of the third day. Everyone today has some of Abraham’s and Jacob’s DNA and ARE THE FAMILY OF ISRAEL!

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Anne
May 29, 2021

On 911, a prayer group was started in Memphis, Tn. It was named FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS. We have met faithfully for almost 20 years. We continue to pray for the peace for Jerusalem. With God’s grace, I pray we will continue to lift up the Jewish people. We owe them so much. They have given us the Word of God and their Messiah. May others join us to pray that we will be made into that one new man IN CHRIST. GOD BLESS THE JEWISH PEOPLE‼️🙏

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Cindy
May 29, 2021

The author mentions a few organizations for Jewish people. Check out One for Israel. They are an organization that evangelizes in Israel. They share Yeshua as Messiah.

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Karen Secrest
May 29, 2021

While it is important to understand God’s Faithfulness in the past, we need to understand the current generation of terrorists have no knowledge of a God that gives eternal life just for the asking so nei5her do they have a concept of 5he sanctity of human life. Any group that uses their own people as human shields in their war to destroy Israel has to be recognized as the antichrist in word and deed and should be warred against in the Spirit as such. We need to recognize this 11 day war was just a warm up for the real thing and be prepared to seek strategy from the Lord in how to ambush this factor before they have a chance to loose their evil again. Pray but Praise and Worship the King to deflect harm from Gid’s chosen people 3verywhere. Be sure you have on your armor to protect yourself also. Psalm 91 should be constant…

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PATRICIA TAYLOR
May 29, 2021

Father your Word says for us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. They shall prosper that love thee Jerusalem. We lift up the Jewish people, the people that you love, those who are the apple of your eye. Let your mighty hand be extended towards them continually & May your mighty wings be a refuge for them in times of trouble. Lead & guide them & protect them from all evil. Let your kingdom come, let your will be done in the nation of Israel as it is in heaven. Let them come into the light of your Word & revival break forth. Set them free from all hurt, harm & danger in Jesus Name Amen.

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Pauline
May 26, 2021

You cannot touch “the apple of God’s eye,” without paying a terrible price! You literally have God’s curse on you! Lord God, we join with other believers, and we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, as you told us to. We pray for supernatural protection for each person in Israel. We pray for wisdom, discernment and good judgement, for those who are in the Israeli government, the Israeli military and those in places of leadership. We pray that you will “hide them under the shadow of your wings.” We pray for those who are helping Israel to have all that they need to continue that help. We pray that your people, in America, would stand strong with Israel! Father, let us and the people in Israel, look to you, and you alone as the answer, the only answer.

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Lori Meed
May 26, 2021

My deep love for the Jewish people was birthed in my 11 year as I heard about the Holocaust for the first time and determined – never again. After moving to the US in 2004, I attended a Derek Prince love Israel conference in North carolina. There, I met many like-minded people who had sold their homes and moved to remote locations, even building false walls in their homes in order to shelter the Jewish people when the time comes. We, who know and love the Jewish Messiah, must be those who protect the apple of his eye and lay down our lives if necessary.

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    Evelyn
    May 30, 2021

    How anyone can deny the existence of God need only look to nature itself i(Romans1:18-22,28-32.), and the Supernatural existence of Israel and the Bible. It has only one theme, one God, who did everything necessary to bring every nation and mankind back to Himself. Israel was born supernaturally so God could have a Godly nation of priests to intercede for mankind and although Israel hasn’t fulfilled their call completely yet, be sure that God isn’t finished with them yet. We all have the same opportunity to have a loving relationship with God through His Son who is the spitting image of the Father, and who paid a great price for me and you. Because Israel broke their covenant with God doesn’t mean God is finished with them yet. His promises towards Israel will never be cancelled, it just opened the door for the whole world to be in God’s greatest plan of salvation. The Jews are the original olive tree while born again gentiles are grafted in( read all of Romans11), we owe them a great debt of gratitude because they shared the Word of God. The book of Acts tells of how God changed the mind of Peter that the gospel is to be preached to everyone. God is no respecter of man. Anyone can be saved if they will repent and obey the Lord. That was astounding to these men. We also have one enemy. Satan hates you & I because we are made in God’s image. He desires worship through fear from man, but messed up his place with God. He doesn’t like it that we can be forgiven & he can’t; therefore he’ll lie & deceive as many that will let him to make God out to be the bad guy. People have been railing at God for their problems instead of seeking Him, praying to Him, and trusting Him. God gave us free will, & will not force His way with us. Instead, He came and paid the price for every person to have eternal life through His Son, who gave Himself for us. We cannot earn salvation by trying to be good. We need a savior, Jesus, some call Him Emanuel, God with us, or Messiah. Yeshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus. He is all we need, Israel will be saved as well. God has great plans for Israel, some of the best days are ahead of us. Revival is coming to those seeking the Lord. You decide whom you will serve. The Kingdom of God will reign on this earth no matter what evil lurks around us in this age. Satan will be dealt with in God’s time. Fear God more than Satan, He is able to keep what we commit to Him. So put your trust in God, pray for His will for all men to receive His great plan of salvation, & remember that plan is to the Jew first, Greek, & every tribe! Israel is a wife to God, a Mother to the church, and God’s choice to reside here on earth in the future. Heaven will eventually be here. Jesus calls us His bride who will be pure, spotless, and holy. Only He can wash away our sin & forgive us. Just get ready. You can do this through His Holy Spirit.

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