Prayer Guide Against Antisemitism
“Random acts of terrorism. Threats of warfare from all sides. Betrayal by previous allies. And at the receiving end of it all is Israel and the Jewish people.” — Jonathan Bernis, CEO Jewish Voice Ministries
The atrocities committed by Hamas and various terrorist allies against the nation of Israel on Oct. 7 seem to be a plumb line or water shed event on the earth, with nations dividing for or against the nation of Israel (see Joel 3:1–2). Former allies have become enemies in the public square. Since that day, the number of pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel/antisemitic events worldwide has increased dramatically. The spirit of Antichrist manifesting as the spirit of Amalek (see Exodus 17:8–16) is coming unmasked.
Antisemitism is a spiritual condition — a manifestation of the spirit of Amalek and Antichrist through people and organizations. It is in fact hatred of Jesus, the Jewish Messiah. How can we pray as followers of Messiah and as supporters of Israel and the Jewish people?
To begin, ask Holy Spirit to search your own heart and repent of any known antisemitism in you or your generational line. This would include prejudices, antisemitic jokes, and off-color remarks. Then stand in the gap and repent of any known antisemitic acts that occurred in your city, state, or nation. These unrepented sins open the door for the spirit of Antichrist and Amalek to have a foothold in your city, state, and even in your home and family. Repenting and being filled with His truth will protect and arm you for battle as you pray against antisemitism.
- Protection: Pray for the protection of Jewish people worldwide and especially for the nation of Israel. Pray for the Israel Defense Forces as they seek to eradicate the presence and power base of Hamas in Gaza, Judea, and Samaria (misleadingly called the West Bank), and throughout Israel (see Psalm 121:1; 122:6–9).
- Plans and Plots: Pray that all campaigns, plans, threats, or strategies against the Jewish people worldwide and in the land of Israel — whether at the hands of individuals, groups, or nations — are prevented or exposed before they can cause harm (see Psalm 83:1–8; 35; 20:6–9).
- Truth: Pray for a halt to the spread of lies and prejudices that fuel antisemitism. Pray that the true biblical history of Israel, its irrevocable covenant that includes the land, and the accurate history of so-called “Palestinians” will be reported and taught. This requires that the blindness would be lifted off those who believe and perpetuate these false ideologies. Lies must be replaced by truth, and that requires a revelation to the mind and heart. Remember that truth is a Person! (see 2 Thessalonians 2:10; Colossians 3:9).
- The Media: Pray for correction of media bias, where the supposed “crimes” of Israel are exaggerated, overreported, and emphasized, while similar activities by other nations and groups receive little or no notice or censure. Ask God to create an earnest search for truth in reporting, and that it would replace prejudice, lies, and sensationalism. Bind the prince of the power of the air, who is Satan, the father of lies. Release the Spirit of Truth, who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. And encourage your heart with all the testimonies of terrorists coming to Christ! (see John 8:32,44; 16:8–11; Ephesians 2:2).
- Culpability of the Church: Replacement theology and unbiblical understanding of Israel’s role in redemption has been around for hundreds of years. The belief that Israel’s redemptive purpose is over, or that Israel has lost favor with God and has been replaced by the Church, is firmly embedded in many parts of the body of Christ and is taught in seminaries and bible colleges. This erodes biblical support for Israel and earnest prayer for Jewish people to be saved. Pray for a hunger in church leaders to know God’s perspective on Israel and the Jewish people from His Word alone. Pray for God’s heart for Israel and the Jewish people to be clearly articulated by pastors, Bible scholars, and seminaries. May the Lord shift entire denominations toward truth and create a worldwide wave of passionate advocates and protectors who are willing to stand against antisemitism in all forms and lay down their lives, like Ruth, for God’s chosen people (see Ruth 1:16–18; Romans 11).
- Justice Movements: Some compassion and justice movements misguidedly see Israel as the malevolent actor in every encounter and see the Palestinians exclusively as down-trodden victims. This viewpoint is prevalent even among several Christian groups lured by persuasive and emotional rhetoric and an unbiblical definition of justice. God’s justice is always paired with righteousness and truth (see Psalm 89:14; 33:5). The UN perpetuates this evil doctrine and its proclamations are eagerly taken up and parroted by media and politicians worldwide. Pray that a balanced view of God’s heart and a correct theology will change those who earnestly desire to do the right thing by shifting them away from trendy philosophies and movements toward righteous thoughts and deeds that reflect God’s commands. Declare Psalm 33:10–11: The Lord frustrates the plans of the nations and thwarts all their schemes. But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever; His intentions can never be shaken.
- College and University Campuses: The types of movements mentioned above, many of which blatantly promote anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian sentiment, are the norm on most college and university campuses. An entire nation and people group are being wrongly judged by a repeated ideology rooted in antisemitism and lies. The Free Palestine movement is one example. On many college campuses, this group is allowed freedom of speech, while Jewish groups are disallowed or shut down. This breeds and perpetuates antisemitic thinking under the guise of justice. Pray that young adults and those they look to as they develop their worldview will not be swept up into views that are “trending,” but will instead seek and take a stand for truth as it is found in God’s Word. It is a fearsome prospect that these individuals may end up cursing God and falling under His judgment (see John 8:31–32; 14:6; 17:17).
- Groups and Dogmas: Traditional antisemitic groups are emerging again, in new “packaging.” One example would be neo-Nazism. Of course, an even more dangerous global threat is radical Islam, which is targeting Jewish people around the world out of pure hatred and religious furor. They have a very specific agenda, and we must be in prayer against it! They say: “First the Saturday people; then the Sunday people” (Jerusalem World News). This refers to their plan to forcefully convert or eliminate first the Jewish people and then the Christians. The Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad terrorist groups call Israel the “Little Satan” and the United States the “Big Satan.” Their rallying cry is: “From the River to the Sea, Palestine shall be free!” — which is calling for the eradication of Israel and all Jewish inhabitants in the land of Israel from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Pray that these groups will lose members and momentum. We as the Body of Messiah must not be asleep, but rather vigilant in prayer, as we are commanded to be in Scripture, for both Israel and our own nations (see Isaiah 62:6–8).
God’s Heart: In Jeremiah 32:37–41, God reveals His long-term plan for His chosen people, the Jews. His plan is to regather them from all the nations to which they’ve been scattered and to cleanse them of their sin. They will be His people, and He will be their God. This is the only place in Scripture where He determines to act with all of His heart and all of His soul. He says elsewhere that He will send first fishers and then hunters (see Jeremiah 16:16). This is a difficult Bible passage for our flesh, but God’s ways are not our ways, and neither are His thoughts our thoughts (see Isaiah 55:9). God will do all He must to bring His people home. Antisemitism may well be one of the goads He uses to awaken Jewish people worldwide to their need to obey His command and be regathered to the land of Israel. While we stand against this wicked manifestation of Antichrist and pledge our support — even unto death, if necessary — of the Jewish people worldwide, we do not want to be praying against God’s will. Let us pray that His will and His ways would be effective, that not so much as a single Jewish person would perish (see Amos 9:9–10), and that all Israel would be saved (see Romans 11:26)!
Note: This guide was adapted from an e-publication from Jewish Voice Ministries (March 6, 2015).
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Lori Meed is a leader on IFA’s Headline Prayer Live and an IFA contributing writer. In 2004, God moved her family from Canada to the U.S., imparting to them His heart for this country and for revival. Having walked out her own journey of freedom after being radically born again in 1992, Lori has a heart to see others set free to walk fully in their destiny. She is also passionate about teaching on aliyah (“going up,” the return of the Jews to the land of Israel), the feasts of the Lord, and the rich connections of the gentile churches to Israel. Photo credit: Amir Levy/Getty Images.
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