These words were spoken at the Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem gathering in Ottawa, Canada on Thursday, November 22, 2012 shortly after Israel agreed to a ceasefire. We gathered to pray for Israel as well as for everyone affected by terrorism in the Middle East.
COMMENTS BY DR. BARRY P. BOUCHER
Israel holds a special place in my heart because it holds a special place in the heart of the God of Israel...Yahweh, who revealed Himself to Moses as the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Tonight we are here to pray for Israel with confidence because Psalm 121:4 assures us that “He who keeps Israel will neither slumber or sleep.”
We are here to thank Him for His promises that have seen the re-birth of a nation; a second exodus of Jewish people from the four corners of the earth back to their Promised Land; and the transformation of a barren desert into a Garden of Eden.
As a follower of Yeshua, I am deeply grateful to God for the Jewish people and I am reminded of what Peter said in Acts 3:25 when he spoke to a Jewish audience, “You are the sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
My family and I have been personally blessed by that promise alone.
I have been a supporter of Israel since 1977 when it was popular and then when it was not. Right now it is not popular to support Israel.
Israel faces a global assault of anti-Semitism and a constant denunciation for simply defending itself, not against another army, but against evil terrorists.
Tonight we gather to pray to the God of Israel.
Let the world say what it wants...what counts is what God says about Israel...Zechariah 2:8 “He who touches you touches the apple of His eye.”
Tonight the God of Israel will hear and answer our prayers.
We will pray for Israel’s safety and security in the hopes that this cease fire holds. This is not peace accord, it is simply a truce...a tentative one at that.
We will pray for the security issues facing Gaza and the West Bank...for wisdom as Israel deals with rogue states like Iran and all it’s proxies in the Arab world.
We are gathering to pray with Jewish people who know that they may feel alone but they are not...Israel has many friends in the Christian community.
We will pray for the plans God has Israel to be fulfilled.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”
Tonight we affirm our commitment to pray for the peace of Jerusalem against terrorist attacks, and to stand with Israel in it’s right to defend itself against every and all acts of terror that are genocidal in their intentions.
Romans 13:3-4 says, “For rulers are no terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you like to be unafraid of the person in authority? Then simply do what is good, and you will win his approval; for he is God’s servant, there for your benefit. But if you do what is wrong, be afraid! Because it is not for nothing that he holds the power of the sword; for he is God’s servant, there as an avenger to punish wrongdoers.”
A few years ago I sat all alone in the small room of the former Tel Aviv art museum where PM David Ben-Gurion declared the birth of the State of Israel at 4pm on May 14, 1948.
I whispered a prayer of thanksgiving to God for His complete faithfulness to Israel and the fulfillment of His Word in Isaiah 66:8, “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons.”
The God of Israel is faithful and He works supernaturally on their behalf.
He brought forth Israel for such a time as this.
When Jerusalem was recaptured in 1967 the end-time clock started ticking for Jews and Gentiles and the events we see all around us in the Middle East have been foretold in the Jewish Scriptures.
We owe it to Israel and it’s people to pray for them because what God started in Israel, He will bring to fulfillment in Israel.
Yahweh, we gather unto You tonight to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and protection upon the State of Israel.
We are grieved by these acts of terror and violence perpetrated against Your people, in the land You gave them.
We affirm Israel’s right, according to Your word, to avenge justice upon those who seek to kill and destroy it’s people.
We pray for mercy and forgiveness upon those who do these evil things, because in the words of Yeshua, “they know not what they do." If they did, they wouldn’t do them.
We pray for wisdom upon PM Netanyahu and his team as well as Your guidance for every world leader making vital decisions for this cease fire to hold.
Tonight we have joined our hearts and wills to ask You to protect all those caught in the crossfire - Israeli soldiers ...and the crosshairs of these acts of terrorism...the children and the families of both innocent Israelis and Palestinians who are victims of these evil terrorists.
I end with the sobering words of Psalm 83 when the Psalmist asks God not to keep silent.
My personal prayer is that the God of heaven and earth roars from Zion against the enemies of Israel and brings healthy fear to their hearts….
Psalm 83:16, “Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek Your name, O Lord. Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever; let them perish in disgrace, that they may know that you alone, whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.” Amen!