Pray for peace for Israel

Pray for peace for Israel

At the end of the fall conference, Kåre J. Smith encouraged the church to join in praying for Israel, and to pray for those suffering on both sides of the conflict.

“We see that Israel is engaged in battle again – join in praying for peace for Jerusalem,” Smith began, referring to the verses in Psalm 122:

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.’ For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, ‘Peace be within you.’ Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your good.”

Psalm 122:6-9

Smith emphasized that the church does not get involved in political issues. But because God made the promise to Abraham, we must pray that He will fulfill it. Smith also referred to the words of the prophet Isaiah: “See, I have inscribed you on the palms of [both] My hands …” (Isaiah 49:16), adding:

“God is closely watching both the earthly Jerusalem which is in Israel, and the heavenly Jerusalem which is His body, filled in Him who has all power and authority.”

There was a heartfelt and urgent call to join in prayer for those who are suffering now:

“We must pray for the people who are experiencing terrible suffering, and of course we must pray for both sides, that as many lives as possible may be spared.”

Kåre J. Smith