Day 5: Pray for the Church to have Courage for Israel 

We are on Day 5 of the 10 Days of Global Prayer for Israel. Today we focus on praying for the Church to have the courage to stand up against antisemitism and support the Jewish people. It is crucial for the Church to be a bold voice in these times, standing with Israel and showing unwavering love and expressing the heart of God.

Related Scriptures

  • Proverbs 24:11-12: “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?”
  • Proverbs 28:1: “The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”
  • Matthew 10:28: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
  • Luke 9:23-25: “Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?'”
  • John 15:13: “There is no greater love than this: that a man would lay down his life for his friends.”
  • Revelation 12:11: “They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”

In the face of rising antisemitism and increasing global pressures, it is tempting for the Church to shrink back and avoid standing up for Israel out of fear. However, now more than ever, we need to pray for God to give the Church—young and old, weak and strong—the courage to stand firm. Fear of rejection or unpopularity often holds us back from speaking out on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people. Talking about Israel isn’t a popular topic right now, but God has a plan and wants to strengthen us through His love.

The media against Israel is often fuelled by the spirit of accusation. Many of us face the challenge of family and friends who have bought into false narratives and distortions. We need to pray for boldness to stand with Israel despite being labelled with ugly, untrue things, no matter the cost. Revelation 12:11 reminds us that we overcome the accuser by the blood of the Lamb, by the word of our testimony, and by not loving our lives even unto death.

John 15:13 teaches us that there is no greater love than laying down one’s life for friends. Christ laid His life down for us, and He encourages us to do the same for others. This is a powerful opportunity for the Church to demonstrate love for the people of Israel—both Jews and Gentiles, Jews and Arabs. As we pray, we should ask God to move powerfully among these communities and bring many to salvation.

The Church must be bold witnesses, stepping out of our comfort zones, driven by love for God and from Him. We need to stand with God’s plans and purposes for Israel. Let us pray for God to strengthen the body of Christ all over the world, uniting every tribe, tongue, and nation in this mission.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for a bold, tender, and clear witness in the Church that aligns with God’s plans for Israel (Proverbs 28:1, Matthew 10:28).
  • Pray for the Church to stand with Jewish brothers and sisters, showing them God’s love and the gospel, leading many to faith in Yeshua (John 15:13).
  • Ask God to send His Spirit to strengthen the Church and make us witnesses in this crucial hour (Acts 1:8).
  • Pray for courage to stand firm despite fear of rejection or unpopularity (Proverbs 24:11-12, Revelation 12:11).
  • Thank God for calling us to walk in relationship with Jesus and uniting Jew and Gentile as one family under His banner (Ephesians 2:14-16).
  • Ask God to bless all those praying, their families, and nations, and to work mightily through each intercessor (Psalm 122:6-7).

Conclusion

As we pray today, let us seek God’s strength and courage to be a voice against antisemitism and to stand with the Jewish people. Our prayers can empower the Church to be bold witnesses of God’s love and truth, transforming hearts and nations.

Virtual Prayer Meetings

We had a wonderful time of prayer in His presence on Zoom last night. If you missed it, no worries! We have two more coming up on the following dates:

  • Friday, 24th May
  • Monday, 27th May

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