Praying the Word of God helps us hit the mark, aligning us with His will. We’ve created a series of one-page, downloadable prayer guides designed to guide you as you pray the Scriptures for:
- Israel: targeted requests to help you pray for the nation of God’s people
- The Jewish people: specific Biblical ways you can bless and intercede for God’s people around the world
- Jewish Voice Ministries International: invest in this ministry by lifting us up to God in prayer
- Our Outreaches: though each outreach location is different, there are some vital needs that remain constant regardless of where we go
Pray for Israel
Do you want to know how to pray for Israel in greater detail and depth? Jewish Voice Ministries has put together this Intercessory Prayer Guide for Israel that provides focused, targeted requests to help you pray for the nation of God’s People. We hope this prayer guide can help both Messianic Jews and Christians pray their support for Israel.
Praying for Jewish People
You love Israel and the Jewish People. You want to bless them and pray for them, but sometimes it’s difficult to know just what to pray. Here is handy list of detailed, biblical ways you can pray for Jewish People around the world.
Praying for Jewish Voice
The ministry of Jewish Voice is upheld by the prayers of our partners. We are so grateful for your prayer! We can’t do it without you and your prayers! Here are some specific ways you can invest in the ministries of Jewish Voice by lifting us up to God in prayer.
Praying for Outreaches
Your prayers for our outreaches make a big difference! Though each outreach location is different, there are some vital needs that remain constant regardless of where we go. Here are some specific ways you can pray.
Blessing Scripture Statements
These blessing decrees are based on Scripture. Believe and declare them over your life. Personalize them, memorize them, share them, and pray them over others. You are blessed!
Support and Prayer for Israel
Declare Israel’s identity:
“For the sake of His great name the LORD will not reject His people, because the LORD was pleased to make you His own” (1 Samuel 12:22).
For this is what the LORD Almighty says: “After He has honored me and has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of His eye” (Zechariah 2:8).
For the LORD’s portion is His people, Jacob his allotted inheritance (Deuteronomy 32:9).
You shall also be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God (Isaiah 62:3).
You shall be called Hephzibah , and your land Beulah ; for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married (Isaiah 62:4).
They shall call them the Holy People, the Redeemed of the LORD; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted (Isaiah 62:12).
Intercede for Salvation for Israel and Jewish People Everywhere:
- For Israel to turn to the Lord so the veil may be taken away (2 Corinthians 3:11-16), and for their spiritual blindness to be removed.
- Pray based on the Lord’s promise that all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; for this My covenant with them, when I take away their sins” (Romans 11:25-27).
- Proclaim also God’s promise that “He will cleanse them and give them a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36).
Pray for Israel and Her People by Calling on the Lord Regarding:
- Her leaders
- Those who protect her
- Her allies—may the United States be one!
- Her challenges
- protection from the ongoing threat of war and terrorism from her enemies
- pray for God to deal swiftly and justly with those who hate Israel and the Jewish People, and who seek to destroy them
- pray for God’s solutions and provision for border disputes, housing and water shortages, incoming refugees, and other troubling internal issues
- Her resources
- pray for the boldness of Christian and Messianic Believers around the world through their advocacy and prayers for Israel
- pray for a deep unity in the Spirit among all Believers in Israel that allows for an effective working together regardless of political ideologies
- pray for the protection and effectiveness of ministries within and outside Israel such as Jewish Voice who are reaching out to Jewish People with the Good News of Yeshua, discipling new Believers, and establishing congregations
- pray for and praise God for His faithfulness to her, and for His ongoing commitment to His many promises on her behalf
Last but not least, pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all Israel—a cry that will find its ultimate fulfillment in the Sar Shalom—The Prince of Peace, Yeshua Himself. — Psalm 122:6
Praying for Jewish Voice Ministries
Proclaim the Lord’s Blessing and Fulfillment of Our Vision:
Jewish Voice Ministries is dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of Yeshua (Jesus) to the Jew first and also to the Nations throughout the world, according to Romans 1:16.
We are also dedicated to equipping the Church by providing education about the Hebraic roots of Christianity, the Church’s responsibility to Israel and the Jewish People, and how to share Yeshua with the Jewish People.
In addition, JVM partners with several other Messianic ministries to establish and operate Messianic Jewish Bible Institutes around the world to train leaders for Jewish ministry, as well as the establishment of the Messianic Career Institute. — Ephesians 4:12
Key Verses to Pray:
“Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it” (Habakkuk 2:2).
“May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands” (Psalm 90:17).
Pray through and declare all of Psalm 91, which is a conditional covenant between God and His people. Pray that we as a ministry would consistently and consciously dwell in the Presence and provision of the Lord, and that as we abide in Him and declare Him boldly as our God in whom we trust (vs. 1-2), we would continually be blessed by the protection the Lord promises for us in the rest of the Psalm – protection from the enemy’s schemes, from illness, terror, and harm; not only for us but for all that pertains to us and our ministry, including our partners and prayer partners!
Other Prayer Points:
For our leadership:
- Pray for godly leadership, wisdom, clarity of vision, and protection for Jonathan Bernis, our Jewish Voice Board, and our other JVM leaders.
- Pray especially for the Lord to impart to us a focused understanding and passionate application of the Lord’s call to us as a ministry in these End Times, and the corresponding anointing, strategies, and resources to fulfill it
For our staff and ministry as a whole:
- For each of us to experience and sustain a vibrant relationship with the Lord
- For every aspect of our ministry to be fruitful and Spirit-led
- For effective and productive business practices
- For deep unity of vision, mission, and relationships
- For blessing, favor, and shalom not only on us, but on all of the wonderful friends and partners of Jewish Voice
Also pray for:
- The Lord to continue to use us to bring blessing and unity throughout the Messianic movement, and the Body of Messiah as a whole
- Boldness and fruitfulness as we proclaim the Good News through television, print, and online media
- Protection, stamina, and courage for our Global Outreach team; and salvations, healings, and encouragement for those we minister to as we bring the Good News in person to international locations through our medical outreaches and Hear O’ Israel! Festivals
- Effective follow-up through planting new congregations to nurture and disciple new Believers. Pray also for the building up of existing congregations
- Supernatural faith leading to supernatural effectiveness in every area of our ministry
- Pray for the Lord to be glorified in every aspect of our lives and ministry! May His will be done and His Kingdom come in and through us
Keep tracking with us through our Prayer Points emails and our prayer blog—and PRAISE the Lord as well, as together we see the answers to our prayers!
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the body of believers and in Messiah Yeshua through all generations, for ever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Why should we pray for Israel? Does the Bible instruct us to? Should we also be praying for the peace of Jerusalem like the Old Testament prophets sometimes did? Should a Christian be obligated to pray for Israel?
God’s Chosen People?
God calls Israel the “apple of His eye” which is a term of endearment (Duet. 32:10, Zech. 2:8). God adds a blessing to those nations and people who bless Israel and a curse on those who curse Israel (Gen. 12:2-3). Do these blessings and cursings still apply? I do not see why they don’t since God changes not (Malachi 3:6). God was seen as the husband of Israel (Jer. 3:14). God is evidently still concerned over Israel, saying in 2 Chronicles 6:6, “Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name may be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.” Wherever God places His name is where He still places His love. Jesus wept over Jerusalem, knowing what their fate held, “As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it” (Luke 19:41).
This may be the very reason that God has prospered the United States. America is one of the few nations that have chosen to be her ally but that seems to have recently began to change. When America withdraws her support and defense of Israel, God could take His hand of blessing off of the U.S. Perhaps He has already begun to do so since relations with Israel have cooled off lately.
Israel is surrounded by hostile nations and a religion (Islam) that seeks her destruction. A blessing is pronounced over those who will pray for and bless Israel (Numb. 24:9). God will never abandon Israel and in the end, Israel will be saved by God Almighty (Malachi 3:6, Romans 11:1). Since Paul commands Christians to pray for governmental authorities and leaders, (Rom 13:1-7) why should we not also be praying for peace in the Middle East and in particular, for Israel? No, Israel is not perfect and she has made many mistakes, but they are God’s chosen people (Duet. 6:3-4).
Listen to what the prophet’s and Old Testament writers say about Israel:
Isaiah 48:12 “Listen to me, Jacob, Israel, whom I have called: I am he; I am the first and I am the last.”
Psalm 105:43 “He brought out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy.”
Isaiah 41:8-9 “But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend, I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.”
Deuteronomy 7:8-9 “But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.”
Deuteronomy 14:2 “For you are an holy people unto the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.”
Why We Should Pray for Israel
There are dozens of Scriptures where God says that we should pray for the peace of Israel. In Psalm 122:6 it says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure.” Not only does this say that we should pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and by extension, Israel, we read that “those who love you be secure.” This is a clear signal that God would be pleased that we pray for Israel’s peace and safety because God is not giving up on Israel (Rom 10:1).
In the New Testament, Paul prayed for Israel’s salvation, saying, “Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved” (Rom 10:1). If Paul is telling the church that his heart’s desire is to pray for Israel and that “they may be saved” that should clearly be our prayer for them also. Believers today are grafted into the natural olive tree – described as ethnic Israel – for we are “fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household” (Eph. 2:19). Romans 11:24 is clear about this: “After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!”
What about the Lost 10 Tribes of Israel?
Perhaps you have heard about the lost 10 tribes of Israel which were separated from Judah when the Northern Kingdom was taken into captivity by the Assyrians (2 Kings 17). The fact is that nothing is lost to God. They are lost to history perhaps, but to God, never! Revelation 7:4-8 says that these tribes are not lost if God knows where they are:
“Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben 12,000, from the tribe of Gad 12,000, from the tribe of Asher 12,000, from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000, from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000, from the tribe of Simeon 12,000, from the tribe of Levi 12,000, from the tribe of Issachar 12,000, from the tribe of Zebulon 12,000, from the tribe of Joseph 12,000, from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.”
The Remnant of Israel
God has not rejected His people Israel and today we are Jews who are ones inwardly as Paul writes in Romans 2:29 “but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.” Neither has God rejected His chosen people. Paul testifies to this fact in Romans 11:1-2 “Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel.”
Further, Paul says that “If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid” (Rom 11:17-20).
“I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in . And so all Israel will be saved , as it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob . And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins” (Rom 11:25-27). This does not mean that all of Israel will be saved…the entire nation and all Israelites of all time, but those who come to believe in Jesus Christ. This will happen someday when Israel finally recognizes Jesus Christ as the Messiah. The nation will finally accept Him as the Prophesied One.
Today there are Messianic Jews who already believe that Jesus is the Messiah. The national stock of Israel will join these Messianic Jews, but not until the “fullness of times” or when the last person is saved prior to Christ’s return as King of kings and Lord of lords. That time appears to be fast approaching. Jerusalem means “king of” (Jeru) “peace” (Salem). Jerusalem is anything but peaceful right now but the King of Peace is coming. Until then, believers ought to be praying for the peace of Israel and for the King of Peace to come soon. Even so Lord, come quickly. That is my prayer and I hope you will join me in praying for His Kingdom to come and for the peace of Jerusalem and for Israel.
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