PRAY FOR ISRAEL
God is not silent when it comes to Israel. Stated emphatically, we are told to pray for the Peace of Jerusalem in Psalm 122:6-9: “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.’ For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, ‘Peace be within you.’ For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity.”
Through the above words, praying for peace and good to come to God’s ancient Holy City; the City of David comes with bountiful favor and blessing; God promised blessings on those who bless Abraham and his seed, and pronounced curses on those who curse them. (Genesis 12:3). And since Jerusalem is depicted as the center of Jewish life, those who pray for her peace and security will be granted peace themselves.
The phrase “peace be upon Israel” is found also at the end of Psalm125:5 and 128:6. Jerusalem will be the scene of our Messiah Yeshua's return (Acts 1:11; Zechariah 14:4.) At that same time, He will establish permanent peace with its walls.
All Christians should be eagerly awaiting His return and praying for the time when the Prince of Peace will reign in Jerusalem. Yeshua also said that we should be peacemakers, which would include praying for peace. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). And we are commanded to do our best to live at peace with others. “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men” (Romans 12:18). So, God wants us to seek peace among all people, and that would include praying for peace in Jerusalem, especially because of its special place in His heart.