Pray for Jerusalem

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.” Psalm 122:6-7

According to Wikipedia, “Jerusalem has been destroyed at least twice, besieged 23 times, captured and recaptured 44 times, and attacked 52 times.” In short, it has been the most conflicted piece of real estate in history. Ironically, Jerusalem has traditionally been called the “city of peace.”

It is no surprise that Jerusalem, the city where God chose to establish His presence in the Old Testament era, and to which Christ will return, has been the center of great conflict. In Zechariah 14, a chapter focused on the Second Coming of Christ, Jerusalem is embattled by all the armies of the world (verse 2). But then, in verse 4, Christ is shown returning to the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, having destroyed the armies. From the city, then, will flow rivers of “living waters” (verse 8). Today, Jerusalem remains an embattled city, surrounded by nations who oppose Israel. Perhaps we are on the doorsteps of the return of the King.

In your prayers, “pray for the peace of Jerusalem”—especially for the arrival of the Prince of Peace whose kingdom will reign over all the earth.

There will be no universal peace till the Prince of Peace appears. J. C. Ryle

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