The Bible compels us to pray for Israel. Psalm 122:6 instructs us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Genesis 12:3 reveals God’s desire to bless those who bless Abraham and his people after him. Yeshua (Jesus) wept over Jerusalem proclaiming how He longed to gather her to Himself (Matthew 23:37). The apostle Paul so passionately desired that his Jewish brethren receive Yeshua’s Good News that he was willing to wish himself accursed in exchange (Romans 9:1‒5). These Scriptures and more effectively urge us to pray for God’s chosen people, the Nation of Israel.
The New Year is an ideal time to start praying regularly for Israel. Join us on the Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI) blog, where we’ll have monthly posts including weekly prayers for Israel.
Over the course of a year, your prayers will cover Israel’s defense, government leaders and the Messianic Jewish community, as well as various people groups and humanitarian needs. Each month will also include a prayer for the most important matter of all: that Israel will come to know Yeshua the Messiah.
These prayers are a starting point from which to continue praying for Israel in your own words. Use them daily, weekly or as often as you feel led. Print them out to keep in your Bible or journal and join us in lifting up the people of Israel.
January 1‒7 Prayer for Israel
That Israel would come to know the Messiah
Lord, we start this new year with the most important prayer for Israel: that she would come to know and receive Your promised Messiah, Yeshua. God, we thank You for Your faithfulness to Israel as Your chosen people, set apart for You. We pray for the peace of Israel – the peace that surpasses understanding – which is only found in Yeshua (John 14:27, Philippians 4:5‒6). Please soften the hearts of Your people Israel and open their ears to hear the Good News. Bring Messianic Believers into their lives, who will patiently and lovingly point them to the Messiah. Give them eyes to see Yeshua throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, a curiosity about the New Covenant, and lead them to discover their promised Jewish Messiah there. May all in the Land draw near and place their faith in Him.
January 8‒14 Prayer for Israel
Messianic Jewish ministries
Father, thank You for the Messianic Jewish ministries in Israel. Please give them Your vision for the work You would have the do in the coming year, and open doors of opportunity for them. Glorify Yourself and Messiah Yeshua through these ministries. Shine through the individuals and give them favor and grace in all Israel. Encourage them daily and give them joy as You use them to bring many to Yeshua.
January 15‒21 Prayer for Israel
Israel’s relationship with Lebanon and Hezbollah
Father, Hezbollah in Lebanon wants to destroy Israel. Please thwart every effort they make to harm Israel and her people. Provide Israeli officials with accurate and timely intelligence to enable them to intervene and plan Israel’s defense. Give Israel’s political and security leaders wisdom and discernment in all their dealings with Lebanon and the terrorist organization of Hezbollah based there. Father, we also pray for the hearts of those who want to hurt Israel – may they turn from their evil intentions toward Your people.
January 22‒28 Prayer for Israel
The homeless in Israel
Lord, You said the poor would always be among us. There are those in Israel who are homeless, or nearly so, and need help. Please take care of them. Lead them to Messianic Jewish ministries with the vision and resources to meet their needs for practical aid and spiritual guidance. Shelter them from the cold winter nights and protect them from danger. Open their hearts to You, Lord, and bring Believers who will walk alongside these hurting ones and assist them onto the path of restoration and wholeness.
January 29‒31 Prayer for Israel
Israel to come to know the Messiah
Lord, we pray for those in Israel who consider themselves “secular Jews.” Though they embrace their Jewish culture and heritage, most of them do not put their faith in You. Father, please open their minds and hearts. Cause them to hunger for answers to such questions as, “What is the source of man’s innate sense of morality if not God, the Creator and Law-Giver?” Cause them to recognize their humanistic beliefs ‒ that mankind is good and getting better ‒ do not line up with the reality that we are prone to sin. Lord, please draw Israel’s secular Jews to You and open their hearts to Yeshua.