Prayer Topic No. 1
Thanking God for Israel!
It is always good to start our prayers and intercession with thanksgiving. As far as Israel is concerned, there is a lot to thank God for. In Romans 11:17-18 Israel is called the root of the olive tree which we as gentile believers have been grafted into. Romans 9:4-5 explains more explicitly what that root is through the revelations and redemptive acts of God given specifically to the Jewish people and to Israel. This has now become our root as well, our foundation and our anchor as the church of Jesus Christ throughout the ages, in every nation.
“... the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen” (Rom. 9:4-5).
In addition to those “gifts and callings” (Rom. 11:29) to the Jewish people, into which we have been “grafted”, the world and the church have received even more blessings from the Jewish people. The majority of the Bible (Old and New Testament) was written by Jewish authors. The concept of the 7-day-week with one day of rest came from the Jewish people. The Ten Commandments. The twelve apostles. The early church in Israel. All Jewish – exclusively Jewish! Our foundation! Our roots! What an inheritance! What a wealth of revelation and spiritual enrichment for which we, the global church of Jesus, can be very grateful!