Dear praying friends, dear brothers and sisters!
Since our last monthly newsletter much has happened in and around Israel. More than 4.000 Rockets have been fired on Israel‘s population. Tensions between Jewish and Arab Israelis have grown. Anti-semitism and hatred against Israel has escalated on the streets of cities in the Western world. In other words: The battle for Jerusalem has further escalated.
Our online conference with the title „Battle for Jerusalem“, 54 years after the re-unification of Jerusaelm, seems to have proven to be even the more timely and relevant. A major focus was on prayer -prayer with leaders from Jerusalem for Jerusalem and Zion as well as prayer for our nations, world regions and continents regarding their attitudes and actions towards Jerusalem and Zion. In that context, it is our privilege and duty to raise our voices on behalf of God’s plans and promises for Jerusalem: „For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, …“ (Is. 62,1). Please have a look at the current schedule and video-clip, plan your weekend accordingly and pass on this information to friends who might be interested to participate.
Dear intercessors around the world!
I trust you all had a blessed Christmas season and a Spirit-filled start into the New Year. As for Israel, the start into 2021 was an extremely challenging one. Israel is into its third lockdown, unemployment and poverty in the land is rising to record levels and new elections are on the way since the unity-government fell apart under the current internal and external pressures. Let us continue to pray for Israel and bless Israel in these challenging and uncertain days!
The change of administration in the US
On January 20, after many tensions and battles regarding election integrity and procedure as well as the storming of the capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Joe Biden was installed as the 46th president of the United States of America. As GPC, we had encouraged prayer for the re-election of Donald Trump for a number of reasons, but mostly for the way he has changed US-Israel relations during his term and the promises he made to continue on that route. How shall we now respond and adapt?
Since the basis of our prayer as GPC was Daniel 2:19-22, our encouragement would be to continue our prayer on this basis:
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.“
Our encouragement would be to find peace in the fact that the Lord our God is higher and above this political decision. If our God is willing and able to handle king Nebuchadnezzar, the greatest enemy of Israel at that time, he also can handle Joe Biden, speak to him, transform him and even work through him.
Seit dem Jahr 2015 – dem 70. Jahrestag vom Ende des Holocaust – ist mit Unterstützung von Christen an der Seite Israels ein neuer Dienst erwachsen: Der Global Prayer Call (GPC) – zu Deutsch etwa: Weltweiter Gebetsaufruf. Der GPC ist ein wachsendes weltweites Netzwerk von Gebetsleitern und Gebetsbewegungen, die in der Liebe zu und im Gebet für Israel vereint sind.
Auf der Basis von 1.Mose 12,3 kommt für den GPC ein weiteres Gebetsanliegen hinzu: Das Gebet für unsere Völker und Nationen in ihrer Beziehung zu Israel: „Ich will segnen, die dich (Abram und deine Nachkommen Israel) segnen, und wer dir (Abram und deinen Nachkommen Israel) flucht, den werde ich verfluchen.“ Der GPC ermutigt Fürbitter weltweit, neben dem Gebet für Israel auch das Gebet für die eigene Nation, die eigene Regierung, Kirche und Gesellschaft im Verhältnis zu Israel hinzuzufügen.