Fasting Will Increase Your Love for Israel, God’s People, and His Plans for Humanity
When they first came to faith in God back in 1967, my mom and dad started fasting and praying for America and Israel. Someone they knew said, “Did you hear on the news? God is bringing the Bible to life!”
“What do you mean?”, they asked. Five nations had lined up to attack little Israel. “You need to fast and pray!!”, they urged. My parents did just that, because their Christian leaders told them to.
It was June of 1967, and six days later less than two thousand Jewish people died and the five large Arab armies had lost some 20,000 soldiers in a border dispute. Israel took all of the Sinai Peninsula, the Golan Heights, The West Bank, and the nation of Jordan taken from the Palestinian people in 1940. In a matter of six days, Israel got back the land merely by just defending themselves.
In Nehemiah’s day he called the people to fasting and prayer and God brought them home. Every time you and I see the Middle East move, it is connected to God’s heart for humanity. God is trying to help us see our heart. Nehemiah knew God wanted a pure heart.
Listen to him: Nehemiah 1:6-7 (NIV) I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. 7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.
When we fast it gets our heart in line with God. I believe as we align with God we see our world more clearly from His perspective. Israel is just one lens to see God’s heart, but that is a long lens of History. His faithfulness to His promise to them is a testimony that he will be faithful to you. That is why Christian’s pray for Israel and the Church around the world. When we see Christians persecuted they are part of God’s plan of redemption just like the Jews. Redemption is for all who call on the name of Jesus, King of the Jews.
PRAY: “Lord help me to see the big picture of Your redemption plan. Help me to hear Your voice over the world’s affairs today. I want to be apart of Your work. In Israel, Columbus and the uttermost parts of the Earth. May Jesus’ Name be praised, Amen.”