“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you.
May peace be within your walls, And prosperity within your palaces.”
For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, “May peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.
(Psalm 122:6-9 NASB)
As we near the end of days, it is important that we keep a watchful eye on Jerusalem as prophecy unfolds. However, we should even more so pray for the peace of Jerusalem, as Psalm 122 exhorts the reader. Below are five reasons why we should pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
1. We Should Take Scripture Literally
We should take Scripture literally unless we have strong reason to believe that the writers are using some type of metaphor or grammatical device causing us to seek a different meaning for the words used. Psalm 122 is all about a literal Jerusalem – the current capital of Israel and future capital of Messiah’s kingdom. This is the spiritual home of the Jewish people – where the Temple stood and where sacrifices and worship took place, after it was built under King Solomon’s reign. We should take this Psalm literally and enjoy the blessings of God’s word as we obey what He actually said and not the meanings we personally attach to it.
2. The Prominence of Jerusalem in the Bible
The city of Jerusalem holds a prominent place in the Bible. The word “Jerusalem” occurs 806 times in the Bible, 660 times in the Old Testament and 146 times in the New Testament; additional references to the city occur as synonyms. In 2 Samuel chapter 7, the Lord speaks to David through the prophet Nathan telling the King that He would build a dynasty of Jewish kings from his descendants and that along with a palace for David, the Lord would also one day build a house for Himself – a more permanent home for the Ark of the Covenant (1 Kings 8:1) and a place which would become the center of Israel’s worship and national identity – all of which would be located in the city of Jerusalem. Ultimately, Jerusalem would become the capital of David’s everlasting kingdom when the Messiah Himself rules on His rightful throne in a renewed and restored Jerusalem at His second coming. And when His kingdom promises to Israel are fulfilled – a new Jerusalem will come down from heaven and will be the eternal home for all who believe and worship the God of Israel.
3. Desire for Peace in the Middle East
When we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, we are praying for the end of terror and missile attacks, the end of the hostility that exists between Israelis and Palestinians, and the return of the Messiah.
4. Personal Peace and Fulfillment
The root of the Hebrew term used for prosper is Shalah, which can easily be translated as “put at ease” or to “quiet.” The prosperity described in Psalm 122 is therefore a quality of soul and life, enabling those who love Jerusalem to enjoy a similar personal peace as enjoyed by God’s chosen city. We can personally enjoy what Jerusalem enjoys as communally. Shalom and Shalah have a similar impact on us; peace, ease of soul, quietness of heart, etc.
5. Bringing forth the Messiah
If Christians bless Israel then they are participating in bringing God’s promises to the Jewish people, which directly impacts them, as Israel was chosen to bless the Gentiles – to be a bridge of redemption to a broken and sinful world. When Christians bless rather than curse the Jewish people, they are engaged with God’s plan for world redemption. Praying for the peace of Jerusalem is, in reality, praying for the Messiah to come. Praying for the peace of Jerusalem is a way of asking God to implant His peace in the hearts of both Jews and Gentiles. The Psalmist tells us that love is and should be the motivation for their prayers for God’s holy city. In other words, if you love Jerusalem then you will pray for Jerusalem. Knowing the reward is not the reason for prayer or blessing the Jewish people – it is because of the love for Jerusalem and the Jewish people that Christians pray and bless. And the reason so many Christians love the Jewish people and the nation of Israel and the city of Jerusalem is because they love the God who created the nation of Israel and love the Messiah of Israel. You cannot possibly be a Christian and not love God’s chosen people…and this love leads to prayer and blessing, which brings blessing and peace
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