“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.”
2000 years ago, a fanatical Jewish persecutor of the newly birthed church of Jesus Christ was knocked off his horse in a dramatic confrontation with the risen Lord. This once ‘Hebrew of Hebrews’ was converted in a moment from a religious pharisee to a wholehearted follower of Jesus of Nazareth. Saul of Tarsus, renamed Paul by Jesus, was commissioned that day to be Jesus’ chosen instrument to proclaim His Name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. (Acts 9:15,16)
And that he did, and today, we are enjoying the fruit of Paul’s legacy which includes over 30% of the New Testament Scriptures. Among these Scriptures penned by Paul, we find this insight into his prayer life and perspective on Israel and God’s continued plan for them.
It’s in this apostolic heart and perspective we pray for Israel, that they would wholeheartedly turn to Jesus in saving faith. We believe the church has a calling to pray for the Jews, the natural descendants of Jacob. The Apostle Paul thought it central and important to his prayer life. So do we.
The prayer is simple, and we exhort you to memorize it and pray it often. There is a day coming when “all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The Deliverer (Jesus) will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob (Israel); For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.’” (Romans 11:26,27)
Pray Romans 10:1 with us!