Pray for Jerusalem

Scott Nichols

READ : Psalm 122:1-10

A few of us had jumped off the bus at the end of the one-day’s touring and took a self-guided tour of the Old City. Our wandering brought us to the Western Wall, better known as the Wailing Wall. This is the most sacred site in all of Judaism. The night we arrived was the start of the Sabbath. Hundreds of devout Jews were making their way to pray at the wall.

Since it was raining we took refuge in a small alcove beneath the wall. The room was filled with Jewish men deep in prayer. Taking a copy of the Psalms off the shelves that lined the room, we moved close to the wall. We read the words of Psalm 122. After we had finished, I offered up a prayer for the people of Jerusalem. As I was praying I felt a hand upon my shoulder. It was an elderly Jewish man who was moved by the fact that Christians would pray for him and his fellow Jews. It was a special moment for him as well as for us.

How quick we are to forget that the Jews are still God’s concern! He has a plan for them and for Jerusalem. It was to them that He first sent the Savior. We are indebted to them. Let us remember to pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Discuss: How are we indebted to the Jewish people?

PRAYER

Father, open the eyes of the Jews to see their Messiah. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.