Praying for the Middle East

Intercessors for Canada

Canada's Twelve Most Wanted Answers to Prayer - September 2010 Part 2


PRAYING FOR THE MIDDLE EAST                            


The main topic for September is praying for the nations of the Middle East. As you can see from part one of the notes there is a lot going on spiritually but also politically. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have been invited to Washington to begin direct peace talks on Thursday, September 2nd ,where

President Obama will hold one-on-one talks with each of the leaders on Wednesday 1st, followed by a dinner with both of them. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the special representative of the Quartet has also been invited to attend the dinner. US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton,  will then host the first direct Israel-Palestinian negotiating session on September 2nd. These talks could have many sessions.  The leaders of Egypt and Jordan have also been invited to join in the first session of direct talks. Pray for the Hand of God to be on these leaders.


As I write, the nations of the Middle East are all on high alert for war. How much more for us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem ( Psalm 122:6) and the peace of Cairo, Tehran, Damascus, Riyadh & Amman etc. Isaiah 19 gives us prophetic hope that the Lord will do a great work and that these nations will one day worship Christ together.

'In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come    into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, "Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.'   Isa 19:23-25

How wonderful to be able to pray through this scripture promise and to claim life in Christ for these nations. Similarly Romans has this astounding scripture:

            Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery,   brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved ...      Rom 11:25-26

Let us pray for a worldwide harvest to come in, especially in the Middle East. We have recently heard of multitudes of Muslims turning to Christ in Africa, Egypt and Iran. Pray for a mighty move of God in the Land of Israel and with Jewish people everywhere. Read Ezekiel 34-39 and ponder if the real geopolitical issue is that God is vindicating the holiness of His great name (Ez 36:23).


Bottom line:   Nations are judged on how they treat the Jews. Even when Israel is going through its own hard times and judgments the Nations must not take advantage of them. How important for Canadians and the Government to be wise and generous in their support of the Jewish people without disrespecting their neighbours. See the book of Obadiah & Romans 11:28-29

I believe that  Canada is included in the multitudes in the Valley of Decision (Joel 3:14). We are part of the Quartet of Nations that has taken it upon themselves to resolve the Palestinian issue by dividing up the Land of Israel. Doing this without reference to the Lord invites His judgment.

'For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of  Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land ...      Joel 3:1-2

These are serious days. Pray for our Federal Government and Prime Minister to have much wisdom in how they deal with Israel and its neighbours. Currently the government claims on its web site that

'Canada and Israel have strong, multidimensional bilateral relations, marked by close political, economic, social and cultural ties. Support for Israel, especially its right to live in peace and security with its neighbours, has been at the core of Canada's Middle East policy since 1948. ...Canada and Israel marked   60 years of diplomatic relations on May 11, 2009 ...


It is interesting to note that 20,000 Canadians live in Israel and the Canadian Jewish community, which stands at around 350,000, acts as an important bridge between Canada and Israel. Pray for many to find Jesus as their Messiah.


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