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October 2014

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces. “ (Psalm 122:6,7)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. We are all fine and enjoying the beautiful Fall season. My daughter was married in October many years ago, and I can still recall the colorful Fall foliage that surrounded her and her new husband as they took pictures outdoors.  We prayed so hard that year for the leaves to turn in time for their wedding and God smiled and said “yes.” Each season has its own beauty, but to me Fall is the best. We have much to look forward to as we move on towards the end of the year.

This month we will once again be participating in a world wide event; The Day to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, which takes place on Sunday, October 5th. I hope your church will be participating. All that is required is to take a few minutes out of your Sunday service to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. You can learn more by going to:  Praying for the peace of Jerusalem is God’s very own heart. It is so important to Him that His command comes with a promise that He will prosper those who pray. (Ps. 122:6) So, do you want to prosper? Then pray for the peace of Jerusalem. As we look at world events, we can see that things are getting worse, that there is tremendous turmoil in the Middle East, and it does not look like it will stop any time soon. Hamas is a dangerous group of terrorists that threaten Israel and the United States. Prayer is needed!! One thing to understand is that God loves both the Jews and Arabs. When we pray, we also pray for the Middle East, for Syria, for our Arab brothers and sisters too. We pray salvation for all, we pray for love to prevail. When we pray His heart, we know that He hears and answers. Pray for an end to the violence, pray for safety for all, pray for the children who are living with terror every day of their lives.

I had the privilege of going to Israel a few years ago. I have to tell you that there is no other experience like it in all the world. When our plane landed, and the doors opened, unexpectedly I began to weep and cry as God’s anointing was all over me. All I could do was to keep thanking Him for allowing me to be there to see His land and where Jesus lived, walked, performed miracles, and died. As we headed towards the buses to take us to our hotel I gazed in wonder at the sights and sounds of this awesome land. I was tired from all the traveling, but that did not matter. What mattered was to see and feel what Jesus, our Precious Lord and Savior, saw, and felt, while walking the earth. It was amazing….  The next morning we woke up early to get our bus and begin our adventure with a cable car to Masada. Each step, each sight that we saw had such meaning. Swimming in the Dead Sea was awesome, especially since I cannot swim. You cannot drown, the amount of salt in the sea holds you up. It was so peaceful and quiet and the view was just so beautiful. We also saw the place that it is believed that David threw the stones at the giant. We walked the area where the Israelites wandered in the desert, the place that it is believed that Moses died, and so much more that brought the Old Testament alive. Moving on to where Jesus was born and the places where He preached and healed people was amazing. When up in a mountain where it is thought that Jesus preached to thousands of people, I found out that the reason they could all hear Him speak was because of the echo. But of course! They did not have microphones then. Amazing! While we were walking on the stone roads I could just picture Jesus walking with crowds around Him wanting to touch Him, wanting healing. The woman who touched the hem of His garment was touched mightily by just doing that! He turned around to ask who touched Him. Just think, people were all over Him, all wanting to get near Him, everyone was touching Him, and one woman, who reached out to touch Him in faith received her healing. It was the faith, the crying out to the One she knew who could heal her that changed her life forever.

How many of us really and truly call out to Jesus when in need? And with faith too that He will answer? We cry, we feel sorry for ourselves, we complain, and then we think we are praying! That woman looked to Jesus; she saw Him, she directed her situation to Him, she needed healing, and with faith in her heart she knew that was all she needed to do. Just touch Him, even just the hem of His garment…. and it would be done. Today, if you need His touch, close your eyes, blot out everything around you, and in faith, call on His Name. Do it with expectancy! Do it in faith, knowing that because of Jesus, you have the victory!  Because He willingly bore the stripes on His back, and because of the Blood that He shed, healing has been accomplished for you.

“Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement  for our peace was upon Him, And by His Stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4,5)

When in Israel, all of this becomes alive. We can feel the very Presence of God as we walk the land visiting all the important places that are mentioned in the Bible. We actually see the Bible come to life!  This land is so important to God. It is His, it is where His people (all those who believed in the One True God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) were led when He brought them out of bondage in Egypt. It is it where He chose a simple Jewish girl, Mary, to give birth to His Son, Jesus. It is where Jesus grew up, lived, and died a horrendous death to take our sins upon Him so that we can have life eternal with Him. Israel is more than just a land. It is God’s land, it is where Jesus will return someday. It is our land by faith as we pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Let us pray: Father, in Jesus Precious Name I lift this reader up to You. Father, this is Your child, You love him or her. I ask You to place within this heart Your heart, Your cries, and Your love for Israel and the Jewish people. Make this all real Lord, give this person dreams and visions of Your heart cries so that this person will pray, and know how to pray. Thank You Lord. We do pray for the peace of Jerusalem this day and always. Amen.

God bless you!

Pastor Barbara