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God Is…I Am… Devotional
Day 91 – 4/26/19: RENEWING TRUTH:
God Loves Jerusalem
He has founded his city on the holy mountain. The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.
PSALM 87:1-2, NIV
Jerusalem holds a very special place in God’s heart. He calls it His favored city (see Psalm 102:13). There, Jesus won the salvation of the world. There, Jesus will return. And it is the city of Jerusalem that God will remake as His “New Jerusalem” for the saints to inhabit in the age to come (see Revelation 21:2).
God put His name in Jerusalem forever. He calls it the City of David and “the city of the great King” (Psalm 48:1-2). In Zechariah 8:2, God says He is “zealous for Zion with great zeal.” With great frevor, He is jealous for her. It is good to be passionate about what God is passionate about, and God is passionate about Jerusalem.
Though a small city on the earth, Jerusalem is regularly in the news. To this day, Jerusalem remains in the crosshairs of news outlets around the world. Jerusalem is eternally extraordinary because it was the physical location where the blood of Jesus was shed. Only there will you find the soil that felt those nail-pierced hands and feet and absorbed that guiltless blood.
God loves the gates of Zion. He posted watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem to pray to Him, giving Him no rest until He makes her the praise of the earth. Without doubt, it is a special city to God. Since God loves Jerusalem, consider how you can be a blessing to His city, Jerusalem.
God put it in our hearts a long time ago to take the gospel “to the Jew first” (see Romans 1:16). We are concerned for Jewish people and concerned about God’s order, and God has blessed Gateway Church because of it.
God Is…I Am… Devotional
Day 92 – 4/27/19: RENEWING TRUTH:
I Am Blessed for Praying for Israel
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.” For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, “Peace be within you.” Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek your good.
PSALM 122:6-9, NKJV
Jerusalem is the only city named in the Bible for which God has charged Believers to pray. From all the cities throughout history, Jerusalem is the only city mentioned specifically. He says, “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” Pray for her peace, pray for her prosperity, and seek her good. Before Jesus entered Jerusalem to win salvation for the world at the cross, He told Jerusalem, they would not see Him again until they said, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD” (Matthew 23:39). This is significant because Jesus said He will not return until something Jerusalem says, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”
For Jerusalem to say this phrase, the city must first be saved. For the city to be saved, the Gospel must be preached. When the Gospel is preached in Jerusalem and to the Jewish people, peace will flow free and wide. The peace of Jerusalem and the salvation of Jerusalem go hand-in-hand. Jerusalem’s salvation also potentially sets off a chain of events culminating with the second coming of Christ. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray for her prosperity. Seek her good. Pray that Jerusalem will one day say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” As you bless Jerusalem in prayer, you fulfill the command of Psalm 122 and you will find great joy. May God richly bless you.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee” (Psalm 122:6). The scriptural principle of prosperity is tied to blessing Israel and the city of Jerusalem.
Dr. Dorothy E. Hooks