Southern steps in Jerusalem 311.
(photo credit: Wayne Stiles)
Millions of Christians in 175 countries will join together on Sunday to pray for
the well-being of Jerusalem, in what organizers say is “the largest
Israel-focused prayer event in history.”
Known as the Day of Prayer for
the Peace of Jerusalem, the annual event is the brainchild of Rev. Robert
Stearns of New York, who launched it in 2002. Co-chaired by prominent Christian
leader Dr. Jack Hayford of California, it has steadily grown in size and now
includes more than 300,000 participating churches on five continents.
its heart is a gathering on Sunday afternoon at the Haas Promenade overlooking
the capital’s Old City, where those in attendance will pray for “true peace to
come to Jerusalem and to all of Israel.”
The event will be broadcast live
on G-d TV, an international Christian television station.
uniting around the world, and we are coming together here in Jerusalem to
declare that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, loves Jerusalem, and that He
has set his Name on this city,” Stearns told The Jerusalem Post.
pray for the peace of Jerusalem, we are praying for all the inhabitants of
Jerusalem, Jew, Arab, Christian, Muslim, and those of other or no faith. We are
praying in obedience to the Bible, not from any other agenda,” he
MK Gila Gamliel, deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Office for
the advancement of young people, students and women, is slated to attend the
event, which is being held in cooperation with the Jerusalem Municipality, the
Knesset Christian Allies Caucus, and the Foreign and Tourism
Local Christian organizations, such as Bridges for Peace, the
International Christian Embassy- Jerusalem and Christian Friends of Israel, are
also taking part.
“A new breed of Christian is arising in the earth,”
Stearns said, “one that loves Jerusalem, loves Israel, and loves the Jewish
people. We are saying that the sins of the past will not be repeated on our