Jerusalem prayer event.
(photo credit: Ron Friedman)
Sunday was the Global Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, marked by
evangelical Christians around the world as a day dedicated to solidarity with
Israel and prayer for the future of its capital city.
In Jerusalem, the
day was celebrated with an afternoon of speeches, songs and prayer at the Haas
Promenade, overlooking the Old City, while around the world millions watched a
live feed from the event on Christian television network God TV and participated
in special prayer services held in thousands of churches worldwide.
believe that where man’s peace plans fail, God’s peace plan will come to
God is the key to peace and blessing for the city of Jerusalem and
all of her inhabitants, Jew and Arab alike,” said Robert Stearns, the founder and
executive director of the Eagles’ Wings ministry and the co-chairman of the
“God loves the sons of Isaac and God loves the sons of Ishmael and
we are going to see a blessing for all the people’s in this land,” he
While the expressed theme of the day was peace, much of the
sermonizing at the event framed the question of the future of Jerusalem as a
battle for its continued unity.
“The people of God are alert, awake, on
watch and we’re saying it’s turnaround time,” said Stearns. “As we live in the day
where the twin threats of radical secular humanism on one side and radical Islam
on the other pose a massive threat to all people of good will, to all the
civilized world, we understand that this city is the front line of the battle
over how this world will be moving forward in the days ahead.
of Jerusalem is not a battle about land. It is not a battle about
ethnicity. It’s a battle about a God of love versus a god of hatred and
“We say to our Jewish brothers and sisters and we say via God
TV to the world today that there is a new breed of Christian that is rising up
in the nations of the earth. And today, a generation past the Holocaust, we
declare that the Church of Jesus Christ will never be silent again.
will lift our voices loudly, clearly, strongly. We will lift it in the United
Nations. We will lift it in the European Union. We will lift it in the media. We
will lift our voice in the universities. We will lift our voice to the White
House. We will lift our voice to the four corners of the earth, saying
‘Israel, You are not alone,’” said Stearns.
One of the main guests of the
event was Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. In his address, Barkat welcomed the
participants to Jerusalem on behalf of the residents and urged all Christians
around the world to come and visit the city and experience its spirituality
“My vision for the city of Jerusalem is to return it to the
role it played two and 3,000 years ago, dramatically increase its ability to
welcome people around the world and to develop it for the benefit of all the
world to enjoy, to explore our ancient past and build a modern future and
integrate between the two,” said Barkat.
“In order to accomplish this
vision we must keep Jerusalem open for people of all faiths…. In order to enable
people to practice their religion, we have to ensure and must keep Jerusalem the
united and undivided capital of the sovereign State of Israel,” he said, to a
Representing the Israeli government was Tourism
Ministry Director-General Noaz Bar-Nir. Bar-Nir also welcomed the participants
and thanked them for their prayers and support.
“For us, Jerusalem is the
heart of Israel and our deepest desire is that Jerusalem will be the city of
peace,” said Bar-Nir. It is inspiring to note today that nearly 200 nations and
300 million evangelicals around the world have joined together to pray for the
peace of Jerusalem.
“We are humbled by this amazing demonstration of
commitment, faith and love,” he said. “It is good to note that we can count on
evangelical Christians like you to stand in Israel in good times and
Kadima MK Yoel Hasson welcomed the participants on behalf of the
Knesset and its Christian Allies Caucus.
“We in the Israeli leadership
need to always make sure that we keep Jerusalem safe, united and open to
everyone. In order to do so we need a lot of supporters all over the world,”
“We are now here to stay. We are here to stay with
you and we are here to stay because we know that we have millions of people that
pray for Jerusalem and pray for Israel. God is going to be with us and will help
us develop and keep Jerusalem… “We need you here with us because we know that
when we have many people like you touring and praying in Jerusalem, nothing can