Christians in Jerusalem Old City 311.
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Local and international Christian leaders convened in Jerusalem on Sunday for the Global Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, an annual gathering since 2002 dedicated to supplication for the city.
The Jerusalem gathering will be joined by millions of Christians from some 300,000 churches in 175 nations around the world that are registered to participate. Many underground churches in nations such as China, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates are also taking part and a pastor from a church in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, will be praying in Jerusalem.
Many more millions of Christians will be watching the broadcast, which
will be televised live on God TV. Robert Stearns, the co-founder of the
Day of Prayer and leader of Eagles' Wings ministries led the event in
Jerusalem which included exhortation from Jews and Christians alike.
“We believe that to pray for the peace of Jerusalem also means being
willing to be the answer to those prayers,” Joel James told Travelujah.
“So by hosting a local event in the city where God put his name
demonstrates, to the Jewish people first and to the world, that
Christians are praying for Israel and the Jewish people. Our physical
presence is a tangible demonstration of our heart for prayer and our
obedience to God's word.”
James is the coordinator of the event and the director of external
affairs for Eagles' Wings. He maintained that Christian support of
Israel is critical at the time.
“With the Erdogan government in Turkey saber ratting and the
international community getting wishy-washy regarding the Palestinian
attempt to receive statehood through the United Nations, the Israeli
people are very encouraged that millions of people around the world
praying for them,” James said.
Some Christian Arabs are also taking part in the event, James added,
including Maher Canawati, a Christian from Bethlehem who will lead one
of several prayers on Sunday. For the first time, a Catholic priest will
join a mostly evangelical line up of Christian leaders in prayer for
“The clear message is that any person who believes the Bible must
respond to the admonition in Psalm 122, Psalm 137, and in Isaiah 62
where it tells us first we need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem,”
James said. “The hour is urgent. We are living in a time when what
happens to Jerusalem has an impact and makes a difference to us. It will
impact our lives on one level or another.”
The event will take place at the Haas Promenade at 4 p.m.
Nicole Jansezian writes for Travelujah
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