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Peace of Jerusalem

Father, in the name of Jesus and according to your Word, I long and pray for the peace of Jerusalem, that its inhabitants may be born again. I pray that You, Lord, will be a refuge and a stronghold to the children of Israel. Father, Your Word says “multitudes, multitudes are in the valley of decision” and whoever calls upon Your name shall be delivered and saved. Have mercy upon Israel and be gracious to them, O Lord, and consider that they fight for their land to be restored. You, Lord, are their Strength and Stronghold in their day of trouble. We pray that they are righteous before You and that You will make even their enemies to be at peace with them. Your Word says You will deliver those for whom we intercede, who are not innocent, through the cleanness of our hands. May they realize that their defense and shield depend on You.

We thank You for Your Word, Lord, that You have a covenant with Israel and that You will take away their sin. They are Your beloved. Your Word also says that Your gifts are irrevocable, that You never withdraw them once they are given and that You do not change your mind about those to whom You give Your grace or to whom You send Your call. Though they have been disobedient and rebellious toward You, Lord, we pray that now they will repent and obtain Your mercy and forgiveness through Your Son, Jesus. We praise You, Lord, for Your compassion and Your forgiveness to Your people. We praise You that they are under Your protection and divine guidance, that they are Your special possession, Your peculiar treasure, and that You will spare them; for we have read in Your Word that all Israel shall be saved!

Thank You, Father, for delivering us all from every evil work and for the authority You have given us with the name of Jesus. We love You and praise You. Every day, with its new reasons, do we praise You!
 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May they prosper that love you, “the Holy City!” Peace be within your walls and prosperity within your palaces! Amen.

Scripture References:

Joel 3:14    

Romans 11:29 

Job 22:30 amp    

Isaiah 45:17

 

Reprinted with permission 2012© Word Ministries, Inc., All Rights Reserved | PO Box 289, Good Hope, GA

 

Overcoming Betrayal

If you have ever been betrayed, you are in good company. Jesus was betrayed. Paul was betrayed. Betrayal by a f riend, spouse, or a member of your church is very painful. It is not the betrayal but how you react to it that counts, however. Your response to betrayal can affect your health because anger, bitterness, depression, and unforgiveness can eat away at your body and  emotions, releasing stress  hormones and  weakening your  immune system. What should you do if you have been betrayed?

Notice Paul’s response to betrayal in Second  Timothy 4:16-18:

At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!

Paul is a model of how to respond to betrayal. He did not let the effects of betrayal cling to him.  What did he do? First, he prayed for those who had betrayed him (verse 16). This implies that he forgave them. Second, he relied on God instead of man and declared his faith in Him to deliver him ‘from every evil work” (verse 18). In effect, he put the negative situation behind him.

Jesus tells us, ‘And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses” (Mark 11:25). Unforgiveness keeps both you and the person who betrayed you in bondage. Forgiveness looses both of you. “…Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matt. 16:19).

Prayer for Betrayal:

Father, I forgive __________ for betraying me and I ask You to separate that sin from and put it on the cross of Jesus, never to be held against again, in Jesus’ name. And Father, please forgive me of anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness toward ___________ . Put my sin on the cross, never to be held against me again. In the name of Jesus, I command the spirits of anger, bitterness, and rejection to leave me and I break their power over me. Thank You, Jesus, for Your promise, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So II] may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Heb. 13:5-6).

 

Reprinted with permission 2012© Word Ministries, Inc., All Rights Reserved | PO Box 289, Good Hope, GA

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