Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people; and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. – Luke 21:23-24
Many years ago, at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings, a group of three to seven men gathered for prayer on the church property where I pastored. There were many varied situations, needs, and persons on our prayer list, but at the end of the page there was always this one item, “the peace of Israel.”
An outside observer might have thought that we were praying for a military peace, but though our hearts might have desired it, this was not our intent. Rather, we were praying that God’s covenant people would come to know the peace that comes from an intimate relationship with the Messiah, also known as Yeshua (Jesus Christ).
According to the biblical record, this event cannot occur until the “times of the Gentiles are fulfilled;” therefore, our task was then, and remains now, a simple one. If we who believe in Jesus want Israel to know His peace, if we are intent on praying for that peace, then we must also commit to pray, give, and go to the nations that have yet to hear of it.
The world always seems to be drowning in need, but more than anything else, people need Jesus.
Could a mariner sit idle if he heard the drowning cry? Could a doctor sit in comfort and just let his patients die? Could a fireman sit idle, let men burn and give no hand? Can you sit at ease in Zion with the world around you damned? – Leonard Ravenhill
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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