What does it mean to repent? How much repentance is necessary? Perhaps it means far more than we think, and perhaps there is much more need to repent than we may understand. This is not a casual thing – especially in this increasingly chaotic time.
It is no coincidence that the first major initiative of B’ney Yosef North America is a call to YHVH’s people to examine themselves thoroughly in a humble, repentant attitude at this season moving into the High Holy Days (Rosh Hashana/Feast of Trumpets, Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement, Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles). In this, as in many other areas, we are grateful for the understanding we have gained of repentance from both Christian and Jewish sources. The details of repentance, or teshuva, is something our Jewish brethren understand very well; our Christian brethren understand that repentance is made complete by the atoning work of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ).
These two perspectives are two halves of a picture that is only now beginning to come into focus. These short daily meditations are one means of acquiring that focus. As of this posting, we are already one week into the 40 Days, but it is a simple matter to jump in at any point. Whatever you do, take time in this season to ask the Almighty for revelation on how to make things better in your relationships with Him and with others.
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As we proceed through these forty days of repentance, through the month of Elul and into Tishri through Yom Kippur on 10 Tishri, we are going to look at what happens to our hearts when we are unrepentant. In other words, what we are introducing into our lives and our relationships when we do NOT repent. [please click on the link below to continue reading]
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Let’s be honest: how much do we really pray for the peace of Jerusalem? Jews, Christians, and Messianic & Hebrew Roots believers around the world have proclaimed this exhortation as a priority, but how many of us actually pray for Jerusalem and for the land and people of Israel on a regular basis? Is it really that important? Well, yes, it is. Take a look at Psalm 122, the passage where we find that commandment about prayer for the peace of Jerusalem:
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that is built as a city that is compact together; to which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord—an ordinance for Israel—to give thanks to the name of the Lord. For there thrones were set for judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces.” For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, “May peace be within you.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good. (Psalm 122:1-9 NASB, emphasis added)
Notice that this command to pray for the peace of Jerusalem comes with a model prayer: “May they prosper who love you. May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces.”
Notice also that there is an explanation why we pray for Jerusalem: “For the sake of my brothers and my friends”, and “for the sake of the house of the Lord our God”.
It would seem that as we pray for Jerusalem, we pray as well for ourselves, for the entire world, and for the Kingdom of our God. That calls to mind another prayer elsewhere in Scripture:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV)
With this in mind, consider joining others around the world in interceding for the peace of Jerusalem, the redemption of Israel, and for the Jewish people throughout the world during the Ten Days of Awe from Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) to Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), September 14-23, 2015.
The 10 Days Israel Prayer is an initiative sponsored by Prayer Surge NOW, with participation by ministries, congregations, and intercessors from many streams. This is a call to united prayer and fasting for the nation of Israel to hasten the vision of Jerusalem being fully established as a praise in the earth, to bring Glory to YHVH, and to seek the fulfillment of Israel’s destiny by establishing her as a source of blessing to all the families of the earth. Each day will feature a one-hour conference call hosted by Messianic and Christian servant-leaders who will lead intercession on topics including the One New Man, national security of Israel, outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Children of Israel, Aliyah, the Abrahamic Covenant, and more. The prayer calls take place at 9-10am EST / 8-9am CST / 7-8am MST / 6-7am PST. To join the call, dial in at 712-432-0075, and at the prompt enter the access code 6149782#.
Visit National Highway of Prayer (http://nationalhighwayofprayer.com/) to learn more about the 10 Days Israel Prayer initiative. John Moore, author of the 10 Days Israel Prayer Guide, was a recent guest on the Hebrew Nation Morning Show. In this interview he explained how the 10 Days Israel Prayer began, and relates his vision regarding prayer for Israel and the Jewish people. Please click here to listen to the interview.
Two versions of the 10 DAYS ISRAEL PRAYER GUIDE are available for download here. The longer version contains the complete background and day-by-day prayer points. The short version is a condensed summary.