There are plenty of reasons, reasons found in the Bible, why we should pray for the peace of Israel and for God’s chosen people the Jews—reasons that we as Christians can’t ignore; some reasons that have a prophetical significance. Here are 12 reason I found in my study.
1. God commands us to do so. In Psalm 122:6, God through David says to us, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” Jerusalem is in Israel.
2. To follow the example of others who have prayed. Psalm 25:22 says, “Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his trouble.” (Read also 51:18-19; 137:6-7; Rom. 10:1.)
3. So its people will be at peace and prosperous. Psalm 122:8: “For the sake of my brothers and my friends I will now say, ‘May peace be within you.’”
4. For their salvation. “Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation” (Rom. 10:1).
5. Because they (the Jews) are God’s special people. In Deuteronomy 32:10 it says,
He found him in a desert land, And in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
Again, in Deuteronomy 14:2 God says of the Jews, “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”
6. To bring about God’s covenant of peace.
Ezekiel 37:26 And I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever.
7. So His government (especially in the millennium) will be a government of peace.
Isaiah 9:7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.
8. Because it is the residence of the God of peace.
Isaiah 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
9. God promises blessings for those who bless Israel.
Genesis 12:3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Read also Nu. 24:9; Ps. 122:6).
10. We are called to be peacemakers. Matthew 5:9 says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
11. We are commanded to be at peace with all. Romans 12:18 says, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.”
12. We the church have an obligation to Israel. We the church have a unique relationship with Israel. We have been grafted into their vine and we inherit their spiritual promises. We surely have an obligation to them (Rom. 11).