Praying For Israel

Q. I am increasingly aware of the pressure on Israel from Islamists and their so-called supporters, especially over the recent (and ongoing) crisis in Palestine.

My problem lies here. I know that it is right that Israel should not bow to the manipulation and aggression of her enemies, but how, as Christians, do we reconcile this with the scripture in Romans 12, which tells us to love our enemies and be kind to those who hurt us. To not repay evil with evil, but defeat it by doing good. Thank you for your wisdom.

A. In Psalm 122:6-7 we’re told how to pray.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.”

By praying for the peace of Jerusalem, we’re praying for the Lord’s return because we know that only He can bring peace to Israel. By doing this we’re not praying against something bad, but for something good.

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