Praying for Israel

Praying for Israel Michael Mistretta FIRM

Over the weekend, Vanessa and I got an unexpected call from our babysitter that there was billowing smoke outside our window. We soon found out there were multiple forest fires ravaging the outskirts of Jerusalem - one of them heading directly towards our home and our son. Authorities believe these were started deliberately by arsonists and spread quickly due to the current high temperatures and dry climate. Would you join us as we pray for the families that had to be evacuated and the 600+ acres scorched by the fires? Thankfully, we are all safe and our apartment was not affected, but that is because of the response of our neighbors! Something beautiful can happen in the midst of a crisis: people often lay aside their disagreements and rally together to respond to the problem. We are stronger, together. People in the apartment complex next to us grabbed buckets of water and pointed their own water hoses towards the flames. While their balconies were quickly covered in ash, the unified civilian response held back the fire until the firefighters were able to arrive and completely stop the course of the flame. This is exactly what we are praying how God would use the new Israeli government of varying parties, viewpoints, and backgrounds. We are praying they rally together as they lead this nation forward. On Sunday, June 13th, Israel’s parliament (the Knesset) officially approved a new government following four inconclusive elections in the last 26 months. Decided by a single vote, the 12-year reign of Benjamin Netanyahu has ended. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has been welcomed in with his new governing coalition. At FIRM, our love for Israel and the Jewish people is not based on a political personality but rooted in the promises of God. We believe that “the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world. He gives them to anyone he chooses” (Daniel 4:17). In this moment of change, we want to remember that God raises up leaders. It is in Him, and not the government, that we put our trust. We celebrate the fact that Israel is an example of democracy in the Middle East and there has been a peaceful transition of power. We are grateful that this is the most diverse government in the history of Israel: first government with Arabs as part of the governing coalition, the highest percentage of women, and representation from multiple minority communities. Would you join us as we pray for our leaders? Let’s continue to pray for discernment, direction, and wisdom for our new leaders and their decisions moving forward. We saw a unified response from our neighbors with differing backgrounds to fight off the forest fires to save lives and property—including ours. In the same way, we are praying that in this transition of governments in Israel, there would be unity to respond to current problems in effective and peaceful ways. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May those who love you be secure.” Psalm 122:6 Thank you for your continued prayers and support. No matter who is in power, the King of Kings is on the throne - and we are honored to serve Him with you. If you have a friend who’d want to join us in prayer, please forward this email to them. Until all Israel believes, Michael Mistretta CEO at FIRM (Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries) Have you ever wondered “How do I pray for Israel?” We’ve put together this guide with 3 helpful tips: