Psalm 122:6-9 says:
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. (NASB)
It pleases Yahveh that His people are obedient in this, so much so that Scripture promises that those who love Yerushalayim will prosper! Even the brothers and friends of those who love Yerushalayim will prosper. But how do we pray effectively for something that neither Scripture nor current events hold out much hope for?
The answer is found in Romans 8:26-27:
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts
knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (NASB)
In this passage, Paul is referring to what, in Ephesians 6:18, he calls praying in the Spirit. Jude also commends praying inthe Holy Spirit in Jude 1:20-21. In 1 Corinthians 14:14-16 Paul teaches that praying in the Spirit is different from praying with our understanding in that it cannot be understood by those who are “ungifted”. In other words, praying in the Spirit is praying in a heavenly language that cannot be understood with the mind, i.e. praying in tongues. When we pray in the Spirit the Holy Spirit is praying the perfect will of Yahveh through us.
There has never been a more important time to pray for the peace of Yerushalayim than now. If we pray in the Spirit for Yerushalayim, we can know that we are praying the perfect will of Yahveh for her and it will please Yahveh that we have made time to be obedient in this. If you are part of the army of believers whom Yahveh is raising up to pray for an hour per day, here is an important mission.
Shalu Shalom Yerushalayim! Pray in the Spirit for the peace of Yerushalayim. For we/they struggle not “against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
I have always found this passage confusing, but as I asked the Holy Spirit to show me what it means, I was led to look up the meaning of each Greek word in this passage.When I put those meanings together, this is what the Spirit showed me that passage means:
Put on the full armor of God so that you may stand against the devil’s method of operation. We don’t wrestle against physical onslaughts, but against their causes, against those who have the authority to do such things in the spiritual realms, against the holder of the darkness of this world, against the things of the evil spirit in heavenly places.
Although Israel struggles against Islamic terrorists in the physical realms, the real battle rages in the Spiritual realms where many Israeli soldiers cannot go.We who are baptized in the Spirit of Yahveh and have Yahveh’s love for Israel and the Jewish people, can do battle in the Spiritual realms on their behalf.So, “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-11) and storm the gates of hell by praying in the Spirit.