Prayer Concerning God’s Integrity

Shani Ferguson
By Shani Ferguson
On day 8 the tour came over to the Maoz headquarters in Jerusalem to see our team in action.

“I have three words for you,” said one of our staff after traveling around with the Maoz Independence Tour for almost two weeks—“Maoz Israel Tours.”

“What?!?!?” I couldn’t believe my ears. “You of all people know how intense this tour was for our whole team because we had to add it to our already huge workload of publishing, music and all the other things we do to build up the Body here. Now you’re advocating for us to bring tours on a regular basis???”

“Look,” he answered, “We’d have to grow our team to take care of the logistics, but I watched the transformation in these people’s lives when they were able to experience Israel like we see it. I saw how they suddenly understood Israel—the land and the people—the connection between the stories of the Bible and the modern nation. It’s just something unique I don’t think regular tours offer. The perspective of locals is a gift we can offer outsiders.”

The opportunities to spend extended time abroad are tempting. After all, many Christians don’t “get” Israel—and yet their understanding of Israel is crucial for both their walk with the Lord, and God’s plan for the ages. That’s why we do spend a good part of our efforts communicating with you with the Maoz Israel Report and this Weekly Prayer Letter. However, my heart is here, with my people.

Still, focusing internationally always comes at the expense of having an impact on Israelis. And I know our partners—many who have been with us for decades—want to see Israel restored to her God. Therefore, our prayer has long been for wisdom in how to fill this need without cutting into our work with Israelis. Maoz already has eight branches in different countries around the world who are reaching out to Christians in their area. But if God wants the Maoz team in Israel to reach more internationals from within Israel, He’ll have to give us more locals to help us do it. Would you pray into that with us?

Prayer Concerning God’s Integrity:

For centuries after the destruction of the second temple and the scattering of Israel to the four corners of the earth, the Church worked to “help” God out in HIs perceived failure. There were so many verses of God’s promises to Israel – how could Christians reconcile them with the clear non-existence of a nation called Israel? It was here that a theology of the “figurative” promises of God was likely birthed: God said Israel .. but Israel is just a term that means Christians. This switch from God’s literal promises to a people group named Israel to anyone who would claim the promises not only demeaned God’s abilities to fulfill His promises—it gave rise to the persecution of Jews by Christians. After all, it wasn’t God’s fault He couldn’t save them – Israel did it to themselves and they deserve to be punished.

This mindset is ultimately a challenge on God’s character and integrity. The fact is, God is quite capable of both planning and executing His plans without any of our ignorance and incompetent help getting in the way trying to help Him. We humans simply live too short lives to comprehend His vast greatness.

  • Father, thank You for Your commitment to Your original plan.  You see things through to the end. You don’t fail—ever.
  • We repent in our own lives for any doubt of Your ability to do what You promise. You initiate and You fulfill Your desires – and we are in awe of Your power and creativity in how You do it.
  • Thank You for the experience of those on this Maoz tour—as well as others who have come to Israel and received a revelation of Your heart for Israel. Being able to experience Your heart is an honor and a blessing.
  • We ask for those who come here and don’t realize what they are missing when they overlook Your promises and Your people today—grant them the opportunity to understand.
  • You said in Gen. 12:3 those who take Israel lightly will not experience Your blessing. We ask for mercy on those who have not known the significance of Israel in Your eyes.
  • Silence the voices who would teach these things in the Church. Raise up voices who will speak of Your commitment to Israel—and those grafted into Your covenant with her.
  • Let Israel be the blessing in the world You promised she would be.
  • Let the nations of the earth praise You for Your everlasting love!
  • Thank You that Your commitment to us who believe is as strong and constant as Your commitment to Israel. You did not abandon them, You will not abandon us.

Declare excerpts from Jeremiah 31 together:

“In that day,” says the Lord, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people. 2 This is what the Lord says:

“Those who survive the coming destruction will find blessings even in the barren land, for I will give rest to the people of Israel.”

Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.

10 Listen to this message from the Lord,you nations of the world;proclaim it in distant coastlands: The Lord, who scattered his people, will gather them and watch over them as a shepherd does his flock.

18 I have heard Israel saying, ‘You disciplined me severely, like a calf that needs training for the yoke. Turn me again to you and restore me, for you alone are the Lord my God.

31 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. 32 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the Lord.

33 “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the Lord. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”

35 It is the Lord who provides the sun to light the day and the moon and stars to light the night, and who stirs the sea into roaring waves.
His name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, and this is what he says:

36 “I am as likely to reject my people Israelas I am to abolish the laws of nature!”
This is what the Lord says: “Just as the heavens cannot be measured and the foundations of the earth cannot be explored, so I will not consider casting them awayfor the evil they have done. I, the Lord, have spoken!

38 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when all Jerusalem will be rebuilt for me, from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. 39 A measuring line will be stretched out over the hill of Gareb and across to Goah. 40 And the entire area—including the graveyard and ash dump in the valley, and all the fields out to the Kidron Valley on the east as far as the Horse Gate—will be holy to the Lord. The city will never again be captured or destroyed.”

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