Prophetic Proof of Purchase 10


Shalom, this is Yuval Shomron with another Prophetic Proof of Purchase.  One of the characteristics of the Israeli people, which proves that they have not been alienated from God, is their inclination to pray, not just for themselves, but for those around them. 

          The question always arises, “How do we pray?”  There are many prayers in the Bible concerning enemies.  But “Who exactly are our enemies?”

          First of all, I want to say clearly, that the Arabs are not our enemies.  Many Israeli cities, (take Haifa as an example), have mixed populations of Jews, Christian Arabs, Moslem Arabs, and various other groups.  The vast majority of Jews and Arabs live in harmony, and even in strong friendship.

          The answer to “who is a foe” is very simple.  Those who are true adversaries of Israel, or Christianity, or democracy, are those who have publicly proclaimed themselves as enemies.  In other words, they themselves have consciously made that decision.

          Now, as to the problem of how to pray, we can always depend on the word of God for a guide. 

PSA 129:1-6, (A Song of Ascents.) "Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up," Let Israel now say, "Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up; Yet they have not prevailed against me.  "The plowers plowed upon my back; they lengthened their furrows."  The Lord is righteous; He has cut in two the cords of the wicked.  May all who hate Zion, Be put to shame and turned backward, let them be like grass upon the housetops, which withers before it grows up.”

This is a strong prayer.  But remember that the Lord loves Zion.  Israel is His chosen people.  There is actually compassion here when the psalmist says, “let them be like grass upon the housetops, which withers before it grows up.”  We are praying that God will stop them in their tracks before they go too far.

The next short passage is in fact often prayed here in both churches and synagogues alike.  PSA 141:8-10, “For my eyes are toward Thee, O God, the Lord; In Thee I take refuge; do not leave me defenseless.  Keep me from the jaws of the trap, which they have set for me, And from the snares of those who do iniquity.  Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by safely.”

Indeed, in many cases, “the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by safely.”  A full 88% of terrorist attempts against Israel are foiled before they happen.

It is difficult sometimes to pray for our enemies, rather than against them.  However, we know that many of the actual terrorist soldiers are young men and women who have been mislead by evil leaders and teachers.  They are promised bliss in an afterlife, which unfortunately, they will never see.  They are old enough to be responsible for their own actions.

Please pray every day that Israel’s self-proclaimed enemies will fall into their own traps.  Please pray every day that the gospel of the good news of the Kingdom of God will reach the ears of those being mislead by Islamic extremists.  God still desires that every one of them would be saved!


This is Yuval Shomron in Jerusalem.