in One Accord
Intercession in Israel: Defeating “Fear” and “Divisions”
There can be
hundreds of prayer topics and prayer requests for Israel but there
should be one common intercession strategy.
The main problem
in intercession in Israel today is that, although we have many faithful,
well intentioned prayer warriors, there is hardly any link between
them and each group has his own prayer strategy and vision. It is
like an army with several combat units but different plans. It is
not surprising that the progress is very slow, to say the least.
I believe the
root to this problem is to be found in the Old Testament, in the
life of our forefathers the Jewish patriarchs.
Gen 13:7 And
there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the
herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled
then in the land.
Abram and his
nephew Lot were in good terms, but there had been some incidents
that sparked their separation. It is to be remarked that the text
relevantly mentions that, at that time, the Canaanite and the Perezzite
were in the land.
were symbolical of the spirit of fear. Remember that we see the
same kind of scripture in Gen. 12:6 just before Abraham decided
to flee to Egypt despite God's promises for him and his descendants.
But the Perizzites are symbolical of the spirit of division. In
this episode of the separation of Abraham and Lot we see division
for fear that conflicts between their herdsmen might degenerate.
We see the spirit
of division and separation at work in other passages. Ishmael is
separated from his own family and becomes a different, hostile people…to
this very day. Jacob, although he is reconciled with his brother
Esau after kisses and hugs, is unable to walk and unite with him
in Gen. 33. They separate! The spirit of the Canaanites are not
just territorial, they have become generational.
Today we cannot
say that there is complete disunity between the leaders and the
fellowships in Israel. In fact we are on very good terms. We gather
in pastors' retreats, share our burdens and may even have joint
meetings with our fellowships together. However, like Abraham and
Lot, like Jacob and Esau, we fail to walk together with the same
common strategy to defeat the enemy. I am afraid that the spirit
of the Perezzites is still at work in our midst and it has to be
Let us pray that
the lord will quicken to our hearts the urgency of this matter.
The salvation of our people is at stake and who knows if we have
been called for such a task and for such a time as this.
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