Watch Focus: Celebrate Israel and Jerusalem 

During the month of May, Israel will celebrate Independence Day (May 4-5) and Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) Day (May 28-29), giving us an opportunity as watchmen to turn our hearts in prayer towards Israel and the Jewish people. We owe a spiritual debt to Israel. Our salvation, our patriarchs, our Prophets, our Apostles, our Bible, and our Savior originated in God’s covenant through Abraham and the Jewish people. We have been grafted in the vine of God’s grace together, and will not be ignorant nor arrogant concerning God’s covenant for His people Israel (Romans 11) and will “give Him no rest till He establishes Jerusalem as a praise in the earth” (Isaiah 62:7).
 
We celebrate Israel as our teacher by Her example through scripture and history. More than 300 years ago, King Louis XIV of France asked Blaise Pascal, the great philosopher, for proof of the existence of God. Pascal answered, "Why the Jews, Your Majesty, the Jews!" We thank the Lord for Israel our home, the birthplace and foundation of the Church and Apostles, and the New Jerusalem described in Revelation as the place built on living stones where the Lamb is standing in her midst. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May God post angels at the borders of Israel and bring every enemy that plans terrorism into confusion and defeat. We pray that Jerusalem will be undivided and from it righteousness and peace will flow in blessing unto all the nations of the earth. We thank You, Lord that You will prosper the people and nation that love and pray for her, including us, our children, and our nation (Psalm 122:6).
 
Honor Our Mothers

As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we give thanks for our parents, as well as spiritual parents who bless and teach us. Take some time this week to specially communicate with your mother and tell her how much you love and appreciate her. For a long and blessed life, God’s word instructs us to honor our parents and elders. Pray for all mothers to release fresh blessings on children and grandchildren.

Ephesians 6:2, “Honor your father and mother,’ which is the first commandment with promise.”

John 4:22, “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.”

Romans 11:25-26, “For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;”

1 Corinthians 10:6, “Now these things became our examples...”

Isaiah 62:6-7, “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”

Exodus 15:17, “You will bring them in and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance, In the place, O Lord, which You have made for Your own dwelling, the sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.”

Jeremiah 31:7, “For thus says the Lord: ‘Sing with gladness for Jacob, And shout among the chief of the nations; Proclaim, give praise, and say, ‘O Lord, save Your people, The remnant of Israel!’”

Psalm 122:6, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you.”

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