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Pray for Israel

Fellowship is privileged to partner with Light of Messiah Ministries which brings the message of Jesus to the Jewish community of Atlanta and the southeast. Please read below, from Light of Messiah’s mission representative Judy Risner, about Israel’s birthday, how you can pray for Israel, as well as how you personally can get involved in Light of Messiah’s ministry!


On May 2, 2017, Israel will celebrate its 69th Birthday as an independent nation.

From the beginning to the end of the Bible we find God’s focus on His Promised Land.  It starts in the book of Genesis, when The Lord God appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.”   God made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates.”  Today, the Jewish nation is but a tiny land in the Middle East known as Israel, but the magnificent fulfillment of God’s plan for His Land will take place in the future as the book of Revelation unfolds!                   

Why pray for Israel?

-Israel is the apple of God’s eye “For whoever touches you touches the apple of His eye” (Zechariah 2:8)

-Blessing for blessing “I will bless those who bless you” (Genesis 12:3)

-Jesus will come again to Israel “On that day He will stand on the Mount of Olives east of Jerusalem” (Zechariah 14:4) “For I tell you (Jerusalem), you will not see Me again until you say ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’” (Matthew 23:39) 

-Israel’s prophesied rebirth in 1948 “I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land” (Ezekiel 36:24)

-Israel is surrounded by enemy nations; antisemitism continues to rise worldwide

-God says “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6)

Not only should we pray for Israel, but we should also pray for and go to our Jewish neighbors with the Good News of Jesus Christ. If you want to positively impact your relationship with your Jewish friends, Light of Messiah has a great tool for you to use! Their Shalom Basket ministry is just what you need. Shalom Baskets are a great way to bless your Atlanta area Jewish friends during the Jewish fall holidays. A Shalom Basket is a gift basket filled with apples, honey, candy, cookies, a candle or potpourri, and a holiday card. It is appropriately and beautifully designed to give to your Jewish friend during the Jewish New Year, also called Rosh Hashanah. To learn more about Shalom Baskets or other ways to get involved in Light of Messiah Ministries, please go to lightofmessiah.org.

A wonderful devotional book entitled Devoted to Israel (by Murray Tilles, Founder and Director of Light of Messiah Ministries) is highly recommended.  You can also contact Murray at lightofmessiah.org or at devotedtoisrael.com.


Kris Eldridge | Mission Pastor
770.641.5649 | email

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