Prayer Summary for September 23


The following excerpt is taken from The Holy Temple of Jerusalem by Chiam Richaman:

On the threshold of the third millennium, Jerusalem marks the 3,000th anniversary of the beginning of King David’s reign, effectively establishing the city’s Jewish roots. Though nearly 2,000 years have passed since the Second Temple was destroyed by the Roman legions, Jerusalem has remained the focal point of the Jewish people and the object of their yearning throughout all the long years of their exile.

The source of this longing, this great yearning for Jerusalem, can be found in the words of the prophet Isaiah (2:2–3): “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” This belief—that the day would come when the entire world would live in harmony—recognizes Jerusalem as the spiritual center of all humanity.

Indeed, though the prophecy mentioned above refers to the end of days, when it will be fulfilled in its entirety, it was already partially realized in those ancient days. The First Temple, built by King Solomon (opposite), was widely acclaimed as one of the great wonders of the world, and during the era of the Second Temple, the teachings of great sages and leaders created a Golden Age. It was also in this era, during the reign of King Herod, that the sages of Israel were moved to record: “Whoever has not seen the Holy Temple built by King Herod, has never seen a beautiful building his entire life” (BT Sukkah 51 :B).

The Jerusalem that houses the Holy Temple transcends its physical boundaries. Jerusalem is a concept. For the service in the Holy Temple is meant to be nothing less than an act of purification for all humanity. Through the ministrations of the priests and Levites, the participation of the Israelites, the pilgrimage of foreign nations, the sacrifice, the incense offering, the showbread, the menorah, and the Levite’s song, each and every aspect is another note in a harmony of Divine orchestration. Within the Holy Temple, all forces unite to acknowledge Him who brought them all into being as the only reality, the Supreme Force which drives the universe. One of-the most important principles of Jewish belief is that man has the capacity to engage in a direct, constant, and fulfilling relationship with his Creator. The memory of that relationship and the dream of its renewal keep the fires of the Temple altar burning within the collective heart of the nation of Israel, and the hearts of all those who cherish God and His message for humanity.

A story relates that Napoleon Bonaparte once entered a synagogue on Tisha B’Av, the solemn fast day that marks the anniversary of the destruction of the Holy Temple. Seeing the Jewish worshipers seated on the floor and reading Lamentations, he asked what terrible disaster had befallen them. He was told: “The Jews are in mourning for their Temple, Your Excellency.”

“What Temple?” he asked. “When did this event occur?” Upon learning that the Jews were grieving over the destruction of the Temple more than 1,700 years earlier, the emperor remarked: “Such a people as this will never be destroyed! If they still mourn for their Temple, they will surely see it rebuilt.”

Psalm 30 was written by King David, who ordered it should be sung by the Levites during the dedication ceremonies of Solomon’s Temple; some say that it was sung at the same event during the Second Temple, and that it will be sung at the dedication of the Third Temple as well.


Father, thank You for this day
For the revelation of who You are
Your great plan for the land of Israel
For the United States of America always being connected with the State of Israel
We will never be separated in Jesus’ name!
We pray for the peace of Israel; the blood for protection
Direction for what to do concerning that protection
Strength for the people of Israel
Thank You, Father, for the rebuilding of the temple in Jesus’ name
We magnify You, Father, we must have more of Your presence
Our thoughts are open to You
You are our God, Savior, Provider; our All in All

Scripture Focus…

(1) I will extol You, O LORD, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my foes rejoice over me. (2) O LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. (3) O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. (4) Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. (5) For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. (6) Now in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be moved.”(7) LORD, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled.

(9) I cried out to You, O LORD; And to the LORD I made supplication: (10) “What profit is there in my blood, When I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth? (10) Hear, O LORD, and have mercy on me; LORD, be my helper!”

(11) You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, (12) To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever. Psalm 30:1–12 (KJV)

Continued Praying…

Lord we lift our heart and eyes
We worship and magnify You, Father
Lifting up Your ways and plans
Entering in to walking in that right way
It has to be—it will be!
Bend the Church to that right way in Jesus’ name
A voice crying in the wilderness proclaiming the way
It’s being revealed and understood in an even more clear way
A pattern of the Spirit—SEE THE WAY
Father, we contend for the greater—we will not draw back!
We declare a RELEASE into the right plan in Jesus’ name
Take it by faith—by the name that is above all names!
Thank You, Father, for help from heaven right now for this great move
Great revelation uncovered now for this new operation!
Recovery in Jesus’ name!
Rising upward, we receive strength
We expect the move because it is moving!
Thank You, Father, for Your glory in the nations—it’s all over the earth
We connect into that place—every part connected
Let it be SEEN, let it be HEARD!
Nothing broken but restored and made new in Jesus’ name
Father, we receive it—Your outpouring, Your glory
Thank You for this day and for giving us words to speak out
For the blessing and for increasing us in the knowledge of Your very self
We give you all the honor and praise in Jesus’ name

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