Christians, Knesset members convene Jerusalem prayer breakfast

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin addresses inaugural Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast celebrating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. (Photo courtesy: Oral Roberts University)

The Knesset Christian Allies Caucus and the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast movement celebrated the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem this week at a three-day event that began with a reception in the home of Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin. The festivities continued at Jerusalem’s Waldorf Astoria hotel and concluded with a meeting at the Knesset.

On Tuesday, Rivlin hosted leaders representing over 200 Christian communities from around the world.

“This is a significant convening,” Rivlin told the gathering. ”The meeting at the Knesset and here at my residence is important as we long to receive the prayers of Christians for Israel. Doing nothing is doing harm, and I know you will do something. Pray.”

Referring to the reunification of Jerusalem, Rivlin said: “Jerusalem, for me, is a microcosm of our ability, to live together: Jews, Muslims, Christians. Jerusalem is holy to everyone of faith. And Israel is proud to stand by the right of everyone to worship God as they believe.”

Among the Christian leaders presented were Oral Roberts University (ORU) President William Wilson and Global Co-Chair of Empowered21 Ossie Mills.

“To see so much support for the nation of Israel and the city of Jerusalem was a blessing,” said Wilson, addressing the conference. “This has been a historic and prophetically significant week. I am grateful that ORU and Empowered21 are involved in calling spirit-empowered believers around the world to intensify their prayers for Jerusalem and the Jewish people.”

Others in in attendance included Jurgen Buehler, president of ICEJ, Keith Butler, founding pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center near Detroit, Jim Garlow, senior pastor of San Diego’s Skyline Church, Robert Stearns, founder and executive director of Eagles’ Wings Ministry and Kevin Grove of Gateway Church in Dallas.

An ORU press release confirmed the presence of political leaders from Slovenia, Finland, Germany, South Korea, Togo, Australia, Latvia, South Africa, Sweden, Croatia and Ukraine as well.

At a meeting at the Knesset, the Christian delegations met with Knesset Member Robert Ilatov of the Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel is our Home) party.

“We are grateful that the Christian world leaders have assembled here in this great city,” Ilatov, who is also president of the Christian Allies Caucus event organizer, affirmed. “Your physical presence is symbolic of your spiritual strength and support. Thank you.”