Prayers for Repentance Should Focus Nations on This Big Sin

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An Amazing Season in Our Global Call for Prayers For Repentance

It has been an amazing season for us as the Lord has allowed us to be on Global Prayer ZOOM calls ranging from 100 to 120,000 devices on certain calls. We have talked with groups from the Far East, Latin America, Africa, USA, Europe, Indonesia, etc.

It is so encouraging that most of those leading these calls desire to align with and honor the place Jerusalem and Israel play in the unfolding of His Kingdom and the end times.

However, in the prayers confessing national sins, we have noticed that many times a key subject has been left out: wrong attitudes in our nations towards the Jewish people or Israel.

Yet, Joel 3 makes it very clear that one of the main criteria in the Lord’s ultimate judgment of the nations will concern our attitudes or actions towards the Jews or Israel.

“In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land. They cast lots for my people and traded boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine that they might drink.” – Joel 3:1-3

Joel Sees Need for Prayers of Repentance Here For Three Reasons

Joel proclaims three major areas of concern:

  1. Any role in scattering the Jewish people throughout the centuries. (They were expelled from certain European cities and nations for centuries before the Holocaust.)
  2. Seeking to divide up His Land. (For example, several American presidents have taken a lead role in proposals to divide up what was promised in the Scriptures to the Jews returning from exile. It has been noted that on January 28th, President Trump, who has been a strong friend to Israel, announced a proposal that would divide the Land. The next day, January 29th, he had to announce the establishment of the Corona Virus Task Force.)
  3. Taking Jewish life lightly. (This can apply to most other nations and to the widespread “replacement theology” in the Church.)

This is key even for the nations that have a large Muslim population. I believe the Lord has shown me that many of them will become “sheep nations” before the Lord’s return. There are great promises to Egypt and most of the Middle East in Isaiah 19:23-25 and many other similar passages. And to Elam (the main ancient governmental province in what is now Iran), in Jeremiah 49:38, the Lord promises to set up a throne there.

May the Lord guide us all to the full confession of sins that can release His loving desire and promise to heal our lands.

This article originally appeared on Succat Hallel, April 22, 2020, and reposted with permission.

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Rick and Patricia Ridings are based in Jerusalem, where they founded and lead Succat Hallel, a ministry that lifts up worship and intercession, 24 hours a day from their facility overlooking the Temple Mt. and Mt. Zion. Succat Hallel is known for youth worship and training bringing together hundreds of Jewish, Arab, and Palestinian youth. They have ministered extensively encouraging houses of prayer across the Middle East. Rick and Patricia are considered leaders in the global prayer and worship movement. Their passion is to see a generation raised up that will give themselves fully in love and ministry to the Lord and who will serve the purposes of God in their generation. Rick and Patricia have ministered on GOD TV, TBN, CBN, and in over 40 nations, speaking for churches, conferences, Bible and leadership training schools. They have three daughters, all in worship ministry, two of them on earth, and one in heaven. They have fourteen grandchildren.