PRAYER ALERT on Israeli-Arab relations improve. Shiite Iran’s Sunni neighbors—Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE—are praising US President Trump’s recent break with the Iran nuclear deal. They see that Iran has shown itself to be the greatest threat to peace in the Mideast. Moreover, those three nations plus Qatar are growing closer to their former enemy Israel. Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has facilitated meetings between them and Israeli leaders on the Gaza crisis. He has encouraged these Sunni nations to appeal to Palestinian leaders toward more flexibility in peace talks with Israel.
Kushner’s many hours of talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) have resulted in much more positive rhetoric about Israel. MBS recently recognized Israel’s right to a live in peace. He has also harshly criticized Palestinian authorities for refusing to negotiate with Israel.
In addition, Bahrain publicly backed Israel’s 70 airstrikes against Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria last week. They came after Iran fired 20 rockets at Israel military installations in the Golan Heights. Bahrain’s foreign minister said that Israel “is entitled to defend itself by destroying the sources of danger.”
Trump says he is working on the “ultimate deal” not only between Israel and the Palestinians, but between Israel and the wider Arab world. His administration is beginning to succeed with the latter aim. We must pray for God to do miracles with the Palestinian authorities, that will lead to the recognition of Israel within its God-given borders.
PRAY WITH US. Father God, we celebrate with You the 70th year of Israel’s independence. We celebrate Your chosen nation in Your Holy Land. You promised to bless all nations who bless her. The US has shown courage to bless Israel and its eternal capital Jerusalem amid so much opposition. So multiply Your blessings to the US. As more and more nations—including Arab nations—bless Israel, bless them too.
Likewise curse every effort to attack or divide Your Holy Land. Undermine and destroy Iran’s nuclear program. Continue to expose its lies. Let no weapon formed against Your chosen people prosper. Cause Iran’s chants of “Death to Israel” and “Death to the USA” to fall to the ground. Raise up a new Iranian leadership to make a real peace deal with the rest of the world. Also, raise up a new Palestinian leadership to find its rightful place within Israel, not against it. Proclaim true peace to those who are near, and to those who are far away. Finally, we thank You for the peace of the cross which will reconcile all things to Yourself. In Jesus’ name, amen.
DailyInsight. To be guaranteed reward in heaven for praying for your enemies (Lk 6:35), then see them become friendly here on earth, is a victory in both worlds (see Prov. 16:7).
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