Praying for nations: United Nations

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It’s October. September is over. The United Nations speeches are done. Now we wait for the UN Security Council to vote on Palestine’s statehood application. The word is that the council will delay voting until all diplomatic avenues dead end.

There is still much to pray about as we wait. Rick Ridings of Succat Hallel gave a prayer direction update Monday night that concerned the United Nations, Iran and the nations of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. This is the first of three posts and will cover the United Nations.

Before we get into it, a couple of reminders. We pray for the peace and security of Israel because it is all over God’s word (Gen. 12:1-3; Psalm 122; Isaiah 40:1-2; Isaiah 62:6-7). But also in God’s word is His love for all the nations: Arab, European, Asian, American (both North and South), Australian, etc. The Scripture is filled with promises of blessings for the nations who trust in the God of Israel as well as judgment for those who rebel.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. –John 3:16-17

A teacher pointed out to me last week that the word ‘world’ in these verses is the Greek word ‘kosmos’. This word encompasses not only individuals but people groups, nations, the planet, the solar system, the galaxy, the universe and all the structures and systems that make the universe go round. Yeshua came to redeem the whole of Creation, down to the behavior of a proton.

So, we pray for Israel and we pray for the nations for the same reason. God loves them and wants to see them redeemed unto Himself. Camera and pen

Last week Succat Hallel had three days of teaching and intercession for the nations with Dr. Don Crum, a governmental intercessor. While praying for the United Nations, Crum had the following vision:

There were people of power, behind the scenes, in a back room around a table. On the table was a power source, an evil (perhaps occult) power source into which all these people were plugged in. Crum saw a large power cable leading from the table out of the room. Then, one of the men at the table got up to do something. As he walked, he tripped on the power cord and unplugged it.

 

Prayer — Numbers 23:23 NKJV:
For there is no sorcery against Jacob, Nor any divination against Israel. It now must be said of Jacob And of Israel, ‘Oh, what God has done!’

This verse has been highlighted to Ridings since he had a vision of an attack from the sea. Continue to pray this over Israel in this time.

Crum also had a vision of the UN General Assembly hall and, in the midst, was set the table of the LORD’s counsel (Psalm 23:5).

Prayer — Psalm 33:8-12 NIV:
Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the people of the world revere him.
For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.

The LORD foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he chose for his inheritance.

Proclaim this over the nations, the United Nations, the UN Security Council and swing vote nations. Why? Because we know the consequences of dividing Israel (Joel 3:1-3) and would rather they be spared God’s wrath.

Prayer — Psalm 33:8-12:
Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the people of the world revere him.
For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.

The LORD foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he chose for his inheritance.

‘Choose life’

United Nations - sculpture - Good Defeats Evil - St. George and the DragonNorma, in leadership at Succat Hallel, was in New York to pray at the United Nations as the 66th session began. She was quite moved and encouraged to see many from Europe — with the European Coalition for Israel — who had flown into New York explicitly to stand with Israel in prayer.

She reported that the UN building is under renovations and is at a temporary location, which is next to the Trump Tower, where she stayed while in New York. Looking down from her room, she could see the representatives of the nations coming and going, well the sculpture ‘Good vs Evil.’ The sculpture is of St. George slaying a dragon. To her, the dragon looked very much alive, so she prayed against the spirit of leviathan.

Norma said Deuteronomy 30:19-20 was on hear heart those days, as it was in the weekly Torah portion:

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

She was thrilled to find the group had been praying that already, without knowing it was in the weekly Jewish reading.

She also highlighted that in the Security Council chamber, there is a painting of a phoenix, the mythical bird that always rises from the ashes. The idea of a phoenix presents a false resurrection or false life in contrast to the true life offered by God.

5 thoughts on “Praying for nations: United Nations

  1. Oh, this is an excellent post. Thank you so much. Good to know how to pray.

    I am saddened to hear that South Africa has indicated that they will vote for a Palestinian State.

    ‘The LORD foils the plans of the nations;
    he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
    But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,
    the purposes of his heart through all generations.’ Amen.

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