Please forgive my relative quietness on the blog. It’s been a time of sorting through many emotions and thoughts as well as waiting for God to move in certain areas.
I have continued to read the news in this time, but nothing has struck me as urgent for about a month. I anticipate a fresh eye for the news after the LORD and I finish this period of rest and refreshment.
But just because I’m focusing on other things (Bible study, learning Hebrew and organizing photos) doesn’t mean there aren’t things to pray for.
Arab and Jewish pastors — men who believe Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel — embrace after washing each others’ feet at a prayer gathering in Nazareth, Israel.
Pentecost — aka Shavout — comes up at the end of the month. It is the fourth of seven festivals prescribed by God as “my appointed festivals” (Leviticus 23). (You can read a summary of all the Feasts of the LORD in a previous post). It is the day the Jews mark the giving of Torah at Mount Sinai; and the day that the Holy Spirit was poured out on believers in Yeshua the Messiah. But more about that later.
This year on May 27, the House of Prayer & Exploits in Nazareth is hosting their annual Global Day of Prayer gathering. This is a prayer gathering — on Pentecost — where Arab and Jewish believers in Yeshua as the Messiah and King of Israel gather to worship and pray together.
Let me say that again: Arab and Jewish believers in Yeshua (Jesus) gather to worship and pray TOGETHER.
The year I documented the event, a spirit of repentance and reconciliation poured out as pastors asked each other for forgiveness and washed each others’ feet.
For those with a heart for Israel as well as Arab believers, please keep this event in prayer. This is God’s Middle East peace plan.
So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh—called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,” which is done in the flesh by human hands. At that time you were without the Messiah, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah. For He is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. In His flesh, He made of no effect the law consisting of commands and expressed in regulations, so that He might create in Himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace. –Ephesians 2:11-15 HCSB (emphasis added)