A huge movement of prayer and intercession for the month of May has been gaining momentum all around the world, with two key goals:
- Praying for revival in Israel
- Praying for God to reveal His heart for Israel to believers in the nations
There has been a convergence of initiatives at this crucial time leading up to Pentecost (in Hebrew Shavuot—the Feast of Weeks). Beyond anyone’s expectations, the movement, spearheaded by the International House of Prayer, has gained such traction that millions of believers signed up in a matter of weeks. People from all over the world will be committing themselves to fasting and prayer from May 7th-28th, based on the prophecy in Isaiah 62.
With literally millions praying intensely over the three week period in May, we are expecting God to move mightily!
It is a time of national crisis for Israel, but God often works redemptively through such times: our disappointments become His appointments, and our calamities become His opportunities. Our nation is beleaguered and deeply divided. There is serious trouble all around with the constant threat of war and violence, but we are also facing big problems within our own society. Just as we saw God work so powerfully through the pandemic, with many thinking more deeply about life, death, and spirituality, we believe He will work wonders among us now. There is great power in united prayer, as His people come to seek His face, and intercede for Israel!
Moreover, there are many believers in the nations who believe that God is done with Israel. We want to the church to come alive to see God’s purposes for Israel: that there is much more yet to come for Israel which will affect the whole world!
We have recently increased our team to serve with us in the ever-expanding task of following up those who contact us. We get many messages and questions about Jesus, and requests from those who have just come to faith… so we are now getting ready for an even greater influx of new believers!
CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) reports that the call to pray begins May 7th and runs through the 28th, including one of the pioneers of the movement who explains why the passage in Isaiah was chosen: “I don’t know any chapter that has more divine information about God’s purpose for Jerusalem than Isaiah 62…” See what you think as you read through this powerful chapter, and share this with your friends!
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,
until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
and her salvation as a burning torch.
The nations shall see your righteousness,
and all the kings your glory,
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will give.
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate,
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
and your land Married;
for the Lord delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
For as a young man marries a young woman,
so shall your sons marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you.
On your walls, O Jerusalem,
I have set watchmen;
all the day and all the night
they shall never be silent.
You who put the Lord in remembrance,
take no rest,
and give him no rest
until he establishes Jerusalem
and makes it a praise in the earth.
The Lord has sworn by his right hand
and by his mighty arm:
“I will not again give your grain
to be food for your enemies,
and foreigners shall not drink your wine
for which you have labored;
but those who garner it shall eat it
and praise the Lord,
and those who gather it shall drink it
in the courts of my sanctuary.”
Go through, go through the gates;
prepare the way for the people;
build up, build up the highway;
clear it of stones;
lift up a signal over the peoples.
Behold, the Lord has proclaimed
to the end of the earth:
Say to the daughter of Zion,
“Behold, your salvation comes;
behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.”
And they shall be called The Holy People,
The Redeemed of the Lord;
and you shall be called Sought Out,
A City Not Forsaken.