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Jerusalem Prayer Mandate
by Elmer & Chris Josephson   

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; they shall prosper that love thee" (Psalm 122:6).

A mandate is an authoritative order from higher officials or from voter constituents. "The Jerusalem Prayer Mandate" is not a man’s order, but a command from the Lord God of Israel to "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem". He adds a reward to those who obey it, and it’s not just a campaign promise: "They SHALL prosper that love thee" – However, the latter should not be our prime motive, but rather, Israel’s full establishment for God’s glory.

"JERUSALEM" is a multiple-facet precious stone that takes in not only the physical and material city, but the land, state and all her people worldwide. Read Isaiah 40; Zechariah 12 through 14. Though divided at times on issues, Israel remains ONE people. Exodus 4:22-23. (A must reading!)

In Jerusalem, Elmer awakened very early almost every morning with this God-given "mandate" upon him. The urgency to share it is upon me (Chris) now. We cannot stand still. We must press the battle to the gates (spiritually) or sink into drowsy dangerous spiritual sleep, This is Israel’s day.

May constant sessions of prayer for Jerusalem girdle the globe for the glory of God, the blessing of Israel and ultimately all the world. This intercessory fellowship is on a "closed-circuit operation" – Satan will not and cannot intercept this prayer-line to God’s Throne of Grace. "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb. 4:6). Let us resist satanic darts of unbelief and fear. That is all the weapon he really has.

A theme chorus of BLI from its beginning is also a key direction now: "I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, and give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth" (Isaiah 62:6,7). May God unite us all as watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem.

God’s promise and order for a united prayer session is simple: "Where two or three are gathered together in my Name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20).

There is but one "Body". His presence by His Spirit alone is this body’s true Head and the Word of God alone is its "constitution" – its laws, by-laws and its very essence. It is not a man-made organization. It is a God-breathed, living organism. When there is a breach or division in it, it is because some member of the body is not taking their orders from the Head. It is spiritual insanity. The body cannot function properly or be the blessing the Lord intends or expects it to be.

Let us give Jerusalem priority in prayer continually, in private or when praying with others. Let’s not neglect, nor forget, nor allow it to be belittled! Let us flow with His Spirit and yet keep a sense of responsibility. He chooses and places us in the body of believers as it pleases Him. Let us praise him for giving us this high and holy calling to bless His brethren, Israel.

This is not a call to missionize Israel, to convert them to Christianity. We cannot find in either Testament that God ever commissioned Gentiles to call Jews to repentance. But there are many passages where Gentiles helped them return and build their land.

Many Christians in many ways and through many centuries have terribly dishonored, defamed and misrepresented the Name of Christ. Church history is replete with torture and slaughter of Jews by ‘Christians’ carrying crosses at the head of their murderous armies, burning synagogues after filling them with Jews; the Spanish Inquisition; the eight crusades (from 11th through 13th centuries) with the cross on their garments, murdering and pillaging Jewish villages. Little wonder, then, that Jews have little respect for and shrink away from "Christians." The true Redeemer said, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" (John 13:35). The genuine Church is less than 1/4th the size of the institutional church, according to the four "soils" that profess to receive God’s Word (Matt. 13:3-8, 18-23).


"And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh and they shall be drunken with their own blood...and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Savior and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob" (Isaiah 49:26).

Now, just prior to Messiah’s coming, Satan is making his last, vicious, bold, and many times treacherous, subtle attacks against Israel – and against us, their fellow-helpers – in most unsuspecting ways; physically, politically, psychologically, personally and internationally. But all satanic attacks will fail to the everlasting shame of Israel’s enemies and ultimately to the glory of God. It is for us now, not only to ‘press the battle to the gates’ but continue the whole spiritual struggle to the victorious end. He never asked His servants to do the impossible. We need also to remember: ‘it is He that worketh in us to will and to do of His good pleasure’ (Phil. 2:13).

One guile and trick of Satan is to come in the guise of a theologian, twisting God’s sovereignty and whispering, "He doesn’t need your help; God has it all planned ahead of time; your prayers are not necessary." But the Lord has given clear promises that assure Spirit-anointed prayer is God’s method of accomplishment. Prayer also empowers the believer by God’s Spirit. In our battles with Satan, call to mind God’s promise, "Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world" (I John 4:4).

Read of such victories as Asa (II Chron. 14:9-15); Jehoshaphat (II Chron. 20:1-25): Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of His Temple (II Chron. 6 and 7). And there is a wealth of prayer encouragement in the Second Testament: Jesus prayed all night before big decisions. He taught that "Men ought always to pray and not faint" (Luke 18:1). Paul admonished, "Pray without ceasing" (I Thes.. 5:17). Ask God to fill you with His Spirit as the disciples were on the day of Pentecost (Acts 1:8; chapter 2, Luke 11:11-13; John 14:16,17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14). Claim I John 5:14-15 in total faith. In fact, it is what prayer-fellowship with God does in as well as through us, that is so important.

Photo from "Hashvah
Two Israeli soldiers write prayer requests onto slips of paper
before tucking them into the clefts between the great stones
of the Temple Prayer Wall in Jerusalem.

Now is the Day

"The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel" (Joel 3:16).

This is the hour, this is ‘the moment of truth.’ What in all the history of this planet could be more urgent, more important, or more timely than to "Pray for Jerusalem"?

This appeal comes to every true believer, but especially to you whose hearts God has opened and given a knowledge, understanding, compassion and love for His chosen people, the nation and land of Israel – to take the appointment as leaders in group prayer sessions.

Let us remember that every ray of divine light, all the knowledge of God that is in the world, and our salvation is "of the Jews" as Christ declared (John 4:22). We must bear in mind, reiterate and keep before others that all writers of both Testaments were Jewish. Little wonder, satanic forces of the nether world have made Israel their chief target. For this reason, to be "watchmen" is an important mission of this Jerusalem Prayer Mandate.

Roots and Branch

"They which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham" (Gal. 3:9).

We must acquaint ourselves with God’s eternal plan and purposes for His people, the nation and land of Israel. These Biblical prophecies, teachings, convictions and explanations in the main are expounded in the book, Israel God’s Key to World Redemption. See our publication sheet for information on ordering this virtual library. Written by Elmer in Jerusalem in the early 70’s, it is a commentary of today’s current events.

Memorize key prophetic passages and quote them aloud when you pray. Keep posted through reliable radio news media from and about Israel. We cannot go out and fight alongside Israeli soldiers against those who seek to destroy Israel, but we can untiringly wage spiritual warfare in the realm of the spirit in prayer where the greatest battles are fought and won. Memorize Ephesians 6:10-18. We are following the Conqueror Who has never lost a battle nor a war. He commands, "Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts" (Zech. 4:6).

Important to Remember

"Where there is no vision [shining Word] the people perish" – come to loose ends, fall apart (Proverbs 29:18).

Today’s highest prophetic vision is the fulfillment of the Word of God. This is Israel’s final ingathering, consummating in the glorious coming of Messiah for which the whole believing world hopes and waits. Israel is more and more becoming world-center-stage to which He shall return. This is the nations’ only and sure hope: the Word of God and His Spirit personified in Messiah’s glorious appearance.

Israel is in great spiritual and physical need. They live in constant threat of terror and fear of attack. Though the Temple Mount belongs to Israel, it is under Moslem control. The Orthodox Jew fears to tread on the spot where the Holy of Holies stood, where only the High Priest could enter, and not without blood. Also the government of Israel is fearful of stirring up "the whole Muslim world" of 500 million, that could spark a "Jihad" – a religious war. But as the Jewish adage says in The Wisdom of the Fathers: "Unless the Lord approve, not a fly can move." ‘The whole Muslim world’ cannot agree on anything. – Nor will the Almighty allow Israel’s destruction. GOD is Sovereign.

Holy Land Tours

Since the birth of the State of Israel, Christian tourism has been a chief factor financially to Israel’s economy. You must not fear to go to Israel on tours. Though Israel is surrounded by powerful military enemy nations, there is "Shalom" in the land, which you sense when you board an Israel El Al Airliner and land at Ben Gurion Airport. Christians talk about having a superior faith to that of the people of Israel: 3½ million Jews have come to live in Israel permanently, in spite of the trying circumstances, but Christians are fearful to come for 10 days! Who has the greatest faith in God? Is our faith not even skin deep? We sing with great gusto, "I trust in God; I know He cares for me; on mountain bleak or on the stormy sea..." Perhaps we are more like the young man "deeply in love" who wrote his ‘darling’ pouring out all the rhetoric, hyperbole and exaggeration he could muster, saying, "Sweetheart I love you so much, I would be willing to crawl clear across the United States on my hands and knees for you." – He put a P.S. on the bottom of the letter: "I’ll be over Saturday night if it doesn’t rain."

Actually, fear reveals the very little faith we have in God and His sovereign power, unfailing promises and protection. He puts us to the test and how often we fail and run to hide in a cave of our own making. We forget He could let such ‘things’ collapse upon us. We are safe only in one place and that is in God’s will. Let us read and believe Psalm 1, 19, 23, 27, 46, 66 & 103, Proverbs 3:1-19, Matthew 4, Isaiah chapters 40 through 62, Matthew 5 through 7, John 14 through 16. John 12:24-26. Acts 2 to 5:11, Colossians 1:12-18 and Hebrews 11.

Men praying at the Western Wall where ancient stones
are part of the Temple Mount's retaining wall.

Two-Edged Sword

The Tenach is the only Bible the early Church had for 467 years, yet the Church was never more vibrant than during that period. This means that generation after generation of Christians were born, lived and died, without ever seeing the New Testament! Yet they were the finest shining examples of the true Christ of God. But today, there are some Christian denominations that reject the entire First Testament (so-called "Old") yet it is complete in itself. Paul declared it was written for our example and admonition. We cannot possibly rightly and fully understand the ‘New’ without the ‘Old.’ The New quotes from the Old and the New constantly alludes to the Old, so we cannot fully understand types and figures without both.

We must pray for a great outpouring of God’s Spirit (Zech. 12), that will give Israel divine courage through reading the Word of God and understanding His watchcare over them – such as His promise: "He that touches you [Israel] touches the apple of His [God’s] eye" (Zech. 2:8 – and again read Isaiah 40 through 62).

What to Pray for?

(1) Of primary importance: Pray for "Aliyah" (immigration). The nation cannot grow and develop without it. Pray that God will lay it on the hearts of many Americans, especially. Israel is in need of their know-how. And it is God’s will for His people Israel to return home to the Land of Israel. The 7-fold promised blessing in the everlasting Abrahamic Covenant is contingent on their possession of and presence in the land (Gen. 12:1-3).

(2) Pray that we may all be truly filled with His Spirit and His Word so He may make intercession through us (Rom. 8:26 & 27). Memorize and plead God’s promises in prayer regarding Israel. Urge memorization of special choice prophecies and speak them verbally. Many suggestions in our book, Key Tips to Reading Your Bible. Send for your free copy.

(3) Pray for the outpouring of God’s Spirit on Israel (Zech. 12:10). Pray that it may please God to awaken the desire to read their own Hebrew Bible, called the Tenach.

(4) Pray that the Lord will be revealed through His Word to His people by the Spirit of the True Messiah. "God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts crying, Abba [Heb. for] Father."

(5) Pray for a desire for righteousness and holiness in view of the approaching Messiah. (I John 3:3)

(6) Pray for the rabbis that they will be given wisdom and be renewed in teaching of God’s glorious plan for His people – and all the world.

(7) Pray for young men and women in Yeshivot (Jewish Bible Schools) springing up all over Israel – that the Spirit of God will drive the Word of God home to their hearts.

(8) Pray for the Prime Minister of Israel and the Cabinet and all decisions they make that effect all Israeli life.

(9) Pray for the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) to be guided in very important decisions regarding Israel’s future.

(10) Pray that the present government will be stronger. A show of weakness means a disastrous set back in some areas, and eats away courage of the people like a cancer.

(11) Pray regarding the controversy of the Temple Mount. We’ll have much more to say about this in the next issue of the Bible Light On the News.

(12) Pray for the armed forces, especially the air force upon which Israel is so dependent. "God will defend Jerusalem as birds flying" (Isaiah 31:5).

(13) Pray for young men and women who leave home for their first stint in the army, that they be kept clean and be given a genuine desire for righteousness and godliness and be fully committed to God. This "return" (to God and His Word) is happening with many right now.

(14) Pray for Israel’s economy.

(15) Pray for the water problem in Israel and for rain in the time of rain (Zech. 10:1). They must get all the rain needed for the whole year between October and April (the rainy season). This year it was far short.

(16) Pray about tourism: It is common knowledge in Israel that tourism is their number one industry. Terrorists seek to give a severe nose-dive to Israel’s tourism. They are attempting to choke Israel to death in every and any way possible.

(17) Pray for Israel’s El Al Airlines; for captains and crews; God does give safe flights; He does guard El Al. It is the only airline that keeps God’s Holy Day. (Read Isaiah 58:13,14).


The greatest thing we can do for Israel is to "Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem," and that the Great Comforter, the Holy Spirit, will be outpoured on God’s people as He promised in Zechariah and other passages. This will "purge out the rebels" (Ezk. 20:38) – the ‘like-the-world,’ secular mentality acquired through years of their dispersion among the nations – that they will make a complete "return to God". Pray that those in the Diaspora will return and help build and strengthen the Land of Israel with their own lives and living examples.

ALL THIS LAND in question "from the River of Egypt to the River of Euphrates" (Gen. 15:18) God gave Israel as a royal grant and an everlasting possession (Gen. 12:7; 13:15; 15:7, 18; 17:8. (See chapter "Whose Land is It?" in the book, Israel, God’s Key to World Redemption.") The Lord declares that Israel and all the world shall know and see the sovereignty of God, i.e., that the Almighty is in control. The world is not aware of this at this point in prophetic events. It is possible we shall see another undeniable prophetic fulfillment soon – greater than "The Six-Day War."

MAY THE LORD lay it on your heart to organize a regular prayer session in your church, your home, or at a neutral place on Israel’s behalf.

Pray for the distribution of Bible Light literature that it will bring greater understanding. You can help by sending names and addresses of those interested, or by ordering several copies to distribute.

Let us believe God together. Let us breathe victory, never showing any sign of discouragement. Keep steadfastly on ‘Praying for Jerusalem.’ Though Satan’s chief target is Israel, we follow the Conqueror Who has made everlasting promises to them for the whole world’s restoration and redemption! Amen!