Day and night petition for Jerusalem
Keys to Prayer
As we pray for our own city, we also remember Jerusalem, the City of the Great King (Matthew 5:35). Jesus lamented and wept over this city of God’s choice because in rejecting Him, Jerusalem’s leaders had rejected their hope; but he also promised that a day would come when Jerusalem would cry out to Him to come and save her. On that day, she would see Him and bless God.
Isaiah prophesied that a day would come when desolate Jerusalem would be fully restored and filled with the glory of God. She would be a source of salvation to the whole earth, and all the nations would give God glory because of her.
God is looking for intercessors (watchmen) who will hold him to his promise to restore Jerusalem. Isaiah’s words challenge us to give ourselves no rest, and give Him no rest, until Jerusalem is established as a praise in the earth. On that day, every city in every nation that honours Him will likewise be blessed, for “the law shall go forth from Zion, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:3).
- Pray for watchmen to be raised up to intercede day and night for Jerusalem’s salvation
- Pray that Jerusalem will be glorified and will become a light to the nations and cities of the earth
- Pray for Ottawa, that our leaders will turn to God and seek His wisdom and glory for our city
Isaiah 62:1-2, 6-7 (ESV)
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.
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.
Matthew 23:37-39 (ESV)
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”