Tens of millions of Christians around the world joined their voices in prayer on October 2, calling on the Creator of heaven and earth to send His peace to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.

According to the United States-based leadership behind the second annual “International Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem,” Bible believers in churches and meetings across the globe focused their thoughts and prayers on the ancient metropolis whose name in Hebrew means “City of Peace.”

Their prayers were for God’s Messiah, the Prince of Peace, to come and set up His kingdom in the City of David, from where—according to the Bible—He will rule and reign over the nations of the world, finally bringing peace to mankind.

The Christians’ petitions come just weeks after an unprecedented number of Israeli Jews gathered in Jerusalem to cry out for God’s intervention against efforts to wrest their land from them and drive their country closer to war and annihilation.

Those prayers against the implementation of the Sharon government’s “disengagement” plan appeared to go unheard when, despite them, the expulsion of thousands of Jews from their homes in Gaza and northern Samaria went ahead.

But although saddened by these heartrending events, Bible-believing Jews and Christians are not shaken in their faith in the Lord God of Israel, and in His promises to this land and its people.

And while no direct or acknowledged link exists between the August 10 mass prayer gathering at Jerusalem’s Western Wall and the October 2nd internationally coordinated prayer meeting, both occasions see Jews and Christians joining together in their appeals to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob on behalf of Israel and Jerusalem.

Despite the still differing concepts of who the Messiah is, both these “People of the Book” share the conviction that a Righteous One will come and deliver Israel out of the hands of her enemies.

According to the Bible, all who worship and want to obey God are commanded by Him (Psalm 122:6) to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

The injunction to “not keep silent” and to “give God no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in all the earth” is directed to all those who make mention of the Lord (Isaiah 62:6-7).

Ironically, despite its name–or perhaps because of it–this city is more thought off in terms of war than peace; is more a curse than a praise in the earth.

Jerusalem has known neither peace nor prosperity for nearly 3,000 years; not since King Solomon sat enthroned here.

The founder of the International Forum for a United Jerusalem, the late Eliyahu Tal, says the city has “known more sieges and battles than any other city in history.”

While records show that Jerusalem has undergone 37 conquests, it has in fact “changed hands 86 times, including many minor conquests, in its long and turbulent history.”

The Bible–a book of writings that, more than any other, has stood the test of time, and whose millennia-old prophecies concerning Israel have all come to pass–foretells that the yearned-for peace of Jerusalem will be realized one day.

For millions of Christians from East to West and North to South, their prayers on October 2 were for the hastening of that day.

The International Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem is an initiative of the US-based Eagles Wings Ministries under the leadership of Robert Stearns. The internationally renowned Pastor Jack Hayford of San Francisco’s Church on the Way co-chairs the initiative with Stearns.

For more information about the day of prayer see their Web site at www.daytopray.com.

(Excerpted from an article by Stan Goodenough, Jerusalem Newswire, www.jnewswire.com)

Pray that God will put a prayer burden on the hearts of Christians everywhere to pray for Israel, and that this will not be a once a year occurrence.

“I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give Him no rest till He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth” (Isaiah 62:6-7).