Thousands Gather in Jerusalem to Pray

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JERUSALEM, Israel - It's the biggest prayer gathering in history and it's happening this week.

On May 11, Christians in more than 200 countries will ask God to bless their nations and the world.

The Global Day of Prayer brings millions of believers together in unity of purpose. This year, thousands are in birthplace of Christianity.

Jerusalem will be home to an unprecedented prayer event this weekend. This Sunday, the Call is teaming up with the Global Day of Prayer. Their mission is to pray for spiritual breakthrough, not only in the Holy Land, but throughout the world.

There's so much excitement in the air here in Jerusalem, as Israelis celebrate 60 years as a nation. But among believers here, there's also growing excitement surrounding this weekend's call to prayer!

Thousands of Jewish believers in Jesus, along with Christians from around the world, will gather for a prayer event that many believe will lead to a world-wide revival rooted in Jerusalem.

They"re blowing the shofar in Zion and calling believers to pray for an Acts 2 type of revival.

"When it happened the first time, it was just Jerusalem - that was for His first coming - but for His second coming - it has to be revival all over the world," said Asher Intrater, director of Revive Israel Ministries.

Asher is a Messianic Jew and is helping bring the call and the Global Day of Prayer to Jerusalem.

He says united international prayer based in the Holy City will help usher in this end times revival that will pave the way for Christ's return.

"Well, if He was coming back to Beijing, we'd have to have some kind of focus in Bejing," Asher said. "If He was coming back to New York, it would be there, but because we understand He's coming back to Jerusalem there has to be a certain focus on this prayer."

Asher says believers will not only pray for the nations, but also for the growing body of Messianic believers in Israel, now believed to be as many as 15,000 out of 7 million Israelis.

"The Messianic Jewish movement has grown, not only worldwide, but it's also taken a foothold here in Israel," he said. "So, there are maybe 100 local congregations of Messianic Jews in Israel."

"For me, it makes sense but for a lot of people here in Israel, it doesn't make sense that you can be Jewish, remain Jewish and celebrate the Jewish feasts and yet believe in Yeshua [Jesus] the Messiah," Liat Eshel, a Jewish believer, said.

Asher says Jews coming to Jesus is a sure sign that we're in the end times.

"One of our banner statements is from Romans 11. 'All Israel will be saved …and we will pray the prayer together, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord'," he said. "So we are focused, not just on growth in the body here and revival, but ultimately - bringing Yeshua back and making His Kingdom established on the earth."

This is a pretty exciting time to be in Israel, to pray not only for the peace of Jerusalem, but for this mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Originally Published May 9, 2008

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