Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


Wars, Rumors of Wars, and Prayer for Peace

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Yes, God cares about the Palestinians, but the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people. Defying this reality has turned the Middle East into a powder keg with Turkey, Iran, and the Palestinians playing with matches.

The Israeli navy this morning boarded another ship, the Rachel Corrie in the waters off the coast of Israel.  The Rachel Corrie is another vessel in a “strategic” convoy sailing toward Gaza attempting to break the blockade Israel established to defend its ports. Israeli troops searched the vessel for smuggled weapons and in the process confiscated cameras and cell phones from “activists” aligned with the Free Gaza Movement.  Unlike the tragic encounter earlier this week, this confrontation did not turn violent. The ship was released and is expected to dock in Ashdod sometime today. The activists will then be allowed to catch flights to their respective homelands.  

At stake: will Israel – and yes, the rest of the civilized world – tolerate an Iranian outpost on the Mediterranean? For months Palestinians have been smuggling weapons from Iran through Turkey into Gaza, and stockpiling them there for future conflicts with Israel. After making repeated pleas for help to Europe and the United States – to no avail – Israel set this naval blockade. They do allow humanitarian supplies and construction materials to enter the ports.

The Palestinians have now turned to a battlefield of public opinion in their effort to “drive Israel into the sea.” Realizing they can’t defeat the Israelis militarily, they have resorted to street-protest tactics.  They set a trap with their Turkish flotilla filled with teddy bears and diapers and wheelchairs and on video the battle – started by the protesters – looks as one-sided as the protesters intended. The net result: the “world” has judged the matter on appearance, not intent. Now the enemies of Israel are more than one step closer to separating Israel from he strongest ally, the United Statesl. And Turkey, a onetime ally of both, now an Islamist-leaning state is running cover for Iran and the Palestinians.

This is the crisis behind the crises: What will the world do and not do about Iran’s nuclear weapons program, its stated intent to destroy Israel, its mounting aggression in the region, and its defiance of Western democracies? Obama’s empty promises to stop Iran’s aggression through diplomacy and sanctions have failed miserably. Now Israel is poised to deal with the threat directly and if need be alone. The powderkeg…

These conflicts are ancient and more than ethnic, economic, cultural, and territorial. The isse is spiritual and goes back thousands of years. Some believe the matters have all been sealed in the pages of Biblical prophecy. Perhaps. But prophecy was never given by God as fatalism. God doesn’t “say what will be” so that we can sit on our hands and let it all play out. Instead, he shoes us the future and then invites us, even commands us to to engage him with acts of justice and righteousness, passionate compassion, and most of all prayer. our actions can mold history. And prayer above all is our boldest and most powerful tool!

Where diplomacy fall short, we pray. Where blockades and raids, and PR moves and finally bullets and bombs fail, we pray. Today, again we pray for peace in the Middle East, for an embrace by the world of the divine right of the Jews to steward the land of Israel, and finally for Messiah to come… As the Jews say, for the first time; as the Christians say, for the second! In His Name…

“God, we pray again for peace in the Middle East. We pray for words of peace to have power. We pray for calm heads and hearts, for truth to be told, and deception to fail. We pray for what only you can bring – a miracle of established and settled Peace! In the name of Messiah…”



  • interpreter

    Yes, it’s prophesied in the Bible, in Revelation 16:12-21.
    The Battle of Ar Mageddon is fast coming to pass. The Euphrates was dry on 9/11 when the first shot was fired. It was dried up by Saddam Hussein to prepare the way for Ar Mageddon (which Muslims call the Mother of All Battles, which they are hell-bent on starting). The Bible says it is to be started by demon-possessed “kings” of the east (and three of them were correctly identified by Bush).
    And now Turkey’s “king,” once a friend of Israel, is switching sides and is teaming up with the bad guys in the final battle between good and evil (which is won by the good guys, and then Satan is locked away for a thousand years).

  • Rob the Rev

    The land of Palistine is given to no one by “God.” It is taken and held by the one with the most power as it has been since it was first fought over.

  • interpreter

    “The land of Palistine is given to no one by “God.” It is taken and held by the one with the most power as it has been since it was first fought over.”
    Your argument is flawed. Has not God given the most power to His chosen people?

  • ME

    THE LAND BELONGS TO THE CHOSEN PEOPLE GOD SAID SO THATS THE ISRALIES

  • sam

    What kind of a God says kill, usurpe land,rape,destroy trees,insult among other atrosities Israel is committing?!
    Palestine is the land of the Palestinians my friend…
    Jesus said Love thy Emeny not kill them….Can Israel love its ememies?

  • solacerain

    The land belongs to the PALESTINIANS.. God did not give this land , the land was taken by the Balfour Agreement , not Gods agreement .. You can argue all you want about God’s Choosen people are the Jews, But the new testament says different , And then there is islam which completly disagrees … Palestinians arent the enemies here PEOPLE !! hey are defending what is rightfully theirs!!!! IF SOMEONE CAME INTO YOUR HOME FORCEFULLY.. WOULDNT YOU FIGHT BACK TO TAKE Back your home…???? PEOPLE GET A CLUE…ISREAL ISNT THE PITYFUL BULLIED PLACE THAT EVERYONE WANTS US 2 BELIEVE.. DAMN STRAIGHT GOD LOVES PALESTINE AND HE WILL DO RIGHT BY THEM… INSHALLAH…LA ILA IL ALLah MOHAMED RASUL ALLAH….

  • Rob the Rev

    interpreter on June 6, 2010 10:31 AM wrote, “Your argument is flawed. Has not God given the most power to His chosen people?”
    ME on June 6, 2010 12:19 PM SHOUTED, “THE LAND BELONGS TO THE CHOSEN PEOPLE GOD SAID SO THATS THE ISRALIES.”
    Prove historically and factually that the O.T. that you base your claim on is true. You claim it’s true so it falls to you to prove it.
    An ancient people the Hebrews made the claim that God chose them as his people over all others and gave them the land. Let them prove it outside of the claims of the O.T.

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