Psalm 122:6 encourages believers to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. In hopes of establishing that peace, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Amman, Jordan today visiting King Abdullah II. His visit revolves around talks about on-going Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations. Netanyahu’s surprise visit to the Royal Palace is another step towards seeing progress in the peace process. A peace that has been long in coming due to the struggle with the Palestinians that began in the mid-20th century.
The two main parties engaged in the negotiations are the Israeli government, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), currently headed by Mahmoud Abbas who succeeded Yasser Arafat after his death in 2004. Some issues in the dispute include determining borders, maintaining security, which side will eventually control Jerusalem, and how to resolve the refugee question. In 1988 the PLO officially endorsed a two-state solution, but insisted on the right to drive Israel out by armed conflict. In 1996 the PLO eliminated the parts of the PLO's Charter which called for the destruction of Israel.
Other nations are interested in negotiating peace in the region. These nations, which include the United States, have formed an international contingent known as the Quartet on the Middle East. In addition, Egypt, a founding member of the Arab League, also desires to see peace between the two parties.
Thus it behooves Christians to support the Israeli-Palestinian peace process with their prayers. An international organization, Bridges for Peace, has made it their mission to educate believers about Israel’s’ needs. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, they sponsor educational trips to visit the Holy Land. They also hold Women’s Prayer Weekends around the nation. These gatherings center on receiving encouragement from God’s word and each other, as well as praying for Israel.
Hosted by Bridges for Peace National Prayer Director Victoria Boeseman, the next Women’s Prayer Weekend is scheduled for February 7-9, 2014 in Oviedo, Florida at Canterbury Retreat. Located on 48 wooded acres with Lake Gem at its center, Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center is just 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport. It has 46 rooms and a large dining hall where meals are served buffet style. In good Florida weather you can even eat outdoors on the deck overlooking the water.
Women of God, if you’ve ever wondered what you can do to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, here’s your chance. This year’s topic is “If it Pleases the King …” from the Book of Esther. There is still time to reserve rooms and register for the Women’s’ Prayer Weekend. For registration information, click here.