From a national Messianic body, and excellent call:
The UMJC Exec is calling for a day of prayer and fasting on Yom HaZikaron, the day of remembrance that precedes Israel's Independence Day. This will be the final day of Israel's 60th year, and it is fitting that we honor the sacrifice of those who died in defense of the country by seeking God for Israel's welfare. The fast will begin sundown, Monday, April 27, and last until sundown, Tuesday, April 28, the eve of Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day. Yom HaZikaron coincides with Day 19 of the Omer.
Please include these focus points in your prayers on that day:
1) The Iranian threat and the high possibility of Israeli military action
2) The threat of more pressure against Messianic Jews under the new Netanyahu government
3) Wisdom and direction for the Obama administration's relationship with Israel
4) Most of all, for widespread spiritual awakening that will bring many Israelis to faith in Yeshua, preparing the way for the fulfillment of Matthew 23:37-39."
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather 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 the one who comes in the name of the Lord.'"
Another text for our prayers is Psalm 147.
It is good to chant hymns to our God; it is pleasant to sing glorious praise.
The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem; He gathers in the exiles of Israel.
He heals their broken hearts, and binds up their wounds.
He reckoned the number of the stars; to each He gave its name.
Great is our Lord and full of power; His wisdom is beyond reckoning.
The Lord gives courage to the lowly, and brings the wicked down to the dust. Psalm 147:1-6
And to Jerusalem, Your city, may You return in compassion, and may You rest within it, as You have spoken. May You rebuild it soon in our days as an eternal structure, and may You speedily establish the throne of David within it. Blessed are You, Hashem, the Builder of Jerusalem. From the traditional daily Amidah (Artscroll Siddur)
Feel free to pass this prayer request on to others, and to print it as a guide. Thank you for joining this effort as we call on the Lord together on April 27-28.
Rabbi Russell Resnik
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations