A song of ascents. Of David.
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
Psalm 133 talks of the goodness and blessing of unity. When we think of unity, we think of one mind, one purpose, goal or vision that people come together or agree on. Yet if you think about it, to have unity, you also must have diversity. Unity is not everyone being the same – that is uniformity. Unity exists when people have started from different places and yet find themselves walking in agreement with each other – not on everything, but at least on something.
Each year, on the church calendar’s official Day of Pentecost, believers around the world are praying. They are from different nations, different races, different languages, different ages, and different denominations. And if you need diversity in order to create unity, then these people are united - through their prayers and expecting God’s blessing! And Israelis are participating in this unity too.
Our news media does not often talk of the unity in Israel between Jew and Arab, primarily expressed through the believers there. But for the last couple of years, Rania, a Nazareth Arab woman has been a catalyst for this kind of expression. The Global Day of Prayer is held on Sunday, 27th May this year and in Nazareth, Arab and Jewish pastors, leaders, congregations, worship teams and believing youth will be gathering in an hotel to worship, fast and pray for their country, their government, cities, villages, their schools and families. Rania has organised this for several years and is expectant of what God will do when the Children of Abraham come together in unity to pray for Israel.
Rania shares, “Last year was a powerful time of corporate prayer and consecration in the presence of the Lord. We believe the Lord is calling His people in this strategic season for a solemn assembly that will cause a shift over our region. We deeply believe that our corporate unity in prayer in this critical season of growing threats that are targeting our land, as well as the rumors of war in our region, is the key to overthrow the plans of the enemy and release God's purposes and His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven!
“We believe that this is the time that the Holy Spirit is calling our people and His voice is echoing as a trumpet to gather together, consecrate a fast before Him, humble ourselves and seek His face. The bridegroom is calling His bride in His Land to awaken and stand steadfast, prepared with lamps full of the oil of the Holy Spirit.
“We will be honored and very pleased to have you with us in this day, as you take this time to answer His call to unite together, for a cry in our hearts, for a great awakening in our Land, the salvation of our people Arab & Jews. We will also have youth invited to this event as we believe that the Lord is moving through this generation in a powerful way. How strategic it will be for young Arabs & Jews to stand together, to declare God's promises and destiny for this generation!”
Your People My People supports the work and ministry of HOPE, run by Rania in Nazareth. If you are able to join them in prayer on Sun 27th May, wherever you are, drop us an email so we can share this with them and encourage the believers in Israel. If you would like to make a donation towards the costs of the Global Day of Prayer event in Nazareth, please use the Donate Online button and make a note that your gift is for GDOP.