DAY 9 – Salvation of Israel
"I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness! For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?" – Romans 11:11-15
“…Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” – Matthew 9:38
"These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” – Matthew 10:5-6
I want to comfort the heart of God
During this fast, I have been apprehended with God’s heart for His own people, the Jews. As we have been praying, “Lord of the harvest, send (gr. Ekballo) forth laborers”… I have been deeply moved by what it would mean to Jesus when the church worldwide begins to pray Ekballo for His own people, the ones he first directed his disciples to pray for and go to.
When Jesus said, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers,” He then directed those very disciples not to go to the Gentiles, but rather to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. He groaned over His own people. Now 2,000+ years later, what do you think His groan is now? I want to comfort the heart of Jesus. I have this deep prophetic feeling that as this massive worldwide Jesus movement breaks out it’s going to break out among the Jewish people as well and maybe first and foremost. Could it be time for the beginnings of the fulfillment of Romans 11:15 speaking concerning the Jews receiving Christ, “For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?”
A couple of years ago a young Jewish woman who has launched a 40 day fast in Israel called me with a dream in which I was told, “You cannot see a revival in America unless you, Lou, begin praying for the Jewish people.” I am weighing the dream very heavily. Today we begin praying, that all over the world the Lord of the harvest would thrust forth laborers into the Jewish harvest field both in the land of Israel and in the diaspora worldwide.
Like Esther secured the salvation of the Jewish peoples in Persia when she fasted, we join today on Purim, with our Jewish friends in Israel who are calling an Esther fast for the salvation of the Jewish people. I believe this day as tens of thousands of us pray, we will see a major breakthrough into the fulfillment of Romans 11:11-15 and a massive hurling forth of laborers to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Jesus, once again we know you are looking to your own people who are harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. And we know your heart is broken because there are few laborers. So we take up your groan and your prayer. We seek to align with your broken heart. We beg you to do what you have been longing to do since you first commanded your disciples to pray this prayer, “Hurl forth laborers to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” We pray this year in 2020, a great unveiling of the eyes of your people so they can see their Messiah Jesus, and be saved.
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