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Worship and the Temple Mount

The battle for Jerusalem is not just the subtitle of CBN’s recent docudrama about the recapturing of the Old City by the Jewish people. It is a spiritual wrestling match about who is truly God. With all the unrest happening in Jerusalem, specifically at the Temple Mount, I began to research the scriptures concerning the Lord’s heart and purposes for Jerusalem. What I learned has given me guidance in my attitude towards current events and instruction in how to pray.

Rick Ridings, an intercessor in Jerusalem, made this statement: “The spiritual battle is for Jerusalem. The battle in Jerusalem is for the Temple Mount. And the battle for the Temple Mount is about who is going to be worshiped there.” Remember the story of Jesus being tempted by Satan after fasting for 40 days?“Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “All this I will give to You,” he said, “If you will fall down and worship me.” “Away from me, Satan!” Jesus declared. “For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’” Matthew 4:8-10. From the time Satan rebelled against God in heaven until today, he has been after the worship that belongs to God. The Temple Mount is the most important place of worship in all the world. It is the place where the God of Israel, the Most High God has “placed His name forever.” 2 Chronicles 7:16. It is the place where both the first and second temples stood as houses of worship to the God of Israel. All nations of the earth came to worship God in those temples. The Temple Mount is the place from which Messiah Yeshua will rule and govern the nations and all the nations will once again come to worship Him there (Zechariah 14:16). So we see from scripture that the Temple Mount is the place where both God and Satan desire worship.

We need to keep these things in mind when we consider what is taking place on the Temple Mount today. There is a battle for that specific space and for the city of Jerusalem. As believers who love the Lord, we are the agents in which the Lord chooses to use to carry out His plans and purposes on the earth. One of the ways we do that is through prayer. How then do we pray for Jerusalem? By praying according to His word. Here are examples of just a few scriptures to pray for Jerusalem:

“Your kingdom come Lord, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10). “May Your name, oh Lord, be exalted in Jerusalem for this is where You have chosen to place Your name forever.” (2 Chronicles 7:16). “Destroy the work of those who come against Jerusalem and pour out Your Spirit of grace and supplication upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem that they might turn to You again and declare that Yeshua is Lord” (Zechariah 12:10). “Lord, take Your place on Your throne, in Jerusalem, that all the nations of the earth might hear Your word and walk in Your ways” (Jeremiah 3:17 and Isaiah 2:3).

May all the plans and purposes of God for Jerusalem be fulfilled that His name alone may be praised in all the earth.

This article originally appeared on CBN Israel, July 27, 2017 and reposted with permission.

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