by Daniel Rodgers

Why Pray for Jerusalem?
Dan Rodgers
Psalms 122:6

INTRODUCTION: One cannot read the Bible without being aware of the importance God has placed upon the city of Jerusalem. In Psalm 48:2, we read, "Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King." Zion is another name for Jerusalem. We often sing the song, "We are marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion, we're marching upward to Zion, the beautiful city of God." In Psalm 132:13-14, it says, "For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. [14] This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it."

You will remember when David captured the city of Jerusalem from the Jebusites; he declared it to be the political and religious center for Israel. This is where the Ark of the Covenant would finally come to rest. Solomon, David's son, would later build the Temple and place the Ark within the Holy of Holies. As he dedicated the Temple to the Lord, he said in 1 Kings 8:13, "I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever."

The first mention of Jerusalem is in Gen. 14:18, where it is referred to as Salem, meaning Peace. The name Jerusalem means "Peace" or "City of Peace." However, down through the centuries, Jerusalem has experienced very little peace. Because of Israel's sin, Jerusalem has been attacked and laid waste many times. When King Nebuchadnezzar plundered Jerusalem, he carried the Jews off to captivity in 586 BC. The Psalmist cried out, "O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps" (Psalm 79:1).

Since the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, by the Roman Emperor Titus, this city has been laid siege by the Persians, the Muslims, the Crusaders from Europe, the Mameluks from Egypt, the Ottoman Turks and the British. Finally, in 1948, Israel was given back to ...

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