A Jewish worshipper blows a shofar.
A Jewish worshipper blows a shofar. (REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

This Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, millions of people around the world will join together to pray for the peace of Jerusalem in observation of the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem.

The first Sunday of every October is designated to raise global awareness and unite believers around the world to cry out to God on behalf of this troubled but strategic land and the Israeli people. It is expected there will be at least 175 participating nations and 500 million believers praying for the peace of Jerusalem.

The Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem began in 2002 in meetings with leading political and religious leaders from Israel and the United States and is now a global prayer movement. The vision is "for sustained, fervent and informed global intercession for the plans and purposes of God for Jerusalem and all her people."

This is also a historic year for Israel and the Jewish people, as it is the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem, the 95th anniversary of the Mandate for Palestine and the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, both of which establish the legal and historic right of the Jews to the land.

"Psalm 122:6 says, 'Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee'," said Mat Staver, Chairman of Liberty Counsel, President of Christians in Defense of Israel, and founder and president of Covenant Journey. "We should pray for Israel and its people. That small country and the Israeli people are a priority to Him, and we must stand with them. I encourage every believer in Jesus to join me in prayer for Israel, not only for the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, but every day. Israel has more legitimate and historical right to its land than any country in the world but has endured so much animosity for its mere existence," said Staver.

Liberty Counsel is an international litigation, education and policy organization. Liberty Counsel has a number of affiliated ministries, including Christians in Defense of Israel and Covenant Journey, a program that provides a life-changing experience in Israel for Christian college-age students who have leadership potential. Find out more at www.LC.org and www.CovenantJourney.org.

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