An Urgent Call for Intercession Over Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee,
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is addressing Congress today—and the intense spiritual warfare against him has manifested in the natural realm.

At this point, it's almost come to a literal gnashing of teeth. The vitriolic verbiage his opponents are spewing against him reveals a hatred that goes beyond the natural mind. The mainstream media is pulling out all the stops to paint Netanyahu as an enemy instead of the ally he is.

Bibi is under a spiritual attack. We need to enter into intercession over him and continue after he exits Washington, D.C. Consider the backdrop:

Naturally speaking, 40 Democrats and counting are refusing to attend Netanyahu's speech because they view his coming as a Republican strategy to damage President Barak Obama's foreign policy, particularly as it relates to nuclear talks with Iran.

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Obama told Reuters Netanyahu's speech was a "distraction" and called it a "mistake for any prime minister of any country to come speak before Congress a few weeks before they're about to have an election, it makes it look like we are taking sides."

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, called the Republican invitation a "tawdry and high-handed stunt that has embarrassed not only Israel but the Congress itself." Harsh words.

Why Bibi Won't Hold Back

Netanyahu may have some harsh words of his own for the Obama administration—though they come from a different spirit than the evil campaign launched against the prime minister's prophetic assignment.

Certainly, Bibi will tell it like it is. He won't hold back on his thoughts about an American president's willingness to negotiate with a nation that breeds terrorists—and whose leadership denies the Holocaust and wants to see Israel wiped off the map.

There's been plenty of debate about Netanyahu's motivation. He's being accused of addressing Congress for political gain. Those are lies from the enemy. Netanyahu feels a moral obligation to speak out against a nuclear-armed Iran while there is still time to stop them.

"I'm going to Washington on a fateful, even historic, mission," he said as he boarded his plane in Tel Aviv, according to Reuters. "I feel that I am an emissary of all Israel's citizens, even those who do not agree with me, and of the entire Jewish people."

Netanyahu: The Ultimate Intercessor

The mainstream media, the Democratic Party, Muslim nations and others are mounting attacks against the prime minister. Netanyahu is standing in the gap for the future of his nation to avert a nuclear holocaust. He is taking a page from the book of Esther, putting himself at risk to save a nation.

Netanyahu is serving as the ultimate intercessor. As he sees it, for 2,000 years the Jewish people were "stateless, defenseless and voiceless"—and he refuses to stand silent. He intends to use his voice to protect the Jewish people. He's bold like a lion and refuses to bow to political correctness or political agendas.

Netanyahu is a praying man and is wearing the mantle of a prophet— a man who knows what time it is—according to the definition of Abraham Heschel. He was pictured praying at the Western Wall ahead of his speech to Congress. God has called him for such a time as this. Let's stand in agreement with Netanyahu's prayers for the salvation of his nation.

Let's enter intercession for this man God is using as a voice of reason in a volatile Middle East. Let's pray without ceasing for this brave soul who's risking more than we know to, as he puts it, stand as "an emissary of all Israel's citizens, even those who do not agree with me, and of the entire Jewish people."

The cutting comments and accusations are manifestations of a spiritual battle against Netanyahu that demands all those who stand with Israel to enter into intercession—and even fasting—for the nation's prime minister. I'm calling for urgent intercession over Netanyahu—and not just today. Who will pray?

Jennifer LeClaire is senior editor of Charisma. She is also director of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and author of several books, including The Next Great Move of God: An Appeal to Heaven for Spiritual AwakeningMornings With the Holy Spirit, Listening Daily to the Still Small Voice of God, The Making of a Prophet and Satan's Deadly Trio: Defeating the Deceptions of Jezebel, Religion and Witchcraft. You can visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

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