Praying at the Heart of God
Dear Friend of The Fellowship,
My father’s family
lived in Jerusalem for the past ten generations. However, this was a rare
exception to the Jewish people’s long history of displacement and exile.
After the Temple
in Jerusalem was destroyed nearly 2,000 years ago, Jews fled their Holy Land
and were forced to wander, moving from country to country to escape persecution
People wonder how the Jewish people managed to keep their faith and remain a nation amid unthinkable circumstances,
while they were scattered to “the four corners of the earth.” How could such a
people survive, remain united, and still cling to the hope of return?
The answer is
No matter where
are around the world, we pray towards Jerusalem. Jewish people pray daily to
return to Jerusalem, and we conclude the High Holy Days observance with the
declaration: “Next year in Jerusalem!” In the Hebrew Bible, Jerusalem is
mentioned almost 800 times. In Psalm 137:5, we vowed, “If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its
skill.” We promised never to forget Jerusalem and we never did.
peoples were able to remain united through
the promise of Jerusalem, the heart of our people. Although we were forcibly
separated physically, our spiritual ties to Jerusalem were never severed. No
nation in the history of the world has ever returned to their homeland after
being exiled for thousands of years, yet the Jewish people never gave up. We
prayed as one to return to Jerusalem, and praise God, we did.
In 1948, after
Israel’s War of Independence, the Jewish people were officially reunited with
the land of Israel, the body of our people. However, it was not until 1967,
during the Six-Day War, that we were reunited with Jerusalem, our nation’s
heart. Finally, we were able to return to the Western Wall the closest site
to the Temple Mount, where the Temple once stood, and the most sacred site
where Jews are able to pray today. To pray at the Western Wall is to pray close
to God’s heart.
I have personally
witnessed miracles that resulted from praying at the Western Wall, both for
individuals and for nations. While we believe that God hears our prayers no
matter where we are, we also believe that some places are more conducive to
prayer than others. This is why, when Christians come to Israel, they visit the
Garden of Gethsemane and the Mount of Olives. There are places where the energy
is different, where we are different, and our prayers are different and more
During the month
of August, The Fellowship
will once again bring your prayers to the Western Wall, (in Hebrew, the Kotel). It is such an honour
and privilege to do so. The partnership between Christians and Jews is a
prayerful one. I know that Christians around the world pray for Israel, and we
at The Fellowship are so
grateful to be able to return this blessing by praying at the Western Wall for our
Christian and Jewish friends. Jewish tradition teaches that when we pray for
each other our prayers are more powerful and beloved to God. These prayers go
straight to His heart.
continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and may God bring you peace and
comfort in return. And
please submit your prayer today, so that we may bless you in prayer at the
holiest of holy sites.
With blessings from the Holy Land,