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By staff writers
March 22, 2004

Christian Zionists organise prayer for peace

-22/3/04

Following the assassination of Sheikh Yassin by Israeli aircraft as the spiritual leader and founder of Hamas was pushed in a wheelchair from morning prayers at a Gaza City mosque, evangelicals associated with support for Zionism, are backing an international "Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem."

Many of the main endorsers of the effort are people well known for their sympathy for Israel or Zionist positions.

Supporters include Jack Hayford and Robert Stearns, plus NAE President Ted Haggard, Mission America Chairman Paul Cedar, CBN Chairman Pat Robertson and President Michael Little, National Religious Broadcasters Chairman Glenn Plummer, Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias, Pat Boone, and Janet Parshall.

The Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Metzger, has given his full endorsement of the effort, as has Ehud Olmert, the former mayor of Jerusalem, who is now the Vice Prime Minister. Also endorsing the day is the newly formed "Christian Allies Caucus" of the Israeli Knesset, whose purpose is to streamline communications and coordinate activities between the Knesset and Israelís "Christian allies".

According to Rev. Robert Stearns, recognition of the day is growing quickly. "Leadership Committees are already forming in Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, and other nations to join with us in this global effort. There has been communication from church leaders from as far away as Australia who plan on mobilizing believers in their nation."

Stearns, co-chairman of the call to prayer, says, ìWe must realize the hour in which we are living. Throughout the world dark forces are at work, seeking to destroy the Judeo-Christian world and Western Civilization as we know it. This gathering is a strategic time in which both Jewish and Christian leaders can affirm the importance of faith, the value of unity, and a commitment to pray for Israel and the Peace of Jerusalem.î

Jack Hayford says, "We are living in a sobering moment in history that calls us, as people of God to fulfil our biblical mandate to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and to stand against the alarming rise of anti-Semitism. We are not to be passive; we are called to pray with passion, to intercede. This is not about politics; this is about the Word of God."

Dr. Jack Hayford, along with Rev. Robert Stearns, Rev. Ted Haggard, Dr. Paul Cedar, Rev. Dick Eastman, and dozens of other leaders are calling upon ìall men and women of prayerî throughout the world to assemble in New York City for an urgent two-day convocation on May 20-21, 2004 to affirm and sign a proclamation establishing a ìNational Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem,î to be held annually the first Sunday of October near the season of Yom Kippur.

Hundreds of pastors, ministry leaders, and heads of denominations are reportedly already cooperating in this call and have committed their congregations. The movement, which first began when the idea was presented to a group of Christian leaders in New York City early in 2002, has quickly spread worldwide.

The Signing Event begins with a "Prayer Banquet" on Thursday evening, May 20, at the Hilton Hotel Manhattan, where the charter signing of the ìCall to Prayerî will take place. Friday, May 21, there will be a Special Diplomatic Prayer Briefing at the Israeli Consulate hosted by Ambassador Alon Pinkas for sponsors of the event. At the same time, special strategic planning sessions will take place at the Empire State Building to build local church and city-wide models and empower grassroots volunteers in preparing to call the nation to this annual Day of Prayer.

No indication has yet been forthcoming about whether prayers will be said for Palestinians, including many Christians, who are suffering in the occupied territories.

Christian Zionists organise prayer for peace

-22/3/04

Following the assassination of Sheikh Yassin by Israeli aircraft as the spiritual leader and founder of Hamas was pushed in a wheelchair from morning prayers at a Gaza City mosque, evangelicals associated with support for Zionism, are backing an international "Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem."

Many of the main endorsers of the effort are people well known for their sympathy for Israel or Zionist positions.

Supporters include Jack Hayford and Robert Stearns, plus NAE President Ted Haggard, Mission America Chairman Paul Cedar, CBN Chairman Pat Robertson and President Michael Little, National Religious Broadcasters Chairman Glenn Plummer, Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias, Pat Boone, and Janet Parshall.

The Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Metzger, has given his full endorsement of the effort, as has Ehud Olmert, the former mayor of Jerusalem, who is now the Vice Prime Minister. Also endorsing the day is the newly formed "Christian Allies Caucus" of the Israeli Knesset, whose purpose is to streamline communications and coordinate activities between the Knesset and Israelís "Christian allies".

According to Rev. Robert Stearns, recognition of the day is growing quickly. "Leadership Committees are already forming in Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, and other nations to join with us in this global effort. There has been communication from church leaders from as far away as Australia who plan on mobilizing believers in their nation."

Stearns, co-chairman of the call to prayer, says, ìWe must realize the hour in which we are living. Throughout the world dark forces are at work, seeking to destroy the Judeo-Christian world and Western Civilization as we know it. This gathering is a strategic time in which both Jewish and Christian leaders can affirm the importance of faith, the value of unity, and a commitment to pray for Israel and the Peace of Jerusalem.î

Jack Hayford says, "We are living in a sobering moment in history that calls us, as people of God to fulfil our biblical mandate to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and to stand against the alarming rise of anti-Semitism. We are not to be passive; we are called to pray with passion, to intercede. This is not about politics; this is about the Word of God."

Dr. Jack Hayford, along with Rev. Robert Stearns, Rev. Ted Haggard, Dr. Paul Cedar, Rev. Dick Eastman, and dozens of other leaders are calling upon ìall men and women of prayerî throughout the world to assemble in New York City for an urgent two-day convocation on May 20-21, 2004 to affirm and sign a proclamation establishing a ìNational Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem,î to be held annually the first Sunday of October near the season of Yom Kippur.

Hundreds of pastors, ministry leaders, and heads of denominations are reportedly already cooperating in this call and have committed their congregations. The movement, which first began when the idea was presented to a group of Christian leaders in New York City early in 2002, has quickly spread worldwide.

The Signing Event begins with a "Prayer Banquet" on Thursday evening, May 20, at the Hilton Hotel Manhattan, where the charter signing of the ìCall to Prayerî will take place. Friday, May 21, there will be a Special Diplomatic Prayer Briefing at the Israeli Consulate hosted by Ambassador Alon Pinkas for sponsors of the event. At the same time, special strategic planning sessions will take place at the Empire State Building to build local church and city-wide models and empower grassroots volunteers in preparing to call the nation to this annual Day of Prayer.

No indication has yet been forthcoming about whether prayers will be said for Palestinians, including many Christians, who are suffering in the occupied territories.

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