For those who read and trust in the Bible, it should come as no surprise that humanity does not hold the solution to the long Israeli-Arab conflict. Step back from geopolitics for a moment and think about the human element at play. People on both sides of the line are living in fear day to day. A mortar shell or missile could land on their home at any time.
The simple and powerful message of one of King David's psalms is more relevant today than when it was written thousands of years ago: "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem" (Psalm 122:6). Take some time out of your day and follow David's example. Get on your knees and pray to God for the peace of Jerusalem.
You won't just be praying for a city. You'll be praying for every Israeli and Arab man, woman and child who has to face another day of fear and violence. You'll be praying for their safety and for their emotional well-being—that these people under the thumb of history and prophesied conditions will have a normal life today and into the future.
And praying for Jerusalem is more than asking for momentary peace today. It is a plea for the ultimate peace to come. Jerusalem has a bright future that starts when Jesus Christ returns. As the Lord states: "I will return to Zion, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, the Mountain of the Lord of hosts, the Holy Mountain" (Zechariah 8:3).
Even Israel's current enemies will share in this peace: "In that day Egypt and Assyria will be connected by a highway. The Egyptians and Assyrians will move freely between their lands, and they will both worship God. And Israel will be their ally. The three will be together, and Israel will be a blessing to them. For the Lord of Heaven's Armies will say, 'Blessed be Egypt, my people. Blessed be Assyria, the land I have made. Blessed be Israel, my special possession!'" (Isaiah 19:23-25, New Living Translation).
Praying for peace in Jerusalem is more important than just finding an end to the violence of today. A prayer for Jerusalem's peace equals a prayer for world peace and the coming of God's Kingdom of peace on earth.