Tom Hess, Director of the House of Prayer for All Nations, called a 40 day fast, worldwide, from August 7 through the end of Yom Kippur (September 16), asking Christians to pray for Israel during this critical time.He
believes that the prayers and fasting of believers have helped stop terrorism during this time in the land.
This year, at the Convocation, Hess
has concentrated his
prayers on reconciliation between Jews and Arabs, and Christians attending the meetings have prayed earnestly for the peace of Jerusalem.However, Hess
is not sure that Israel will experience a true lasting peace through political negotiations or military measures."The only lasting peace in the Middle East will be when Jews and Arabs recognize the Messiah, are reconciled together in Him, which will then culminate in the coming of the Messiah, Himself.Anything else is a temporary humanistic peace that has no substance, that won't last very long, and can put people to sleep and be detrimental to the Kingdom of God," said Hess
said the believers prayed "that God would direct him, that he
would stand strong for Christians in the nations, and that terrorism would be defeated."As September 11th approached, there was a burden of prayer that America's wounds would be healed. CBN News
thought America and Israel continued to be such strong allies."I think the reason for the bond is God's providence.America has the largest Jewish community in the world.Christians and Jews are in government, and in places of influence, and Christians are standing by Israel," he
noted.Hess believes that President Bush has been one of the strongest supporters of Israel of any U.S. president, but he still needs greater prayer.
needs more revelation.People are praying that the Lord will give him that revelation.Thank God that the United States is one of the few countries in the world standing for Israel," Hess
The focus of this year's All Nations Convocation has been to bring nations together, in Jerusalem, for days of repentance.Christians have prayed for salvation for all people throughout the world; for the Jewish people to return to their homeland, Israel; and for there to be a greater trust between Arabs and Jews.According to Hess
, "I think there's progressive breakthroughs and more stones removed toward God's peace process, which is Isaiah Chapter 19:23-25."
Those verses from Isaiah say: "In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt, and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians.In that day, Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria – a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt, My people, and Assyria, the work, of my hands, and Israel, My inheritance.'"Hess believes this is also a time when Christians should worship the Lord and give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem as a praise in the earth.Hess
has a vision for 24 hours of prayer, praise and worship.He
has already helped to establish houses of prayer in 150 nations, globally."There's a greater harvest and openness to God's Kingdom coming.We're believing this to happen in every nation of the world," he
While the Convocation is mainly attended by Christian leaders, Hess claims that international government leaders have been to the meetings in past years."Our hope is in the Lord, so our primary direction is working to see the Kingdom of the Lord established.We're working with spiritual leaders.Government leaders are encouraged by them." During the Convocation, Hess has convened with a counsel of leaders from both Israel and the nations.He
explained, "God has given this group a corporate gift of unity.We have had that gift, significantly, since 1994, when the Convocations first began.We take counsel together with the Lord."
It was in 1994 that 100 countries were represented during a visit to the House of Prayer for All Nations
.That marked the beginning of preparations for the All Nations Convocation.This year, the largest continent represented is Europe, followed by Asia and Africa.
Since the establishment of the All Nations Convocation, there's been a spiritual openness among people in the nations, according to Hess
.Christian world leaders, who come up to Jerusalem
to celebrate the feasts of the Lord, have acknowledged that during the most difficult of times, believers can be effective in prevailing prayer for Israel and the nations.Hess
says that prayer is the key to world redemption and the furthering of God's plans and purposes on the earth."I think that something happens in the Spirit when so many people come together to pray."
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