The Scriptures give us insight on how to speak to Jerusalem. Additionally, the Bible also gives us the language to use in our prayers. Praying Isaiah 40 is a beautiful way to come into right alignment with God’s never-ending love for Jerusalem.
Speak Comfort for God’s People
“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins. A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
Speak tenderly here actually means “speak to the heart.” Have compassion on Jerusalem just as Jesus does. Speak comfort to her heart even in the midst of her warfare.
Speak Prophetically With Scripture
“Thus says the LORD: I have returned to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the LORD of hosts, the holy mountain. “- Zechariah 8:3″At that time Jerusalem shall be called the throne of the LORD, and all nations shall gather to it, to the presence of the LORD in Jerusalem, and they shall no more stubbornly follow their own evil heart.” – Jeremiah 3:17
“And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. “- Revelation 21:2-3
As believers, we know the end of the story. We can see with eyes of faith what the prophets of old saw and pray into those words. They have encouraged the Jewish people for thousands of years. We know that Jerusalem will one day be a “praise in all the earth.”
Speak Out God’s Nature
“For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns. The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory.
You shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will name. You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.” Isaiah 62:1-3
God has chosen Jerusalem as the city where He will dwell and establish His throne. This city has seen so much spiritual and physical conflict throughout history because of this very reason. The fight for who will have dominion over her is very real. Again, we know the end of the story. We must not allow the spirit of age to help determine what we believe about this city and her people. We must actively pursue truth by the reading of the word and by revelation from the Holy Spirit. Especially, at this very tender time in history it is so important to raise our voices in unity. Speak to the heart of Jerusalem. Pray comfort and speak truth. Comfort, comfort! Speak tenderly to Jerusalem!