DAY 38: The Lost Sheep of the House of Israel
These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
I want to comfort the heart of God
Yesterday, we emphasized Daniel’s fasting in the 70-year window for the great jailbreak of the Jewish people out of Babylon back to their homeland. We sense that we are in another 70 year period since Israel became a nation and the great evangelistic outpouring of the Spirit began in 1948. I believe that I and the body of Christ is in a major transitional prayer shift and divine assignment to understand, like Daniel, if we fast and pray we will see an outbreak of God’s wondrous grace on the Jewish people worldwide.
Yesterday we concentrated on Every Home for Christ, primarily targeting the gentile world. During this fast, I have been apprehended with God’s heart for his own people. As we have been praying Ekballo, I have been deeply moved by what it would mean to Jesus when the church worldwide begins to pray Ekballo for His own people, the ones he first directed his disciples to pray for and go to.
When Jesus said, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers,” He then directed those very disciples not to go to the Gentiles, but rather to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. He groaned over His own people. Now 2,000+ years later, what do you think his groan is now? I want to comfort the heart of Jesus. I have this deep prophetic feeling that as this massive worldwide Jesus movement breaks out it’s going to break out among the Jewish people as well and maybe first and foremost. 70 years are up. Could it be time for the beginnings of the fulfillment of Romans 11:15 speaking concerning the Jews receiving Christ, “For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?”
Just the other day a young Jewish woman who has launched a movement of 40 days of fasting in Israel called me with a dream in which I was told, “You cannot see a revival in America unless you, Lou, begin praying for the Jewish people.” I am weighing the dream very heavily. Today we begin praying at the end of this fast, that all over the world the Lord of the harvest would thrust forth laborers into the Jewish harvest field both in the land of Israel and in the diaspora worldwide.
Jesus, once again we know you are looking to your own people harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. And we know your heart is broken because there are few laborers. So we take up your groan and your prayer. We seek to align with your broken heart. We beg you to do what you have been longing to do since you first commanded your disciples to pray this prayer, “Hurl forth laborers to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
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