Why Do We Emphasize Prayer So Much In Ebenezer?

When the Lord’s disciples asked Him to teach them to pray, the first petition He mentioned was,  “Hallowed be Thy Name.” We often think of these words as not taking His Name in vain, or honoring and exalting His Name more fervently. However, there is a specific moment in history referred to in Ezekiel 36-39, especially 36:23, where the Lord speaks of aliyah as hallowing or sanctifying His holy Name (NKJV). Aliyah demonstrates to Israel and the nations that He is God.

The enemy knows his time is short when the Gospel spreads to every people group (Matthew 24:13) and the fig tree* reappears and prospers (Matthew 24:32). Therefore, great is the opposition to the return of the Jewish people to their Land. Hence the need for much prayer and intercession (standing between God and the people prayed for). Our Lord has systematically shown us the enemy boulders preventing aliyah (Isaiah 62:10 & 56:14). Every prayer action brings more victory.

You all can participate to the extent you are able-even a few minutes daily, calling out for the fulfillment of God’s purposes in aliyah. Because He limits Himself to our prayers, we in the Church who understand have an obligation to our Master to pray “Hallowed be Thy Name.”

Wendy Beckett

National Prayer Coordinator

*The Jewish people in the first century AD understood fig tree to mean the nation of Israel.