United States Recognizes Jerusalem as Capital

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What a historic week this has been!!  Thank you for uniting in prayer to cover my brief trip to Israel!  
I can’t begin to tell you how significant this occasion was to our Republic, the State of Israel, and for the Center For National Renewal.  As an honored guest, I accompanied the US delegation representing the faith community to share in the dedication ceremony for our new US Embassy in Jerusalem.  I was able to connect with leaders and influencers from every sphere of culture– sharing the heart of our mission and representing you as a part of our NatRenewPrayer team!  PLUS, Pastor Deamon Scapin, our CFNR Director, also represented YOU at The White House for a special live viewing of the dedication.  YOU were represented in BOTH DC’s – Washington AND David’s Capital! 

Dr. Mike Hayes   Founder and President  US Embassy, Jerusalem, Israel

Dr. Mike Hayes
Founder and President
US Embassy, Jerusalem, Israel

Deamon and Kristine Scapin   Director of Operations  White House, Washington, D.C.

Deamon and Kristine Scapin
Director of Operations
White House, Washington, D.C.

This weekend, we celebrate the Hebrew Feast of Shavuot and the Christian festival of Pentecost.  These holidays commemorate the all-important wheat harvest in the Land of Israel, the anniversary of the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai, and descent of the Holy Spirit in power upon the Church.  As I walked the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem this week – in awe of serving in a day and a land where Biblical prophecy is being fulfilled before my eyes – I was reminded of some of Jesus’ last words to His disciples just before His Ascension.  

“But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.”

~ Acts of the Apostles 1:8 (Amplified)

As you join me in prayer for renewal in our nation, I want you to reconsider Jesus’ words in light of this past week.  

First, the Gospel flowed in the power of the Spirit FROM Jerusalem to the known world– Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.  I know that what is happening now in the Holy City is a catalyst for a fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit, as America – along with other nations – has aligned herself nationally with God’s covenant land (Genesis 12:3). 

Second, the Spirit extends God’s Kingdom through PEOPLE– His people – YOU and I – as witnesses and influencers in our world.  THIS IS OUR DAY!  Let’s offer ourselves to God for His work!

Third, the Holy Spirit has given US power AND ability to make a difference. Let’s bury excuses and trust GOD’S ABILITY through the gifts He’s invested in each of us to influence OUR world!

On this momentous week in history, will you join me in boldly praying for God to send another ‘Pentecost’ to our world?

Father, THANK YOU for allowing me to live in these exciting ‘Kingdom’ days! Pour out a fresh baptism of Your Holy Spirit upon the earth!  

Just as You did at Pentecost, we say ‘Do it again, Lord!’ Cause Your Spirit to awaken the hearts of men and women far from You!  Draw people to Jesus and bring them out of darkness into Light!  

Bless America, as she leads the world in standing with Your people!  Favor and protect our leaders – cause YOUR Kingdom to be advanced in OUR nation! Let us – as a people called by Your Name – live with power AND ability to make a difference in every sphere of society – making disciples of every nation!

God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, continue to keep Zion as the Apple of Your eye and let PEACE always be within her walls!  Use me today, God, as Your witness in MY world!

In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!

I believe that AS WE PRAY – fervently, faithfully, boldly with the unction of the Spirit – God will heal our land and release a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit!  THANK YOU for standing with us EACH WEEK; for lifting up the nation; pushing back the darkness, and contending for renewal. God is moving!  It’s working!