10 Days 2015 Devotional, Day 3: The Grace of Intercession for the Jewish People

Day 3: The Grace of Intercession for the Jewish People

“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”  Zechariah 12:10

On this the third day of our journey to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the last of the Ten Days of Awe, we would do well to remember that intercession, or supplication, is a special gift of grace for both intercessor and the objects of intercession alike. This gift comes upon us in the Person of the Ruach HaKodesh or Holy Spirit. 

The word “supplication”  as used in the context of Zechariah 12:10 comes from a Hebrew root word chanan meaning mercy and the verb tachanuwn which means to humbly and earnestly beg or entreat. Taken together, supplication means “to prevail on the mercy of YAHWEH through earnest and humble entreaty or intercession”.

A Spirit of Intercession for the Jewish People

Our motivation to supplicate for Israel has its source in our own redemption.  We have received total pardon for being accomplices in a killing. We have been forgiven the shedding of innocent blood! “They will look on Me Whom they pierced.”

What we have so freely received from Yahweh, we in turn labor under the anointing to release grace upon the leaders of Israel and inhabitants of the City of The Great King. This labor of love in prayer is nothing less than an unmerited Divine gift of intercession.  It is motivated by sacrificial love to open the eyes of a blinded people who God calls “my firstborn”. This spirit of grace and supplication for the Jewish people, described in Zechariah 12 is something He is releasing right now. He has invited us to partner in this work of intercession with Him as our High Priest.

Let’s remember that during these 10 Days religious Hebrews all over the world are beginning to look inward and examine their hearts leading up to Yom Kippur. Their hearts are open to God right now in a special way. This is a time to agree with Yahweh for the salvation of the Hebrew people.

Pray for the Crucified Lamb to be revealed to His people and that they may look upon Him for the first time as Yeshua ben David, The Passover Lamb, and experience the mourning and weeping that is an evident token of a truly repentant heart.

Let’s close with this beautiful word picture promise from Zechariah 13:1. Following the mourning, weeping and anguish of soul seen in chapter 12 there follows this fountain to wash away the guilt and stain of sin that has weighed so heavily on the conscience of the children of Israel for so long…

“In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.”

Amen, let it be Lord!

John Moore
Prayer Surge Now Intercessor
PSN Israel Wednesday Prayer Call Facilitator
Author Ten Days Israel Prayer Guide
Houston, Texas