The annual event, which is timed to coincide with the High Holy Days, is expected to be marked by as many as 30 million people in 100,000 churches in more than 100 nations.
“The Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem calls every Christian around the world to respond to the mandate of the Holy Scriptures and pray for the peace of Jerusalem,” said Rev. Robert Stearns, executive director of the New York-based Eagles’ Wings Ministry, which first launched the international prayer event three years ago.
The prayer session is broadcast from Jerusalem’s Tower of David Museum and was launched in coordination with the Foreign and Tourism ministries and the Knesset’s Christian allies caucus.
The event will be attended by MKs Natan Sharansky, Yuri Shtern and Benny Elon.
“The continued onslaught against Israel by radical Islam in the face of painful Israeli compromises has served to clarify that many of the forces against Israel are more committed to the destruction of Israel than to the creation of a future of hope for the Palestinians,” Stearns told The Jerusalem Post.
He added that the political-religious reality has served to reawaken the Evangelical Church globally to support Israel.
The prayer vigil comes one month after an unprecedented public tiff between Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michel Sabah and Evangelical Christian leaders in the Holy Land over their hard-core support for Israel after Sabah issued a proclamation which stated that the Evangelical Christians were leading the world to Armageddon.
The remarks served to highlight the two opposing camps in the Christian world, a schism which has only deepened over the last decade as Evangelical ties with Israel began to warm.
“Christians uniting in prayer for Israel is one of the most important developments in Judeo-Christian relations today,” said Christian allies caucus director Josh Reinstein.
The alliance between Israel and the Evangelical Christian world has also been given the cold shoulder by the predominantly liberal American Jewish leadership, whose outlook on social matters, such as abortion, the separation of church and state and school prayer are opposed to those of the Christian Right in America.
“There is a need for continued education and proving of our friendship, but I trust that our actions will speak for themselves,” Stearns said.
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