On the Eve of the Israeli Elections, Please Pray for Beit Sar Shalom as we Serve in the LandAn IDF soldier casts her vote (Source: Wikimedia Commons)On Tuesday, September 17, for the second time in six months, Israel’s citizens are going to the polls to elect their leader and build their Knesset (government). It is crucial for believers in Jesus the Messiah to pray for the elections in Israel!As the Psalmist wrote,“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you’” (Psalm 122:6).The elections are important to us as we have more than twenty-five workers in the Holy Land. The leadership of the country impacts the freedom of religion. Some Christians believe that evangelism is illegal in Israel. This is not true. Israelis are free to preach the gospel, as Israel cherishes religious freedom, a fundamental value of Israel’s founders. Yet preaching the gospel in Israel is always a sensitive issue as it is among the Jewish people in general.The government is dependent on the leader winning a majority of 61 seats out of 120 for members of Knesset. It is extremely unlikely the winner will have a clear majority, so they have to build it by forming a coalition with other parties so that their combined number of seats form a majority. In April, Netanyahu’s Likud party won the most seats but could not build their 61-seat majority. Right now, the polls show a very close race between Likud and Kahol Lavan (the Blue and White Party, led by Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid).Let me list a few additional key factors to keep in mind as you pray for this election. Eighty percent of the voters are Jewish, and 15 percent are Arab. The highest percentage among the remaining 5 percent are Druze, with a population of 135,000 citizens. Each group has different hopes, dreams, and concerns! Pray that the prime minister of Israel will show concern for all those who live in the Holy Land.Ultimately, we pray for the Lord’s will in Israel, and for the Holy One to guide Israelis as they vote. We believe God will grant the elected official’s great wisdom and peacemaking skills both on the international stage and at home.We pray that both Israelis and non-Israelis will remain free to preach the good news of the Messiah within Israel and that the expanding national body of believers in the Holy Land will continue to grow in maturity, boldness, and faith.Please pray for Israel’s elections—that the winners’ hearts would turn towards the Lord for wisdom and strength to lead the nation of Israel. And please pray for Beit Sar Shalom in Israel as we serve in a land of uncertainty and are anxious as to what kind of government we will have—these elections are crucial for Israel’s peace and safety.