6 Reasons Why We Pray in the Holy Lands
For most Christians, the places and sites where Jesus was born, grew up, lived, preached, was crucified, and was resurrected, are not just sites of historical importance but inspirational witnesses to purpose and sanctity of their lives on earth. While prayer is a deeply personal experience, praying in the holy lands as part of a group offers you a chance to connect and commune with God in unison. In unity there is much power.
Here are 6 compelling reasons why the faithful continue to pray and should continue to pray in the monumental churches and shrines of Israel.
1. Strength in Numbers:
To quote from the Old Testament, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!”
2. Getting a Glimpse into the life and times of Jesus:
We also offer prayer requests in the Holy lands because seeing, being able to touch and feel, stones, soils, trees, and churches, and being able to smell the same air being moved by forces as ancient to this earth as Jesus Christ himself, can be a profound, possibly, life-changing experience. Through actual images the splendor and majesty of a holy shrine may fully be revealed.
3. Enhancing Belief:
Access to the holy lands can add to your sense of belief in a real and tangible God – a God who created the cosmos but still sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to live among and intercede for mankind. Christian tenets teach us to have faith without demanding proof in God’s existence. But witnessing for yourself, the places in which so many of Jesus’ parables unfolded, gives you a better understanding of biblical references and their place in your own belief system.
4. Learning to Pray the Right Way:
Romans 8:26–27: “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” It is believed that the Holy Spirit will help us when we are unable to form coherent words for prayer. This follows from the verses above.If we pray incorrectly, the Holy Spirit corrects the errors in our prayers before they are offered to our heavenly Father. To support this argument by another example, consider verse 27 of the same book: the Holy Spirit “intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
5. Gaining a More Diverse World View:
The holy lands are unique in that they are the only place where churches of many denominations coexist. Not only do Christian churches pray alongside Jewish synagogues, in Jerusalem, but these are also some of the holiest sites for Muslims and those of the Bahai faith. When you are offering prayers in close proximity to communities with varying rituals and practices, you begin to get better at and gain respect for your own.
6. Learning from the Community:
Pilgrimages to the holy lands of Jerusalem, Jaffa, Capernaum, Mount Tabor, Gallicantu, and the Mount of Olives brings you closer to those travelling with you. You learn to respect traditions, cultures, and discipline. You also begin to learn how to be a better Christian by learning from the strengths of others.
The Salvation Garden virtually opens the gates for you, and for Christians around the world, giving you direct access to Jerusalem’s holy sites. Now you can send your prayer and have it physically placed in your chosen site of worship in the Holy Land. Write your online prayer request here.