Around 500 million Jewish and Christian worshippers from over 175 countries participated in the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem on Oct. 1 which was broadcasted by GOD TV to 300 million viewers across 192 nations.
On Sunday, New-York based global missional community Eagles' Wings executive director Rev. Robert Stearns led the DPPJ from the Haas Promenade which overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem. The event, which initially took place in 2002, has now become the biggest Israel-focused prayer gathering and is being held every first Sunday of October, Breaking News Israel detailed.
Aside from the Christian leaders, prominent Jewish figures also took part in DPPJ. Member of Knesset Robert Ilatov, MK Rabbi Yehudah Glick, Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation executive director David Nekrutman, Dr. Jürgen Buhler of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, and Director of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus Joshua Reinstein also attended the event.
"I would have never thought that a Christian would stand side by side with a Jew," said Nekrutman, who was standing besides Rev. Stearns at the time. "That is a move of the Holy Spirit."
Prior to the DPPJ, Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver explained the importance of praying for peace in Jerusalem. Quoting Psalm 122:6, he said praying for Israel and its people shall result in prosperity and love, WND relayed.
In addition, Staver said God prioritizes the Israeli people, so they must also support them. He also called on all people who believe in Jesus to pray for the Jewish State not only during the DPPJ but also every day, saying the country has gone through a lot of "animosity for its mere existence" even though it has more right to its land compared to any other nation.
Moreover, Staver said 2017 is a significant year for Israel as it marks the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem's unification. It is also the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration which established the Jewish people's legitimate right to their land.