Thanks for all your encouragement regarding yesterday’s posting. An out of focus picture has become clear. We are choosing now our source. Drawing from Heaven’s scrolls! 

Lets keep President Trump’s first overseas journey in VIGILANT PRAYER. Trump goes first to Saudi Arabia, the heart of Sunni Islam, for Saturday meetings. On Sunday he goes to Jerusalem. Keep watch. Pray for favor and protection. Because in typical Trump style, the risks are great but the potential for good is exponentially greater! Here’s why.

An Unprecedented Hour
Let me paint a vivid picture for you regarding this extraordinary window of opportunity President Trump is stepping into. Trump’s primary mission is to empower a coalition of Mideast nations to embrace peace and disavow the radical terrorism that has so marred our landscape and theirs. Internally from the likes of ISIS and Al Queda especially. Externally, and perhaps most importantly, from Shiite Iran. 

Iran votes TODAY for a new president. In other words, while the Trump team is still in the air, Iran’s presidential election will be decided. A key question is whether moderate Hassan Rouhani will succumb to the hardline candidate Ebrahim Raisi. Raisi is backed by the Iranian National Guard, and is said to be favored by the ultimate ruler of Iran, Ayatollah Khameni. 

So if Raisi wins, the danger to both Sunni Muslim nations and to the United States will be multiplied. Either way, it’s an unprecedented hour to draw the Sunni nations of the Mideast together and propose a military and diplomatic alliance the Trump administration has called “a Mideast NATO.”

Correction on this statement. Lets say, Sunni nations with one exception. That would be our friend Israel. 

Kairos Time for Collaboration
With all its challenges, Iranian nuclear deal brought an unanticipated, unintended blessing to the region. I’ll never forget the jaw-dropping speech made by Netanyahu before Congress on Purim eve 2015. He pled to America and the world to forbid the furtherance of the deal—not just for Israel’s sake, or for America’s sake, but for the sake of the Sunni nations of the Mideast.

“President Obama, listen to Netanyahu on Iran!” resounded the Saudi-backed paper Al Arabiya, just before Netanyahu’s speech. Faisal Abbas, editor in chief of Al Arabiya’s English website, memorably wrote, “It is extremely rare for any reasonable person to ever agree with anything Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says or does. However, one must admit, Bibi did get it right, at least when it came to dealing with Iran.”

Remember that before Iran wants Jerusalem, it wants Saudi Arabia’s Mecca and Medina—the two holiest cities of the Islamic world. Over the past few years, collaborative defensive efforts have since drawn Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and others together for mutual benefit. Again, countering radical terrorism from within, and countering the extraordinary terrorist and military threat posed by Iran. 

With the Iranian elections being decided, it again is stunning that President Trump is addressing this situation at such a strategic time. It’s a bold statement of the United States’ resolute commitment to our allies.

Kairos Time—Eve of Jerusalem Day
On Sunday President Trump journeys to Jerusalem—on the eve of Jerusalem Day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the reconstitution of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital after the Six Day War. The honor conveyed through timing of this visit speaks volumes about the Trump Administration’s continued dedication to Israel as a sovereign nation, and Jerusalem as its eternal, undivided capital. 

And as we shared in previous postings, President Trump will visit the Western Wall to pray. One can only imagine the content of his petitions and supplications while there. But lets pray for all supernatural forces of the enemy to be restrained, and for an open line of communication with God the Father. Speaking life, encouragement, identity and intention into the President’s heart. 

Father God we declare Your covenant favor over Trump’s journey. We pray and claim Psalm 91. May You “shamar”—watch over, protect and defend—the President, First Lady Melania Trump, and his team. May they be graced by You alone to quite literally redirect the course of history. Turnaround! Give keen discernment. Protect them from outward threats and also from any diplomatic compromise that would dishonor Your covenantal expression in Israel and throughout the Mideast. 

Father God, we pray and claim your promise of blessing, regional collaboration and transformation promised in Isaiah 19—Egypt Your people, Israel Your inheritance, and Assyria your handiwork. We ask that you draw all the sons and daughters of Abraham into a greater revelation of Your heart, for Your glory. In Jesus’ Name.