Altar of Prayer (AOP) exists to bring Christians together with the common goal of praying for (Aliyah) the return of the Jewish people to their homeland, and the restoration of the Land of Israel as the Lord has proclaimed and commanded in Scripture. Christians from all denominations are welcome and encouraged to join us in this Holy assignment and privilege. If you share this common goal or if you desire to find your role in the redemptive plan of God that is unfolding before our eyes, then come.
First and foremost, this Altar of Prayer is an online forum that has been dedicated to the Lord for the sole purpose of prayer and praying in agreement with the Word and heart of the Father, God. To that end, there are many ministries and Christian denominations involved, yet we come together in unity as the Body of Christ to which Yeshua (Jesus) is the Head. (Col. 1:18)
Our core attitudes include humility, mutual respect, active listening, and the willingness to seek deeper understanding. Praying together requires openness to discovery and growth as we search and share from the Scriptures together. We seek to model a biblical attitude from the nations towards Israel in a spirit of unity in Christ and unconditional love.
Below you will find core beliefs that are foundational and based solely upon the Word of the Lord as given in Scripture. All of the leaders within the (AOP) Prayer Watches have confirmed their agreement with these stated core beliefs.
God and Creation
We believe the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is one and only living God eternally existing in three persons who has revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all equal in power and glory. God has revealed Himself through His creation, and in the history of Israel as shown to us in Scripture. (Gen. 1:1; I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:4-6)
God is the Creator of the heavens and the earth. He created human beings in His divine image and gave them dominion over the earth as well as His blessing. (Gen. 1:26-28; 2:15; Eph. 1:4-6) We believe in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. We believe that this Word was later manifested in the form of the Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus Christ). (John 1:1)
God gave humanity the gift of free will but when human beings disobeyed Him they forfeited the privileged dominion and rule over creation. Subsequently, all relationships within creation became subject to a curse brought into the world by disobeying God (sin). (Gen. 4:8; 6:5-7; Rom. 8:20-22)
In God's great love for His creation, He purposed to bring restoration. Therefore, He chose Abraham and made an everlasting covenant with him, promising that all families on earth would be blessed through him and that he would make Abraham a great nation. He made this covenant with Abraham so that he would direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. (Gen. 12:3; 18:19) And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” -Galatians 3:8
The Jewish People
We believe, God also chose Israel, the Jewish people, and entered into an eternal covenant with them so they might be the firstfruits of a renewed humanity who would mediate blessing and restoration to all the nations of the world. Through Moses, God gave Israel the holy Torah (first 5 books of the Bible) as a covenantal way of life, and the Holy Land of Israel as an inheritance and pledge of the blessing to come in the eternal Kingdom. (Gen. 12:1-3; Jer. 31:31-37; Rom. 11:28-29)
Jesus (in Hebrew Yeshua) Our Salvation
When the time had come, the Divine Son became a human being—Yeshua (Jesus Christ) the Messiah, born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit. He lived righteously, fulfilling without any fault the commandments of Scripture. (Isa. 7:14; John 1:14; Gal. 4:4; Heb. 1:1-4; 4:15)
Jesus died as the payment to cover the penalty for the sins of Israel and of the entire world. He was physically raised from the dead as the firstfruits (the first and best) of the resurrection promised to Israel as its glorification. He ascended to heaven and is there enthroned at God’s right hand with authority extending to all the earth. (Isa. 53:4-6; Ps. 110:1; Matt. 28:18; Mk. 14:61-62; I Cor. 15:3-8; Phil. 2-9-11)
We believe, Our Lord and Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus) will return to Jerusalem and set His feet down on the Mount of Olives in the fulness of His glory at the end of this age, to rule forever from King David’s throne. He will bring about the complete restoration of Israel, the dead will be raised, those who belong to Him will be saved, the wicked will be judged (anyone whose name was not found written in the Book of Life) and will be eternally separated from His presence. He will overcome all forms of idolatry, and Israel and the nations will be united under the reign and rule of Jesus forever. (Isa. 9:4-5/5-6; Rom. 8:18-19; Rev. 20:11-15; 21:1-4)
The Bible (Holy Scriptures)
We believe, writings of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament are divinely inspired and fully trustworthy (true), a gift given by God to His people, provided to impart life and to form, nurture, and guide them in the ways of truth. They are of supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (II Tim. 3:16, 17; II Pet. 1:19-21)
"Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith— to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen." -Romans 16:25-27
The Church (Ekklesia)
Through the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord, Jesus Christ the gift of the Holy Spirit has been given to His followers who believe, have been called, and have responded with faith and repentance.
Speaking through the Prophet Isaiah, God said: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will also make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” The prophecies of Isaiah are intended to be a light for the Church throughout the nations. This was Isaiah's message to the Church: "But the Lord will have mercy on the descendants of Jacob. He will choose Israel as his special people once again. He will bring them back to settle once again in their own land. And people from many different nations will come and join them there and unite with the people of Israel. The nations of the world will help the people of Israel to return, and those who come to live in the Lord’s land will serve them..." -Isaiah 14:1-2
It is a gift to have ears to hear and eyes to see and to understand the ancient instructions related to the will of our Father in heaven which are directly related to the return and restoration of Israel. The Lord said this of the Prophet Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” -Jeremiah 1:5 As an appointed Prophet to the nations, Jeremiah proclaimed: "There will be a day when watchmen cry out... ‘Lord, save your people, the remnant of Israel.’ See, I will bring them from the land of the north and gather them from the ends of the earth...They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel’s father...“Hear the word of the Lord, you nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: 'He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.'" -Jeremiah 31:6-7,9-10
As the Church, and as those who have received God's gift of the Holy Spirit, we have been given a prophetic responsibility and we must cooperate with the Holy Spirit as Holy priests of the Lord within every nation, tribe, and tongue. Consider it a great honor and privilege to play your role in this incredible redemptive plan that returns and settles the Jewish people in the land of Israel. It is the responsibility of the Body of Christ to pray in alignment with the will of God.
This is not a time to remain silent or complacent. For such a time as this..."So that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places." -Ephesians 3:10
All nations of the world are included in God's calling to pray for the Return (Aliyah) and Restoration of Israel, leading to Redemption of the entire world.
To better understand our role as Christians which is: to bless, comfort, extend mercy, help return the Jews home, and to serve them in the land of Israel - click the link below to review the Lord's instructions from Scripture.