Chaim Weizmann was a major influence on Arthur Balfour. A member of the House of Lords asked him one day, “Why do you Jews insist on Palestine when there are so many undeveloped countries you could settle in more conveniently?” Weizmann said: “That is like my asking you why you drove twenty miles to visit your mother last Sunday when there are so many old ladies living on your street.”

This rather amusing anecdote actually carries a profound truth. The reason the Land of Israel is so important to the Jewish people is because of ‘relationship’. After all, it is a land promised by God Himself and a ‘right’ given by God that dates back 3,000 years. That is why the Balfour Declaration was so important. It gave political recognition to this Biblical right. Therefore, it has been important to celebrate what the British Government did 100 years ago this week. Sadly, our media, and even some current politicians, have failed to fully understand this relationship that Jews have with the land. Consequently, it appears to them that the Balfour Declaration was a divisive act. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yet, we know that according to Genesis 12:3, there are two opposite attitudes towards Israel, one leading to blessing and another leading to cursing.

We give thanks for the way in which Britain has demonstrated support for Israel this week. Let us continue to pray for our Government, for our media, and for the Church that there will be a new revelation on Israel. And may we see the blessing of standing with Israel pour out across this nation.

The following prayer points are to assist you as you pray. For the stories behind these prayer points, please view the CUFI Weekly News Round-up, by clicking here.

May God bless you as you pray.

  • Praise the Lord for Britain’s role in supporting the establishing of the State of Israel.
  • Despite Britain’s inconsistencies over 100 years, praise the Lord that the relationship between the UK and Israel is strong. Pray that it will continue to get stronger.
  • Praise the Lord for the example of Arthur James Balfour and his Cabinet that took the bold step in giving British support to a Jewish state.
  • Pray for our current political leaders, including Prime Minister Theresa May, her Cabinet and the Foreign Office and Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson.
  • Pray also for those politicians perpetuating an anti-Israel narrative in Parliament. Pray too for those MPs that have made a bold stand for Israel, especially recently in relation to the Balfour Centenary.
  • Pray for Prime Minister Netanyahu who is currently in the UK. Pray for his protection and for wisdom, discernment and boldness.
  • Pray for all forthcoming events relating to the Balfour Declaration, including the special event at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 7 November.
  • Pray for CUFI’s #IAmBalfour campaign that it will continue help raise awareness of the importance of the Balfour declaration.
  • Following the discovery of a terror tunnel underneath a UN-funded school in Gaza this week, praise the Lord that it was revealed to authorities before threatening Israel further. Pray that further tunnels will be exposed and that the evil plots by Israel’s enemies be foiled.
  • Pray for the shop owner in Aberdeen who has been subject to anti-Semitic abuse due to selling Israeli products. Praise the Lord for the coverage it received in the news this week.
  • Pray for the United States following the horrific terror attack in New York City this week. Pray for all those affected, including those whose loved ones were murdered.
And “pray for the peace of Jerusalem”