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January 14, 2005

Christian Prayer Vigil at Western Wall

Filed under: — Different River @ 2:17 pm

This just in from Cross-Currents: The Israeli newspaper Ha’Aretz is reporting in its English edition that a group of Evangelical Christians organized by an American from South Carolina is launching a daily prayer vigil at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

There was no fanfare surrounding Earl Cox as he set out to launch his year-long prayer mission in front of the Western Wall on Sunday. Alone and hunched over a book of psalms, the evangelical Christian from South Carolina sat, undisturbed, praying for the peace and security of the State of Israel. It was to be the first prayer session in his effort to ensure an American Christian presence at the Western Wall every day, for at least eight hours a day, for the entire year of 2005.

“We want to make sure that true, pure Christians will pray that God will look over the people of Israel,” he said during a rare break from prayer on Sunday morning.

Cox, who moved to Jerusalem last week to oversee the year long program and is the founder of the pro-Israel American Christian Reserve (ACR), led a group of evangelical Christians on the inaugural prayer mission this week. A former Republican strategist and an active figure in the campaign to draft Elizabeth Dole for the U.S. presidency in 2000, he became an active pro-Israel voice three years ago during what he calls his religious “metamorphosis.”

“I’d be happy to give someone a prize if they could tell me why I love you people so much,” Cox, who is also the host of the Christian Zionist radio show Front Page Jerusalem, said of his new pro-Israel persona. “I know this sounds fanatical, but I am not a fanatic. In the past, I thought evangelicals were crazy, and to be frank, many of them have been crazy with the things they’ve done. But what we’re bringing is absolute, pure, true love without an agenda.”

Could this possibly be a fulfillment — or the begining of the fulfillment — of the prophesy, “Beiti Bet-Tefiloh yikarei l’chol ha-amim” (“My House will be called a House of Prayer for all peoples. — Isaiah 56:7)?


Note: This does not seem to be affiliated with the Jerusalem Prayer Team, another Christian group headed by Mike Evans. They pray for Jerusalem, but not necessarily in Jerusalem.

One Response to “Christian Prayer Vigil at Western Wall”

  1. Kotel Says:

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