JERUSALEM — Senior Pastor of First Baptist Dallas Dr. Robert Jeffress offered a prayer of dedication Monday on the site of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. In an interview on May 11 on Fox News, Jeffress noted that Evangelicals were “absolutely ecstatic” about the spiritual and historical significance of the embassy move.
Jeffress noted that from a historical and biblical perspective, Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years, which “absolutely explodes the myth that comes from the left that somehow the Jewish people just came into that land 70 years ago and took it away from the Palestinians and that the Jews had no claim to it.” In addition, God’s promise in Genesis 12:3 that he would “bless those who bless you [Israel], and curse those who curse you” means that the decision to move the embassy puts America on “the right side of history and the right side of God.”
Jeffress noted that the President’s decision was another example of “promises made and promises kept” to the Evangelical community, showing that “when you couple this with the judicial appointments and the sanctity of life movements it just shows that this president can be trusted to do what’s promised to do.
This is the full text of Dr. Jeffress’s prayer:
Heavenly Father we come before You, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, thanking You for bringing us to this momentous occasion in the life of Your people and in the history of our world. Four thousand years ago, You said to Your servant Abraham that You would make him the father of a great nation — a nation “through whom the whole world would be blessed.”
And now as we look back, we see how Israel has been that blessing to the entire world, through her innovations in medicine, technology, and energy. But most of all, Israel has blessed this world by pointing us to You, the one true God, through the message of her prophets, the Scriptures, and the Messiah.
We come before You today thanking You for Your providential and powerful protection of this nation from all who would seek to destroy her. This nation, the nation of Israel, You have called “the apple of Your eye.” And Father, we are all so grateful as we think about what happened seventy years ago today — at this very moment — when You fulfilled the prophecies of the prophets from thousands of years ago and regathered Your people in this Promised Land.
Now we want to thank You, especially today, for the courageous leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his determination to do whatever it takes to protect his people at all costs. We are equally grateful for the skillful work of our ambassador, David Friedman, who so effectively represents our United States’ policy of always standing by and supporting our most reliable ally and friend in the Middle East.
And now Father, as we come to dedicate this embassy, in the city of Jerusalem — the city that You named as the capital of Israel 3,000 years ago — we want to thank You for the tremendous leadership of our great president, Donald J. Trump.
Without President Trump’s determination, resolve, courage … we would not be here today. And I believe, Father, I speak for every one of us when we say, we thank You every day that You have given us a President who boldly stands on the right side of history, but more importantly, stands on the right side of You, O God, when it comes to Israel.
And now today, Father, we want to pray what the psalmist prayed 3,000 years ago, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May those who love her, prosper. May peace dwell within her walls.”
And we pray this in the name and the spirit of the Prince of Peace, Jesus our Lord, Amen.
Dr. Robert Jeffress is a best-selling author of 24 books, a nationally and internationally syndicated TV and radio host and the senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas, one of the largest and most influential churches in America. Pathway to Victory, Dr. Jeffress’ broadcast ministry, airs daily nationwide on more than 900 radio stations and is broadcast live to 195 countries. His latest book, “A Place Called Heaven: 10 Surprising Truths About Your Eternal Home,” is available in bookstores everywhere. A Fox News contributor, he is an evangelical adviser to the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.