As believers in Christ we in Jews for Jesus trust only in his atoning sacrifice to bring us salvation. However, because we are burdened for the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel, many of us set aside Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, as a special time of prayer and fasting for our people who do not yet know the Messiah of Israel.

One High Holiday season, after we had suggested that those who shared our burden for Jewish evangelism might want to join us in this observance, a Newsletter friend in Appleton, Wisconsin sent us some ideas for enhancing and enriching this voluntary spiritual exercise:

1. Use the time for prayer and praise:

  • Praise God for the Chosen People of Israel.
  • Praise God for Jewish believers who have spread the good news.
  • Thank God that the root” was so sound that the Gentiles have been able to be successfully “grafted in.”
  • Thank God for the careful preservation of the Hebrew Scriptures.
  • Confess individual sin before God.
  • Pray for each Jewish friend or acquaintance, that God may fulfill their holiday prayers and grant them atonement through Jesus, their Messiah.

2. Use the time for special Bible reading:

  • The Law of Moses—Exodus 20
  • The Psalms—Psalms 115-119
  • The Prophets—especially Isaiah 40 and Isaiah 53
  • The Gospel—Luke 24:45-53

3. Use the time to gain knowledge about Jewish people, so that you may be a more effective witness to them:

  • Review some Jews for Jesus Newsletters if you have kept them.
  • Study key words, articles and customs.
  • Find additional reading materials in the library.

(This year Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is on September 21.)