The Wailing Wall is a place of prayer. My first time in Israel, I visited Jerusalem. The city was busy, people were selling trinkets, kids were playing in the streets, beggars were asking me for money, parades of tourists were fumbling about, the streets of the old city were so full, dark, and busy that there seemed to be no way out!

Then, we came to the Wailing Wall. There is an indescribable reverence in that place, a sort of awe inspired moment seems to be pulled out of you. You can’t help but be silent as you come to the wall and look around at the people crying for their lost ‘holy of holies’. I was inspired by the fact that there is always prayer in that place; words are in a constant flow up to heaven. I am a Christian myself, and I had never seen so much prayer.

That day I was reminded of the importance of prayer. God moves in people’s hearts when they are prayed for. Cities are conquered and fall by the power of prayer. People are saved when they call on the name of the Lord.

“Wailing Wall” is not one of my more detailed paintings, but it has a lot of heart. I used a lot of layering techniques in the wall, and tightened it up as I came to the hand of the woman. I wanted to show the weathered look of the hand, so I added a lot of contrast to create the wrinkles. I also added some Hebrew lettering to the pieces of paper in the wall. I have a painting on my bedroom wall with the words: Be joyful always; pray continually.

The Jewish people pray continually, but this is the Wailing Wall for a reason. They do not have the joy that can only come by the One who saves, namely, Jesus Christ the Messiah. My prayer is for all to see the light and come to know Him personally as their Savior, as He is my Savior.

Wailing Wall