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                           Prayer Points: November – December 2018

Consider these prayer points as springboards into deeper prayer and intercession.

Let God Arise, let His enemies be scattered …. He scatters the people who delight in war.” Psalm 68: 1,30

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Serious Trouble with Gaza

  • Mid November saw a flurry of activity between Israel and Gaza. A ceasefire is now in place. Hamas discovered an undercover Israeli team in Gaza leading to a firefight in which one Israeli officer died along with six Hamas operatives. Hamas' furious response was to fire several hundred rockets into the south of Israel. Israel responded by demolishing high-level tower blocks from which they say Hamas are operating and hitting over 150 targets.
  • The Israeli population is now becoming angry at what they think is a pusillanimous response by Israel to the trouble from Gaza. Property has been damaged, Israelis injured with one Palestinian man with a work permit for Israel being killed. Avigdor Lieberman the Defence Minister has resigned, dissatisfied with Israel's agreement to ineffectual ceasefires. This has destabilized the government of Binyamin Netanyahu but it looks as if the coalition will survive for the time being at least.
  • Hamas considers that the rocket barrage has been some kind of victory for them and it looks as though they may resume the violent demonstrations along the Gaza border. Opponents of the ceasefire in Israel think that the ceasefire is simply giving Hamas breathing space to prepare for the next round of attacks.
  • The possible resumption of hostile demonstrations puts added strain on the Israeli soldiers manning the border.
  • Pray that God will give great wisdom to the Prime Minister, the government ministers, the IDF general staff and the security services in how to handle the present situation and to restore peace and order.
  • Ask the Lord to reveal to the leaders of Israel the course of action that He wants them to take. There is no simple solution – if there was it would have been taken long ago.
  • Pray for the weary residents of all the communities that have once again been victims of terrorist rocket fire, school and business closures, injury, shock and property damage.
  • Ask the Lord to bring unity to the people of Israel even as many do not agree with this cease-fire. Ask God to prevent this frustration and anger from turning into violence.
  • Ask God to show the leadership whether He wants them to hold an election at this time or to soldier on. If they are to continue, pray that PM Netanyahu will divest himself of the foreign affairs and defence responsibilities. It is too much for one man!
  • Pray that the IDF will rotate the soldiers at the front on a regular basis so that they do not get exhausted and succumb to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit will use the circumstances of the present crisis to cause both Jewish and Palestinian people to think about eternal matters. Pray that God will give dreams and divine appointments to meet their Saviour.
  • Pray for the rest of the world, particularly the western countries, to wake up to the wicked behaviour of the Hamas leadership as they seek to destroy Israel and pray for the governments to take appropriate action.
  • Pray for the people of Gaza who must feel that they live in such a hopeless situation. Pray that they too will meet their Saviour.

 

“You give us victory over our enemies, You put our adversaries to shame.” Ps. 44:7

 

The Northern Border of Israel and the threat from Iran

  • The threat from the north hangs over Israel's head and affects all other actions it takes. With Iran supporting and training Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria and having other Shiite forces in Syria, this dark cloud of existential danger must always be on the minds and hearts of Israel's leaders. Scripture teaches (Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39) that there will be an attack on Israel from the North in the end-times (Gog and Magog), but we can pray that Satan will not be able to pre-empt God's timing over anything that has been prophesied in the Bible. Such a war may be sometime away, and we can meanwhile pray for peace.
  • A paper from the anti-proliferation think tank Foreign Policy has reported that Iran was much nearer to being able to manufacture its own nuclear weapon, than previously thought. One of the documents in the huge archive ferreted out of Teheran by Israel in January, demonstrates that Iran would have been able to manufacture a bomb in less than the two year time frame estimated by the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
  • Pray that God will preserve the peace in Israel until such time as his sovereign purposes are about to occur.
  • Give thanks to God that Israel's intelligence and security services have managed to stay ahead of the enemy in Syria and in Lebanon.
  • Pray that God will cause the government and military to strengthen any areas of weakness both in intelligence and in military preparedness.
  • Pray that despite the S-300 missile defence system recently provided by Russia to Syria, Israeli aircraft will still be able to take out any military hardware they deem a threat to Israel.
  • Pray that the Israeli Civil Defence will be preparing all that is needed to protect Israel's citizens in Israel, and especially in the north of the country.
  • Pray that Iran will not be able to acquire nuclear weapons.
  • Pray that the forces of unrest in Iran will cause the Islamist regime to collapse.

"O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God! For behold, your enemies make an uproar; those who hate you have raised their heads." Psalm 83:1-2

 

Terrorist attacks in Israel and Judea and Samaria

  • After a relatively quiet period there has been an increase in terrorist activity in Israel. It seems that Hamas cells in the West Bank have become more active and are behind these attacks.
  • Four Israeli policemen were injured in a stabbing attack actually in a police station in Jerusalem in mid-November.
  • Pray that God will provide all the intelligence and wisdom that Israeli security forces need to stop these attacks.
  • Pray for more Palestinians to become believers. Pray for them to have courage to stand up for what is right with their fellow citizens.
  • Pray that despite the difficult position they find themselves in in relation to their families and communities, that they will come to understand the place of Israel and the Jewish people in God's sovereign purposes.

 

“He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot carry out their plans.” Job 5: 8, 12

 

United States moves to recognise the Golan Heights as part of Israel

  • For the first time the United States has voted in the United Nations against a resolution condemning Israel's occupation of the Golan Heights after the Six Day War in 1967. 151 nations voted for the resolution with Israel and the United States voting against. Previously the United States has abstained on this annual resolution. Israel annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, an action that was not recognised by the international community. It did this for the very good reason that should the Golan Heights ever be returned to Syria then Syria would be in the position to fire shells and rockets on the Galilee, as it did between 1948 and 1967.
  • Give thanks to God for America's support of Israel and pray that the Trump administration will go on to recognise the Golan as a sovereign part of the nation of Israel.

“How gracious He will be when you cry for help! As soon as He hears, He will answer you.” Isaiah 30:19

 

Israel needs Rain!

  • Israel is having rainy days throughout much of the country but it is not a steady consistent rain needed to replenish the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) and the aquifers.
  • Pray that God will have mercy on Israel and bless the land with abundant rain.
  • Pray that the people will turn back to God recognising that He is the ultimate source of water for the nation.
  • Give thanks for Israel's pre-eminence in seawater desalination, but pray that Israel will not see desalination as a substitute for rain.
  • Pray that like other dry lands they will use their water wisely.

 

In days to come Jacob shall take root, Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots and fill the whole world with fruit. Isaiah 27:6

 

More Jewish people to return home (to make Aliya to Israel)

  • We do not know whether the Lord wants every Jewish person back home in the land before his return, but we can certainly take it as being within God's will to pray for more to return the land, eretz yisrael.
  • Pray for many more Jewish people to return home to their ancestral land.
  • While it is absolutely right to pray against the increased manifestation of anti-semitism in many countries, especially the West, pray that God will use these occurrences to cause many more Jewish people to think about making Aliyah to Israel.
  • Pray for many more Jewish people already in the land to become believers in Yeshua and for them to evangelise their own people.
  • Pray that God will block the Hasidim (Orthodox Jews) from persecuting the Jewish believers (Messianic Jews).

 

“They shall dwell in the land I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children and their children’s children, forever.” Ezekiel 37:25

 

 

 As Jesus said:

We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. John 9:4

 

 

Acknowledgement: These prayer points have been consolidated from a number of sources including Prayer Letters and Newsletters originating in God’s Land.

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