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Prayer Points: February 2024

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

 

“I will also give you as a light to the Gentiles, that you should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.”  Is. 49:6

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 ISRAEL’S ONLY SAVIOUR - THE GOD OF ISRAEL

 

But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
      you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

Isaiah 43:1-3

Pray for Israel to turn to their God. He alone can save them in their distress, against their enemies who want to annihilate them, to blot out the name of Israel.

God defeats Israel’s enemies when they seek Him and call upon Him.

 

THE “IFS” OF GOD & THE PROMISES OF GOD

if my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land

2 Chronicles 7:14

 

If the people listened and obeyed, God said:

I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you …. I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run …. I will give into your hands the people who live in the land, and you will drive them out before you.

Exodus 23:22,27,31

 

GOD IS FAITHFUL BUT WARNS ABOUT FORGETTING HIM

 

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

Deuteronomy 7:9

 

If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the Lord your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your ancestors.

Deuteronomy 7:12

 

It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations,

Deuteronomy 9:5

 

It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.

Deuteronomy 13:4

 

WHEN KINGS TURNED TO GOD THEY HAD VICTORY OVER THEIR ENEMIES

                     2 Kings 19:9              Hezekiah’s Prayer                             

                     2 Kings 19:35           God’s answer – He put to death 185,000 men in the Assyrian camp.

                     2 Chronicles 6-12     Jehoshaphat’s prayer and fasting

                     2 Chronicles 20:24   God destroys their enemies

 

 

Pray for the nation of Israel to turn to their God and to know Him as their Saviour.

 

 

ISRAEL NEWS

 

The Unity Government & A Potential Hostage Deal

 There is much speculation over the details of a hostage release deal currently being discussed. The deal could see all civilian hostages held by the Palestinian terror group in Gaza freed over a six-week pause in fighting, in exchange for Palestinian security prisoners released from Israeli jails.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he "has red lines" regarding the release of the hostages kidnapped by Hamas in Gaza. "We will not end the war, we will not remove the IDF from the Gaza Strip, and we will not release thousands of terrorists," he said. "There is a lot of noise in the media surrounding the efforts for the release of more hostages, so I want to make it clear: We are working to obtain another outline for the release of our hostages, but I emphasize: Not at any cost.

Opposition Leader Yair Lapid said Wednesday that his Yesh Atid party is prepared to enter the government to replace the ultranationalist Otzma Yehudit and Religious Zionism parties if that is what is needed to secure the release of the hostages from Gaza saying that his party would provide “a safety net for the government,” after the far right-wing parties, led by National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich respectively, sharply criticized the reported details of a possible hostage deal being examined by Israel and Hamas. Ben Gvir threatened to bring down the government if the “reckless” deal was reached.

Yair Lapid said that he is not prepared for the hostages to not be released over politics. We will do what is needed. If we need to enter the government in the place of Ben Gvir and Smotrich, we will enter the government,” he said, adding that “extremists” should not be able to prevent a deal. I am not here to save Netanyahu, but I am here to save the hostages,” he said. “

 

THE WAR IN GAZA COULD GO INTO 2025

The Israeli Defence Forces anticipate their war efforts against Hamas in Gaza will last the entirety of the year and possibly into 2025, an IDF official told reporters. He said Israel remains far away from achieving its goals of capturing Hamas' leaders and disabling Hamas’ military infrastructure. After initially beginning their military operation in Gaza’s north, the IDF has been operating in Khan Yunis over the last two months. While Israel has achieved significant military gains and greatly damaged Hamas, they have struggled to control conquered land and still face threats from Hamas terrorists.

Despite all their achievements, IDF sources are unsure if they will catch Hamas's leadership and the Israeli hostages they are holding within Khan Yunis. A rising number of IDF officials believe that portions of Hamas's leadership and their hostages may have fled to Rafah, where there are close to 1.5 million Palestinian civilians to hide among.

 

UNRWA FUNDING PAUSED

A number of countries have responded to the evidence of UNRWA staff involvement in the October 7th massacre, hostage taking and active membership of Hamas by pausing the funding for UNRWA pending further investigation. The UK and the US are joined by Germany, Italy, Australia, Canada and Finland in putting a pause on their funding of the agency. Japan, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Austria have also halted funding. Together the countries provided more than 60% of UNRWA's budget in 2022.

 

STORMY WEATHER AHEAD

Unusually stormy weather is expected around the country at the beginning of February. In recent years, incidents of flooding in Israel have increased due to the rise in the frequency of extreme rainfall. The meteorological centre warns of stormy weather and strong winds in the coming days: in the north, in the centre of the country, in the Mediterranean Sea, in the northern Negev, and in the southern Negev hills. In addition, an early warning has been issued for flooding in the northern coastal plain and the central and southern coastal plains. This will further complicate the operational conditions for the IDF fighting in Gaza.

 

  

PRAYERS

Pray for Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet and for the leaders of the IDF. Pray that the Lord will help them to make wise and timely decisions that will bring the war to an end quickly whilst protecting the lives of the soldiers on the ground.

 

Pray that the Lord will give wisdom and discernment to all those who must decide and agree the terms of the upcoming hostage deal.

 

Pray for the physical and mental health of all those still being held hostage in Gaza.

 

Pray for the safe return of the hostages. Pray for their families and friends and pray the Lord’s protection and comforting from the psychological warfare that Hamas is conducting through them.

 

Pray for the IDF soldiers who are on the frontlines risking their lives fighting against a ruthless enemy that seeks the destruction of Israel.

 

Pray for the people in Gaza who will have to endure this weather whilst living in makeshift shelters

 

Pray for the families of all those husbands, wives, sons and daughters serving in the IDF. Pray that they may know the Lord’s shalom, peace, strength and comfort whilst their loved ones serve. 

 

Pray that they may seek the Lord Yeshua and receive His salvation.

 

Pray for all those families who have been displaced from their homes in the south and in the north.

 

Pray that the Lord will have His restraining hand on Israel’s other enemies and that full blown hostilities will not break out with Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria, or Iran or the Houthis in Yemen.

 

Pray for the Lord’s restraining hand to be on those in The West Bank who would cause trouble both Arabs and Jews.

 

Pray for the unity of Israel, for God to reconcile this nation to Himself and to one another, for any spirit of division to be removed, and for the spirit of unity to bind the hearts of His people.

 

Pray for the open hearts of Israelis as they are witnesses to the love of Christians worldwide that are standing for Israel, may God kindle jealousy in their hearts to know personally the source of that love and conviction.

 

Pray that the needs of all those displaced from their homes and jobs can be supported through these difficult times.

 

Praise the Lord that He is regathering His people to His Land despite/because of the war.

 

 

 

 

“They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your ancestors lived. They and their children and their children’s children will live there forever.”

Ezekiel 37:25

 

“'Comfort, yes, comfort My people!' says your God." 
Isaiah 40:1

 

 

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