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                       Prayer Points: December 2017 – January 2018

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

I sought for a man among them …who should stand in the gap before me for the land…but I found none." Ezekiel 22:30

 

Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel; Initiates Embassy Move

  • On 6 December 2017 Donald Trump finally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, firmly declaring his support for Israel in this matter. After 70 years in which the world has called Jerusalem an occupied, contested or international city and where many Arab nations have denied Jewish ties to the City, America yesterday became one of the first nations in the world to recognize the city’s true status. “It was 70 years ago that the United States, under President Truman, recognized the State of Israel,” the president said. “Ever since then, Israel has made its capital in the city of Jerusalem—the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times.”
  • The Arab and many other states are furious. President Abbas declaring that there will be no peace in the world without a Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capital.
  • Vice-President Mike Pence has asked to be taken directly to the Western Wall on his arrival in Israel where he wishes to pray.
    • Pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6-7).
    • Pray for other nations to have the courage to follow the United States in this matter. (The Czech Republic has also supported this decision.)
    • Pray that God will dampen down Satanic plans to foster unrest and terrorist activity in the wake of the President's decision.
    • Pray for the safety of Mike Pence while in Israel and that his visit will further strengthen the country's links with the United States.

 

The Lord almighty will come down to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights.

Like birds hovering overhead, the LORD Almighty will shield Jerusalem;

He will shield it and deliver it, He will “passover” it and it will be rescued. (Isaiah 31:4-5)

Israel Upping Military Activity In Syria

  • The situation in Syria continues to cause grave concern to Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu warned European leaders in Paris that Iran will try to consolidate its position in Syria by utilizing 80,000 Shi-ite fighters. Israel never comments on covert operations, but is believed to have fired rockets at military installations in Syria twice in a week. These are believed to have targeted military weapon storage centres and a research centre for the production of surface-to-air missiles, which could threaten Israel's air superiority. One report says that Iran is trying to hide installations by building them in civilian areas. Concern is growing that Tehran could be compelled to strongly retaliate should its Syrian assets continue to be targeted.
  • The JNN bulletin said: "This is a very serious matter requiring on-going intercession privately and in your prayer groups. Israel’s northern borders are endangered by numerous enemies. The strongest and potentially most dangerous are the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist group - heavily backed by Iran, and Iran itself."
    • Pray that the events in Syria will strengthen the unlikely alliance between Israel and Arab nations to its south, such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan, in the light of the perceived threat from Iran.
    • Pray that God will foil Satanic plans to start a war in the North via Hezbollah and Iran. Pray that he will scatter the nations who seek to make war against Israel (Psalm 68:30)
    • Pray that the security services such as Mossad will be effective in alerting the IDF to threats in Syria and Lebanon
    • Pray that Israel's decisive response to such threats will deter its enemies.
    • Pray that the Lord will continue to disrupt and prevent Iran from developing a nuclear capability.
    • Finally, pray that God will prevent Iran from creating a corridor around the North and North Eastern borders of Israel, which runs from Iran through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to the Mediterranean Sea.

 

Scatter the nations who delight in war. (Ps. 68:30)

 

 Fragile Situation in Gaza Can Rapidly Deteriorate into War

  • The situation has been remarkably quiet in the Gaza Strip over the last three years following the 2014 war. Hamas, whatever its words and its long term plan, does seem to have prevented rocket attacks on the South of Israel. Now, following the Trump declaration on Jerusalem, Hamas has rolled into action again, calling for 'days of rage' against Israel. This has led to rocket attacks on Ashkelon and Sderot by splinter groups in Gaza.
  • The JNN bulletin said: "It can’t be emphasized enough how much your prayers make the difference between life and death as Israel’s enemies attempt to carry out terror attacks and to fire rockets at her southern border communities. Please continue to intercede against these acts of hatred."
    • Pray that God will thwart the activities of these splinter terrorist groups and that Hamas will, in its own interest, rein them in.
    • Pray that the IDF will continue to have success in locating and destroying the tunnels built under the Gaza border. Pray too, that the Lord will give Israel the necessary technology to identify these tunnels more easily.
    • Pray that God will continue to protect the Israelis living close to the Gaza border.
    • Pray for a move of God's Spirit among the ordinary people of Gaza to come to Christ so that they tire of Hamas and its hatred of Israel.

Let God Arise, let His enemies be scattered. (Psalm 68: 1)

 

Israeli Soldier Stabbed to Death in Terror Attack/ Israel Foils Hamas Plot to Kidnap Israelis in Judea and Samaria/ Soldiers clash with hundreds of Palestinian rioters in Judea and Samaria

  • The situation remains very volatile in the West Bank and Gaza following Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. While the violence and terror attacks have been much less frequent than a year ago, Israel and all prayer watchmen must be on full alert to foil the plans of our spiritual enemy.
    • Pray that God will continue to protect his people from terrorism.
    • Pray that God will neutralize the spirits of death behind these attacks.
    • Pray that God will sow confusion in the ranks of Satan's spiritual kingdom so that his wicked forces fight each other instead of co-operating to damage Israel.
    • Pray for the families who mourn the loss of their young sons and daughters of terrorist attacks and in particular the family of the soldier killed last week.

 

For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, nor is their iniquity

hidden from My eyes. (Jeremiah 16:17)

 

Persecution of Jewish believers and visiting Christians

  • As well as persecution of Jewish believers by the Orthodox Jews there is pressure from Secular authorities for believers to take sides and declare their political alliances. With the Shas party (Ultra-Orthodox) in control of the Interior Ministry many Christians are not getting their visas renewed and are being forced to leave the country. Jewish believers whose spouses have foreign passports are under pressure to leave, because their spouses are denied residence or entry. An Ethiopian Messianic business man was recently refused entry at Ben Gurion Airport despite having papers approving his visit.
    • Pray for the safety of local as well as foreign Christian workers in the Land, and in particular for safety as they travel around the country to minister in various capacities.
    • Pray that believers will have the wisdom, courtesy, and freedom of Christ to be able to "give Caesar what is Caesar's and give God what is God's."
    • Pray for grace, wisdom and discernment and for the Holy Spirit to ignite their passion to pray at such times.

Call on Me in the day of trouble; and I will deliver you,

and you shall glorify Me.  (Psalm 50: 15)

 

Israel Desperately Needs a “Season of Rain

  • When the winter rains appeared on schedule during the first week of Sukkot, there was hope that things might improve this year. This hope has not been realised and so there is a real need for God to bless Israel by opening the floodgates of heaven with rain. There is now a plan to pump desalinated water into the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) but this will take two years to complete. At the same time the authorities are extracting salt water from the lake to maintain its ability to be used as drinking water. They remove 17,000 tons of salt each year. 
    • Rejoice in the Lord as He is the God of Israel, the Holy One who keeps His people! Remind the Lord of His promises to water the land during the rainy season, to give seed to the sower, bread to the eater and water for the animals living in the wild.
    • Pray therefore that God will have mercy on Israel and bless the land with abundant rain.
    • Pray that Israel will continue to develop its world leading technology of extracting fresh water from seawater.
    • Pray for the early completion of the pumping project to preserve the Sea of Galilee as a source of drinking water.
    • Pray that like other dry lands they will use their water wisely.

 

The beast of the field will honour Me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I give waters

 in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen. (Isaiah 43:20)

 

 

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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