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                            Prayer Points: October – November 2017

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

"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16 (KJV)

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Israel-Iran Conflict in Syria Reaching Point of no Return

The emerging conflict taking place between Israel and Iran on Syrian soil is increasingly reaching a point of no return. The Iranian regime, it seems, is not taking the public warnings issued by the Israeli defense establishment heads seriously. The Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has called for the ethnic cleansing of all Jews in Israel and has told the Israelis to begin "a countdown to death". (Israel has had a temporary respite from Hezbollah since it has been fighting in Syria. Now that the Syrian regime has been shored up with Russian and Iranian intervention, Hezbollah will feel free to turn its attention to Israel.)

  • o 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.
  • o Pray that Iran will be prevented from obtaining a sea-water port in the Mediterranean.
  • o Pray that Iran heeds Prime Minister Netanyahu's warning that Israel will not allow Iran to entrench its own military in Syria following its involvement in the Syrian Civil War.
  • o Pray that Hezbollah, the terrorist organisation based in Lebanon will be thrown into confusion. Pray that God will hold the Hezbollah leader to account for his Goliath-like challenge to the God of Israel.
  • o Thank the Lord that Donald Trump is taking the threat from Iran seriously. Pray that the President and the US Congress will have extra-special wisdom in how to handle the Iran Nuclear Deal. The issues are not straightforward: scrapping the deal releases Iran to pursue its nuclear goal unimpeded, but leaving it as it stands allows them to pursue it clandestinely.

 

"I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless."

Isaiah 13:11

The Threat from ISIS

With the defeat of ISIS in Raqqa (Syria) there is the risk that world leaders will lower their guard. However, individual members of ISIS can come together in other places to cause the next round of trouble. The Golan Heights is one such place and Israel is very aware of this.

  • o Pray that God will not allow ISIS to congregate along Israel's northern border.
  • o Pray that Israel's intelligence services will spot any attempt to do this and that the IDF will rebuff such attempts.

 

Israel's General Defence and especially that of its Northern Border

Thank the Lord that the Israeli political and military chiefs are taking the threat from the north of the country very seriously.

  • o Pray that the IDF and other services will remain on high alert. Pray too that the civilian population will also be on high alert and will take all Civil Defence drills seriously. (The population can become inured to the threats and become slack in their responses.)
  • o Pray that the IDF will be fully equipped with all the military hardware they need to counter the threat from Hezbollah and indirectly from Iran.
  • o It is believed the Government has wide ranging plans to evacuate populations from the North of the country to elsewhere in the country, such as the Negev. Pray that these plans are well advanced and the country is ready for any emergency.
  • o In the event of war, pray that Israel will be able to give the enemy such a knockout blow that it recoils from further intervention.

"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

 

The United States withdraws from UNESCO, citing Anti-Israel Bias

Let us thank the Lord that the United States has served notice that it is leaving UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) for its 'continuing anti-Israel bias'. Give thanks too that Israel has said it will do the same.

  • o Pray that this will be a wake-up call to United Nations bodies that there is a limit to anti-Israel resolutions and bias.
  • o Pray that this move and the resulting loss of finance will place a real limit on UNESCO's ability to operate, thus causing it to rethink its attitude to Israel.
  • o Give thanks that the United Nations Human Rights Committee was shaken by the intervention of Mosab Hassan Yousef (Son of Hamas) who astonished the delegates with his castigation of the Palestinian leadership, moments after many of delegates had just given their ritual denunciation of Israel and its apartheid policies! (The clip can be watched on 'youtube'.)

"God shall judge between the nations and shall decide disputes for many peoples." Isaiah 2:4

 

Hamas and the PA unite to “Work Together against” Israel

After more than a decade of strife, bloodshed and bitter contention that has left the Palestinian people divided, the two main role-players in the Palestinian political landscape, rival factions Fatah and Hamas, signed an agreement to work together and bury their differences in Cairo on 12th October. According to the Hamas deputy political leader, Saleh al-Arouri, the agreement will unite all Palestinian forces in order to “work together against the Zionist enterprise.”

  • o These agreements have been tried before and have never held. Pray that the same happens this time and that the two factions quickly fall out.
  • o Pray that God will intervene directly to expel Hamas from the Gaza Strip and release the Palestinians living there from their bondage.
  • o A recent poll of Arabs living in Israel showed that 60% hold a favourable view of life in Israel. Pray that knowledge of these views will spread through relatives and friends to the Palestinians in both the West Bank and Gaza.

 

"The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good." Proverbs 15:3

 

 Terrorist Violence in Israel

The terrorist threat has been much lower recently and believers like to think that their prayers influence God's hand in this. However, we can never relax our guard in this matter. We are watchmen on the walls praying for Israel's protection.

  • o Pray for those who have lost family and friends in recent attacks.
  • o Pray for those who have suffered injury to be comforted and healed.
  • o Pray that God will continue to protect his people from terrorism.
  • o Pray that God will neutralize the spirits of death behind these attacks.

 

"You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday." Psalm 91:5-6

 

 Violent Protests by Orthodox Jews at Mandatory IDF Service

Orthodox Jews have been protesting (sometimes violently with the police), against the law now requiring their young men to do the standard military 'national service'. When Prime Minister Ben Gurion agreed to wave military service for the Yeshiva Jews at the time of the establishment of the State of Israel, there were only 400 students. There are now 10,000 who are exempt. The Israeli Government has finally moved to put an end to what many Israelis feel is a national disgrace.

  • o Pray that Israeli law will prevail and that Orthodox Jewish young men will do the required military service.
  • o Pray that the religious parties in the Coalition will not be able to derail this new legislation.
  • o Pray that God will diminish the power of the Orthodox Community to disrupt Israeli life.
  • o Pray that God will bring a spirit of revelation to the Orthodox Community that Yeshua is in fact their Messiah, so that many of them turn to him.

 

Israel needs Rain!

Israel is once again experiencing a lack of rainfall with the Sea of Galilee reaching dangerously low levels of water. We know that in Biblical times God used drought to discipline the nation. However, we cannot discern why this is happening now.

  • o Pray therefore that God will have mercy on Israel and bless the land with abundant rain.
  • o Pray that Israel will continue to develop its world leading technology of extracting fresh water from seawater.
  • o Pray that like other dry lands they will use their water wisely.

 "The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus."

Isaiah 35:1

 

As Jesus said:

"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me." John 10:14

 

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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