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We did not hold our regular prayer meeting last night. Nevertheless, I am sending this Prayer Directions Bulletin (by directions we mean in what direction we are praying). May this inspire, encourage and animate you to pray into the Word of God.
First, a few instructive facts from the Israeli papers
Terror and security:
The head of Shabak (Israel's secret security services) reported that the Shabak prevented 400 significant terror attacks in Israel this year; 13 of them would have been suicide bombing attacks, eight abduction attacks (mainly of soldiers), and 100 of lone attackers. This year "only" 54 attacks were carried out as compared to 108 last year. The head of Shabak added that underneath the surface, there is a tremendous amount of activity by the Hamas as they continuously try to carry out terror attacks from Judea and Samaria.
Take a minute to consider these numbers!
Iran is closing in on Israel; "Iran has completed a land bridge connecting the Iranian border in Iraq with the Syrian Golan Heights and the Mediterranean Sea." Read article here:
The water situation in Israel
We have received only 10 to 20 percent of the annual rainfall this year. The deficit is 2.5 billion cubic meters of water. Many of our rivers and springs are drying up. Here is a link to an article in Hebrew, wich I include it here so you can see the pictures for yourself.
Now you can see why we keep coming back again and again to the same points of prayer; these matters are existential threats
We must say we are not down nor are we in a panic regarding these issues. If anything they serve to awaken within us a greater zeal to pray into the Word and promises of God. The need serves to rouse us to an earnestness that can sometimes wane in the heart of intercessors as they keep coming back to the same points.
Here are some of the promises in the Word that serve as the sure ground of our praying:
Jer. 30:10 Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.
Isaiah 41:10-15 (too long to quote here)
Water AND Security:
Ezek. 34:26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.
Ezek. 34:27 And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.
Blessing of the land, and security:
Ezek. 34:28 And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.
Ezek. 36:6 Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys,
Ezek. 36:8 But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come.
Ezek. 36:9 For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown:
Ezek. 36:10 And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded:
Ezek. 36:11 And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Ezek. 36:12 Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess thee, and thou shalt be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more henceforth bereave them of men.
And what about salvation?
Is. 9:2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.
I love this verse. It clearly says that The Light will shine on those who sit in deep darkness. Into the darkness of sin, and of bondage, and of religious blindness, and evil, the Lord will shine His light. The Light will come looking for those who are sitting in darkness.
Although this verse is written in the past tense (yet it spoke of the future when Yeshua would come the first time), I believe it can be easily understood about the coming revelation of Yeshua in Israel today.
And what about corruption in government?
Jer. 3:15 “ ‘And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
Jer. 3:16 And when you have multiplied and been fruitful in the land, in those days, declares the LORD, they shall no more say, “The ark of the covenant of the LORD.” It shall not come to mind or be remembered or missed; it shall not be made again.
Jer. 3:17 At that time Jerusalem shall be called the throne of the LORD, and all nations shall gather to it, to the presence of the LORD in Jerusalem, and they shall no more stubbornly follow their own evil heart.
What about the Body of Messiah in the land?
Mal.3:1 ....And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
Mal. 3:2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.
Mal. 3:3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD.
Mal. 3:4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.
This is such an encouraging, hope-creating promise. Are you seeking the Lord? Are you delighting in Him? If so, He has promised that He will not be indifferent to the need of His Body to be refined, cleansed and be made worthy to offer up offerings in righteousness to the Lord. I can't tell you how comforting those words are to pray and believe!
Isn't the Word of God wonderful? Isn't your heart thrilled by the Word of God, by the promises of God, but the faithfulness and powerful grace of God? He promised so many amazing things, should we not come to Him and say, "thank you" for them? Should we not approach Him and ask Him to fulfill them for His glory?
One more thing. The more you pray the Word, the more your heart awakens to it. The more time you spend, reading, praying and waiting on God over His Word and especially the promises, such as been shared, the more your faith will grow, and the more profound the revelation you receive will become.
Shall we pray?
Blessings from Jerusalem,