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We read Psalm 77 together and looked at its various sections, this to gain a foothold for our faith as we set our faces to pray and intercede for Israel. We will not quote the psalm here, but will only give the several sections and what we emphasized.
Psalm 77:1-4 The occasion of this psalm is some great trouble, either for the writer or the entire nation. He is under enormous pressure and anguish. It is a day of trouble, and thus, in his anguish, he seeks the Lord through the night. His hand is stretched out to God, His soul is inconsolable. He feels overwhelmed and is so troubled that he is speechless.
Psalm 77:5-9 To his circumstantial troubles, is added the anguish and torment of inward thoughts. Has God cast me out? Am I out of His will and pleasure? Have his mercies ceased, has his promises failed? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Is He angry at me? All these kinds of thoughts greatly add to the anguish of one going through pressure, trouble, difficult circumstances. This is a double whammy for the believer.
Psalm 77:10-18 The writer turns to God. He begins to meditate and think along two lines: One - God’s great acts of redemption, His wonders, His acts, His works. Did not God redeem His people from Egypt? Did He not open the waters? Did not the earth shake at His appearance in Glory to redeem them? The second line is God’s own being, character, and nature. “Your way O God is in the Holy Place" (sanctuary). There He reveals Himself in His holiness (which is the sum total of all His attributes and being.) That, by the way, is what makes holiness beautiful, for it is Himself.
O what a double knockout to doubt and anguish. We remember what God has done (his track record if you will,) and we remember what He is like and how He is!
Psalm 77:19-20 God’s ways are hidden from us, we cannot see all His footsteps, we do not understand all His ways and what path He takes. But one thing is sure: He leads us as a shepherd does his flock, Not aimlessly, but with a purpose — He leads us to our inheritance, not just the Land, but our inheritance in Messiah. We have One who is better than Moses an Aaron. We have Messiah!
The psalm ends without resolution. We don’t know what happened. But by the end of it, we are confident that it is God who is the ruler of our circumstances, and no, He is not angry, nor has he forgotten his mercies, nor His promises!
We prayed along familiar lines, but so necessary to persist in: The Great Need of the Salvation of Israel. The great need of Israel for true leaders, statesmen and not just politicians. Israel's need regarding the great danger that is brewing from Iran and the like. And lastly for the Body of Messiah to awaken to its calling and position.
Praying for Israel’s spiritual redemption
- Lord, we are troubled by Israel’s condition, we have come back to the Land, but are in great bondage, we are as slaves to sin and unrighteousness. We are at enmity with you. We are blind, and we call upon you to open our eyes.
- We cried to God for Mercy
- We cried to God to reveal His Son and Our King and Redeemer
- We cried for the Lord to breathe on the dry bones, standing as a great army but lifeless
- We cried for the Holy Spirit to be poured out on our Land and that He might convict Israel of sin, and of Righteousness and of Judgment (John 16:8)
- We cried for the Word to rise in the Land with great power (we are the people of the Book, but it remains sealed to us!)
Praying for our leaders and for the coming elections
Ezekiel 34:10 Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require My flock at their hand; I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall feed themselves no more; for I will deliver My flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them.” (And chapter)
- We prayed for leaders who will truly care for the nation
- We prayed for leaders who will be statesmen and not just politicians
- We prayed for leaders who will care for the weak and poor and powerless
- We prayed for leaders who will not sell out to the religious for power
- We prayed for integrity among the leadership
- We prayed for leaders with a vision for the country and not for their own greatness and success
- We reiterated Psalm 135:5 - God had a right to do whatever He pleases
- We declared that Yeshua is the true king of Israel, and thus, all of our leaders are ruling on borrowed authority!
- We pleaded with God for the outcome of the elections to be one that will set Israel right on the road God wants her to take through this time of turmoil and danger
Praying for our existential dangers
If Iran continues to go on the path it is on, war will inevitably break out. We are told that they can have a nuclear bomb within a year. Will Iran continue to do all in its power to desire to destroy Israel? Will it be allowed to develop an atomic bomb? Will Israel attack Iran? Will the US attack Iran? Where will Russia stand in all of this? What will the EU do, if anything?
- We prayed for wisdom for our government
- We prayed for the right reading of the situation
- We asked the Lord to navigate Israel through these choppy uncertain waters (His way is in the sea!)
- We prayed that it will be the enemy that makes mistakes and not Israel
- We prayed that Israel will not hesitate to bring plans to action if and when the time comes
- We prayed into the US’s role in all of this
- We prayed for the people of Iran that they might be delivered from that monstrous regime
- We prayed for all the intelligence Israel needs
- We prayed for the Church in Iran
- We reminded the Lord of His redemptive plan for the nations (See Jeremiah 49)
Praying for the Body of Messiah
- We prayed that the Lord would awaken the Body here to its high calling as a priesthood
- We prayed that the Lord would awaken the Body to its calling to be part of the Kingdom of God and not of this world.
- We prayed that the Lord would, by His Word awaken the Body and call it to intercede and to serve Him as a priesthood.
- We asked the Lord to stir up the Body as in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah and Haggai and Zechariah. Turn your people from self purposes to serving You, O Lord.
- We asked for an undivided heart to walk with the Lord in this Land and to serve Him.
Thank you for standing with us. God bless you, abundantly.
Blessings from Jerusalem,