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Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are relentlessly flying a variety of airborne arson and explosive devices into Israel, causing hundreds of fires, millions of shekels in damage." (Times of Israel)
Additionally, Hamas launched 45 rockets into Israel and Israel is warning of an impending ground operation if this continues; that may be what Hamas wants (to affect as much carnage and blood as possible.) Israel has no answer yet to the terror kites and balloons that are being launched from Gaza.
- We prayed that as God gave Uzziah inventions to protect Jerusalem, so He will give Israel inventions and solutions to the kite and balloon terror.
- We prayed for the completion of the anti-tunnel barrier Israel is building. It will keep the communities around Gaza safe.
- We upheld God's sovereignty and authority over our war with Hamas. (see below)
- We prayed for Israel to receive the wisdom and the strategy it needs to deal with Hamas without walking into a trap.
- We upheld God's authority over the situation with Iran, Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon (have you noticed how we are surrounded by so many nations that want to destroy us?)
Upholding God's Authority over our war with Hamas, Iran, Syria, Lebanon
Ex. 17:9 And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.”
Ex. 17:10 So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
Ex. 17:11 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
Ex. 17:12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
Most interpretations of this passage, relate the holding up of Moses' hands to prayer. Although this may be so, there is more to it. In Ex 17: 9 Moses says, "I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand" The rod of God symbolizes God's authority. Moses is not just praying but is also upholding the authority and sovereignty of God over the battle.
While God's power is His ability to do something, His authority is His right to do it. This right is not just right-by-might, but a moral right. He is morally right and just, in executing His will in the earth (which, in our view, includes upholding His plan for Israel and helping her defend herself against her foes.
The Trump Administration -- Jehu riding strong
President Trump continues to do things that the world says he can't, such as quitting the United Nations Human Rights Council, because of how it abuses Israel. This is unprecedented! You can read about it here...
We realize, that at least as far as Israel goes this is a special time and may not last forever. There is bound to be a backlash as the wrath of the nations grows, both against Trump and against Israel.
- We prayed for the Lord will accomplish all that He wants to do at this time in the world arena as it pertains to Israel and the nations
- We thanked the Lord for the stand the US is taking at the UN, for Israel
- We prayed into the upcoming unveiling of the Middle East Peace Plan; especially regarding Jerusalem (there are rumors of a proposal to put it under international oversight).
The salvation of Israel and the Blood of The Cross
The main stumbling block for Jewish people when it comes to salvation is their need for atonement through the shed blood of Messiah; generally, the Rabbis have replaced prayer as a substitute for sacrifices (as there is no more temple). They use such verses as Hos. 14:2 to show that prayer has replaced the need for a blood sacrifice. How tragic this is, and how untrue!
- We prayed much for the removing of the veil (2Cor 3:14-14)
- We prayed for the Spirit of Grace and Supplication to all upon our people (Zech 12:10)
- We stood on the promise of God (given in the first person) "they shall see Me, whom they have pierced...they will mourn for Him...grieve for Him...."
- We prayed for the knowledge of the blood of Messiah to be a fountain of cleansing (Zech 13:1)
- We prayed for a mighty breakthrough and a release from the unbelief the nation is held by.
- We prayed for the reconciliation of Israel with her king, her God, her savior.
A revival of the Word in the Body of Messiah
True revival must be based on the Word becoming alive again in the hearts of people. Most people think of revival as an experience of power, but as we can see from the gospels, the people saw much power and many miracles but never turned to Yeshua in faith. Its the Word of God, administered by the Holy Spirit which brings conviction. In Nehemiah's and Ezra's time, the great revival was a revival that came through conviction as they heard the Word. "For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law." (Neh 8:9)
- We prayed that the Word would become real and alive to people
- We prayed for the Holy Spirit to come into the midst of the Body of Messiah using the Word as a sword to pierce the hearts of believers
- We prayed for the Word of God to be taken seriously by the Messianic believers.
- We prayed for the Word of God to be preached mightily and correctly from the pulpits of Israel's congregations
- We prayed for God to give a great hunger for the Word of God in the Body
- We prayed for a deep desire of many in the Body to humble themselves to do the Word of God, to obey the word of God to cling to the Word of God
Blessings from Jerusalem,