August 1‒7 Prayer for Israel
On all sides, Israel faces people who resent her existence. The Golan Heights in Israel’s northeast is critical to her defense, and Syria wants it back. Syria’s civil war and Iran’s meddling presence there brought fighting dangerously close to the Golan border. Hezbollah in Lebanon to the north and Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip to the south are consumed with eliminating Israel. Israeli communities in these boundary regions are vulnerable to attack tunnels dug under the borders to provide access to harm those living nearby. Tens of thousands of rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza, and, once the warning sirens sound, Israelis in nearby towns often have less than 60 seconds to find shelter.
Father, we ask Your protection on the people of Israel’s border communities. Please lead any enemy rockets away from Israeli homes, buildings and public gatherings. Thwart every effort of Israel’s enemies, and reveal to the Israeli military the location of attack tunnels so that they can destroy them. Lord, may the distress of living in these vulnerable border regions of Israel cause residents to seek You for their security and comfort. Be especially near to the children, the elderly and those who are most sensitive to fear and trauma.
August 8‒14 Prayer for Israel
Tisha B’Av is a national day of mourning in Israel. The Hebrew words represent the calendar date and mean the 9th day of the Hebrew month Av. Many tragic events have happened to Israel and the Jewish people on this exact date across history. Most prominently, both the first and second Temples were destroyed on the 9th of Av some 600 years apart.
Father, as Israel mourns on Tisha B’Av, we pray that the hearts of the people will be drawn to You. In ages past, the Temple was where You met with Your people. May its absence today incite a deeper hunger and thirst for Your presence in Israeli lives. And while Israel mourns her national tragedies, we know that at any given time, people in Israel may be going through personal tragedies as well. May You bring them comfort and use Messianic Believers to meet their needs so that they will hear the Good News and come to faith in Yeshua (Jesus).
August 15‒21 Prayer for Israel
World Bias against Israel
Over thousands of years, the ugly disease of anti-Semitism has not been cured. It breeds in both outlandish superstitions and careless stereotypes about Jewish people. It lurks in hate-filled organizations and the inexplicable prejudices of otherwise kind-hearted people. It often comes out in misinformed bias against Israel, typically by those who have not taken the time to gaze clearly at the full picture.
Lord, Your people have been mistreated throughout the centuries. We know it’s because the devil hates whom You love. He is the father of lies, and he has not stopped lying about Israel. God, we ask that You tear down the strongholds of anti-Israel bias all over the world. Open hearts and minds to identify prejudicial attitudes having no basis in truth. Stir up compassion for Israel and persecuted Jewish people. Cause people to see the full picture and not merely the story spread by an anti-Israel mindset. May the nations and individuals recognize the truth and identify the lies. Protect Your people, and give them favor in the sight of the world.
August 22‒28 Prayer for Israel
College Students in Israel
College years are a highly impactful period of one’s life. During them, students move out from under their parents’ world views to form their own. They become more aware of social issues, establish political views and often question the faith of their upbringing. Young adults come under the persuasions of authority figures and peers bearing significant influence over developing ideologies.
Father, we pray for Israel’s college and university students. These are critical years for them in the formation of their world views. Please protect them from the sway of misguided belief systems, untruths and ideologies that leave You out. Create in them a hunger for truth that will lead them to You and to Yeshua the Messiah. For those students who believe in Yeshua, give them the courage to stand up for their faith and the world views that spring from Your truth. May they not be swayed by lies but make them powerful influencers of others, leading many to You.
August 29‒31 Prayer for Israel
Israel to come to know the Messiah
Among Jewish people, it is often more tolerable to turn to an eastern religion than to Yeshua. Many Jewish people in Israel and around the world have converted to other faiths. It’s clear that they hunger for spirituality and long for a connection to God. Yet their pursuit has led them to false beliefs and away from the only true God – the God of their fathers.
Lord, we know that there is no other name by which men can be saved other than the name of Yeshua (Acts 4:12). He alone is the bridge to give man access to You and forgiveness for our sin. Create unrest in the hearts of Israel’s Jewish people who have turned from You to other religions. Cause them to see the flaws in their chosen faiths. Prick their spirits about sin, and show them the inadequacies of their new religions. Stir up questions and reveal the emptiness and deficiencies of their faiths, and draw them to Your Word. Bring them to the truth, and open their eyes and hearts to receive You. Bring Messianic Jewish Believers to them who will share the Good News of Yeshua. He is the only remedy for sin, and He alone can save. In His name, we pray. Amen.