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Hope in Difficult Times

Friday, April 12, 2024

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Every week, we post seven to ten news stories from Israel with a suggested prayer focus and scripture for each one, guiding readers how to pray for Israel’s most urgent needs. This Prayer Update is also sent to over 18,000 subscribers every Friday by e-mail. Sign up HERE if you would like to receive this Prayer Update by e-mail.

Prayer Focus
Cry out to the Lord for His protection from an Iranian attack in any form and from any direction. Pray that there would be no civilian casualties should such an attack occur, and for Israel’s readiness. And pray that any response Israel is forced to make will result in swift and decisive victory, crippling Iran’s ability to continue inciting war and funding terrorism. But also ask the Lord for miracles as He performed in Israel’s ancient history, that Iran’s weapons will fail and Israel’s enemies will turn on each other.

Scripture

The LORD set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were struck down. For the sons of Ammon and Moab rose up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir, completely destroying them; and when they had finished with the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.


- 2 Chronicles 20:22b–23 NASB

Prayer Focus
Continue to pray for those hostages that remain in Gaza. Beseech the Lord for His tangible presence to be with each of them constantly, for their perseverance, their courage and their safety in the midst of evil. And pray for the entire nation as war rages on. Pray for unity and determination as threats mount and Israel’s enemies are empowered by international pressure on the Jewish state.

Scripture

O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.


- Psalm 10:17–18 ESV

Prayer Focus
Pray that Jerusalem’s unofficial diplomatic ties with Indonesia will form the basis for the normalization of relations between the two countries. Pray that Indonesia will indeed renounce its discriminatory policies toward Israel and that the establishment of formal diplomatic relations will give Israel another true ally in the Muslim world.

Scripture

I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you.


- Genesis 12:3a

Prayer Focus
Pray that Hamas’s rejection of yet another cease-fire agreement will help the world to see that the terrorist organization is not interested in negotiating an agreement that would result in the release of the hostages. Rather, their goal is to leverage the situation to perpetuate the “hyperbolic and hysterical demonization of Israel.”

Scripture

They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” For they have consulted together with one consent; they form a confederacy against You.


- Psalm 83:4–5

Prayer Focus
Pray that Israel will have all of the intelligence information needed for them to interrupt Iranian smuggling of arms into Judea and Samaria once and for all. Pray that their smuggling routes will be blocked and all of their accomplices arrested or otherwise dealt with.

Scripture

Blessed be the LORD, who has not given us as prey to their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped.


- Psalm 124:6–7

Prayer Focus
Cry out to the Lord that this information will come to the attention of the international community and that global leaders will be forced to recognize that Hamas is intentionally exaggerating the numbers of injuries and fatalities in Gaza. And cry out to the Lord that the media will be held accountable for its perpetuation of such false information and be forced to let the world know the truth.

Scripture

You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.


- Psalm 5:6

Prayer Focus
Pray that the pending agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia will not include any clauses that would hinder Israel’s ability to move forward with plans to dismantle Hamas and rebuild Gaza without Hamas’s evil influence. Pray that such an historic agreement will be signed to the benefit of both countries and the region, despite the difficulties presented by the current situation in Gaza.

Scripture

Save Your people, and bless Your inheritance; shepherd them also, and bear them up forever.


- Psalm 28:9

Prayer Focus
Cry out to the Lord for a victory for truth. Pray that sanity will be restored to the nations and Israel’s war with Hamas recognized for what it is: a battle between good and evil. Pray that the IDF’s extreme measures to limit civilian casualties will be revealed and believed. And ask the Lord to show the nations the reality of Hamas’s callous disregard for the Palestinian people and their willingness to kill their own to further their campaign to delegitimize Israel.

Scripture

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.


- Psalm 138:7–8 ESV

Prayer Focus
Thank God for the Defense Ministry’s Rehabilitation of Wounded Department and the work they are doing to facilitate the rehabilitation of the thousands who have been injured by Hamas. Pray that as the numbers increase, their department will have the staffing and resources they need to continue providing the wounded and their families everything they need for recovery.

Scripture

I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.


- Ezekiel 34:16 ESV

Prayer Focus
Pray that the world will realize that Hamas was not surprised by Israel’s response to the October 7 massacre or the horror of the ongoing war. They knew full well that Palestinian civilians would be killed in the fighting and their cold-hearted intent was always to use that fact to vilify Israel in the arena of public opinion. Pray that those who are siding with Hamas and raising their voices against Israel will have a revelation of the truth and put the blame for this tragedy squarely on Hamas where it belongs.

Scripture

“And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”


- Deuteronomy 31:8