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Hope in Difficult Times

Friday, April 19, 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
Praise the Lord for His miraculous and supernatural protection of the nation of Israel during the Iranian missile attack, that the enemies of Israel were put to shame. Exalt Him for the continued defense of the nation. Praise Him for His mercy and grace that no life was lost during this unprecedented attack.

Scripture

“But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, The descendants of Abraham My friend. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest regions, and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ “Behold, all those who were incensed against you Shall be ashamed and disgraced; They shall be as nothing, and those who strive with you shall perish.”


- Isaiah 41:8-11 NKJV

Prayer Focus
Cry out to the Lord on behalf of the leaders of the nation of Israel and the commanders of the IDF, that they will have Godly discernment about the appropriate response to Iran and the timing of that response. Pray that the Lord will lead and guide them with His wisdom and wise-counsel during this uncertain time to make the right decision about how to respond.

Scripture

“Consider and hear me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the sleep of death; Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed against him”; Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved. But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.”


- Psalms 13:3-5 NKJV

Prayer Focus
Lift up these wounded Israelis to the Lord in prayer, for their speedy healing and recovery. Continue to ask the Lord to protect the flashpoint northern border of Israel, that He would place a hedge of supernatural protection around the entire border of Israel–north, south, east and west.

Scripture

“O God, the proud have risen against me, and a mob of violent men have sought my life, and have not set You before them. But You, O LORD, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth. Oh, turn to me, and have mercy on me! Give Your strength to Your servant, and save the son of Your maidservant. Show me a sign for good, that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, Because You, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.”


- Psalms 86:14-17 NKJV

Prayer Focus
Ask the Lord to extend His mercy and grace to the people of Gaza, that He will reveal Himself to them in the midst of their suffering. Pray that all deceitful and dishonest reporting perpetrated by Hamas will be brought out into the light and that the Lord will shine His light of truth upon what is happening in Gaza.

Scripture

“For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; Their inward part is destruction; Their throat is an open tomb; They flatter with their tongue. Pronounce them guilty, O God! Let them fall by their own counsels; Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions, for they have rebelled against You.”


- Psalms 5:9-10 NKJV

Prayer Focus
Oh Lord, we cry out to you for the release of the hostages! Pray for Hamas and Qatari mediators to be convicted of their unrighteous acts to delay the release of the hostages. Ask the Lord to act on behalf of the hostages in the midst of their trial and to preserve their lives.

Scripture

“Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, just as we hope in You.”


- Psalms 33:20-22 NKJV

Prayer Focus
Thank the Lord for the knowledge and technological advancement He has bestowed upon the nation of Israel. Pray that Israel will not lose sight of where their protection truly comes from: the Lord Almighty. Lift up the leaders of Israel to not trust in their chariots and horses but to hope in the Lord and in the power of His might.

Scripture

“The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”


- Psalms 34:7-8 NKJV

Prayer Focus
Pray that the efforts by Israel to bring to light the evidence of the crimes perpetrated by Hamas to the Arab speaking world will bear much fruit. Beseech the Lord for the hearts and minds of millions across the Arab world to turn favorably towards Israel, and that what Hamas had intended for evil, the Lord will turn for good.

Scripture

“Then the LORD will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day, and will make sacrifice and offering; yes, they will make a vow to the LORD and perform it. And the LORD will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal it; they will return to the LORD, and He will be entreated by them and heal them. In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria—a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”


- Isaiah 19:21-25 NKJV

Prayer Focus
Cry out to the Lord to break this unholy alliance against Israel. Declare confusion into the camp of the enemies of Israel, that their plans will be thwarted and come to naught.

Scripture

“The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.’ He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure.”


- Psalm 2:2-5 NKJV

Prayer Focus
Say a prayer of protection for this brave journalist who is speaking up for the crimes committed by Hamas against their own people in Gaza. Pray that the IDF will be successful in liberating the Gaza Strip from the grip of these terrorist overlords.

Scripture

“Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men, who plan evil things in their hearts; They continually gather together for war.”


- Psalms 140:1-2 NKJV

Prayer Focus
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all of Israel during the Passover holy days.This is the season of redemption. Ask the Lord to redeem Israel from her enemies, to proclaim the release of all hostages, and return His people back to their Promised Land.

Scripture

“Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’”


- Exodus 32:13 NKJV