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The Long Road Home

Friday, December 22, 2023

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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. Please contact us at intl.office@bridgesforpeace.com if you would like to receive this Prayer Update by e-mail.

***NOTICE***

From Jerusalem, Bridges for Peace wishes you and your loved ones a festive season filled with the joy and peace of the Lord. Please note that our offices will be closed from Monday, December 25 to Friday, December 29, which means that there will be no Prayer Update on Friday, December 29. We will all be back in the office on Monday, January 1, ready to serve as your hands and feet of blessing in Israel. The next prayer update will be published on January 5, 2024.

Prayer Focus
Praise God that the network of underground tunnels in Gaza continues to be exposed and destroyed by the IDF. Pray that the world will realize that Hamas has used humanitarian aid for nefarious purposes to enrich themselves and to build these underground military bases to attack Israel from. Pray that each nation supporting Gaza would realize that their aid is going toward building terrorist infrastructure and immediately cease funding.

Scripture

“Do not take me away with the wicked and with the workers of iniquity, who speak peace to their neighbors, but evil is in their hearts. Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors; give them according to the work of their hands; render to them what they deserve. Because they do not regard the works of the LORD, nor the operation of His hands, He shall destroy them and not build them up.”


- Psalm 28:3-5

Prayer Focus
Cry out to God on behalf of the Jewish people, that the Lord would protect and guard them as anti-Semitism increases all over the world. Pray that righteous Christians would arise to stand against hatred, that the church would not turn their backs on the Jewish people. Ask the Lord to give boldness and courage to the believers throughout the world to stand up for truth and speak up on behalf of our Jewish brethren.

Scripture

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”


- Esther 4:14

Prayer Focus
Petition the Lord for a divine intervention on behalf of all of the hostages still trapped in Gaza. Ask the Lord to soften the hearts of their captors so that a new agreement can be reached and more hostages released. Pray for their continued protection and safety, and for well-being and peace for their families awaiting their return.

Scripture

“The Spirit of the LORD God is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound”


- Isaiah 61:1

Prayer Focus
Let’s join our hearts in prayer for the success and protection of Operation Prosperity Guardian led by the United States. Lift up the leaders and participants of this international mission in prayer, asking the Lord for His divine guidance, wisdom, and protection as they work together to bring stability to the region. Pray that God’s hand would be upon the nations involved, and that the forces of darkness be thwarted, allowing for peace to prevail in the Red Sea.

Scripture

“Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping. The LORD has heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer. Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.”


- Psalm 6:8-10

Prayer Focus
Praise the Lord for giving Israel the knowledge to invent the highly effective Iron Dome defense system to protect the citizens of Israel. Lift up in prayer all the people of Kiryat Shmona and the communities along the northern border affected by the recent rocket attacks. Pray for the protection and comfort of the residents who been evacuated from their homes and have had to endure the distress caused by these acts of violence. Pray that the leaders of the IDF and the Israeli security cabinet will be guided by wisdom and the Lord’s will in making decisions about further strikes in Lebanon and Syria.

Scripture

“God is jealous, and the LORD avenges; the LORD avenges and is furious. The LORD will take vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserves wrath for His enemies; the LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked. The LORD has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet.”


- Nahum 1:2-3

Prayer Focus
Give thanks to the Lord for the recent victory where 70 Hamas terrorists surrendered to the IDF. Praise God for the courage and strength He has provided to the IDF forces during these operations. Pray for the continued guidance and protection of the IDF as they work to ensure the safety and security of the region.

Scripture

“For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; indeed, you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more. But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”


- Psalm. 37:9-11

Prayer Focus
Thank and praise God for the wonderful example of forgiveness and grace that this mother has displayed to the IDF and to the world. Pray that the message of understanding and compassion will heal the trauma of the IDF soldiers who accidentally shot these hostages. Pray for comfort and healing for Iris Haim and all those affected by this tragic incident, asking the Lord to bestow His everlasting peace.

Scripture

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you”


- Matthew 5:43-45a

Prayer Focus
Praise the Lord for the continued operation of the land corridor between the Gulf States and Israel, even in the midst of the war. Pray that the relationships forged through the Abraham Peace Accords will not be tainted and that the Arab states will continue to support Israel.

Scripture

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”


- Psalm 133:1

Prayer Focus
Pray for the family of Tomer Greenberg, who courageously gave his life in the battle against Hamas terrorists. Pray for comfort, strength, and healing for the Berdichevsky family and all those mourning the loss of a true hero.

Scripture

“The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.”


- Psalm 34:18

Prayer Focus
Praise the Lord for this righteous young Christian man who would go so far as to lay down his life for the sake of his Jewish brethren and in service to the Jewish state. Pray for the comfort and healing of the Bayer family during this difficult time of mourning, and for the protection of their other children serving in the IDF. Pray that the story of Urija’s selflessness will be a witness to all Israelis of the true and unwavering support of true bible-believing Christians.

Scripture

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”


- John 13:15