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The Long Road Home

Friday, December 8, 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.

Prayer Focus
Place Yahya Sinwar in God’s hands, knowing that He will exact justice as He sees fit. But pray that the IDF will be successful in unseating him from power and eliminating his influence over his Hamas followers. Pray that he will be disgraced in the nations as he openly threatens Israel with repeats of the October 7 massacre. Pray that the world will recognize that he is a vicious murderer and not a “freedom fighter” as he openly threatens the very existence of the Jewish people.

Scripture

For thus says the LORD of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.”


- Zechariah 2:8

Prayer Focus
Pray for quick and complete healing for all those who have been injured in the north of Israel. Beseech the Lord that Israel will be successful in crippling Hezbollah’s infrastructure in southern Lebanon, restoring calm to the northern border.

Scripture

“Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; for the LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.”


- Deuteronomy 20:3b

Prayer Focus
Praise God for this interfaith delegation and their message of support for Israel. Pray that the words of an American Muslim woman, who recognizes that this is a war against evil and that Israel is fighting for all mankind, will be heard around the world. Ask the Lord to bless and protect these brave women as their words and their actions may cause them to be targeted.

Scripture

He who speaks truth declares righteousness, but a false witness, deceit…The truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.


- Proverbs 12:17, 19

Prayer Focus
Pray for the immediate removal of the presidents of these universities whose own anti-Semitic biases were laid bare during questioning. Pray that they will be held accountable for their outrageous statements and for allowing anti-Semitism to grow like a cancer on their campuses. Pray also that professors and department chairs who have taught students to hate—much like their Palestinian counterparts—will be exposed and removed from their positions in disgrace.

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…The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth. The LORD laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming.


- Psalm 37:9–10, 12–13

Prayer Focus
Pray that Houthi intervention in the current conflict will be minimal. Praise the Lord for the US forces who are positioned to intercept rockets and drones from Yemen. Cry out to the Lord for an end to Iranian support of this terror organization and for Iran’s influence in the entire region.

Scripture

You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.


- Psalm 32:7

Prayer Focus
Cry out to God for the hearts, minds and souls of the many children who were victims of the October 7 massacre. Weep before the Lord for those who were taken into captivity and plead for their healing. Beseech Him to cleanse their minds of the horrors they witnessed, to comfort them in the loss of loved ones and strengthen them in the loss of their innocence. Pray that the Lord will remove the fear, shame and guilt that haunts them, restore them spiritually and bring joy back into their lives. Also ask Him to bless their caregivers with great wisdom, love and tenderness as they walk with the children through their recovery.

Scripture

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.


- Psalm 23:4

Prayer Focus
Praise God that the IDF discovered this and other stockpiles of weapons in their ongoing confrontation with Hamas. Pray that the location of these stockpiles will help Israel in making the case against Hamas’s use of school children, worshippers and the vulnerable in hospitals as protection against Israeli retaliation, knowing that the IDF has never intentionally fired on such targets.

Scripture

He who hates, disguises it with his lips, and lays up deceit within himself; when he speaks kindly, do not believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness will be revealed before the assembly. Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.


- Proverbs 26:24, 26–27

Prayer Focus
Praise God for ongoing support of many members of the international community. Pray that the G7 will remain firm in its commitment to stand behind Israel’s efforts to rid the region of Hamas and its terror network.

Scripture

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


- Genesis 12:3

Prayer Focus
Praise the Lord for preserving Ariel Zohar’s life. At the same time, pray for this precious young man who has lost so much and is about to mark one of the most momentous moments of his life without his parents and siblings. Pray that God will comfort him in his mourning and that his life will indeed stand as a testimony to the world that “Am Israel Chai,” the nation of Israel lives.

Scripture

And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.


- Psalm 139:16b

Prayer Focus
Bring before the Lord the countless industries and areas in Israel that have ground to a halt or are struggling to keep head above water as the nation focusses its attention on besting the enemy on the battlefield. Pray that the Lord will work in the hearts of Jews and Christians around the world to give their time, hands and resources to seeing Israel through this trying time.

Scripture

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”


- Isaiah 43:2–3a