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Zohar: You Are Not Alone!

Friday, November 17, 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 [email protected] if you would like to receive this Prayer Update by e-mail.

Prayer Focus
Praise God that the IDF has reached Shifa Hospital and is uncovering evidence that proves Hamas’s murderous presence in an institution that exists to save human lives. Pray that God will direct the IDF as they continue their search, exposing every area, every weapons cache, every supply of explosives and other materials of war and every tunnel that remains beneath Shifa Hospital. Pray that Hamas’s presence will be eradicated and that the terror organization will never again be able to hide behind the weak and vulnerable in Shifa and other Gazan hospitals.

Scripture

Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked.


- Psalm 82:3

Prayer Focus
Pray for the victims of these attacks that continue amid the ongoing war with Hamas. Pray also for the family and friends of Israeli American Border Police officer Sgt. Elisheva Rose Ida Lubin who was killed at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City. Cry out to the Lord for His protection to surround all of those who, even though they are not on the frontlines of the war in Gaza, are willing to endanger their own lives to safeguard the people of Israel.

Scripture

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.


- Psalm 138:7

Prayer Focus
Pray that the UN will come to its senses and pass a resolution unequivocally condemning the actions of a terrorist organization that is determined to kill Jews, ending their preposterous attempts at equating Israel’s actions of self-defense with Hamas’s massacre of innocent civilians.

Scripture

Let the lying lips be put to silence, which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous. Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You. In the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.


- Psalm 31:18–20

Prayer Focus
Pray that the sobering lessons of the 85th anniversary of Kristallnacht will be heeded by the nations of the world and by the Church, awakening them to the reality that Hamas is the “new Nazis” and to the critical need to keep the promise: “Never again.” Thank God for the position taken by the German government and cry out to Him that more and more nations will embrace that same commitment to support and protect the Jewish community and stand with the nation of Israel.

Scripture

Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren.


- Deuteronomy 4:9

Prayer Focus
Cry out to the Lord for voices of outrage to be raised among the nations as it is revealed that Hamas is actually killing Gazan civilians rather than allowing them to evacuate to the safe area that has been set up and is being protected by Israel. Pray that the Lord will protect the innocent among those in Gaza who are caught in the middle of this war and who are being forced to remain in harm’s way by their own government.

Scripture

The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor; let them be caught in the plots which they have devised. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue is trouble and iniquity. He sits in the lurking places of the villages; in the secret places he murders the innocent.


- Psalm 10:2, 7–8a

Prayer Focus
Pray that the words of Iran’s president will strike fear in the hearts of world leaders as they recognize the true intent of Iranian support for Hamas: the destruction of the free world and the establishment of a radical Islamist caliphate.

Scripture

Thus says the LORD to you: “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”


- 2 Chronical 20:15b

Prayer Focus
Pray that Israel will continue to successfully respond to escalating aggression from Iranian proxies in the region. Also beseech the Lord that both Israel and the United States will be ready should there be full-scale broadening of the war to include both Hezbollah in Lebanon as well as Iran. Pray that the Lord will bring about Israel’s soon and complete victory.

Scripture

“Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, for the LORD your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.”


- Deuteronomy 20:3b–4 ESV

Prayer Focus
Pray that Israel will have the necessary determination to finish what they have started in dismantling Hamas and ending its reign of terror once and for all, regardless of the diplomatic ramifications. Pray that Israel will not be seen as an “unruly bully” at war with Hamas “freedom fighters,” but rather as the lone nation willing to give their all to destroy a homicidal terrorist enemy whose goal is not just Israel’s destruction but that of the entire free world.

Scripture

Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you.


- Deuteronomy 28:10

Prayer Focus
Pray for Mechaltzim Ve’nehenim as they move forward with their mission to reunite pets with their rightful owners. Pray for these brave volunteers who are committed to reuniting Israelis with the “last missing members of their families” and for the success of their endeavors.

Scripture

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.


- Psalm 34:18 ESV