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Zohar: You Are Not Alone!

Friday, November 3, 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
Cover every detail, person and logistic involved in Operation Swords of Iron with prayer. As the war unfolds and Israel makes steady but costly gains, cry out to the One who created heaven and earth and holds the world in His hands for His cover of protection and peace over the soldiers and civilians of Israel. Pray also that He will draw every heart to Him as the One who cherishes, protects and guides this nation and her people.

Scripture

O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty like You, O LORD? Your faithfulness also surrounds You. You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them…
You have scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm.


- Psalm 89:8–9, 10b

Prayer Focus
Praise the Lord that the IDF and Shin Bet were able to free Pvt. Ori Megidish. Pray for a quick and complete recovery from the horrors that she has endured. Continue to cry out that the Lord will shield each of the remaining hostages from any further physical or mental abuse, and plead for their immediate release. Cry out to God for a move of His spirit among the nations, opening people’s eyes to the truth of what Hamas has done and convicting those who have foolishly supported a terrorist organization that slaughters innocent civilians and murders babies.

Scripture

“Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you,” says the LORD.


- Jeremiah 1:8

Prayer Focus
Pray that media outlets that use Associated Press stories and other journalists worldwide will push back against this appalling anti-Israel bias. Ask the Lord to remove AP from its position as the one who “sets the narrative” and beseech Him for an end to the media’s obvious and horrifying support for Hamas.

Scripture

The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death. The violence of the wicked will sweep them away, because they refuse to do what is just.


- Proverbs 21:6–7 ESV

Prayer Focus
Pray for the friends and families of Capt. Sahar Saudian, Sgt. Binyamin Gabriel and Sgt. Nativ Kuzaro, who, like so many in Israel, are mourning the loss of their loved ones. Pray also for the Air Defense Command’s Southern Brigade who lost fellow soldiers and friends. Pray also for all the Iron Dome batteries that are so critical to Israel’s defense and for the soldiers who serve in the Air Defense Command. Pray that each Iron Dome will have ample ammunition, will be protected and will be successful in protecting the people of Israel.

Scripture

“To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” They shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.


- Isaiah 61:3–4

Prayer Focus
Pray that the Lord and His heavenly armies will fight for Israel, strengthening every soldier on the ground, in the air or on the sea, blessing them with courage, determination and stamina. Seek His face and cry out for the success of Israel’s mission to rid His land of those who are committed to repeating their onslaught of terror again and again. Also pray again against the deception that has engulfed so many in the nations, blinding them to Hamas’s stated goals to mercilessly slaughter Jews until Israel is no more.

Scripture

And he shall say to them, “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 20:3–4

Prayer Focus
Pray that the Lord will deal swiftly and severely with this organization whose stated purpose for being is to create the “one place on Earth where all the world’s nations can gather together, discuss common problems, and find shared solutions that benefit all of humanity,” while demonizing Israel at a time when the nation reels from the worst, most horrific atrocities Jews have faced since the Holocaust and at the same time shielding from any blame the terrorist organization that continues to perpetrate such atrocities. Thank the Lord for those nations that voted against this disgraceful resolution and pray that He will bless them richly.

Scripture

Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God! For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones. 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.


- Psalm 83:1–5a

Prayer Focus
Pray for all three of these heroic officers whose lives are on the line constantly. Ask the Lord for healing, strength and resolve to return to their positions and continue the fight against terror. Pray that Arabs throughout Israel and the world “will not heed that call to hatred, but rather see the truth that it is Hamas, not Israel, that is responsible for the bloodshed and violence.”

Scripture

He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.


- Psalm 107:20

Prayer Focus
Cry out to the Lord for an end to Hamas’s reign of terror in Gaza. Ask Him to stop the flow of billions of dollars meant to benefit the people of Gaza but is used instead to build infrastructure and supply weapons to terrorists who are bent on the destruction of Israel. Beseech the Lord to remove the blinders from the eyes of those nations who are funding the slaughter of innocent people, including Gazans who are being used as human shields.

Scripture

Then the LORD will be seen over them, and His arrow will go forth like lightning. The Lord GOD will blow the trumpet, and go with whirlwinds from the south. The LORD of hosts will defend them.


- Zechariah 9:14–15a