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Zohar: You Are Not Alone!

Friday, October 20, 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 this impending ground operation in prayer, asking God’s hand of blessing over every aspect of it. Pray for wisdom and discernment for Israel’s decision-makers. Pray for protection over the Israeli soldiers, that the Lord will bless them in their mission to protect the people of Israel, as well as the innocent civilians in Gaza.

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 20:3–4

Prayer Focus
Plead God’s divine hand of protection over the Israelis taken captive in Gaza. Pray for their safety, both mentally and emotionally as well as physically. Ask the Lord to open the door for their quick and safe return home. Ask God to give their families comfort as only He can during this time of fear and darkness.

Scripture

“I cried out to You, O LORD: I said, ‘You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living. Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low; deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than I. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name.’”


- Psalm 142:5–7

Prayer Focus
Cry out on behalf of these innocent people, that the world will see and hold the true murderers accountable. Pray that the truth will be made known far and wide, that the lies of the enemy will not drown out the truth. Ask the Lord to drown out the lies far and wide with His truth about what happened to the hospital in Gaza. Pray against the attempts to point the finger at Israel for this horrible atrocity.

Scripture

“LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; he who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor…He who does these things shall never be moved.”


- Psalm 15:1–3a, 5b

Prayer Focus
Lift up Israel’s northern border in prayer, asking God’s protection on this separate front as Israel faces attacks on multiple fronts. Pray that the Israeli soldiers guarding the northern borders will be alert and watchful, and ask for God’s protection over them as well as the civilians they are guarding. Pray against any schemes the enemy has to continue its attack on Israel’s north.

Scripture

“The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.”


- Psalm 34:7

Prayer Focus
It is yet another front that Israel has to face against another threat, and pray that the Israeli military will be able to preemptively thwart all threats coming out of Iran through Syria, striking weapons shipments and other threats before they have a chance to reach their destination. Pray also that the American military presence will have its intended effect of deterring Hezbollah and Iran from attacking Israel further.

Scripture

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. He guards all his bones; not one of them is broken. Evil shall slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.”


- Psalm 34:19–21

Prayer Focus
Bless the memory of this brave young man, and lift up all of his loved ones and friends in prayer, that the Lord will comfort them and bring them peace. Pray for all the Israelis who have lost loved ones amid these terrible attacks. Pray that the Lord will comfort His people. Ask the Lord to protect the IDF soldiers, Border Police, security personnel and emergency responders who are working to protect the nation of Israel.

Scripture

“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”


- Psalm 34:18 NASB

Prayer Focus
Praise the Lord for this show of solidary from President Biden and his willingness to stand by the people of Israel during this dark time. Pray that the US will continue to stand with Israel amid mounting international pressure to condemn the Jewish state, and pray that the rest of the world will follow suit and stand with Israel as she fights for her survival.

Scripture

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so…Do not devise evil against your neighbor, for he dwells by you for safety’s sake.”


- Proverbs 3:27, 29

Prayer Focus
Pray for justice. Pray that Hamas and Iran will be held accountable for the blood that they have spilt. Pray against their evil plans and that all their schemes will be thwarted.

Scripture

“I said in my heart, ‘God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”


- Ecclesiastes 3:17