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Zohar: You Are Not Alone!

Friday, October 6, 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
Pray, pray, pray for Israel as she faces one of her darkest hours. Pray for the IDF as they go on the offensive in Gaza. Ask the Lord to provide Israel’s military and political leaders with wisdom and discernment as they fight against the enemy. Pray that Israel will be able to achieve each of the five goals for the campaign against Hamas that Netanyahu laid out. Ask God to protect the people of Israel and to bless the IDF as they work to secure Israel’s borders.

Scripture

“Yet, 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. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

Action
Psalm 23:4–6

Prayer Focus
Lift up this unity government in prayer, asking the Lord to bless them with wisdom, discernment and strength as they set aside their differences and join together to lead the nation of Israel during this difficult time.

Scripture

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion…Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”


- Ecclesiastes 4:9–10a, 12

Prayer Focus
Cover Israel’s northern borders in prayer, asking God to surround it with a shield of protection as Israel faces a multi-front war. Pray for the Israeli forces guarding the north and for safety for the civilians. Ask the Lord to thwart all the plans of the enemy—from whichever direction they are attacking.

Scripture

“Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; defend me from those who rise up against me. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloodthirsty men. For look, they lie in wait for my life…They run and prepare themselves through no fault of mine. Awake to help me, and behold! You therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to punish all the nations; do not be merciful to any wicked transgressors.”


- Psalm 59:1–3a, 4–5

Prayer Focus
Ask for God’s comfort and consolation for the people of Israel who have seen and experienced unimaginable horrors over the past several days. Pray that God will heal their hearts and minds and restore their peace. Lift up those who have lost loved ones, who are mourning, who are worried about loved ones.

Scripture

“Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled…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 6:2, 8–10

Prayer Focus
Pray for the nations, that leaders and countries around the world will finally hold Iran accountable for its actions, its aggression, and its sponsorship of terror. Ask the Lord to thwart the plans of this evil regime who is so intent to wipe Israel off the map.

Scripture

“Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, who plan evil things in their hearts; they continually gather together for war. They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; the poison of asps is under their lips.”


- Psalm 140:1–3

Prayer Focus
God bless these beautiful people who are returning to defend their homeland. Lift up all the IDF soldiers, Border Police, reservists, security forces and emergency responders in prayer, asking God to bless them and place His hand of protection over them. Ask the Lord to bless them in this fight for Israel’s survival, using them to rid the Jewish state of her enemies.

Scripture

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”


- Joshua 1:9

Prayer Focus
Lift up President Biden and the leadership in Washington in prayer, asking that God will bless Israel’s friendship and alliance with them and that Biden and other American leaders will follow through on their words of support for Israel. Pray also for the rest of the nations, that they will also support the Jewish state by standing with her in her hour of need.

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
As you pray God’s blessing over the Israeli military as they strike terror targets in Gaza, lift up the innocents in Gaza in prayer, asking the Lord to shield those who had no part in the evil attack against Israel from any harm as the IDF works to cripple Hamas.

Scripture

“Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked. They do not know, nor do they understand; they walk about in darkness.”


- Psalm 82:4–5a