Prophet Daniel in Babylonian captivity
“O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Thine own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Thy city and Thy people are called by Thy name” (Daniel 9:19)
Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, had marched his army to Jerusalem and besieged it. King Jehoiakim of Judah, along with sons of Israel─including some of the royal family─were taken to Shinar in Babylonia. Therein captivity, “Daniel observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely seventy years” (Daniel 9:2−).
Prophet Daniel’s prayer on behalf of His people for Jerusalem was urgent and sincere. He reminded God of His promise to prophet Jeremiah about the release of His people and return to Jerusalem. May our prayers, likewise, be sincere, directly from the heart.
Difficult trauma for years to come
In the last fifteen years, more than 12,000 rockets have struck southern Israel, affecting more than two million Israelis. Although these attacks from Gaza have not caused a large number of Israeli civilian casualties, the rockets have caused unspeakable trauma, misery, hardship and financial difficulties for the southern population. Trauma is a type of damage to the psyche that occurs as a result of severely distressing events. The situation becomes even more difficult with physical injuries.
Healing for bereaved
While the Bible gives us instructions on what to do when people are hurting, it also clearly states that we are to look after the people and to visit them. This is exactly what our project designed for terror war survivors does each week in Israel. The project team has been on the ground, reaching out to terror victims and their families, as soon as possible, after an attack is reported by the news. One of the goals is to form and build deeper relationships and to show Christian support and Godly actions to the victim families. God gives us the words by which to comfort, encourage and help practically during times of overwhelming grief.
The families of terror attack victims are deeply moved by Christians coming to visit. It is all a part of their healing in the grieving process. The Jewish people are realizing that the followers of Jesus are some of their best friends. Relationships are built because of your support!
Unite in prayer
- Remind God Almighty about Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans that I have for you…plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Israel’s enemies are encircling the tiny nation for destruction. Stand on God’s promise that Israel WILL celebrate the 70th anniversary of the reborn state in April 2018.
- Intercede for Israel’s northern border Cover it in prayer for security and protection. Lebanon has turned against Israel and in any future conflict, Lebanon may aid the enemies.
Recite daily for Israel Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon that is formed against you [Israel] shall prosper, and every tongue that accuses you in judgment You [God] will condemn.”
- Pray peace over the Near East A major earthquake has been predicted to take place in the Jordan Rift Valley─from the northern Jordan River to the Red Sea.
Recall Psalm 132:13: “For the LORD has chosen Zion. He has desired it for His habitation.”
- Intercede wisdom for Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon and other officials representing the nation in mainly Muslim occupied United Nations’ meetings. Cover in your prayers also Ambassador Nikki Haley, Ambassador of the United States.
Pray for them Psalm 1:1─6, “For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” (All quotations from NASB)