When surrounded by hostility towards Israel it is good to remind ourselves that our hope doesn’t rest in the futile promises of man, but in the certain promises of the One true God.
When we pray for Israel and the Jewish people, let us remember that lives are impacted. We may never learn of the outcome of these prayers, at least not on earth. For example, the media has usually moved onto the next story without us ever knowing of the well-being of terror attack survivors. But in this week’s Weekly News Round-up from CUFI-UK you will see a number of stories that we trust will encourage you.
In August we prayed for a fourth victim of a terror attack in which a Palestinian gunman killed three security personnel at the entrance to Har Adar. We last reported that the fourth victim, who we now know is named Amit Steinhart, underwent emergency surgery and was expected to survive. This week we are pleased to inform you that Amit got to meet the paramedics that saved his life. It was an emotional meeting that you can watch here.
And then there is the story of 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg, a Jewish boy whose parents were tragically murdered in a 2008 terror attack in Mumbai. Moshe, two-years-old at the time, was rescued by the family’s Indian nanny who survived the attack and was awarded Israeli citizenship. Moshe went to live in Israel, but returned this week to visit the place where the attack took place. He was accompanied by Prime Minister Netanyahu in a very moving visit.
And in Essex, former British army veteran shared his joy on the BBC about the marvellous ReWalk, which is a bionic suit invented in Israel. It is allowing Chris Baker to walk unaided for the first time since being wounded in an explosion in Iraq.
All three have experienced immense challenges of different kinds, yet all have been given hope and strength through the generosity, bravery and sacrifice of others. When we pray for Israel and the Jewish people, we can take great encouragement that lives are being touched and our hope rests in the faithfulness of God Almighty who answers prayer.
The following prayer points are to assist you as you pray. For the stories behind these prayer points, please view the CUFI Weekly News Round-up, by clicking here.
May God bless you as you pray.
- Praise the Lord that the terrorists responsible for the killing of Rabbi Raziel Shebvach have been captured.
- Pray for the 15-year-old Jewish girl whose face was slashed in an anti-Semitic attack in Paris leaving her bleeding and in shock. Pray for her healing, both physically and emotionally.
- Pray against the rise of anti-Semitism in France. Pray too about the surge in anti-Semitism in Germany, which has led to the Government this week announcing a special commissioner.
- Pray that governments in the West will wake-up and recognise the fact that Palestinian leaders are telling the international community one thing, whilst telling their own people another thing, as demonstrated by the speech made by Mahmoud Abbas this week.
- Pray for the UK Foreign Office – that it will place greater concern over what is happening to aid being sent by Britain to the Palestinian Authority.
- Praise the Lord that Israel discovered and destroyed another terror tunnel stretching from Gaza into southern Israel.
- Praise the Lord that a bomb found at Joseph’s Tomb ahead of the visit of 1000 Jewish visitors, was destroyed before being detonated. Thank the Lord for this provision of protection.
- Pray for the continued recovery of terror attack victim Amit Steinhart, who met those medics that saved his life in the attack last Autumn.
- Pray for 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg who this week visited the place where his parents were murdered in India. Pray that this little boy will be blessed.
- Praise the Lord that Prime Minister Netanyahu had a successful visit to India this week.
- Pray for CUFI’s campaign to ban Hezbollah. Praise the Lord that over 15,000 people have now signed the petition.
- Pray for the important debate set for this Thursday. Pray that it will lead to the UK banning of the terrorist organisation in its entirety. Pray that the pro-Israel voice will be heard.
And “pray for the peace of Jerusalem”
To view these prayer points and other ideas for prayer online, click here