As the government shutdown continues, it is a good time to remember that our trust is in Someone far more powerful than elected and appointed officials. In this time of uncertainty, let us praise our trustworthy, ever-present God.
- As the U.S. government shutdown enters yet another day, pray that God will grant wisdom to members of Congress as they seek a workable compromise for the nation’s debt problems. “And he said to the human race, ‘The fear of the LORD – that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding’” (Job 28:28).
- Pray for the healing of a nine-year-old Israeli girl shot by a terrorist while playing in the yard of her West Bank home – and pray for the protection of all the people of Israel. “Whoever fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge” (Proverbs 14:26).
- On the heels of Israeli…
Tonight marks the end of Sukkot, a week-long holiday when Jews worldwide construct simple shelters in their backyards to remind themselves of the temporary structures the Israelites lived in during their 40 years in the desert – and how God faithfully provided for them. This holiday offers a tangible reminder that we are utterly dependent on God for everything.
Sundown marks the beginning of yet another Jewish holiday, Simchat Torah, a time to celebrate the completion of the annual cycle of Torah readings. In both of these festive holidays we are reminded of God’s abundant provision and loving care for His people. Let us offer our gratitude for these amazing gifts as we also lift the following concerns to Him.
- Praise God for the gift of His Word. “The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple” (Psalm 19:7).
This week Jews around the world are in the middle of their most sacred season – the High Holy Days. It started with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) last Thursday and concludes with Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) this Saturday. This season of reflection, repentance, and renewal reminds us of the precious gifts of forgiveness and grace that God extends to all His children. May you experience these good gifts in abundance this week as you pray for the peace of Israel, the Middle East, and the world.
- Praise God that He offers us redemption and a fresh start when we turn to Him. “This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength’” (Isaiah 30:15).
- Thank God for 4Zion’s generous donors who enabled us to deliver food boxes to tens of thousands…
Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) is fast approaching, ushering in the High Holy Days, the holiest season on the Jewish calendar. This is a day for celebration, as well as solemnity, spiritual reflection, repentance, and renewal. At a time when so many around the world are coping with natural disasters and war, what a wonderful reminder that God can redeem anything, and that He offers the hope of a fresh start when we turn to Him.
- Praise God that the final two flights of Ethiopian Jews making aliyah (immigrating) to Israel arrived safely yesterday, ending a decades-long effort to return these members of the lost tribe of Dan to their spiritual homeland. Pray for a smooth transition for this group of 400 Ethiopian Jews. “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! “ (Psalm 181:24).
- Now that chemical weapons attacks in Syria have…
Jews worldwide recently entered the Hebrew month of Elul, a time of introspection leading up to the sacred season of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur next month, known collectively as the High Holy Days. Let us join our Jewish friends in this holy work of self-examination and repentance, going to God with confidence in His mercy and gratitude for His forgiveness.
- As Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resume this week in Jerusalem, pray for God’s direction and spirit of shalom (peace) in the discussions. “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26).
- As the first of the Palestinian prisoners to be released by Israel in advance of renewed peace talks are set free this week, pray that they will leave their ways of crime and terror behind. “Turn from evil and do good;…