Over the weekend, terrorists operating out of Egypt struck in southern Israel, leading the IDF to send tanks to the Egypt-Israel border. Meanwhile, the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood party is claiming victory in Egypt’s presidential election. Yet, despite whatever strife we find in the world and in our lives, we find hope in the promises of God’s word. We give thanks for His care for us, and we draw nearer to Him with each hardship. God is called “Comforter” for a reason; He gives the gift of His peace and healing to those who come before Him in prayer.
- Pray for God’s safety and peace in Israel, particularly in light of the deadly terror attacks that struck southern Israel over the weekend, and in any areas of unrest throughout the world. “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace” (Psalm 29:11).
- Pray that Egypt will not fall under the rule of Islamist extremists, and that peace, order, and democracy will prevail in that troubled country. “I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid” (Leviticus 26:6).
- The horrible violence in Syria has escalated into a deadly civil war. Pray for an end to the violence, and that the oppressive Assad regime will loosen its stranglehold on the Syrian people. “Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you” (Deuteronomy 16:20).
- Give thanks to God for Israel’s brave and wise leaders. This week, we particularly remember President Shimon Peres, who was honored by the US last week with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. President Obama called President Peres “an indomitable spirit that will not be denied.” Israel is blessed! “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (2 Chronicles 1:10).
- Pray for God’s provision and protection on 4Zion and The Fellowship as our work continues to grow, that we may be a source of comfort and strength to needy and suffering Jews worldwide. “When I fall, I will arise, when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me” (Micah 7:8).