What a blessing God’s Word is to our daily lives! This week, Jews acknowledged and celebrated that fact on Simchat Torah, which marks the completion of the annual cycle of Torah readings that takes place in synagogues around the world. One of the deepest truths we learn in the Torah is that God is never-changing. We worship and serve the same God that the Israelites did when they wandered in the desert – and God is as ever-present and active in our own lives as He was in theirs.
- This week, Jews around the world restarted their weekly public readings of the Torah, beginning with the first chapter of Genesis, and continuing through the book of Deuteronomy. Pray that God will bless this holy study of His Word. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).
- Give thanks to the Lord for a new year! As the season that began with the High Holy Days and continued with Sukkot and Simchat Torah comes to an end, we look forward to the blessings of new beginnings. “‘This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,’ declares the Lord. ‘I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people’” (Jeremiah 31:33).
- Continue to pray for the upcoming U.S. elections, which are less than one month away! Ask that God lead us to choose leaders who will exercise wisdom and good judgment and further the cause of peace. “Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate His rule with trembling” (Psalm 2:11).
- As the winter approaches, pray that the tens of thousands of struggling Holocaust survivors in Israel and the former Soviet Union are provided with shelter, heating fuel, and other basic necessities they need to survive. “Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness!” (Isaiah 58:10)