Israeli citizens consistently live under the threat of terrorism. Just recently, a young mother of six, Dafna Meir, was brutally murdered in her own home by a sixteen-year-old Palestinian terrorist. It is unfortunate situations like this one that have many asking, “How can I pray for Israel in the face of constant terrorism?”
Meir, herself abandoned in childhood, grew up as a part of the Israeli foster care program. Consequently, while raising four children of their own, she and her husband chose to open their home to two children in foster care. Now these children’s lives have been changed forever.
“The eulogy given by Meir's eldest daughter, Renana, who saw her mother being stabbed to death in their kitchen, pierced the hearts of everyone at the funeral.
‘Mommy, my beautiful mother, my best friend,” she said through her tears. “Do you see how many people care about you? You left an enormous void in all of our hearts. It is heartbreaking for me to know that you won't be there with me at the IDF induction center, at my wedding, in the delivery room. I didn't only lose a mother, I also lost my best friend.’” [i]
When we hear stories like this one it is incredibly difficult not to be angry. Recently we shared a blog post on how to deal with feelings of anger in the face of terrorism, and today we would like to speak with you about how to pray, as well.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”—Ephesians 6.12
Although it can be difficult to look past the egregious acts to see the spiritual elements of this fight, as Believers we must. The enemy is out to destroy not only the Jewish people themselves, but also the very ones he uses to bring violence against them. No one has ever been saved through hatred. It is only through love that we win.
These prayer strategies from One New Man United offer tips on how to pray for the nation of Israel during difficult times such as these.
Decree the Word of the Lord Over the Land and Her People…
Pray for the nation of Israel by speaking God’s covenant promises over the land. Ask that the stony hearts of those who seek to do them harm be melted.
“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever.
“For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity. Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts.
“As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, the Lord shall lead them away with the workers of iniquity.
Peace be upon Israel!” —Psalm 125
Pray for the Leaders of Israel…
Pray for God to continue to pour out His protection, wisdom, revelation, favor, strength and blessing upon Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the current members of the Knessett and the Israeli Security Council as they diligently stand for the truth, peace, security and sovereignty of the Nation of Israel…
“…He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.”—Daniel 2.21-22
Pray for the Israeli Security and Defense…
Continue to pray for God's wisdom, favor, insight and protection to rest upon the men and women in all departments of Israeli security and defense, as they diligently persevere to protect the citizens and borders of the Nation of Israel…
“For the LORD will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.”—Isaiah 52.12
Pray for the Nations of the World…
Continue to pray for the Nations of the World to hear the warnings and immediately begin to rise-up and intervene as God continues to exposes the ultimate plans and intentions of those individuals, organizations, and nations who would come against not only the Nation of Israel, but also against the United States of America, and many other Nations of the World…
“Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us.”—Isaiah 8.10
Curt Landry Ministries would like to sincerely thank you for your prayers and support for the Nation of Israel. As we mourn the loss of Mrs. Meir, a woman who cared deeply for the needs of children living within the foster program, please consider giving a charitable gift in her honor to our Safe House Project.
THANK YOU for YOUR PRAYERS and SUPPORT of the NATION of ISRAEL!