Prayer for the Jewish People as the New Year Approaches
Communities will be on high alert as the Jewish New Year approaches, occurring sundown Sunday, 9/29 to after nightfall, Tuesday, 10/1. Called Rosh Hashanah or Feast of Trumpets, the day is spent mostly in synagogue with prayer that God will grant a sweet year of peace, prosperity and blessing. It is also a joyous day when they proclaim God “King of the Universe”. Likewise readings for day contain the theme of prayers for children being answered. Isaac’s birth (Genesis 21), and the birth of Samuel (1 Samuel 1:1-2:10) took place on Rosh Hashanah according to tradition. On the second morning, Abraham’s near-sacrifice of his son Isaac is read (Genesis 22) retelling the story of Abraham’s devotion to God. Finally, God’s eternal love for His people is recalled in reading Jeremiah 31:2-20. The greeting exchanged on this day is “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.”
Thus says Adonai: “Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears. For your work will be rewarded”—it is declaration of Adonai—“when they will return from the land of the enemy. So there is hope for your future”—it is declaration of Adonai—“when your children will return to their own territory. I indeed heard Ephraim grieving: ‘You have disciplined me—I was disciplined like an untrained calf. Restore me, and I will return, for you are Adonai my God.’” Jeremiah 31:15-17 TLV
PRAYER: Heavenly Abba, we pray the New Year 5780 will be a year of peace, prosperity and blessing for the Jewish people. There IS hope for their future. Hope is a response from seeing truth. Truth says Your children will return to The Land from the nations. Truth says their weeping will cease for their work will be rewarded. Also truth says all Israel shall be saved. In addition truth says you are Adonai their God; through salvation in Messiah Jesus their name will be inscribed in the Lamb’s Book of Life; and the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) will fill them with all joy and peace in believing. In this there is abounding hope.
Prayer for Israel’s Election
Israel will vote on September 17. After the election, the Israeli President looks over the newly selected Knesset members and parties based on political ideologies. He chooses the party head he believes to be most capable of forming a government to be the Prime Minister who then must put together a coalition of a simple majority, at least 61 out of the 120 member Knesset.
“Therefore I, the prisoner united with the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called. Always be humble, gentle and patient, bearing with one another in love, and making every effort to preserve the unity the Spirit gives through the binding power of shalom.” Ephesians 4:1-3 CJB
PRAYER: Lord, You will position leaders for such a time as this. Thank you for the Prime Minister, Knesset members and political parties demonstrating a life worthy of the calling. Also leaders who exhibit humility, gentleness, patience, who bear with one another in love. Furthermore who make every effort to maintain the unity the Spirit gives through the binding power of shalom. This house will stand as a testament of what You are doing for this nation.
Pray for Jacob’s Hope for the New Year
- The Israel Hope Center – protection, completion of construction
- The Holy Spirit will continue to speak to and confirm those whom He is calling to missionary assignments
- For our missionary team to serve in unity with the Spirit’s leading to fulfill the Great Commission
- Family members who need healing
“May God, the source of hope, fill you completely with joy and shalom as you continue trusting, so that by the power of the Ruach HaKodesh you may overflow with hope.” Romans 15:13