AWE – October 2022 Prayer Points – DAYS OF AWE
Prayers for the Days of Awe —
The ten days from Rosh Hashanah (9/26/22) to Yom Kippur (10/5/22) are known as the “Days of Awe.” This is a highly spiritual season, a sacred time for the Jewish people to observe two of God’s appointed times.
Rosh Hashanah means “head of the year” and is also known as “the Feast of Trumpets” with shofars blowing often through the day to awaken the people to God’s presence in their lives. According to Jewish tradition the gates of heaven open on Rosh Hashanah to receive the prayers, confessions, and petitions of repenting sinners. Judgment is pronounced for each person on planet earth but their fate is not final until Yom Kippur. The ten days give an opportunity to make extra efforts in prayer, charity and repentance to sway the verdict to one’s favor. It is a time to reflect on one’s relationship with God with repentance. It is a time to forgive and reconcile with family and friends.
Yom Kippur is also known as “the Day of Atonement”. The ancient Temple services focused on the high priest making intercession of on behalf of the entire nation of Israel. Today the synagogue prayers are more focused on the individual as a member of Israel. The recital of “confession” prayers is important and has its origin in Leviticus 16:21. The high priest must confess the sins of Israel as he laid his hand upon the head of the scapegoat. The one praying confession strikes his chest with his fist as an expression of sorrow each time a sin is mentioned. Jesus refers to this gesture of repentance in Luke 18:13 in the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. The final “closing” service is said to correspond with both the closing of the Temple gates in the evening and the closing of the gates of heaven. A final, long blast of the shofar signals that the Day of Atonement is over.
A person’s fate is not final until the verdict is sealed with their name recorded in either the book of life or the book of death. Those with their names in the book of life are granted another year of life. Those sealed in the book of death will have their cases moved to another courtroom. The phrase/concept of the Book of Life appears in Exodus 32:32-33, Isaiah 4:3, Psalm 69:28 and Revelation 12:27.
Ten days of prayer for the “Days of Awe”
1- Sep 26 – The Jewish people to awaken when they hear the shofar blast, to listen for His voice and instructions from the Holy Spirit during this appointed time (Isaiah 18:3, Psalm 145:18)
2- Sep 27 – A personal desire to know God and devote their lives to Him wholeheartedly (Deuteronomy 6:5)
3- Sep 28 – Continuing growth, favor and influence for the Messianic Jewish community (Isaiah 58:12)
4- Sep 29 – Believers to love and pray for the Jewish people (Romans 11:25-31)
5- Sep 30 – The Jewish people reading Scripture to have eyes open to the story of redemption for all people, Jew and Gentile (Acts 10:45)
6- Oct 1 – The Jewish people to be glad that their names have been recorded in heaven (Luke 10:20)
7- Oct 2 – The Jewish people to see judgment does not come from the heavenly court but through faith that Messiah is the One ordained by God as Judge of the living and the dead (Acts 10:42)
8- Oct 3 – The people to be assured of forgiveness of sins instead of waiting for the final judgment on Yom Kippur (Hosea 14:5, Acts 4:3)
9- Oct 4 – The promised outpouring of the Spirit upon all Israel (Joel 2:28, Acts 10:44)
10- Oct 5 – Many Jewish people to receive Yeshua as Messiah the source of true peace, the Prince of Peace (Zechariah 13:1)
Thank you for praying during the 10 Days of AWE!
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