I is for…..Israel!
This month our country focus for prayer is Israel.
Some key statistics about Israel* are:
- Population: 8.5 million (of which 75% are Jews and 20% Arab)
- Official Language: Hebrew, Arabic (plus 46 others)
- Major Religions: Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
- Life Expectancy: 82.3 years
- Politics: Knesset. President Netanyahu.
- Literacy Rate: 91.7%
Israel has experienced war and conflict throughout its existence since 1948-49 when Jews were first allowed to return to the country and become citizens. Israel claimed territory from Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria during this time. After the 1967 6-day war, Israel was officially allowed to own and control the Golan Heights (Syria), the Gaza Strip and the West Bank (Egypt) which it had already claimed. However, in 1981-82 Iraq sent scud missiles which had near-serious consequences, however God caused restraint through the then-president refusing to retaliate. In 1993 there was the Oslo 1 Accord which posed a 2-state solution and this still holds now which splits the country into Israel for the Jewish people and Palestine for other, mainly Arabs. Since then the Gaza Strip and West Bank have become controlled by Hamas who seek to make Palestine a country, a status not recognised by the United Nations. The Golan Heights remain hotly disputed and constant rumblings throughout the country make lasting peace seem impossible. However, despite all this churches show the unity of believers with both Jew and Arab worshipping in unity alongside each other which has provided a significant witness within the country.
Points of Prayer:
- Pray for political peace in these volatile areas of the Middle East.
- Pray for churches to continue to show unity between Jewish and Arab Christians.
- Pray for an increased level of interest in the Gospel amongst Jews. Much work is being done however the Holocaust, understandably, remains as a stumbling block amongst many Jews.
- Pray for those involved in evangelism amongst the Palestinian Muslims.
- Pray for Russian and Ethiopian Jews who have turned to Christ in large numbers and are actively witnessing especially amongst Russian sailors.
- Pray for Messianic Jews who are persecuted by Orthodox Jews and often disowned by their families as a result of their faith.
- Pray for the Druze community – they are slowly opening up to the Gospel.
- Pray for Jews of the diaspora all around the world and for those reaching out to them.
- Pray for the HaGefen press which publishes relevant and appropriate literature as well as recently producing a Modern Hebrew Bible. Much of this work is very well received.
- Pray for the impact of radio broadcasts which are sent out in Hebrew, Russian and Arabic.
(*all statistics and information are accurate up to publication date)
Posted on Mar 14, 2020