1. Praise:

    Leviticus 11 in Shabbat’s Torah portion explains which animals are clean and can be eaten and which are not. It is sad that most believers, if they even read this chapter, think this is only about “Jewish” food laws. Yet God, who instructs Israel about this, states the aim of why His people should do this: For I am YHWH your God, therefore sanctify [+ separate] yourselves, and be holy, for I am holy. Nor shall you defile yourselves with any [unclean animal]. For I am YHWH who brought you up out of Egypt, to be your God: therefore be holy, for I am holy. (Lev. 11:44-45)

    • Holy, holy, holy, is YHWH of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.

      Isa. 6:3; cp

    • We praise You Lord Yeshua, as John 12:41 reveals to us that this whom Isaiah sees, is You, God the Son, before Your incarnation!
    • We thank You for promising to sanctify us completely, because You are faithful (1 Thess. 5:23-24).
    • Lord, praise You for setting us free from our captivity to sin-nature (Rom. 6:17-22).
    • We bless You for ordaining us, calling us, justifying us and eventually glorifying us (Rom. 8:30).
    • We also bless You for guiding us by Your Spirit to know how we ought to walk in this world and how to be holy, because You are holy (1 Thess. 4:7; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; Rev. 22:11).
  2. Government & society:

    The pressure from the world against PM Bibi Netanyahu and the rest of Israel’s political leaders to do what the nations demand – regardless of whether it is good for Israel – is absurd and demonic. This is why we must continue to pray for them, and for all Israelis, to become more like the sons and daughters of Zion today – fearing God more than man.

    • Abba, create more sons and daughters of Zion throughout Israeli society (Jer. 32:17, 27; Zech. 9:13).
    • We specifically ask for You to do this in Israel’s political and military arenas today (Prov. 21:1).
    • Exercise Your authority over Israel’s government so that they only move in Your will (Matt. 28:18).
    • Guard over and guide Bibi as Israel’s leader until You say his time is over (Psa. 31:15a; Dan. 5:21).
    • Lord, heal him from his hernia operation and if this is symbolic of him trying to carrying the whole nation on his shoulders, teach him, as You had to teach Moses, to delegate (Ex. 18:17-23).
    • Protect him from the rage aimed at him from some of the hostage families, as well as from the very vicious anti-Bibi, anti-government rallies, which are restarting (1 Sam. 30:6; Psa. 3:1-3).
    • Deal with the Israelis who are instigating rebellion against Israel’s democratically elected leadership, and are stoking anarchy in its streets (Num. 16:8-11, 23-27; 26:11).
    • Lord, silence those in Israel’s mass media who aid and abet the above (Isa. 5:20-21; Luke 1:20).
    • In Israel’s media, replace all sons of Greece with sons and daughters of Zion (Isa. 2:3b).
    • Abba, release waves of divine comfort on all Israelis who desperately need it today (Isa. 61:1-3).
    • Guard Israel from the emotional blackmail Hamas uses because of those hostages (Psa. 107:14-16).
    • Father God, cause Israel’s economy to grow even in the midst of the war (Deut. 28:10-12; 30:9).
    • We give You glory for the Finch credit rating agency restoring Israel’s A+ rating (Psa. 50:15).
  3. Foreign relations:

    End-time prophecies are already being fulfilled in this area. The unbiblical push from Israel’s “allies” to establish a Palestinian State is seen by Palestinians today as a reward for massacring Jews. So far, Israel has rejected this move, and we pray that it continues to do so, although that means we could see militarily action to force this on Israel in the near future (Zech. 12:2-3).

    • Help us to pray in line with what You are doing to fulfill Your word today (Isa. 55:11; Amos 3:7).
    • Support Israel’s biblically-correct refusal of a Palestinian State on its land (Lev. 25:23; Prov. 22:28).
    • Guide Israel on a biblically correct, and not politically correct, path (Psa. 23:3b; 118:6-9).
    • Lord Yeshua, show believers their need to intercede (Ezek. 22:30; 1 Tim. 2:1-2a; 1 Pet. 4:7) about their birth-nation’s diplomatic relations with Israel at this time (Isa. 34:1-8; Joel 3:1-2; Zech. 12:9).
    • We proclaim Psalm 33:10-11 against the nations’ anti-biblical schemes against Israel.
    • Lord Yeshua, almighty Lion of Judah, breathe on the anti-Christ infested UN, and strip its authority and influence from impacting Israel (Psa. 50:16-23; 2 Thess. 2:7-12; 1John 2:18; 4:3; Rev. 5:5).
    • Continue to use Gilad Erdan, Israel’s UN Ambassador, for Your glory (Psa. 115:1-3).
    • Express Your truth through Israeli diplomats regardless of how others react (Ex. 4:11-12al. 4:16).
    • Remove all fear from them in using Your Word as they speak (Psa. 119:89, 152, 160; Mark 13:31).
    • Deafen Israel to America’s demands on how it must war against Hamas which has made the fighting and winning the war much more difficult and deadly for the IDF and its soldiers (Psa. 38:5-11).
    • Shield Israel from its “allies” who constantly betray it – as nations like the UK and France almost always vote against it in the UN Security Council (Psa. 41:9; Ezek. 29:6-7).
    • We praise You for watching over Numbers 23:9b to fulfill it in our day (Jer. 1:12).
  4. Israel’s “War of Independence” is still being fought. Its current phase, “Operation Swords of Iron,” is warring against Hamas in Gaza. Yet even in brief periods of “calm,” attacks against Israelis continue. Sadly, although Israel has won each phase of the war, it always loses the peace. The world refuses to let it reap the spoils of its victories, probably because those victories are clear witnesses to the reality of God and to the truth of His Word (Num. 23:19; John 17:17).
    • Enable Israel to destroy Hamas and to restore the fear of the IDF in the ME (Psa. 18:29-34; 44:4).
    • Thank You for the IDF’s resolute fighting spirit and we ask You to reinforce it (Zech. 10-10-12).
    • Teach Israel’s warriors to fight biblically and not humanistically (Psa. 27:11; 144:1; Zech. 10:3b6).
    • Increase the angelic hosts protecting Israel, especially in Ramadan (2 Kin. 6:16-17; 2Chr. 32:7-8).
    • Lord, let the leadership of the IDF be filled with sons of Zion (Job 34:24; Zech. 9:13-16).
    • Safeguard Israel’s soldiers physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually (Psa. 23:4; 140:7).
    • Do not allow anything to hinder the IDF from physically dividing Gaza into districts and building a buffer zone on the Gazan side of its security fence (Psa. 60:6-12; Mark 3:25).
    • God, mastermind Israel’s looming invasion of Rafah, Hamas’ last stronghold on the Gaza-Egyptian border, and direct both the timing and the tactics (Prov. 21:30-31; Amos 1:6-7).
    • Once the IDF conquers Rafah, let it occupy that stronghold for the foreseeable future (Luke 19:13).
    • Break the snare Israel finds itself in by the world’s false claim that Israel is responsible to both feed and protect its enemy’s civilians, even at the risk of its soldiers’ and its civilians’ lives (Psa. 124:1-8).
    • Stop Israel from groveling before the world for every Gazan civilian mistakenly killed as this is war, and as UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan said, “For Israel, every loss of life is a tragedy, yet for Hamas, every civilian death is a strategy.”
    • If this is not 100% Your will, stop the US from building a pier on Gaza’s coast, and then turning it over to Qatar – one of Hamas’ main backers among the nations (Isa. 8:9-10; Luke 1:51).
    • Continue to cause Hamas to reject all hostage deals which would be disastrous for Israel (Ex. 14:4; Josh. 11:19-20; Prov. 16:9).
    • Lord, if any Israeli hostages are still alive, please set them free (Jer. 31:15-17), or guide the IDF to where they can be found (Num. 21:1-3).
    • Now that Israel sees its existential duty to manufacture locally all that the IDF needs to defend it, guide Israelis to accomplish this competently and rapidly (2 Chr. 26:14-15; Jer. 50:25).
    • Make the rest of Ramadan a time of total horror and confusion for Islamic terrorists (Ex. 15:14-16; Josh. 2:9), and let their shame lead them to seek Your name (Psa. 83:16-18).
  5. Internal security:

    Terror attacks occur daily in Israel. Yet we see God’s protection also on a daily basis. Most attacks are stopped or pre-empted by Israel’s security forces or armed civilians. Still, an increase of these attempted murders is plain to see since Oct. 7th.

    • Thank You precious Lord for watching over Psalm 121:4 every day for Your chosen nation.
    • Let these attacks show Israelis how dangerous it is to divide Your land (Num. 33:55; Mark. 10:9).
    • Also use what happened on Oct. 7th to convince Israelis that a “two-state solution” is outrageous as they see how Palestinians’ support for Hamas has actually increased (Psa. 64:2; 83:1-4; Isa. 7:6-7).
    • Let Israel’s “stubbornness” respond in a Zionistic way against the push to create a “Palestine” by extending its sovereignty over the land – from the river to the sea (Judg. 2:1-5; Psa. 105:5-11)!
    • Miraculously and rapidly enlarge Israeli communities throughout Your land – in Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem, the Negev, the Galilee, and on the Golan Heights (Neh. 2:20; Isa. 54:2-3).
    • Open Israel’s eyes to see that the so-called “new” Palestinian Authority government is no partner in peace as it publicly states that Hamas and Islamic Jihad are its partners (Jer. 2:22; 13:23).
    • Cause the hatred between the PA and Hamas to increase (Psa. 35:4-8; 55:9) and let Israel’s enemies destroy each other as in biblical days (Josh. 7:22; Psa. 129:5; Ezek. 38:21; Zech. 14:13).
    • Humble Israel’s intelligence services so that an Oct. 7 attack can never occur again (Job 35:10-11).
    • Expose to the light all terrorist plans or tunnels of which Israel is unaware (Job 12:22).
    • Hold back Israeli-Arabs from attacking Jewish-Israelis during Ramadan (Psa. 35:14-15).
    • God, continue to protect Your holy hill in Jerusalem over Ramadan (Psa. 48:1-2; Zech. 12:8-9).
  6. External security:

    The head of Iran’s Quds Force for Syria and Lebanon was assassinated in Damascus. It seems obvious that this very precise and very successful attack was Israeli. The Quds Force is part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp [IRGC]. The IRGC is under the control of Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah, and is a separate and independent unit from Iran’s regular army. It ranks as one of Israel’s most dangerous enemies.

    • Continue to magnify every IDF attack against Iran or Hizbullah in Syria and Lebanon (Ezek. 37:10).
    • Lord, let this assassination divide the IRGC over who should lead the Quds Force (Psa. 40:14-15).
    • Also let this precise assassination release a spirit of paranoia among all of Iran’s forces (Josh. 8:20).
    • Use Israel’s attack and the intelligence needed to accomplish that to panic both Iran and Hizbullah into making major geo-political mistakes (Job 5:12; Isa. 44:25).
    • Prepare Israel for Iran’s retaliation – regardless of where or how it happens (2 Chr. 17:18).
    • Reveal to Israeli intelligence that which Iran’s leadership are planning in secret (2 Kin. 6:11-12).
    • If it is Your will, let Israel continue to pre-empt Iran and all of its proxies (Josh. 4:13).
    • Let the arrogant pride of these radical Muslims lead to their destruction (Prov. 16:18; 17:19).
    • In any war between Israel and Hizbullah, let the IDF assault on them be so overwhelming that Lebanon itself quakes in fear before Israel (Psa. 29:5; Isa. 2:12-19).
    • Abba, as priests in Messiah Yeshua, we plead for Israel, and remind You of Joel 2:17-20, asking You to destroy Hizbullah, the northern army threatening Israel today.
    • Lord, thank You for the growth and maturity of Your Body in Elam [ancient Iran] (Jer. 49:38a).
    • Save many more Iranians over Ramadan, and make them all Christian Zionists (Rom. 11:11).
    • As You are fulfilling Jeremiah 49:38a by the Body in Elam, please also fulfill 49:38btoday.
    • Lord God, return Iran’s rulers’ curses, and their attacks by their proxies, against Israel and Your land back onto themselves (Num. 24:9b; Isa. 34:1-2, 8; Ezek. 35:14-15).
    • Let Israel see how its Western “allies” can be more treacherous than its foes, as these “friends” push it to make unbiblical moves that neither You nor Israel want to make (Job 19:19; Psa. 55:13-14).
    • Lord, arise and defend Your nation from both its “friends” and its enemies (Psa. 2:1-5; 9:19-20).
  7. Aliyah:

    Jews being regathered to their land is a major sign that we are in the end-times. So it is quite unsettling to see how much of the Body in the West has no clue about this even though it is declared quite often in the Old Testament, the Tanach. Is the reason for this cluelessness because most Western believers just do not believe that the Tanach is still God’s Word today?

    • Abba Father, sanctify Your name by the regathering of Your people (Ezek. 36: 23-24; Luke 11:2).
    • Lord Yeshua, teach the Body the link between aliyah and Your return (Zech. 14:1-4; Matt. 23:39).
    • Open the eyes of gentile believers to see that aliyah is not a “Jewish” matter, but is predominantly a “Kingdom of God” matter which is being fulfilled today (Deut. 30:1-6; Zech. 8:1-8; 10:8-10).
    • Restore aliyah as one of the modern Jewish State’s foremost goals (Jer. 32:41).
    • As Jews are being chased out of captivity and returning to Israel (Jer. 16:16), Lord, provide Your nation with all it needs to be ready to receive and settle them (Isa. 49:18-22; 54:2-3).
    • Create an unexpected supernatural flood of masses of Jews to come back to Israel (Isa. 43:5-7, 21).
    • Use the growing interest in aliyah to result in a real increase of aliyah (Isa. 11:11-12; 14:1-2).
    • Raise up anointed leaders like Moses and Aaron to lead Jews out of today’s “Egypt” (Isa. 63:11-13).
    • Let them return now with their financial resources and be a blessing to Israel (Isa. 60:9).
    • Destroy every deceptive comfort which traps Jews in exile (Jer. 16:16b; 51:6-10).
    • Let the anti-Semitic demonstrations shake Your people out of the captivity (Ezek. 39:27-28).
    • Change Israel’s rabbinical restrictions of “who is a Jew?” so that everyone whom You see as Jewish can more easily receive their Israeli citizenship (Isa. 62:10; Mark 7:9, 13).
  8. Salvation:

    The all Israel, which is saved is a remnant of the Jewish people. Yet our prayers impact the remnant’s size as God tells the “watchmen” (Jer. 31:6a) [notzrim = “Christian” in today’s Hebrew] to pray, YHWH, save Your people, the remnant of Israel. (Jer. 31:7b).

    • Use Israel’s increased isolation to turn many Israelis to You (Ex. 33:16; Duet. 33:28-29).
    • King Messiah, save a huge remnant of Jews at this time: Israelis living in Judea and Samaria, even those few radical “settlers”; Holocaust survivors; Oct. 7th survivors; all hostages still alive and all ex-hostages, their families and friends; IDF soldiers in Gaza and elsewhere defending Israel, and their families; families and friends of soldiers who died in battle or were seriously injured; all widows and orphans; rabbis in all Jewish sects, especially the ultra-Orthodox; anti-missionaries; Israel’s politicians and international diplomats; Israelis from the Gaza area and the north who still are out of their homes; teachers throughout Israel’s educational system; medical professionals; Jews and Israelis in exile who are now very concerned for their safety; unsaved loved ones of Messianic Jews (Psa. 53:6; Isa. 10:21-22; 59:20-21; Luke 19:10).
    • Turn many Jews away from rabbinic Judaism and back to biblical Judaism (Psa. 36:9; 119:99-100).
    • Messiah Yeshua, impart courage and boldness to secret Jewish believers whom You desire to openly confess You today to be able and willing to come out of their closets (Matt. 16:24-25; Acts 14:22).
    • Give many Jews and Muslims a holy dissatisfaction in their relationship with their God (Luke 2:32).
    • Lord, save many Palestinians, including terrorists, over Ramadan (Matt. 5:44; Rom. 12:14).
    • Reveal Yourself through dreams and visions to many Muslims – both men and women – in Gaza, in Lebanon, and in the rest of world during these last days of Ramadan (Ezek. 18:23; 1 Tim. 2:3-4).
  9. The Body of Messiah:

    We need spiritual insight into the prophetic signs in the world and how they relate to Israel at this time in history (Matt. 16:3b). To do that, we need to be filled with both God’s Word and His Spirit (Luke 2:40; John 4:23; Eph. 5:18b; Col. 1:9; 2 Tim. 3:15-17).

    • Lord Yeshua, pour out Your love for the Tanach upon Your Body (Psa. 119:140; Jer. 15:16).
    • Heal Your Body of its biblical anorexia (1 Sam. 3:1; Isa. 30:20-21; Ezek. 7:26).
    • Show us plainly how You are fulfilling prophecy today (Isa. 55:11; Dan. 12:4a).
    • Also, show the Body the centrality of Israel’s restoration and salvation to Your plans (Psa. 67:1-7).
    • Aid believers to see how the massive and ugly anti-Israel demonstrations are also an attack upon that cultivated olive tree into which they are grafted and which supports their faith (Rom. 11:17-18).
    • Raise up more sons of Zion in Your Body who love and fear You more than man (Zech. 9:13).
    • And pull down every God-cursed anti-Semitic and anti-Zionistic spirit (Lev. 11:44-45).
  10. Water:

    The Sea of Galilee [Kinneret] needs 63 centimeters [2.1 feet] to be totally full. Let’s press on in asking God to do that and more at this time and to use a full Kinneret to show Israelis that He is a merciful God – regardless of what they are enduring (Deut. 11:11-12; Matt. 5:45b).

  11. IFI:

    Thank you for praying for Israel and for us. Both are much appreciated and needed.

Shabbat shalom and abundant blessings from Zion

Chuck Cohen, for the IFI team

Num. 6:24-26