Deep Transformation of Hearts in Israel

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During this war in Israel, you and we have a role that is more significant than that of soldiers and even of commanders. Let’s fulfill it together and make an eternal difference in people’s lives!

Throughout this war, we’ve all been bombarded with difficult news – more lives lost, more tragedies, more dangers. But it’s critical that we don’t lose sight of what God is doing and how we are a crucial part of His plan.

Throughout the Scriptures, we see how God allowed difficult wars to break out against Israel over and over so that His people would repent of their sins and turn to Him, the only true Savior and King.

When a heart is hard like a stone, sometimes God uses intense pressure to break it. But it’s not because He is harsh or mean – it’s because He is so loving that He doesn’t want us to continue in our sin and have to bear the ultimate, eternal consequences for it. He is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9b). 

He desires this for every person so deeply that He even paid the price for our redemption at the cross. But people have to hear about it, and their hearts have to be soft enough to be willing to receive it. 

And that’s where we come in – God has granted us the role of sharing His glorious Gospel and interceding before His sovereign throne so that we can actually have an impact on people’s lives that will echo throughout eternity.

We’re so grateful for all your prayers so far during these tumultuous times, and we’ve been seeing God move in incredible ways, bringing salvation and life for His people (see some of the stories here).

Though this war has been raging for quite some time and the end doesn’t appear to be in sight, please join us in recommitting to a greater level of intercession so that God’s eternal purposes will be accomplished during this time – that many in Israel and our region will have softened hearts and deep transformation through the power of the Gospel!

We’re including here prayer points and key Scriptures from our Prayer Guide for Israel. Then at the end we have a few prayer requests for the ministry as well. 

Prayer Points 

  • That Jewish people will recognize God’s love for them and their deep need for their Messiah, who can cleanse them and give them a new heart
  • That Israelis will realize that it wasn’t merely their own strength or ingenuity that brought about the miracle of Israel, but rather God’s great faithfulness, power, and grace toward them
  • That God will soften His people’s hearts, remove all obstacles to the Good News, and cause many to trust in Jesus the Messiah
  • That, since God has regathered the dry bones of Israel and placed flesh upon them, He will now send His Spirit and breathe new life into them, transforming every facet of their lives and of society

Key Scriptures

Ezekiel 36:24-28  “For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.”

Jesus’ original name in Hebrew is “Yeshua,” which means “salvation.” God said that even His name is a promise of the salvation of Israel:

Matthew 1:21  “She will give birth to a son; and you shall call His name Yeshua, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Ezekiel 37:1-14  The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. 

And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?" 

So I answered, “O Lord God, You know." 

Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.” ’ ” 

So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.

Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” ’ ” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it,” says the Lord.’ ”

Zephaniah 3:12-13  “I will leave in your midst a humble and lowly people, and they shall take refuge in the name of the Lord. The remnant of Israel shall do no unrighteousness and speak no lies, nor shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth; for they shall feed and lie down, and no one shall make them afraid.”

Zechariah 13:1-2a  “In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness. It shall be in that day,” says the Lord of hosts, “that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they shall no longer be remembered.”

See also: Isa 1:25-27; 2:1-5; 4:2-6; 9:1-4; 10:20-21; 11:11-12:6; 19:23-25; 25:6-9; 26:1-9, 12-15; 27:6, 9, 12-13; 29:22-24; 30:19-26, 29-33; 31:4-7; 32:14-20; 33:20-24; 35:1-10; 41:8-20; 43:1-13, 18-21, 25; 44:1-5, 21-23; 45:14-17, 25; 49:12-23; 51:3-11, 15-16; 52:5-10; 53:3-10; 54:1-17; 59:20-21; 60:1-10; 61:1-11; 62:1-12; 66:7-14; Jer 3:14-15; 23:3-8; 24:6-7; 29:11-14; 30:1-22; 31:1-25, 27-37; 32:37-44; 33:6-9; 50:4-5, 19-20; Ezek 11:16-20; 20:32-38; 20:40-44; 28:25-26; 34:11-16; 34:23-31; 36:7-12, 16-38; 37:1-28; 39:7, 21-29; Hos 1:10-11; 2:14-23; 3:4-5; 11:1-4, 8-11; 14:4-8; Joel 2:12-27; 2:28-3:2; 3:14-21; Amos 9:11-15; Zeph 3:9-20; Zech 8:7-8; 10:6-12; 12:10-14; 13:1-2, 8-9; Psalm 126:1-6; 147:2-3; Mic 2:12-13; 4:1-8; 7:12-20; Rom 11:11-15, 25-26; Rev. 7:3-8

Please Pray with Us:

  • For our discipleship video series and program:
    – That God would give supernatural wisdom, send the right laborers to be involved, and bring everything together quickly and with excellence so that we can help all the new believers stand firm against all evil, grow in their faith, and become fruitful.
  • For all the new believers (see more stories  here), including:
    – Lena*, a young new believer from Ukraine who contacted us through YouTube comments and after deep conversations with our Daniel, God opened her eyes that she is in need of repentance for her sins and a personal encounter with her Savior. Praise the Lord she received Jesus and is now singing songs to Him! Please pray that she will stand against the pressures of her family since she wants to get baptized and attend a congregation.
  • For follow-up with thousands of Israelis online and on the streets, including:
    – Rina, from the center of Israel, comes from an ultra-Orthodox background. Her father arranged a marriage for her to a Chinese man who was studying Kabbalah (New Age Jewish mysticism) with her father. Sadly, her husband ultimately abused her regularly but she escaped back from China to Israel, traumatized and disconnected from God. She was exposed to Jesus and while she accepted the idea of Him being the Messiah, she didn’t fully grasp the full Gospel. Our Halel has been guiding her through her many questions and difficulties overcoming the trauma she’s experienced. Please pray for her complete dedication to the Lord and stability in her walk with Him, as her family rejects her faith and is trying to influence her to leave the Lord. 
  • For our Pro-Life and Gospel Campaign, including:
    – For Valencia, who is just four weeks pregnant and seeking an abortion. She already has a child with her partner but wants to separate from him so she wants to abort their second. She’s already had two abortions in the past, one recently and one during her military service (young women tragically receive three abortions for free during their two-year service).
    – Zahirah, an Arab Muslim and mother of a 18 month old child and also 3 month old twins, and is now pregnant again. Our Rachel got an Arabic-speaking believer on the call and the women tried to encourage Zahirah to keep her baby but she and her husband, Muhamad, are still set on an abortion unless the Lord works a miracle in her heart.
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