On Saturday, October 7, 2023, Israel was attacked by the Palestinian Sunni-Islamic militant group known as Hamas. It was a surprise attack that resulted in the death of hundreds of people. There have also been over a thousand people injured in these attacks.
At the present time, the United States has pledged to send help to Israel to assist them in their time of need.
Even though there is not much we can do as individuals to help in these efforts, we can still pray on behalf of Israel. Israel is in need of your support, and here are five prayers you can pray for them.
A prayer for healing is one of the many prayers you can pray for Israel in their time of need. The high death toll and injuries warrant the need for prayers on behalf of the Israeli people.
Civilians were harmed in these attacks, which means everyday men, women, children, and elderly people were killed and injured in these attacks.
A prayer for healing will help bring comfort into the hearts of the people who were injured as well as those who lost family members in this tragedy. Even though we might be physically far away from Israel, our hearts go out to them.
Israel has been a hot spot for many targeted attacks over the decades; however, this was the first major attack in many years. The entire country of Israel is in need of prayers because it will now be a time of unrest and uncertainty.
Dear Lord, please bring healing to Israel. Israel is your chosen nation and the country that is close to your heart. They have suffered much pain and hurt these past few days. Please bring peace, security, and healing into their hearts. Not only provide them with this but also provide them swift recoveries from their injuries and give comfort to the hearts of the individuals who lost their loved ones in this catastrophe. In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.
2. A Prayer for Restoration
A second prayer for Israel is a prayer for restoration. The attacks brought out against Israel left many buildings destroyed and in rubble. Not to mention that the people of Israel will need restoration to come back into their souls.
They are feeling lost, scared, and concerned about their future. As the family of believers, we do not need to overlook the need Israel has for restoration to their country. They will need physical restoration as well as emotional restoration and spiritual restoration.
Restoration will not happen overnight; however, prayers are helpful to start the process.
Dear Jesus, please provide restoration to the people of Israel and their nation. Please help them rebuild their cities and bring healing into their hearts. This is a difficult time for the Israeli people, and they need their restoration to come from you. We know you love Israel, Lord. Please give them the restoration they need physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
3. A Prayer for Justice
A third prayer for Israel is a prayer for justice. The attacks from Hamas were unexpected to the nation of Israel. They were not expecting to be attacked on this day.
Since the attack was so unexpected, it has caused many more problems for Israel because they were not prepared for these attacks.
With these attacks being brought upon Israel, much injustice has entered their nation. God desires justice for His nation and for them to be brought back to their glory. Amos 5:24 tells us, “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-falling stream!”
As this passage from Amos tells us, God desires justice to roll on like a river and never end. This is important to remember not only for this present tragedy but also for all the unfortunate things that happen across the earth. None of these things are God’s fault, nor are they by His doing.
He desires mercy and justice — not evil and injustice. Bad things happen in the world because of sin. Due to sin, mankind is capable of horrible things, including wars, murders, and inflicting lasting pain on others.
Dear God, please bring justice to Israel. They have been afflicted with much injustice, and they need your help. Please bring your mighty hand upon their nation and lift them up. You can do all things, and we know nothing is too hard for you. The damage done to Israel and its people may endure, but you can provide justice to them. Thank you, Lord, for always hearing the cry of your people. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
A prayer for peace is a fourth prayer for Israel. Peace is something that feels foreign to Israel right now. Explosions, loud sirens, and death are what they are experiencing. Peace is the last thing they are facing at the present time.
They need peace, and they need it quickly. Even though Israel’s army and government are bringing relief, the lasting damage done to Israel’s heart will remain with them.
Similar to the tragedy of 9/11 with the World Trade Center, Israel’s heart will continue to need peace even years after the attack, just as the families of those injured and killed in 9/11 still need the Lord’s peace.
Peace is given to us by the Lord, and He gives it to us freely (John 14:27). The peace that Jesus gives us is everlasting and never ends. Israel needs this peace now, and we can pray for them to have the peace that only Jesus provides.
Dear Jesus, please bring peace to the people of Israel. You have the peace that surpasses all understanding. Please give this peace to Israel and bring hope into Israel’s heart. They are facing a time of fear, uneasiness, and worry. Please surround them with your hope, peace, and love. Thank you, Lord, for always being there for all of us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
5. A Prayer for Bravery
A fifth prayer for Israel is a prayer for bravery. Bravery is something that Israel will need during this time as well as in the future. It is extremely frightening for the people of Israel to even leave their homes. Not only this, but also many people have lost their loved ones in this attack.
If you have lost a loved one, you know how much it hurts and causes lasting pain in your heart. It can feel as though you have to be brave just to face your everyday tasks. Bravery does not mean you are not afraid, but rather, it means you are scared and choose to do it anyway.
Israel will have to be brave after what they have faced this past weekend. More attacks in the future might happen and cause more pain. Israel will need to have bravery as they rebuild their nation. It will take time, energy, and effort, but God will help them in their process.
Dear Lord, please help Israel to be brave. It is a scary time for the nation of Israel, and they need your help to be brave. We know you can do all things and provide bravery to fill their bones. Thank you for being with Israel, and please give them the bravery to face the days ahead. In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.
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Vivian Bricker loves Jesus, studying the Word of God, and helping others in their walk with Christ. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degree in Christian Ministry with a deep academic emphasis in theology. Her favorite things to do are spending time with her family and friends, reading, and spending time outside. When she is not writing, she is embarking on other adventures.
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