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The Apple of His Eye

(Prayer Points for Israel)

“Not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit,” says the Lord of Hosts (Zech. 4:6)

Paras reading for May 24th: (Leviticus 25:1-26:2)

Date: Friday, June 7th

Ponderings and Praises

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­On Saturday, our Jewish friends will be reading from the first four chapters of Numbers. The book includes the first census of Israel that God instructed Moses and Aaron to do.  A man from each tribe was to assist them.  The men are listed by name in Numbers 1:6-1:15. They were chosen by name for a specific job. They were chosen by God and given a task. (The Levites were counted separately.)

God did not only give tasks to people, but to tribes as well.  The Kohathites were to carry the most holy objects.  They were each assigned their task by Aaron and his sons.  They did not get to choose what they carried that day. They could not even look at them (Num. 4:20).  When the Kohathites carried the most holy items, they were all covered by layers of cloth, with a manatee (maybe dolphin) skin on top!  The holy things were protected inside layers of coverings.  The Kohathites were protected from seeing them, because it was not in their job description.

Are we willing to be assigned a job – even if it means a lot of detailed work and/or we don’t get to see what we’re carrying?

Father, we praise you that you give us job assignments.  We thank you that it includes praying for your people, Israel.  Help us to be faithful in carrying what you want us to carry.  Help us to realize there are things we do not have to see, things we do not have to understand; but we can still be do what you want us to do.  Thank you for protecting us, as we walk with You and Your chosen people.  Amen.

Prayer Points:

(All scriptures NASB, unless otherwise stated)

1.      Salvation of the Jews

Scripture: Psalm 122: 1, 2: I was glad when they said to me “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”  Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.

Prayer:  Father, thank you for all the Jewish people who are seeking to know more about your Son, Jesus.  Bless the Jewish people, both in Israel and throughout the world.  Amen.

According to One For Israel, 60,000 Jewish people a month are subscribing to their gospel channel seeking information about Jesus.

(Note: the prayers are short, but are only suggestions and starting points. The compiler is aware that many people who will be reading these prayer points have prayed for Israel for many years.)

2.      Aliyah

Scripture: Psalm 106:47:  Save us O God, and gather us from among the nations, to give thanks to Your holy name and glory in Your praise.


Prayer:  Father, thank You for all those people brave enough to make Aliyah.  Encourage more to return to the country You gave them.  Amen.


3.      Israel

A)     Israel Society   

Scripture: Psalm 148: 13,14 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His Name is alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven.  And He has lifted up a horn for His people, praise for all His godly ones; Even for the Sons of Israel, a people near to Him.

Prayer:  Father, at this time of counting the Omer and preparing to rejoice in the giving of the Law, let the people of Israel seek You and let them find You.


               Parshah (Weekly Torah Portion) Reading for June 8, 2024

Numbers 1:1-4:20; Hosea 2:1-22

The Haffarah (Half Torah) Reading:

Hosea 2:1-22

Jer. 31:1-20


Counting the Omer (Lev. 23: 15,16)

The Israelis count the Omer, the 50 days between the time of the Exodus from Egypt and the giving of the Torah (the Law, the instruction) at Sinai.  Friday, June 7th is ­­­­­day 46 of counting the Omer.


-          Unrest within Israel

-          Protests are continuing.  Jerusalem Day marches were largely peaceful, except for some Ultra Orthodox youth who called for Israelites to live in Gaza again. 18 marchers were arrested.



B)     The War       

                         Scripture: Psalm 140:1-4:  Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men; Preserve me from

violent men; who devise evil in their hearts; they continually stir up wars. They sharpen their tongues as a serpent; poison of a viper is under their lips.  Keep me, O Lord from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men who have purposed to trip up my feet.


Prayer:  Father, continue to help the IDF soldiers and their families.  Give wisdom to the IDF leadership. Amen.


-          Support for Hamas is weakening in Gaza, with some Gazans blaming Hamas for the suffering they are going through. (May 31)


-Hostages and Families

Prayer: Father, protect the hostages and by your mighty power, rescue them.  Amen.

News: (May 31) 125 hostages are still under Hamas’ control.  An estimated 37-39 are thought to be deceased.

                          - IDF and families

- An IDF reservist, Sgt (res.) Rafael Kauders, 30 from Tzur Hadassah, was killed in a Hezbollah drone attack on Hurfeish near the Lebanon border.  Nine other soldiers were wounded, one seriously. (More information under Lebanon/Hezbollah Front heading) His death raised the Israelis military death toll since Oct. 7th to 644 on all fronts.

-(June 6) Israeli media reported that the government is set to approve authorization to call up 50,000 more IDF reservists.  The approved enlistment on Oct. 7 was 300,000.  This has not been confirmed by the IDF or government.  There are ongoing military operations in Gaza, and the IDF is preparing to deal with Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran.

-The IDF has a canine unit, Oketz K-9, which uses well trained dogs to aid human soldiers. In Jabalya recently, terrorists killed a dog and then hid explosives under his body, hoping they would set off when soldiers came to retrieve his body.  The soldiers were able to handle the booby trap and retrieve the animal. 30 canine fighters have been killed in the war, with others injured and taken out of action. The warrior dogs have a special cemetary, Oketz, near Modi’in.

-Gaza Front

-           - Israel says it killed 18 members of Gaza-based Hamas cell in charge of the West Bank attacks (May 31)

The death toll for the soldiers killed in Gaza currently stands at 294. (May 31)

   - Gaza City

    - Jabaliya

       - (May 31) A three-week long operation in northern Gaza has been completed in Jabaliya.  IDF teams fought above and below ground in “a dense urban area”.  The IDF had withdrawn from it earlier this year, but Hamas turned it into a fortified zone.  The IDF eliminated a Hamas commander in the Beit Hanoun Battalion, and from 350 – 500 terrorists. They also destroyed infrastructure they used and located hundreds of weapons of various sorts.  They also destroyed more than 10 kilometers (6 miles) of tunnels.  Ten Israeli soldiers were killed during the operations, including Sgt. First Class (res.) Adar Gavriel, 24.  He was hit by a grenade thrown by a terrorist, who was later killed.

-          Two soldiers killed in Gaza as IDF leaves Jabaliya, pressed into center of Rafah


     - Israel now controls all of the Gaza-Egypt border.  This includes the Philadelphi Corridor, which runs alongside it and is 14 kilometers or 8.7 miles longs.  IDF spokesperson Brig.-Gen Daniel Hagaon called the strip the “Hamas’ oxygen pipeline” for smuggling weapons. Rocket launchers were also found near the border, and 70 rockets and motor grenades were fired from there. Israel forces have uncovered 20 tunnels underneath the corridor. (May 31)

- The Rafah Border Crossing in Gaza will reopen for humanitarian aid for the first time because of an agreement between Israel and Egypt.  The crossing had been closed since the IDF controlled the Gazan side on May 7th.  Israel is looking for an international body to take responsibility for the crossing.  None has been found.  Israel agreed that it could be controlled by Palestinian in Gaza who have no ties to terror groups.

-Judea/Samaria Front

- Hamas terrorists have fired at the Israel village of Bat Hefer from the West Bank, and caused some damage.  Hamas released footage of the attack on social media.  The terrorists drove to the area from Tulkarm in Samaria. (May 31)

- Lebanon/Hezbollah Front

- At least eleven people were injured in Hurfeish, in Upper Galilee, when a Hezbollah explosive suicide drones hit a soccer field. Two people were reported in critical condition.  Rescue personal had rushed to the scene, but several of them were wounded when Hezbollah used an explosive suicide drone to cause more casualties.  Hezbollah claimed that the soccer filed had been turned into a miliary base. (June 6)

- The northern border has seen escalations in rocket, missile and explosives combat drones.  Dozens of wildfires in northern Israel were set by these weapons. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Kiryat Shmona Tuesday where the fires were and warned “yesterday the ground burned here –but ground also burned in Lebanon. We are prepared for very intense action in the north,” said the Prime Minister.  (June 6)

- Over 30 firefighting crews are working to extinguish fires in northern Israel.  The fires, which raged for over 13 hours, were sparked by rockets and drones fired by Hezbollah from Lebanon. Cities affected include Kiryat Shmona, which is mostly evacuated, and Kibbutz Kfar Giladi, who had flames approaching it. The fires are part of the cross-border fight between Israel and Hezbollah.  Hezbollah has fired at Galilee and Golan Heights in recent days., continuing its attack on Israel that began Oct. 8th.  Rocket and drone attacks that occurred on Sunday, June 2nd, consumed over 2,470 acres of foliage in open areas. (June 3)

- Attacks from Hezbollah in support of Hamas, have occurred daily since Oct. 8th. More than 20 people have been killed, including at least 14 IDF soldiers and reservists. Widespread damage was caused.  Many Israelis are living in other places in Israel.  Hezbollah says 328 of its members have been killed by Israel.

- Yemen/Houthi Front

-The US Navy has debunked a claim made by the Houthis that the USS Eisenhower has been destroyed by a missile strike. The warship is still sailing in the Red Sea. The Houthis used fake footage, including images from a video game, to make the claim. (June 7)

                  Prayer:  Father, help Israel as it fights this multi-front war.  Amen.


C)      The Knesset and Political Parties/People

Scripture: 2 Chron. 27:6

     So Jotham became mighty because he ordered his ways before the Lord His God.


Prayer: Father, let the members of the Knesset find unity in their joint love of Israel.  Amen.




-Finance Minister  Bezalel Smotrich of the Religious Zionism and National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir of Otzma Yehudit threatened to bring down the government if PM Netanyahu’s government accept the hostage deal and ceasefire agreement proposed by the US president.(June 2)

-Benny Gantz’s National Unity party has filed a bill to dissolve the Knesset.  The party is part of the emergency coalition created by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after October 7th.  In early April Gantz had called for early elections to be held in September.  Netanyahu has said elections would be harmful while the war is still going on in Gaza. The Likud party, which Netanyahu leads, has 64 seats in the 120 member Knesset.  Those seats do not include Gantz’s party. (May 29)


-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is meeting with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant in person at a military headquarters in Tel Aviv.  They are meeting ahead of schedule war cabinet and security cabinet meetings.

The only three voting members of the war cabinet are Netanyahu, Gantz and Gallant.



4.      The Middle East

Scripture: Psalm 105: 8-11:  He has remembered His covenant forever, the word

                   Which He commanded to a thousand generations, The covenant which He

                    Made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac.  Then he confirmed it to Jacob

                    For a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying to “To you I will

                    give the land of Canaan as the portion of your inheritance.”  


Prayer:  Father, let all the sons of Abraham serve you.  Amen.


A)     Iran

-          Promise to eliminate Israel will be kept – Iranian Supreme Leader vowed during President Raisi’s funeral.


B)     Saudi Arabia

-          Textbooks in Saudi Araba are gradually improving in regard to the content about Israel, Zionism and Jewish people.  However, Israelis boundaries are not identified on a map, teaching about the Holocaust is omitted and the Jewish state is still referred to as ‘the Israeli occupation´ or ‘Israeli occupiers.” The study that made this finding in the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education.  (May 31)


-          (Tuesday) President Herzog again said that Israel is open to normalized relations with Saudi Arabia.  He said they would be “historic and game

-          changing”.



5.      The World

                      Scripture: Psalm 117: 1, 2: Praise the Lord, all nations; laud Him, all peoples!

                     For His lovingkindness is great toward us, and the truth of the LORD is everlasting.    Praise the Lord!

Prayer: May the people of the world continue to bless Israel.  Amen.

                 - (May 31st) 400 people from 40 nations attended the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast, which was held to bring Christians and Jews together to pray for Israel. A trip to the Knesset was also offered.  The next Jerusalem prayer Breakfast will be held Sept. 15th, in New York, while the UN General Assembly is being held. Member of the Knesset Ohad Tal urged evangelicals to stand faithfully with Israel and the Jewish people.  He referenced threats recently made by Turkey’s Islamist leader.


             - (May 31) A group of Christian and Jewish students went to Israel to see some of the damage caused by Oct. 7th first hand.  Knesset member Danny Danon spoke with them, encouraging them not to hide their Jewishness or their support for Israel.


A)     The UN

-Recognition of a Palestinian state

-          Slovenia recognized the Palestinian state (May 31)

B)     The US

-          The Israeli prime ministers said there will be no permanent ceasefire in Gaza until Hamas is destroyed.  The Israeli government is working to release the hostages, and eliminate Hamas’ military and government capabilities.  Both the Israeli government and Hamas have said they don’t want the proposal put forth by Joe Biden for the release of the hostages and a permanent ceasefire in Gaza. US President Joe Biden talked Friday May 31ar about his efforts to end the war In Gaza.  Saying that his negotiators focused on getting a durable end to the war, he said Israel had offered an extensive new proposal.  The proposal has been transmitted by Qatar to Hamas. (May 31st)



C)      Mexico

-A Jewish scientist won Mexico’s presidential election on Sunday.  Claudia Sheinbaum, 61 is a former mayor of Mexico City.  She does not often speak of her heritage, but in 2018, she said she was “proud” of her Jewish origins.  She is the third Mexican president with Jewish origins.  Antisemitic rhetoric was used by her detractors during the campaign.  Issues in Mexico include energy and crime.

Compiled by Katherine Carswell, Aided by Murray Carswell (Canada)    

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