Why do we pray?

Even Yeshua prayed!  Did He not come to do His Father’s will?  Yet He prayed according to the Word of God for the Father’s will to be done that would accomplish the purpose for which He came.  And because He loved God His Father more than even His own life, and always desired to please Him, then God heard His prayers, and His Son had confidence that they would be answered in the way that best served God’s purpose for Him, in Him, and through Him.  

Isaiah 62:1-7  For Zion’s sake I will not be silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until its righteousness goes out as brightness, and her salvation as a burning lamp.  And the nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; and you will be called by a new name, which the mouth of Yehovah will name.  You also will be a crown of glory in the hand of Yehovah, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.  You will no more be called Forsaken; nor will your land any more be called Desolate; but you will be called My Delight is in her, and your land, Married; for Yehovah delights in you, and your land is married.  For as a young man marries a virgin, so will your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so will your God rejoice over you.  I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, who will not always be silent all the day nor all the night; you who remember/remind Yehovah, do not be silent.  And give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.  

1 Timothy 2:1-6  First of all, then, I exhort that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,  for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For God is one, and there is one Mediator of God and of men, the Man Christ Jesus,  who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.  

Does God already know what we need?

Of course!  He knows everything!  He does not give us everything that we think we want, but He is glad to provide what we need, according to His call and purpose for our lives to prepare us for glory.  

Jeremiah 29:11-13  For I know the purposes which I am purposing for you, says Yehovah; purposes of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hopeThen you shall call on Me, and you shall go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  And you shall seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart 

Ephesians 3:14-21  For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,  of whom the whole family in Heaven and earth is named,  that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man;  that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height,  and to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.  Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, forever.  Amen.  

Revelation 3:14-22  And to the angel of the church of the Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Head of the creation of God, says these things:  I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would that you were cold or hot.  So because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.  Because you say, I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing, and do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,  I counsel you to buy from Me gold purified by fire, so that you may be rich; and white clothing, so that you may be clothed, and so that the shame of your nakedness does not appear. And anoint your eyes with eye salve, so that you may see.  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; therefore be zealous and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him and he with Me.  To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame and have sat down with My Father in His throne.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  

Does God already know what we will pray? 

Of course!  He knows everything, from outside and within.  

Hebrews 4:12-13  For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight, but all things are naked and opened to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.  

Isaiah 46:9-10  Remember former things from forever; for I am God, and no other is God, even none like Me,  declaring the end from the beginning, and from the past things which were not done, saying, My purpose shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure 

Exodus 2:23-25  And it happened after many days the king of Egypt died. And the children of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up to God because of the bondage.  And God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.  And God looked upon the sons of Israel, and God knew them 

So why does God want us to pray? 

God has called us to be a kingdom of priests, who will one day rule and reign with Yeshua in His Kingdom.  We are being prepared now, and prayer is a way to consciously let God know that we are actively interested in what He is doing, and that we are interested in His business. (Lk 2:49 

God is a Father who likes to hear from His children, those who honor and love Him.  Prayer, whether silent or spoken, is the language and means of communication with our Creator and Redeemer.  

Even though God already knows everything, He wants us to come to Him and talk with Him, ask Him questions, to hear what is on our own hearts and minds.  He may have a question for us, and He wants an answer:  Jesus said to the blind man, ‘What do you want?’   What do you think the Lord would have done if the blind man, who had faith that Jesus could heal him, had answered, ‘You already know; I don’t need to tell you!’    The man, in complete dependency and humility, answered, ‘I want to see!’ (Mk 10:51 

What is to our attitude when we pray or intercede? 

Self-judgment and dependency upon the one true God.  The Hebrew word for common prayer is l’hitpalel (להתפלל), which conveys the thought that we are possibly guilty of some crime, so that we come in humility to the Judge [of all the Earth].  

Ps 124:1-3   A Song of degrees; of David. Except that it was Yehovah who was for us, O may Israel say;  Except that it was Yehovah who was for us when men rose up against us,  then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their wrath was kindled against us;  

Dan 9:3-19   And I set my face toward the Lord God, to seek by prayer and holy desires, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.  And I prayed to Yehovah my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and awesome God, keeping the covenant and lovingkindness to those who love Him, and to those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from Your commandments and from Your judgments.  Neither have we listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our rulers, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.  

O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us the shame of our faces, as it is today to the men of Judah and to the people of Jerusalem, and to all Israel who are near and who are afar off, through all the countries where You have driven them because of their sin which they have sinned against You.  O Lord, shame of face belongs to us, to our kings, to our rulers, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against You.  To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against Him.  We have not obeyed the voice of Yehovah our God, to walk in His Laws which He set before us by His servants the prophets.  Yea, all Israel has transgressed Your Law, and turned aside, that they might not obey Your voice. Therefore the curse has been poured out on us, and the oath that is written in the Law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against Him.  And He has confirmed His Words which He spoke against us and against our judges who judged us, by bringing on us a great evil. For under all the heavens it has not been done as it has been done to Jerusalem.  As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this evil has come on us.   

Yet we did not make our prayer before Yehovah our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand Your truth.  Therefore Yehovah has watched over the evil, and has brought it on us. For Yehovah our God is righteous in all His works which He does; for we did not obey His voice.   

And now, O Lord our God, who have brought Your people out from the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and have brought fame to Yourself, as it is today, we have sinned, we have done wrong.  O Lord, I pray You, according to all Your righteousness let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain. Because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people have become a curse to all those who are around us.  And now, O our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his holy desires, and cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake.  O my God, bow down Your ear and hear. Open Your eyes and behold our ruins, and the city which is called by Your name. For we do not present our prayers before You on account of our righteousnesses, but because of Your great merciesO Yehovah, hear; O Yehovah, forgive; O Yehovah, listen and do. Do not delay, for Your own sake, O my God; for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.   

Priority of MotiveMt 6:9-13

Love of God:  sanctity of the Father’s Name coming again of Yeshua to establish God’s Kingdom on Earth  

Love of others as oneself:
 personal need, but with concern for others
recognizing of our own need for forgiveness
–mercy towards others
–dependency upon God’s help to keep from doing evil, and from becoming captive to evil doers
–proclamation of YHVH’s supremacy, and that all is for His sake

Use Scripture, the very Word of God, to know what and how to pray, and trust the Holy Spirit to enable us.


On Friday, March 30, “two million Arab and international protesters will march toward the borders of Israel and take part in activities designed to highlight Jerusalem’s Arab character on Friday, March 30, the event organizer claims. Ribhi Haloum, general coordinator of the Global March toJerusalem, said in a press statement that volunteers from 80 countries will take part in the march.  Jordan and Lebanon will send protesters to the border, whereas Egypt will organize a solidarity marathon from Cairo Universityto the pyramids in Giza and a large rally at Al-Azhar University.

The organizers emphasized the peaceful nature of the march, which will coincide with Land Day, an annual day of commemoration marked by Arab citizens of Israel to protest land confiscation.”

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Here is a prayer by Pastor Ross Poulton of Sydney, Australia, concerning the incessant assault against the borders of Israel, against the very nation itself:

Strong Borders                     Numbers 21:24                 (22/3/12)
In my reading today, the Lord drew my attention to the fact that Israel under Moses,
could proceed no further, because the boundary of Ammon was too strong.
The Israelis went only as far as the Ammonite BORDER, because the BOUNDARY of the Ammonites was STRONG.
My Prayer for Strong Boundaries
Lord, make the boundaries of Israel, STRONG!
Strengthen them with Your warrior angels, to mount guard along the borders, and in the air above the   land, and on the beaches. 
Make them Strong against Lebanon and Hezbullah and its missiles.
Strong against Syria and its chemical weapons.
Strong against Jordan and Iranian infiltrators.
Strong against Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Strong against Gaza and Hamas and its missiles.
Strong against Palestinian ambitions for statehood, ambitions built on bitterness, deception and terrorism.
Strong against the spirit of theft, that would steal Israel’s God-given land away from it.
Strong against Iran and its nuclear and chemical weapons.
Strong against the delusions of the Mahdi cult.
Strong against the skilful Islamic propaganda.
Strong against the bias and deception of the world media.
Strong against the lie that Israel is an apartheid state.
In Yeshua’s name, we take authority over this and other lies against Israel.
Strong against the super powers, who are blind to the true significance ofIsrael, preoccupied with their   own strategic security, who treatIsraelas an annoyance, becauseIsraelis an annoyance to the Muslims, and who treat Israelas expendable, a SCAPEGOAT.
Strong against the secular humanists within and outsideIsrael, who are totally blinded to the threat of Islam to their own values and way of life.
Strong against the misguided sections of the Church, who naively take on board the media lies against Israel, who blindly adopt the Palestinian cause,and shamelessly rush to conform to the dictates of   political correctness.
Strong against the economic boycott and divestment campaigns against Israel.
Strong against endless false accusations and disapproval.
Strong against the concerted campaign to divide Jerusalem.
Strong against the world-wide campaign to deprive Israel of Judea andSamaria, referred to in the media as the West Bank.
Lord, make the boundaries of Israel STRONG!
Strengthen them with Your warrior angels, to mount guard along the borders, and in the air above the land, and along the beaches.
In Yeshua’s mighty Name!   Amen.
(Numbers 22:31)
Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the Angel of the Lord
standing in the roadway, with drawn sword in his hand.  Balaam fell face
down on the ground before him.
Hordes of Muslim civilians are advancing on Israel, stirred up by Iran, aiming to breach Israel’s borders on 30th March.
YEHOVAH Tsavaot, mighty Lord of Hosts, just as You stationed Your mighty, intimidating warrior angel on the road, to prevent Balaam from advancing towards Israel to curse it,
so today,
we call on You Lord, to station Your mighty warrior angels along the roads, sea lanes and airways to Israel, to prevent the enemies from entering Israel or Jerusalem, with their curses.
In Yeshua’s Name.   Amen.


“Return our exiles, O Lord, like watercourses in the Negev. Those who sow in tears shall reap with songs of joy. He who goes along weeping, carrying the seedbag, shall come back with songs of joy, carrying his sheaves” (Psalm 126:4-6).

In this beautiful and beloved psalm, the return of the exiles to Israel is compared to the “watercourses in the Negev.  “Why the Negev and not simply “the desert”?  The Negev streams come from collecting basins incomparably larger than those of the Judean Desert.  When rain falls on the Negev mountains, water begins to flow into hundreds of tiny rivulets that drain into dozens of larger watercourses.  These carry the water, in ever-growing strength, to larger streams that can reach several hundred meters in width.

This picture––myriad tiny rivulets coming together from distant areas to form powerful streams–is surely what inspired the psalmist to pray for the ingathering of the exiles from the four corners of the earth “like watercourses in the Negev.” (See Nogah Hareuveni, Desert and Shepherd in Our Biblical Heritage, p.89-90.)

Those who “sow in tears and reap with songs of joy” is a parallel image.  The sowers put each tiny, precious seed into the ground, not knowing whether or not there would be a harvest.  And if the blessing of the harvest does come, each seed will have multiplied itself many dozens of times–like the tiny rivulets in the Negev that, together, form rushing streams.

(from website of Neot Kedumim

CATC 2012 Manifesto – 12 Mar 2012

The CATC conference in Bethlehem ended on Friday evening, and the controversy going into the conference continued in its going out.  The organizers put out a ‘manifesto’ (which you can read on their own website, ), which says nothing about evangelizing anyone, nor of any hope in the coming again of the Lord to bring GOD’s righteousness and justice to the whole of His world which He made; nor does it accept YHVH God’s on-going covenant faithfulness to the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob — to whom He made many promises that also are intended to bless all nations.  This — under whatever name people want to use or not — replaces God’s Word with their own understanding, just as the Jewish people have done.  It makes the one true God a covenant-breaker, which He is assuredly not, but the last days are characterized partly by those who are, and the anti-christ will make league with covenant-breakers.  Rejecting the on-going relationship of God with not only Jewish people, but also with the nation of Israel, is simply the same thing as saying what I heard all my life before:  The Jews killed Christ; God is finished with the Jews. 

The conference has brought to light stated positions, and put them on the table.  With all the appearances of giving a hearing to a pro-Bible (to use the phrase of another) perspective in order to be ‘balanced’, the manifesto all the more shows that the ‘elephant in the room’ is still disregarded.  However, there were some good indications of a calmer tone than in the first conference in 2010, and some positive input from some of the Israeli participants and attendees at this year’s conference. 

In the meantime, there is loud silence over the year-long atrocities in Syria, and no denouncing of the rocket attacks on the southern cities of Israel, which is now in its fourth day.
The battle is the Lord’s;  Pray that He will break through the impasse/roadblock/checkpoint, to take us forward from where we are.  Yeshua/Jesus/Yasu is the believer’s living hope in the midst of conflict.


Israel in the south (Negev regioin) is undergoing daily rocket and missile attacks from Gaza for the fourth day now, with air-raid sirens going off during the day and the middle of the night.  We just had an attack about 1/2 hour ago as I have been writing this letter, plus one around 3:00 in the morning.  Schools are still closed, and other public places are opening and closing as they see fit.  One missile landed and damaged a school yesterday, but thank God that no one was there.  The Iron Dome missile defense system is doing a very good job of intercepting many of the rockets, but it is not capable of stopping them all, and the one that got through to the school yesterday happened because of a technical malfunction just at the time of the attack.  There have been reports of shock and property damage from some of the missiles which have landed.

After four ‘red alerts’ on Friday night into Saturday morning, large public gatherings were not allowed on the Shabbat.  We went ahead with our congregational service for whoever would come.  Mothers with young children (especially if the husband was away) were encouraged not to come.  Thanks to those who did come, plus a group from the UK, and another from the US, and some locals from other congregations whose service was cancelled, we had a full house for the guest speaker from Texas!  The Lord really blessed us with His peace and joy.  No sirens were heard until later in the afternoon, well after everyone had gotten back home in peace.  We will have to see how things develop through this week as to how it may affect our service this Shabbat (Sat.).  Please pray for the Israeli government and military to know what to do, and that the God of Israel would intervene to put everyone in fear of Him, that many would repent and be saved, and that the meek would be glad for His name’s sake.

Please also remember the Christian believers in the Gaza strip, and others of the general population who oppose what their leaders and terror groups are doing.  They are surely more nervous and afraid than the one million Israelis facing the on-going attacks.  In Gaza there are no bomb shelters for the general populace.  Their government and terrorist leaders do not take much official concern to protect them.  The Islamic jihadist spirit boasts of loving death as much as we love life, and they send out their people to blow up themselves and as many others with them as they can.  Their God is not a Father, and he has no son or other children.  Pray for many Muslims in Gaza and elsewhere to turn to the God of Israel, who is the holy and righteous Father, and “whose love is seen in that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into the world, that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as the propitiation for our sins”. (1Jn 4:9-10)


There is a conference beginning today in Bethlehem, which is named Christ At The Checkpoint.  There is much controversy over this conference within the Messianic Body here in Israel, and also from those abroad, including regarding the participation of two local pastors.  The secular Israeli media that has reported on the conference sees it as anti-Israel and anti-Semitic.

The conference website is very clear that the purpose of the conference — despite having the two Israeli pastors speak — is to express a Palestinian perspective which denies that the return of the Jewish people back to this land has anything to do with God fulfilling His Word (which, again, is forever settled in Heaven – Ps 119:89-91), written and affirmed in both the Old and the New Testaments.

This week of the conference falls during the Jewish holiday of Purim (coincidence?), made famous from the Bible book of Esther.  With respect to the conference, do pray that God will bring good out from it — even within it — as only He can.


Ps 119:89-91   Forever, O Yehovah, Your Word is settled in the heavens.  Your faithfulness is to all generations; You have founded the earth, and it remains.  They stand to this day according to Your ordinances; for all are Your servants.

Our faith and hope are in the living God – the Creator and the Redeemer whom we have come to know and love personally as our Father through Jesus Christ – who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

The Jewish holiday of Purim is in a few days.  Sadly, much of the celebration has degenerated to being more like Halloween or Carnival, rather than a time to remember and to thank and praise our faithful God and Savior who reigns over all peoples and nations, working out all things to serve His great purposes.

This very fact of leaving God out demonstrates the abiding Word of God which we have in the Scroll of Esther, in which the name of Yehovah is not mentioned, nor even the word God.  Isn’t it interesting that the Hebrew name Esther means hidden?!

But now, as then, it is clear for those who believe to see that the Lord is overseeing to protect and preserve the lost sheep of the House of Israel:  “He who keeps Israelneither slumber nor sleeps.” (Ps 121:4)

Jesus and His apostles inform and warn us that the last days will be similar to former times.  The history and lessons of the Flood in Noah’s days; Sodom and Gomorrah in the days of Lot are written for us living at the end of the age because GOD TODAY IS THE SAME AS THEN, and so are human beings.  When the same things that incurred God’s righteous anger and judgments 4000, 5000 years ago are happening on a much larger global scale today, then we will also see the Lord Jesus Christ, who has received all authority in Heaven and Earth, act in righteous judgment against those who oppose the Holy God, His righteousness, and His people.

Purim is not only for the Jewish people, but was established also for those who would join them. (Es 9:27)  There are Gentiles who have joined themselves with the Jewish people, and the New Testament teaches that the Gentile Christians have been brought into theCommonwealth ofIsrael by the love and grace of the God of Israel.  It is for us to celebrate YEHOVAH GOD for His faithfulness, and His sovereign power and wisdom, in watching over us when the enemy rises up in hope of destroying us.

Persiaof Daniel’s day, and of Mordecai and Esther, isIrantoday.  The Iranian language is Parsi (Persian).  The Iranian Muslim spiritual leader who led the revolution in 1979 was the Ayatollah Khomeni.  The religious leader today is Khameni.  Both these names are the same as Haman, the famous enemy of the Jews, who was a descendant of Agag,Amalek,Edom/Esau.  What we see developing in the world today brings us back to the similar events described in the Scroll of Esther.  And as then, so now many Iranians respect the Jewish Israeli people, even as their leaders are willing to allow their annihilation.

Any Persian law written in the name of the king and signed with his signet ring can not be altered. (Dan 6:8,12,15)  Praise the Lord that this is also true about HIS laws and covenants!  Who do you think has the final word and victory?!  Jesus is seated far above the creation that He made; the Earth is His footstool! (Eph 1:17-23)

Let us look at three decrees that were made around 2400 years ago in Persia/Iran:

Es 1:19  If it please the king, let there be a royal command from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, so that it may not be changed, that Vashti come no more before King Ahasuerus. And let the king give her royal state to another who is better than she is.

Es 3:8-13   And Haman said to King Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people, in all the provinces of your kingdom. And their laws are different from all people, neither do they keep the king’s laws. And it is not for the king’s gain to allow them to live.  If it pleases the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed. And I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those who have charge of the business, to bring it into the king’s treasuries.  And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it to Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews’ enemy.  And the king said to Haman, The silver is given to you, the people also, to do with them as seems good to you.  Then the king’s scribes were called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded to the king’s lieutenants, and to the governors who were over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province, according to the writing of it, and to every people according to their language. It was written in the name of King Ahasuerus and sealed with the king’s ring.  And the letters were sent by postal riders into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, on the thirteenth of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take what they owned for a prize.

Es 8:7-8,1112  And King Ahasuerus said to Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and have hanged him on the wooden gallows, because he laid his hand on the Jews.  And you write for the Jews as it pleases you, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s ring. For the writing which is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s ring, no man may turn back. . . In them the king granted the Jews in every city to gather themselves, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to kill and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province who desired to attack them, little ones and women, and to take what they owned for a prize, Esther 8:12  on one day in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, on the thirteenth of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar.

As we saw last week, the spirit of Islam was already operating long before the religion of Islam was founded, and, too, the spirit of rabbinic Judaism and of the Christian faith long before their establishment.  The two decrees by the Persians against women and the Jewish people are still in force today. Iran, with her allies, is once again seeking to attack and to destroy the Jewish people andIsrael. Israel, according to the law written by Mordecai the Jew and by Queen Esther in the King’s name, and signed with his ring, is preparing to defend herself.

God will act for His own holy name’s sake, and that all the peoples and nations would fear Him, the Most High God, who alone forgives sins. (Ps 83:16-18 [17-19 Heb]; Ps 130:4; Phlp 2:9-11)

The Holy Spirit is working among the Gentile believers and the nations to bring them to praise Him for His lovingkindness to Israel.  The shortest Psalm bears witness to this:  O praise Yehovah, all nations; praise Him, all peoples.  For His merciful kindness is great toward us; and the truth of Yehovah endures forever.  Hallelu-Yah! (Ps 117)