At this strategic moment, it is so important our prayers not be formed by the media we watch, but by the eternal Word of God. As we have been praying in Succat Hallel (our 24/7 prayer and worship center facing the walls of Jerusalem) and in the Jerusalem messianic pastors/leaders meeting, certain points have emerged which I would like to share in order to bring more perspective to your prayers in the present situation:

Rick Ridings
January 4, 2009



1. Pray for the Glory and Honor of God’s Name. 

For me, the ultimate issue in this conflict is the fact that its outcome will influence what multitudes in the surrounding nations think about the true God of the Scriptures, as opposed to the “god” they presently worship, who I believe is a false moon god from Saudi Arabia. The nature and character of the true God (the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) is very different from that of the “god” worshipped in Islam. They very much believe that their “god” is the true “god” because he wins military victories. This is why the very existence of Israel is correctly seen as a threat to their religion.

In our watch at Succat Hallel this morning, Psalm 83 was highlighted, where it is clear that the desire of these nations is to destroy Israel:

Ps. 83:1-4. O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still.See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.”

After calling on the Lord to intervene in miraculous ways against these enemies of Israel, the Psalmist prays:

Ps. 83:16: Cover their faces with shame so that men will seek your name, O LORD…Let them know that you, whose name is the LORD – that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.

In the pastors/leaders prayer time, it came out clearly from Daniel 9 and Joel 2, that we need to pray that there would be in Israel a spirit of repentance in Israel over the fact that: “Our sins and the iniquities of our fathers have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us. (Daniel 9:16).

Daniel goes on to pray (Daniel 9:18,19): We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”  

 2. Pray for that which will lead to the true, lasting freedom for the people of Gaza.  

As we are concerned for the eternal glory of God’s Name, we must also be concerned for the eternal state of people. This is a key time to pray for the people of Gaza, that they may become fed up with the violence, oppression and destruction that are always the fruit of militant Islam. I saw this firsthand in Algeria, where thousands of young people had their eyes opened by the brutal violence shown by Islamic militants, and turned to the Lord. This has recently happened to the son of a major Hamas leader, and I encourage you to listen to his testimony (both about finding the Lord and about Hamas) by following this link:

Pray at this key time for an outpouring of visions, dreams, and visitations of the Lord to the people of Gaza.

3. Pray for the complete shift of government needed for both Israel and Gaza.

We were led strongly this morning to pray for division and confusion upon the leaders of Hamas, and upon the demonic powers inspiring them. Jesus made clear this strategy in Matthew 12:25: “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”

I need to remind you as well that this is a time to keep praying concerning the government of Israel. Last March, I felt strongly in one of our watches that the Lord would send an “earthquake to shake the very foundations of the government of Israel”. Twenty minutes later, we experienced here in Jerusalem a natural earthquake which measured 5.3 on the Richter scale. We felt led to pray that something would be exposed by the end of Spring that would lead to the downfall of the present government. Its corruption was exposed in May, and finally, new elections are scheduled in February. Pray that politicians will not be able to use the Gaza crisis to hinder these elections. Pray for the full shift needed in the government of Israel, away from corruption, and into righteousness and justice, which are the foundation of God’s throne (Ps. 89:14).

 May the government of God increase over Israel, over Gaza, and over all the earth!

Rick Ridings