©10 April 2015 Revive Israel Ministries
Prayer and Blessing of Job
Part of the logic of God is that He will bless us when we pray for others to be blessed. Job endured great suffering. Part of that suffering was that his "friends" accused him of doing wrong. Their accusation seemed very righteous but was in fact just hypocrisy. God told them that if they did not ask Job to pray for them, He would punish them.
Job 42:8 – And now… go to My servant Job and he will pray for you; for I will lift up his face in order that I will not do with you according to your evil way.
And yet at the same time, God only blessed Job after he prayed for his friends. He had to forgive those who had accused him. He had to give them the grace that they had not given him. Job's praying for his friends to be blessed was the key for his own restoration.
Job 42:10 – And YHVH restored to Job what had been taken when he prayed for his friends. And YHVH added twice as much to all that Job had.
When Job prayed for his friends, their punishment was removed. And, when he prayed for them, his own blessings were restored. In fact he was blessed even twice as much as he was before. His own blessing and restoration was dependent on his forgiving and blessing them.
In a similar situation, God told Abimelech that Abraham had to pray for him to be healed, even though Abimelech was innocent (Genesis 20:7, 17). We are to pray for one another in order to be forgiven and healed (James 5:14-16). Yeshua taught us even to bless those who persecute us (Mathew 5:44), to give and it will be given to us (Luke 6:38).
Perhaps you are in a situation now where the key to your being blessed is to ask forgiveness of someone else or to pray for someone else to be forgiven and blessed.
Reacting to the King of the Jews
In this message, Asher focuses on five groups of people and their different reactions to the proclamations of Yeshua being King of the Jews, and how we are seeing similar reactions again today in Israel and around the world. To watch in English, click HERE!
Urgent Prayer for Coalition
The forming of the Israeli government comes in two stages: first the election, second the coalition. While we may have had sufficient prayer support on the first part, this second stage is woefully lacking. Should the government be widened? How much control should the ultra-Orthodox have in finance committees and in the interior ministry? Who should be assigned to major positions in the cabinet?
These issues are important and the need for more prayer is urgent.
The W.H.I.M of God
By David Rudolph
In Isaiah 6:1-8 Isaiah the prophet encounters the heavenly realm of God’s glory and from this we discover a progression of revelation and response that we are invited into today.
Worship - Holiness - Intercession - Missions
Worship lifts us up to encounter the holiness of God--which in turn changes our perspective, enabling us to see from the heavenly vantage point and enter into intercession with Yeshua. Sharing the heavenly perspective and feeling the burden of the Lord in intercession opens our ears to hear the cry of the Spirit, “whom shall I send and who will go for us?” The combination of worship, holiness and intercession must lead us to the response of missions!
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
In the midst of his grief and crisis surrounding the death of King Uzziah, (the old man) Isaiah lifts his gaze to see the Lord, the King of Heaven and enters into the worship that continually surrounds the throne of God.
3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” 4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
From the place of worship, Isaiah encounters the holiness of God and becomes aware that he is unclean and in need of the purifying touch of the fire of God’s presence.
5 So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.”
Being cleansed by the fire and having his lips purified, the prophet enters into intercession and the burden of the Lord.
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”
Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” 9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people…"
Receiving the burden of the Lord in intercession will lead us to the place of hearing the cry of his heart to go and represent Him in the nations and before peoples. We can only pray for so long before we are challenged to be a part of the answer to our own prayers and be sent out as messengers to the world.