The ten days that fall between the feasts of Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur are thought by many to be days of introspection, repentance, prayer, and reconciliation. For, Yom Kippur depicts a day wherein we have to give an account to our God, of ourselves and our actions toward others (Rom 14:12). In the Word we read that, "If someone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen" (1 John 4:20). Moreover, Messiah Yeshua said, "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another" (John 13:35)
Our Father wants us to love our fellow Believers, our brethren. Thus, it is important that we sound our united voices in prayer for the whole House of Israel during this time. We need to pray as Messiah's Body because, we are the ones who are called to sound the war alarm concerning those who come against the eternal plans of the Holy One. We are the watchmen on Israel's walls, and we are not to keep silent. When there is a problem in the land, He says, "If My people...will humble themselves and pray." When there is a problem, it is His people who are called to pray (2 Chr 7:14; Isa 11:13-14; 62:6).
While we are called to help bring deliverance to our brethren, the truth is that, just as our forefathers were in bondage in Egypt, so we too are in bondage; we are in a worldly diaspora (dispersion). And, like our forefathers, we too, will be freed when we have a deep desire for deliverance - when we literally cry aloud for it. We see this principle in that, when the king of Egypt died, the sons of Israel cried out. And, "their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to the LORD." In other words, YHVH heard their groaning - then - He remembered His covenant with their fathers and took notice of them and their plight (Exo 2:23-25). Deliverance will come if we first cry out for it.
Crying out in prayer is key to our well-being. If we sincerely call on the Holy One in true repentance and prayer, He will take notice of our plight and deliver us. He said that He would be like a lion to both Ephraim and Judah and tear us to pieces and return to His place - until - we acknowledge our guilt and seek His face. We first must admit our own sin(s), then cry out for deliverance from the Egypt that binds us. Like Daniel, if we accept the fact that we have sinned, and repent, then Abba will take notice and redeem us. If we are proud or haughty, and think we have no sin, but that the problem lies with others, we run the risk of having our sin remain. We must first humble ourselves, truly seek to honor YHVH in every way, sincerely ask Him for pardon, then praise Him because we have complete forgiveness in Him. When we humbly pray for deliverance from our situation, for ourselves, and for our brethren, then we will see Him act on our behalf (Psalm 103:12; 130:4; Hos 5:14-15; 9:5-15; Mat 6:5-18; John 9:40-41).
At this time, as we work toward the Father's reunion and restoration plan for both the houses of Israel (Isa 11:13-14), we offer ten suggested prayer outlines.
Ten Days of Prayer:
* Day 1: Pray that all Israel might come to true repentance, that they might be saved. Pray that they would put away all of their idols and be granted a new heart and a new spirit, that they might live and not die (Isa 30:15; Ezek 18:31-32). Pray that salvation in Yeshua will come to all Israel (Gen 48:19; Rom 11:25,26; Eph 4:15; Mat 1:21). Pray that the veil will be lifted from the eyes of both the houses of Israel so they will see the truth of Yeshua and cease to stumble over Him (Isa 8:14; Rom 11:25; John 2:22). Pray that as the Standard, Yeshua might be lifted up in all His Glory, and that the world may see Him in truth, and not according to manmade religion (Isa 11:12).
* Day 2: Pray that all Israel will see the truth about the melo hagoyim promised to Ephraim, and that the fullness of Gentiles will come into their fullness, or maturity. Pray that Ephraim would cease to be jealous of Judah, whether that jealousy is acted out in violence or in wishing they were Jewish. Pray that, in a positive way, Ephraim would make Judah jealous rather than being jealous of Judah, which jealousy causes Ephraim to lose his effectiveness (Rom 9:25,26; 10:19; 11:11; Hos 1:9,0; 2:23). Pray that Ephraim will learn to judge with righteous judgment, and that in their desire to be reunited with Judah they will not trade errant Christian ways for errant Jewish ways (Isa 11:13; Jer 15:19-21; 31:21-25; John 7:24).
* Day 3: Pray that all whom the Father has chosen to instruct Ephraim in this time will arise, and that Ephraim will come to repentance and be ashamed for the deeds of her youth (Jer 31:18-19). Pray that she cease to be like a silly dove without sense and move beyond the elementary things and press on, to maturity (Hos 7:11; Heb 6:1-17). Pray that Ephraim repents of following man's commands and instead accepts Messiah's eternal yoke of Torah (Jer 31:31-33; Hos 4:6; 5:11-6:3). Pray that Ephraim will fulfill her divine mandate, which is to walk in a way that honors both the written and the Living Torah (Messiah Yeshua), and thus provokes Judah to want what she has (Rom 11).
* Day 4: Pray that the sheep would be delivered from wicked shepherds who muddy the waters and feed themselves rather than the flock. Pray that the sheep be snatched out of the hands of shepherds who divide Israel's flock. Pray that all wolves in sheep's clothing and all false prophets be exposed for who they are in truth (Deu 13:1-5; Ezek 34; Jer 23:1-3; Mat 7:15). Pray that the spirit of Jezebel would be rooted out from among us, whether operating in man or woman, so that we would cease to lie and try to steal the field of others. Pray that Israel's prophets would not fear her, and that the spirit of Elijah might instead be fully released in our day. Pray that the hearts of the fathers might be turned to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers. Pray for godly families to be raised up in both the houses of Israel (1 Ki 21: Hos 1:4-5; 2:22; Rev 2:20-22; Mal 4:5-6).
* Day 5: Pray for the safety and well-being of those of Judah who have returned to the Promised Land; pray that their hearts would be turned toward their fathers and that angels would be given charge over them (Isa 11:11; Luke 1:17; Psa 91:11). Pray that even as the Father has gathered for a second time the dispersed of Judah, He will restore their fortunes. Pray that, as promised, the Father possess Judah as His portion in the Holy Land, and again choose Jerusalem. Pray that He would enter into judgment with those who harass Judah and Jerusalem. Pray that Judah might be healed of the many hurts she experienced in her dispersion (Isa 11:11-13; Joel 3:1-2; Zec 2:12).
* Day 6: Pray that the Father would use the tragic events of our time to bring His people to repentance and faith in Him through the shed blood of Messiah Yeshua (Obad 1:12; Jer 5:12-14; Luke 13:1-5). Pray that wisdom and discernment would be granted to those who have been granted influence over the nation of Israel in spiritual, political, and financial arenas (Dan 2:21; 4:32; 5:21; Rom 13:1). Pray that they realize that Ephraim is their brother, and that the only true answers are found in the true Gospel, in the sacrificial Lamb, and in He who paid the price for our sins that we might have eternal life in Him (1 Cor 7:23; Mat 27:9).
* Day 7: Pray that the hearts of Ephraim and Judah might be circumcised with a love and respect for each other. Pray that they learn to give credit where it is due, and to objectively see the role that each house has played as part of the people of Israel: Ephraim in declaring salvation through Messiah, who is the Living Torah; and Judah in declaring the feasts and the eternal truths of the written Torah (Gen 48:19; Acts 1:8; Rom 4:15; 2 Chr 11:4; Ezek 37:15-28).
* Day 8: Pray for both houses to see the Father's plan to have a pure, overcoming army, and to give themselves to becoming that army (Isa 11:11-14; 27:6-9; Zech 8:3,7,13; 9:13; 10:7-10; Hos 11:10; Obad 1:18; Jer 50:4,5,20; 3:14-18; Ezek 37:22-26). Pray that the sons of Israel would come, they and the sons of Judah, and go along weeping in a true search for their God; pray they would turn their faces toward Zion and truly be joined in covenant with Him (Jer 50:4-5; Hos 5:14-15). Pray that Ephraim would again be like a mighty man, with their heart glad as if from wine, and that their children see it and be glad and their heart rejoice in the LORD (Zec 10:7). Pray that all Israel will seek to pay the full price for their pardon; pray that all their pagan practices and idols, from both houses, will be made like chalk stones and be unable to stand (Isa 27:9). Pray that Israel's mighty ones will be equipped with the breath of the Spirit of the Most High (Eze 37:10).
* Day 9: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, that those who love her would prosper, that peace would be within her walls, prosperity within her palaces (Psa 122:6,7). Pray for her to become the City of Truth, and to acknowledge Messiah Yeshua as her King of Kings. Pray for Believers to understand that New Jerusalem is called the Bride who comes down from Heaven and her sons marry her. Pray for us to see that we are part of that Bridal City, and at the same time, members of the Body of the Bridegroom. Therefore, pray for Believers to arise, and truly become her protective watchmen (Psa 48:2; Isa 62:1-7; Zec 8:3; Mat 5:35; 23:37-39; Eph 5:30; Rev 17:14; 19:7,16; 21:2,9; 22:17).
* Day 10: Pray that the sons of Israel who are humbly pursuing the restoration of her Kingdom would go forth and be strong and courageous. Pray that the spirit of Joshua and Caleb would be upon them, that they would know that, in the strength of the Holy One they can be YHVH's witnesses and, only by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Ruach HaKodesh, they can possess His Promised Land (Josh 1:6-9,18; 10:25). To walk in this way, pray that they would be given knowledge, wisdom, discernment of spirits, and a double portion of the Holy Spirit as they seek to do the Father's will in the Earth. Pray that they would truly walk as Messiah Yeshua walked, and that they too, would only do that which they see their Father in Heaven doing (John 5:19).
Amen and Amen!
The essence of this "Ten Days of Prayer" is taken from the books,
Israel's Feasts and their Fullness, and,
Who is Israel? Redeemed Israel - A Primer, both by Batya Wootten.