Monday, August 4, 2014

CHPP Daily Brief - SPECIAL EDITION: FOCUS ON ISRAEL - Sunday, August 3, 2014

Please note: Until Operation Protective Edge has ended, we will continue to cover news out of Israel, seven days each week.

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The Daily Brief:

"Praying for All in Authority"


Sunday, August 3, 2014

"Blessed be the Lord, my rock, Who trains my hands for war,
And my fingers for battle . . ."
(Psalm 144:1)

Update: Intercessors for Israel

Update: Intercessors for Israel

Friday, August 1, 2014

To view this detailed, weekly report from Intercessors for Israel, please go here.

Intercessors for Israel are interceding from inside Jerusalem, with prayers that reflect our Messiah's love. We encourage all of our prayer partners to avail themselves of this very valuable resource.

Update: Bridges for Peace

Bridges for Peace:

Israel Prayer Update

This update is also written by believers in the land of Israel. Each topic is followed by a prayer point and a verse to decree (much like we do on our Daily Brief.)

To read this week's BFP Prayer Update, please go here.

Bullets of Intercession

Bullets of Intercession

Operation Protective Edge

Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014

Today is day 26 of Operation Protective Edge. The IDF pulled back slightly from some northern parts of Gaza; likely because their job there has been accomplished. However, this could also be a tactical move that has a specific purpose unknown to the public. It is possible that the IDF may be staging troops in a preparatory position within Gaza, in the event that the operation needs to go to a phase of wider engagement within the deeper parts of Gaza.

--Pray that the IDF will not withdraw from any area until the Lord pulls them back.
--Pray that whatever area they leave, they will retain.
--If this operation needs to take a turn in any direction, in order to expand or to intensify, pray that it will.
--Pray that the Israeli public will stay staunchly behind the government.

[To read all of these bullets for prayer, please go here.]

News Report From Jerusalem

News Report From Jerusalem

August 1, 2014

Published by For Zions' Sake Ministries

To read this report, please go here.

News from Bill Koenig

News from Bill Koenig:

Sunday, August 3, 2014

1. US must 'never second-guess me again' on Hamas, Netanyahu tells Shapiro - Times of Israel

In a phone call with US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro about the breakdown of the short-lived UN- and US-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vented his anger, according to people familiar with the call.

Netanyahu told Shapiro the Obama administration was "not to ever second-guess me again" and that Washington should trust his judgment on how to deal with Hamas, according to people familiar with the conversation. Netanyahu added that he now "expected" the US and other countries to fully support Israel's offensive in Gaza, according to those familiar with the call. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter by name.

They said Netanyahu made similar points to US Secretary of State John Kerry, who himself denounced the attack as "outrageous," saying it was an affront to assurances to respect the ceasefire given to the United States and United Nations, which brokered the truce. (Read more)

2. IDF says kidnapped soldier Hadar Goldin was killed in Gaza - Times of Israel

The IDF late Saturday night confirmed that Givati Brigade officer Hadar Goldin, kidnapped in Gaza on Friday morning in a Hamas attack, had been killed, and IDF Chief Rabbi Rafi Peretz and other officials broke the news to the family.

Prime Minister Netanyahu announced earlier Saturday that the IDF would redeploy when it completes demolishing Hamas tunnels, but that the operation in Gaza would continue for as long as needed to ensure sustained calm for Israel. He indicated that Israel would not seek ceasefire agreements with Hamas, which he said deliberately breached a truce on Friday morning with the "pre-planned" attack in which Goldin and two other soldiers were killed.

The deaths in Rafah brought the IDF toll to 64; three civilians have also been killed on the Israeli side. Gazan health officials put the death toll there at some 1,600. Israel says hundreds of those are Hamas fighters. (Read more)

3. In Memoriam: The 64 IDF soldiers who gave their lives to protect Israel - Jerusalem Post

We weep tonight with those who weep over the lives of these brave, young courageous IDF soldiers, who have given their lives in the defense of their homeland. May Elohim comfort each loved one who grieves, for surely their sons, husbands, brothers and fathers have died as heroes for Zion.

The U.S. Intel Community Needs Prayer!

The U.S. Intel Community Needs Prayer!

Here's Why --

A Commentary by Jon Hamill; Lamplighter Ministries

Tisha b'Av-Key Time to Pray for Intel Community

It's been a tough-but necessary-week for the intelligence community. CIA Director John Brennan personally apologized to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, for agency misconduct involving hacking into Senate computers. Democratic senators led a public outcry against this breach of Executive power against the Legislative branch.

As we shared prophetically from the beginning of this year, we believe the Lord Himself is standing for the Constitutional balance of power in our government to be preserved. Thankfully, we have seen this balance preserved through key Supreme Court verdicts and now the exposure, admission, and apologies for the above violations. 

The short term pain is more than worth the long-term gain. This is proven by the legacy of the Nazis and Soviet Russia to current atrocities still racing unchecked by governmental systems with no balance of power.

But that's not why I'm compelling you to pray for the intelligence community at this time. August 5 is Tisha b'Av, or the 9th of Av. For the Jewish people, this date has been uniquely marked by a historical cycle of trauma and tragedy. And it is therefore potentially an appealing target for those who want to bring this mourning again, both to Israel and America.

Faith to Secure God's Potential

Friends, I'm all for redeeming this date-not only putting an end to the cycle of tragedy but reversing the curse by establishing a new cycle of covenant blessing. Seek the Lord for this! Your vigilance now can literally redeem the time.

Please pray especially for intelligence communities, both in America and Israel, during your watch. Because this cycle of generational tragedies known as "Tisha b'Av" and "Dire Straits" started with a failure in intelligence analysis. And a part of redeeming Tisha b'Av is redeeming the faith in God necessary for analysts to perceive and secure God's intended potential!

Numbers 13 recounts the story of the 12 spies sent in to scope out the promised land. Ten men returned with the analysis that there were giants in the land, and the Israelite warriors were like grasshoppers in their sight. Two returned with the grapes-and a vision of conquest based on God's promises.

We know whose vision won. On Tisha b'Av Israel voted to retreat, and spent the next 40 years in the wilderness. The cycle of tragedy on this very date began to repeat through Jewish history, with the destruction of the first and second temples, the Inquisition, pogroms, even the beginning of World War I which led to the rise of the Nazi regime.

If misdirected intelligence proved costly in Moses' day, how detrimental could it be in our day? Have you ever pondered the weight of responsibility on our intelligence communities? Or how significant their analysis may be in directing nations during this time?

American Stereotypes

When I mention the need to pray for intelligence communities, the feedback generally runs in two categories. First is what I call the "Superhero" paradigm. That it's up to Jack Bauer (24), Mitch Rapp (Vince Flynn novels), and LL Cool J (from NCIS-LA, strong Christian) to save the world once again. Heroes that save the day!

The second is what I call the "Conspiracy Theory" paradigm. That all of our intelligence communities are covertly involved in the new world order, spying on American citizens, running drugs, creating super-soldiers (Matt Damon in the Bourne series) and secretly involved in secret societies (Matt Damon in the Good Shepherd). Control freaks who exert their idolatrous manipulations on the global community!

Or maybe-this might be a tough one to swallow-most are everyday patriots, doing their best to make sense of geopolitical threats and trends that have become ever more dire. Developing creative ways to stem the tide of evil and prevent calamity. Willing to remain nameless and faceless in heroic achievements, and yet bear the weight of intense scrutiny and criticism when things don't go so well. Sounds like a description of intercessors to me . . .

Joshua and Caleb

So of the three stereotypes, I prefer the third. Because neither superheroes or globalist control freaks are easy to pray for. So when I pray for our intelligence communities, I remind God of the Joshuas and Calebs within their midst.

Before Joshua was anointed to lead Israel, he was trained as a soldier and a spy. He was always pushing boundaries, even with God. For instance, remember how Joshua would watch Moses communing with God in the tent of meeting? While legitimate fear kept the rest of Israel at a distance, Joshua drew ever closer. He risked it all to experience God for himself!

The Lord described Caleb-and by inference, Joshua-as having "a different spirit." They saw the same challenges as the others, but also realized the potential being offered. And they understood the times, aligning God's promises with obedience to enter through His windows of opportunities. Now that's what we need today!

Intercession for the Watchmen

As of Tisha b'Av 2014, Israel is now at war. America is facing great challenges as well-from biological threats to porous borders to terrorism warnings. Much of the direction of our future will depend on intelligence gathering and accurate analysis. But as we can see through the challenge of Tisha b'Av, even accurate intelligence can be interpreted the wrong way.

As watchmen in the Spirit, your role is to pray. Ask for Holy Spirit revelation to be released. Ask the Lord for the Joshuas and Calebs to arise and be heard. Pray for the counsel of God to be secured for decision-makers on every level, and for the counsel of the enemy to be negated. Pray much in the Holy Spirit, Who knows all secrets and prays the perfect will of God!

Father God we thank You for Your grace for America and Israel. We see how a failure of intelligence kept Israel from entering into the Promised Land. And we see the potential calamity that a failure of intelligence could bring today!

Therefore we cry out for intelligence communities both in America and Israel. Thank you for the competence and dedication of so many watchmen in the natural, who put themselves in harms way on behalf of their nations. We beg Your mercy for the sins and abuses of each agency. Forgive, Lord!

Lord we bless the Joshuas and Calebs within each agency. Bring healing and renewed faith in Jesus Christ to those who have seen too much. Lift off trauma and cynicism, Lord. Renew clarity of heart and purpose, from the inside out, in Jesus' Name.

Today we are facing giants-schemes of evil that only Your intervention can defeat. Father God we intercede now for the leaders, operatives, and analysts whose perceptions and decisions forge our future. Lord release these agencies into Your Throne Room timing, Lord! Give Holy Spirit revelation. Clearly reveal what the enemy is seeking to hide, both nationally and internationally. Show when to sound the alarm, and whom to actually alert!

Father God, we ask Your forgiveness for unbelief within the intelligence communities. Where challenges have been interpreted as a reason not to act when You desire an active response. Give these Joshuas and Calebs an "Issachar anointing" to understand and access the windows of opportunity You are presenting.

Lord we remind You of the words engraved in the wall of the CIA-"You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:31-2). Lord align intelligence communities with Your truth. As with Joshua and Caleb, make them catalysts for freedom, including the preservation of freedom, ESPECIALLY IN THIS SEASON. in Jesus' Name, AMEN.

(Source: Lamplighter Ministries) Read more.