Have you heard of Red Alert? It is a free app that notifies you when a rocket or missile is fired at Israel. It is intended for Israelis and provides real time alerts to take cover. In Israel when an alarm siren goes off it means you have, hopefully, 15 seconds to take cover before the blast.
What should we pray for Israel?
1. Safety and protection and YHWH's defense of the people of Israel.
When that day comes, YHWH will defend those living in Jerusalem. -Zechariah 12:8
You will arise and take pity on Zion, for the time has come to have mercy on her. -Psalm 102:13
This is what YHWH says: "Anyone who injures you injures the very pupil of my eye." -Zechariah 2:8
Pray that YHWH would protect His people both physically and from emotional trauma as those in Israel face constant danger. Young children are especially susceptible to psychological distress, ask that they would be spared. Remind YHWH that these attacks are against Him.
2. Pray that Israel would have a fresh revelation of YHWH and turn to Him wholeheartedly.
For I, YHWH, do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. -Malachi 3:6
May Israel see that YHWH sustains them. May there be a national turning back to Him.
3. That the Israeli Defense Force would pray.
If your people go out to fight their enemies, no matter by which way you send them, and they pray to you toward the city you chose and the house I built for your name; then, from heaven, hear their prayer and plea, and uphold their cause. -2 Chronicles 6:34-35
King Solomon spoke those words at the dedication of the Beit Hamikdash, and they have never been more applicable. Pray that the Israeli military would call out to YHWH and place their trust in Him.
4. That YHWH would be known as the Most High around the world.
YHWH, don't remain silent!
Don't stay quiet, YHWH, or still:
because here are your enemies, causing an uproar;
those who hate you are raising their heads,
craftily conspiring against your people,
consulting together against those you treasure.
Let them know that you alone,
whose name is YHWH,
are the Most High over all the earth.
-Psalm 83:1-3, 18
If you saw the headline, "Their God changes the path of our rockets in mid-air, said a terrorist" you know that this has already begun! May the entire world know that He is Most High!
5. Repentance of Hamas.
He desires all humanity to be delivered and come to full knowledge of the truth. -1 Timothy 2:4
Pray for Hamas leadership and members, as well as for the Palestinian people. YHWH does desire that they repent of their wickedness and walk in His ways.
While I wrote this, eight rockets were fired at Israel. May there be peace in Jerusalem!