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This is Rick Ridings coming to you from Succat Hallel in Jerusalem. It’s Friday, November 3rd, and almost one month since the war began with Hamas.
As we were worshiping a prayer today, I had a vision that I feel helps us to understand a good way to pray right now for the idea.
In this vision, I saw angels that were ascending and descending like they did on the story of Jacob and Bethel. And I wondered, why do they have to ascend and go up and not just descend, come down?
In the vision, I saw that they would go up the ladder into the presence of the Lord to gaze upon His beauty and to be strengthened by His presence. But in this vision, then Jesus, Jesus himself, would come to them and give them bread, the bread of the presence that was there in the heavenly tabernacle.
They would take the bread of the presence and they would come down. And they began going to every member of the IDF, from the top to the bottom, going to every one of them with the bread of His presence to give them a fresh strength, because there’s a strength in His presence like no other.
As I thought about this, I remembered in 1 Kings 19:3-8, the story of Elijah, who had had a great victory, but then was very tired after the victory and ran in fear from Jezebel.
And it says, Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there while he himself went a days journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. I’ve had enough Lord, he said. Take my life. I’m no better than my ancestors.
Isn’t this wonderful that God is so understanding when people are exhausted, when people are tired and they need strengthening?
Then it says he laid down under the tree and fell asleep. All at once, an angel touched him and said, get up and eat. He looked around, and there by his head was a cake of bread, baked over hot corals and a jar of water. He ate and he drank, and then he lay down again. And the angel, the Lord, came back a second time and touched him and said, get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.
The Lord was so understanding that this was a long journey, and he was just too tired to finish this long journey. So he got up and ate and drank, drank, strengthened by that food, the angel’s food, angel’s bread.
He got up and strengthened by that food. He traveled 40 days and 40 nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.
And so I believe today we pray and proclaim from Jerusalem, let the angels of the Lord God Almighty that dwell and gaze upon His presence, descend with the bread of the presence to the IDF upon the earth in this righteous war.
May they give to each one from the very top of the IDF to the least. May they be strengthened by the angels of God, by the bread of his presence, both believers and pre-believers, may they be strengthened by the bread of Your presence today, O Lord, for the journey is long.
And we pray for that journey that this war will not go beyond the bounds, boundaries, and times that You have assigned to it, but it will not stop short either. It will not be aborted by the yoke of the nations by wrong pressure from globalist agendas.
But we pray that this war will accomplish everything that you have ordained for it. Lord, You’ve spoken. We believe that Hamas is not just to be pruned once more to grow back even stronger, but they are to be uprooted.
And if this is the time for Hezbollah also to be uprooted, You know, Lord. But we pray that this war will not stop short of what You have assigned as its purposes and boundaries and times.
And we declare the word of the Lord, every plant that my Father has not planted shall be uprooted. So we thank You, Lord.
Even as You told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1, and you said, I put My words in your mouth and you will be over nations and you will uproot and you will plant.
We declare today the uprooting of the demonic forces operating through Hamas. And if it is Your timing also for those working through Hezbollah, or perhaps even those that are working over the demonic regime in Iran.
But we pray that this war will accomplish all that You have chosen for this particular timing. And that as we prayed the other day Psalm 83, when You come with Your tempest and with Your fire and shame Your enemies, then they will begin to seek the name of the Lord.
So we pray that all Israel would seek the name of the Lord, and we pray that our surrounding neighbors would seek the name of the Lord, that they would see You arise in such a way that they would know the God of Israel never slumbers and never sleeps.
Day and night, night and day, angels ascending, angels descending, bringing the bread of Your presence to strengthen intercessors, strengthen worshipers, and strengthen those who are in the physical battle upon earth.
May it be like Aaron and war, you’ve lifted up the arms of Moses, and as long as they did that Israel’s army prevailed over the Amalekites. So as this Amalekites spirit has arisen again in this region, oh God, let the intercessors be strengthened to strengthen the arms of the leaders, and let Your army on earth be strengthened to fulfill Your will and to go the whole journey.
In the name of Yeshua, Amen. Amen.