DAY 21: PRAYER POINTS
» Pray for the Children and Youth of the Land
(Note: “Youth” in Israel would include ages 18 – 35.)
¤ In Israel, children in the south who have been subjected to ongoing rocket fire from Gaza since 2001 also experience severe PTSD symptoms and long-term effects of exposure to rocket sirens, the need to scramble to bomb shelters, sometimes in the middle of the night, and, most recently, the threats posed by Hamas-dug tunnels between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
¤ In one southern city of Sderot alone, a recent study by NATAL, the Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War, estimates that between 75 and 94 percent of all children aged 4 to 18 demonstrate symptoms of PTSD.
¤ Similar results were found for Palestinian children in Gaza published in the Arab Journal of Psychiatry, which said:
¤ The youth in Israel are unlike the young people in any other country. They have experienced war and terror since the day they were born because Israel has experienced war and terror since it was born.
¤ Because all 18-year olds, male and female alike, are required to join the Israeli Defense Forces, “life and death” responsibility and sacrificial service for one’s country comes at an early age.
¤ To offset the seriousness of survival, Israeli youth also know how to have fun, which can sometimes lead those without a strong religious faith into a lifestyle of immediate gratification and worldly pleasures. (The abortion rate is high in Israel.)
¤ Almost every young person in Israel has lost someone they know or love to terror or to war; they value relationships deeply.
¤ Many need the healing love and hope that only God can give in this uncertain hour.
¤ Israeli youth also need the assurance that those who share their democratic beliefs and Judeo-Christian values will not desert them, as did many Christian countries some 65 years ago.
“The Lord is my strength and song. And He has become my salvation; He is my God and I will praise Him; my father’s God, and I will exalt Him. The Lord is a man of war; The Lord is His Name.” Exodus 15:2-3
“In Your unfailing love You will lead the people You have redeemed. In Your strength You will guide them to Your holy dwelling.” Exodus 15:13
Daniel 1:17, 20
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17