This article was first published on the Shavei Tzion website
here March 15th 2018.
Editor's note: In this article Leon shares with us a
rabbinic/Talmudic style progression of thoughts connected by the letters of
a Hebrew word.
TThis Hebrew word has the same
root as the word (shefa),
meaning abundance. These words are related because the concept of abundance
is contained within influence. Influence often comes from generosity and
giving, which in turn comes from having an abundance. When we have
abundance from God, we can pour out our influence.
Israel is presently going through a unique time - a time of growth and yet
instability, a time of success and yet danger, a time of conflict and yet
opportunity. This is similar to Yeshua's time, when He told his
disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His
harvest" (Matthew 9:37-38). But this cannot be done only by human
Leon Mazin Shavei Tzion Ministries
At Shavei Tzion we are blessed to have a dedicated prayer room. Over the
coming months we have set aside several focused prayer days and would like
to invite you to participate and pray along with us, even if you cannot
physically be in Haifa.
We have chosen an intercession theme for each of the following days,
connected to the letters in Hebrew as an acronym from the word (influence)
March 11: Awaken (heetorer)
"Wake up! Seek the face of the Lord, open the boundaries within
yourself, and "Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch out your tabernacle
curtains" (Isaiah 54:2).
The Lord encourages us and we seek His mercy and an understanding of
destiny for the coming days. The words that were spoken to Queen Esther are
also being spoken to us, "You have been born for this purpose, and in this
is your destiny."
April 4: Enough (shaddai)
The letter Shin is written on the Mezuzah and means God's sufficiency.
God is sufficient to meet our needs. For many first generation Israelis,
here are a lot of needs. To be a generation of pioneers is a great
esponsibility. At times we find ourselves attempting to fulfill His will by
ur own power.
But the words of the prophet Zechariah tell us: "'Not by might nor
by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord of hosts" (Zechariah
4:6). We need to learn to lean on God, to "flow with His spirit" and to
move forward at His command.
July 23: Command (p'kudah)
After His resurrection, Yeshua commanded his disciples, "Do not leave
Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised ..." (Acts 1:4 NIV)
According to Scripture, an important part of our lives as believers is to
become like our Messiah. Yeshua told his disciples, "The Holy Spirit
... will teach you all things ..." (John 14:26) Let's dedicate
this day to obeying God's command to receive the Father's gift,
welcoming the Spirit to create Yeshua's character in us, and to change
us into His image.
September 9: Eye (ayin)
The eye grants us the ability to see. This is a leadership gift. Many
congregational leaders are suffering burnout. They must teach, pray, lead
their congregation and develop new projects. This is a reality that can
wear them out and deplete their energy.
The first congregations were known for revealing talents and gifts from the
Lord among their members. They were especially gifted with the ability to
educate new believers in the faith. Let us pray that God will fill our
great need for leaders who have spiritual eyes to see, and the desire to
serve and the understanding of how to accomplish things.
October 17-18: Inlfuence (hashpa'ah)
In Jewish tradition this letter signifies "fruitfulness". Though present
results often seem modest, we know that fruit will come from our labors.
The work that we do now is preparing Israel to return to her soon-returning
On these two concluding prayer days we will be hosting the Worship &
Watchmen Mission meeting and guests from the Baruch HaBa 2018 conference. I
want to encourage you to pray with us and with these representatives of the
nations for influence and abundance. Together we will knock on the door,
and the Lord will open the windows of heaven!
to support the vision of Shavei Tzion.
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04:43pm 29Mar18, Liv Hicks: Good prayer points!
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