Prayers ascending for the Abrahamic brethren in Israel who are defending their and their country’s right to exist against the terrorism (the word Hamas means violence in Hebrew) from a brutal and unrelenting enemy. From whence comes Israel’s help? Israel’s help comes from the Lord, her God.

Prayers for the brethren in Christ who have fled Mosul after being given the traditional Islamic choice to non-Muslims: convert, pay jizya (the poll tax that is a mark of dhimma status), or die. Brethren, persecution is the Christian way; it makes us stronger. If they kill us, well, for us, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Hold fast, Israel. Hold fast, Iraqi Christians, God is with you. The battle is the Lord’s, and He will bring the victory home.