VIDEO Prayers For Rain Answered In Isreal – Never give up praying!

Thousands gathered at Western Wall to ask for end to drought

The Golan Heights

The Golan Heights region received a much-need rain after prayers went up from Christians and Jews.

With Israel in drought for the last five years – the worst in the land in the last 40 – thousands gathered at the Western Wall last week to pray for rain – and it happened, “big time,” as Donald Trump might say.

The idea began three weeks ago, when Israel’s chief rabbi, David Lau, solicited prayers from Jews and Christians around the world for an end to the nation’s drought.

The culmination came last Thursday when thousands responded to Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel’s call for a special prayer session at the Western Wall.

“I call on the public to participate in this event on the 10th of Tevet,” Ariel said when announcing the event, “and to bring umbrellas because together we will tear open the gates of Heaven.”

The prayers at the wall were led by Lau and Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, along with other prominent rabbis.

Over the weekend, the rains came – raising the level of the Sea of Galilee, also known as Lake Kinneret, Israel’s main source of fresh water, one centimeter or .4 inches, bringing it to four and a half feet from the lower red line and 18 feet from the lake’s maximum capacity, according to a report in IsraelBreakingNews. The rains fell in Israel’s Golan Heights and Upper Galilee regions.

In addition, about six inches of snow gathered on Mount Hermon’s upper slopes, and three inches fell on the mountain’s lower slopes.

See average number of rainy days for Jerusalem, Israel, in graph below from


Average rainy days (rain/snow) in Jerusalem, Israel

God answers prayers in unexpected ways. Never give up praying!

One Name

At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth. Philippians 2:10

Cleopatra, Galileo, Shakespeare, Elvis, Pelé. They are all so well known that they need only one name to be recognized. They have remained prominent in history because of who they were and what they did. But there is another name that stands far above these or any other name!

Before the Son of God was born into this world, the angel told Mary and Joseph to name Him Jesus because “he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21), and “he . . . will be called the Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:32). Jesus didn’t come as a celebrity but as a servant who humbled Himself and died on the cross so that anyone who receives Him can be forgiven and freed from the power of sin.

Jesus Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all. Augustine

The apostle Paul wrote, “God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9–11).

In our times of greatest joy and our deepest need, the name we cling to is Jesus. He will never leave us, and His love will not fail.

Jesus, You are the name above all names, our Savior and Lord. We lift our praise to You as we celebrate Your presence and power in our lives today.

Jesus Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all.  Augustine

By David C. McCasland 


God, who exists eternally in three Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—has a variety of names that describe His attributes, including Good Shepherd, Lion of Judah, Lamb of God, Prince of Peace, Almighty God, Strong Tower, and Comforter. Yet here in Philippians 2 Jesus is called the “name that is above every name” (v. 9). Paul, the author of Philippians, goes on to say that at the sound of His name “every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (v. 10). Why this enthusiastic praise for the name of Jesus? It’s because of who He is, what He left behind, and what He accomplished. Jesus, the Son of God, left the magnificence of heaven and the presence of His Father and humbled Himself by taking on “human likeness” and “becoming obedient to death” (vv. 7–8). Thus humbled, Jesus was “exalted . . . to the highest place” and given the name above all names (v. 9). He died and rose again because of His love for us and is deserving of our praise and the overflowing joy it expresses.

Whom can you tell about Jesus?

Alyson Kieda

Always Be Ready

2 Timothy 4:1-5

Unbelievers have a right to ask us what we believe and why we believe it. And we have the responsibility to provide them with sound reasons. Therefore, we must be prepared at all times to patiently share what we know about Jesus.

Apologetics (from the Greek apo meaning “from” and logia, “sayings”) is a branch of theology devoted to defending biblical truths. Christianity rests on a foundation of far more than hope; believers have a blessed assurance based on the eternal truth of the living God. Therefore, we should always be ready to make a defense, state reasons, and give an account for the faith we have (1 Peter 3:15).

Some people have beliefs that are not necessarily the truth, and yet they feel strongly about what they’ve been taught. Many of them are part of the sizable percentage of our society that has no regard for the Word of God. As you have probably discovered, we cannot make a person believe what he doesn’t want to believe. So if we encounter individuals like this, it’s wise to let them first see how we live. Then, perhaps, they will be more open to hearing about our beliefs.

But here’s a word of warning: Hypocrisy is easy to spot, so make sure your lifestyle aligns with your professed convictions. If people see that your walk doesn’t match your talk, they will reject God’s truth. They know that if what you claim to believe really worked, you’d be living by it.

The Word of God is trustworthy—so live a life consistent with Scripture, for your own sake as well as for those you hope to reach with the gospel.

God Remembers

“And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged.” (Genesis 8:1)

This verse contains the first mention of the beautiful word “remember” in the Bible, and it tells us that God remembers! During the awful cataclysm of the Flood, the most devastating event thus far in the history of the world, God still remembered the faithful obedience of Noah, and He even remembered every living thing!

We may forget many things, but God remembers: “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name” (Hebrews 6:10). Nor does He ever forget a promise. The first mention of “remember” in the New Testament is the Spirit-inspired testimony of Zacharias: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people . . . to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham” (Luke 1:68, 72-73). That promise had been made 2,000 years before, but God remembered.

God even remembers the sparrows: “Not one of them is forgotten before God” (Luke 12:6). And He certainly remembers His own children: “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14).

Even after the children of Israel had gone deeply into idolatry, He could still say, “I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness” (Jeremiah 2:2).

God remembers the evil as well as the good, of course. The one thing He chooses not to remember is the sinful past of those who have come to Christ for forgiveness. “And their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17). HMM

To whom then will ye liken to God?

Isaiah 40:12-31

While Ahaz was setting up his idols the eloquent rebukes of Isaiah were remembered by the godly remnant. With what energy does he extol the Lord and denounce all attempts to set him forth by symbols.

Isaiah 40:12-18

To confound idolaters, the prophet describes the process of god-making, that he may shame them out of such foolish worship.

Isaiah 40:19

The workman melteth or carveth

Isaiah 40:19

Think of worshipping a piece of wood plated by the goldsmith, which needs to be fastened in its place lest it fall or be stolen! Is not this insanity?

Isaiah 40:24

The greatest empires wither when God forbids their prospering; is he, then, like to an image of wood?

Isaiah 40:26

Let every star rebuke the worshipper of wood and stone.

Isaiah 40:31

Be it ours, then, to trust the unseen Lord, and never shall we fail. Glorious Lord, we believe; help thou our unbelief.


Fear not, nor longer be dismayed,

Lo, I, the mighty God, am nigh;

Thou shalt, each moment, feel my aid,

If thou wilt on mine arm rely.


Why shouldst thou fear, when I am thine—

When all I am, I am for thee?

If thou art weak, my strength divine

Is perfect in infirmity.


Without my help thou canst not stand,

But thee I will not leave alone;

I’ll hold thee up by my right hand,

Till thou shalt reach my heavenly throne.


Riches of His Grace

God hath in these last days spoken by his Son…by whom also he made the worlds. (Hebrews 1:2)

Would it startle you if I dared to say that the living God has never done anything in His universe apart from Jesus Christ?

Christians seem to be woefully unaware of the full meaning and measure of the grace of God. Why should we question God’s provision when the Holy Spirit tells us through the Apostle John that the Word who became flesh is “full of grace and truth”? Brethren, the stars in their courses, the frogs that croak beside the lake, the angels in heaven above and men and women on earth below—all came out of the channel we call the eternal Word!

In the book of Revelation, John bears record of the whole universe joining to give praise to the Lamb that was slain. Under the earth and on the earth, and above the earth John heard creatures praising Jesus Christ, all joining in a great chorus: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory and blessing!”

Yes, surely the entire universe is beneficiary of God’s rich grace in Jesus Christ!


Always Growing

“Thou shalt see greater things than these.” John 1:50

This is spoken to a childlike believer, who was ready to accept Jesus as the Son of God, the King of Israel, upon one convincing piece of argument Those who are willing to see shall see: it is because we shut our eyes that we become so sadly blind.

We have seen much already. Great things and unsearchable has the Lord showed unto us, for which we praise His name; but there are greater truths in His Word, greater depths of experience, greater heights of fellowship, greater works of usefulness, greater discoveries of power, and love, and wisdom. These we are yet to see if we are willing to believe our Lord. The faculty of inventing false doctrine is ruinous, but power to see the truth is a blessing. Heaven shall be opened to us, the way thither shall be made clear to us in the Son of man, and the angelic commerce which goes on between the upper and the lower kingdoms shall be made more manifest to us. Let us keep our eyes open toward spiritual objects, and expect to see more and more. Let us believe that our lives will not drivel down into nothing, but that we shall be always on the growing hand, seeing greater and still greater things, till we behold the Great God himself, and never again lose the sight of Him.


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