Sukkot — Feast of Tabernacles, part II

Prayer Focusweek 18 (Sunday-Shabbat) –- will YOU be joyful?

We continue to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) that G-d Himself instituted. Sages and rabbis call this “The Season of our Rejoicing,” based off of Lev 23:40c. (The Season of our Rejoicing: Z’man Simchateinu Z'mn Simchateinu (in Hebrew))

CHALLENGE: until next weekend, are we willing to cast off all negative thoughts, feelings, and offenses? Are we willing to rejoice in our King of Kings? Are we willing to let Him change our attitudes into rejoicing and follow His command to “rejoice” for seven days!!
Verses upon which to meditate:  Sukkot is not just for “Jews”, it’s for us all …..
o    “And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the bough of leafy trees, and the willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days,” Lev 23:40, NKJV.
o   “Celebrate this as a festival to the LORD for seven days each year. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come … Live in booths for seven days,” Lev. 23:41-42, NIV.
o   “You turned my wailing [mourning] into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,” Psalm 30:11, NIV.
“Most high and heavenly Father – in You, we do rejoice. We pray You will turn our mourning into dancing. Help us to control our attitudes. Help us to look at the bigger picture of what You are doing in OUR lives – not necessarily what we want You to do in another’s life or what we think the other person should change. Help us to focus on Your sovereign intervention into our personal lives so we can walk more upright before You. Thank You that You are our all-sufficiency! We bless YOU, O mighty God. We pray Your healing on each of the requests – show us and teach us to pray more effectively. In Your most holy Name, we pray.”
o   Kristen made the honor roll, and Yolanda has straight A’s!
o   Rhonda’s foot surgery was successful – she was able to come to erev Yom Kippur
o   Everyday Phyllis is doing better after her knee replacement – and continues to have an amazing attitude! She was able to attend erev Yom Kippur service.
o   Maxine and Joe had a wonderful visit with her daughter and son-in-law, Matt!!!!
o   Bev and Ruben attended her 50th class reunion – and was with her brothers!
o   God has changed Natan’s deployment date from Oct 1 to Oct 18! (Natan and family are together in El Paso! We continue to pray for God’s perfect day for Natan’s deployment! Sunday, Oct 16, he is supposed to find out if he is leaving on Tuesday, the 16th. PLEASE pray for God’s timing.)
o   Les’a continues to marvel at how God postponed her foot surgery! Daily, she realizes how MUCH she has needed two feet now, during Natan’s days prior to deployment.
o   Dawn’s therapists were amazed at how quickly she is healing and at the mobility she has. She said: “I believe it is because of our Lord and all the prayers – thank you!”
o   PJ’s back situation: can be improved with pool exercise – doesn’t look like he will need surgery! – now, we can pray for a pool!
o   Fred (Bonnie’s brother): again left the hospital and returned home.
o   Deb’s requirements have been fulfilled!
Requests: (please email updates on these situations)
o   Katerina Mykytiv (Russian pastor’s mother, Norman and Pamela’s friend): congestive heart failure; fluid in one lung and kidney problems. She won’t be able to attend her granddaughter’s wedding November 10th.
o   Baby Mackenzie (her mother is Bonnie’s great niece’s friend): born about a month ago and has already had heart surgery and infections from her lines. Normally open-heart is not done until babies are older; in this instance, they couldn’t wait. Her parents knew prior to her birth that she would have these huge life-long medical challenges and were offered abortion as an alternative. They chose life – hallelujah! Please pray for her and her family!
o   Rhonda: pain continues to lessen – and that these remaining 4weeks of healing will pass quickly!
o   Phyllis: knee replacement: pain and flexibility
o   Dawn: continued prayer for total healing of her knee.
o   PJ: back will to return to normal without surgery. Paperwork issues will be resolved ++ JOB!
o   Favor & wisdom in the work force: We would be excellent in the work place – even as Joseph, Daniel, etc. were – blessings to the companies because we are there!
o   Deb and others who need jobs will get jobs — God-chosen jobs.
o   Matt (Maxine & Joe): prayer for Matt: much pain and in hospice. Pray for Debbie and their children.
o   Debbie Martinez (Bev and Ruben’s daughter-in-law’s mother): open heart surgery Thursday. Also, Christine (Debbie’s daughter), exhausted and has fibromyalgia.  
o   Food bank (Cynthia’s parents’ ministry). Two of those injured by the accident at the food bank at her parents’ church are trying to sue the church and Cynthia’s parents to recover their medical costs. We are believing God to see this activity stopped and against fear. We know no weapon formed against them will prosper.
(Insurance has made a payment, but lawyers aren’t satisfied.)
o   Natan and family (Les’a and Don’s son and his family): the date of his deployment would be God’s date!
o   Jon (Phyllis’ son): That God intervenes and places him where he will be encouraged to make good decisions which will impact his family for good, for Your good.
o   Yvonne’s grandson: pray that his mom and her boyfriend treat Ryan with love.
o   A’s relationship with his daughter: healing and mending of hearts.   
o   Bob (Maxine and Joe’s friend): special prayer for physical healing.
o   Judy (Art’s, Norman’s, and Pamela’s friend): God will intervene in health issues and strengthen Frank.
o   Deb: migraines and onslaught of the enemy.
o   Sherri (Dawn’s daughter): migraines would permanently leave.
o   6-yr old Elijah (Beverly’s friend): severe shaking in one arm. He wants the shaking to stop and the scary people who he sees at night to go away.
o   Anna and IDF (Israeli Defense Force, Israel’s army): safety, protection, and wisdom. Many of the residents of the border areas and soldiers experience 100 enemy assaults/attacks in just ONE week!
o   Marita: date she is to return to Israel – where she is to live in the meantime.
o   Children will stop running and will turn to God.
o   Marriages to be healed.
o   Corbin (Jim’s acquaintance): God will open his eyes to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior and that he will accept the word of God.
o   Three sisters to meet godly men.
o   Jon (Phyllis’ son) and David (Bev & Ruben’s son): they return to the God of their parents/ of their youth; that their families be healed.
o   A’s daughter in law: her heart would be drawn to her husband; that the Lord would place believers in her path.
o   A’s Medicare situation to be straightened out – to his financial benefit. And for doctors to find the right solution to his health issues.
o   Ruthie (Bev’s friend): heavy spiritual attack; that she is encouraged and resists.
o   T (Les’a & Don’s friend & a man of God): that the Lord would bring him the perfect helpmate – to share his life and to be a partner in ministry.
o   Families (all of our families): to be whole and walk in the ways of the Lord!
o   CFS (we!): will have wisdom and tenacity to continue on to see victory!
o   Fast: Wed-Thurs (you choose whether liquid/water/juice fast or no pleasant bread fast (giving up a food or drink that you love) for these two days. Several are fasting longer to break the chains that are ensnaring.
1.   Prayer earnestly for the rest of our Watchmen. We lift up each other’s arms as Moses were lifted by Aaron and Hur.
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o   Speak the Word to these situations.
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