Sow with a View
The Druze religion is shrouded in mystery to all but those who have reached the highest levels, much like the summit of the Hermon mountain was hidden by clouds on a recent day. Their beliefs, denying the deity of Jesus and His death on the cross, are contrary to the word of God.
Pray that the Druze in the Golan will have a clear understanding, and acceptance, of Truth, leading them to repentance and salvation through Jesus Christ. Pray that the Golani Druze—an agricultural people—will “sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes to rain righteousness on you.” (Hosea 10:12)
ALL THAT NIGHT
"All that night the Lord drove the sea back." (Exodus 14:21)
In this verse, there is a comforting message showing how God works during darkness. During these days (and nights) when prayers are being said on behalf of the Druze in the Golan, but when there doesn't yet seem to be any fruit, God is working, just as He did when He drove back the Red Sea so the Israelites could walk on dry ground.
Whether we see evidence of it yet or not, God is at work, preparing hearts to hear the Great News that His Son gave His life for each of us. As we pray, we can know that God is working every bit as much "all that night" as He is during the day (in ways we can see). Hearts are being changed. Lives will be saved for all eternity. May we be as faithful in our work—prayer—as God is in His.
Why Do We Pray?
Imagine a people for whom nobody ever prayed. Just the thought brings such sadness of heart. We pray for our loved ones. We pray for ourselves. We pray for our nation. Who prays for the Druze? Hopefully, everyone who likes this page. NOT praying for the Druze is NOT an option, if we truly love them and care about their eternal destiny. Thank you for your intercessory prayers for the Druze of the Golan.
"He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede" - Isaiah 59:16a
INCLINE YOUR EAR
"Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant....
Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you. Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.... so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it." - Isaiah 55:3a, 5-7, 11
Please pray that the Golani Druze will incline their ears to hear God, that their souls might live. Pray that they will seek the Lord while He may be found and call on Him while He is near. Pray that they will forsake their ways and thoughts, turning to God, so that He will have compassion on them and pardon them abundantly.
Praise God! We know that His word will not return to Him empty, but rather it will accomplish His purposes and the things for which He sent it, even among the Druze people.
Those Who Forget God
Job 8:11-13 says, "Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh? Can reeds flourish where there is no water? While yet in flower and not cut down, they wither before any other plant. Such are the paths of all who forget God; the hope of the godless shall perish."
Whether speaking of the Druze, or of any people whose faith is not in Jesus—those who "forget God"—their path is the same. Their hope will perish. Please pray with us that the Druze will remember the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. That they will put their faith in Jesus, the Messiah, who is the LORD.
Because as Romans 10:9-13 tells us, "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, 'Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.' For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For 'everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'"
Tel Dan is situated at the base of the Hermon mountain range, straddling the Upper Galilee and the entrance to the Golan. The headwaters of the Jordan River literally spring from the ground at Dan, year-round, even in the summer! This area is very near the Golani Druze towns of Majdal Shams, Buqata, Ein Qinya and Masa'de.
Tel Dan has a long history. In Joshua 19:47, we read, "When the territory of the people of Dan was lost to them, the people of Dan went up and fought against Leshem, and after capturing it and striking it with the sword they took possession of it and settled in it, calling Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their ancestor."
Unfortunately, we find them again, but this time worshiping idols in 1 Kings 28-30, "So the king took counsel and made two calves of gold. And he said to the people, 'You have gone up to Jerusalem long enough. Behold your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.' And he set one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan. Then this thing became a sin, for the people went as far as Dan to be before one."
Tel Dan also made the news recently, as seasonal rains caused a portion of the wall of the ancient city to collapse. Your prayers that strongholds will be destroyed can accomplish just exactly what the winter rains have done to the wall of Dan!
Righteousness is not far off
There is a very small group of individuals who are committed to praying earnestly for the Druze. The members of this group have prayed earnestly over the past year. Yes, for a year. Can we "see" the results of their prayers? Not so much yet, but just like a movie set looks real, the walls are nothing more than a facade.
One of the prayer warriors wrote last week, "As I was reading my Bible this morning, I came upon this verse that I am now praying for the Druze."
Isaiah 46:12-13: "Listen to me, you stubborn of heart, you who are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness; it is not far off, and my salvation will not delay; I will put salvation in Zion, for Israel my glory."
God is working through your prayers, and we know that, much like the walls of the Biblical city of Jericho, the walls the enemy has erected around the hearts and minds of the people, will come tumbling down. Pray that this day of righteousness "is not far off."
Teach Them the Good Way
"When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain, because they have sinned against You, and they pray toward this place and confess Your name and turn from their sin when you afflict them, then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of your servants and of your people Israel, indeed, teach them the good way in which they should walk. And send rain on Your land, which you have given Your people for an inheritance." 1 Kings 8:35-36
After some initial rains this winter, it's been dry in the Golan. The land needs more winter rains to refill the Sea of Galilee and the reservoirs. Please pray for more rain.
More importantly, the people—Druze and Jews—need to turn from their sins. They need to cry out to God in Heaven. Pray that they will, so that God will hear them, and forgive their sins, and teach them the good way in which they should walk.
Surely He HEARS!
"...and after that God was moved by prayer for the land." (2 Samuel 21:14)
Do you ever wonder whether your prayers are effective? Surely, the sovereign God who IS, hears your prayers. Surely, you've seen Him working in your own life, answering prayers on behalf of loved ones. But the Druze are so far away. How can you be sure your time in prayer is well-spent?
Whether or not you see the effects thus far, your prayers are heard. "God is moved by prayer for the land" of the Golan, and He is moving among the Golani Druze. It might be eternity before you know just how effective your prayers have been. Keep praying!
"And this is the confidence that we have before Him: If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us." 1 John 5:14
SHOWERS OF BLESSING Continue!
"The fruitful life seeks rain as well as sunshine.
The landscape, brown and dry beneath the sun,
Needs but the cloud to lift it into life;
The dews may dampen the tree and flower,
But it requires the cloud-distilled shower
To bring rich greenness to the lifeless life.
Ah, how like this, the landscape of a life...."
As we've said before, it was brown in the Golan for so many long months of sunshine, that we can't stop looking at the green fields!
Just as this season's rains have brought to life the green grass, now covering the hills in the Golan Heights, so will these downpours result in much fruit in the coming seasons.
So too, your prayers activate the showers that will bring Life to the Golani Druze through Jesus Christ!
showers of blessing
Hallelujah, rain and snow have come to the Golan Heights! This land, which for the past six months has been brown and parched, is now drinking in the precipitation, causing the mountains to turn green and the Sea of Galilee to rise.
Acts 14:16-17 says, "In past generations, He let all nations go their own way. Yet He has not left Himself without testimony to His goodness: He gives you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness."
God provides rain to the Druze in the Golan so that they can have physical blessings, leaving them a testimony of His goodness. We pray earnestly that the Father will draw the Druze of the Golan to Himself, so that they will no longer go their own way, but be reconciled through His Son and the Messiah, Jesus.
As Ezekiel wrote: "And I will cause showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of blessing."
May the Golani Druze, and all the Druze around the world, know the one True God who sends showers of blessing!
THE GOLANI DRUZE and MT. HERMON will Praise HIS name!
"The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them. The north and the south, you have created them; Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name." (Psalm 89:11-12)
Majdal Shams is a Druze village that sits in the foothills of Mt. Hermon, which received the first snows of the season this past week.
May God work in the hearts of the Golani Druze, so that the people living in all the villages surrounding Mt. Hermon will joyously praise His name.
THE DRUZE WILL CRY OUT!
As American believers celebrate Thanksgiving this week, we understand to whom our thanks and praises are due: to God, from whom all blessings flow.
Even before we see fruit among the Druze of the Golan, we want to thank God for the fruit that is sure to come. Revelation 7:9-10 assures us that there will be Druze among those praising God: (vs9) "After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, (vs10) and crying out with a loud voice, 'Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!'"
Thank you, Lord, for the Druze who will stand before the throne and cry out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" Hallelujah!
Breaking down strongholds
Due to the intense and long running spiritual battle going on in the region and the history of the Druze there is a great need to pray against spiritual strongholds. These strongholds are the root of all the challenges to the spread of the Gospel among the Golani Druze and it is one of the most important ways for us to pray.
Before you begin to pray against these strongholds please be sure you have put on the full armor of God and have prepared yourself for the battle you are walking into (Ephesians 6:10-18).
The following are some examples of how you can use scripture to pray for the Druze:
Lord, may the Druze be blessed and know the joy of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. May the Druze delight in your law, and meditate on it day and night. May the Druze be like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit each season. May their leaves never wither, and may they prosper in all they do. Lord, please watch over the path of the Druze, leading them to a right relationship with you.
I pray that the eyes of the Druze may be opened so that they may know the hope to which God has called them, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people
1 Kings 18:41-45
Lord, we know that you answer prayers in BIG ways and we are asking for BIG answers for the Druze. We are asking for you to rain down showers of blessing - showers of salvation, freedom from sin, hope and peace - on the Druze. Lord, we believe this rain is coming and even though the horizon we can see does not show signs of this rain yet we know you are faithful and the clouds are on their way. Lord, we wait as Elijah did, humble and bowed down before you. Send the rain of your presence down on the Druze!
Lord, we ask that you would cause the soil of the Druze's hearts to be as fruitful as the soil of the Golan. Lord, the Druze are like those in these verses who are:
- wandering in the desert wastes (verse 4)
- hungry and thirsty (verse 5)
- longing souls (verse 9)
- sitting in darkness (verse 10)
- crying out to God in their trouble (verse 13)
We ask you Lord to deliver them from their distress, bring them out of darkness and the shadow of death and burst their bonds apart (verse 13 and 14). We pray that they will then turn and thank you Lord for your steadfast love and your wondrous works toward them (verse 15) and they will tell of your deeds in songs of joy and extol you in the congregation of the people and praise you in the assembly of the elders (verses 22 and 23).
The Druze leaders are called Sheikhs and they are usually wealthy, powerful men. They have the most to lose if and when their people turn to Christ. They present one of the largest earthly challenges in proclaiming the Gospel to the average Druze man or woman.
- Pray 1 Timothy 2:1-2 specifically for the Druze sheikhs
- Read Proverbs 21:1 and pray that God will direct the hearts of the sheikhs with His hand, turning them wherever He will
- Read Proverbs 19:20 and pray that the Druze sheikhs will listen to advice and accept the instruction, that they might gain wisdom
- Pray Psalm 146:7b-8a - that the Lord would set the shiekhs, prisoners of the enemy, free; that they Lord would open their blind eyes
- Pray that God would open their hearts, that He would remove the blinders that the enemy holds firmly over the eyes of the Druze sheikhs
When the Lord brings breakthrough in the hearts of the Druze sheikhs and demolishes the strongholds under which they operate it will change everything for the Druze people. Pray earnestly that the Lord would do a mighty work in the hearts of these key people.
Druze women have the gift of hospitality and they serve tirelessly. The goal of most young Druze women has been to marry and have children but this is slowly changing. Many women face current societal pressure to "keep up with the Jones'" and present a perfect image to the outside world.
- Pray that God would breakthrough the strongholds of the enemy and the traditions that have enslaved Druze women of all ages
- Read Luke 10: 38-42 and pray that the Druze women would be prompted to slow down as Mary did and to hunger for the Truth that will not be taken away from them
- Read John 4:7-26 and pray that instead of the Druze women moving from long held traditional roles to being more empowered in the eyes of the world that they would be satisfied only by the identity that God has given them and by the living water he offers
- Read John 10:10 and pray that God would bring true abundant life to the Druze women and their families
Let us pray together that God's will be done in the hearts of the Druze women and in their communities on earth as it is in Heaven. We believe that the Lord has already been preparing the hearts of His future servants in the Golani Druze communities.
We welcome your suggestions and feedback on how you pray for the Druze. Send us an email at email@example.com to share with us!