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Watchman’s Prayer Letter

Watchman’s Prayer Letter

A Guide to Intercessory Prayer for the month of November 2017 ~ Jewish Year 5777/5778
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`I will stand upon my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what he will say to me,
and what I will answer.` (Habakkuk 2:1)

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Praying Through the Darkness

“Hear me, O God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy” (Psalm 64:1).

Whether we are pleading with God for him to preserve Israel from the dreaded peril of her enemies, or to keep her safe in dangerous times, there is no darkness that can keep the light of prayer from shining through.  Many in Islam today are enslaved to the adversary, serving a false god and under the dominion of the kingdom of darkness.  Many do not know they are in bondage.  Some live in a state of denial and refuse to admit that they need to be rescued from the domain of darkness.

The Bible reveals that Israel’s enemies have been taunting her since ancient times. They have been boasting against her and threatening her by means of insulting remarks and offensive provocations.  Fake news and the bias in the international media both convey to the world a menu of headlines such as:  “Hezbollah Chief Tells Jews to Flee before Israel Devastated by War” (Dov Lieber article, Times of Israel, 1st October 2017). “For my enemies speak against me; those who wait to kill me conspire together. They say, “God has forsaken him; pursue him and seize him, for no one will rescue him.” Be not far from me, O God; come quickly, O my God, to help me” (Psalm 71:10-12).

A long list of Islamic boasts against the Jewish state could be compiled, but just as the giant Goliath boasted against little David, I believe the giant this time (Islam) will be defeated by David (Israel) when the war that seems inevitable begins in the north.  For months Israel has been preparing its approach to handling the outbreak of another conflict with Hamas, Hezbollah and other Islamic terrorists.

It is our work, as Watchmen on the Walls, to fight the war alongside Israel, but in prayer rather than physical combat.  Great things can be accomplished for God when we pray in the Spirit, but we must stay at our posts and never pull back.  May God grant grace and fortitude to all the faithful prayer warriors and intercessors who meet together to pray for Israel, in whichever nation you do so.  We are all deeply grateful here in Jerusalem for those whose voices are repeatedly raised to God and who continue to pray through the darkest of times.

Let’s Enter the Throne Room of Prayer

  • Pray for the Palestinian couple who last month discovered their teenage son had planned to carry out a terrorist attack against Israeli soldiers.  People are often persecuted when they stand up for Israel.  Pray for their protection and thank God that they were honest and caring people who turned him in before innocent lives were taken.  “Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you’” (Psalm 66:3).
  • Thank God that in a recent interview the head of a Palestinian village in Jerusalem was brave enough to say that, “almost all of the city’s Arabs would prefer to live peacefully under Israeli administration.” (Internet link:
  • Pray Fervently that Hamas operatives will stop digging terrorist tunnels into Israel.  Israel has given a warning to them to stop.  Pray that finances and budgets to dig tunnels, through which to infiltrate Israel, will dry-up in order for the secret plots of wicked people to be thwarted.  “Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from that noisy crowd of evildoers” (Psalm 64:2).
  • Beseech the Lord to lead more of the faithful, more believers, more God-fearers, to serve in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) in the strength of the Lord.  Even though it is made up of many different Israelis from all walks of life, let us pray for great integrity, wisdom and moral standards to prevail in the IDF and all Israeli military forces.  “The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.” (Psalm 28:8).
  • Petition the Lord to be merciful this year and provide much rain for the land.  According to news reports, the thirsty Sea of Galilee is sinking toward the lowest level ever recorded as Northern Israel experiences one of the worst droughts in 100 years.  Pray for the water tables to rise rapidly once God sends rain.
  • The Bible describes how God often withheld rain in the past when he wanted his people to repent.  Ask the Lord to prompt much prayer to go up from Israel for the early and latter rains ... some of which have already fallen during Succot.  “Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops” (James 5:18).
  • Thank God for Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who has proclaimed that no more settlements will be uprooted in the Land of Israel.  “I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them," says the LORD your God.” (Amos 9:15).
  • Praise God for the policy breakthrough in the IDF, which have rolled out measures to stop selling harmful cigarettes on army bases.  This is a very good step not only for health purposes, but for a cleaner environment for them to work in and to take care of themselves.

Much continues to take place in the Nation of Israel that indicates godly attitudes are gaining ground over the many vices that have entered in through other nations, or the desire to be like other nations.  Please keep praying for Israel to truly be a blessing to the nations and to lead the world in Godly ways in preparation for the Coming Kingdom of God to this earth – to Jerusalem.  May God prepare this nation, and the true Church, for the days ahead.

From Israel with Love,

Sharon Sanders

Christian Friends of Israel – Jerusalem (UK edited version)

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CFI-UK News and Prayer requests

Thank the Lord for his guidance in addressing the staff shortages.  Two new members of staff joined us on a part-time basis in October and one is joining us on a full-time basis in November.  Ask the Lord to help each of these three to learn the various elements of their role at CFI and to settle-in quickly.

And please do continue to pray for the Father to continue filling us with the Holy Spirit so that we will work closely with him and discern what he wants done.  We still face choices every day in our work, as to what to do and what to leave for another day.  This can be very frustrating when we really want to be able to do all of the tasks before us – to be up-to-date!

As many of you will understand, good health is vitally important for all staff, volunteers and their families. And once again, recovery from fatigue is much needed, as October has been another very busy month.

Thank the Lord for all his help, provision and guidance with our stand at the CRE Exhibition at Sandown Park, 17th-19th October.  Our stand was busy on each of the three days, with many useful conversations taking place, as well as the sale of a good number of books and DVDs, and the giving out of our free literature.  Please pray that there will be substantial fruit for God’s kingdom from all of these aspects of our time at CRE.

Pray too that there will be fruit for his kingdom from our attendance at the Beit Yeshua Conference in Gateshead on 14th October and at the Hawick Conference in the Scottish Borders on 21st October.  Ask the Lord to spread the information conveyed at these events and to build an interest in Israel in the respective communities.

We have organised two coach parties to travel to the Balfour 100 Celebration at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 7th November. Please pray for all aspects of the journeys and for God to bless the event itself.

‘Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary ...’
(Isaiah 40:30-31). 

The CFI-UK Team