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Welcome to the prayer page.  We thank you for your interest in supporting the ministry of Christian Friends of Israel and would fully appreciate your prayer covering for all elements of the work of CFI, its trustees, staff, area representatives and volunteers.


A few years ago the Lord gave this prophecy for the work of CFI in the UK, which was tested out and prayed over by the trustees and staff, and is still as relevant to us all as ever:


God will provide the strategies – not just to cope
But to overcome and
Be victorious
IF we ask…..


As believers – we are in a battle as those who stand with Israel and for biblical truth.  It’s important we know who we are and that we are overcomers in Christ alone and that he promises protection for us and provision for us in these areas and for this ministry.


If you would like to stand with Christian Friends of Israel, please use these prayer pointers as a guide, but if you would like to support further areas of the ministry or pray for the staff and the volunteer area reps, for instance, or begin a CFI prayer group, please contact   julia.soakell@cfi.org.uk


 


Pray for More Intercessors – Thoughts on a 1911 Prophecy


At the recent Lydia Conference a 1911 prophecy was shown to me that was startling in accuracy and detail.  Shortly before his death in 1918, Bishop Aristocoli of the Russian Orthodox Church passed it to Mother Barbara, a Russian nun.


It mentions that not one nation will be without trial, and that the evils to come will affect Russia, that Germany would be divided and Italy would face many natural disasters.  “Britain will lose her empire and all her colonies, and will come to almost total ruin, but will be saved through praying women.”


As with all prophecies, the content of this one needs to be tested carefully. But let’s thank God for these words of prophecy, as in his mercy and compassion our Father warns the nations – he is faithful and does not want anyone to be lost.


Let’s pray that the nations take note, turn back to God and search for their Saviour and Redeemer.


Ask the Holy Spirit to expose the root of anti-Semitism that exists in individuals, churches and nations; and for a great revelation of the promises made by God to Abraham and the Jewish people – and further revelation that the churches need to be praying people.


It seems that many intercessors in the nations are women, but let’s pray for men and women, young and old, to pray for Israel and the Jewish people in an overflow of their love for our heavenly Father. 


 


Julia Soakell 
December 2016





Watchman’s Prayer Letter


A Guide to Intercessory Prayer for the month of February 2017 ~ Jewish Year 5777


`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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The Lord Does Not Abandon


“May my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding according to your word” (Psalm 119:169).


God has never deserted nor given up on his chosen people.  He has punished them in the past, but his promise was to forgive and to restore them.  Israel is not a perfect nation.  Neither is the Christian world perfect.  Both have allowed into their midst many immoral and wicked practices, mainly brought in from worldly attractions.  However, God has promised to cleanse the Land of Israel of unclean spirits and he can also do the same for the Church around the world – rid us of false and heretical doctrines.  God has promised to bring his people back to him.  The Church, the body of Christ on earth, also needs revival on an international level.  God continues to plant Israel in the Land with his whole heart (Jeremiah 32:41) and he desires that his true disciples follow him wholeheartedly.  Since he does not change (Malachi 3:6), his love for Israel and for us will never change.  He waits for Israel, as a husband for his wife, to return to him with every fibre of their being and he searches for true believers around the world who will bring back the King by longing for him, as a bride for her bridegroom.


In the meantime, the Lord remembers the everlasting covenant he made with Israel (Ezekiel 16:60) as he watches over his people with fervent love (Psalm 121:4).  He has given a stern warning to all nations who despise them with a strong passion of hate (Numbers 24:8-9) and looks for intercessors (Ezekiel 22:30) to pray for his people and also for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6).  Voices that are raised with deep caring and love for this nation are the voices that God will bless.  The voices ascending to God on behalf of this nation of people who are presently forced to defend themselves against demonic hatred – a hatred that will not cease causing the killing of innocent people – will be heard.  Who knows which Christian intercessor will be used by God to stop a terrorist from murdering, or a bomb from going off, or who will save ordinary citizens, families and children from having their lives taken away, because of fervent prayer?  As the Lord does not abandon Israel, dear Watchmen on the Walls for Jerusalem and Israel, do not abandon your Watch Stations.  It is important to stay awake and very alert in order to pull down strongholds through the spirit of prayer and intercession.  The watchword is: “do not stand down!”


Let’s Enter Our Prayer Rooms and Pray!


There are many areas of prayer needs for the land and people of Israel but one of the greatest requirements is for the people’s safety and security.  This is vital, along with the need for spiritual renewal and revival as we come closer to Israel’s redemption.  Proclaiming God’s Scriptures over her, asking in faith because of his promises, and diligently seeking the Lord for strength for the enormous task we have, is imperative.  As the Psalmist gave “himself for prayer” (Psalm 109:4), we thank the Lord, from Jerusalem, for each and every prayer warrior in the nations utilising these prayer bulletins every month to cover the returning exiles, to cry out for the violence and shame of Israel’s enemies to be stopped, and for the corruption within to cease in order for Israel to become the “light to the nations” (Isaiah 49:6) so as to fulfil her spiritual destiny.  God is at work mightily here. However, the enemy is working beyond his ‘working hours’ to cause havoc, disaster, and loss of life.  Let’s get on with our praying!


UNESCO’s resolution 2334 has opened up a Pandora’s Box of motivation by Islamic terrorism to generate many more complicated problems for Israel.  This is a result of the unwise interference of the international body of nations with Israel’s predestination as a host nation for the Second Coming of Messiah. Obviously, we have a confrontational spirit attempting to thwart God’s plans and purposes for Israel, and without the undergirding of our prayers going up to the Lord on behalf of Israel, the battle for Jerusalem and the soul of this nation will be much greater.



  • Pray for the IDF preparations to deal with “unconventional threats on Israel’s northern border, including those involving nuclear, biological and chemical warfare ... military forces fighting on behalf of the Syrian government have been cited numerous times for their use of chemical weapons against the civilian Syrian population ... ISIS ... may also have begun using chemical weapons in some of their operations ...” (Hana Levi Julian, The Jewish Press.com).  Ask the Lord to arouse the fear of God in all Israeli soldiers, so that they will walk in reverence for God in order to defeat their enemies.  As Nehemiah said, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” (Nehemiah 4:14).  Also as Hezekiah and Isaiah cried out ... (2 Chronicles 32:20, 22).



  • Intercede for King Abdullah of Jordan to become a peaceful king.  “The King is not peaceful, does not like Israel or Jews, is an utter dictator and is one of ISIS’ largest oil buyers (per CNN)” (Abed AlMaala, The Jewish Press.com).  As he talks peace but promotes war let us remember, “His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords” (Psalm 55:21).  God knows the hearts of men and can turn them around.



  • Speak God’s Promises over Israel as they confront threats.  “Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal warned ... that the Gaza-based terrorist group is continuing to build up its arsenal and develop its tunnel infrastructure in preparation for another war against Israel.” (TheTower.org staff).  “For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish; it will be utterly ruined.” (Isaiah 60:12).



  • May peace be multiplied upon the many young religious Jewish families who all love the word of God and are standing upon its promise.  May they be granted favour by the government to remain in their homes in Judea and Samaria, the ‘heartland’ of Israel.  I know some of these people and they are wonderful, godly men and women raising their children in the fear of God.  Please pray for them.  “I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.” (Jeremiah 32:41).



  • Pray that God will stop the escalation of vehicles ramming into crowds of innocent people, including Israeli soldiers, both men and women, and Israeli families, copying the examples of the truck rammings in Paris and Berlin, and most recently in Jerusalem when IDF soldiers were touring Jerusalem as part of their training.  Terrorists also like to ambush Israeli vehicles and public buses with stoning attacks, which have been happening too often on highways in Israel since the UN Resolution.  May more and more Israelis cover themselves with prayer and ask God to shelter and shield them from attacks when they are out of their homes.  “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”” (Psalm 91:1-2).



  • Pray that the world will remember that Israel has been withdrawing from settlements for years, from Gaza and the West Bank, offering unprecedented peace deals to Arafat and Abbas, both of which were rejected, and froze community settlement activity in 2010 – all to no avail.  The Arabs do not want peace with Israel.  As someone who lives here, I can vouch that this is the truth.  The bottom line is there will come a battle for Jerusalem.  It is destined to become the “throne of the Lord” (Jeremiah 3:17).  “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure.” (Psalm 121:6).


In the words of Lance Lambert, “My dear friends, God calls us to be Watchmen for Israel. It is a call. Now, the function of a Watchman is very interesting. A Watchman doesn’t have to have theological degrees, but he does have to have good sight.”  Let us continue to study God’s word to know his plans and purposes for this beautiful nation of people who have returned home, just as the Lord said he would cause to happen.  Everything prophetic is right on time.  Let’s keep our eyes open, stay informed about the news today, and pray the battle through ‘to the gates’.  When we do, God will act and we can play a major part in the end time outcomes.  God bless you as you pray.


In His Service Together,


 


Sharon Sanders


Christian Friends of Israel – Jerusalem (UK version) 


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CFI-UK News and Prayer requests


We thank the Lord for watching over the work of CFI-UK in the first month of the year.  This included the minister’s study tour of Israel and the Palestinian areas, where the mixed itinerary was the best combination yet.  The engagement by participants – both as observed and expressed in their feedback – is most encouraging.  It includes taking opportunities to share at their churches about their improved understanding of the current issues, and their personal theological recalibration.


We give thanks for the full number of advocates participating in the lobby day, and for help with late adjustments and the last-minute changes which sometimes arise in the parliamentary schedule of committee room use.


Pray for the year ahead as we seek to put into practice all our Lord directs us to do, both existing activities and also responding to new opportunities he brings our way.  Several requests are being received to speak in settings unfamiliar to teaching concerning Israel’s ongoing place in God’s purposes.  May the Lord grant clarity for all representing CFI in articulating a positive vision concerning Israel and the Church, stating what we are for and so avoiding only saying what we are against.


Continue to pray for guidance as to which Christian festivals and exhibitions we attend this year with our resources stalls, and for the best mix of staff members and Area Representatives to look after them.  Pray for the upcoming Strategic Prayer Conference near Oxford and for those sharing and praying, that we might be led by the Spirit of the Lord.


Remember before the Lord our CFI Land and Life Israel tour 15th – 21st May 2017, led by Jacob and his brother Tim Vince, with CFI Jerusalem conference extension.  Ask that all whom the Lord wants will come and that we may know God’s especial blessing with the additional focus on events concerning the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration and the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.


Pray on for the staff, volunteers and Area Reps, for their improved health, settled homes, families, work and Church life so they are best able to fulfil all that the Lord calls them to do in the days ahead in his service, to include the vital work of representing Christian Friends of Israel, encouraging both existing supporters and reaching open enquirers with the message of God’s heart for Israel and the Jewish people both in the Bible, throughout history and today.


“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word (2 Thessalonians 2:16).


 


The CFI-UK Team

A Legacy of UK Intercessors


Having the privilege to speak at the Lydia South East Conference recently, reminded me of the scripture in Hebrews chapter 12 about a ‘great cloud of witnesses’.  What a great legacy we have in this country of intercessors, often women, who have stood in the gap for great concerns and world issues, famines and disasters, wars and acts of anti-Semitism, as well as family conflicts and situations of heartache and poor health.


It was quite astounding to be in a place with such an attitude of worship, meditation and submission to the Lord, with over 120 ladies whose priority was to pray to the Lord for the nations. The Lydia Fellowship has a great heart for Israel and I led the first session as we prayed together in small groups for the youth in our churches in the UK, as well as the youth of Israel and the Palestinian areas.  There was a crescendo of prayer and a fantastic response to the prayer topics, as well as a desire to know more about CFI.


Give thanks that through the decades, even centuries, devoted Christians have been praying faithfully for the needs of the nations; and especially for the Jewish people, their land and heritage, and for Christian Friends of Israel, here in the UK and throughout the world.


Please pray for these ladies of prayer – like our great intercessor Jenny Forbes, former CFI trustee and Lydia leader, who went to be with the Lord last year. She had been instrumental in this region’s great heart for Israel and understanding of Hebraic teaching.


Pray for the young people mentioned in these three areas and for the next generation of intercessors – so vital for the nations.


I believe this year the Lord told me to pray for a greater wave of intercession than ever before. In small but not insignificant ways we can see the Lord wakening churches from their slumber (Revelation 3:2 “Wake up!”) and becoming ‘watchmen on the walls’, praying for Israel and the Jewish people.


 


Julia Soakell – Church Liaison and Prayer Encouragement UK
November 2016

Holocaust Memorial Day


 January 27th was established as a national Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) in 2001, a day in the United Kingdom dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in the Holocaust under Nazi Persecution. The chosen date is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Union in 1945. Numerous memorial events around the country are organized and attended by CFI’s Area Representatives, Church Links and supporters – some getting involved for the first time this year. These events will be held in schools, youth centres, churches and fellowships.


If you would like ideas on how to get involved, or any help to host an event, contact julia.soakell@cfi.org.uk.


In the present political climate, with so many distractions and news stories, please pray about the following:



  • That many people, including young people, will acknowledge and support events in their locality and see the need to remember the Holocaust each year – not as a political statement, but to consider its place in history and how we can all challenge hatred and intolerance so as to create a safer and better future.



  • That the media – television channels, social media, radio and newspapers – will broadcast about the date and events in a meaningful, balanced and dignified way.



  • That the true Church will stand with the Jewish Community in respect and compassion. Pray that there will be a hunger for truth and to adhere to the biblical teaching about Israel, and that a harvest of true understanding of our Hebraic roots and our debt to Israel will emerge in new areas.



  • Pray that the root of anti-Semitism will be exposed in the heart of people inside and outside of the Church.  Pray too for the police and community leaders who need great wisdom to know how to deal with such hatred in our towns and cities. 



  • Pray for CFI reps and Church Links in Essex, Birmingham, North Yorkshire, Scottish Borders, Stockton, Southampton, Rockwell Green, Llandudno and other places – for all the hard work, preparation and manning of services that needs to do done each year to run these exhibitions and events – Lest We Forget


"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.
We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.
Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."
Elie Wiesel - from his speech when given the Nobel Peace Prize. 




Julia Soakell
January 2017

Start a prayer group


This is a great help to consistent and effective prayer.


Guidelines for Corporate Prayer


(Adapted from teaching given by Lance Lambert and Art Carlson)



  1. Be brief. In Matthew 6:7 Jesus says that the Gentiles suppose they will be heard for their many words. We haven't changed much!

  2. Speak clearly and loudly enough to be heard. As Paul said in another context, how can we say "Amen" if we don't know what is said.

  3. Pray from the heart, don't preach. Avoid sentimentality and unnatural speech. Sometimes you can tell what group people come from by listening to them pray, because they adopt a particular style. Be honest; talk to God the way you talk to your best friend.

  4. Keep on the theme. Pray through one subject before introducing another. Obviously, that doesn't mean we have to see the mountain moved into the sea before proceeding to the next subject, but we do need to give God time to speak concerning the subject in hand before moving on. When not praying aloud, quietly support the one who is. Don't let your mind wander.

  5. Don't take "pot-shots" at the devil. Jude verse 9 tells us that even the archangel Michael did not dare to condemn the devil for slander, but said, "The Lord rebuke you." Rather we are told to 'resist the devil' (James 4:7) and to: 'put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes' (Ephesians 6:11).

  6. Avoid personal pronouns. When speaking for the group say "We" rather than "I". Of course, if there is doubt about agreement on an issue, that should be settled before praying on behalf of all.

  7. Good repetition builds the case. Some teaching would indicate that once a thing is prayed for, it is unbelief to mention it again. There is need for balance in this. To keep pleading for something which God has made clear He wants to give us can be unbelief. On the other hand, true intercession is speaking into reality that which is as yet unseen. That usually takes time and repetition. We should not assume that what "worked" on the last prayer project will work on the next. There was a different strategy for different cities as Israel took the land.

  8. Lay aside preconceived ideas. Die to your own imagination. Ask for fresh guidance from the Holy Spirit for this prayer time. We need to cultivate absolute dependence on the Holy Spirit.

  9. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise (Psalm 100:4). Let the high praises of God be in our mouths and a two-edged sword in our hands (Psalm 149:6)

Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem


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