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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


Prayer Pointers


Thank you to all who have prayed for the Summer activities and events in which CFI were involved. The 'Fruit from Festivals' page presents some thoughts to follow on from some of those activities.


Please pray for:



  • The preparation for our Biennial Representatives Conference on Friday 16th September, for travelling mercies and for an encouraging day of equipping our volunteer Area Reps.

  • The 31st Annual Conference on Saturday 17th September, for the staff and trustees and volunteers working on that; also pray for all those who will attend the day and for the speakers, David Pawson and Werner Oder.

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Watchman's Prayer Letter


A Guide to Intercessory Prayer for the month of December 2016 ~ 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 Call of Intercessors

“Then King David went in and sat before the LORD” (2 Samuel 7:18).


As watchmen and guardians for Israel, we have been called to a spiritual privilege, just as was Moses, who is often thought to be the greatest of the mediator/intercessor prophets (Deuteronomy 18:15).  There were a number of Hebrew priests and prophets who stood in the gap for Israel.  Both priests and prophets were intercessors for Israel, often delivering a word (‘davar’ in Hebrew).  We think of Elijah and Elisha, both prayer warriors.  Because of their steadfastness they were known as ‘men of God’ (1 Kings 17:17-24; 2 Kings 4:17-37).  As Isaiah prayed, so did Jeremiah who stood in the gap for his people; and when they prayed things changed.  For us, as believers in Messiah Jesus, we know that he is the Prince of Peace (‘Sar Shalom’ in Hebrew) and the greatest intercessor (‘mafgia’ in Hebrew).  “An intercessor, therefore, is one who makes ‘contact’ with God as opposed to someone simply dabbling in prayer.” (Hebrew4Christians.com).  I believe God hears our prayers and responds to the time and heart given to praying for his chosen people.


Recently, we saw the power of prayer in the US Presidential elections.  It has been reported that at precisely the times when multitudes of Christians were crying out to God to put into place his choice of candidates, the numbers began to climb for Donald Trump.  Israel’s enemies continue to plot her total destruction.  Through standing at our stations of prayer from Paraguay to the jungles of Sri Lanka, our prayers will be heard on behalf of God’s beloved nation and people.


Stand strong, persevere, do not give up!  With hands lifted up in the spirit of prayer, through petitioning, praising and pleading with God, countless miracles will continue to happen here, which I hope to report to you in the future.  Some have reported seeing visions of Israel becoming “like a fiercely boiling cauldron ...”  Some have seen missiles sent from Gaza like wasps’ stings and still others have seen, in the Spirit, an attack launched from Lebanon by Hezbollah.  Some rabbis feel that something big is going to happen soon to shake anything that can be shaken.


With Israel being a vulnerable target in the Middle East, which is a pond of predators, she is like a sitting duck with hungry alligators all around her.  Let us remember she is still the “apple of God’s eye” (Zechariah 2:8; Psalm 17:8), and we need to keep bringing her before the Lord God in prayer.  As spiritual gatekeepers, standing watch over the beloved City of Jerusalem and over the mountains of Israel, let us keep looking outward to catch any glimpse of where the enemy might try to overtake, surprise, strike, or overwhelm God’s people.  May Israel not be ensnared by fear (‘moqesh’).  May each soldier, officer-in-charge, military commander, and serviceman or woman throughout Israel be strong (‘chazak’) in courage and faith in the Lord God Almighty.  May the saying ‘this year in Jerusalem’ bring Israel’s King back to his people.  It will not happen without a fight from the opposition.


The call for intercessors is as powerful and passionate as ever!  We have no time to be ‘flickering embers’ but only ‘red hot flames’ on fire for God and his plans and purposes for this beloved nation.  Good things are happening – keep on praying and appealing before the Lord!


Let’s Enter the Throne Room to Pray:

The situation on the ground here in Israel is that God seems to be doing something in the country’s leaders, and I believe it is all in preparation for the Coming Kingdom.  There are good signs that those in authority and places of influence are attempting to make the wrong things right and to clean up areas where the ways of the nations have come in strongly over the past twenty-five years.


With reference to a bill to censor pornography on the internet, Mualem-Refaeli said, ‘“We are calling to create a society that protects itself from things for which we pay a heavy price. A person who is interested in these sites needs to understand that at the moment Israel is in a process, that he is an individual but part of a whole society.” The measure now heads to the Knesset to begin the process of final approval in the Knesset plenum.’ (Hana Levi Julian, www.jewishpress.com).  I believe that through this process or development in Israel, God is preparing his chosen people to ‘lead the way’ for the nations of the world in the future.



  • Pray that Israel as a nation, will rely upon God alone and not upon ingenuity, intelligence or carnal warfare.  God, and God alone, is their strength as a people. “For you are great and do marvellous deeds; you alone are God” (Psalm 86:10)



  • Intercede fervently that the desire to be a righteous nation will break every evil and sinful way that has come in like a flood – like a hammer breaks a rock.



  • Sincerely call upon the Lord for Israel to fulfill every plan and purpose God has for her existence.



  • Thank the Lord that he will pour out his Spirit in this place in his perfect timing.  “But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend ... I will strengthen you and help you …” (Isaiah 41:8-10)



  • Praise the Lord that a bill regarding the blocking of pornographic material in Israel is being scrutinised and ask for it to be passed into law.



  • Praise the Lord that the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, has issued a resolution to ban the use of loudspeakers to broadcast the Muslim Call of Prayer throughout the city.  ‘Noise pollution’ has been an issue in the Land of Israel for years.  Please pray that the name of God of Israel will be heard above any other.  For instance in Lod, that ‘Shema Yisrael’ will be heard in response to the Islamic call to prayer which has dominated the place for many years. “Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Worship the Lord your God and serve him only”’ (Luke 4:8)



  • Enter into his gates with thanksgiving that, for the first time ever, Jews were allowed to pray on the Temple Mount during the High Holy Days as thousands ascended for the holidays this year (unitycoalitionforisrael.org/?p=19332).  This is an incredible reversal of the usual status quo.  Jewish longing for God and worship of him is increasing very strongly. “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” (Psalm 100:4)



  • Appeal to the Lord for rain in Israel, which is much needed this year.  “I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit.” (Leviticus 26:4)



  • Pray that more sports and other activities will be biblically based, such as the ‘biblical’ marathon this year, which followed the route by an ancient Israelite messenger who brought news of the capture of the Ark of the Covenant to Eli, as recorded in 1 Samuel 4.


As we learn about the ‘process’ currently taking place in Israel, as mentioned above, let us ask ourselves: How many nations of the world are in this same process?  I believe that most leading nations of the world are in decline in many ways, and that Israel is on the rise.  She will have to go through a dramatic change of heart, spoken about in Ezekiel 36:24-27, to prepare for her role in the latter days as “a light for the Gentiles” (Isaiah 49:6).  When the true Light of the World returns to Jerusalem, the city and nation will shine like a diamond in the earth.


To this end, let us pray for Israel as the call for intercessors sounds throughout the earth.  God bless each of you as you pray faithfully.  Please forward this prayer material as far and wide as you possibly can in your communities of faith around the world.


Until he comes,


Sharon Sanders


Christian Friends of Israel – Jerusalem


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CFI-UK News and Prayer requests

Thank the Lord for giving the inspiration for several new titles for CFI’s Israel in Context educational booklet series, to include the ‘Biblical Hebrew Calendar’ and ‘A History of Christian Zionism in Britain’ (currently being typeset).


Pray as we book ahead to exhibit CFI resource stalls at Christian Bible and Music Festivals for next year, that we will have the right availability of staff and Area Reps to cover the various days, weekends and weeks.  Pray that festivals which have yet to open up their booking desk, will accept our request to exhibit.  These are important opportunities to share face-to-face with those in the wider church a more complete understanding of Israel.  It is important both to encourage those who have good understanding of God’s purposes for Israel whilst also reaching out to others who have not considered this to the same extent before.


Pray and give thanks for the Strategic Prayer Conference 23rd – 25th March 2017, with many places already booked.  Pray that we will take up our full quota of places, and that our gathering together will be truly strategic and in line with its chosen text and theme, that we are ‘Filled with the knowledge of his will’ (Colossians 1:9).  Do book soon if you would like to join with us.


Pray concerning the promotion of the CFI UK/Land and Life Israel tour from Tuesday 16th to Monday 22nd May 2017, [details enclosed or available shortly]. This tour, with Jacob and his brother Tim Vince, will include themed visits in the run-up to the Balfour centenary, plus an extension to encompass CFI Jerusalem’s conference, Monday 22nd to Friday 26th May 2017.  The conference takes place over the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem in 1967 (Wednesday 24th May 2017).  Do consider joining us for this uniquely historic and informative tour.


Give thanks for the encouraging Westminster Hall debate to recognise the upcoming Balfour 2017 centenary year.  Many MPs spoke positively about its impact and Israel’s resulting important contribution to the UK and nations around the world.  Pray that the Government and its Foreign Office, who intend to mark the centenary diplomatically, will go further and celebrate this momentous event and the good that has transpired, mindful of its historic failure to implement its aspiration properly.  Remember in prayer the preparations for the Parliamentary Lobby and briefing on Wednesday 25th January 2017. Pray that we will advocate well alongside the Jewish community, highlighting important issues concerning Israel.


Together in his service,


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

Fruit from Festivals


Thank you to all who pray for Christian Friends of Israel in general – our staff and trustees, area reps, church links and volunteers.


We really appreciate specific prayers too, as we look back on the Festivals Season this year and see answers to some of those specific prayers. But there are more areas that need to be covered.


Staff and area reps at New Wine and the CLAN Gathering in Scotland both reported that hostility and concerns over ministries supporting Israel was much less evident this year, throughout the UK. We had great conversations with enquirers, loyal supporters and even brief chances with those just wanting to know who we were and to read a leaflet on what we stand for.


Thank the Lord for that great answer to prayer!


And now please pray:



  • For all who interacted with the staff and area reps who manned the stands this year. Ask the Lord to give them a greater hunger for truth about the biblical roots of the word of God and the Jewish people.



  • That every piece of literature given away will be useful, that there will be fruit from every conversation that took place, and that each resource sold – book, DVD and CD – will be educational, challenging and a blessing to those that use them.



  • For the many volunteers who staffed New Wine especially, who were so inquisitive to know more throughout the time we spent opposite the Flame café in the Market Place this time; including those who, like another 20 or more, signed-up to the CFI mailing  via post or email. 



  • For the area reps who made great connections with loyal supporters and encouraged them to get more involved by becoming area reps or church links.



  • That many will attend CFI’s annual conference in September to learn more about the ministry and to get more involved.


                                                                 Julia Soakell    Julia.soakell@cfi.org.uk

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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


Penny Valentine


The writer draws on her experience of writing prayer materials in Jerusalem to provide a unique aid to prayer for Israel and the Middle East. Each of these 40 short devotional studies helps us to understand God's heart for Israel and then pray biblically and intelligently into the current situation.


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