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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please pray for:
- Our Board of Trustees, Jacob our Chief Executive and all the staff and volunteers in the Eastbourne Office and in the Northern Office (David and Julia Soakell).
- All the volunteer Area Representatives around the UK – for their families, church connections and work for CFI.
- Our Jerusalem Office under the oversight of Stacey and Kevin Howard, and for Ray and Sharon Sanders and all the staff there.
- For all the projects that CFI oversees, the Tour of Israel (7th-15th June), the Prayer Conference in Hawick (18th June), and the National Conference in Eastbourne in September.
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.email@example.com
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Guidelines for Corporate Prayer
(Adapted from teaching given by Lance Lambert and Art Carlson)
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
Watchman's Prayer Letter
A Guide to Intercessory Prayer for the month of August 2016 ~ Jewish Year 5776
'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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A Lamp for Our Feet
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).
This instructive Bible verse is familiar to Jews and Christians; but how much time do we spend meditating on God’s word actually resembling a light on the path of prayer for Israel – the path we travel upon this earth? Whenever ‘or’ (Hebrew for light) shines it dispels darkness and exposes what is around us. What a dark place the world would be if none of us owned a Bible! With gloom and doom the order of the day, and shadows falling around the world, the voices of many who hate the Lord God of Israel, and his Son, Jesus the Messiah, would quickly turn our days into obscurity and confusion if we did not have God’s word. How we need to thank him for this wonderful gift.
The Jewish Psalmist, who wrote Psalm 119, knew how to enter into God’s presence and allow the light of God’s truth to shine on him in a way in which he could pray and praise the Lord God. One thing is certain to me, there is ‘nothing’ as important to me, not one earthly possession more valuable and more loved, than my Bible. Daily it gives me hope, strengthens my inner person and rekindles the light of my candle from its pages. It shines deep within my heart, and teaches me how to pray God’s word. When I pray his ‘word’, it results in my praying his ‘will’ into each matter of concern for Israel.
When it comes to praying for the Jewish people, we must always have God’s word within our reach, to refer to the promises of God for his chosen people. The commands God laid down in the Scriptures and the prophetic word given to them, will help us pray into each difficult situation Israel faces. As the night grows darker in these end times, God will shine his light, which will grow brighter and brighter. That same light is found in the Bibles we carry every day and from which we glean God’s will. The next time you meet to pray to God, hold up your Bible and thank him for it; for in him is light, and in his word is light, so that we will understand in our hearts how to pray for beloved Israel.
“At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws. I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts ... Do good to your servant according to your word, LORD.” (Psalm 119:62-63, 65).
God’s word is truly a 'light' and a source of truth, radiating his mercy, love and commitment to his beloved people Israel.
“Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens” (Psalm 119:89).
Let’s Enter Our Prayer Rooms Together
With spiritual indifference everywhere, thank God he knows those who belong to him around the world. Together, in one accord, we bring our petitions and supplications into his presence, speaking God’s wisdom. The rulers of this generation, such as the United Nations, in various summits and conferences, are all trying to solve problems using the wisdom of this age – their own wisdom and the spirit of the world guides them (1 Corinthians 2:6, 14). We must pray fervently and sincerely, as we live in a very difficult age.
- Petition Heaven regarding the impact of Tomorrowland in Israel. This event has multitudes of young people in its grip; it totally mesmerises them and openly promotes the worship of demons. It has been travelling the world enticing our youth to enter its grips and now it is due to come to the borders of Israel. This cult is tied with Kali the Hindu goddess of death and destruction. “The organisers of this event are intending to extend [an] invitation … to Lucifer, in the form of the antichrist, from the Payis Arena in Jerusalem …” (The Carmel Alert)
- Pray for our congregations around the world to assemble and call upon the Lord. Include world assemblies and those in decision-making positions. It seems the call to fast has become a thing of the past when God is waiting for us to seek his face in humility. “Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.” (Joel 1:14).
- Intercede for those caught in the grip of deceit, hatred and murder, such as ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas and other terror groups who exist to plot terror attacks on Israeli citizens (such as a 13-year-old Jewish girl stabbed to death in her bed and a Jewish father of 10 children who was shot by terrorists). These are only two examples of many senseless murders in Israel.
Those terror groups are caught in the darkness of deep-seated hatred and murder, they need to be freed from the chains of satanic strongholds that bind their souls. Only God can cause this freedom to come about. “They cast lots for my people …” (Joel 3:3). Pray for their salvation.
- Pray fervently for Israel to return to God as a nation. It shines in science, medical breakthroughs, business start-ups, helping other nations, saving the lives of their enemies and maintaining the most moral army in the world. But they need to seek God’s face regarding the morality and corruption problems within the nation. Pray for their redemption and for the light of Messiah to shine upon the people of Israel. ‘In those days, at that time,’ declares the Lord, ‘the people of Israel and the people of Judah together will go in tears to seek the LORD their God.” (Jeremiah 50:4). “Afterwards the Israelites will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days.” (Hosea 3:5).
- Pray for the salvation of Israel, that they might fully reflect their Saviour, “a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel” (Luke 2:32). Then they can lead the nations of the world into the true light of God before the Prince of Peace returns to set up his Father’s Kingdom. That will be a day when all governments, including Israel’s, will no longer have corruption within their gates, nor men working by human precepts alone. “For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, like a great lion to Judah. I will tear them to pieces and go away; I will carry them off, with no one to rescue them. Then I will return to my lair until they have borne their guilt and seek my face – in their misery they will earnestly seek me.” (Hosea 5:14-15).
Once again, in your early morning prayer times, prayer watches throughout the day, at midnight (Psalm 119:62), lying down and upon rising, before the dawning of the morning, (Psalm 119:147), the night watches (Psalm 119:148) and your Israel prayer times, press through to the gates and allow prayer from the word of God to do its work.
Until He Comes,
Christian Friends of Israel – Jerusalem
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CFI-UK News and Prayer requests
First of all we want to express our especial thanks to God for granting through CFI so many faithful intercessors for Israel, the Jewish people, the Church, our British nation and the world. We have a great God who listens when we call upon him in assurance of faith and who answers in accordance with his will.
Thank the Lord for upholding our CFI Scottish representatives attending a CFI Resources stall at the Clan Gathering Christian Festival in Scotland. Pray for those with whom they had conversations, who received free literature packs and acquired books and other resources, that they will grow in their understanding of the Church and Israel in their biblical context, throughout history and in the present day.
Pray for staff and area representatives attending to the CFI Resources stall at the New Wine Christian festival, weeks 1 and 2, concluding August 6th. This is a great opportunity to speak with our fellow Christians in the wider church and encourage them to explore in more detail God’s ongoing covenant relationship with Israel and the Jewish people; and thereby strengthen their faith and prompt them to act in accordance with God’s fuller revelation as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Israel and the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Pray for good, lasting fruit from these conversations.
Pray for rest and refreshment for staff taking annual leave over the summer months, some who have already done so – that on return they will be able to get up to speed quickly; especially as we prepare for the CFI Annual Conference in September. Pray for our speakers, Revd David Pawson and Pastor Werner Oder, as they prepare. Ask the Lord to lay upon them the messages they are to bring, and to keep them in good health and strength in their delivery. Do consider joining us if at all possible and pray that there will be a good number benefiting from the encouragement and endurance that comes as the Bible is taught and faith rises in our hearts. Pray for the CFI UK Area Representatives’ conference preceding the annual conference, that there will be good fellowship, further learning, refreshed vision and much inspiration in this important network.
Together in His service,
The CFI-UK Team
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