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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 July 2017 ~ Jewish Year 5777 ~ Click here for PDF copy


`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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Entering the Gates of Prayer

“Elijah was a human being, even as we are. 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 5:17-18).


“Let us not underestimate what God is able to do in our crisis hours if we will earnestly seek his face” (Lois J. Stucky, Herald of His Coming).


We sometimes imagine our favorite Bible characters, most from the Jewish world, as being supernatural human beings; however, the word of God tells us that they were men and women, just like us.  No doubt, many times in the history of Israel, we have considered certain events that arose to be considered a time of crisis, but we should not take lightly the roles we play as Watchmen.


Just as Israel’s soldiers are on the ground, fighting for the safety and security of their people at all times, we are soldiers like them, but in the spiritual realm.  In prayer, we are fighting alongside them during times of great need that require extra prayer power to help avert catastrophes and disasters in God’s precious nation and people.  So let us remember that all of us who belong to the Lord, as individuals, are capable of praying as Elijah did and can make a difference in situations Israel faces (as well those faced by our own nations).  Should we be tempted to think of our calling as Watchmen less important than it actually is, we will end up minimising the importance of God’s call upon our lives.


The Hebrew word darash, means to “seek in prayer, ask in worship or diligently inquire, of God”.  Inasmuch as Israel lives daily in face-to-face combat with evil from all sides, the call for intercession at this crisis hour should not be understated.  As Israel searches for her own soul before God Almighty, and attempts to make steps to correct it, the enemy sends a flood of opposition and willful denunciation of everything God has called Israel to be.


Please join with us, come to realise how the Spirit of God is moving in this land, but also to discern the forceful and cogent warfare opposing Israel becoming the ‘light to the nations’.  Our earnest prayers will make a difference as we ‘darash’ in prayer, worship and beseech the Lord of Lords and King of Kings!  We are all called for this crisis hour!


The Watchman’s Call at a Crisis Hour

Praise God that there are Christians who truly follow Yeshua (Jesus) and know his voice.  When they hear his voice, they are obedient, unlike a Christian pastor in the ‘Bible belt’ of the USA who recently admitted to worshipping Allah (out of supposedly showing respect to Muslim neighbours).  Joining this Episcopal Church in Smithfield, North Carolina, were pastors from the United Methodist Church, United Church of Christ and three different Baptist congregations. (Leo Hohmann, 15/5/17, `Christian pastor in Bible Belt admits personally worshiping Allah`).


Deception seems to be rampant in the Church as well as in some serious areas here in Israel.  Let us pray through and press on toward the gates in intercession and prayer until we see the cloud of deceit lifted.  May we maintain our worship of the one true God of Israel.  As Christians we must not be deceived in these eleventh-hour days.  Praise God for those ‘listening’, obeying and caring about this beloved land and people.  We may be mere human beings, but remember, so was Elijah!


Let’s Pray to Our Father in Heaven


  • Call upon the Lord to stem the spirit of support for gay marriage, which is at an all-time high in Israel.  More than 200,000 took to the streets recently in support of what the Bible (the Hebrew Scriptures) speaks firmly against, as an abomination to the Lord.  We ask that the spiritual shepherds of Israel be honest with the people and speak against this ‘offence to Israel’s King,’ “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” (Leviticus 20:13)



  • Beseech the Lord to make this moral decline in the nation stop and to bring religious hypocrisy to an end.  Just as in the Church, many well-meaning Rabbis have fallen into sin.  It is a time when we need to bring spiritual leadership to the Lord for conviction of sin, for leading the flocks (both Jewish and Christian) to think certain practices are ‘okay’.  Judgment will begin with the house of God.



  • Urge the Lord to remember mercy in his wrath, for both Israel and the Church need spiritual correction. (Isaiah 63:7).



  • Remind the Lord that singing about the beauty of the Sea of Galilee has all but stopped, because Lake Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee) has experienced a drought for the last four years.  Pumping water for the land has now stopped due to the drain on her waters.  Please pray for much rain this winter and for the repentance that needs to come. “If he holds back the waters, there is drought; if he lets them loose, they devastate the land.” (Job 12:15).  When man can devise all sorts of technical and medical advances but cannot control the flesh, all of the medical and technical advances in the world cannot bring rain.  Only repentance will.

  • Stand in prayer on behalf of the Jewish nation, which is preparing through rehearsals, for a national disaster such as a major earthquake.  Prime Minister Netanyahu has stressed that people need to “get out of the houses, get out of the buildings” which is the safest place to be in case of an earthquake.  Pray that Israel will be in the safest place she can be, which is ‘in the will of the Lord’ at all times.  Some will trust in military power and warfare, but Israel needs to trust in the Lord God of Israel. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7).



  • Thank the Lord that at the UN Headquarters “a Christian prayer group has been meeting for twenty years ... in New York City to pray for the State of Israel ... During their lunch breaks UN workers gather in meetings rooms ... This multi-denominational prayer group’s focus has remained the same ... praying for world leaders and more specifically, for the State of Israel.” (Breaking Israel News, Adam Berkowitz). “In the LORD’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.” (Proverbs 21:1).



  • Remember the Lord’s Promises that he will make Jerusalem the spiritual center of the whole earth, as well as his special praise, “… and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth” (Isaiah 62:7).



  • Declare the Promises of God that even though threats of war abound in this region of the Middle East, and especially toward the Jewish nation, Israel will turn to pray in huge numbers, and from their hearts cry out to God, asking for forgiveness for being too much like the rest of the world.  God is a forgiving and merciful God, but he wants Israel for himself. “He has done this for no other nation; they do not know his laws. Praise the LORD (Psalm 147:20)



  • Thank the Lord for the path that brought Israel’s President, Reuven Rivlin, to his position.  He recently met with church leaders in Jerusalem, and said “Christians and Jews are brothers” and he decried the rising persecution of Christians across the Middle East. (Israel Today, May 2017).  “The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him” (Psalm 37:23).


We love the nation of Israel and the Jewish people and we see many advancements in the spiritual realm which indicate that God is at work mightily here in so many areas, even preparations for the coming of Messiah.  We see the nations ‘glory’ diminishing and in many ways see Israel on the rise; however, there remain serious issues that need to be dealt with in the Spirit, and so may the ‘Ruach’ (Hebrew for Spirit/wind) of God guide us as we pray in these times of crisis.


Until He Comes,


Sharon Sanders


Christian Friends of Israel – Jerusalem (UK edited version)


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CFI-UK News and Prayer requests

Thank the Lord for sustaining us through a difficult month with shortage of staff due to sickness.  Pray for correct diagnosis and effective treatment toward a good recovery and return to work soon.  We realise as a result that we need to recruit an additional staff member to assist with bookkeeping.  Please pray that we will be able to find the right person whether part-time or full-time.  We thank the Lord in the interim for cover provided by staff from our Christian accountant and his team.


Praise the Lord for excellent responses to recent events arranged by our Regional Links and Church Links.  At one church event about the Balfour Declaration and its poor implementation, which was attended by the local Jewish community, the church minster was visibly moved and confessed to not having done enough in the past to understand and reach out to this Jewish community.


Thank the Lord for success in our application to have a CFI resources stall at the New Wine Christian Festival this year, and that we have been able to arrange the staffing and accommodation for those attending to the stall over the two week period.  Pray that we will be able to identify and provide helpful resources, especially new material, as we seek to make the right decisions on what we stock.


Please pray for a planning meeting with the Zionist Federation this month, pre-arranged to follow the recent elections, to consider our next joint Lobby Day of Parliament.  Pray for several MPs supportive of Israel who lost their seats as they readjust to their new status – ask that they will find other ways to express their support.  Pray that we, working alongside the Jewish community, are given wisdom in our planning as we seek to decide how best to work with the new intake of MPs.


Pray for our new member of staff joining the team at the beginning of this month, that she will settle in well and we will get the right allocation of tasks as we seek to lighten the load on other staff and pick up items that have been set to one side over recent months.  Thank the Lord for the way that everything has come together well in the new arrangement for the reception office and dispatch area.  The office is much more open and lighter as a result.


Give thanks for an engaging meeting with the Israeli Ambassador arranged for past participants of our co-sponsored church ministers’ study tour of Israel.  We are also thankful for the high calibre participants already in place for January 2018.  “To him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask …” (Ephesians 3:20).


 


The CFI-UK Team

Praying for Our Nation in Relation to Israel


Many of you will have been in your praying recently, as we all brought the UK election and Brexit issues before the Lord.  We needed to do this as instructed in 1 Timothy 2 v1-4


‘I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people
for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved
and to come to a knowledge of the truth.’
(NIV) 


We need to pray that this nation returns to the biblical foundations that it held to in the past.  The strength of Christian belief was seen clearly in World War 2, when King George VI called for a National Day of Prayer at the time of the Dunkirk crisis.  A leaflet called ‘Wartime Miracles’ is available from strengthenthefaithful@gmail.com


It says: ‘so widespread and so deep was faith in God that literally millions of people flocked into churches to pray.’ There is a photo of a queue, a quarter of a mile long as people were desperate to get into pray at a special service held in Westminster Abbey!


The queue waiting to pray


Like Field Marshall Montgomery, Winston Churchill is said to have testified to divine intervention – Churchill said “I sometimes have a feeling of interference … I have a feeling that some Guiding Hand has interfered.”


We need to recognise the great need for prayer again as a nation. I pray for a greater wave of intercession in the UK than ever before. How many times has God proved his faithfulness ... his great mercy ... his astonishing grace for Israel and indeed for us?  We can be confident in God, to fulfil all his promises and, as Lance Lambert used to say, “We need to be God’s secretaries” and remind him of his promises though Scripture.


So please continue to pray for our nation to turn back to God; to stop the compromise from the foundations of biblical principles; for Theresa May and the Government to act justly and with integrity in our dealings with Israel; and as she has said before, to stand with the Jewish Community in the nations of the UK.


Let’s remember Scripture as we pray for mercy:


‘For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you [Israel] will perish;
it will be utterly ruined.’ (Isaiah 60 v 12)


 Please pray:



  • For our MPs and Councillors to become aware of a supernatural revelation of God and his heart for the nation of Israel.

  • For Christian MPs, often seen at Lobby Day with the ZF/CFI who stand with the Jewish Community, and for the highlighting of Anti-Semitism in political parties and in society as a whole.

  • For people of influence in our Universities and Further Education systems where prejudice and bias against Israel, even hate for Israel, has become almost epidemic.

  • For the safety and divine protection of Jewish and Christian students throughout our University Campuses.

  • For the Lord to reveal himself to leaders and influencers within these circles “to know the fear of the Lord” and turn away from bias and intolerance.


Julia Soakell
July 2017

The Finger of God


When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained … what is man that you are mindful of him? Psalm 8v3-4 

Do you know that the finger of God is mentioned about ten times in the Bible?


In Psalm 8v3 the writer, probably David, recognises the greatness of God, his creativeness and his awareness of all that is going on.  Just as Hagar realised he is the God who sees all things, El Roi (Genesis 16v13), we can trust God with everything.


As we pray about Israel, her links with the UK and the Balfour Declaration, and other great concerns about terrorism within the nations, and economic uncertainty, we can hold on to God’s promises and his faithfulness.


Below is the site in Shiloh (Jeremiah 7v12) where the finger of God literally wrote his name in the topography of the land. Because he is Sovereign, God can do as he pleases!


“It’s impossible for him to forget his Jewish people … God is concerned for his nation Israel, so much so that he has written his name – YHVH in the land there.  It is at Beit El (Bethel) that from space one can see God’s name written in the topography of the land - יהוה (YHVH - Yahweh or Yahveh). There are some places that one can’t adequately put into words.  There are some places that need to be seen, yet to remain silent and stand in awe of God.  This is such a place – Beit El – the House of God.”
(Excerpt and image taken from David Soakell’s News Report June 2015)


God`s name in the mountains of Israel


Pray for Israel’s borders and her protection at this time.


Pray that the Lord will expose vulnerable areas, such as new tunnels being built by Hezbollah in Lebanon, and by Hamas in Gaza, to penetrate the security of Israel’s borders.


Pray for the UK – her response to the historical promises made as a nation, and repentance for the fact that we didn’t keep our word. God takes seriously any promises and oaths that we take, as well as those that he makes himself.


Thank God that Theresa May has spoken several personal messages to the Jewish Community and has reiterated that the Government will not apologise for making the Balfour Declaration in 1917.


Pray that God gives her great resolve not to compromise on this and other Biblical issues, and that she stands with Israel.


Pray for those organisations and MPs who speak up for Israel and Jewish concerns here, that they will have godly wisdom, discernment and divine protection.


Julia Soakell
June 2017

Jerusalem - What LIES Beneath?


As the United Nations has deliberated over the authenticity of Jerusalem in recent months, and made decisions based on untruths rather than the infallible word of God, we surely must be concerned that any doubt in the Jewishness of Israel’s capital has a bearing on the roots of Christianity.  But what lies beneath Jerusalem?  Well, more than ever we know that great historical treasures are being unearthed, shedding light on archaeology dating from the first and second temple eras.  Twenty-four feet underground, a cistern has been found that was provision for the dry season for the City of David (2 Samuel 5:8). First Temple period houses, royal seals (Jeremiah 36:10), Zedekiah’s Cave, the quarries of Solomon and lengthy Western Wall tunnels, to name just a few, shout out the undeniable fact that Jerusalem is entrenched in the history of the Bible, the Jewish people and our faith.    


But what ‘lies’ beneath these claims that Judaism has nothing to do with this great city?  The father of lies does!  More than ever before there is a battle for real godly truth.  We hear through the media about Fake News! Every pure aspect of God’s character and promises is set to be undermined by lies, and our prayers now must be that God himself exposes the lies and brings godly fear on those who shake their fist in his face. He will not be mocked and we must pray that we see the restoration of his name in all the earth, not for Israel’s sake, but for his name’s sake (Ezekiel 36).  


Pray into areas you are aware of where there is compromise with regard to truth. Pray for leadership in your local churches that they may have a real revelation of the Jewishness of Jesus (Yeshua).  Also pray that they will see the Hebraic roots of the Christian faith; the richness of the Bible as a Jewish book about a Jewish Saviour – who they esteem as their Lord.


Pray for supernatural connections with these leaders to Christian Friends of Israel, or to sound, godly men and women who can give a clear understanding of these things, and a hunger for the word of God – in Spirit and in truth – for all who teach, preach and lead in the UK Church


Pray that God reveals any anti-Semitism or anti- Zionism from their past, or any blockages to understanding.  The word of God is alive and sharp, likened to a two edged sword.  It is often the case that prayer for revelation is the best way forward – not continually asking that these leaders “read this book”, or hear our point of view about Israel. Leaving it to God means we leave our concerns in the best of hands.


Answers to prayer:


For the past six months, CFI’s David Soakell has been speaking around the UK on this subject.  He challenged many Christian audiences that if the United Nations agreed that the Temple Mount and the Western Wall were exclusively Islamic and had nothing to do with Judaism (as stated by UNESCO in their original resolution, which referred to the Temple Mount solely by its Muslim name of ‘Al-Haram Al Sharif’ and was approved by the UN at its 40th session last year), then they were declaring that the Gospels, and by implication all the New Testament, are untrue, inaccurate and full of fables. Proving through archaeology, and taking the audience on a pictorial journey through the Western Wall tunnels and the Southern Wall’s ancient steps that date back to Herod’s Temple and beyond, David enabled the church to see the importance of the truth, and why we need to act and pray against these actions by the UN in dismissing Israel’s biblical history.


Following this, in Brussels on 4th April 2017, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova finally and firmly rebuffed any attempts to deny Jewish history connected to Jerusalem. In a unique statement at the ECI policy conference in the European Parliament.  She said that “in the Torah, Jerusalem is the capital of King David, where Solomon built the Temple and placed the Ark of the Covenant.”  Distinguishing between her role as the highest official of UNESCO and the resolutions passed by member states of the same organisation, she stated, “To deny, conceal or erase any of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions undermines the integrity of the site, and runs counter to the reasons that justify its inscription in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The protection of the heritage of Jerusalem is part of a broader vision for peace and the fight against all forms of denial of Jewish history, delegitimisation of Israel and anti-Semitism.”  Thank you to all who prayed regarding this … It appears prayers have been answered!   (If you would like to read the full report on UNESCO, click here.


Julia Soakell
May 2017

Restore Oh Lord, the Honour of Your Name


Many years after the prophets foretold what God would do through the land and people of Israel, we live in a time when we can see these great things come to pass. The State of Israel was re-established in 1948 and more Jewish people are returning to the land. The ‘impossible’ becomes possible in the hands of God. Miracles can now be seen in the pages of history.


Let’s pray for the day when God will capture the whole of the heart of Israel.


But why should we pray for the Jewish people?  Well, primarily because we love God, and Israel’s salvation will bring glory to him. Also, we pray because God loves them as we see in Deuteronomy 7 v6-8, and because their salvation will bring God’s blessing to the nations (see Romans 11 v11-15).


Essentially, we read in Ezekiel 36 v22-23:


‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Sovereign LORD, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.’


Remember the words to the 1981 song, ‘Restore, oh Lord, the honour of your name …


Let us pray constantly for Israel, the people, the land, and all those who live within its borders; but also for the honour of God’s name.


Pray for the Church internationally and in your locality, for its leaders and fellowships, to see these things in line with Scripture, as a true revelation from the Lord.


Pray for all Christian MPs and government aides to cry out for godly wisdom and discernment and God’s favour as they strive to restore the honour of his name in our society.


Pray for the younger generations, inside and outside of our churches, to have a supernatural encounter with their Heavenly Father – to fully understand the Hebraic roots of their faith and to have a hunger for the word of God in every area of their lives, so the Church will be revitalised.


‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.’ (Zechariah 4 v6) 


 


Julia Soakell
April 2017


For further reading see Carl Kinbar’s booklet: ‘For Zion’s Sake: Praying for the Restoration of Israel – £2 from the CFI website or through our office, tel. 01323 410810

New Christians


As we consider the times in which we live, with the bias against Israel, the rise of anti-Semitism and the anti-Zionism that has developed from it (which in effect is anti-Israelism), we see that it is vital for new Christians to be ‘born’ properly.  Let’s pray that our pastors, ministers and group leaders have a true revelation of the foundations of our faith in biblical Judaism, and that our Hebraic roots are preached and understood as a powerful work of the Holy Spirit. 


We want the Lord to impress on hearts – in his own ways and his own timing – that we owe a great debt of gratitude to the Jewish people and to the teachings of the Jewish Messiah, conveyed to us through a thoroughly Jewish book (the Bible).  There is so much to learn in our churches, and our own lives, when we study the word of God in its context of Hebraic meaning, and in the setting of the day in which it was given.


Let us pray that all new Christians will receive correct teaching and revelation through their churches. But if that does not happen, let us pray that they learn these things through other divine appointments – so that we no longer need to correct churches about these things, and we see churches recognise the fact that gentile believers are ‘grafted-in’ to the Olive Tree of Israel.


Let’s pray with expectation for: 



  • Student Unions in Colleges and Universities

  • Pastors inside and outside of the Church of England

  • Those in Theology Colleges in the UK and USA especially

  • The Prison work done through various Christian ministries

  • Clear biblical teaching every time churches pray about and plan evangelistic outreach.

  • Churches that have CFI Church Links, where our literature is freely available, that every copy will bear fruit in witness and in teaching, and lead people into greater revelation and insight.

  • More supporters to pray about being Regional Links and Church Links – so we are able to ‘teach the Church and bless Israel’ while there is still time.


‘As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.’ (John 9:4) 


 


Julia Soakell
March 2017

The Rise of anti-Semitism


Recent reports have shown an increasing wave of anti-Semitism, including 1,309 incidents during 2016, according to the Community Security Trust. Even more worrying is the rise of anti-Semitic rhetoric within our ‘seats of learning’, like the protest by 40 ‘Students for Justice in Palestine’ who blocked the door to a venue in Trinity College Dublin where the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland, Ze’ev Boker, was due to speak. In another example, Bristol University is reported to be investigating claims of anti-Semitism after a lecturer said that Jews should stop “privileging” the Holocaust.


Anti-Semitic GraffitiExample of anti-Semitic graffiti


At our recent Lobby Day in Parliament, Baroness Deech expressed deep concerns that some of our universities were becoming ‘no go areas’ for Jewish students, and that this has become worse over the last ten years. She said it was vital that a definition of anti-Semitism like the one offered by Eric Pickles recently should be adopted to make things simpler for universities. We were horrified to hear that most, if not all, universities were holding Israel Apartheid Week events each year, which is illegal in her opinion as well as in ours – there is a great need for prayer.


It must be said though, that many of our universities do hold events to commemorate the Holocaust each year.  We must encourage these events and commend their organisers for standing up for tolerance and standing against anti-Jewish bias.


Let’s ask the Lord how we can pray effectively about these issues:



  • Pray for all members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons to be informed and challenged about anti-Semitism and Muslim extremism in the UK – especially in our colleges and universities.

  • Pray for the Lord to expose and deal with, in his own way, any anti-Semitism within our governments, councils and educational departments.

  • Pray for all the Jewish students who are able to study at this level to be safe and able to courageously raise any concerns for themselves with their authorities.

  • Pray for those involved in Holocaust Memorial Day preparations each year in universities.  The foremost reason for holding such events, when originally established by Tony Blair, was to remember the Jewish Holocaust, so it would never be repeated.

  • Pray for good, balanced Media coverage of these concerns, across social media too, and that young Christians and CFI supporters will engage in conversations to help fellow students gain greater understanding and concern about this increase in anti-Semitism. Pray that they would encourage them to look into the Hebraic roots of the Bible and the debt of gratitude we owe to the Jewish people for the Bibles we use, and indeed for our Jewish Saviour. 


Julia Soakell 
February 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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