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.
Watchman's Prayer Letter
A Guide to Intercessory Prayer for the month of June 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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Open Up the Gates
‘Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty – he is the King of glory’ (Psalm 24:7-10, NIV).
The gates of ancient cities ‘… were … connected with the walls; nevertheless, they were in a sense a structure by themselves. They were usually made of wood or stone, or wood that had been armoured with metal. The psalmist speaks of gates of bronze, and bars of iron (Psalm 107:16). Often they were two-leaved (Isaiah 45:1), and were provided with heavy locks and bars (1 Samuel 23:7). Sometimes a city or town had two walls and therefore two gates with a space between them. A sentinel was stationed in the tower of the first gate. When David was at Mahanaim awaiting the result of the battle with Absalom, Scripture says: ‘While David was sitting between the inner and outer gates, the watchman went up to the roof of the gateway by the wall. As he looked out, he saw a man running alone.’ (2 Samuel 18:24). This space between the gates was used for many purposes’ (Manners and Customs of Bible Lands).
As gates are entrance ways and openings into cities, may we ‘welcome the Lord of Lords’ and speak in our prayer times, out of love for the Master, ‘Come Lord Jesus’ (Revelation 22:20) or ‘Maranatha’ - an Aramaic word, or ‘Bo Yeshua Bo’ ('Come Lord Jesus, Come' in Hebrew) and pray that even the gates will ‘lift up their heads’ in order to exalt his future coming to this wonderful city of Jerusalem.
Amid the Struggles … A Time of Rejoicing in the Lord
‘Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone’ (Zechariah 10:1).
Spring 2016 has been one of the most spectacular on record in Israel. To be able to describe the beauty of the Land at this time would require additional descriptive words in the English language. Just as the words of the old Jewish prophet, Zechariah, uttered many years ago, the LORD has sent us rain this Spring, both early rains and latter rains and showers of blessing from his hand. The plants of the field all over the country are in bloom, the fields and forests are a refreshing and healthy green. For this, we need to rejoice and give thanks to the Everlasting Father for he takes care of the Land which he has chosen to be his, just as he promised.
Just as the sand on the seashore and the shells that wash ashore, the Lord’s Chosen People are arriving at the shores of Israel in waves of Aliyah from the former Soviet Union and from other nations. More immigrants are arriving from Europe and the word has gone out in America, from a leading Rabbi there, for the Jewish people to get home now. This, in spite of unprecedented anti-Semitism around the world, will in the end prove to be the Lord’s calling of his people ‘home’ to the Land of Israel. He promised to regather the exiles from the dispersion, after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in AD 70, and because his word is coming to pass, we are asked in the book of Romans to celebrate with his people. ‘Again, it says, Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people’ (Romans 15:10).
The promises of Almighty God are coming to pass. In our day, and more than ever before, we need to carry on the wings of serious prayer the people who are responding to God’s call to ‘come home’. Some are aware it is God calling them and some are not. We need to be supportive, standing with Israel, and cheering her on as she builds, restores, renews, and expands. ‘Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.’ (Ephesians 2:12). We also need to weep when she weeps over so much senseless bloodshed of her innocent citizens, and to cry out for God to cleanse the Land spiritually, that ‘all Israel’ would turn to the Almighty to search for him, walk with him and please him. Our role is to lovingly pray for her and, when appropriate, to sincerely weep along with her.
Accompanying the good weather and national events happening in Israel is the continual evil opposition to her future welfare. In many terror groups today, fanatical Islam seeks Israel’s harm and her demise. We recently experienced Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel and one wonders what the Jewish people will have to face in the future. We say here, ‘Never Again!’ But we must bond together, as Jews and Christians, in the spirit of unity and prayer on her behalf. Soon some of us will read the Psalms together, invited by Orthodox Jews, to comfort and to believe in God’s promises for Zion. Let those who are at their stations of prayer in the nations not grow weary, but continue to stand against the wiles of the devil, and to pray the nation through any harsh times ahead of her.
Bibles in Hand, Let’s Go to Prayer Together
- Pray for the Nations, as one nation after another either takes a stand for Israel or against her. The Bible speaks of penalties for those nations who turn against God’s nation. ‘The Lord is angry with all nations; his wrath is on all their armies. He will totally destroy them, he will give them over to slaughter’ (Isaiah 34:2).
- Fervently pray that Arab anger, which ignites so easily (sometimes like a fuse of dynamite), will be controlled and/or come to an end through the realisation that Israel is a real nation, a real state, acknowledging her as such. Two religious Jewish men recently bowed down to the Lord God of Israel on the Temple Mount and the screaming that followed was deafening to the ears. The Jewish worshippers were arrested and the Arab protestors were left to scream. The shouting of Allah hu Akbar (God is greater) is the spiritual weapon they use to excuse their actions: thereby claiming total allegiance to Allah, a false god. Pray that Jewish worshippers will be allowed on the Temple Mount, which holds such an important place in the biblical history of the Jewish people. As we pray we should be able to make our own victory declaration, ‘LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth.’ (Isaiah 37:16).
- Praise God that we can pray his word confidently, that his name is blessed and that there is no God like the God of Israel! ‘Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high?’ (Psalm 113:5).
- With heartfelt care, pray that the Jewish people will turn to God, not trusting in their own military might, but in the power of Almighty God for the defeat of the enemies of God and his people.
- Thank God for the assembly of thousands of Jewish people in Jerusalem recently for the Passover Priestly Blessing. ‘Looking around, there were Jews of all types – every skin colour, every yarmulke color, every country of origin – showing a truly united nation … tens of thousands gathered at the Western Wall … it was truly remarkable to witness …’ (United with Israel news staff).
- Continue to pray for Israel’s IDF soldiers who are always under pressure and sometimes under sniper attacks. ‘Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless …’ (Psalm 60:11-12).
Our world today seems to be upside down in so many ways. It seems that the glory of the nations has departed from many leading nations. However, the Glory of God over his Chosen People and Nation will continue to rise until, ‘He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth’ (Isaiah 62:7).
Until He Comes,
Christian Friends of Israel – Jerusalem
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CFI-UK News and Prayer requests
Praise the Lord for the good response at the CFI UK resource stalls at the International Christian Resources Exhibition (CRE) at the ExCeL Centre, London 17th – 20th May 2016, and the Big Church Day Out camping and music festival set in the grounds of Wiston House, West Sussex, 28th-29th May 2016. Pray for those signing up to receive mailings from CFI, that these will really help with their ongoing understanding of Israel in the context of the Bible, history and current affairs.
Pray for the forthcoming CFI / Land and Life Israel tour taking place from 7th – 15th June with around 50 participants joining us. Pray for safety and health in travelling, that we will have good fellowship together, learn much and that on our return we will have the opportunity to share with many in the wider church the blessing of Israel. Please pray too for the mini-conference following the tour - that the smaller number staying on for this will benefit from visiting various CFI Jerusalem projects and the in-house teaching sessions.
Thank the Lord for the many ways we have to express Christian friendship of Israel and the Jewish community here in the UK. We pray that Christian Friends of Israel will be given wisdom to employ our efforts to good account.
The Lord bless you as you watch and pray. Thank you for your prayers and your support which are greatly valued.
Together in His service,
The CFI-UK Team
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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)
Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem
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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