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Watchman's Prayer Letter
A Guide to Intercessory Prayer
September 2015 ~ Jewish Year 5775
'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)
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
(James 5:16 NKJV).
"All of us must return to the prayer closet where brokenness, humility and full surrender take place. Without prayer, the church becomes a graveyard, not an embattled army. Praise and prayer are stifled, worship is dead. The preacher and the preaching encourage sin, not holiness...preaching which kills is prayer-less preaching. Without prayer, the preacher creates death, and not life" (E. M. Bounds).
"Without the heartbeat of prayer, the body of Christ will resemble a corpse" (Al Whittinghill).
"The church is dying on her feet because she is not living on her knees." (Al Whittinghill)
(Quotes taken from: 'An Open Letter to Pastors - Stand or Fall', by Shane Idleman, The Christian Post, 7th July 2015)
Things are heating up
Here in Israel, we are passing through an unbelievably hot weather period with a heat dome that drove temperatures over 34 degrees Celsius or 93 Fahrenheit.
However, it was even hotter in the Middle East in the Iranian city of Bandar Mahshahr, which reached 74 Celsius or 165 Fahrenheit, when factoring in humidity. Accuweather meteorologist Anthony Sagliani said it was the second highest temperature ever recorded in the world – the highest being 178 degrees Fahrenheit or 90 Celsius in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, in 2003.
If the recent heat wave is any indication in the spiritual realm of the situation in the world and in the Middle East – "things are heating up." In this CFI Watchman's Prayer Letter I will be helping us to look at the "hot" areas which need a lot of prayer.
I doubt if anyone who really reads their Bibles would disagree that we are in the latter days and as we "watch" for the Lord's coming, we must pray for the important issues at hand.
Let's Go to the Throne Room Together
- Pray that the evil spirit of murder, in so many Palestinian hearts, will be taken away. "Every society has murderers and extremists who would kill even children. The test of a society's morality is how it responds to those murderers. Israel loathes, ostracises and prosecutes Israeli terrorists who murder Palestinian children. The Palestinian Authority honours, embraces and rewards Palestinian terrorists who murder Israeli children" (Itamar Marcus, Jerusalem Post). "You shall not murder." (Exodus 20:13). All murder is wrong! The recent murder of an Arab child by a Jewish terrorist is just as wrong as if it had been done by a Palestinian. (However, let us please note that 177 Jewish children have been specifically targeted and killed by Arab terrorists. According to the latest report from the Jewish Press two Arab children have been killed by Jewish killers.)
- Pray that in this season of repentance in Israel, that any spirit of revenge might be confessed and forgiven by God and that those who know only the false god of allah, will repent and find the truth for their lives through salvation and a change of heart.
- Intercede for the leaders of nations as they send unmistakable messages to Israel "You Stand Alone!" The US President's remarks, at the American University in Washington, confirmed his biting barb aimed at highlighting Israel's isolation among the nations.
- Pray for wisdom to bring to light why the Egyptian ruler, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has decided to expand the Suez Canal. The canal connects the Mediterranean to the Red Sea. Could it be that he sees in the canal a symbol of Egypt's past glory and prosperity or a future one?
- Stand in the Gap for Israeli soldiers as they are constantly in harm's way at border checks, border patrols, along the boundaries of Israel and defending the cities of the Land. Ask God to give them supernatural understanding of each situation, insight and perception in ascertaining how to respond wisely. Also that they would be given alertness from God to spot a trap or ambush. "Wisdom is better than weapons of war..." (Ecclesiastes 9:18)
- Beseech the Lord to move in the lives of every soldier in Israel to know and fear the Lord, the One True God of Israel, for they never know when they will be faced with a life and death situation. "For man also does not know his time: Like fish taken in a cruel net, Like birds caught in a snare, So the sons of men are snared in an evil time, When it falls suddenly upon them" (Ecclesiastes 9:12). Pray for all to find the Lord.
- Pray fervently for ISIS militant fighters. These men need to find the Lord Jesus. Pray for supernatural visions, dreams or revelations to lead them to Him in repentance for their wicked and beastly deeds. "But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God" (Ecclesiastes 8:13)
Our prayers for Israel are important to God. He will show us one day the sweet smelling savour that it brought to Him during times when Israel was under attack or needing extra prayer. Rabbis in Israel have called for prayer gatherings over the past month or so and we are glad to see more and more prayer gatherings here that are full of praying people. However, when millions of us who love Israel also join in those prayers to the God of Israel – as we pray in Yeshua's Name – He will hear our cries. For those who put their trust in the Lord shall not only be safe but at peace. Thank you to all of the prayer groups across the world, the prayer gatherings, circles of intercession, church meetings and individual prayer warriors who utilise these prayer letters. Please feel free to pass them on and sign up others to receive them.
Sincerely Waiting for His Return,
Christian Friends of Israel – Jerusalem
On behalf of Christian Friends of Israel in the UK, thank you for your continued interest in and support for the work we are engaged in on behalf of Israel and all its people, and for the Jewish community here in the UK.
Please thank the Lord for many conversations at the New Wine Christian Bible and Music festival. A number of new contacts signed-up to receive our 'In Touch' magazine. Ask the Lord to bless these people through the content of the magazine and any other resources they receive from CFI.
Also thank the Lord that staff have been able to take some annual leave amidst a busy time of publishing magazines, prayer letters and preparing for the annual conference. Please continue to pray for good health for all staff and area representatives – we have experienced significant problems recently.
By the time you read this, Jacob should have spoken at the 'Voice of the Final Generation' conference at Pilgrims Hall in Brentwood, Essex, due to run from 28th to 31st August. The conference is intended to help prepare God's people for living in the end times and for the Second Coming of Jesus. Please pray that the Lord will help delegates to remember valuable messages from this conference and act upon them in the days and weeks ahead.
Ask our gracious God for his richest blessing upon CFI's 30th anniversary conference 4th-5th September, which for the first time will be held at the Kings Centre, Eastbourne. Pray that it will be a blessing for all who attend, and a blessing to the fellowship at Kings Church who own and run the centre. Also pray for safe and timely journeys, particularly for Kendall Soulen and Rick Ridings, the two main speakers.
We very much appreciate your prayers to our Heavenly Father, through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit.
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 v. 8 tells us that even the archangel Michael did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against the devil, but said, "The Lord rebuke you." We do have authority in Jesus to bind the evil forces, but this should only be done corporately as a group under the direction of the leader. One goal of corporate prayer is to reach a place in unity where we can effectively bind the enemy.
- 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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