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 email@example.com
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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
Watchman's Prayer Letter
A Guide to Intercessory Prayer for the month of September 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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Battling Unleashed Forces
“He said, Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s’” (2 Chronicles 20:15).
The barbarity in today’s world is unprecedented. When we clash with the powers of darkness in the world through prayer, we become God’s soldiers fighting with the spiritual weapons provided to us, as we do not fight with carnal weapons. However, the ancient Israelite slingshot, which we all know David used to defeat Goliath, had qualities about it that helped those trying to defeat their enemies. It was an art to sling a stone accurately at someone.
Likewise it is an ability in prayer, which God gives the intercessor, to ‘hit the target’ – to be effective in defeating the enemy when praying God’s word. The only quality needed is a humble heart. “Early slingers also found smoother, rounded stones were far more effective than any other shape … Slings generally consisted of a single long strip of leather or woven wool, with a central ‘pocket’ for the stone. The longer the sling, the greater its range … Slingers were as effective as archers and served as an important part of any military force … They were fast, accurate and deadly … One Roman writer noted that opponents in leather armour were in far greater danger from sling missiles than arrows. Even if the stone did not penetrate the armor, it was capable of inflicting a fatal internal injury …” (ChristiansAnswers.net).
It may sound a bit too spiritual for some, but to be effective we take the written word of God in our hand as our ‘slingshot’ – the word itself. Praying God’s word is the key element needed, not a stone.
The Israeli military has just received her first ‘David’s Sling’ defense system. The system is intended to be a key element in the multi-layer anti-missile defense system constructed by the defense establishment. May divine retribution defeat any enemy poking the “apple of God’s eye” (Zechariah 2:8).
May the battle Israel faces, driven by the same enemy we face in our nations (Satan), be won by the unleashing of heartfelt and sincere prayers by faithful soldiers of the Lord on behalf of God’s chosen people.
Do not be afraid or discouraged, the battle is not yours, but belongs to God!
Let’s Pray and Seek the Lord
- Pray for the souls of Islamic terrorists caught in hedonistic and barbaric addiction, to have a supernatural intervention by God, and to be saved in order to testify to millions of people about the power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as a young Muslim girl was caught by Jesus when thrown down a pit*, so he can appear to anyone seeking for truth. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). (*See https://bibles4mideast.com/2016/07/25).
- Cry out to the Lord against the progress of Hamas operatives who are digging “six miles of tunnels every month” according to TheTower.org. May the IDF discover and destroy every tunnel that has been built, and protect innocent civilians - some of whom live on ground directly above the tunnels. Another tunnel ‘collapsed’ recently. Let’s pray that the tunnels will continue to collapse and fail to facilitate the murder of Jewish people. “And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc; no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.” (Isaiah 54:16-17).
- Thank God that he is in charge as ISIS boasts and threatens to attack Israel from Egypt. Pray that the IDF will take the threat seriously and prepare for any developments. ISIS is also engaged in a war on Christianity and describe themselves as ‘soldiers of the Caliphate’. “There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil …” (Proverbs 6:16-18).
- Intercede for deliverance from the boasting of Iran to eliminate ‘cancerous’ Israel. Pray that its 100,000 missiles in Lebanon that are poised to hit the Jewish nation will come to nothing. “The LORD Almighty, the God over Israel, is Israel’s God! And the house of your servant David will be established before you. ” (1 Chronicles 17:24).
- Pray for the Palestinian children who have no hope in life but to learn to hate and fight Israel from birth. Even their summer camps are places
where they learn to be a tunnel terrorist, receive martyrdom instruction and terror training. One father recently pushed his 4-year-old son in front of Israeli armed forces and told him to ‘run so they can kill you’. His hopes were that Israel would shoot the child, but to his chagrin, the little one gave the Israeli soldier a ‘high five’. The father went away disappointed that Israel did not fall for potential film footage planned to have been released internationally. What kind of a father sends his child to be killed? Let us appeal for the deliverance of children who are captive in their own homes to the evil and wicked practices of their parents. Pray that God will heal the children of the evil way they are being raised. “LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me” (Psalm 30:2).
- Mourn for sinners (2 Corinthians 12:21) and ask that they repent of the uncleanness, fornication and lewdness in which they indulge. Pray that in desperation, those caught in the web of Satan’s grip, will be able to cry unto the Lord God of Israel. Anyone who calls upon the Name of the Lord can be delivered and saved. “I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me” (Psalm 120:1).
- Pray that Christian charities, such as World Vision, will not allow their donations from well-meaning Christians to be funnelled to groups like Hamas. “… $80,000 in British aid intended for needy families was actually used to pay Hamas salaries and give bonuses to terrorists who fought against Israel during Operation Protective Edge in 2014. Funds were also used to construct Hamas military bases, including one code-named ‘Palestine’ that was built in 2015 entirely using British money” (TheTower.org). Praise God this was finally discovered and uncovered. “Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the LORD ...” (Jeremiah 23:24).
May we all continue to be watchful (Revelation 3:2-3). May we be stirred to pay the price of time spent with God, in sacrificial prayer – something all of us can do. May each victory in the Spirit yield more faith in all believers of Jesus, to pray in love and concern for beloved Israel.
Waiting for His Coming,
Christian Friends of Israel – Jerusalem
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CFI-UK News and Prayer requests
Dear friends, we really want you to know how conscious we are, and thankful for, the prayers of the saints (all who follow Jesus Christ) for us at CFI UK as well as CFI Jerusalem, Israel and the Church. As many will know, our Chief Executive lost his wife shortly before the end of last year, and when asked how he is doing has regularly replied with the refrain, that ‘rather than bearing up, he has felt borne up by the prayers of many.’
Having just recently learned of the death of a former staff member and friend, Christophe Lennard, following an extended period of depression, may we ask you to pray for all the staff and volunteers here at CFI. Christophe gave so much to the work of CFI and in friendship toward the Jewish community locally and in Israel. Pray for his parents, who have regularly volunteered for CFI UK, his brother and family, and close friends - also in the Jewish community. May the hope of eternal life bring comfort and encouragement.
Thank the Lord for answered prayer concerning CFI UK’s representation at the summer Christian festivals, most recently New Wine in the West Country. The Lord gave us travelling mercies and a good location within the exhibition arena. There were many instances of God-provided appointments, not just for those new to Israel, but also one instance where a helpful CFI supporter passed by and was able to take aside a particularly testing individual and calmly talk and pray though his concerns. Pray that there will be much ongoing fruit, such as the person who told us that a book they bought at the stall last year has completely transformed their thinking about God’s wider purposes, including Israel.
Continue to pray for the CFI UK Annual Conference on Saturday 17th September at Victoria Baptist Church, Eastbourne. We have felt very much upheld in our preparations. It would be wonderful if as many as are able can join us to: hear what God has laid on the hearts of our speakers Revd David Pawson and Pastor Werner Oder; to thank God for his goodness as we at CFI UK review the past year; bring our praise and worship in song; and seek God’s inspiration for that to which we are called individually and collectively in expressing real Christian friendship to Israel, the Jewish community in the UK, and in service to the wider church. Pray too that the CFI UK Area Representatives’ conference, preceding the annual conference, will be productive and an encouragement in their ongoing role.
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
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