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Christian Friends of Israel-UK


A Guide to Intercessory Prayer

July 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)

“Say to God... through the greatness of your power your enemies shall submit themselves to you” (Psalm 66:3 NKJV and all subsequently).

In Times of Pending Crisis

We must pray for peace, but prepare for war. With the signs of conflict all around us at this point, we must remember that in times of war, all that really matters is helping our neighbour and prayer! While Israel is not officially “at war,” we just take a look around us to see the “signs” that are looming on the horizon and prepare. We prepare by taking seriously the signs of the times, the happenings around us and realising what is truly important in life, because in war lives are lost. If the remnant of the true believing Church around the world will really pray like those of former times (i.e. Rees Howells, Praying Hyde, Andrew Murray and many more), we can “turn the tide” and move God’sHand for His Chosen People here in the Land of Israel. We must respond to the present crisis we see around us. If the nation of Islam can pray throughout the day and night and shout for allah, then Jews and Christians need to raise our voices to God even moreand shout “Our God, the God of Israel is greater! The victory will be His!” Jews andChristians prayed together in Jerusalem for Independence Day 1948 and we need to gather our prayer and spiritual strength together and call upon the Name of the Lord God Almighty who is the God of the armies of Israel – every day. We can win the war over worry by having the victory through the war by faith. To win any war, we have to have the victory over powers of darkness and for us as Christians, we know that Yeshua(Jesus) won the war over darkness for us and He will also be with us in prayer for His Chosen People: Israel. The cost of war is great and we must never, never, never, give up! As we look across our planet earth, we see revolution, rebellion, violence and bloodshed on almost all continents in some form, and now surrounding Israel is the Islamic crescent moon image attempting to settle in a full moon across our skies. But we knowthat the God of Israel is greater, the God of Israel is mightier, the God of Israel isstronger than any other god on this earth that raises its ugly head against Him. We must believe, we must have faith, we must fight through prayer the battles He expects us to join. Dark hours may lie just ahead and our prayer must be: “Lord, keep me in the spirit of prayer ...for beloved Israel and our nations.

Let’s Go to the Throne of Prayer

Israel: Israel’s Homefront Command has launched a large-scale missile attack drill in preparation for the worse. IDF, police, firefighters, government and local agencies practiced scenarios in which Israel comes under attack from north and south simultaneously as well as preparation for mass-casualty events. In addition the Israel Police, Magen David Adom, the Fire and Rescue Services also simulated situations in which the country would come under conventional missile attack from the north and south. Another rocket attack challenges Israel’s military planners to tackle ISIS and Hizbullah in roads in Gaza, while ISIS purloined rockets recently from Hamas production lines to attack Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu marked out a wide sterile zone around Gaza. On top of all of this Israel’s government must decide whether to send arms that might pull Israel into the Syrian conflict somewhat. The Israeli Prime Minister, Defense Minister and IDF Chief of Staff are being lobbied by Israel’s Druze community (some high ranking officers in the IDF) to come to the aid of their Druze brethren in Syria.

  • Pray that the war cry: “Jerusalem shall forever remain the property of Arabs and Muslims and the eternal capital of the Palestinian independent state and the Islamic nation as a whole” – these war-hungry Hamas fighters (Hamas means violence, in Hebrew) – will be nothing but wind that will blow against their own hatred. 

  • Thank God that, despite the ongoing threats from the Arab world of radical Islam, the Jewish people have the ultimate privilege and blessing bestowed upon their generation to actually return to, live in, and help build Jerusalem. (Jeremiah 3:17)

  • Praise God that generations of Jewish people have bravely suffered persecution and hardships with unyielding faith that one day, no matter how many centuries in the future, their descendants would return home. God has fulfilled His Promise to return them to their own borders again.

  • Intercede for the leaders of Israel that strong Israeli leadership would surface during this time and in future decisions that will have to be made.

  • Beseech the Lord to turn around the hearts of Jews who feel alone in the nations and are leaving the countries in which they live, but making grave mistakes by immigrating to other countries instead of to Israel. One ministry is praying for the closure of the false Aliyah highway from France to the United Kingdom as one example. 

  • Call upon the Lord to reveal Himself in a strong way to Israel in order to be able to do mighty things for the spreading of His Name among the nations. “Call to Me,and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

The Region: CBN News reported: “As the Iraqi military struggles with ISIS, it could learn a lesson from Kurdish troops. In the ravaged city of Kobani, much of the town was destroyed and devastation is everywhere; however, it was reported that slowly people are returning to a town that is about 30% of what it once was. With no running water or electricity, there is little food to eat...mostly cooked rice and beans, over wood fires. The people do not know what will happen tomorrow. Many people no longer want to be Muslim and some are turning to Christianity. Kurdish language Bibles have been distributed also, along with Christian love. The Kurdish courage was revealed in the statement made by one of the survivors: “ISIS’ evil crushed this city, but not its people. ”Evil took the lives of many Christians in Iraq also, who would not renounce Jesus...but the faith within these people has helped to subdue kingdoms as they fought valiantly for the Name of Christ. “...others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection...” (Hebrews 11:35). May God help the Kurdish people to recover from this horrible nightmare and may many find peace in their hearts through Yeshua, Jesus Christ. In an interview on May 29, on the Voice of the Martyrs Radio network, it was reported that one ISIS fighter who revelled in killing Christians now follows Jesus. Christian militias such as the one in Iraq have formed recently in an effort to protect Christian neighbourhoods. They have received no help from anyone and have had to rely on private donations and training from private US citizens. Christians have basically been abandoned by western governments.

  • Cry out for the rebellion against the God of Israel to, in the end, bring many to Him.“An evil man seeks only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him.” (Proverbs 17:11)

  • Pray fervently for the fear of the Lord to come upon evil men that they may be rescued from eternal death. “ the fear of the Lord one departs from evil.”(Proverbs 16:6)

  • Thank God for those whose ears have heard of the Messiah’s love which is stronger than evil. “The ear that hears the rebuke of life will abide among the wise.”(Proverbs 15:31) 

The Nations: All nations on earth need to repent toward Israel for their attitudes and bias against her, because one of her longest standing allies, the United States, recently made a decision in its US Supreme Court that struck down a law that would recognise Jerusalem as a city in Israel on passports. Also the world’s refusal to recognise Jerusalemas the eternal capital of Israel is a big mistake. It hurts the world itself more than ithurts Israel because we know that God’s Word is going to come to pass.

  • Beseech the Lord that more nations would awaken to God’s Truth about Israel and how they can be blessed. “I will bless those who bless you...” (Genesis 12:3) 

  • Stand in the Gap for leaders to be courageous to take a stand for Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to rally support for her recognition so that God will be honoured in His Choice of a City – chosen as the place for His Name to dwell. “In Jerusalem shall My name dwell forever.” (2 Chronicles 33:4)

  • Thank God for individual Christians in all nations who stand with Israel and pray her through, even though their governments may not stand with Israel. We thank God for those in Pakistan, India, Iraq, Iran and many places where believers tell us they are standing with Israel in prayer.

Once again, we are not at war at this time, but rather in the pangs of impending war andnow is when we cannot remain silent in speaking out for Israel, nor in crying out inprayer and intercession. Multitudes of people are going to be in “the valley of decision” (Joel 3:14) in the last days trying to determine on which side they are standing. I know that you who pray for Israel are standing on the right side – the Lord’s side – and you will be strong and make full use of the wonderful gift of prayer that God has given us. Prayer not only moves mountains, but the Hand of God when Faith is the rod and staff giving it strength.

Thank you for being at your prayer posts, especially during these days before the times of war.

Until He Comes,

Sharon Sanders

Co-founder, Director of Christian Education and Ministry                                                                                                                                                      Christian Friends of Israel – Jerusalem



On behalf of Christian Friends of Israel in the UK, thank you for your continued interest 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.

Thank the Lord for his covering during CFI Jerusalem’s 30th Anniversary Conference and Tour. The UK contingent joined with representatives from over 24 nations in celebration, teaching, touring and prayer. More to come on this in the next In Touch.

On return, Jacob, David and Julia Soakell took a day conference in Cheshire. David’s testimony and overview of the work of CFI, Jacob’s Bible teaching on Israel in God’s bigger picture and Julia’s talk on leaving a legacy of love for Israel, were all well received, with some 40 – 50 present, including the Church minister, who had travelled with Jacob to Israel on a minister’s tour and highly commended CFI’s work to everyone present.

We are delighted to advise that a new staff member Dr. Robin Lane joins us on 1st July as Communication Coordinator and Operations Manager. He has previously worked as an IT manager with Grace Europe and Anchor Recordings and more recently fulfilled the role of associate Baptist Minister. His original studies were in the field of engineering where he also worked as a university lecturer. Please pray for Robin as he adjusts to this new role, that he will complement well the present staff. Pray too as we look to implement a new Charity-specific database over the coming period.

You should receive with this prayer letter the CFI UK 30th Anniversary Conference details. It would be wonderful if you were able to join us and encourage others, perhaps less versed in understanding Israel, to come too. Please pray for all the preparation in the meantime especially working with a new venue and catering arrangement.

Thank you for your prayer and support which is just so vital as we address the challenges in the UK as well as further afield. May the Lord bless you.

The CFI-UK Team

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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 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.
  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)

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