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Watchman's Prayer Letter
A Guide to Intercessory Prayer
March 2014 Jewish Year 5774
"May You hear the supplications of Your servant and of Your people Israel, which they shall pray in this place." (2 Chronicles 6:21)
"And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the Lord, the fire was quenched." (Numbers 11:2)
There is One God! One true Almighty, and He identifies Himself as the "God of Israel" in the Scriptures.
I felt the above Scriptures spoke so much to me as I concentrated on the words "they shall pray" and "when Moses prayed unto the Lord." These are such powerful statements for all Watchmen on the Walls for Jerusalem. These statements are strong on their own merits because supplications are made by the people of God. The two peoples on the earth that worship the One God are Jews and Christians. When they pray, and when we pray – we are all, across the globe – crying out to the same Father in Heaven. We, as followers of Yeshua/Jesus, turn our petitions to the Almighty, in the Name of the Lord to appeal on behalf of His Chosen People, to petition His intervention and to request His right hand of power for deliverance from many troublesome situations. We stand, in the spiritual realm, for millions of God's people who have returned to their Land, to their own Biblical borders and who have reunited as a people. We do this because we believe in God and His holy promises. God loves to hear the prayers of those praying His promises for Israel. It takes faith to do it – to pray into being what one cannot see other than in their spirit.
Day and night, twenty-four hours a day, in Jerusalem, at the Western Wall we find faithful Jewish people walking from their homes, at all hours of the day and night, unceasingly, praying for the nation and crying out to God in His chosen city: Jerusalem.
Each of us, wherever we are located around the globe, must join with His people. As they are praying, we must be praying so that our combined spiritual prayer power can make a difference and move the Hand of God. It is a sacrifice of time and energy. It takes strength, but what a privilege to pray as His Watchmen for His people. God will hear our supplications and He will listen to our cries. When we lovingly stand in prayer for His people, we step into a realm of pressing through to the gates until the gateway has opened and our prayers are answered. When we steadily, regularly and with commitment put weight behind our prayers, the gates will open, and we will cross over the threshold into a place of victory in many situations Israel finds herself today.
We must continue to stand by faith, on God's Word, with the weapons of our warfare being the very spoken Words of God for His people in the latter times. He will carry out every last detail He has already spoken. We just need to thank Him for remembering His promises. Although I do not insist everyone has to do it, I suppose because I live in Jerusalem, I always like to pray toward the Temple Mount. I can view the spot from my living room. For those of you who live far beyond the borders of this magnificent land, you might want to see if you can determine where east to Jerusalem is. God will hear our prayers from any direction I am certain, but it would not hurt to pray toward Jerusalem instead of away from it (Islam prays in the opposite direction).
Prayer is...intercourse of the soul with God, not in contemplation or meditation, but in direct address to him. Prayer may be oral or mental, occasional or constant. It is a "beseeching the Lord" (Exodus 32:11); "pouring out the soul before the Lord" (1 Samuel 1:15); "praying and crying to heaven" (2 Chronicles 32:20); "seeking unto God and making supplication" (Job 8:5); "drawing near to God" (Psalm 73:28); "bowing the knees" (Ephesians 3:14); "...acceptable prayer must be sincere" (Hebrews 10:22), offered with reverence and godly fear.
Watching the Gates Day and Night
Through the Biblical lens of God's Word and the following prayer points, it is my prayer that out of the glory that surrounds Him, the Most High God will illuminate people and give insight on how to intercede for the following concerns (and praise reports) I send you this month. Please be sure to forward these prayer bulletins as far and wide as you can. Mobilising as many prayer partners in these troublesome days as we can is an assignment for all of us.
Let's Go to the Throne Room Together
At the same time that the peace of God reigns throughout most of this wonderful land, the Middle East remains very combustible. Praying for the Israeli Defence Forces is extremely important. You may pray for one particular soldier whose life may be saved during a surprise attack or at a difficult moment of decision.
Intercede for wisdom and caution for the soldiers not to take unnecessary risks. This army of
Israel has been named "the kindest army" in the world; however, it has a lot of power behind it for they are the Guardians of Israel and God is their power. He is their fortress. "...He loves men of righteous deeds - those whose faces behold uprightness" (Psalm 11:7). "The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." (Psalm 18:2)
Pray against the potential for escalation of war. The greatest challenge for the soldiers is deterrence.
Pray for supernatural alertness as detonators, some of them new and disturbing, are scattered all over the region. "The peoples sank in their self-made pit, in the very trap they concealed, their own foot was ensnared." (Psalm 9:15)
Beseech the Lord that the soldiers will be able to monitor all fronts well. Conditions on the ground are continually changing with Israel's enemies—such as Hamas, Hizbullah, Iran and the global Jihad movement. Israel needs better intelligence at the decision-makers' level and also a decrease of uncertainty on the battlefield. May all plans and schemes of the enemy come to nothing. "Behold, he conceives iniquity, is pregnant with evil schemes, but he gives birth to failure. He has dug a pit, and dug it deep, only to fall into his own trap." (Psalm 7:14-15)
Give God praise for the Christian Arabs, Bedouin trackers, Druze soldiers and women soldiers from Christian Arab backgrounds who feel inseparable from Israel and who all choose to fight alongside Israeli soldiers. May God repay them with protection and safety and keep them safe from harm. "The Lord repaid me in accordance with my righteousness..." (2 Samuel 22:21)
Recently the headlines in Israeli newspapers were "Kerry Has Declared War on God." Rabbis in Israel admonished the US Secretary of State to stop all efforts to expropriate integral parts of the Holy Land. They said handing them over to Abbas's terrorist gang amounted (to them) to a declaration of war against the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. They in essence were saying, "you are going against God's will by the power invested in the Holy Scriptures. We ask you to stop heading toward this destructive path." They then compared him to Nebuchadnezzar II and Roman Emperor Titus, two enemies of the ancient Jewish kingdoms who destroyed the temples in Jerusalem and Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel.
Thank God for the sincerity and brave hearts of Rabbi Dov Wolpo, Yisrael Ariel, Rabbi Yigal Pizam, Rabbi Gedalya Axelrod and Rabbi Ben Tziyon Grossman. Even though we might disagree with some aspects of their beliefs, these men, as Orthodox Jews know their Scriptures. They see how certain nations are interfering with the will of God for Israel to possess her land and to maintain her safe borders given by the Lord.
Pray for those in authority here in Israel, especially the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that he be given extra strength to manage the many responsibilities he has on his shoulders every day and night. Pray his faith will grow in the Almighty, and that he will rule and govern this land and hear from God when he prays.
Much thoughtful prayer should be lifted up to God as Iran's military chief has publically stated Iran is "ready for war with the US and Israel." The proud militaristic spirit that characterises modern day Iran needs to have its back broken. This can come only through pleading with God to intervene in this dangerous
day-to-day situation. At the moment this proud spirit has the nations of the world bluffed into thinking that they cannot move in any way against it, or it will destroy them. Pray for men of courage to rise up to do "the right thing." As the nations try diplomatic solutions, the reigning spirit over Iran is planning a nuclear crisis for the world.
There are such a great number of prayer items this month such as the rise of anti-Semitism in the world. Pray for Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Holland and all of Europe to turn back to God to seek His face, His Word and to realise that they indeed are fighting against God when they turn against Israel. A recent survey of European Jewry revealed one in four Jewish people fear going out in the public or displaying his or her Jewish identity. What a sad world we live in. We must work to see that nothing like what happened in World War II ever happens on our watch. Let us proclaim NEVER AGAIN!
May the Lord pour out His manifold blessings upon each and every Watchman. Please continue to pray for Christian Friends of Israel as we seek a place to move the ministry to in Jerusalem, for Divine help in finding a possible potential property and for financial assistance to pour in so that we can continue to pour out.
In His Service and Love,
Co-founder, Director ~ Christian Friends of Israel - Jerusalem
As the month of February comes to a close, we once again thank you for your interest in and support for the work of Christian Friends of Israel...both here in the UK, and also in Israel.
As an item for much praise to the Lord: we were encouraged that, despite the dreadful weather, and a Tube strike on the actual day, the Annual Joint-Lobby of Parliament with members of the Jewish community was a success. Although numbers were slightly reduced on previous years, we still had over 200 people going into the Palace of Westminster to speak with MPs on February 5th, with others either writing to their local MP, or visiting him/her in the local constituency. The main topic for the Lobby - the misuse of UK taxpayer's money in funding incitement and terrorism in the areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority - seems to have really struck a chord this year, and we pay tribute to a small, persistent group of MPs who are actively seeking to hold the Government to account in this important area of international aid policy.
In the coming weeks, please pray for Richard Briggs (accompanied by his wife Devan), who will be representing CFI-UK with a small resources stall at the ICEJ's Northern Conference in Billinge on March 7th and 8th, and also for Roy Thurley, who will be looking after a similar CFI-UK stand at a "Night to Honour Israel" in north Manchester on March 18th. Admission to both events is possible only for those who pre-register. If you want further details on either of these gatherings, please contact the UK offices of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem direct (Tel: 01744 894374 ~ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank the Lord for the favour He continues to give to CFI-UK Area Reps, staff and supporters around the country, and please continue to pray for David and Julia Soakell, as they continue to take a Holocaust-themed exhibition to various venues in the North East of England. If you want to know more, please contact David at CFI North East: Tel: 01642 469663 or Email: email@example.com
Thank you again for your on-going support,
The CFI-UK Office Staff 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
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