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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
Be victorious
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   julia.soakell@cfi.org.uk


 


Pray for More Intercessors – Thoughts on a 1911 Prophecy


At the recent Lydia Conference a 1911 prophecy was shown to me that was startling in accuracy and detail.  Shortly before his death in 1918, Bishop Aristocoli of the Russian Orthodox Church passed it to Mother Barbara, a Russian nun.


It mentions that not one nation will be without trial, and that the evils to come will affect Russia, that Germany would be divided and Italy would face many natural disasters.  “Britain will lose her empire and all her colonies, and will come to almost total ruin, but will be saved through praying women.”


As with all prophecies, the content of this one needs to be tested carefully. But let’s thank God for these words of prophecy, as in his mercy and compassion our Father warns the nations – he is faithful and does not want anyone to be lost.


Let’s pray that the nations take note, turn back to God and search for their Saviour and Redeemer.


Ask the Holy Spirit to expose the root of anti-Semitism that exists in individuals, churches and nations; and for a great revelation of the promises made by God to Abraham and the Jewish people – and further revelation that the churches need to be praying people.


It seems that many intercessors in the nations are women, but let’s pray for men and women, young and old, to pray for Israel and the Jewish people in an overflow of their love for our heavenly Father. 


 



Watchman’s Prayer Letter


A Guide to Intercessory Prayer for the month of January 2017 ~ Jewish Year 5777


`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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His Name is Praise


“Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:5 NIV).


Judah


The name Judah is familiar to most Christians because of the above scripture.  Believers all over the world need not be gloomy or sad for what is happening in the earth.  Everything that God allows to happen is for a purpose.  The senior godly elder of Revelation stated clearly to John (Yochanan is his Jewish name) that he was specifically not to cry, because the Lion of the tribe of Judah had accomplished victory for Israel and for all who follow him.  The elder reminds everyone that this ‘lion’ comes from a particular tribe, the descendants of Judah, one of the twelve princes of Israel.  Hence the Lion’s root is attached to King David, the dynasty of Israel.  He is the Triumphal One and the only one worthy to open the scroll.


Jeff Benner writes: “This name is pronounced ‘ye-hu-dah’ in Hebrew. Most Hebrew dictionaries will define this word as ‘praise’ but as this English word is an abstract word it falls short of its true Hebraic meaning.  The parent root of this word is ‘יד’ (YD - yad) meaning ‘hand’. Several child roots are derived from this parent root having the meaning to ‘throw’ including the child root ‘ידה’ (YDH - yadah), the root of ‘Yehudah.’ The word ‘Yehudah’ has the meaning of ‘to throw your hands out.’ If you were standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon for the first time you might throw your hands out and say, “Wow, will you look at that!” This is the Hebraic understanding of ‘praise.’ When Judah was born to Leah (Genesis 29:35) she said “I will “yadah” Yahweh. She was pointing to Yahweh and giving him the credit for the birth of her son. We frequently use the word ‘praise’ in the context of worship to God. Our praise is not meant to be simply singing or praying to God, but acting upon our belief. Our function is to point to God so that others can see him ...” (www.ancient-hebrew.org)


This month, as watchmen stationed at our posts of prayer, we have much for which to praise the God of Israel.  At the same time, events are happening here that need intense prayer and intercession.  But this is what intercessors and prayer warriors are called to do – pray for the obvious areas which need correcting and to send up praise for the answers to prayer.  Thank God that thousands of watchmen around the world utilise this prayer letter as a guide to pray for Israel’s protection from its enemies.  Prayer is the pleading ground upon which we rest in the Lord.  Intercession is our heart’s cry for our beloved Israel.  Some of the prayer requests are hard to speak about, but along with many favorable things that are happening, the enemy has come in like a flood elsewhere.  As you raise your ‘hand’ to the Lord, and ‘throw’ out your faith to him and act upon the word of God, remember the name Judah.  The lion is about to roar, and when he does many will know who it is!


Let’s Enter the Throne Room of the Nations Together


The name of Benjamin, the first name of Israel’s Prime Minister, means ‘son of the right.’  The right side is known as the strong side and it is usually attributed to strength.  In all of our prayers for the various needs, we need to keep Benjamin Netanyahu lifted up before God.  He has led the country for many years.  Wisdom and strength are needed for this major position of decision making.  If we pray for him, through loving concern, God will hear. “I have heard your prayer” (2 Kings 19:20).  Never stop praying for this Prime Minister who is not afraid to speak God’s words from Scripture to the UN, UNESCO or anywhere in the world (Psalm 83:18).


Trying to settle the Land of Israel and ‘possess’ it is not easy when your Arab neighbours do not want you to take hold of it.  The following issues face Israel at this moment.



  • Speak God’s Promises over the community of Amona, located in the biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria.  Many of them have cried out for help against the threat of being evacuated and their homes destroyed.  A settlement regulation bill has passed its first reading in the Knesset, promising to confer legal status on many Jewish settlements, but not Amona.  I well remember the violent removal of Israelis from Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip.  It was a horrifying sight and heart-breaking.  The repercussions last a lifetime.  God’s promises need to be spoken at this time in prayer, as he is the one who is bringing his people back to the land.  Pray that Jewish people will not have to remove their own brothers from Judea and Samaria.  “I will rejoice in doing them good and I will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.” (Jeremiah 32:41).



  • Ask in Faith for God to supernaturally intervene and give the divine protection that is needed against a huge potential onslaught of 230,000 rockets of various sizes and warhead capabilities currently aimed toward Israel from a host of Islamic enemies.  “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1-16).  “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3).



  • Pray fervently for the IDF near the Gaza Strip who are working to improve preparedness for possible cross-border terrorist attacks, tunnel invasions into Israel, and ambushes from Islamic groups backed by Iran.  Some Israeli kibbutzim along the border are being trained in awareness of Hamas’ attempts to inflict the heaviest damage they can in their next battle against Israel.  “You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day ...” (Psalm 91:5).



  • May Peace be multiplied among the families of Haifa and its region, which suffered much loss in recent fires.  More than 527 homes are now uninhabitable.  When CFI staff went to meet families from the burned-out homes, they were met with indomitable spirits wanting to persevere.  Some said, “They burn, we rebuild!”  Others who lost everything, even a Holocaust survivor, said, “This is my home, we must rebuild”.  God has put a strong spirit of never giving up into his people.  They must have this outlook on life to survive.  It is a gift from the Lord to never give up.  “... be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7).  “So do no fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you ...” (Isaiah 41:10).



  • Thank God that Israel is fortifying northern defenses against future Hezbollah attacks.  The IDF believes that when Hezbollah attacks it will combine a massive barrage of rockets with a ground offensive seeking to seize Israeli territory and hold it.  In order to prevent such devastating ground attacks, the IDF has been busy reinforcing communities.  Sanballat erroneously poured scorn on the Jews. “And in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall?”” (Nehemiah 4:2)



  • Praise God that some ISIS terrorists were recently eliminated while trying to infiltrate Israel’s border with Syria.  “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).



  • Urge the Lord to intervene in the rising Palestinian violence that has Israel very concerned.  The threats surrounding Israel continue to linger (see CFI’s FrontPage Jerusalem at www.frontpagejerusalem.com).  The months ahead could be very dangerous for Israel.



  • Pray for violence in Syria to end.  Should it break apart completely, it might engulf Israel in violence and an Arab attempt to grab Israeli land.  It may seem far-fetched, but here in the Middle East anything can happen.  Pray for the time of peace where violence will no longer cause destruction in Israel.  “No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise” (Isaiah 60:18).



  • Remember the Lord’s promises that when the world and Israel have exhausted themselves and godlessness and lawlessness is everywhere, Messiah will return and will fight for Israel in order to set up the Father’s kingdom.  Let us be able to smile at the future, as the virtuous woman did, because she knew what the end of the matter was … Our Father wins!  “... she can laugh at the days to come” (Proverbs 31:25).


Here in this miracle land, we see the hand of God at work in many, many situations and areas of life.  This should be an encouragement for the nations of the world who are struggling with their own problems.  Remember to pray for Israel, it is not an option, but a command from God!  “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure” (Psalm 122:6), “I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night” (Isaiah 62:6), “Who will have pity on you, Jerusalem?” (Jeremiah 15:5).  He does not ask us to consider praying for Jerusalem: he instructs us and guides us into the importance of praying for his chosen city, his chosen land and his chosen people.  No one can go wrong praying God’s will for his land and people.


Until he comes,


 


Sharon Sanders


Christian Friends of Israel – Jerusalem (UK version) 



 


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CFI-UK News and Prayer requests


Thank the Lord for sustaining the work of CFI UK.  He has helped us greatly through a difficult year, enabling continuance of the vital work to express Christian friendship of Israel and the Jewish community in the UK through education to our Christian constituency, advocacy alongside the Jewish community and aid to needy causes in Israel.


Pray for the jointly sponsored Church ministers’ Israel study tour 9th-17th January 2017 which Jacob Vince will accompany.  Pray for good, helpful learning and growth of understanding for those participating and that we will have a positive effect on those we meet across the spectrum.  Also thank the Lord for opportunities arising to speak concerning Israel in Churches, and ongoing contact upon return to the UK both with those met in Israel and the representatives of the UK Jewish community.


Remember in prayer the preparations for the Parliamentary Lobby and briefing on Wednesday 25th January 2017.  Pray that we will advocate well as we highlight three pledges for peace concerning Israel:  *Direct Negotiations - encouraging both parties to the negotiating table; *Dialogue not Boycotts - rejecting calls to boycott Israel;  *Promote Coexistence - supporting projects that bring communities together.  Pray that a good number from both our Christian constituency and the Jewish community will gather, meet with, hear from and lobby their MPs, so that many MPs will be supportive of Israel, speak and act in favour of the pledges.


Pray for the Trustees’ midweek residential meeting at the end of the month as together with senior staff they seek the Lord’s way ahead for the year and beyond.


“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him” (Romans 15:13).


 


Together in his service,


The CFI-UK Team

A Legacy of UK Intercessors


Having the privilege to speak at the Lydia South East Conference recently, reminded me of the scripture in Hebrews chapter 12 about a ‘great cloud of witnesses’.  What a great legacy we have in this country of intercessors, often women, who have stood in the gap for great concerns and world issues, famines and disasters, wars and acts of anti-Semitism, as well as family conflicts and situations of heartache and poor health.


It was quite astounding to be in a place with such an attitude of worship, meditation and submission to the Lord, with over 120 ladies whose priority was to pray to the Lord for the nations. The Lydia Fellowship has a great heart for Israel and I led the first session as we prayed together in small groups for the youth in our churches in the UK, as well as the youth of Israel and the Palestinian areas.  There was a crescendo of prayer and a fantastic response to the prayer topics, as well as a desire to know more about CFI.


Give thanks that through the decades, even centuries, devoted Christians have been praying faithfully for the needs of the nations; and especially for the Jewish people, their land and heritage, and for Christian Friends of Israel, here in the UK and throughout the world.


Please pray for these ladies of prayer – like our great intercessor Jenny Forbes, former CFI trustee and Lydia leader, who went to be with the Lord last year. She had been instrumental in this region’s great heart for Israel and understanding of Hebraic teaching.


Pray for the young people mentioned in these three areas and for the next generation of intercessors – so vital for the nations.


I believe this year the Lord told me to pray for a greater wave of intercession than ever before. In small but not insignificant ways we can see the Lord wakening churches from their slumber (Revelation 3:2 “Wake up!”) and becoming ‘watchmen on the walls’, praying for Israel and the Jewish people.


 


Julia Soakell – Church Liaison and Prayer Encouragement UK

Holocaust Memorial Day


 January 27th was established as a national Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) in 2001, a day in the United Kingdom dedicated to the remembrance of those who suffered in the Holocaust under Nazi Persecution. The chosen date is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Union in 1945. Numerous memorial events around the country are organized and attended by CFI’s Area Representatives, Church Links and supporters – some getting involved for the first time this year. These events will be held in schools, youth centres, churches and fellowships.


If you would like ideas on how to get involved, or any help to host an event, contact julia.soakell@cfi.org.uk.


In the present political climate, with so many distractions and news stories, please pray about the following:



  • That many people, including young people, will acknowledge and support events in their locality and see the need to remember the Holocaust each year – not as a political statement, but to consider its place in history and how we can all challenge hatred and intolerance so as to create a safer and better future.



  • That the media – television channels, social media, radio and newspapers – will broadcast about the date and events in a meaningful, balanced and dignified way.



  • That the true Church will stand with the Jewish Community in respect and compassion. Pray that there will be a hunger for truth and to adhere to the biblical teaching about Israel, and that a harvest of true understanding of our Hebraic roots and our debt to Israel will emerge in new areas.



  • Pray that the root of anti-Semitism will be exposed in the heart of people inside and outside of the Church.  Pray too for the police and community leaders who need great wisdom to know how to deal with such hatred in our towns and cities. 



  • Pray for CFI reps and Church Links in Essex, Birmingham, North Yorkshire, Scottish Borders, Stockton, Southampton, Rockwell Green, Llandudno and other places – for all the hard work, preparation and manning of services that needs to do done each year to run these exhibitions and events – Lest We Forget


"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.
We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.
Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."
Elie Wiesel - from his speech when given the Nobel Peace Prize. 




Julia Soakell Jan 2017

Start a prayer group


This is a great help to consistent and effective prayer.


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 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).

  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)

Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem


Penny Valentine


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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