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Watchman's Prayer Letter
A Guide to Intercessory Prayer
April 2014 Jewish Year 5774
Discerning the time is more important than ever for those who are watching for the Lord. God has chosen a people (the Jewish nation), He has chosen a land (the Land of Israel) and He has chosen a city (Jerusalem). We, as Gentiles, are commanded to rejoice with the Jewish people that they have been chosen by God (Romans 15:9-11). As Derek Prince always said: "God never makes a mistake." His choices are good and we need to support His Word and promises made to Israel. We are to pray and act as a "shield" in the spirit over Israel. According to the Internet, Christianity is the largest religion on earth today with approximately 2 billion Christians, and of that number, 648 million Evangelicals or Bible-believing Christians. That is enough to build a strong, rock-solid spiritual shield of faith through prayer coming from us and going up for Israel all over the earth. Both Abraham and Isaac knew how to pray when they were in difficult situations... let us follow their example until Israel has come through to victory!
God's Word is likened to a two-edged sword. In Hebrew "baraq" means a lightning flash, something like lightening. Most spears have a two-edged blade and are not to be confused with a double-ended sword. A spear is a long, pointed weapon, used in war (and hunting) by thrusting or throwing it. To pierce with a spear usually meant to kill (as in spearing a fish).
The Word of God was known as a name of the Messiah among the Jews; therefore the Apostle Paul makes use of it when writing. Messiah has life in Himself as God, He is the Living God; He is the living redeemer and mediator, and He lives forever. He is the author and giver of life: natural, spiritual, and eternal. He is powerful, as He appears to be in the creation and sustaining of all things; in His miracles and ministrations; in the work of Man's redemption; in the preservation of His people, and in His advocacy and intercession. The Word is sharper than any two-edged sword, or "more cutting than one," by the words of His mouth, by the power of His Spirit, and the efficacy of His grace; for His mouth itself is as a sharp sword, and out of it comes forth one, (Isaiah 49:2) by which He pierces the hearts of men, cuts them to the quick, and lays them open. The Word is called a two-edged sword with the Jews, and Philo the Jew speaks of the flaming sword of the Logos.
The Word "cuts" is so powerful...it can move mountains. It cuts down the trees in the way and makes a path for those walking on a straight road to clear it and conquer all obstacles. He divides even the Christian hearts as some play at their faith and others work at it. Some, by the soul, understand the natural and unregenerate part in man, and by the Spirit, the renewed and regenerate part, which though sometimes are not so easily distinguished, yet they are by the Lord. The joints and marrow are covered and hidden...but so penetrating is the Divine Word, that it reaches the most secret and hidden parts of our lives, and in this sense is confirmed by what follows: a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart...truly the two-edged sword of the Word also holds judicial power, something like a razor-sharp instrument going out of the mouth of the Lord to smite the nations who are against Israel. He is not the sword, but has the sword.
Paul's early training, both in the Greek schools of Tarsus and the Hebrew schools at Jerusalem, accounts fully for his learning experiences in Jerusalem. Let us remember when we cut through something, or we pierce something, even in the spirit, we are coming through and the Word ends up having a healing power effect. Let us always pray WITH the Word of God, in accordance with it, and in fervency believe it by faith as we are used by God to be His Watchmen for the nation of Israel.
Focal Points for Prayer
- The Times of Israel reported recently that Israel's home front is unprepared for an enemy attack. With 170,000 rockets pointed toward Israel, much needs to be done to protect the citizens. The head of the IDF Home Front Command, Major General Eyal Eisenberg told Ha'aretz (Israeli newspaper) in 2013 that Hizbullah has "ten times" the capacity to strike the centre of the country than it had during the Second Lebanon War, when it rained 4,200 rockets on Israel during the 34-day campaign. He estimated that Israel would face "over 1,000 missiles a day during the next war" and that, "the enemy would maintain his ability to fire throughout the conflict."
- Recently the Israeli naval forces intercepted a ship filled with rockets going to Gaza. Of course, Iran was behind the shipment and one can still hear the voices of the Iranian dictators shouting for the demise of Israel. We cannot take our eyes off the clock that is ticking away on the walls of time... and the enemy's trigger-happy fingers.
- Pray for the military chain of command in Israel not to be snared by the enemy, but to be united on all fronts and well organised for the next round of attacks that are sure to increase. "The wicked have laid a snare for me..." (Psalm 119:110)
- Intercede for those responsible for all matters of civilian safety in a time of emergency. "Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort..." (Psalm 119:76)
- Beseech God for the State of Israel to be prepared for all forthcoming attacks whether on land, sea or in the air. May the soldiers learn to pray before going to battle, pray before going forward for anything. "At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee...I am a companion of all them that fear thee...teach me thy statutes" (Psalm 119: 62-64)
The Church's Involvement: Sending Mixed Signals to Israel
Believe it or not, there is within the "Church" an agenda to defame and delegitimise the Jewish State of Israel. How denominations, and even some evangelicals, can distort the Word of God to fit their own programmes is a mystery to me. The Word of God is the Word of God, it never changes, it never moves from its foundations and it says what God wants it to say. Documents on "Zionism," the end of the "State of Israel" and "Replacement Theology" have surfaced in way too many congregations around the world. Some call Israel's possession of her Biblical borders "occupation" which is a total misuse of the word itself. Some believe no nation can build its identity around religion, ethnicity or other categories. The BDS advocates go so far as to criticise Jewish prayer books around the world for including a prayer for the State of Israel. They in essence are trying to erase the covenant God has with Israel. The world needs to awaken before it is too late. Now is their opportunity to be a blessing and not a curse, but we do not know how long this "window of time" will be open for them to repent and not misuse Scripture to their own benefits. It looks like Christian anti-Semitism is again on the rise and has been uncovered.
May God help those who call themselves followers of Christ (Yeshua) and yet remain in the sin of anti-Semitism ("...they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me" Psalm 119:86). May their eyes be spiritually opened to the value of the Jewish people to mankind, how God has called them to be a "light to the nations" and that He has plans and purposes for them yet in the future. Those who know the Lord and know His Word belong to this nation!
- Fervently pray that the Lord will raise up fearless voices in the Church to stand with Israel wherever they are. May we not be afraid of man but obey the Lord. "Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth..." (Psalm 119:108)
- Thank God for the opportunity He has given all mankind to bring or be a blessing to His Chosen People. It is our choice what we do with the chance we have to receive His favour and approval in our lives, our homes, our fields, our jobs and our spiritual walk with Him. Genesis 12:3 is a spiritual principle that needs to be taught in our churches.
Watching the clock to discern,
Co-founder, Director ~ CFI Jerusalem
As the month of March comes to a close, and Winter definitely seems to be battling to let go of its hold on us for this year, we again thank you for your interest in and support for the work of Christian Friends of Israel. As far as activity outside of the CFI-UK office is concerned (at this stage anyway), April 2014 appears to be a fairly "quiet" month. Please do remember our Board of Trustees, as they prepare for and then hold their next quarterly meeting on April 28th, and also the CFI-UK staff in the general daily routines of keeping the Eastbourne office running smoothly, while maybe taking the next weeks to catch up on some projects that have had to be set aside due to other priorities.
Continue to thank the Lord for the favour He gives to CFI-UK Area Reps, staff and supporters around the country, and do please pray especially for David and Julia Soakell, as they take their Holocaust-themed exhibition to the final venues in the North East of England in the coming weeks. If you want to know more, please contact David at CFI North East: Tel: 01642 469663 or Email: email@example.com
The CFI-UK Office Staff Team
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This is a great help to consistent and effective prayer.
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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