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Watchman's Prayer Letter

A Guide to Intercessory Prayer for the month of April 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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The Daily Burnt Offering

‘God ordained a daily worship service in the Tabernacle called the continual burnt (tamid) offering.  The continual burnt offering began each morning with a male lamb being offered (olah).  The priests slaughtered a lamb and placed it on the fire of the altar as the first sacrifice of the day.  The lamb burned on the fire all day – a continual burnt offering.  When the day’s service concluded, they brought a second lamb.  They left the second lamb on the altar to burn through the night.  The next morning, the priests removed the ashes and slaughtered ‘another’ lamb, placing it on the altar.  A lamb remained continually burning on the altar.  The prayer services, the singing of psalms all occurred in conjunction with the continual offering.  To this day, the Jewish times of prayer correspond to the hours at which the continual burnt offering used to be made.’
(First Fruits of Zion,

‘So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.’ (Hebrews 9:28)

As Christians who are Watchmen, helping to guard and protect Israel through our sincere love and prayers for the whole nation, our prayers, worship of God and praise to His Name reinforce and strengthen the Jewish people who are praying three times a day, some in the nations and many here in Israel.  Flooding Heaven’s corridors with resounding petitions and supplications, which are like incense to Almighty God, is like making a burnt offering.  Prayers are prayed all day and through the night from many parts of the earth.  Let us speak God’s promises over Israel, over every circumstance she faces, and appear before the Lord in prayer as we enter into His gates with thanksgiving in our hearts.  When we meditate on the wonder of Almighty God bowing down His ear to us (Psalm 31:2; 86:1), to listen to our prayers, it is amazing that He would be so concerned about our personal needs and calls for help.  Since He inhabits our praises, let’s not forget to give Him the praise He deserves so that we can be most pleasing to Him.

I have thought often about Yeshua kneeling to wash His disciple’s feet.  As someone once said, “That was GOD with a towel in His hand.”  The God of Israel is a great God; however, He told us that one day He would also ‘wipe away every tear’ (Revelation 21:4).  I also meditate on this promise – that God will wipe away my tears, that God will wipe away the tears of Israel, that God will wipe away your tears!  The God of Israel is not only a great God - He is The Greatest!  May we daily offer Him our praise, in awe and wonder.

Let’s Seek the Lord

Jerusalem has been experiencing far too much violence and bloodshed in the streets of the city.  Brutal knife attacks and terrorist assaults haunt the Holy City’s streets and roads.

‘For more than 3,000 years, Jerusalem has played a central role in the history of the Jews, culturally, politically, and spiritually, a role first documented in the Scriptures … But the war for control of Jerusalem and its religious sites continues. Palestinian Arab terrorism has targeted Jerusalem, particularly in an attempt to take control of the city from Israel.  The result is that they have turned Jerusalem, the City of Peace, into a bloody battleground and have thus forfeited their claim to share in the city’s destiny.’
(Eli E. Hertz, February 29, 2016).

While the Lord continues to build Jerusalem, restore her palaces and walls, and bring home His People from the nations, Israel becomes more vulnerable and volatile to the presence of evil within and surrounding her borders.  Much, much prayer is needed right now – at this moment in time.  May we be like gatekeepers assigned to east, west, north and south (1 Chronicles 9:24).

As Watchmen, Let’s Enter Our Watch Stations

  • Remind the Lord to watch over Israel’s soldiers in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Border Patrols, and all divisions of the Israeli military forces.  Twenty-four hours a day they seek to keep Israel safe so people can live as normal lives as possible.  “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15).

  • May everyone come to know that their strength comes from the Lord.  ‘Proclaim the power of God ... the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!’ (Psalm 68:34-35).

  • May the enemies of Israel, who want to take over Jerusalem, come to know that they are touching God’s heart.  May the fear of Almighty God enter their hearts and may they either run from their evil deeds or yield their hearts to change. ‘They spoke about the God of Jerusalem as they did about the gods of the other peoples of the world ...’ (2 Chronicles 32:19). 

  • Ask in Faith for the Lord to bring more Jewish people ‘home to their Land’ from the nations: from the north, east, south and west – all four corners of the earth.  ‘He will set up a banner for the nations ... and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth’ (Isaiah 11:12, NKJV).

  • Pray that Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, will awaken to the deception that he and his people are caught up in – an ideology that is not based upon the Word of God.  All of their words are useless against the Almighty, who has plans for His Nation and His Land and does not listen to empty talk.  ‘Indeed, God does not listen to their empty plea; the Almighty pays no attention to it’ (Job 35:13).

  • Pray that unsaved Muslims will join many hundreds of their brethren who are turning to the God of Israel through His Son, Yeshua, the Messiah.  Ask God to pull many more from the fire and that they will not swallow more of the ‘poison’ of the false doctrine which makes them believe a lie.  As they are in rebellion against the One True God, pray He will save many from death and destruction and that they will realise that what they are doing will mean their eternal destruction. (See Jeremiah 28:15-16).

  • Fervently pray that more and more Israelis will find the truth and that the nation as a whole will turn back to God.  May an outpouring of the Holy Spirit come and turn them to the Lord to be healed.

  • Thank God for the tremendous amount of construction, development and renovation of buildings and properties in and around Jerusalem.  It is a fulfillment of God’s Word.  “I will build you up again, and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt” (Jeremiah 31:4).

  • Ask in Faith for the day that Jerusalem will finally become a ‘praise of the earth’ (Isaiah 62:7) and all nations will come up to Jerusalem to behold her beauty and holiness.  ‘And give Him no rest, till He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth ... They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted.’ (Isaiah 62:7, 12).

We invite all intercessors and Watchmen on the Wall to the CFI Jerusalem Conference in June this year at Ramat Rachel Conference Hotel.  (For further details contact the CFI UK office below).


Serving the Lord with Gladness,

Sharon Sanders

Christian Friends of Israel – Jerusalem


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CFI-UK News and Prayer requests

Praise the Lord for the gathering at the Strategic Prayer Conference in March: for many tangible answers to prayers in preparation, accounts of delightful fellowship for those sharing rooms, overseeing transport and accommodation, and the sound and visuals in the meeting room.  At its peak there were close to ninety of us gathered to hear about and pray for Israel today. Other sessions included: Middle East Christians, the Church concerning Israel and the United Kingdom, Bible meditation and sharing insights, sung worship focussing upon our God through his biblical revelation as ‘The One Enthroned in Heaven’ amongst us.  We broke bread together and were very conscious of the Lord’s presence with us.

Continue to pray for our Area Representatives and David Soakell as he oversees their activities with the part-time assistance of his wife Julia.  Pray for some of our Area Representatives as they work through employment and personal difficulties.  Thank the Lord for a good response to Julia speaking at a Women’s Aglow conference and David’s speaking engagements too.  Pray as they meet with potential Area representatives over this next month.

Pray for guidance in making the necessary arrangements for holding CFI resource stalls at various Christian Exhibitions and Festivals over the Spring and Summer.  Ask our Lord to make these significant times in reaching out to open enquirers, signing up many more as future supporters, or assisting their journey toward a better understanding of God’s purposes for Israel.

Pray for the forthcoming CFI UK Land and Life Tour to Israel 7-13/15 June, culminating in the CFI Jerusalem Conference 16-19 June 2016.  There are still places for any who would like to come for all or part.  For further details and updated information please contact the CFI UK office.

Praise the Lord for the favour we are granted amongst the UK Jewish community, as evidenced at the recent ZF Gala Dinner.  Pray for them in their concerns over ongoing anti-Israel rhetoric, that they will know great wisdom and that our Christian friendship will a very tangible and real encouragement.

We do so much appreciate your prayers and support.


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)

  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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