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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. 


 


Julia Soakell 
December 2016





Watchman’s Prayer Letter


A Guide to Intercessory Prayer for the month of April 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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God’s Holy Mountain


“For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain” (Psalm 2:6, NLT).  “I have set my King on Zion, on the mountain of my holiness” (Aramaic Bible in Plain English) “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” (Psalm 2:6, NIV) 


Bible prophecy is showing us signs these days that we are well into the latter times.  From day to day one never knows what will happen here in Israel or around the world.  Therefore, it is more important than ever to keep our eyes upon the Lord and to know his word.  If one is a scoffer and needs proof, one of the clearest demonstrations of God’s word coming to pass is that the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is becoming more and more prominent in the news.  And along with the Temple Mount is Jerusalem itself.  Right now we have a race between two nations, the USA and Russia, to place their embassies in Jerusalem.  Even the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has acknowledged West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  This is an astounding development that is awakening many to the prophecies about Jerusalem and the Temple Mount given by Zechariah (see chapters 12 and 14).  These chapters are full of spiritual information for us, to know what to look for in the latter days.


The nuances of what is taking place in the area of the most holy location on earth needs to be recognised by those who love the Lord, follow the Lord and are listening to him.  Intensive and all-embracing prayer is needed from the nations, to carry this tiny and beloved land of Israel through the labour pains and final birth, before the return of the Messiah.  As I have mentioned before, we Christians believe in the Second Coming of Christ, as Messiah of Israel and Saviour of the world.  Most in Israel do not accept that the Messiah has already come for the first time; and that led the apostle Paul in his day to have great


sorrow and unceasing anguish in his heart (Romans 9:2). When Christ comes again it will be as the Messiah, and he will be revealed, as he is, on Mount Zion.  Please include this delicate and yet important issue in your daily prayers: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6).  This needs to be heralded around the world.  It is indeed the time that Jerusalem is on the rise, and the enemy is furious.


Let’s Go to the Throne Room of Prayer



  • Pray for Jerusalem, that when the Lord causes it to become an unmovable, totally solid rock – even when the enemies of Israel gather together for the common goal of destroying Israel – there will be many who will recognise the power and might of the one true God, and that they will turn from other gods to worship the Holy One of Israel.  Pray for the true redemption and salvation of many from the nations and for Israel to be in awe of what God is going to do.  “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.” (Zechariah 12:2-3).  God’s word will come to pass in his perfect timing.



  • Intercede and pray with excitement in your hearts that the word of God continues to come to pass just as God has said in the Bible.  As Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar, “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.” (Daniel 2:44).



  • Thank God that he has a divine plan for mankind, and for the nation of Israel to become a “light to the nations.”  He says to his chosen servant: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6).



  • Pray fervently that many caught in the deception of the Islamic world will come to the knowledge of the truth of the Bible.  “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105).



  • Beseech the Lord for grace, to be able to see the hope that we have in the Lord.  May we not be afraid, but instead, like the wife of noble character in Proverbs 31, may we be able to smile (or laugh) at the future, because we know who holds the future – the God of Israel and his Son, Yeshua.  “Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.” (Psalm 130:7). 
    “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the L
    ORD(Psalm 31:24).



  • Thank the Lord that we who live in this generation are blessed to see, with our own eyes, much Bible prophecy coming to pass.  We are seeing God confirming his word, and also signs of the times, which we recognise as coming from him. “But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.” (Matthew 13:16).


It is also nearing the time of the CFI Annual Conference in Jerusalem, May 22-25, 2017.  We encourage you to seek the Lord as to whether it is time for you to ‘come up to Jerusalem’ and celebrate with Israel and her people.  Contact your regional representative or send an email to: events@cfijerusalem.org.  If you cannot come, then please pray for the conference and that the Lord will have everyone he wants there.


Thank you for praying for the most holy place in the world, the site of the ‘Holy of Holies’ in Israel, the Temple Mount, the place where the Lord will rule and reign in the future.  With so many world events and events around Israel moving toward the fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy, we need to be alert every day of our lives for what God is doing (not being scoffers thinking it will never happen). 


We need to pray in our quiet times, prayer meetings and on a continual basis during our days, for God’s kingdom to come, as in the Lord’s Prayer.  It will take place in the only city in the world with two names: Jerusalem (Jerusalem of earth and Jerusalem eternal).


Serving him with gladness,


Sharon Sanders


Christian Friends of Israel – Jerusalem (UK edited version)


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CFI-UK News and Prayer requests


Thank the Lord for all those who have booked to join the CFI UK Israel Tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s Reunification (its jubilee year) and the build-up to the Balfour Declaration centenary.  Pray that all the arrangements made and the people and places we visit will inspire, encourage, enthuse and inform the understanding of all participants and those with whom we meet.


Thank the Lord for the opportunity early this month to host and hear a talk from a hero of the Entebbe Rescue of over 100 hundred Jewish hostages held by the German Revolutionary Cells and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.  Pray that those able to attend will be inspired and heartened, knowing that many Christians would have prayed about this and seen God’s hand in the outcome.


Please pray as we wait to learn whether our application to the New Wine Christian Festival is accepted.  Trusting the Lord for this, pray that we will be able to arrange the best accommodation for those attending to the CFI resources stall.  Our late application for Keswick Convention was not accepted, through lack of availability of space; but the process of application was useful and means we can apply earlier for next year.  Pray, even at this early stage, that should the Lord tarry, he will prepare the way for CFI to exhibit at the Keswick convention in 2018.


Pray for the CFI resources stall at the Big Church Day Out Christian festivals taking place later this month, 27th-28th May 2017 (South) and early next month 2nd-3rd June 2017 (North), for good locations in the ‘Bazaar’ and fruitful conversations with open enquirers, wide distribution of free literature and sale of resources, plus encouragement and good fellowship with those already supportive of CFI.


Continue to pray for the work of our Regional Links and Church Links throughout the country, that the events they arrange go really well and a good cross-section of new supporters sign up to receive the regular CFI prayer and teaching material; including those in the middle and younger generations.


Thank the Lord for those who have applied to become a new member of staff at our head office in Eastbourne.  Pray for the interviews, that we will know who to appoint.  And do continue to pray for return to good health for staff members and close family members who are not well.  Thank the Lord for the refreshment, re-energising and fresh envisioning of those who have taken leave in recent weeks.


Through Christ who strengthens,


The CFI-UK Team

Restore Oh Lord, the Honour of Your Name


Many years after the prophets foretold what God would do through the land and people of Israel, we live in a time when we can see these great things come to pass. The State of Israel was re-established in 1948 and more Jewish people are returning to the land. The ‘impossible’ becomes possible in the hands of God. Miracles can now be seen in the pages of history.


Let’s pray for the day when God will capture the whole of the heart of Israel.


But why should we pray for the Jewish people?  Well, primarily because we love God, and Israel’s salvation will bring glory to him. Also, we pray because God loves them as we see in Deuteronomy 7 v6-8, and because their salvation will bring God’s blessing to the nations (see Romans 11 v11-15).


Essentially, we read in Ezekiel 36 v22-23:


‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Sovereign LORD, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.’


Remember the words to the 1981 song, ‘Restore, oh Lord, the honour of your name …


Let us pray constantly for Israel, the people, the land, and all those who live within its borders; but also for the honour of God’s name.


Pray for the Church internationally and in your locality, for its leaders and fellowships, to see these things in line with Scripture, as a true revelation from the Lord.


Pray for all Christian MPs and government aides to cry out for godly wisdom and discernment and God’s favour as they strive to restore the honour of his name in our society.


Pray for the younger generations, inside and outside of our churches, to have a supernatural encounter with their Heavenly Father – to fully understand the Hebraic roots of their faith and to have a hunger for the word of God in every area of their lives, so the Church will be revitalised.


‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.’ (Zechariah 4 v6) 


 


Julia Soakell
April 2017


For further reading see Carl Kinbar’s booklet: ‘For Zion’s Sake: Praying for the Restoration of Israel – £2 from the CFI website or through our office, tel. 01323 410810

New Christians


As we consider the times in which we live, with the bias against Israel, the rise of anti-Semitism and the anti-Zionism that has developed from it (which in effect is anti-Israelism), we see that it is vital for new Christians to be ‘born’ properly.  Let’s pray that our pastors, ministers and group leaders have a true revelation of the foundations of our faith in biblical Judaism, and that our Hebraic roots are preached and understood as a powerful work of the Holy Spirit. 


We want the Lord to impress on hearts – in his own ways and his own timing – that we owe a great debt of gratitude to the Jewish people and to the teachings of the Jewish Messiah, conveyed to us through a thoroughly Jewish book (the Bible).  There is so much to learn in our churches, and our own lives, when we study the word of God in its context of Hebraic meaning, and in the setting of the day in which it was given.


Let us pray that all new Christians will receive correct teaching and revelation through their churches. But if that does not happen, let us pray that they learn these things through other divine appointments – so that we no longer need to correct churches about these things, and we see churches recognise the fact that gentile believers are ‘grafted-in’ to the Olive Tree of Israel.


Let’s pray with expectation for: 



  • Student Unions in Colleges and Universities

  • Pastors inside and outside of the Church of England

  • Those in Theology Colleges in the UK and USA especially

  • The Prison work done through various Christian ministries

  • Clear biblical teaching every time churches pray about and plan evangelistic outreach.

  • Churches that have CFI Church Links, where our literature is freely available, that every copy will bear fruit in witness and in teaching, and lead people into greater revelation and insight.

  • More supporters to pray about being Regional Links and Church Links – so we are able to ‘teach the Church and bless Israel’ while there is still time.


‘As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.’ (John 9:4) 


 


Julia Soakell
March 2017

The Rise of anti-Semitism


Recent reports have shown an increasing wave of anti-Semitism, including 1,309 incidents during 2016, according to the Community Security Trust. Even more worrying is the rise of anti-Semitic rhetoric within our ‘seats of learning’, like the protest by 40 ‘Students for Justice in Palestine’ who blocked the door to a venue in Trinity College Dublin where the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland, Ze’ev Boker, was due to speak. In another example, Bristol University is reported to be investigating claims of anti-Semitism after a lecturer said that Jews should stop “privileging” the Holocaust.


Anti-Semitic GraffitiExample of anti-Semitic graffiti


At our recent Lobby Day in Parliament, Baroness Deech expressed deep concerns that some of our universities were becoming ‘no go areas’ for Jewish students, and that this has become worse over the last ten years. She said it was vital that a definition of anti-Semitism like the one offered by Eric Pickles recently should be adopted to make things simpler for universities. We were horrified to hear that most, if not all, universities were holding Israel Apartheid Week events each year, which is illegal in her opinion as well as in ours – there is a great need for prayer.


It must be said though, that many of our universities do hold events to commemorate the Holocaust each year.  We must encourage these events and commend their organisers for standing up for tolerance and standing against anti-Jewish bias.


Let’s ask the Lord how we can pray effectively about these issues:



  • Pray for all members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons to be informed and challenged about anti-Semitism and Muslim extremism in the UK – especially in our colleges and universities.

  • Pray for the Lord to expose and deal with, in his own way, any anti-Semitism within our governments, councils and educational departments.

  • Pray for all the Jewish students who are able to study at this level to be safe and able to courageously raise any concerns for themselves with their authorities.

  • Pray for those involved in Holocaust Memorial Day preparations each year in universities.  The foremost reason for holding such events, when originally established by Tony Blair, was to remember the Jewish Holocaust, so it would never be repeated.

  • Pray for good, balanced Media coverage of these concerns, across social media too, and that young Christians and CFI supporters will engage in conversations to help fellow students gain greater understanding and concern about this increase in anti-Semitism. Pray that they would encourage them to look into the Hebraic roots of the Bible and the debt of gratitude we owe to the Jewish people for the Bibles we use, and indeed for our Jewish Saviour. 


Julia Soakell 
February 2017



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
January 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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