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Watchman's Prayer Letter


A Guide to Intercessory Prayer for the month of May 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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Maintaining Balance on the Wires of Current Events


‘Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good’ (Romans 12:21, NIV).


‘You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives’ (Genesis 50:20, NIV).


In today’s world the media and information networks are filled to the brim with tragedies, disasters, events and the promotion of biased anti-Israel and anti-Zionism pictures to the minds of ordinary people who have no contact with Israel or Israelis.  Most of the time what happens is that the media has succeeded in keeping the world in the dark through the withholding of positive information, holding back on stories of great encouragement about Israel and concealing the real face of Israel today.


As a Christian who loves Jesus and has lived in Israel for over thirty years, I bring you this edition of the Watchman’s Prayer Letter – you who are the spiritual guardians of Israel through prayer and intercession – with reports of events that are cause for rejoicing and praise to the One True God, the God of Israel.  As you read of each incident, may it cause you – one person or a group of intercessors meeting together – to use the occasion to send your prayers, like incense, to the Heavens in praise of his holy Name.


I can attest to the truth that God is doing wonderful things in Israel, and I want to send you balanced reports.  At times these will be for intensive and serious prayer, at other times they will be reports of God influencing lives and working through this special nation.  Enjoy seeing, in your own Bible, how God is fulfilling his promises to Israel.  The world and the Church should grasp the fact that God is seeking the good of his chosen people, that he has plans and purposes for their future, intent on seeing his kingdom come and his will done on earth (Matthew 6:10), and with the purpose of glorifying his Name throughout the earth from Jerusalem.  ‘For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.’ (Habakkuk 2:14).  We must open our Bibles and rejoice with his people that his word for them is coming to pass.  ‘Again, it says, “Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people”’ (Romans 15:10).


Let’s Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving


'Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his Name.’
(Psalm 100:4).


A dry and thirsty Middle East


Reports have recently been posted on the Internet about a period of severe drought in the Mediterranean region.  ‘A newly published National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) study shows a drought from 1998-2012 … was the area’s worst drought in 900 years’ (JNS.org).  Projects by New York’s Columbia University indicate that, on average, climate change will make this particular region of the world drier in the coming decades (csas.ei.columbia.edu).


Rejoice with Israel that more than half its water supply is self-generated.


1.      Thank God for the Sorek plant which desalinates water using a process known as reverse osmosis, catering for 10 percent of Israel’s drinking water and 20 percent of its domestic water consumption. (Isaiah 35:1).


2.    Praise him for the cleverness he gives his people in recycling sewage water, treating more than 86 percent of all of its sewage as wastewater recycling. (Isaiah 35:7).


3.     Express Gratitude to God for the famed drip irrigation technology, an 18% reduction in home and city water usage, and that by using various measures Israel supplies itself with 2 billion cubic metres of the water it requires each year.  Israel also transfers water to Gaza and all leftover salt brine replenishes the Dead Sea. (Isaiah 41:18).



  • Be grateful that Israel is looking to place a hand-written Torah scroll on the moon.  As Commander David Scott left behind a Bible, including the New Testament, so Israel would like to leave behind the basis for the New Testament (Israel Today), (Isaiah 40:5, 8).



  • Praise his Name that Lt. Col. Avi Yitzhak, now head of the Combat Medical Branch, is the first Ethiopian immigrant, now Israeli, to graduate from the army’s prestigious course for brigade commanders. (Israel Hayom, Lilach Shoval). (Isaiah 43:6).



  •  Thank God that Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to study Israel’s right to the Land of Israel, and to hold Bible studies in his residence as announced in October 2014.



  • Show appreciation to God that his people have such caring hearts that they have widened and straightened Highway 1 between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to make travel safer, not only for humans, but also for animals.  Because there is wildlife in the hills, animals need access to food and habitats on both sides of the road, so a 70-metre-wide ‘eco-bridge’ has been built on a six-kilometre section of the roadway … to protect them, giving … deer, gazelles, wild boars, foxes, jackals, hyenas, porcupines and many reptiles safe passage to the other side (israel21c.org). (Isaiah 41:19).



  • Express gratitude to God for Israelis who ‘continue to build in the mostly desert country … Also the Menorah Islands is an idea for a complex of nine artificial islands and several causeways off the coast of Israel … [providing] residential areas, retail, and institutes of higher learning … which would enhance the entire Middle East through education, scientific advancements and environmentally-friendly practices.’ (JewsNews.co.il). Visit the site to see the plans.  ‘The generations born in exile will return and say, “We need more room! It’s crowded here!”’ (Isaiah 49:20, NLT).



  • Finally, Praise God that plans are being made for making the Bible the center of many attractions, events, museums, cultural activities and study in the Land of Israel, as a rabbi recently told me. (Isaiah 34:16, 17; 33:17). 


One last ‘Hallelujah to the Lord’ for a thirteen-year-old Nazareth boy who recently visited Prime Minister Netanyahu.  The boy called for unity between Jews and Arab people.  Praise God for the day is coming when ‘the wolf will live with the lamb’ (Isaiah 11:6) and ‘they will beat their swords into ploughshares’ (Isaiah 2:4) when the Jewish Christ, the King of Israel, Yeshua, will come to rule and reign and to exalt his Father, the One True God of Israel.  Then all nations will know about Israel’s God and his kingdom rule.  For all of these things, we give thanks!


Until He Comes,


Sharon Sanders


Christian Friends of Israel – Jerusalem


 


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CFI UK News and Payer requests


Praise the Lord for sustaining us in the various events that took place during April, in Scotland, eastern England, London and the West Country.


Pray for our Area Representatives, staff and volunteers who will be covering the CFI UK resource stalls at the International Christian Resources Exhibition (CRE) at the ExCeL Centre, London 17th – 20th May 2016, and the Big Church Day Out camping and music festival set in the grounds of Wiston House, West Sussex, 28th-29th May 2016.  Pray for safety in travelling, that our location in the exhibition areas will be favourable and that we will have many opportunities to talk to open enquirers about Israel in the context of the Bible, history and current affairs – so that they will want to commit to Christian friendship of Israel.


Thank the Lord for the encouraging response to the opportunity of dedicating a Christian Friends of Israel grove of 1000 trees in Israel, in memory of Ellen Vince.


Pray that members of the Jewish community in the UK will be encouraged by Christian friendship as some have the opportunity to come alongside during celebrations of the establishment of the modern State of Israel.


Pray for the working together of various groups, both amongst the Israel-related ministries of the Christian constituency and those drawn from the UK Jewish community, in the plans to mark the 100th anniversary of giving the Balfour Declaration to the then Zionist Federation in November 1917, expressing the UK Government’s favour toward the establishment of a reconstituted homeland for the Jewish people, later incorporated in the agreements of the League of Nations at the subsequent San Remo conference.


Thank the Lord for the many ways we have to express Christian friendship of Israel and the Jewish community here in the UK.  We pray that Christian Friends of Israel will be given wisdom to employ our efforts to good account.


The Lord bless you as you watch and pray.  Thank you for 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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