A Guide to Intercessory Prayer for the month of May 2022 ~ Jewish Year 5782

 `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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Aligning with Israel

This is what the LORD Almighty says: “In those days, ten men from all languages and nations will take hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you’” (Zechariah 8:23)

It is common to see narratives in the media that criticise and berate the nation of Israel.  Anti-Semitism (hostility to or prejudice against Jewish people) is rampant today, and can negatively affect communities, churches, and nations.  Sometimes it is blatant, at other times it is subtly woven into the fabric of people’s worldviews.

For those who love God and are followers of Yeshua (Jesus, Israel’s Messiah, our Jewish Saviour), loving Israel should not be something to question.  Throughout Scripture, God pledged his eternal love for Israel.  His devotion to Israel remained constant despite the repetitive cycle of their rebellion, dispersion, repentance, and return to him.  God says to Israel, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. I will build you up again, and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt.” (Jeremiah 31:3-4).  If we truly love God, we will love the nation of Israel.  A psalm tells us to pray for Jerusalem’s peace and prosperity (see Psalm 122:5-7).  God spoke to Israel’s patriarch, Abraham, saying, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:3).  From this word of God to Abraham we understand that we are blessed as we bless Israel.  More succinctly, how we relate to Israel will affect our destiny!

When we align with Israel, we align with God’s purposes for his chosen people and for the nations.  Positioning ourselves with Israel does not mean that we condone any wrongdoing on Israel’s part.  Rather, it means that we stand with and pray that Israel and the nations will follow God’s principles for righteous living.  This also includes praying that Israel will take her rightful place as a light to the rest of the world. Isaiah says, “I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles” (Isaiah 42:6).

In February, I visited our CFI Brazil representatives, Pastor Abeni and Claudia Bastos.  It was exciting to visit a church in Rio Claro, Brazil, with people who love the nation of Israel.  There were scriptures in Hebrew and Portuguese on the walls of this church, the flag of Israel, a beautiful menorah, a shofar, and lively Messianic Jewish music!  This pro-Israel church also sponsors ongoing Hebrew classes.  Some of the pastors and members had travelled to Israel with Pastor Abeni’s tour group.  Their enthusiasm and alignment with Israel inspired me as I spoke about Israel and Aliyah (immigration of Jews from the nations of the world to the Land of Israel).

During my visit, one of the pastors asked, “How can the church get involved in Aliyah?”  It was an excellent question because Aliyah is significant in God’s plan for Israel’s destiny.  Zechariah says, “This is what the LORD Almighty says: “I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God” (Zechariah 8:7-8 - emphasis mine). 

I answered this question by responding that churches can support Aliyah by praying and giving directly to Jewish people who are immigrating, or to organisations that help Jewish people from the nations to make Aliyah.  Church members can also donate their time or resources to organisations that assist new immigrants after their arrival in Israel.  These are some of the ways to align with Israel and receive God’s promised blessing to those who bless his chosen people.

Praying for Alignment with Israel

  • Praise God because of his great love.  Despite man’s infidelity to him, our God is faithful.  The covenant he made with Abraham still holds true today.  As we see Jews returning to Israel, his word is being confirmed.  “Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens” (Psalm 119:89).
  • Pray that Jewish people in the nations will respond to God’s call to make Aliyah.  He promised to gather Jews to Israel and change their hearts.  “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws” (Ezekiel 36:26-27).
  • Petition God to reveal to Gentile believers any anti-Semitic views they may be harbouring.  Ask him to awaken them through his word and readjust their thinking, helping them to realise that aligning against Israel is aligning against the God of Israel.  “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:3).
  • Ask the Lord to show Christians how they can fulfill God’s plan for the Gentiles to assist Jews in their return to Israel.  “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I will beckon to the nations, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their hips” (Isaiah 49:22).  It is a great privilege to assist Jewish people as they come home to Israel.

I am happy to be back in Jerusalem.  This is an exciting time to be a part of the Kingdom of God!  Scriptures are being fulfilled daily as we move closer to the coming of the Lord.

Let us continue to do the work of the Kingdom and pray the way Jesus taught his disciples, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-10).  Many blessings to you as you continue to pray for the nation of Israel.

Shalom!

Linda D. McMurray

Wall of Prayer Supervisor
Christian Friends of Israel – Jerusalem (UK edited version)

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CFI UK News and Prayer items

Praise the Lord for the success of the CFI UK Prayer Conference in April 2022.  According to the feedback from many who attended, it was a time of great blessing and encouragement.  You can read more about it in the 2nd Quarter edition of our In Touch magazine.

Thank God that the upgrade work on our office building in Eastbourne is almost complete now.  The new access systems are functional and there are just a few final snags to resolve.

Bless the Lord for prompting several churches around the country to request teaching on the detail and significance of the Passover festival – especially the Passover Seder.  Ask God to help those who attended remember some of the links to key aspects of his work in building his kingdom here on earth which are missed in Easter celebrations.

Ask the Lord to guide Robin Lane as he visits two churches this month to present the work of CFI UK and encourage them to study the Scriptures with renewed interest, as well as to pray for Israel.  Similarly, ask the Lord to guide Julia Soakell as she speaks at the National Lydia Conference on praying for Israel, and then follows up with a teaching and prayer meeting for three combined Lydia regions.

Thank the Lord that our application to exhibit at United 2022 has been accepted and pray for his blessing upon our resources stall at the Big Church Day Out on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th June.

Pray for the Lord’s blessing upon our Chief Executive, Jacob Vince, as he and his wife take a well-earned, mid-month break with friends.

Thank you again for supporting us through prayer.

The CFI UK Team