A Guide to Intercessory Prayer for the month of October 2018 ~ Jewish Year 5779

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`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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Living a Daniel Life

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his” (Daniel 2:20)

While the book of Daniel reveals many prophetic matters, it is the life of Daniel that most stands out to me, and the focus of this prayer letter.  Many consider the biggest connection to Daniel being his amazing faith in reference to the lion’s den.  While this miraculous event is truly amazing, it is his call to intercession, and constant faith in the God of Israel that are the hallmarks of Daniel’s life.  Taken into Babylonian captivity, he remains true to his calling and consistently uses the gifting that the Lord of Hosts has placed upon him. Gifted with interpretation, the Lord elevates Daniel to high places of authority under the four earthly kings he served.  Although greatly gifted spiritually, he never wavered in completing his earthly obligations.  As a result, he was determined to live a separated life and not to compromise in the slightest degree on the things he knew as true and from God.

Many scholars believe he was taken as a teenager to Babylonian captivity under Nebuchadnezzar, and for more than 70 years Daniel stayed faithful to his Lord; and the same God who enabled him to continue through this long period of time is able to keep us as well.  It wasn’t until the fourth generation of rulers that the true blessing for Israel came about.  It was finally Cyrus of Persia, the 4th earthly king Daniel served, that decreed that the captive Israelites could go back and rebuild the city of Jerusalem.  Daniel had been steadfast.  Daniel had not given up on the God of Israel, the Creator of the universe – the one that had given his word to Abraham – and the temple began to be rebuilt.  It would be wonderful if our testimony would show the steadfastness of seven decades or more, standing in the gap interceding for the kingdom of God, the nation of Israel, and the peace of Jerusalem.

Many of you reading this have been intercessors for Israel for decades.  Most of you have been right here with us at CFI, standing strong in faith, and clinging to the promises of God in all things – knowing in your hearts God is our ever present and only hope for the future.  As this page of a new chapter in Israel’s history is unfolding in her 70th year of a reborn nation, the time is upon us to press in all the more.  As things move forward to the coming of Messiah, the battle will become greater, not less.  It will not be until the God of Israel announces the triumphant entrance of the King that our intersession will have been made complete.

Without Israel, we cannot have the King’s return.

Let’s Enter His Courts in Prayer

Let’s join together in unity as global intercessors, to bring the needs in Israel to the throne of the Lord.

  • Pray earnestly for the borders of Israel and protection from her enemies – Hamas at Gaza, ISIS in the Sinai, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Iran in Syria, as well as all along the Mediterranean sea coast.
  • Pray for the leadership of Israel, as they navigate the politics of the nations including its many Ambassadors, in a world continuing to attempt to blame Israel as the problem in so many scenarios.
  • Please pray against the increasing rise of anti-Semitic leaders coming to power that are leading nations to align against Israel on the world stage, and placing the people of their nations on the wrong side of the word of God.
  • Ask God to help the remnant in Christianity that looks to the one true God of Israel to remain steadfast in their calling to serve the Lord of Hosts and lift his true promises to the heavens.
  • Pray for the strength to remain for those living on the Gaza border as arson fires continue to be lit and missiles continue to be sent into Israel.
  • Pray also for the IDF soldiers, who serve on the frontline in Gaza, bravely defending their nation, with so much biased media against them.
At CFI in Jerusalem,
  • Pray the will of the Lord, for CFI to be able to extend its outreach to assist more Israelis than ever before in this New Year, and that the hearts of those in the nations would be touched to reach out to meet their needs as never before.
  • Seek God’s face on behalf of those pressing in for the ministry of CFI in Jerusalem, as well as in the nations.  Pray that they will be under the divine protection and safety of the God of Israel as so many are battling the onslaught of the enemy.
  • Pray fervently that those lifting up Jerusalem in intercession around the world will be filled with renewed strength, and that the Holy Spirit will lay the burden to pray for Israel and the peace of Jerusalem on more Christian hearts across the globe.

In Service to our Lord,

Kevin Howard

Christian Friends of Israel – Jerusalem (UK edited version)

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CFI-UK News and Prayer items

We are very thankful to the Lord for answered prayer with a truly excellent and inspiring CFI Annual Conference in September with contributions from Victor Kalisher General Director of Bible Society in Israel and long-standing Jewish Believer in Jesus as the Messiah, Shadi Khalloul head of the Christian Aramaic Association in Israel and Johnny Shahwan director of Beit Al Liqa’ (House of Meeting) in Beit Jala, Bethlehem district.  They brought great perspective on Israel in their Bible teaching, their historical overview and in regard to current events.  It was clear to see God’s hand on their lives as they serve in different contexts and to see their unity in the gospel message.  Thank the Lord for providing Andrew and Liz Day to lead the sung worship and excellent fellowship amongst the large number of CFI supporters who were able to be present.  A CD set of the four sessions will be available shortly.

Thank the Lord for an excellent response to David and Julia Soakell and their son Matthew’s teaching at the CFI conference at St Paul’s Church, Newport, in the Isle of Wight in September and undertaking for travel, preparation and delivery.

Please pray as we prepare for and attend the CRE Exhibition at Sandown Park, Esher 16-18 October 2018. Pray for Jacob setting up and taking down, Moira Dare-Edwards, Robin Lane, David and Sandra Greer, David and Ann Linnell attending the various days.  Pray for many new open-enquirers to come to the CFI stall, learn more about the place of Israel and the Jewish people in God’s ongoing purpose and that they sign up to receive CFI regular resources.

Pray for the planning of our future activities, that they will be directed by God and fruitful in furthering God’s kingdom and our particular calling to represent and encourage Christians in friendship of Israel and the Jewish community here in the UK.  These include the preparations for next year’s Parliamentary Lobby Day, our Prayer Conference in March, and an Israel tour in May-June linking to the CFI Jerusalem Conference.  Pray that we know God’s unity - where he commands the blessing.

Grace and peace to you (Revelation 1:4)

The CFI UK Team