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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 September 2017 ~ Jewish Year 5777/5778
Click here for PDF copy


`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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A Place of Prayer


“... these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations”
(Isaiah 56:7).


Ownership of the most coveted piece of real estate on the earth is being contested.  It is the place to which Jewish people turn in prayer from wherever they are on earth.  Muslims believe it is their holy site alone and that the Jewish people have no right to worship there.  The historical facts tell us that this is the site of the Jewish temple.  It is fraught with tension at the moment in a type of dichotomy, because the Temple Mount is built on solid rock, and yet the site trembles.  The Temple Mount represents the promises made to the Jewish people about God’s holy hill.  ‘Some of God’s promises have to be fought for.  The Jebusites who controlled Jerusalem told David, “You will not get in here!” (2 Samuel 5:6).  To make matters worse, Jerusalem was hundreds of feet above David’s army and the only way up was through a water cistern, which meant wading through muck.  “Nevertheless David captured the fortress of Zion” (2 Samuel 5:6-7)’ (Word for Today).


According to the Book of Samuel, the “fortress of Zion” was conquered by King David, renamed, and partially rebuilt as the “City of David.”  As we learn from Israel’s king, we notice the word ‘nevertheless’.  Even though a pagan group inhabited the sacred site, David took it.  He stood on the promises of the Torah, which told him that God wanted him to affirm Jerusalem.  David could see in his heart, even though the promises seemed far away at the time, that one day Messiah would come, and rule the nations from this holy mountain.  Jerusalem truly is the “fortress of Zion”, the navel of the earth, and a strong fortified mountain.  It is the place God chose for his Name to dwell, as a result of which it has earned the title ‘the holiest place in the whole world.’  A place where only God Almighty, the one true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Israel, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ will be worshipped.  There will be no bowing down to Allah when Christ returns.  Every knee will bow to Jesus Christ.  One day this place of prayer will no longer be filled with a mixture of religions, but one people from Israel and the nations, all worshipping the one true God, the LORD.


This makes all other ‘gods’ angry, and anger is the driving force behind today’s Islamic violence.  The world tries to worship many ‘gods’ – but there is only one God.  The Temple Mount is his holy ground designated for his throne alone.


Tisha B’Av is a day rarely spoken about among Gentiles.  Rabbi Avrohom Chaim Feuer explains that it is a day to mourn the loss of the temple in Jerusalem, but also to rejoice in the belief that it will be rebuilt in the future.  For the Jewish people, it was the loss of feeling God’s presence that was so painful, as it was a place of prayer, spirituality, holiness and miracles.  Three times a year, Jews were required to ascend to the temple to participate in the appointed feasts.  Here in Jerusalem, some Jewish people are talking about rebuilding the temple, and wanting it built speedily.  If I were living outside the borders of Israel, I would watch very closely what is happening on the Temple Mount.


Let Us Pray


The book of Nehemiah can help us, as Christians, learn how to seek the welfare of Jerusalem.  When Nehemiah challenged his countrymen to arise and rebuild, it took much leadership as he taught them to fear the LORD their God.  The command to restore then, is the same as now, only this time there is a deep meaning behind the Temple Mount and the Jewish people being restored to what is rightfully theirs.  Things have not changed because “Wherever you turn, they will attack us” (Nehemiah 4:12).  Today, everywhere you turn extremists in Islam are turning on the Jewish people.  This is not prejudice against a people.  I love the Arab people and have a number of good friends among them.  But those who are extremists and militant about their ideology fall into the same category as those Nehemiah faced when he returned from Babylonian exile to lead the people back to their spiritual home: Jerusalem.  He faced spiritual opposition.



  • Pray fervently that the Temple Mount tensions will subside and that the prophesied ‘holy war’ will collapse.  “I will defend this city and save it, for my sake and for the sake of David my servant” (2 Kings 19:34).

  • Praise the Lord that he can peel back the layers of the present situation, help us see how he is at work in that situation, and that blessings lie ahead.  As Muslims intensify their struggle for control of Jerusalem and fan the flames of hatred, declare the promises of God.  “Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever” (Psalm 125:1).

  • Ask our gracious Lord to link redemption and challenges. With every challenge the Israelis face they seem to grow in strength as they rise to meet it.  An unprecedented number of Jewish people ascended the Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av 2017 (31st July-1st August).  This alone tells us that times are changing.  Jewish people are hungry spiritually, and God will be the one who will bring it about.  “And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws” (Ezekiel 36:27).

  • Thank the Lord that the Knesset recently approved a bill to ensure that Jerusalem remains the undivided capital of the Jewish state.  This makes the partitioning of Jerusalem almost impossible, avoiding much harm to the nation’s capital.  “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good …” (Psalm 118:1). 

  • Pray for the day when there will be no screams of “Allahu Akbar,” but instead “Baruch Haba B’Shem Adonai” (blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD).  Fatah, a terrorist organisation, has declared a campaign to take control of the Temple Mount.  “… this is what the Sovereign LORD says: In my burning zeal I have spoken against the rest of the nations, and against Edom, for with glee and with malice in their hearts they made my land their own possession ...’” (Ezekiel 36:5).

  • Lift up your voice as we pray for all Christians to know the truth and to have the opportunity to see first-hand some of the issues Israel faces today.  Visiting Israel is one way to see for oneself what biased media often distorts.  Spokespeople and security personnel in Israel welcome the opportunity to help visitors see how they protect those who wish to pray, and how they are trying to prevent any more bloodshed from attackers who enter the compound chanting anti-Semitic calls for assaults on those they perceive to be enemies.  Continue to watch over the road to Zion, and strengthen your ranks of prayer partners so as to continue to ‘watch over Jerusalem.’  “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure’” (Psalm 122:6).


Lastly, Rick Ridings, a Jerusalem pastor, has posted further prayer points amid the tensions over the Temple Mount.  You can read them at www.succathallel.com.


Many are feeling uncertain as the Temple Mount trembles.  I like the way some godly Jewish scholars and rabbis think.  They know pain will come but they push through the pain in their spirits (similar to the process of childbirth) and see that in the end, God will be glorified in Israel and in the whole world.  They long, as do we, for the day when “... the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).  Just as water hides the sea beds, so the final comprehension of who the God of Israel is, that he is alive and that he is in control, will be abundantly available for every person on earth!  And so let us look past the coming trials and see the end result: the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to a physical city on earth: Jerusalem!


Until He Comes,
Sharon Sanders


Christian Friends of Israel – Jerusalem (UK edited version)


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CFI-UK News and Prayer requests


Praise the Lord for enabling us to face another setback on staffing with a measure of his grace, and with confidence that he will provide what we need.  Thank him too that our Christian accountants have provided part-time assistance with our bookkeeping, which we hope will become more extensive assistance in the future.


Pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon us so that we will know the Lord’s plans for this work.  It looks as if it will be some time before we can achieve a position of having a full-strength team at CFI-UK again.  In the meantime we will need to choose carefully where to focus our time and energy.


As usual we ask that you continue to pray for good health for all staff, volunteers and their families.  The spiritual battle around us is hard-fought and our health repeatedly comes under attack.  But we serve and worship the God who heals.


Thank the Lord for good responses to the CFI resources stall at the New Wine Christian festival at the Bath & West showground. An encouraging number of people visited the stall and there seemed to be a much greater emphasis on open-minded enquiries as to why we want to be Christian friends of Israel. This gave many opportunities for careful explanation of the reasons for this ministry.


Bless the Lord for providing substantial support through our trustees, who met again early in August to discuss the present situation and future direction. Bless him too for the great encouragement of being able to send significant donations to a variety of different ministries and projects in Israel, where there is much good work going on that does not make the news headlines (or even the ‘back pages’).


Please continue to pray for our delegation speaking tour with Stacey and Kevin Howard from CFI Jerusalem 15th–27th September.  Ask the Lord to provide all the energy and stamina Stacey and Kevin need.  Pray too for all the travelling and the hospitality arrangements, which are being coordinated by David and Julia Soakell.


Ask the Lord to bless the CFI National Conference to be held in Eastbourne on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd September.  Please pray for good attendance, clear teaching, encouraging fellowship, helpful resourcing, and much glory for the Lord.


“Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth ...” (Isaiah 42:10).


The CFI-UK Team

The Uniqueness of the Year


`The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness` (Lamentations 3:22-24).


This year is unique in a number of ways. It is the year 5777/5778 in the Jewish calendar and here in the UK we have much we will be celebrating and commemorating. So we ask you to pray specifically for:


The offices and staffing – for strength, good health, a sense of teamwork and blessings on all at both the Eastbourne Office and Northern Office; for trustees and volunteers, which includes dozens of Regional and Church Links around the UK, for their walk with the Lord, their families and commitments and for the Lord’s favour in all they do for CFI.


The CFI Annual Conference – Israel: Covenants and Kingdom over Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd September; for Willem Glashouwer, Andrew Tucker and James Patrick plus Stacey and Kevin Howard, as speakers; for musicians and singers, but particularly for the staff as they prepare for this significant event.


The CFI UK Delegation Tour – the first visit of Stacey and Kevin Howard from CFI Jerusalem, now that the baton has been handed on from Ray and Sharon Sanders.  Much of the detailed planning is now done and leaflets are being made available to advertise venues in Luton, Halesowen, Dewsbury, Billingham, Perth, CFI National Conference, Old Woking, Eastleigh, Oxford and Bristol. Please pray for everything from travel to technical concerns; from spiritual insight for the listeners to great support for CFI and its projects; to sleep and health of those concerned; from stronger ties between offices here in UK and Jerusalem to literature given out and resources sold to help gain more depth of understanding – God is able to go before us and protect us.


Balfour 100 Celebration – For those who want to attend the Balfour 100 Celebration at the Albert Hall on 7th November – a unique event for Jews and Gentiles to commemorate this historic document and to stand together for Israel. Please pray for those organising the event, especially Roy Thurley as he oversees finances and the souvenir programme for the event, and for the security of the whole evening as well as all of the travelling. Brochures and flyers for each of these are available through CFI for more details.


Julia Soakell
September 2017

Praying for the Nation with ‘Kavanah’


There is a call for a National Day of Prayer for the United Kingdom and for her Godly ties. It has been set for Friday 8th September by groups of intercessors around the country. In this time of compromise, political correctness, global unrest and chaos around the world, it is not bland prayers that should be offered up. The need is for prayers that line up with the heart of God, bring revelation to those who are lost and without hope, and bring glory to God.


The Hebrew word kavanah means direction, intention or devotion and gives a sense of setting your heart with total focus and not being caught up in the chaos around you. This applies even if it’s a familiar prayer like the disciple’s prayer – “May your kingdom come, May your will be done.”


At this time there is a great need for prayer for our nation and its leaders, especially Theresa May, her cabinet and the leaders of the DUP. They all need to have a deep revelation of the Father’s heart for this country, as well as its turning away from its Judeo-Christian foundations. We should also pray for our Queen, a lady of great faith, in her role as Defender of the Faith.


We must pray for the UK to be reunited, along with the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, and also for our relationship with Israel. The familiar promise to Abraham remains as powerful as ever:


“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse” Genesis 12 v3


Please encourage your prayer groups and church fellowships to pray wholeheartedly about these issues; that this National Day of Prayer will be supported by many Christians around the UK; that church leaders, the Government, the Jewish Community and many in authority will come to know what it is to live in awe of the Lord our God.


‘Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.’ Psalm 128 v1


Julia Soakell
August 2017


 


Inspired by: ‘Listening to the Language of the Bible – Hearing It Through Jesus’ Ears’ 
by Lois Tverberg with Bruce Okkema.


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Praying for Our Nation in Relation to Israel


Many of you will have been praying recently, as we all brought the UK election and Brexit issues before the Lord.  We needed to do this as instructed in 1 Timothy 2 v1-4


‘I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people
for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved
and to come to a knowledge of the truth.’
(NIV) 


We need to pray that this nation returns to the biblical foundations that it held to in the past.  The strength of Christian belief was seen clearly in World War 2, when King George VI called for a National Day of Prayer at the time of the Dunkirk crisis.  A leaflet called ‘Wartime Miracles’ is available from strengthenthefaithful@gmail.com


It says: ‘so widespread and so deep was faith in God that literally millions of people flocked into churches to pray.’ There is a photo of a queue, a quarter of a mile long as people were desperate to get into pray at a special service held in Westminster Abbey!


The queue waiting to pray


Like Field Marshall Montgomery, Winston Churchill is said to have testified to divine intervention – Churchill said “I sometimes have a feeling of interference … I have a feeling that some Guiding Hand has interfered.”


We need to recognise the great need for prayer again as a nation. I pray for a greater wave of intercession in the UK than ever before. How many times has God proved his faithfulness ... his great mercy ... his astonishing grace for Israel and indeed for us?  We can be confident in God, to fulfil all his promises and, as Lance Lambert used to say, “We need to be God’s secretaries” and remind him of his promises though Scripture.


So please continue to pray for our nation to turn back to God; to stop the compromise from the foundations of biblical principles; for Theresa May and the Government to act justly and with integrity in our dealings with Israel; and as she has said before, to stand with the Jewish Community in the nations of the UK.


Let’s remember Scripture as we pray for mercy:


‘For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you [Israel] will perish;
it will be utterly ruined.’ (Isaiah 60 v 12)


 Please pray:



  • For our MPs and Councillors to become aware of a supernatural revelation of God and his heart for the nation of Israel.

  • For Christian MPs, often seen at Lobby Day with the ZF/CFI who stand with the Jewish Community, and for the highlighting of Anti-Semitism in political parties and in society as a whole.

  • For people of influence in our Universities and Further Education systems where prejudice and bias against Israel, even hate for Israel, has become almost epidemic.

  • For the safety and divine protection of Jewish and Christian students throughout our University Campuses.

  • For the Lord to reveal himself to leaders and influencers within these circles “to know the fear of the Lord” and turn away from bias and intolerance.


Julia Soakell
July 2017

The Finger of God


When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained … what is man that you are mindful of him? Psalm 8v3-4 

Do you know that the finger of God is mentioned about ten times in the Bible?


In Psalm 8v3 the writer, probably David, recognises the greatness of God, his creativeness and his awareness of all that is going on.  Just as Hagar realised he is the God who sees all things, El Roi (Genesis 16v13), we can trust God with everything.


As we pray about Israel, her links with the UK and the Balfour Declaration, and other great concerns about terrorism within the nations, and economic uncertainty, we can hold on to God’s promises and his faithfulness.


Below is the site in Shiloh (Jeremiah 7v12) where the finger of God literally wrote his name in the topography of the land. Because he is Sovereign, God can do as he pleases!


“It’s impossible for him to forget his Jewish people … God is concerned for his nation Israel, so much so that he has written his name – YHVH in the land there.  It is at Beit El (Bethel) that from space one can see God’s name written in the topography of the land - יהוה (YHVH - Yahweh or Yahveh). There are some places that one can’t adequately put into words.  There are some places that need to be seen, yet to remain silent and stand in awe of God.  This is such a place – Beit El – the House of God.”
(Excerpt and image taken from David Soakell’s News Report June 2015)


God`s name in the mountains of Israel


Pray for Israel’s borders and her protection at this time.


Pray that the Lord will expose vulnerable areas, such as new tunnels being built by Hezbollah in Lebanon, and by Hamas in Gaza, to penetrate the security of Israel’s borders.


Pray for the UK – her response to the historical promises made as a nation, and repentance for the fact that we didn’t keep our word. God takes seriously any promises and oaths that we take, as well as those that he makes himself.


Thank God that Theresa May has spoken several personal messages to the Jewish Community and has reiterated that the Government will not apologise for making the Balfour Declaration in 1917.


Pray that God gives her great resolve not to compromise on this and other Biblical issues, and that she stands with Israel.


Pray for those organisations and MPs who speak up for Israel and Jewish concerns here, that they will have godly wisdom, discernment and divine protection.


Julia Soakell
June 2017

Jerusalem - What LIES Beneath?


As the United Nations has deliberated over the authenticity of Jerusalem in recent months, and made decisions based on untruths rather than the infallible word of God, we surely must be concerned that any doubt in the Jewishness of Israel’s capital has a bearing on the roots of Christianity.  But what lies beneath Jerusalem?  Well, more than ever we know that great historical treasures are being unearthed, shedding light on archaeology dating from the first and second temple eras.  Twenty-four feet underground, a cistern has been found that was provision for the dry season for the City of David (2 Samuel 5:8). First Temple period houses, royal seals (Jeremiah 36:10), Zedekiah’s Cave, the quarries of Solomon and lengthy Western Wall tunnels, to name just a few, shout out the undeniable fact that Jerusalem is entrenched in the history of the Bible, the Jewish people and our faith.    


But what ‘lies’ beneath these claims that Judaism has nothing to do with this great city?  The father of lies does!  More than ever before there is a battle for real godly truth.  We hear through the media about Fake News! Every pure aspect of God’s character and promises is set to be undermined by lies, and our prayers now must be that God himself exposes the lies and brings godly fear on those who shake their fist in his face. He will not be mocked and we must pray that we see the restoration of his name in all the earth, not for Israel’s sake, but for his name’s sake (Ezekiel 36).  


Pray into areas you are aware of where there is compromise with regard to truth. Pray for leadership in your local churches that they may have a real revelation of the Jewishness of Jesus (Yeshua).  Also pray that they will see the Hebraic roots of the Christian faith; the richness of the Bible as a Jewish book about a Jewish Saviour – who they esteem as their Lord.


Pray for supernatural connections with these leaders to Christian Friends of Israel, or to sound, godly men and women who can give a clear understanding of these things, and a hunger for the word of God – in Spirit and in truth – for all who teach, preach and lead in the UK Church


Pray that God reveals any anti-Semitism or anti- Zionism from their past, or any blockages to understanding.  The word of God is alive and sharp, likened to a two edged sword.  It is often the case that prayer for revelation is the best way forward – not continually asking that these leaders “read this book”, or hear our point of view about Israel. Leaving it to God means we leave our concerns in the best of hands.


Answers to prayer:


For the past six months, CFI’s David Soakell has been speaking around the UK on this subject.  He challenged many Christian audiences that if the United Nations agreed that the Temple Mount and the Western Wall were exclusively Islamic and had nothing to do with Judaism (as stated by UNESCO in their original resolution, which referred to the Temple Mount solely by its Muslim name of ‘Al-Haram Al Sharif’ and was approved by the UN at its 40th session last year), then they were declaring that the Gospels, and by implication all the New Testament, are untrue, inaccurate and full of fables. Proving through archaeology, and taking the audience on a pictorial journey through the Western Wall tunnels and the Southern Wall’s ancient steps that date back to Herod’s Temple and beyond, David enabled the church to see the importance of the truth, and why we need to act and pray against these actions by the UN in dismissing Israel’s biblical history.


Following this, in Brussels on 4th April 2017, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova finally and firmly rebuffed any attempts to deny Jewish history connected to Jerusalem. In a unique statement at the ECI policy conference in the European Parliament.  She said that “in the Torah, Jerusalem is the capital of King David, where Solomon built the Temple and placed the Ark of the Covenant.”  Distinguishing between her role as the highest official of UNESCO and the resolutions passed by member states of the same organisation, she stated, “To deny, conceal or erase any of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions undermines the integrity of the site, and runs counter to the reasons that justify its inscription in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The protection of the heritage of Jerusalem is part of a broader vision for peace and the fight against all forms of denial of Jewish history, delegitimisation of Israel and anti-Semitism.”  Thank you to all who prayed regarding this … It appears prayers have been answered!   (If you would like to read the full report on UNESCO, click here.


Julia Soakell
May 2017

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

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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


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