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Watchman’s Prayer Letter

Watchman’s Prayer Letter

A Guide to Intercessory Prayer for the month of August 2017 ~ Jewish Year 5777
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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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I Will Not Stop Praying

“For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.” (Isaiah 62:1).

“Silence ensures that history repeats itself.” (Erin Gruwell)

Today’s media cyber warfare against Israel is at an all-time high.  It seems wherever one turns in any form of media, anti-Semitism is present spreading its venom around the world through modern technology outlets.  Hatred of the Jewish people is apparent in almost every continent.  Today’s condemnation of Israel is also yesterday’s behaviour, as history repeats itself.  We live in a world of gods – gods of materialism, prosperity, sports, celebrity, politics; and deities of every deceptive spiritual form imaginable.

It is disheartening, to say the least, when the world stoops so low as to designate a ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’ (FSM) as the deity of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or Pastafarianism.  Pastafarianism is a social movement that promotes a light-hearted view of religion and opposes the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in public school systems.  Said in another way, this amusing, entertaining and carefree form of religion is driven by a spirit that mocks true religion in which we learn that God created the world and that living in a relationship with the one true God is to be taken very seriously.  So it is with the spirit of anti-Semitism. It forms its own resistance to truth when left to itself and when God-fearing people do nothing.

The spirit of Iran’s fanatical Islam is against the Jewish nation.  It exalts itself against Israel, just as Pharaoh did against the Hebrews (see Exodus 9:17).  The deceiving spirit of Islam denies the truth about the God of Israel, and that Jesus is the Messiah who lived, died, rose again and promised to return. It refuses to humble itself before the God of the Hebrews even today (see Exodus 10:3).  This God of the Hebrews, the One True God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is still on his heavenly throne, totally in control. He will eventually pass judgment on all of the gods of Islam and all other false deities on the earth (see Exodus 12:12).

God is longsuffering and does not want anyone to perish. However, just as the Nazis did not repent for all of the anti-Semitic propaganda they put out before they were defeated, so the world media and God-defying people in today’s nations have not yet repented.  As we watch history being repeated against the Jewish people, we must not be silent, but must pray more fervently and intensely than ever before.  We have to be willing to say, ‘I will not stop praying!’

Let’s Go to the Throne Room to Pray

“Also appoint residents of Jerusalem as guards …” (Nehemiah 7:3).

Governments around the world seem to be divided. The lack of harmony and unity prevails in many places. Arguments, debates and outright conflict are reported in the media. Israel’s government, like all others, needs to find agreement and speak as one voice on decisions crucial to solving the problems they face today. There is a need to learn how to join together, fear Almighty God and reduce political correctness. Unity is crucial regarding the future of Jerusalem, so that it will not be divided again and that it will remain the eternal capital of the State of Israel.

  • Pray fervently for stronger alliances of political parties to be formed in the Knesset.  Partnership with a Godly foundation is desperately needed in making crucial decisions.  “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” (Psalm 133).  There is an anointing upon the thoughts and actions of the hearts when unity is present.  Pray that it will take place at a continually increasing rate so that the LORD can command the blessing!  The Jewish people have called one another ‘brothers’ for centuries and the Torah commands unity among the brothers.  We appreciate our Israeli government, but want to see them make right and unified decisions that God will bless.
  • Beseech the Lord for Israeli security forces and emergency rescue volunteers to be prepared for any violent earthquake that might take place in this region.  According to World Israel News, “there are enough earthquakes around us in all senses of the word, but we live adjacent to the Syrian-African rift, and an earthquake can hit at any moment.”  Pray that Israel will be able to deal with any such incident, as the Lord has warned that he will shake everything again that can be moved.  “The words ‘once more’ indicate the removing of what can be shaken – that is, created things – so that what cannot be shaken may remain” (Hebrews 12:27).
  • Cry to the Lord for Israel’s shepherds (Rabbis) to declare in unity that support for transgender people, homosexuality, lesbianism and all perverted ways is wrong!  There seems to be a block upon the eyes (even around the whole world) with regard to this carnal spirit that is violently proud and stubborn in its stand that they are right! Only God can awaken a deceived generation. “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12).  God totally detests and loathes what man has distorted and corrupted in his creation of humankind
  • Call upon the Lord for continued divine protection of the nation as the IDF’s military intelligence has confirmed a report that Iran has set up an underground weapons factory in Lebanon.  Ask the Lord to grant Israel’s leaders heavenly wisdom as to how to deal with this new threat, along with the courage to put that wisdom into action, so as to save many lives.  “Rescue me, LORD, from evildoers; protect me from the violent, who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day” (Psalm 140:1-2).

God’s word is always to be magnified and spread.  However, in order to do so, it must be studied and read!  Let us pray God’s word, which is the correct way to pray in all situations.  We must always remember that God is able to direct any situation in the way he wishes it to go, but we must ‘not stop praying’.

Until He Comes,

Sharon Sanders

Christian Friends of Israel – Jerusalem (UK edited version)

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CFI-UK News and Prayer requests

Thank the Lord for carrying us through a busy month of July with fewer staff than we would have liked.  Our Christian accountants have been really helpful and may have a part-time staff member available to assist on a more permanent basis.

Continue to pray for good health for all staff and their families, and that we will know the Lord’s mind. Pray too for regular financial provision for any new staff that would be helpful to recruit, so as to enable us to move beyond simply process, to progress in representing and encouraging Christian friendship of Israel and the Jewish people.

Pray to the Lord for a good response to the CFI resources stall at the New Wine Christian festival at the Bath & West showground last week in July, first week in August.  Pray that we will be able to provide helpful information, books, booklets, pamphlets, DVDs, music CD’s to open enquirers to assist in their understanding and walk with the Lord, to include the important Israel dimension.  Pray particularly for good contact with young people, and that following the event many will want to continue in their quest to better understand God’s ongoing purposes for Israel and the Church.

Thank the Lord for our trustees who meet toward the middle of the month, for their care and their commitment to ensure we use all the resources our Lord provides well and effectively.  Pray that they have all the information needed to oversee the work of CFI and its governance.

Pray for our delegation speaking tour with Stacey and Kevin Howard from CFI Jerusalem 15th–27th September, for regional hosts coordinated by David and Julia Soakell; also the CFI National Conference Eastbourne Friday 22nd – Saturday 23rd September.  Pray for good attendance, clear teaching, encouraging fellowship, helpful resourcing – and come along!

“Praise be the LORD from Zion, to him who dwells in Jerusalem. Praise the LORD (Psalm 135:21).

The CFI-UK Team