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Prayer Points for January 2019 - Week 2

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ICEJ: Isaiah 62

Dear Prayer Partners,

It has become an established practice at the ICEJ to start the new year with an intensive time of prayer, and this is for a good reason. As we stand at the beginning of a new season, we look upon God who knows the end from the beginning, and we pray that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. This applies to global developments, our countries and governments, and to our families and personal lives as well. May the upcoming year be a season when we draw closer to God and are transformed into His image.

In the beginning, God created man in His own image. It is a remarkable thread in the Bible that God keeps giving mankind new beginnings: after the first sin, after the Flood, after the Tower of Babel, after the sin with the golden calf, after the destruction of the Temple… God is faithful even if we are unfaithful. The whole story of Israel is a testimony to God’s faithfulness. 

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The next day of prayer and fasting in our Isaiah 62 Global Prayer Campaign will be

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019.

Please join us!


Prayer Focus for January 2019 - Week 2

1. Pray for Israel

A. Elections Season

Israel is now facing elections this spring: the ruling coalition, governing with a small margin of one seat, decided to dissolve the Knesset and go into new elections in April.

  • Pray for God’s hand over the elections, for we know that ultimately, it is the Lord who moves people’s hearts.
     
  • Pray for the security of Israel during the election season and for wisdom for the new Government.
     
  • Pray in particular for protection from attacks from Hezbollah in the North and from Gaza in the South.
     
  • Scriptures to use:

    The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1).

    “The protector of Israel never dozes or sleeps. The Lord will guard you; He is by your side to protect you. The sun will not hurt you during the day, nor the moon during the night. The Lord will protect you from all danger; He will keep you safe. He will protect you as you come and go now and forever” (Psalm 121:4-8).

2. Pray for the the Middle East

A. God Moving Among the Arab Nations

The descendants of Ishmael have a blessing in the Bible and the Spirit of God has been moving in these nations mightily, sweeping many into the Kingdom of God. At the same time, political developments indicate that Israel could be diplomatically recognized by some Arab Sunni nations soon.

  • Pray that the purposes of God be fulfilled among the Arabs nations in the Middle East.
     
  • Scriptures to use:

    “And Abraham said to God, ‘Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!’ Then God said: ‘No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation” (Genesis 17:18-20).

     
  • For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:3-5).

3. Pray for the ICEJ

A. Update: ICEJ Headquarters Building

As the search for ICEJ’s new home continues, we have narrowed it down to several promising options.

  • Pray for wisdom and clear leading from the Lord as the ICEJ Board and leadership prayerfully deliberate between these properties. 
     
  • Pray for provision of funds and other resources required for this major move.
     
  • Please stand with us in faith believing this new building will help us represent Christians around the world in a worthy manner.
     
  • Scriptures to use: 

    Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever…. A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion” (Psalm 112:1-5).

    "that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3).

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Isaiah 62 Prayer Letter - January 2019 - Week 2

Dear Prayer Partners,

It has become an established practice at the ICEJ to start the new year with an intensive time of prayer, and this is for a good reason. As we stand at the beginning of a new season, we look upon God who knows the end from the beginning, and we pray that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. This applies to global developments, our countries and governments, and to our families and personal lives as well. May the upcoming year be a season when we draw closer to God and are transformed into His image.

In the beginning, God created man in His own image. It is a remarkable thread in the Bible that God keeps giving mankind new beginnings: after the first sin, after the Flood, after the Tower of Babel, after the sin with the golden calf, after the destruction of the Temple… God is faithful even if we are unfaithful. The whole story of Israel is a testimony to God’s faithfulness.

Therefore, we can face the new year with confidence. The Lord may lead you to pray for new beginnings in your personal life or in the lives of close family members. Let us also pray that God might grant a new beginning to those who have never met Him, and to those who need restoration in their walk of faith. Pray in particular for the continuing spiritual restoration of the people of Israel, and for a new beginning to many of their Muslim neighbors.

In the beginning of any endeavor, foundations are important. Jesus tells us in the famous parable of the house on the rock (Luke 6:48) that the foundations determine the outcome. Only that which is built on a rock will withstand the storms of life. Jesus is the only foundation upon which we can build our lives (1 Corinthians 3:11). And this foundation is laid in Zion, as the prophet Isaiah says: “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.’” (Isaiah 28:16) The Church through the centuries tried to separate Jesus from Zion, but God is now restoring the understanding that they belong together. It is important that we align our spiritual foundations with God’s purposes, which include His plan for Israel. Let us pray that this year, many pastors will receive the revelation of Israel, causing a new beginning for many churches worldwide.

Some translators offer an alternative interpretation of the first verse of the Bible: instead of “in the beginning”, it reads, “first of all, mainly”. God created many things, but we should pay attention to the most important ones, and we have the Bible to understand what they are. Prophet Micah sums it up this way: “He has shown you, o man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you: to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8) Jesus was asked what is most important, and in His reply, He confirmed the continued validity of the Jewish Scripture: “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31 NIV)

Thus, as we stand at the beginning of the new year, and as we inspect our foundations, let us focus on that which is most important. Join us in prayer, as we pray here in Jerusalem for the purposes of God to be fulfilled in Israel, in the nations and in our lives.

Shalom from Jerusalem,

Mojmir Kallus

VP International Affairs

International Christian Embassy Jerusalem 

 

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