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Prayer Points for January 2019 - Week 4

Isaiah 62 Prayer Campaign

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Dear Prayer Partners,

Thank you for joining us for week four of the ICEJ Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative.

Each new year is the ideal time for a fresh start, and January 2019 is full of new beginnings for the ICEJ and our staff members. Many of us have set new goals and have hopes of new beginnings for 2019. For some of us, it started with this prayer initiative throughout the month of January.

You may have set a goal to include Israel in your prayers and fasting on a weekly or monthly basis. Unfortunately, it is quite common for us to become weary after a couple of weeks and fail to reach our goal to pray consistently throughout the year.

Let me encourage you with Galatians 6:9: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

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

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019.

Please join us!


Prayer Focus for January 2019 - Week 4

1. Pray for Israel

A. Ethiopian Aliyah

A new wave of 1,000 Ethiopian immigrants have been approved to make Aliyah in 2019 to their ancestral homeland of Israel, and the first 300 will arrive in February. This will be a dream come true for many, not only making Aliyah, but also finally being able to reunite with family members they haven’t seen for many years. Please pray that all of them to arrive this year with no delays or obstacles. The ICEJ has committed to pay for the flights for the full 1,000. Please pray that God will send more partners to help us support the ICEJ Aliyah work in Ethiopia and around the world.

“He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” (Isaiah 11:12)

2. Pray for the Nations

A. ICEJ Branches Around the World

The ICEJ has branches in over 90 nations around the world with new branches starting up every year. Through this international network of national directors and representatives across the globe, we are continuing to raise up support for the people of Israel through solidarity rallies, teaching events, conferences and advocacy campaigns. Please pray for a strong unity among all of the ICEJ staff and members worldwide. Pray for God to open up new ways for the worldwide family of the ICEJ to connect in even stronger ways this year.

“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;” (Ephesians 4:11-13)

3. Pray for the ICEJ

A. ICEJ Envision Conference

Our annual ICEJ Envision Pastors & Leaders Conference is taking place here in Jerusalem next week. We are expectant to see how God will move this year as His leaders gather together here in Jerusalem to get rejuvenated, connect with other leaders from around the world, learn more about God’s heart for Israel, and see the people and the land of Israel. Pray for God to pour out His Spirit over these meetings, and for each leader to leave Israel feeling refreshed, encouraged, and inspired to share God’s message about Israel within his or her sphere of influence.

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25 NIV)

“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from who the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:14-19)

Thank you for joining with us in prayer!

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Isaiah 62 Prayer Letter - January 2019 - Week 4

Dear Prayer Partners,

Thank you for joining us for week four of the ICEJ Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative.

Each new year is the ideal time for a fresh start, and January 2019 is full of new beginnings for the ICEJ and our staff members. Many of us have set new goals and have hopes of new beginnings for 2019. For some of us, it started with this prayer initiative throughout the month of January.

You may have set a goal to include Israel in your prayers and fasting on a weekly or monthly basis. Unfortunately, it is quite common for us to become weary after a couple of weeks and fail to reach our goal to pray consistently throughout the year.

Let me encourage you with Galatians 6:9: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” 

I encourage you to continue steadfast to the end. Don’t give up so easily but stay faithful to your goal and you will see the harvest, the change, and the answers to your prayers. Every new habit or discipline requires, well, discipline. But in the effort, there is also a promised reward: If we persevere in righteousness, our prayers will have lasting impact. James 5:16 says: “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

In 2019, many new beginnings will require our effectual and fervent prayers. Elections in Israel are scheduled for April and a new wave of 1000 Ethiopian immigrants are expected to arrive soon. A major new beginning for the ICEJ is the imminent move of our entire head office facility to a new location in February. As we prepare for this transition, we will also be hosting over 120 pastors from around the world at our annual Envision Conference in Jerusalem, 28-31 January. Yet, we look forward to these new beginnings with hope and expectancy, watching carefully to see the hand of the Lord at work.

Lastly, Israel needs our prayers now more than ever: New developments on Israel’s Northern border, the continued conflict in Gaza and unknown new challenges which will arise throughout the year, are all reasons for us to continue in our fervent, effectual prayers on behalf of this nation. Psalm 122: 6 says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you.’” Blessings await us as we intercede for this nation, this city, and her people. 

Thank you for praying faithfully with us this week. Shalom from Jerusalem!


David van der Walt
Vice President of Finance
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

 

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