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Prayer Points for January 2019 - Week 5

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Dear Prayer Partners,

This week brings us to the end of our month of focused prayer to begin 2019, and we trust you are seeing and sensing the fruits of our earnest appeals to heaven in recent weeks. Here in Jerusalem, we have already seen real breakthroughs even before our January prayer vigil is finished and there is rejoicing in the camp!

To begin with, God has truly heard our prayers regarding the ICEJ search for a new home for our ministry. We have been praying for temporary offices while we continue to look for a permanent building that will meet our needs for future growth. We cannot share all the details yet, but these prayers are all in the process of being answered! We have located immediate office space well suited to our current needs, and while this initial move will involve deadlines, pressure and a lot of hard work, the leadership and staff are all very encouraged and excited by what the Lord is doing. Further, there are truly amazing developments taking place with regards to a more permanent home for the ICEJ here in Jerusalem, and we look forward to reporting on that more fully as soon as circumstances allow. Just know that the Lord is mightily at work and our prayers are being answered. So keep praying this miraculous provision down from heaven with us!

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Wednesday, January 30th, 2019.

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Prayer Focus for January 2019 - Week 5

1. Pray for Israel

A. Ethiopian Aliyah

A new wave of 1,000 Ethiopian Jewish immigrants have been approved to make Aliyah in 2019, with the first 300 expected to arrive by early March. These Ethiopian Jews will not only realise their dreams of coming home to Israel, but they will finally reunite with close relatives here after years and even decades of separation. This will make many Ethiopian families extremely happy and change their lives forever. So please pray that they will all arrive safely this year with no delays or hindrances. Also pray that the ICEJ will have the funds available to not only cover the costs for the flights of all 1,000 Ethiopian immigrants, but also an excess to help with their absorption needs as these families begin new lives in Israel.

“For behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,’ says the Lord. ‘And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.’” (Jeremiah 30:3)

BProtection in North and South
In recent weeks, there have been a number of security incidents on the northern and southern borders of Israel which could have easily escalated into major conflict. Hamas has returned to firing rockets from Gaza, while Iran recently fired a missile at Israel from a base near Damascus. The Israeli military keeps responding quickly and with force to all such attacks. Pray that the Lord would continue to place a hedge around the borders of Israel and keep the country safe, even as it prepares for important national elections.

“Blessed be the Lord my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle — My lovingkindness and my fortress, my high tower and my deliverer, my shield and the One in whom I take refuge...” (Psalm 144:1-2)
 

2. Pray for the Nations

A. Irish Bill to Boycott Israel
The ICEJ is very concerned about a proposed bill now being considered in the parliament of the Republic of Ireland. This law would make it a criminal offense to trade in products made in “occupied territories” and its sponsors have made clear the bill is aimed at anything manufactured in the Israeli “settlements.” The measure is an unprecedented economic threat against Israel from a Western democracy and could land someone in jail for up to five years simply for possessing a bottle of wine made from Jewish-owned vineyards near biblical Hebron, Shechem or Shiloh. Please pray that it would be exposed as a hateful targeting of Jews and that it would be defeated in any upcoming vote in the Irish parliament. And pray that the people of Ireland would experience great repentance and revival and turn back to the Lord God, the God of Israel.

“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; The mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it. I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them,” Says the Lord your God. (Amos 9:13-15)

 

3. Pray for the ICEJ

A. ICEJ Envision Conference

This week we are hosting our annual Envision conference for pastors and ministry leaders here in Jerusalem. This gathering is meant to inform and attach these ministry leaders more fully concerning Israel and the ICEJ, while also serving as a time of refreshing and envisioning for them here in the Land of the Bible. Please pray that they will be renewed in the Spirit and more closely attuned to God’s heart for Israel – the Land and the people. Pray for the Lord to move sovereignly and directionally in the lives of these pastors as we meet together in His presence, so they might take a fresh anointing back from Jerusalem to their congregations and communities.

“… I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” (Acts 20:27-28)

B. ICEJ Headquarters Building
The ICEJ’s search for both a temporary and permanent home has reached a critical point where important decisions must be made on some very promising options. Please pray for God’s wisdom and clear leading as the ICEJ Board and leadership team prepare to make long-term commitments in the fear of the Lord. Pray for provision of funds and other resources required for this major move. Pray that the negotiations involved will go smoothly and result in favourable terms for the Christian Embassy. Please stand with us in faith believing our new facilities will represent the love of Christ and his followers for Israel in a worthy manner.

“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20)
 

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Isaiah 62 Prayer Letter - January 2019 - Week 5

Dear Prayer Partners,

This week brings us to the end of our month of focused prayer to begin 2019, and we trust you are seeing and sensing the fruits of our earnest appeals to heaven in recent weeks. Here in Jerusalem, we have already seen real breakthroughs even before our January prayer vigil is finished and there is rejoicing in the camp!

To begin with, God has truly heard our prayers regarding the ICEJ search for a new home for our ministry. We have been praying for temporary offices while we continue to look for a permanent building that will meet our needs for future growth. We cannot share all the details yet, but these prayers are all in the process of being answered! We have located immediate office space well suited to our current needs, and while this initial move will involve deadlines, pressure and a lot of hard work, the leadership and staff are all very encouraged and excited by what the Lord is doing. Further, there are truly amazing developments taking place with regards to a more permanent home for the ICEJ here in Jerusalem, and we look forward to reporting on that more fully as soon as circumstances allow. Just know that the Lord is mightily at work and our prayers are being answered. So keep praying this miraculous provision down from heaven with us!
In addition, we have been praying much for the renewal of the Ethiopian Aliyah, and that too is happening! Our leadership team recently had remarkably warm and productive meetings with the new heads of the Jewish Agency and Keren HaYesod and the door has never been so wide open for the ICEJ to cooperate with these key institutes in the great Ingathering of the Jewish people today. Best of all, we are expecting the first flight of Ethiopian Jews to land at Ben-Gurion Airport the first week of February. By the end of the year, a total of 1,000 Ethiopian Jewish immigrants should arrive in Israel, all paid for by Christians through the ICEJ. So do not let up now – let us carry them all home through our prayers.

There are many other good developments to report, but for now just know that our prayers offered on bended knees have been heard and seen by God. When the prophet returned to tell ailing King Hezekiah that his life would be spared, the Lord assured He had been both listening and watching all the time. “… Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: ‘I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you...” (2 Kings 20:5) For surely, “the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers…” (1 Peter 3:12)

We are so grateful for your faithful and effective prayers for Israel and for the ICEJ’s prophetic work here in Jerusalem and around the world.

Warmest greetings from Zion!

David Parsons
Vice President & Senior Spokesman
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

 

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