Praise YHWH, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion.Psalm 147:12
This has been a very difficult and tense summer for those of us in Israel and, most likely, for you who stand with us and this nation throughout the year. Therefore, as Israel has just entered into the Fall Feasts, I felt it would be encouraging and edifying to send out this IFI Special Praise Report.
Many of you who have been praying with us for a while now, know that the things about which we intercede are long term issues. Consequently our prayers are more often like a marathon race than a quick sprint. As we do not often have immediate answers to our intercessions, this could cause some to question whether we are actually having an impact in seeing God's will being done on earth. This Special Praise Report should encourage you as we step back and look at just some of the answers which we are aware of. Praise God, they cover almost every area into which we have prayed. With this witness, we can press on in faith, interceding into areas that we have not yet seen results in - or into the new challenges that are bound to arise as we approach the last of these last days.
Almost at the very end of God's Word, after all of His previous instructions and exhortations to stand in the gap and pray, God's Spirit declares,
This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.(1 John 5:14-15) In both the Greek and the Hebrew, the word 'hear' has the meaning…
At Intercessors for Israel's 2013 International Prayer Conference in Jerusalem, I shared a message called "The Judgments of God" - with an emphasis on His judgments on nations today. God has used Israel in the Old Testament as an example of how He deals with national sin, especially when a nation based upon His laws rebels against Him. However, the Bible plainly states that Israel's miraculous end time restoration brings into play another factor: in the last days God judges nations according to their leaders' attitudes and actions regarding His promise to restore Israel. God has staked His reputation, His Name, on this. His whole redemptive plan now focuses on Israel being in the land that He promised to them.Read more...