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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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Isaiah 62 Prayer Campaign for Wednesday March 28th, 2012

ICEJ Int'l Director - Juha Ketola
Dear John Randall,
I love to pray. I love to pray corporately. And I love to pray individually. We pray for God's blessing on our lives, the healing of loved ones, and the salvation of the lost. Our everyday life has many needs that make us turn to God in prayer. Rightly so, for near the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us to ask, to seek, and to knock. And he promises those who do will receive, will find, and will discover an open door (Matthew 7:7-8). Anyone can pray - even someone who is not familiar with the Bible or has no spiritual experiences with God can ask for His help (Psalm 50:15).

MArch 2012 Prayer Points

Prayers for Israel
  • Protection - Pray that God would bless and protect Israel and the Jewish people around the world as they observe Passover in coming weeks, in light of the recent deadly assault on a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, and warnings of more terror threats over Pessach.
  • Passover - Pray that Israel as a people would move closer to their promised national redemption during this Passover season.
Prayers for the Middle East
  • Syria - Pray that the world leaders would come to agreement on a way for quickly ending the bloodshed in Syria.
  • Iran - Pray that the international community would be united in exerting maximum pressure on Tehran to abandon its dangerous quest for nuclear weapons.
  • Arab Spring - Pray that the minority Christian communities throughout the Middle East would be protected from the rise of radical Islamist forces, and that their churches would experience revival and the wonderful presence of the Lord like never before.
Prayers for the work of the ICEJ
  • Feast of Tabernacles - Pray that God would direct and bless the planning and preparations for the 2012 Feast of Tabernacles celebration.
  • National Branches - Pray that the ICEJ's national branches worldwide would have greater inroads into churches in their respective nations to stand with and support Israel through the Christian Embassy.
  • Impact in Israel - Pray that the ICEJ staff in Jerusalem will be able to impact more fully the people of Israel with our message of comfort and support this Passover season.
Download the full text of the March prayer letter:
Isaiah 62' prayer guide for March 2012 »

Not the Place but His Presence

But a whole new dimension opens up in prayer when one comes to know Jesus personally and His Holy Spirit comes to live inside us. Fellowship with God is then being established and the child of God starts to enjoy His divine presence in life. And to enjoy this new and intimate relationship with God in prayer, you do not need a particular physical place or building. Jesus declared to the Samaritan woman that "an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father... But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth" (John 4:20-24). Jesus teaches us that we can pray anywhere because His divine presence is everywhere. One day I felt the presence of Jesus with me so strongly that as I entered a restaurant alone, I asked for a table for two. It was like He was sitting across from me, so rich was the fellowship.
Rev. Malcolm Hedding
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His Spirit in Prayer
Being in God's presence has an incredible result. It is in His presence that we can find a spirit of prayer coming upon us. The spirit of prayer aids you in praying according to His will, because it is the Spirit of God praying through you. Paul echoes this sentiment when he says that "...the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God" (Romans 8:26-27). Sometimes we pray without words, with deep sighs, sometimes with intelligent words and sometimes using the supernatural prayer language promised by Jesus for those who believe (Mark.16:17).
As we enter into the Passover season, I want to encourage all of us to fully join ourselves with the Isaiah 62 Prayer Campaign and particularly our special monthly day of prayer and fasting on Wednesday, the 28th of March. For as we do, we will enter into His divine presence, and a spirit of prayer will come over us, enabling us to pray according to His will.

May the Lord's wonderful presence be with you always!

Rev. Juha Ketola
ICEJ International Director

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