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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

A supernatural lens, and a focus on Israel...

dinashead1217.jpgDear Praying Friends and Saints:

While driving over the ridge from Newport towards the Gwaun Valley this morning, this view just demanded to be captured. The variety of colors over the sea in the distance were far more than the little lens of my phone could do justice to, but perhaps you get the idea.

It seems the same thing happens when we are trying to capture the goodness and the glory of God with our limited human abilities. We can catch a far-off glimpse, but not much more. I love the portion in Job 26 when, after describing the majesty of the universe and God's almighty power, he says in verse 14, "Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, and how small a whisper we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand?"

But then in Christ, we receive this awesome super-duper telephoto lens that enables us to see beyond what the natural eye beholds. Paul prays in Ephesians 1:17-18, "that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling..."

So there is this invitation from the Lord to know ever more of His glory and grace. And this too is our prayer for revival, that the eyes of the unsaved be opened to behold His glory and embrace God's offer of forgiveness and salvation through Jesus.

Last week we had the privilege of attending a small gathering at the Bible College of Wales to pray for Israel and celebrate all that God has done for prayer4israel4.jpgthe Jews. Wednesday the 29th of November marked exactly 70 years ago to the day that the United Nations passed the resolution to create the State of Israel. And much of our prayer had to do with this same desire for revelation and revival for God's chosen people, that they come to know Him as Messiah and Lord of all.

There were displays set up to help stimulate prayer in four specific areas, complete with some scripture references, and I'd like to share them here. This one was Pray for salvation of the twelve tribes of Israel. All ages, from all nations, including secular, religious, orthodox, holocaust survivors and military. Genesis 22:17, "blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies." Genesis 49:28, "All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father spoke to them. And he blessed them; he blessed each one according to his own blessing." Exodus 28:21, "And the stones shall have the names of the sons of Israel, twelve according to their names, like the engravings of a signet, each one with its own name; they shall be according to the twelve tribes." Acts 15:31 "When they had read it, they rejoiced over its encouragement." 1 Timothy 2:4, "who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." Revelation 21:12, "Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, prayer4israel1.jpgand twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel."

The next station was Pray for assimilated Jewish people in the nations. A rediscovery of their Jewish roots, and for Cyrus-like people to help them get back to Israel. Isaiah 45:3, "I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel."

Another area was to Pray for Aliyah. God's promise to bring the Jewish people back to Israel and make them clean. Isaiah 35:10, "And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away." Isaiah 43:5-6, "Fear not, for I prayer4israel2.jpgam with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west; I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' And to the south, 'Do not keep them back!' Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth." Ezekiel 36:24-27, "For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean..." Ezekiel 37:12-14, "Therefore prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord God: "Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel... I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land..."

What beautiful promises God has made to His people. And so as we continue to pray for revival, let's keep in mind the importance of praying for Israel as an integral part of our prayers. A key for empowering our prayers are God's words to Abraham in Genesis 12:3, "I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."

What a blessing is ours to be enabled to bless others in Jesus' mighty name,

Dick & Gladys


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