THE PRAYER CLOSET


* PROCLAMATIONS OF PRAISE

* ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS

* PRAYER REQUESTS FOR IMMEDIATE NEEDS

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L et us rejoice together and engage in intentional prayer.

Amen.

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PROCLAMATIONS OF PRAISE

Todah! Thank You!
AMC leadership extends thanks to those of you who have contributed in any way to the growth, health and effectiveness of the AMC as a tool in the hand of the Lord.

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ONGOING PRAYERS

Salvation in Israel
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth; if I do not prefer Jerusalem above my chief joy. (Psalm 137:5-6)

Pray for the salvation of all Israel (Isaiah 59:20, Romans 11:26), upon which Messiah, Prince of Peace, will return.

Arabic Believers
The editor has recently prayed with a true Palestinian Christian - tears flowing on both faces - who desires to visit Messianic leaders in Israel to encourage worship between Israeli and Palestinian believers.  He has told Israeli soldiers,  "I love you because I am Christian," even at gunpoint in his own Bethlehem home. Please pray for this young man and the many other true Arabic believers who know the love of Yeshua and desire to pass it on to Jew and Arab alike.


Sound Doctrine and Practice
Pray for the establishment of sound doctrine and practice in Messianic circles and in the church at large, especially in regards to the essentials of the faith, Israel and the Jews.

Member Ministries and Individual Members
Pray that the Lord will grant congregation and ministry leaders wisdom, skill, strength and protection "for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the building up of the body of  Messiah" (Ephesians 4:12). Pray that AMC members who are not members of Messianic congregations draw strength from the Lord and likeminded believers to hold steadfast in their convictions and move forward in their outreach. Pray that all Messianic congregations, ministries and individuals stand firm and glorify God in their outreach despite opposition by highly organized antimissionary organizations. Pray that, as Saul, many antimissionaries would see the Light and zealously proclaim the faith they now seek to destroy (Gal 1:23).

AMC Board
Pray that the Lord will grant continued vision, wisdom, skill, strength and spiritual protection to the members of our board as they seek to lead us. Pray specifically for Steve Shermett, President; Pete Koziar, Vice President; Dr. Alan Levison-Poyner, European Director; Mottel Baleston, Secretary.

The Church
Pray that the Lord would open the eyes of the church to bless, and not curse, Israel (Genesis 12:3); that is, to lead Israel to their Messiah and to love them as they love themselves (Matthew 19:19) with special regard to Israel's chosenness among the nations (Romans 1:16).

Antisemitism
Pray that the Lord will stand against antisemitism in all of its forms, whether it be rabbinic (anti-gospel), doctrinal, social, academic, journalistic, political or economic.

AMC Web Site
Pray that the Lord would continue to use messianicassociation.org for the fulfillment of AMC's call in His Name. Pray that He will grant webmaster Mottel Baleston vision, wisdom, skill, strength and spiritual protection in the carrying out of his call.

The Shofar
Pray that the Lord will use this, our email magazine, The Shofar, for the fulfillment of AMC's call in His Name. Pray that He will grant editor Norman Manzon and coeditor Courtney Tinnan vision, wisdom, skill, strength and spiritual protection in the carrying out of their duties. Pray, as well, that the Lord will move in the hearts of AMC members for the writing and submission of timely articles and for the contribution of editorial and technical assistance.

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PRAYER REQUESTS FOR IMMEDIATE NEEDS

Israel

  • Israel's enemies appear to be coordinating their efforts to prepare for a major strike against Israel:

    - In Lebanon: According to Israeli Defense Forces intelligence chief Maj. General Amos Yadlin, Hizballah in is massively rearming with weapons provided by Iran and transported by Syria. In addition, "between a few dozen and a few hundred" Al Qaeda operatives from Iraq and Pakistan recently entered Lebanon to try to destabilize western interests.|

    - In Gaza: Israeli military leaders expect that, in the near future, Hamas will be able to triple the distance that it is now able to fire rockets into Israel, from 7 kilometers to 21. In addition, "hundreds or thousands" of Hamas have left Gaza for military training in Iran.

    It has widely been reported that Israel's air force is carrying out training mission to bomb Iran's nuclear reactor "if diplomatic actions fail."

Pray for the Lordís protection for Israel and its citizens and for integrity and wisdom for its leaders. Pray that the Messianic believers in Israel will continue to be a growing witness to the peace that comes only through Messiah Yeshua.

AMC Needs
The AMC is in need of a Business Manager. Please pray that the Lord would direct the right person to this position. Pray also for the board, that they would continually be encouraged and guided as they lead.

Shofar Needs

  • The Shofar seeks the right person to assist in the art and craft of laying out and creating The Shofar's web pages. Editor is willing to train extensively! Write Norm at yeshuastouch@hawaii.rr.com.
     

  • The Shofar seeks a "Mama" or "Papa" for our Messianic Home Life page. If you love sharing recipes or homemaking tips and are interested, write Courtney at ctinnan@hotmail.com.

Steve's Ministry Opportunity
Our AMC president, Steve Shermett, seeks prayer for the opportunity to teach a group of two dozen pastors in China. Steve appeals, "Please pray for God to open, bless and direct this opportunity." - So let's pray!

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PRAYER AND PRAISE GUIDELINES

Q. Who may submit prayers and praise proclamations?
A.    The AMC, a member congregation or an individual member.

Q. What types of prayer and praise proclamations are sought?
A. * Ministry oriented, not individual needs oriented, though urgent prayer
        requests for individuals are welcomed.
     * For Jewish people witnessed to, prayer may be made and praise given,
        but not in such a way as to reveal their identity without their permission.
     * Prayers for Israel or Jewish communities anywhere in the world.
     * Praise proclamations for answers to prayer that fit into the categories
        described herein.   

Q. What are the submission parameters?
     *  Send prayers that will still be current at the next publication date.
         Publication dates are: the 1st of February, May, August and November.
     *  Limit total submissions to 100 words. Exceptions will be made at the
         discretion of the editorial staff.
     *  Submissions must be received no later than the 10th of January, April,
         July, or October for publication in the next edition.
     *  Submissions will be published, edited or returned for editing at the
         discretion of the editorial staff.
     *  Similar submissions may be combined by the editing staff into one
         prayer or praise proclamation.
     *  Please let us know in which future editions, if any, a prayer request is
         to be repeated; and if a published prayer is no longer current, please    
         let us know.
     *  Please send submissions and information to Norm Manzon at
         BibleStudyProject@hawaiiantel.net.

Thank you