INTERCESSORS FOR THE RESTORATION OF ISRAEL PRAYER SUMMIT 2 – 9th MAY 2010
DIARY OF EVENTS
I just knew that this year’s Prayer Summit was going to be something special because when I felt the Lord calling me to go, everything went wrong that could go wrong….sounds familiar!!! David’s encouraging words of “Don’t worry your not on your own” spurred me on, to which I am sure all you lovely people from the Prayer Summit can relate to. Thus, I found myself prepared for battle as I staggered to my hotel room in Jerusalem at 4.30am, trying unsuccessfully not to wake my room mate. However I did feel lifted in my spirit as my room number and the safe number both added up to the number seven – a sign from God.
There was such an excited buzz as 43 intercessors from 10 nations gathered. Some familiar faces, some new ones. It was so encouraging to have with us a young man, Josef from Sweden and a young lady Jeannie from South Africa . Any young believers out there, please do seek the Lord to follow their example, you are needed.
David opened the meeting with prayer and an update on the current political situation in the Land. We were so very blessed to have Jerry and Karen Ellard as our worship leaders who took us right into the throne room of God. Karen led us in our theme song for the Prayer Summit which was from psalm 123:2……..crying out for mercy
Hineh K’Einei Avadim alyad adoneihem
k’einei shifchah elyad g’virtah
Ken eineinu El
Ad she’r cha-nenu
Behold as the eyes of servants look to the hands of their masters
As the eyes of a maiden to the and of her mistress
So our eyes are toward to the Lord our God
Until He will have mercy on us.
Josie shared a very powerful message based on the theme for this year’s Prayer Summit – “Strengthen us oh God” from Judges 16:28. Delilah pressured Sampson so much that he caved in…a picture of the pressure Israel is under today and how we have to stand in the gap to pray strength into them. Then Josie said. “This week we are a mobile house of prayer, we are to declare victory from the mountain top. We have come to receive the wheat and the wine and the oil” The Lord had been speaking to me for months about the mountain top, so I felt this was confirmation that we would indeed break through the spiritual realm by declaring the word of God this week. We ended the evening by all declaring psalm 134.
To start the day we gathered for a time of worship and declaring the Word. Josie shared powerful scriptures to stand on for the day – 1Chron.29:11 and psalm 48:1-3.
David spoke about the political situation in the Land and the largest field of natural gas and oil that has been found…could this be the spoils that scripture speaks about?
The day was spent declaring the word of the Lord around the city of our King. It was fabby to have Yaron as our excellent guide for the week, a very godly, humble man who has the mind of a walking encyclopaedia! Our driver was a lovely Israeli named Naphtali who always had a huge smile on his face. We went to the top of the Mount of Olives to pray, praise, raise our flags and blow the shofars. This was a very strategic place to begin.
As we travelled on route 60, Yaron explained that it goes right through vital biblical sites and the mountains of Judea and Samaria . This is spiritual. We went past Jewish settlements, beautiful homes that the nations are pressurising Israel to give up and we declared Neh.2:20.
We stopped to pray at the border in Hebron , right by the wall. It looks so ugly but praise God it’s doing the job. Josie declared Is.31:4 and we prayed for the spiritual walls of opposition to be pulled down.
During the afternoon we went to the flicks as we say in Liverpool , better known as the movies. Seeing the apathy of the high priest’s family as the temple in Jerusalem was about to be destroyed reminded me so much of events today and has fired me up to pray….wake up church before its too late!
We spent some personal time at the Western Wall. It was the perfect place, standing shoulder to shoulder with Jewish ladies and silently praying for their salvation. There were lots of soldiers who had just finished their training, all waiting at the Western Wall to be sworn in before Torah and such an opportunity to talk to them.
This was a blessed, full packed day that started out as a group of strangers and ended up a solid army of God in unity and purpose.
Stephen, a lovely brother from the Caribbean joined the worship team. I was on crutches a few weeks before I came so it was such a blessing to be able to dance through this anointed worship, halleluyah!
Ofir Amitai spoke a powerful message on “Shall I bring to birth and not cause to bring forth?.” from Isaiah 66. He said “those who mourn for Israel will feel her pain, these are the praying people who mourn for Zion , God tells us to rejoice with them”.
David gave a scripture from Isaiah 2:2-3 saying this is why we are here. I’m in agreement with this…..since I got home I can’t stop proclaiming the word of the Lord from Zion , halleluyah!
The evening came to a close with Karen singing a prophetic song……….Oh dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Surely I shall cause breath to enter you, and you shall live, and you shall live.
Another Spirit filled day around the city of the King. We gathered to pray in the Upper Room and God was gracious to give us a good slot as there were many people about. We prayed specifically for the wells to rise up. Oh how we cry out for the spirits of the patriarchs, of David and of Joshua to rise up again.
Once outside Val and I had the opportunity to speak to a lovely rabbi about our faith and what we owe the Jewish people. He listened to everything we said and thanked us on leaving. I few years ago he would of just walked away – wow!
I was soooo pleased that we got into the Hurva Synagogue which I have been closely watching the rebuilding of. This is the third time the synagogue has been rebuilt and it has been said that after the third time of rebuilding, Messiah will come. Of course we can’t take this literally but it’s interesting. We had a full guided tour by a lovely young man named Tal then had time to go to the very top. Looking down onto the Cardo, Jewish music drifted up as young people celebrated Ba Mitzvah. I needed no prompting to dance the Hora all around the top of this magnificent building.
Then a visit to the Garden Tomb. There was such a sweet presence of the Lord here. Pastor Anthony led the communion service and gave an inspired message. As we went in a group of people were singing “Amazing Grace” and on leaving “We are Redeemed.” These two songs really express the finished work at Calvary .
Our speaker was Hilda Chen from the Prayer Tower in Jerusalem . She is an amazing intercessor and such an inspiration on how to pray. The theme for her talk was “We find Yeshua in the Torah.” It was interesting when she said that all the ancient maps have Israel as the centre of the world, modern maps do not. It was a very emotional experience when each of us went forward to pray for our own nation. I was broken when Josef from Sweden prayed knowing the rise of anti Semitism in that county and Mark from Ireland with the years of bitter hatred there.
Late that night, Yaron took a group to the Western Wall Tunnel. A visit definitely not to be missed if you’ve not been there.
I and two other sisters were chatting to a brother whilst waiting to board the bus He shared a vision the Lord has given him during the night. He saw a row of demons sitting on a wall dangling their legs and laughing at us. We prayed against these mocking spirits. We realized that the enemy will always try to belittle us, but praise God we can rise above in the mighty name of Yeshua!
We spent the morning at the Prayer Tower . It was a truly amazing time in the Lord’s presence. We shared scripture, worshipped before His throne in song and dance and prayed the scriptures. Josie had a brilliant idea of placing scriptures in a basket to pray into as led by the Spirit. As each person came up to pray, Karen sang a prophetic song relating to the prayer being prayed….simply awesome. David shared James 5:16 and 1 Cor:3:9 saying to pray effectively we need to pray the word and seek the Lord for rhema words. This was most encouraging.
After the experience at the Prayer Tower we were all well equipped to tackle Samuel’s Mountain. After ascending trillions of steps we were rewards with a magnificent view of the mountains of Judah and Samaria and as far as the eye could see all around. It was a magnificent place to pray as we split into groups to cover the four corners all declaring together psalm 149. After shofar blowing and a loud victory shout we headed off to Yad Va shem
Yad Va shem is a place of reflection, of being on your own to absorb all that one is seeing…..in horror. This year I went in the art museum and I’m so glad I did. The paintings were hauntingly real, telling a story on canvass. Sitting outside having coffee, Val and I got talking to three Israeli soldiers and Val felt led to read part of psalm 91 to them. As they listened I had just one “Soldiers psalm 91” scripture card in my purse which I gave to them. It was such a blessing to see their readiness to receive it. I am amazed how open the young people are to hearing the gospel.
Our speaker Eliyahu Ben Haim gave a powerful message on “The Times we are living in for Israel and the church” from Ezekiel 36-39. He said “ sometimes the Lord calls us to warn others, an evil wind is blowing.” After listening to his message I realize that we can’t afford to be silent. On leaving the meeting there was a spectacular firework display in celebration of an Arab wedding at the hotel. It was so spectacular it put New Years Trafalgar Square display to shame! I did wonder though after hearing that wonderful message from Eliyahu, is the Lord speaking!
We were well into the week now and also well into knowing each others names…well almost baring a few senior moments from yours truly! We said goodbye to the very splendid Regency Hotel today as we heading for Haifa in the North.
Our bus journey was as always a blessed time of sharing, worship and speaking out the word of God. Wilton led us in prayer from Eph.3:9-10 and Josie called us to all declare Ps.24:7-10 and Is.11:2.
It was a blessing and answer to prayer that we got into the Knesset to pray. We were disappointed for Ingrid not to be with us but I know that the Lord will give her double what the locusts had stolen. I was in awe of the beautiful biblical tapestries on the walls, the seating plan in the shape of the menorah, the mosaics of the twelve tribes of Israel on the floor, the golden menorahs everywhere and I thought “no wonder satan hates this place.” We gathered to pray and there were tears of intercession as we worshipped and declared the word of God. Josephine gave scripture from Deut.33:27-29 which was a rhema word for this moment. A Jewish lady said how much it meant to her to hear us singing in Hebrew. As we worshipped I quietly danced a Davidic dance. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would get to dance in the Knesset –wow! That day in the Knesset, we truly built an altar of praise, halleluyah.
Yaron led us onto the roof tops to pray at a place situated where the Christian, Arab and Jewish quarters meet. As we prayed I could feel the spiritual forces in the heavenly places and was again reminded of this is why we are here.
Our visit to plant a tree in memory of all the aborted babies in the Land was very emotional.
The place was where the sun stood still from Joshua 10:12-13. It was a vision by Be’ad Chaim, Pro Life, to purchase this land 2 months ago and is prophetically the beginning of God restoring the Land. The cost to plant a tree was $18 – the number of life, chai. I have never felt such emotion planting a tree. I think we were all shocked when we learned the statistics of aborted babies but also encouraged to pray for the wonderful work Pro Life is doing to save them. We all received a little book mark saying: “This year, 40,000 women in Israel will return their Father’s gift unopened.”
Our last stop was to the Israeli Tank Museum , La Trun. Our guide was a young soldier from America who made Aliyah four years ago. We prayed for Gilead Shalit and also an Israeli soldier on behalf of the IDF. Seeing these tanks at close quarters really brings it home what combat is all about and gives us an understanding on how to pray.
We were welcomed at the Dan Panorama, Haifa with a nice cold drink, then a hasty shower, unpack and a bit of a bun fight dinner then off on the bus again for an evening meeting at the Carmel Assembly. There were lots of nations there as it was their Convocation. I was delighted to meet up with several people from my own fellowship. It was so freeing up to join in the dancing which went all round the room and definitely a good way of testing the heart rate!
We gathered to hear Joshua, a young youth pastor from Carmel speak and share about this most important ministry. We had the opportunity to pray for him and declare the word over him. It is good to hear young men with such passion, thank God for them.
Our first stop was overlooking the wonderful bay of Haifa where we declared the word of the Lord. As Josephine, Val and I stood together waiving our flags; we noticed they were the colour of the temple: blue, red and purple. We all declared Num.10:9 and gave a loud victory shout as the shofars blew. We had built another altar.
We headed off for Elijah’s mountain and Lesley gave a scripture for everyone from 1Thes.5:23. On the way up there were very old oak trees on one side and pines that were planted at the birth of Israel on the other side. Naphtali gave a scripture for everyone: “There is no one we can trust except our Father in heaven.” How very true is this. David saw a fire engine just before Karen’s fabby cd came on –“ Fire on the Mountain” By the time we got to the top we were all indeed fired up and had another anointed time of prayer and praise up there. End times scriptures poured into my mind as I looked down on the “valley of decision.”
We had a lazy afternoon shopping in a Druis village, sampling the delicious falafels and Mediterranean food. It was a good time to relax and reflect as Shabbat was drawing near.
It was such a joy to enter into the Shabbat rest and enjoy a wonderful Shabbat dinner with new found friends that I felt I had known forever. Tonight Stefan and his lovely wife Keren, joined us. Keren led beautiful anointed worship and Stefan gave a brilliant message on “looking”. After listening to the cd a few times I keep getting more and more out of it. It was heart breaking when Stefan said “The story of Israel has been one of rejection from generation to generation, just like children who are adopted, orphaned and passed from place to place.” David then read Is.40:1, a prophecy over the heart.
We spent the morning at the Carmel Assembly Shabbat service. It was so prophetic with all the nations gathered together on this high mountain. Karen Davis’ and the worship team were wonderful, taking us into the presence of the Lord. It was inspiring to see the worship dancers and I was rapidly making mental notes of all those lovely flag movements. David Davis spoke from Shir-HaShirim –Songs of Songs. This was a prophetic message of Yeshua coming for His bride. One of the dancers acted out David’s message so very meaningfully.
We spent the afternoon up on the Lebanese boarder.
We sang a Declaration Song which went like this and apologies if I’ve got it wrong!
Adoni Melech – Adoni reigns
Adoni Malach – Adoni did reign
Adoni yim loch – Adoni will reign forever
Layolam ba ed
Against a fabulous view of the Mediterranean, the hot sun and the huge iron gates separating Israel from Lebanon , Marylou prayed a strong warfare prayer, drawing all into agreement. The shofars blew and the shouts of victory rose high into the heavenlies as we declared “Am Israel Chai ( Israel will live). One of the soldiers poked his head out of a window and laughingly said “There’s soldiers’ trying to sleep here.” At that moment I felt the Lord say to pray the IDF are not caught sleeping.
Travelling on the bus I noticed some lovely things like railings along the highway in the pattern of King David’s harp, A traffic roundabout with flowers in the pattern of the menorah, a huge field of smiling sunflowers, Israeli flags waiving proudly everywhere.
This evening we were treated to a concert by Pam Singer, a prophetic Messianic singer who has been going out of Zion for thirty five years. She said she is a song midwife, bringing them forth. It was a beautiful evening listening to her testimony and ending by her singing the Aaronic Blessing to us as we lifted our palms showing our unique fingerprints to God.
Even though this was our last day, there certainly was no feeling of winding down, that excited buzz of prayer warriors together was stronger than ever.
We spent the morning on the Sea of Galilee . We boarded Faith, owned by Daniel, a believer who sang beautiful praise songs to us. It was good to have Brookie come and speak to us. It was so encouraging when she said that it was Messianic Gentiles that brought Daniel to the Lord and we are causing the veil to be removed – halleluyah! She prophesied Is.43:18-19.
It was just heaven to sing, dance and bask in Yeshua’s shalom on this boat named Faith.
Heading on to the Golan Heights Wilton shared: “Can a nation be born in a day (natural birth 1948). It will be born again in the day when they look on Him whom they have pierced).” – wow. Just as Yaron said that we were almost there, we saw a huge bird of the eagle family take off and follow the bus until we stopped when it flew up and away. My eyes spotted Marylou’s flag of a huge eagle with a serpent in its mouth. I believe we built another altar as we declared amazing scriptures over the enemy. We prayed the Lord would open the spiritual road to Damascus . Is.19:24-25 and also freedom from oppression for the women. It is amazing how close the Lebanon and Syria are to Israel and how vitally important it is for Israel to keep the Golan.
A time of sharing. Each persons account was different, but put together, moulded into one, in unity of spirit. I felt so privileged to be part of this beautiful group of people with the same vision for the restoration of Israel – the very name we came to – Intercessors for the Restoration of Israel.
Keith was so helpful, taking up the rear as we went out and about all week and also making sure the sound system and overhead worked smoothly, bless you Keith.
Of course none of this would have been possible without our amazing leaders, David and Josie and I can only give a huge THANK YOU for your dedication and obedience to your call from the Lord, may He bless you richly with His shalom.
Finally, thank you Father for watching over us and your word to perform it.