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Prayer Letter for August 2021

Isaiah 62 Prayer Campaign

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Isaiah 62 Prayer Letter - August 2021

Dear prayer partners,

As we prepare to take part in the coming month’s Isaiah 62 prayer initiative once again, it is always good to remember that prayer is a great privilege we have before the Lord, but it also is an absolute necessity.

Too often we get caught up in the busy pace of life and brush aside our pressing need for prayer. Whatever concerns we have, we tell ourselves we can sort them out later. Or a voice says everything will be okay, and it turns out to be a misleading voice.

If we ever thought we could make it through the trials of life without prayer, just consider that even Jesus – the Son of God – found it necessary to pray, especially in His most difficult hour. He may have never made it past the sufferings of the Cross if He had not prayed His way through in that distressing moment when a great personal agony came crashing down on Him in Gethsemane.

We know Jesus made it a daily habit to pray, usually during the night hours. And His prayer burden was usually for others – to know who the Lord wanted to touch in the days ahead (John 5:19). In this manner, Jesus knew there was a spiritual battle being waging over Peter’s life and calling, and He had already prayed for his restoration well before Peter denied the Lord (Luke 22:31-32).

But at Gethsemane, Jesus prayed for Himself and His own fate. It was an anguishing thought for Him to be separated by sin from the love and fellowship of the Father, even for that brief time on the Cross. “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me”, He pleaded. “Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39)

Jesus also pleaded with His three closest disciples – Peter, James and John – to watch and pray with Him, “lest you enter into temptation.” (Matthew 26:41)

This shows us that:
1) Prayer can actually shield us from the wiles of the devil and the temptations of the world; and
2) Even Jesus coveted the prayers of His followers. Thus, we should not let our pride keep us from asking others to pray for our needs.

The writer of Hebrews also says this about Jesus at Gethsemane: “… who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.” (Hebrews 5:7-8)

The prayers of Jesus were heard “because of His Godly fear”, and thus an angel came and strengthened Him for the mission ahead at Golgotha (Luke 22:43).

As we pray this month, may our spirits be willing and able to overcome the weakness of our flesh, knowing that communing with our heavenly Father in prayer is more than a privilege; we absolutely need it to shield and strengthen us for the difficult tasks ahead.

 

Trusting in our wonderful Lord,

David Parsons
Vice President & Senior Spokesman  
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

PS: Our first day of prayer for the Isaiah 62 Prayer Campaign this month will be on Wednesday, 4 August 2021. That same day, we also will be hosting our online Global Prayer Gathering, at 4:00 PM (Israel time). Please join us there at on.icej.org/ICEJGlobalPrayer

And let us hear from you about your needs and how God has answered your prayers! Send a short email to prayer@icej.org to let us know you are praying and fasting with us.

 

The next day of prayer and fasting in our Isaiah 62 Global Prayer Campaign will be

Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

Please join us!

 

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