THE PRAYER CLOSET
* PROCLAMATIONS OF PRAISE
* ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS
* PRAYER REQUESTS FOR IMMEDIATE NEEDS
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et us rejoice together and
in intentional prayer.
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PROCLAMATIONS OF PRAISE
AMC Europe conference
Praise the Lord for a great first AMC Europe conference in the UK this past
September. Some of the congregations who participated heard about the topics
presented for the first time, leaving them with a desire to learn more. Steve
Shermett and Alan Poyner traveled over 1500 miles during their tour, from Leeds
and Manchester in the north to Devon and South Wales in the south. Pray that the
Lord will provide the participating congregations with resources and leaders to
help keep them spiritually strong and growing.
Safety during earthquake
We are thankful that The Shofar’s editor Norman Manzon was safe during the
earthquake that recently hit where he lives in Hawaii. He and his family were
all safe and the damages were manageable.
Provision in Israel
During the recent fighting in Israel, the Lord in His mercy provided provision
and protection for many believers in Messiah, both Jews and Arabs, and for the
general populace as well. The local news commentators repeatedly referred to
“miracles” as homes were destroyed but human life was spared. This period of war
was marked by intense prayer throughout the local Messianic congregations,
offers of tangible help for those coming under daily barrage of the missiles,
and supply of housing for individuals, children and whole families needing
refuge. Vibrant witness also went out to the soldiers, as there are more
Messianic Jews serving in the Israeli army than ever before, and other believers
ministered along the border.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR IMMEDIATE NEEDS
Disenfranchisement, Major Change, Wars and Rumors of Wars
There is great dissatisfaction with the way the recent war was conducted,
resulting in accusations, terminations, resignations and investigations; all
this on top of accusations of corruption at the highest levels of government.
Meanwhile, Al Qaida continues to make inroads in the West Bank and Gaza, and
Palestinians and Hezbollah in Lebanon and Gaza are arming themselves very
heavily, causing Israel's military intelligentia to conclude that a major attack
from Hezbollah Israel's enemies is imminent. In addition to this, there is still
much controversy to the expected move by the government to destroy rooted Jewish
communities in the West Bank. Such uprooting of communities in Gaza has brought
many Jews, such as many from Gush Katif, from riches to rags, from beautifully
landscaped homes in model agricultural communities to virtual homelessness
(actual for some) and unemployment. Add to this the fact that the Knesset voted 12
to 11 - not an overwhelming mandate - to change the form of government to a
presidential system in which the president would be elected every four years and
would not be, as now, dependent upon a majority in the Knesset. Opponents feel
that this would place too much power in the hands of one person, the president,
as such checks and balances as there are in the American government, namely, the
judicial and legislative branches of government, would be non-existent.
Pray for the Lord’s protection for Israel
and its citizens and for integrity and wisdom for its leaders. Pray for the Messianic
believers in Israel, that they will be a growing witness to the peace that comes
only through Messiah Yeshua. Pray for healing for the anxiety and post-traumatic
stress following continued rocket attacks that many are suffering, especially for the many young children who have
been especially traumatized.
The AMC has need for 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.
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PRAYER AND PRAISE GUIDELINES
Q. Who may submit prayers and
A. The AMC, a member congregation or an individual member.
Q. What types of prayer and praise proclamations are
A. * Ministry oriented, not individual needs oriented, though urgent prayer
requests for individuals are
* 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
* Praise proclamations for answers to prayer that fit into
Q. What are the submission parameters?
* Send prayers that will still be current at the next publication
Publication dates are:
the 1st of February, May, August and November.
* Limit total submissions to 100 words. Exceptions will be made at
discretion of the
* Submissions must be received no later than the 10th of January,
July, or October for
publication in the next edition.
* Submissions will be published, edited or returned for editing at
discretion of the
* 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