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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!
The 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.

Welcome, Dr. Herts, to the AMC Board!
The AMC is happy to announce that Dr. Michael Herts, Congregational Leader of B'nai Avraham Messianic Fellowship of Hampton/Newport News, Virginia, has accepted an invitation to join the AMC Board, effective January, 2008.
Dr. Herts grew up in a Conservative Jewish home and has been a Messianic Jew since the Spring of 1981. He has held leadership roles in various congregational settings and has had the privilege of preaching and doing Passover presentations in congregations from North Carolina to the Pennsylvania border. He is the husband of a recently retired United States Air Force colonel and physician, and the father of three wonderful children. Dr. Herts earned a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) and Master of Education (M.Ed.), and is a licensed clinical psychologist with a practice in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

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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), at which time Messiah, Prince of Peace, will return (Hosea 5:15; Matthew 23:39).

The Believing Remnant in Israel
Pray that the Lord will increase the witness and fruitfulness of His faithful in Israel.

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 anti-missionaries 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. Pray specifically for Steve Shermett, President; Pete Koziar, Vice President; Mottel Baleston, Secretary, and Dr. Michael Herts, who'll be joining the Board in January.

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 anti-Semitism 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 www.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 email magazine, The Shofar, for the fulfillment of AMC's call in His Name. Pray that He will grant Shofar staff vision, wisdom, skill, strength and spiritual protection in the carrying out of their duties.
 

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PRAYER REQUESTS FOR IMMEDIATE NEEDS

Israel
Dissatisfaction and Corruption Within
An April 20 poll conducted by Israeli newspaper Arutz Sheva revealed a 3% approval rating for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and it seems that his public approval keeps dropping. Investigations are ongoing concerning immoral acts and crimes that PM Olmert allegedly committed, and great segments of the population oppose his intentions to cede Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and East Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, to a future Palestinian state.

Threats from Without
Hamas has captured a "king's ransom" of intelligence information in its Gaza takeover. Hezbollah is rearming in Lebanon. Al Qaeda is working in Gaza and Lebanon. It has been reported that Syria is building itself up militarily for a war on Israel's cities. Iran's efforts to attain nuclear capability continue unabated. 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.

The Persecuted Remnant in Israel
Pray for the protection and fruitfulness of those of the Lord's faithful in Israel who are presently under persecution. Pray especially for the Lord's faithful in Arad, upon whom Satan has been unleashing his venom.  See article.

      ** Kindly read our "Understanding the Times" for detailed current events information. **

AMC
Shofar

  • Pray that the Lord will move in the hearts of AMC members for the writing and submission of timely articles. Pray also that the Lord will raise up someone to do The Shofar's text layout and web page production. Contact Norm at BibleStudyProject@hawaiiantel.net.
     

  • 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 the editor at BibleStudyProject@hawaiiantel.net.

Son of David Congregation
Son of David Congregation in Gaithersburg, Maryland is seeking a Congregational Leader. Information at http://www.sonofdavid.org/pages/CL-Information/CL_CoverLetter.html. Questions: elders@sonofdavid.org.  Application packet: office@sonofdavid.org.
Phone: (240) 403-2138.
 

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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, 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 March, June, September and December.
     *  Limit total submissions to 100 words. Exceptions will be made at the discretion of the editorial staff.
     *  Submissions must be received a month before the next publication date. Exceptions may be made.
     *  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.
     *  Send submissions to the editor at BibleStudyProject@hawaiiantel.net.
     *  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.