Prayer Targets: Relationships; National Prayer Calls; Clergy Housing; Israel's Birthday; Pompeo
April 18, 2018
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work... Ephesians 4:16
Dear Praying Friends,
Asher (Keith) Intrater, Dan Juster, and Eitan Shishkoff founded Tikkun Ministries International. Raised in a "conservative Jewish home, Asher found Yeshua (Jesus) through a series of supernatural experiences in the mid-seventies. He earned degrees from Harvard, Baltimore Hebrew College, and Messiah Biblical Institute. Asher is committed to world evangelism. He teaches and conducts revival meetings in many nations, emphasizing the power of the Holy Spirit, personal integrity, the Lordship of Yeshua, unity of the church, and the restoration of the nation of Israel. Asher has authored and coauthored many books and tracts on these themes. These excerpts are from Covenant Relationships: A Handbook for Integrity and Loyalty:
In our circle of friends, believers and co-workers in the kingdom of God, we spend a great deal of time working on our relationships with one another. Occasionally this investment of time and energy seems so great that one would doubt that it is the most efficient way of working in God's kingdom.
[One day, the leaders discussed at length the direction of our ministries]. The conversation was getting unproductive and we felt led to pray. The moment we turned to prayer the Spirit of the Lord spoke to our hearts, "I am not in the business of building ministries, but rather of building a Body." We were directed to Ephesians 4:16: "From him (Jesus) the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work". ...
The message was clear and supportive. It was a confirmation to continue our work of relationship-building... God is not looking so much for a large organization as for an organism that can continue to grow and grow. Believers in Jesus are not members of an organization; [but] interconnected parts of a single body. Each one of us is a joint or a ligament, working and growing together in love...
BODY, NOT MINISTRY: So much of the mentality of people who are serving [is] to build a ministry as if it were simply an organization... a project to be accomplished. If we could see the Lord's work as one of nurturing and fostering the growth of this living organic body, we would be in a healthier state. In the long run, the quantitative growth [of healthy congregations] would be much greater.
THE REAL MEMBERSHIP... a large church [with thousands of members] may have only a handful of people [who have] grown in trust for one another. How many people, therefore, are really in the church? If it is the number attending the meetings, we may say the number is very great. [Yet] if we see the church as an interconnected body of people... the real number is the handful who have developed more personal relationships.
When a time of testing or trial comes along, [those not personally connected to others] may soon turn to flight. We see this in our congregation's history [but] in the long run, we saw... a growing core of people who were more deeply committed to one another. These were the people whom we could trust; they were the actual membership of the congregation.
There is no other way to build a trusting community of faith than to spend real time and effort "endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Eph. 4:3) ... Endeavor means to put forth effort to try to do something. Effort here is directed toward the bond that creates unity and wholeness within a group of people. The bond... is the connection between different people... relationship... trust. It is the covenant found between the members of the congregation. It is scriptural to direct time and effort toward developing the bond that exists between each one of us in the body of believers...
ORGANICALLY CONNECTED - [Jesus said] "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5) ... As a branch on a vine is attached to the stem, it is also connected to the other branches. What is alive must be organically connected... separation is death. Separation from God is spiritual death. We are separated from one another because of our separation from God. A cut flower, while it may look pretty, is a dead flower; it will soon wither. What is alive must be connected. What is alive must grow. A healthy body of believers is alive, connected throughout its parts, and grows. (Asher Intrater, Covenant Relationships: A Handbook for Integrity and Loyalty, Destiny Image; edited for space. See more at Revive-Israel.org).
The National Day of Prayer (Thursday May 3rd); Call2Fall (Sunday, July 1st); 31 Days of Prayer for My Nation (July 1st-31st) -- Some people think the National Day of Prayer theme of "Unity" is trite or simplistic. But nothing could be further from the truth. Our nation is coming apart at the seams due to spiritual weakness at the core. Too many of our families are broken or dysfunctional and too many of our churches do not intentionally and carefully nurture, and thus, possess, the kind of relationships and unity that we see in Scripture. With our core institutions ineffectual, divisiveness and division are becoming the new norm in our culture and body politic. Our nation is in grave danger. Many of our youth have abandoned God and the church and turned to hedonism and anarchism. They embrace radical ideologies and liberal political groups to fill their longing for relationship. Untethered from the eternal laws of God, they will try anything to fill their inner vacuum. The answer and only hope for our youth, our families, our churches, our culture, and our nation is God. That's why every believer and every church should participate in the National Day of Prayer and cry out to God for his mercy and grace and help in the affairs of our nation.
- Lord, unite our hearts in faith, submission, and obedience to You, our God and Savior. Unite our families, churches, and desperate nation. May we unite in prayer with God's people across America during this prayer season. Give us vision, clear thinking, and new energy to pray and obey during the critical Primary and General Election in November. Have mercy and grant us God-fearing leaders across America who will look to You for wisdom (Ex 18:21; Ps 68:6; 107:40-42; 133:all; Mt 18:19; Rom 14:10-12; Eph 4:16; Jas 4:7; 1 Pet 5:5). Awaken America to observe the National Day of Prayer, so very important in this hour. Open our eyes to see their need for you! Will you intervene to turn our hearts to You, O God? Will you act to make even our enemies at peace with us and make America "One Nation Under God" again? (Joel 1:14; 2:12-18; 2 Chr 7:14; Pr 16:7; Mark 9:50; John 17:21; Rom 12:18)
It is time for believers across this land, to unite in extraordinary prayer between now and the end of July in intentional prayer for our nation.
Please pray over these matters as the Lord leads you:
1) FRC's annual Watchmen on the Wall Pastors Briefing in Washington will take place May 23-25. Pray and urge your pastor to register.
2) Wisconsin Federal District Court Judge Barbara Crabb (a Clinton appointee) ruled the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional, only to be reversed on appeal. In 2013, she ruled the Clergy Housing allowance unconstitutional (see FRC release), only to be reversed on appeal. But in October 2017 in a suit brought by the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), she ruled against the Clergy Housing Allowance again. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is appealing the case and is asking clergy across the land to sign on to Friend of the Court Brief at MinisterHousing.com. Urge your pastors to sign our petition in support if they receive a housing allowance.
3) Elections make a difference. Pro-abortion bureaucrats are still reeling over the Trump administration's advocacy for pro-life policies worldwide, especially after a Trump staffer stated that the U.S. is a "pro-life nation."
4) North Carolinian Pastor Andrew Brunson, 23-years a missionary to Turkey, has spent the last 18 months in a Turkish jail awaiting trial on charges of spying. He stood before a Turkish judge Monday to plead "not guilty" with Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback and Rep. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) in the courtroom. He was sent back to jail to stand trial beginning on May 7.
5) The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) conducted a Prayer Vigil leading up to the SCOTUS hearing of NIFLA v. Becerra, the case appealing the State of California's requirement that pro-life pregnancy resource centers advertise state-provided abortions in their facility's entrances, waiting rooms, and advertisements. NIFLA President Tom Glessner is asking believers everywhere to continue the prayer vigil until the Supreme Court announces its decision.
6) President Trump is encouraging bilateral talks between North and South Korea and says the U.S. is presently in serious direct talks with North Korea.
7) Vladimir Putin responded to U.S. precision missile strikes on lethal gas storage sites in Syria, warning that further U.S. strikes will lead to "chaos" in international relations.
8) Tony Perkins, FRC Executive Vice-President Jerry Boykin, and a group of FRC supporters are in Israel for the next 10 days. They will meet Israeli officials, celebrate Israel's 70th birthday (which is today), as well as Executive Vice-President Boykin's 70th. Tony will be conducting his radio program from Israel part of this week at 5 PM EDT (see TonyPerkins.com).
9) CIA Director and Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo reportedly conducted a secret mission over Easter weekend, traveling to North Korea to meet with Kim Jong Un. Senate hearings should be completed and a vote should be taken on his confirmation by May 2. Pompeo is a solid Christian, and anti-Christian bias surfaced in Senate hearings last week.
As always, thank you for praying!