Well it’s 2 days now til I’m off to Israel, to the All Nations [intercessors] Conference in Jerusalem and its all very exciting. We leave from Heathrow T5 on Thursday arriving into Tel Aviv about 3pm, ready to spend the day checking out the Old City on Friday before the convocation starts that evening. The theme this year is “Preparing the way for the King: Pass through the gates” taken from Isaiah 62. As last year there should be delegates there from around 160 nations so I hope to bring back reports of what God is doing literally all over the Globe!
It all feels very intimidating going and praying with all these older and wiser people, and feelings of inadequatey are a struggle, but Gods been reasuring me recently that all he requires is for us to believe, and that he loves us nomatter what we do for him. Like Jesus says to Jarius “Just believe…”. Cain tried to offer God his hard work, his effort, the work of his hands; but Abel offered a lamb, he gave what he had, what God had given him, a symbol of himself, showing that he understood his guilt and his need for a substitute. Abel gave a little, trusting God; Cain gave a lot, trusting himself. He doesnt want the work of our hands, but ourselves. ”What can I give? what can I bring? To so faithful a friend, to so loving a King? Simply this: I will offer up my life, In spirit and truth…” (Matt Redman). We dont need to achieve, but just believe. He doesnt need us to succeed, he just wants us to surrender. “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quiteness and trust is your strength” Isaiah 30:15
“And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD
to serve him,
to love the name of the LORD,
and to worship him,
all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it
and who hold fast to my covenant-
these I will bring to my holy mountain
and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
a house of prayer for all nations.” Isaiah 56:6-7