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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS PRAYER UPDATE DECEMBER 2020 No. 86
Intercessors for Cyprus. Prayer Update. December 2020 No. 86.
We suggest you print out the update for use this month. The words are close-typed for economy of printing. Use the Bible and its promises alongside this update.
Why not read the Bible through every year on a daily basis? Please go to our website: www.intercessorsforcyprus.org page: ‘Daily Bible Reading Plan’
Giving thanks; SPECIAL LINK; Editorial: 'Blinkered Vision’; The Church: Advent; Alpha Online;
Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI.
The Government and those in authority: Rainbow Prayer (3); Coronavirus; Health; Peace process.
(No National or Moral & Social issues this month due to editor eye operations)
Cities & municipalities; Caring & compassion; International; IFC information.
December Prayer Issues. Psalm 106:12. ‘Then they believed his promises and sang his praise.’
(An interpretation of) Isaiah 62v6-7a: I have set intercessors on your walls who shall cry out to God for the fulfilment of his promises.’
NB. We hold a main weekly IFC prayer group in Larnaca every Friday 9am-noon and others weekly e.g. Prayer for Israel, Ministries & Refugees, at other times. Details: Email the above . Use the Prayer update in your home group, prayer group, church prayers, and devotionals. Use it topically or work through it over the month.
Tip: Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to an entry He wants you to pray into. Focus on that (also in your group) until you sense completion. God bless you!
^ GIVING THANKS: 1 Thessalonians 5:18. ‘In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.’
We thank You, heavenly Father, for the gift of Your Son Jesus, (Yeshua), the Christ, the Jewish Messiah, to redeem our lives from slavery to sin and the devil. O what a gift! Thank You for the opportunities for relationships to be renewed in this season and gifts to be shared. We are so grateful!
^ SPECIAL LINK: For such a time as this……ALL PASTORS, LEADERS, CHRISTIANS, please look at this warning and encouragement for the Church in OUR DAY & DAYS TO COME: ‘Letters are coming’ (Times Square Church, New York.)
^ EDITORIAL: ‘Blinkered Vision’: 2Timothy 2v15:'present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who…correctly handles the word of truth.’
NB I will give a summary of the above link in the ‘SPECIAL’ section next month, but PLEASE view this as soon as you can. Very relevant and important.
Having had two eye operations in November, I realised just how blinkered my vision had become in the eye which was first operated on. After the operation, that eye allowed so much more light into the eye that vision increased considerably. Added to that the new lens fitted gave crystal clear vision…as the ophthalmologist put it, ‘like a ten-year old child’. The same for the second eye….such restoration!
Perhaps we all go around in some respects with blinkered vision. The glory of creation can be missed, the wonder of the animal world and other creatures…which my wife is often pointing out to me. Many people do not want to think about creation in terms of that there is a God who is the Creator, but scripture says: Romans 1v20: ‘For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.’
Whilst we are on the subject of creation, do you ‘see’ Jesus (Yeshua) in Creation? “In the beginning God [Elohim] created [barah] the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1). While El is the singular form of God, the im ending of Elohim indicates plurality. This doesn’t mean that there are many gods creating the earth, but it does indicate that the nature of God involves a plurality as well as unity. One reason we know this is because even though Elohim is plural, the Hebrew verb barah (created) is singular. If more than one person was involved in the act of creation, the verb would be plural — baroo and not barah. However, in Genesis 1:22 and 3:22, the identity of this one person is clearly a plurality of some kind: “Let us make man [Adam] in our image, after our likeness.” (Genesis 1:26) “The man has now become like one of us.” (Genesis 3:22) Who is in the "us"? In the first verses of Genesis, we see God (Elohim) as Creator, and the Spirit (Ruach) of God is hovering (breathing) over the waters.
But where is Yeshua (Jesus)? The Apostle John tells us that Yeshua was not only "with God" but He accomplished His work as the Word of God itself: “In the beginning [Bereisheet] was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made, that was made… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us….”
(John 1:1-3, 14) Yeshua knew exactly what to create and how to design everything because He is "the exact imprint of God's nature," and "He upholds the universe by the word of His power.” (Hebrews 1:3).
What about the glory of the Gospel? An instance of this is found in Hebrews: Hebrews 9:24-28. For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God's presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
What a wonderful extract, full of powerful meaning, of Good News, of the Gospel. Maybe you recognise an area of blinkered vision in someone else. Ask God to reveal to you your own blinkered vision which distracts from the glory of God. When He does, take time to process this. God revealed to me recently a way in which I treat my wife which is not good in His sight. I have confessed to God, apologised to my wife, and am seeking to truly repent (turn away) from that way of thinking.
Your personal repentance cleanses the Bride. We all fall short of His glory. There's no condemnation; He forgives us when we confess our sins. He encourages us to go beyond merely confessing and feeling sorry for the sin; He wishes us to purify by exercising our free will to change our thinking and behaviour, removing that sin pattern, showing others a new godly character. We are called to bear His fruit of the Holy Spirit, worthy of repentance. Why not take time right now to consider your own life before God, asking Him to reveal blind spots?
The Church may have a blind spot concerning Coronavirus. Yes, the enemy is seeking to destroy our fellowship and worship together, but God is preparing His church for the coming days, including persecution. We are learning to survive despite loss of fellowship and physically being together…much as the persecuted church in many nations has had to do. When the final end time events unfold, the Church will need to ‘stand strong in the storm’, a favourite saying of Open Doors, supporting the persecuted church worldwide. The great falling away may even now be upon us as God tests His Church worldwide, separating true believers from false, and refining His Church for His glory in the days to come. Our God reigns!
Finally, let’s pray that the eyes of the ‘blind’ be opened: Isaiah 35v5: Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Revelation 3v18: I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, so that you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so that you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so that you can see. NB. ‘Global Repentance movement’: A time of seeking God to cleanse the Bride individually & corporately. November 10th – December 20th. www.globalrepent.com
^ THE CHURCH: Matthew 16:18. ‘I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.’
1. Advent: This is the advent season when Christians remember and celebrate the first coming of Jesus, Saviour of the world. It is also the Jewish season of Chanukah from 10-18th December. It’s a good time to consider the second coming of Jesus Christ (1 Thess 4v13-18; 5v1-11; 2 Thess 2).
From an IFC reader in Canada). Prayer for the Second Coming of Jesus: ( ‘I pray that Jesus Christ returns to Earth soon, to bring the eternal love and peace of the Kingdom of God to all who believe in Him, and for every knee to bow to Him, and for every tongue to confess that Jesus is Lord at His return. Amen.’ Maybe you can share in this prayer as well?
2. Alpha Online: The deeper questions people ask themselves and others in their quiet moments are posed, one each week, and answered from a Christian perspective. It is an excellent, Gospel-orientated, good theology outreach. The beauty of this course (11 sessions, 1x a week) is that it can become a part of the on-going life of a church by running it again and again, and so discipling new believers and bringing in more to the Kingdom at every course. This is the pattern experienced by those who use the course regularly. The Lord just blesses it and brings salvation into lives. IT IS WHAT WE ARE HERE FOR apart from anything else. The Youth Alpha course is 9 sessions and the other languages course (using subtitles to the films) is as the adult course, 11 weekly sessions. Pray for Christians to be mobilised to reach out to people they see regularly, and to boldly invite them as ‘guests’ for Alpha Online. Pray for many responses to join the course and the enemy to be bound from the robbing of potential guests (Jn 10v10).
Reconciliation N & S: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said it was time for a realistic proposal about a two-state solution on the divided island of Cyprus. However, God’s solution is simple: God encourages His Church to stand together, confess wrong attitudes, forgive one another and embrace in practical ways. Also to intercede for the nation’s healing. Key elements of a reconciliation process: Confession and practical forgiveness – the Church leading the way, healing of the nation, and removal of Turkey’s influence including Islam. (Luke 11v4; 2 Chronicles 7v14). Continue to pray into this.
Revival & Transformation: When did you last hear anyone preach or teach on Baptism in the Spirit to a generation unfamiliar or untaught? Pray for this. (SEE Luke 3:16; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 19:1-6; Luke 11:9-13; Acts 1v8; Acts 8:16; Acts 19v6; Luke 4v1; Acts 6v3 & 5; 2 Corinthians 3v17).
ITI: The key point of the recent international conference was, ‘Be Ready’. Pastors, elders and leaders throughout Cyprus are being alerted to the imminent fulfilment of the second great Aliyah (return to the land) of God’s ancient people according to scripture. Pray that their hearts and minds are in line with God’s will and purpose. The time for practical preparation has come. Pray for wisdom and provision for these preparations.
The physical aliyah - the physical return of the Jews to the Land of Israel, has to precede the second, the spiritual aliyah - the return of the Jews to their God through their Messiah, Yeshua. First the physical then the spiritual! We are in the process of the physical, but soon will be the spiritual Aliyah - and that will be like ‘life from the dead’ - when they ALL will believe! (Romans 11:25, 26).
(Prayer extract from a recent ‘Intercessors for Israel’ bulletin concerning aliyah): Lord, show more believing congregations in the nations that Israel's restoration is for Your glory and then lead them to press in with intercessions and financial and physical aid (See Isa. 43:5-7, 21).
Open the eyes of many more Christians to see that the only time You said You would do something with all of Your heart and all of Your soul in all of the Bible was Jeremiah 32:41: Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land in truth with My whole heart and with My whole soul. Let them consider that as You are planting Israel back in its land with all of You heart and soul – then shouldn't they want to be involved in this heart-project of Yours (1 Cor. 3:9a). Let them also see that if You are planting Israel back in its land with all of You heart and soul – woe to any believer who would dare to resist this (Acts 5:39; 2 Cor. 10:5)!
^ THE GOVERNMENT & THOSE IN AUTHORITY: 1 Peter 2v13-17: Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. 16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honour the king.
^ Rainbow Prayer (3): We continue with Neal Bratchun’s Rainbow Prayer (part 3)
BLUE represents God as REDEEMER and the Mountain of RELIGION.
Pray prayers of identificational repentance from sinful thoughts, words and deeds in the church and the nation according to 2 Chronicles 7:14, Daniel 9:19-20. Receive forgiveness according to 1 John 1:9
Pray for the church in America to be aligned to God’s Word, His Promises and the finished work of the cross and His ways. (Ephes 1:3; 2 Peter 1:2-4)
In Jesus’ name, I decree that the active, holy, and powerful conviction of the Holy Spirit is visiting every individual in the USA, drawing souls into true encounters with Christ.
In Jesus’ name, I decree that the body of Christ in the USA is actively walking with and serving the Lord with fullness of focus, sincerity of faith and in the demonstration of the power of the Spirit.
In Jesus’ name, I decree that righteousness thrives in my nation in every realm of life and that lawlessness and corruption have no place.
^ Coronavirus: A news service described the scene at a protest rally against Limassol lockdown requirements as, ‘a battle ground’. This trend is growing not only in Cyprus but in many nations. Understandably, people do not want further restrictions, fearful of economic consequences, but we are required to obey the government. Some have conspiracy theories, too. The result is that recently governable nations are slowly becoming less so on the issue of Coronavirus. The problem is that orchestrated and anarchic movements are capitalising on this trend and encouraging it, by sending their teams to stir up the situation in each locality, even each nation…..witness the USA at present. All this paves the way for anarchy and rebellion, so that nations are in turmoil, and the stage is set for the antichrist figure to arise, bringing ‘peace’ within and amongst the nations…..at a price! Pray for Cyprus to be delivered from these anarchic forces, including spiritual powers of darkness that Ephesians 6 in the New Testament warns about: Ephesians 6v12: ‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.’ Also worth reading is 2 Thessalonians 2v3-4: ‘Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God.’ Pray.
^ Health: Uphold in prayer the health services, the health minister and the government and local hospitals, etc., as they seek to both contain the virus and minister to those infected. Pray for those directly affected to overcome, and those more indirectly, through loss of jobs, etc., for hope (Job 14v7).
^ Peace Process & the North: This is in disarray, with Turkey’s president Erdogan making a mockery of the process by his actions and visit to Varosha. Erdogan’s crony, Ersin Tatar is now the president in the north. Pray that God puts a hook in the nose of Mr Erdogan according to His timing (Isaiah 37v21 & v29). May he be saved! (1 Timothy 2v4).
^ NATIONAL ISSUES: ^ MORAL & SOCIAL ISSUES: Please note that due to the editor’s eye operations & recovery, there are no research entries here this month for prayer. Further information for prayer may be found daily at http://www.newsincyprus.com/category/2/cyprus-weekly
^ CITIES & MUNICIPALITIES: PRAY for your city: Jeremiah 29v7: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." Psalm 55:11.’Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.’ Also: Isaiah 1v26, Prov 11v10-11; Is 62v6-7; Ps 122v6-9. Consider these verses and pray for your city. Town, village, municipality as led by the Lord.
Larnaca Port Development: The Cabinet has given the green light go-ahead to the proposed development of Larnaca Port & Marina. This Israeli / Cypriot funded investment enterprise should do much for the local economy. It is a €1 billion project. Pray for an effective project team (2 Chron 30v12).
^ CARING AND COMPASSION: (by the Church and others): Matthew 5v7: ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.’
1. Refugees, asylum seekers & migrant workers...,aliens & strangers: Exodus 22v21: "Do not ill-treat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens.”
Remember the O.A.S.I.S Refugee Project. Give thanks for the wonderful gifts Oasis made up with the help of local Christians of Christmas bags and shoe boxes filled with presents for various ages and genders. However, Oasis is really struggling since Covid-19 and particularly at the present time, currently needing more volunteers and finances. Pray for the Lord to open a door into hearts and for Oasis to continue their wonderful work (Rev 3v8).
Migrant camps have been in lockdown in November. Oh Lord, open up ways for Christians and Christian organisations to minister. Amen.
2. The poor and needy, widows and orphans, foreigners, unemployed, exploited, etc: Proverbs 31v8-9: "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."
Remember in prayer the Mercy Centre in Nicosia, the Limassol group, and the Matthew 25 project in Paphos. Also Cyprus Samaritans, etc.
With November lockdowns in Paphos and Limassol, rising unemployment and lack of income, many are DESPERATE. Pray for those struggling in Cyprus, that they will seek God for help and that others will find them in their need and help them, in Jesus’ name. (Psalm 121v2).
^ INTERNATIONAL ISSUES: Mark 11v17: "Is it not written: 'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations?’ “(Also Revelation 14v6.)
Ongoing: Pray against the use of nuclear weapons and chemical weaponry and for Gospel declaration in the Middle East (Matt 16v19).
(NB Ezekiel 39 speaks of activity similar to the above in the end times, related to Israel.)
USA: The final legal ratification of the new president will not be until January 20th. The current situation is all such a mess! Pray for clarity and truth.
Israel: The Bible says that in the end days, there is an initial conflict between Israel and surrounding peoples i.e. Hamas, Palestinians, Hezbollah and Syria. This conflict will be over Jerusalem. With the USA showing signs of withdrawal, God will help Israel - Israel will win this initial conflict – Zechariah 12v6 says that “Jerusalem will remain secure”. But into the vacuum that is left will come Russia, Iran and Turkey. Interesting that these three countries are now, in our day, relating strongly with each other. Israel will have to rely not on the USA but on GOD, ‘the God of Israel’, the unchanging One, to help them overcome their enemies. As many Jews return from other nations to live in Israel, pray that they not only safely return to the land but know God’s protection in the land, and return to their God. Pray that eye salve be applied in the spirit to Jewish eyes, that blind eyes be opened, that the Jews recognise Yeshua (Jesus) as their Messiah, and that ‘All Israel shall be saved.’ (Romans 11v25; Zech 12v10-13v1).
Bless you all. Yassas, αντίο and shalom. The IFC team
In 2013, IFC (intercessors for Cyprus) was given leave to develop its ministry under the authority of the Evangelical Alliance, Cyprus. IFC has an office and a prayer home. We believe in using the home for a place of prayer and in inviting others to join us. (The Hebrew word for ‘house’ is also used for ‘home’, so the rising movement of Prayer Houses could also be applied to homes). We would like to see many homes in Cyprus opening up for public as well as private prayer once a week if not more. We hold public prayer meetings three mornings a week. Tuesdays: (9-11am) ITI prayer for Cyprus a safe haven for refugees. Wednesdays: (9-12am) we meet to pray for Israel. Fridays: (9-12am) prayer for Cyprus, including the latest news and using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, and being led of the Spirit. If you would like to join us - as a visitor or more permanently- then email the above to arrange.
IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit!
Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet,
Particularly ‘InCyprus News’, from TV, radio & newspapers, local
government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.
Regular sources: Issachar UK; Jerusalem Post; Open Doors; IFI; Vision for Israel; Internet.
Do you want to pray for Israel more regularly? Try Intercessors for Israel: http://www.ifi.org.il/prayer/points
INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS Previous three PRAYER UPDATES:
See 'Recent Updates English' page.
INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS Previous three PRAYER UPDATES:
See 'Recent Updates English' page.