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   Πληροφορίες και προσευχή για τον Λαό της Κύπρου

 

 

 

IFC  LATEST  PRAYER  UPDATE  (ENGLISH)

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This prayer guide is contemporary as at the time of going to press. Please adapt according to developing events.

 

INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS.   PRAYER UPDATE.   JUNE  2021.   No. 92

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  June 2021.  No. 92.  

IFC website:  www.intercessorsforcyprus.org   IFC Email: iforcy@outlook.com

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 prayer 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’

 

CONTENTS

Giving thanks; Daily Bible Readings for June; Editorial: What is the truth about Covid-19? The Church: Youth for Christ Cyprus;

A different view of Pentecost; Atheism; Repentance; The Persecuted.  Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI. 

The Government and those in authority: This month (including election results); Peace process N/S; The North; Health.

National issues: (see list); Moral & social; Cities & municipalities; Caring & compassion; International; IFC information.   

 

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June Prayer Issues. 2 Corinthians 1:20. ‘For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ.’

(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 Tuesday including prayer for Cyprus’ government, churches, ministries & for refugees. Others weekly e.g. Prayer for Israel. 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.’

Thank You Lord for the giving of the Holy Spirit, poured out at Pentecost, which we celebrate this month. Thank You that You still comes to inspire, equip and empower us.’ Amen. Here is a comprehensive list of all the compound Biblical names of God in the Bible: Jehovah-Ezer: The Lord our Helper. Jehovah-Jireh: The Lord our Provider..Jehovah-Mekeddeshem: The Lord Who Sanctifies. Jehovah-Nissi: The Lord our Banner Who goes before us. Jehovah-Rapha: The Lord our Healer. Jehovah-Seba'ot: The God of the Heavenly Army Hosts. Jehovah-Shalom: The Lord our Peace.

But these two really sum it up: Jehovah-Shammah: The Lord is Omniscient, Omnipresent, All- surrounding. Jehovah-Roi: The Lord our Shepherd, The God Who SEES ALL. When Moses asks Him for a Name from the burning bush He simply answers: "I Am Who I Am." In another translated version it more purely says: "I Exist." He is the quintessential Essence of Life. Praise Him!   

 

 

^  DAILY BIBLE READINGS for JUNE: EITHER See IFC’s ANNUAL BIBLE READING PLAN at: https://www.intercessorsforcyprus.org/daily-bible-reading-plan OR get the ‘BIBLE IN ONE YEAR’ (Commentary by Nicky Gumbel of Alpha International & Daily Bible Readings (OT & NT) by David Suchard). Download the mobile app at https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bible-in-one-year/id504133402 or on Google Play Store: ‘Bible in One Year app’ the version supplied by ‘Alpha International’. No charge.

 

 

^ EDITORIAL: What is the truth about Covid-19? Here is a definition of corruption written by CARE UK: ‘Corruption poses a significant threat; it weakens democratic institutions, contributes to government instability, and erodes trust. Corruption threatens the economy, by undermining fair competition and discouraging investment and trade. It disproportionately affects disadvantaged groups by preventing social inclusion, promoting inequality and inhibiting prosperity.’ Now read the definition again with in mind the effects Coronavirus has been having worldwide. Interesting….

With all the fake news, unsubstantiated claims, rumours and facts hard to prove concerning Coronavirus, the Christian Church worldwide has had a hard time discerning between what is of God and what is not, what is a lie and what is the truth. Add to this the false prophetic claims of a return to power of President Trump which came to nothing, and the current claims that all is OK and vaccines will solve everything, as against those Christian churches and ministries who say there is a corrupt group or conspiracy which is threatening to bring the world into its power, then we need to keep our ears and eyes open. As we seek God, and recognise the lack of repentance in the nations, He may well be allowing such shakings in the world - which He said would be the case in the days preceding the coming of the Lord (Haggai 2v7).

As a way of recovering from the pandemic and supposedly building a better future, the World Economic Forum has proposed a great reset, the aim being to reshape every aspect of society, including government, economy and education. CEOs and presidents of major international corporations, such as Microsoft and BP, are involved. It looks as if the “Great Reset” would involve greater governmental control, less freedom of speech, and most likely religious persecution should these sweeping global reforms be implemented, Freedom of speech is already being restricted. (Some Christian ministries are losing their platforms on social media because of censorship from “Big Tech”).

I am including here a more radical view of what is behind Coronavirus to balance out and present an alternative to the ‘peace, peace’ brigade [c.f. Jeremiah 6v14]. The source: mariomurilloministries via National Day of Repentance USA). ‘They’ will make the greatest bid for world domination in history. It is no longer just armies that threaten freedom—it is corporations and corrupt politicians. I believe that evil in all of its vile colours is even now rising to try to crush our freedom and our churches. They wield astonishing power. They have mountains of money, unlimited connections, and enormous influence. Will they destroy nations and borders? Will they drive the church underground? Is it possible that they can indeed plow under the entire moral foundation of the West, and even the world?

Barack Obama, George Soros, and Bill Gates have plans—plans that could envelope the world. They are feverishly putting the finishing touches on strategies to redefine the human race. They are the apostles of the “new normal.” Conspirator number one, Obama, wishes to rule through a puppet president. Soros, the second one is funding and managing global anarchy. The last one named, Bill Gates, seems to be pinning his hope on a mandatory vaccine which is now being rolled out for children as well. Perhaps the reason that young children are not susceptible to CV is that they have no fear of it, whereas those old enough to understand may contract it!

Corona Conspiracy? A friend in the UK sent me this recently: And so the cookie starts to crumble... the masks begin to fall off. The Chinese biological laboratory in Wuhan is owned by Glaxosmithkline, which owns Pfizer - the company who makes the vaccine against the Coronavirus. "GlaxoSmithKline is managed by Black Rock, which manages the finances of the Soros Foundation. Black Rock controls central banks and manages about a third of global investment capital. Soros owns the German company Winterthur, (which built the Chinese laboratory in Wuhan) and was bought by a shareholder of Black Rock, which is a major shareholder of Microsoft, owned by Bill Gates, who is a shareholder of Pfizer, which is now the first sponsor of the  'WHO! (World Health Organisation). Now you understand how a dead bat sold in a wet market in China has infected the whole planet. 

       So, pandemic, economic collapse and rioting provide the perfect situation for men to seize power. The proof of their power grab? The illegal shutdown of churches in the USA. The elites who believe they are on a higher level of wealth and power, also believe, “Never waste a crisis.” And if there is no crisis available—you create one. This is not just about money. This trio despises Christianity and Israel. They are working to rid the world of the laws of God. They are described in Psalm 2:2-3: “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us beak their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us.”

 

What is God doing? Actually, God is laughing. He is laughing at their plans. Back to Psalm 2, in verse 4 it states, “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision.” God laughs and mocks their plans. He heaps divine ridicule on them. But God’s dealings do not stop there: verse 5, “Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure…” God is not only laughing at their plans―He will wreck their plans. His wrath will be poured out on their vain imaginings. The word backfire does not begin to cover the next act of God against men who try to bury the church and set up their own kingdom. The nations are the express inheritance of Jesus Christ. Psalm 2 goes on to say in verses 7-8. “The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.” Every believer shares in this final victory. Every believer is more powerful and purposeful than they know. We should shake off all fear and helplessness and then confess the end times are not happening to me. I am happening to the end times!

Barack Obama, George Soros, Bill Gates would do well to abandon their course. A mighty God protects us. The devil whom they serve, is already doomed, and he will take them down with him. These men need to know what God plans to do about their plans. Psalm 2:9-10, “You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel. Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be warned, you judges of the earth.”

But how should you and I react to this moment? We can fear and hide or we can stand and watch God give us weapons of supernatural effectiveness; words to preach that can’t be resisted and miracle provision to finish our course with joy. These are dark days, but God has not forsaken us. Rejoice! God is laughing at their threats! Meanwhile, in the Church, we demonstrate Christ’s love, power and grace towards those who disagree with us – both within and without the church, for example over Coronavirus conspiracies or taking the vaccination.

So, will we soon have a tyranny of globalists, elitists, government officials shutting down liberty under the guise of public health? (In the UK the government is considering making the word ‘repent’ illegal). Or, will we have liberty, seeking God's Hand in our lives and our nations? This a key time to confess our personal and national sins, as the Holy Spirit may lead, beginning with ourselves. Have we forgotten His liberty or become apathetic or defeated in our thinking, looking to our secular governments or the god of mammon, or our own strength to support us? After confessing personal sins and receiving forgiveness, we can then repent. Then we are in a position to confess our national sins, e.g. the killing of innocents (abortion), idolatry (in many forms), the legalisation of sexual perversions, and the failure fully to stand with the Living God's plan for Israel. (US Nat. Day of Repentance). 

 

 

^ THE CHURCH:   Matthew 16:18. ‘I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.’

1. Youth for Christ Cyprus: Please pray that we can have more in-person events in the near future and that if it's the Lord’s will, we can have camp this summer. Pray protection over the team, interns and teenagers’ mental health (following 3rd lock down) for hope, joy & trust in him (Prov 3v5-6).    

 

2. A different view of Pentecost: [Ed.] I have put this together from notes on the speaker’s talk at a Zoom ‘Aligned’ event which I attended recently. Much of the Gentile Church is out of alignment with God concerning Israel. Pride in the Church says that Pentecost is all about the Church. Though we focus on the Holy Spirit in the Church at Pentecost, in Israel’s equivalent Shavuot offering, two loaves are offered to God, (Leviticus 23v15-18), representing the unifying of Jew and Gentile. The leaven in the loaves represents sin, but the baking process causes the leaven to die. God desires His Church to die to sin, to be a holy Church. God is bringing about the unity of Jewish and Gentile believers – the ‘one new man’ of Ephesians 2. Emerging is a recognition of Israel in God’s purposes and that the Church is rooted in Israel’s tree. The Church joins this tree of Covenant, God’s covenant with Israel, not the other way round. This revelation is growing amongst the Gentiles through the cross and to the Church in that we are brothers with Israeli believers…’one new man’ in Christ (Ephesians 2v11-22). God is drawing back Israel to Himself and to a depth of relationship, as He has done for the true Church over these past two millennia. It is Israel’s time.

    The speaker at the ‘Aligned’ event was BT, a seasoned intercessor and teacher who had a dream in the night: The dream was firstly of the Israeli flag and then a glittering star rising in the night sky. In asking God for understanding, the interpretation was that Israel has begun her ascension to be chief of the nations (Isaiah 2v2; Jer 31v7; Amos 6v1). [Ed.] This ascendency may manifest in Israel’s wars with surrounding enemies (Micah 4v11-13).  

    Following the star, there was a comet trailing behind….the nations. The understanding of this was that the time has come to settle accounts with the nations according to whether they have blessed or cursed Israel, God’s chosen nation (Genesis 12v3; Genesis 27v29; Numbers 24v9). The UK, where the speaker lives, is at present a nation that has not blessed Israel - but repentance could reverse this. [Ed.] The current uprising of Palestinians all over the world could be disastrous for their cause if they are opposing the God of Israel.    

The focus of the speaker shifted to the Bible, the Book of Ruth. In chapter 1, every good woman portrayed is a picture of what God wants in His Church – and the converse….Orpah, stiff necked, represents those churches who do not wish to hear God’s heart for Israel. Ruth represents gentile nations, and Naomi represents Israel. The Kinsman represents Jesus (Yeshua). The name ‘Boaz’ means, ‘Lord of the harvest’ and in the book, the barley harvest was beginning. In chapter 2, Ruth (gentile nations) was kind to Naomi (Israel). [Ed.] Is Cyprus in this category in terms of being kind to Israel? Not recently during the Gaza-Israel war. The speaker then spoke of how God allowed 500 years of darkness over Spain from 1492 because of the Inquisition against the Jews and then of how the Church is so divided because of the way it has treated the Jews historically.

Next, a picture was shared of twins in the womb sharing a placenta, but one (the Church) took all the goodness for itself. Both died in the womb. However some time later, the next child in that womb, named Leo, though it had some problems whilst in the womb, was born well. It was born with a yellow umbilical cord, representing glory within. The urinary tract aperture was slightly faulty and so the child had to be circumcised. The child represents Israel….which will LIVE despite invasions, anti-Semitism, opposing of the nations……redemption.

 [Ed.] Pray for Israel, the Jewish people, to be restored to God in Christ, and for Jewish and Gentile believers to recognize one another as brothers.   

 

3. Atheism: Death is the great equalizer and at the core of an atheist's soul (although they don't believe that they actually have one), they truly think that they are smarter and better than everyone else. The Atheistic movement even arrogantly calls its members the "Brights." Since, they believe they are smarter than others, it pains them deeply that their own "brilliant" doctrine requires that they will ultimately cease to exist. This, in their thought process, is simply not fair. Even their clouded minds recognize that "ceasing to exist" is not a natural state for the complexity of mankind created with a body, mind and soul. Only when we understand that we are spiritual beings, do we recognize this normal longing for significance and meaning. Animals don't wake up every morning wondering if their life will make an impact on the world or where they end up in the afterlife. There is only one common thread found in every culture ever studied through archaeology, anthropology, cave drawings, manuscripts, art, etc., and that is: Belief in a Higher Power. It's pre-programmed into our DNA. When we look into the mirror of our souls and minds, we clearly see the unmistakable fingerprint of our Creator. According to many atheists, "surplus" people are wasting precious resources from their "Mother Earth." Since this temporal life is all that they have to look forward to, any desecration of their only existence causes fury! Despite all their talk about an organized and polite society without requiring God's Laws, atheists actually promote that we are no different than creatures in the animal kingdom. Atheism, which says we are no different than other creatures on the planet, is becoming fully actualized in the current state of Western civilization. Our nations have now become fixated on a death culture, random sexual matings, no particular moral code and a constant state of territorial combat. It becomes quite clear that without a belief in the One True Almighty God...we become like animals. Pray for atheists, especially those you know. (Acts 16v31).    

 

4. Repentance: From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, REPENT, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ (Matthew 4:17 (KJV). Jesus didn't waste any time warming up the crowd with an ear-tickling message. ‘The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.’ (Matthew 12:41 (ESV).  Here's what Jesus said to the 12 disciples: ‘I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.’ (Luke 13:5 (NKJV). ‘I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance’ (Luke 15:7 (NKJV).

   Do we only need to repent once? ‘Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place--unless you repent.’ (Rev 2:4-5 (NKJV).

   Can I still continue to live a sin-filled life due to grace? ‘And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.’ (Revelation 2:23 (NKJV).

‘Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.’ (Revelation 3:3 (NKJV). As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. (Revelation 3:19 (NKJV). The Gospel Message preached by Jesus Christ was, indeed, very simple: Repent; Believe; Confess; Walk (a living witness).

‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My Throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His Throne.’ (Revelation 3:20-21 (NKJV).

‘Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved. And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.’ (Matthew 24:12-14 (Berean Study Bible).

Repentance Prayer: In Jesus/Yeshua's holy name, we confess that we have not followed Your word, Lord. Please forgive us that we have failed to use Your gift of repentance to cleanse our old sin patterns. Forgive us for not being zealous to repent, for being apathetic, for not opening the door to our minds and hearts in daily prayer to invite You in to dine with us, encouraging us to cleanse as Your Bride. In Your mercy and wisdom, help us to return to Your covenant and Your divine plan. Move on the minds and hearts of our leaders to see the spiritual warfare in which we are engaged and which can only be won through repentance and obedience to Your moral Laws. Move them to call for a National day of prayer, fasting and repentance. Amen.

 

5. The persecuted: Five Stages of Christian and Jewish persecution: a) Stereotyping. b) Vilifying. c) Marginalising. d) Criminalising e) Physical assault or death. Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow-prisoners, and those who are ill-treated as if you yourselves were suffering. (Heb 13v3).  

 

Reconciliation N & S: 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: Prayer for Revival calls for individual and corporate obedience to the Lord. There are wonderful promises for prayer to be answered in the New Testament. But there are conditions, including praying in the name of Jesus, being united in prayer and persisting in prayer. But another condition is an obedient life. Jesus says “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (Jn 15:7). John writes “If our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him” (1 Jn 3:21-22). So, to be effective in prayer we need to: Abide in Christ (a relationship of holiness), let his Word rule in us, and keep his commands. Pray as led.

ITI: A report from Michael F. who came to Cyprus a while ago to share on Israel & Cyprus reveals the extent of anti-Semitism now being revealed in the USA. He says, ‘Antagonism and loathing towards Jews, a hatred seemingly as old as the Jewish people itself, is sadly spreading like wildfire across the civic and social horizons of America, seeping into everything from politics to popular culture. It is time to be…very worried.’ Pray that God will use this development in order to fulfil His promise to bring His ancient covenant people home to Israel, yet restrain evil (Jer 32v41; Ezek 36v8-12).   

 

 

^ THE GOVERNMENT & THOSE IN AUTHORITY:  1 Timothy 2v1-4:  1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

RoCy: Pray for godly wisdom for our president, Nicos Anastasiades & his wife Andri; Cabinet Ministers & the Secretary to the Cabinet; Government Spokesman; Pray for our government & opposition parties, and also for our Archbishop Chrysostomos ll. Pray for the current president of the Evangelical Alliance of Churches in Cyprus, Yiannos  and E.A. secretary Chrysso. Pray also for key leaders in the North: Underground church leaders; leader of Turkish Cypriot Community Mr Ersin Tatar; Government Ministers, and even President Erdogan of Turkey.

^ This month: National Elections:

658 candidates from 15 political parties vied for parliament’s 56 seats. With a third of eligible voters abstaining, the result was that DISY (democrats) took almost 28% of the vote, AKEL (left wing) 22+%, CDP (centre democrats) 11%, ELAM (far right) 7+%, EDEK (socialist) 7-%, Democratic Front 6%, Green Party 4+%. Pray for a harmonious government and a parliament which serves the nation. The biggest issue before the election was that of corruption in government. Pray for corruption to continue to be exposed, and for fear of the Lord in those who serve in the political sphere. (2 Chronicles 19v17; Psalm 33v8; Job 28v28).  

Social Welfare: Through the ‘Recovery Plan and the Cohesion Plan’ 400 million euros will be allocated for two reforms and five development investments with a view to further enhance social welfare and assistance. Amen. The key pillars of the policies relating to employment and the welfare state, includes substantial investment to benefit children and families with children, protecting the rights of all workers, continuous education, skills, training, and re-training jobless people and workers in a bid to boost their prospects in an ever-changing job market. Pray for success (Matt 27v55).

Migrants: Cyprus is in a state of emergency, due to continuous migrant flows from Syria and its reception centres are overflowing beyond their capacity. The European Commission has been notified in writing, saying that there is no capacity on the island to host additional irregular migrants. Cyprus is asking the EU to prevent migrant boat departures from Syria. On the one hand, some migrants are desperate and need sanctuary. On the other the system can be abused. Pray for discernment in the authorities over each case and for just treatment, and more facilities to be built. (Ex. 18v3).    

^ Peace Process: This appears to be a non-starter at present, with both sides entrenched. Only God knows the solution. Pray for HIS way through.   

^ The North: The re-opening of crossings checkpoints should start from the beginning of this month. Amen! There are accusations of money laundering and drug trafficking rings in the north in collusion with Turkish Mob bosses. Pray for the truth to come out and for interception of these bosses (Job 18v5). 

^ Health: Coronavirus: Over half a million people have been vaccinated in Cyprus. The EU Digital COVID Certificate looms. The certificate (previously called the Digital Green Certificate) is well on track to be ready by the end of June….be aware. On the other side of the coin: A second peaceful protest, a global ‘freedom rally,’ against the violation of fundamental human rights and tyranny in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic was held recently in Paphos. An earlier event protested against the so-called ‘SafePass’, masks, coerced vaccines and tyranny. This global initiative, ‘A Stand in the Park’, has gathered support in over 100 countries, and hundreds of thousands of people are gathering every week. They value freedom, transparency and fundamental rights guaranteed by EU treaties, constitutions and so on. Supporters of the initiative are concerned about the increasing pressure on people to get vaccinated, with onerous requirements for workers. “There are also many reports of employers demanding employees be vaccinated and even some employees already being fired for refusing to be part of this medical experiment,” To have to undergo tests, sometimes every 72 hours, is being successfully challenged. NB. We have sympathy with both views in this dispute. Pray for God’s answer to manifest. (Proverbs 21v31).    

 

^ NATIONAL ISSUES:   Psalm 33:12. ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.’

Businesses: Government support for local businesses affected by the pandemic will continue to prevent a rise in unemployment. “We will continue the support to the companies that showed a decrease in turnover for as long as they need.” Pray this is workable and benefits businesses in true need.

Police: The police are there to protect the people of Cyprus, assist Government in policy and it’s outworking – including restraining people during the Coronavirus pandemic, keeping the peace and assisting the population where it can. It is a huge and valued job. Pray for integrity and effectiveness.  

Tourism: Cyprus’ biggest market – the United Kingdom – is still not letting anyone travel for some time. The lingering pandemic is keeping Brits home although it is easing due to vaccination programs and international air traffic picking up and cruise ships at back on the seas and Cyprus a major port of call. We are now off the red list and so opening up to more nations. Pray for tourism – a major industry here - to be restored. (Deuteronomy 30v16).

Property: Prices of housing has been falling. Cyprus Central Bank notes that “even a relatively small deterioration in the performance of the property sector could have a significant negative impact on the profitability and capital adequacy of banks and other credit institutions.” Be aware and pray for God’s mercy in restoring the housing market after the effects of the pandemic. We have been plundered. (Genesis 34v29).

Start-ups: Research suggests that social media and online content have become a key driving force behind the success of any business. Pray for start-ups to flourish, but that they will be innovative, beneficial to society and not based on greed. (Luke 12v15). 

Robots: Middle-aged people now, when in older age, may need some sort of assisted living, either at home or in a care home. In an age when people are living longer, robots will likely look after such people. There won’t be enough real people of working age to look after them, since the birth rate in Cyprus is falling –as in many western nations. What a society! When a nation honours God, He blesses our childbearing. Pray. (1 Chronicles 4v27).

Part-time teachers strike: A spokesperson said, “We are not seeking a pay-rise or permanence, but only the minimum workers’ rights.” If the strikers are not demanding pay rises, their wages cannot be that low. They want to claim unemployment benefit in the summer when tuition centres are closed. However, they are rightly viewed by the government as freelancers selling services to the state. Many of them have morning jobs while some are pensioners. Pray for wisdom on both sides to resolve long term this dispute. (James 1v5).

Clean-up Campaign: The Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment has announced a pan Cyprian clean-up campaign. Amen!

Fire: Danger of fire breaking out is increasing, with a number of fires already. Pray for God to restrain fires through whatever means. (Ez. 4v8).  

Please note that further information for prayer may be found daily at http://www.newsincyprus.com/category/2/cyprus-weekly

 

 

 

^ MORAL & SOCIAL ISSUES:  Deut 10v4: The Lord wrote on these tablets what he had written before, the Ten Commandments he had proclaimed.

LGBTI: Cyprus is one of 14 EU member states to sign a joint declaration in light of the international day against homophobia, Biophobia and transphobia that was marked recently. To mark the day, Meltemi Space in Nicosia and Queer Cyprus Association united to host the Queer Cyprus Film Festival.

The joint declaration stresses the need for the EU to remain respectful of human rights, freedom and security for the LGBTI community. The 14 member states reaffirmed that everyone living in the EU should have the right to live in freedom and security, enjoying their human rights and liberties. The statement concluded that any violations to LGBTI rights should not be tolerated and should be dealt with decisively. Be aware of their intolerance. Pray that the Orthodox and other branches of the Church in Cyprus stands against this biblically immoral declaration. (Leviticus 18v22; Matthew 19v5).  

Trafficking: Cyprus Stop Trafficking organization offers help to the victims of sex trafficking in Cyprus. There are shelters where women victims of human trafficking live. Pray for these women to find hope in Christ, for restoration, and for this diabolical trade to cease in Cyprus. (Matthew 19v26).

Mental health: One counselling service said that after awareness-raising on general mental health, a continuous effort to break the barriers that stop people from seeking help is required. Loss of loved ones due to the pandemic, stresses over work, family, marriage, - you name it - need relief. Praise God for the Gospel which meets these needs. Pray for society to receive relief, and for the Gospel to penetrate in these areas of need. (Matt 9v35).  

 

 

^ 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. Church leaders and ministry leaders in my own city meet regularly to pray for the nation and for our own city and church. Pray this develops in all communities in Cyprus. Pray now for your city, town, village, municipality as led by the Lord.

 

 

^ 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 Oasis Refugee Project: Just as Jesus met physical needs and then spoke about spiritual truth, so OASIS strives to meet physical and spiritual needs of all who enter its doors. This is realized through Oasis’ activities: clothing and food distribution, English, Greek and computer classes, prenatal care group, women’s meetings, family events, social café, advice centre, prayer time and Bible studies.

During April and May, large numbers of refugees were displaced from camps and many came to Oasis to register and receive aid. Pray for Oasis to receive financial help and donations of practical items to be able to continue to meet the needs of refugees in our area. Pray also for vision, inspiration, energy and wisdom for the team and board. (Deuteronomy 1v33; Psalm 143v8).

    Increasing reports of motorists witnessing migrants crossing the busy highway on foot outside the Pournara reception camp for refugees near Kokkinotrimithia are because in order to visit the village of Kokkinotrimithia on the other side of the highway from the camp, migrants are expected to use an overpass bridge located around three kilometres away from the Pournara facility. Pray for a footbridge to be built nearby. (2Sam 15v24).

 

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."

Give thanks for all those involved in caring for others in need, whether it be carers of family members, home carers, nurses & doctors & other hospital staff, or charities and welfare groups. Pray for them as they serve others. Remember in prayer also the Mercy Centre in Nicosia, the Limassol group, and the ‘Charis’ project in Paphos. Also pray for Cyprus Samaritans and other local & national organisations, including KISA which works for refugees and has had obstruction from the government. (1 Samuel 2v8; Psalm 82v3).   

 

 

^ INTERNATIONAL ISSUES: Mark 11v17: "Is it not written:  'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations?’ “(Also Revelation 14v6.)

NB. This issue we will check out what the Bible has to say about the current conflict in the Middle East and what is yet to come……. The Bible says that there is an initial conflict between Israel and surrounding peoples i.e. Hamas, Palestinians, Hezbollah and Syria. This conflict will be over Jerusalem. But 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. With Russia so involved in Syria we can see how they could easily get caught up in this. Zechariah 14 follows in due course! 

Gaza-Israel conflict: Biblically, Jerusalem becomes an intoxicating drink to the surrounding nations and peoples, including the Palestinians (Zechariah 12v1-2). The surrounding nations are spoken in the Bible as ‘pricking briars’ which will be eventually removed (Ezekiel 28v4 & Psalm 83v7 & 9). Psalm 83 reveals more about the nature of the conflict, which includes internal strife…enemies within the land (‘Amalek’) which are currently arising within Israel. (Psalm 83v5-7 & 1 Samuel 15v2). Pray that God’s word is fulfilled in removing local ‘briars’ according to His promise. Following this local war:

Turkey: is leading the fray in condemnation of Israel and support of the Palestinians. His phone call (made to Russia’s Putin) basically said the Israel must be taught a lesson. He also suggested to Putin that an international protection force to shield the Palestinians should be considered.

Looking at Ezekiel 38 v6-7 (‘Togarmah’ = Turkey. ‘Gog’ = Russia), things are lining up. Turkey and Iran are discussing the situation. Iran (‘Persia’) is the third member of this trio of nations which will head against Israel in due course. (Ezekiel 38v1-6). Pray that God puts that hook in the jaws of Russia and her allies in due time to draw them against Israel and show them His glory by the God of Israel arising, according to His word. He reigns, not them!    

Russia: ‘King of the north’. Russian President Vladimir Putin calls the Israel-Palestinian conflict a direct threat to Russia's security as Putin now sees Syria as his domain. His soldiers back Assad. NB. The nations (Russia, etc) descend into Israel AFTER Damascus is destroyed. (Isaiah 17v1 & v12). Putin showed the West a mighty display of armed forces in Russia recently, yet in the end it will come to nothing. Though they may invade Israel, God will fight for His people and deal with them. The nations will know that the God of Israel is a reality! (Daniel 11v38 n& v45). Praise God!     

Cyprus: 250 Cypriots, from the sectors of research, law, trade unions, and others co-signed a resolution on Gaza: “We are denouncing in the strongest way the ongoing Israeli atrocity against the people of Palestine, and specifically the population in the Gaza Strip.” Note Genesis 12v3 & pray.

India & Covid: Pray into these: 1. In India the spirit of fear is in work now....many die because of fear rather than disease. 2. The spirit of depression is another mode of evil. 3. The spirit of death all over, please pray that the Lord Jesus would defeat it. 4. Pray that people get right treatment at the right time. 5. Pray that the Lord judge those that politically take advantage of this situation to make money. 6. Protection for little ones. 7. Pray that the churches will open soon. 8. Pray that after this time of trial, India should see a great revival.  9. Pray for pastors who are in need.....there are many who go through hard times, because churches are closed. 10. Pray for The Lord's mercy, grace and forgiveness over India (Psalm 145v9).  

                                                                                                                 Bless you all. Yassas,  αντίο  and shalom.   The IFC team

 

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In 2013, IFC (intercessors for Cyprus) was given leave to develop its ministry under the authority of the Evangelical Alliance, Cyprus. We have IFC prayers for Cyprus at our home every week on Tuesdays: including the latest news and using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, ITI prayers and being led of the Spirit. On Wednesdays we have Prayer for Israel.  If you would like to join us - as a visitor or more permanently- then email (above). 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 ‘In Cyprus News’,  News,from TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.  

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