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. AUGUST 2019 No. 70.
Intercessors for Cyprus. Prayer Update. August 2019 No. 70.
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’
Giving thanks; Editorial: N & S Reconciliation; The Church: Specific churches & ministries; Prayer meetings for Cyprus, Outreach.
Cyprus: Key items & your own research. International: The Middle East. IFC Prayer & Information.
........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ....... .... August 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 Friday 9am-noon and others weekly e.g. Prayer for Israel, 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, whatever works for you.
^ GIVING THANKS: 1 Thessalonians 5:18. ‘In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.’
Reconciliation: An example: “One of the highlights of our summer is a very special pastors’ family retreat. We come together with fellow pastors, leaders, minister and their families from all over Israel by the Sea of Galilee for a few days of fellowship, prayer, worship and sharing. It is especially empowering and encouraging to be able to serve one another and to simply spend time together hearing what God is doing in our midst, in Hebrew congregations as well as Arab ones.” Also, in CYPRUS, the Church is meeting together monthly and praying together across the north and south divide. Thank You Lord for the reconciliation which is in Christ Jesus (Look up Ephesians 2v11-22).
^ EDITORIAL: 2 Timothy 2v15: ‘Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who….correctly handles the word of truth.’
Strategic Targets in prayer: (iv) North and South reconciliation (church unity and forgiveness to pave the way)
This month we revisit the fourth of our targets for Cyprus – the north and south division - remembering to continue to ‘strike the ground’ (2 Kings 13 v18-19), persisting in prayer over this target. The scripture we have held and proclaim in prayer is Ezekiel 37v15-19, historically for Israel, but made relevant by the Spirit as a word for Cyprus. Ezekiel 37v19: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim's hand-- (THE NORTH)—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah's stick, (THE SOUTH) making them a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.' We continue to declare this in prayer by faith until it comes into being. There are increasing signs in the church that this is coming forth. Believers & churches are a ‘holy highway’ (Isaiah 37v8). God is looking for believers walking in purity and stretching their hands to one another across the divides. 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: Repentance, confession and practical forgiveness – e.g. shared pulpits north and south. Pressing in for the healing of the nation, and removal of Turkey’s influence including Islam. (Luke 11v4; 2 Chronicles 7v14).
^ THE CHURCH: Matthew 16:18. ‘I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.’
1. Specific Churches and Ministries: Revelation 1v11: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches…”
a) Internship course ‘Closer’: 30 September - 8 November 2019 at ‘Living Stones House of Prayer’, Kiti: James 4:8 says, ´Come close to God and He will come close to you.` Learn more about worship and prayer and how to reach out to a lost world as Jesus did, from the place of intimacy with His Father. If you would like to apply for ‘Closer 2019’ or if you would like to learn more about the internship, please contact us at email@example.com (Heike D). Pray for the right response, and blessing (James 4v7).
b) Retirement: A Christian ministry called Afterworknet can point you to many opportunities to serve the Lord and develop your potential after retirement.
Look it up at www.afterworknet.com Pray that retired believers in Cyprus use their gifts for God’s glory (Psalm 100v2a).
Incidentally, Senior Alpha is a useful outlet: Manual: https://faithinlaterlife.org/fill-resource/senior-alpha-course-leaders-training-manual/
Introductory video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSAbAMkECDM
2. Prayer meetings for Cyprus: Be encouraged by Isaiah 35v1-10 e.g. ‘Water will gush forth in the wilderness’ (v6). When you meet to pray, worship God, put Him first, and allow God to bring you to a place of agreement together on which target in prayer for Cyprus to focus on. If necessary, ask forgiveness for the state of the church - and of the nation, its defilements. Pray for repentance to well up….a key to unlock Cyprus. Be aware of how the Lord is leading. Focus on the revealed key strategic target. Research the subject if necessary. Let’s pray for increased penetration of prayer!
Mark 2v3-4: ‘Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralysed man was lying on.’ These men had one mission, one purpose, one agenda. They were together, united in purpose. They achieved their aim. Not ‘shotgun’ but ‘rifle’ prayer, with focus and penetration.
The arrow of victory: 2 Kings 13v19b: "You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.” God calls forth His lines of spiritual power by bringing forth a ‘holy highway’ of connected churches and believers working and praying together in genuine relationship and warmth, linking arms against the enemy strategies, striking the ground again and again until the work is done and enemy power is broken. (Like breaking down a brick wall with many blows of the sledgehammer until it cracks and falls). So, persevere in prayer, revisit the targets over time, knowing that other groups are also praying, until the time comes when God reveals that He has released the victory on earth as it is in heaven. Sometimes this comes quickly, but more often you have to press in and endure.
3. Outreach: This could include making a difference in the lives of neighbours, work colleagues, friends, relations, people on the streets, shopkeepers, in fact any that you regularly meet in life. God wants us to love people in practical ways, listen to their stories, share our own, including how we became followers of Jesus, and even lead them to know Jesus and begin to disciple them. We have talked with Muslims, tourists, Cypriots of all ages and backgrounds, with many accepting tracts or testimony or tracts and sometimes New Testaments. You can make a difference (Matt 28v19). Pray&go.
Please note that FOR THIS MONTH information for prayer may be found daily at http://www.newsincyprus.com/category/2/cyprus-weekly Also, use what other sources work for you, such as newspapers, radio & TV, internet, etc. We keep the update short and simple in August.
^ CYPRUS: A few key items: Pro-Life: We sense that it may be God’s time to raise up those with a vision and burden to set up a pro-life ministry in Cyprus, and give alternatives and hope to women who face abortions, address government agencies, speak in schools, and alert society in general. Ask God how to pray (John 10v10b).
Homeless: Cabinet has approved a Labour Ministry proposal for two homeless shelters in Limassol, to be financed by the state. Also Limassol’s centre for homeless people “SXEDiA” began its operations on July 15th. A joint effort with the Labour Ministry, the centre provides shelter, food and social support to the homeless. The project’s main purpose is to equip people with skills in order to re-enter the labour market, strengthen their supportive network and help them find a home. Pray for Church witness and love to be activated in this (Psalm 61v3) and blessing on the projects.
Foreclosures: Changes to the island’s foreclosures bill could weaken the foreclosures law, and give better opportunity for people to retain their home or find better alternatives to being out on the streets. Government and banks could be more helpful to the needy. Pray as led (Nehemiah 5v7).
^ INTERNATIONAL ISSUES: Mark 11v17: "Is it not written: 'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations?’ “(Also Revelation 14v6.)
Middle East (1) Headlines….‘Trump puts sanctions on Iranian supreme ruler. Iran says this ‘ends channel of diplomacy forever’….‘The looming threat of war: Russia sides with Iran against Israel & USA.’
Russia has made plans for a mass population mobilization. Look at Ezekiel 38v16: You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, O Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes. Joel 2v2 (ANIV): Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, Joel 2v20: "I will drive the northern army far from you, pushing it into a parched and barren land.
Daniel 11v40: Then at the time of the end, the king of the south will attack the king of the north. The king of the north will storm out with chariots, charioteers, and a vast navy. He will invade various lands and sweep through them like a flood. Daniel 11v40
The top commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East says he believes the Iranians or their proxies may orchestrate an attack at any moment on Israel. "I think the threat is imminent," Isaiah 21:1-2 (ANIV) An oracle concerning the Desert by the Sea: Like whirlwinds sweeping through the southland, an invader comes from the desert, from a land of terror. A dire vision has been shown to me: The traitor betrays, the looter takes loot. Elam (Iran) attack! Media, lay siege! I will bring to an end all the groaning she caused.
The Bible says in the prophecy of Ezekiel written 2500 years ago that Tarshish (we think Britain) and the young lions (US / Canada etc) would be allied to Sheba and Dedan. Ancient Sheba and Dedan covered the exact same territory as the Gulf nations mentioned in the report above. i.e. Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. Ezekiel 38v13: Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? The current threat to the West’s oil tankers by Iran could well arouse the ire of the Western nations, who would have to come up from the south. We also know that in the end, Damascus, capital of Syria, will be destroyed: Isaiah 17:1 (ANIV): An oracle concerning Damascus: "See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. Jeremiah 49:25-27 (ANIV): Why has the city of renown not been abandoned, the town in which I delight? 26 Surely, her young men will fall in the streets; all her soldiers will be silenced in that day," declares the LORD Almighty. 27 "I will set fire to the walls of Damascus; it will consume the fortresses of Ben-Hadad." Pray….. (Part 2 next edition).
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: CYBC Media: http://www.cybc-media.com Cyprus Today: http://www.cyprus-mail.com/ Cyprus Daily News:http://www.cyprusdailynews.info/news/index.php/category/cyprus-local-news-2/ From TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc. Regular sources: Cyprus Daily; 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
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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS Previous three PRAYER UPDATES:
See 'Recent Updates English' page.