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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS. PRAYER UPDATE. JULY 2022. No. 105.
Intercessors for Cyprus. Prayer Update. July 2022 No. 105
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; Daily Scripture Readings for July; Editorial: Enlargement. The Church: Specific churches & ministries:
Cyprus Prayer Chain; Inter-Church Youth Camp; Future leadership; All4Aid Entrepreneurs.
Deceived; Israel & the Church; The Lord your Healer; Cyprus Prophecies (i).
Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI.
The Government and those in authority: This month; National Elections; The Peace process; Gas; The North.
National issues: (see list); Moral & social; Cities & municipalities; Caring & compassion; International; IFC information.
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July 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.’
1 Kings 8v56: "…the LORD…has given rest to his people just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave…’
NB. We hold weekly IFC prayers in Larnaca including prayer for Cyprus’ government, churches, ministries & for refugees. Others weekly e.g. Prayer for Israel. Details: Email email@example.com Use this 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 praise You, Father, that ‘the joy of the Lord is our strength.’ Help us to respond to all of life’s circumstances, however hard, in a spirit of gratitude, generosity and trust. We thank You for the Kataklysmos outreaches and that passers-by are more open to knowing You. We thank You that through prayer, a major law in the USA supporting abortion on demand has been reversed. You answer prayer!
^ DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS for JULY 2022:
EITHER See IFC’s ANNUAL BIBLE READING PLAN (read Bible in a year) at: https://www.intercessorsforcyprus.org/daily-bible-reading-plan
OR get the ‘BIBLE IN ONE YEAR’ (Commentary by Nicky Gumbel of Alpha International & read by David Suchet). Or other bible-in-a-year sources.
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’
^ EDITORIAL: Enlargement. Isaiah 54:2-3. "Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.”
Enlargement requires vision. God is our source of vision. Whilst many may be thinking ‘decrease’ or ‘maintenance’, let’s think of ‘mission’ and ‘increase’.
The Evangelical Alliance held a gathering last month which focused on our unity in Jesus Christ. Initial fellowship, a lovely half hour of worship, a teaching on John 17 unity, prayer and open input from the floor, then a great lunch and continuing fellowship. An excellent day! Thank you E.A. leadership. To me, this was mission, enlargement, visionary, moving towards what God wants to do in and through His Church in Cyprus. Hallelujah!
I can believe for a national day of prayer for the healing of Cyprus coming out of such unity and development.
We had a Pentecost outreach during the Kataklysmos festival at Larnaca, including prophetic art outreach and also use of a personal beliefs survey. These across-churches outreaches were marked by God’s hand. The survey of personal beliefs gave people at the end a chance to answer that if they could know God personally, would they say, ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘not sure’. Many answered ‘Yes’, much more than before Covid-19, and were followed up by discussion, prayer and /or a booklet called: ‘Knowing God personally’. (Agape UK). People are ready to hear the Gospel. Are you reaching out?
I then noticed that ‘Intercessors for America’ was encouraging the birth of a prayer group or prayer groups in every state of the USA. Now that is vision.
It got me thinking…..couldn’t Intercessors for Cyprus expand as well? Dividing the land of Cyprus into the North, Paphos district, Limassol district, Larnaca district, etc., wouldn’t it be good to see emerging a prayer group or groups representing their district in Cyprus? Let me know if you are drawn.
Limassol: (from a prayer partner. (J.G.): ‘I’ve been praying for Limassol recently. I usually become aware of a dark oppression. This makes prayer ‘hard’. However I persevere. A verse has come to me from Ezekiel 10 about this oppression. The words 'these are the men who devise iniquity and those who give wicked counsel in this city’ v.2. I believe it is of paramount importance that believers pray for the overthrow of the counsel of these men and their power and positions. It will pave the way for the counsel of the Lord. Many are not used to praying like this but some maybe are. It will stir up conflict but it will also aid the binding of the strongman. God bless you all.’ (Ed): Let’s enlarge our prayers for Limassol at this time. (Jer 29v7).
^ THE CHURCH: Matthew 16:18. ‘I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.’
Here are specific requests for prayer or news of what God is doing in the lives of His people in Cyprus.
1. Specific Churches and Ministries: Revelation 1v11: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches…”
a) Monthly Cyprus Prayer Chain: The pastors of Nicosia initiated this idea. The first Monday of each month is normally a day of prayer for Cyprus. Half hourly time slots are from 6am-9pm, 30 minutes each. Everyone is invited to pray in a slot which suits them that day for the half hour. Suggested topics for prayer are: 1. A just and righteous solution to the Cyprus problem. 2. Protection during the pandemic and for God to put an end to it. 3. Revival to the Church and emphasis on Evangelism. 4. Each local church to add one or two more topics that would like its members to include. Individual participants in the prayer chain….allow the Lord to lead you into other prayer as He wills. Will YOU pray? (1 Corinthians 15v58).
b) (i) Inter-Church Youth Camp: This happens in the mountains during the summer for young people from the evangelical churches of Cyprus, and supported by Christian ministries & churches. Pray for Loukious and the team to prepare well and be leaders that young people follow. (Dan 11v32b).
(ii) Future leadership: Pray for young Christians to arise with vision for what they are and can be in Christ, for good discipleship, integrity and character development, wisdom, humility, creativity, etc. Pray they become Christ-like servant-leaders in the Church and other fields of endeavour.
c) All4Aid Entrepreneurs: The two young men who are gifted visionaries to establish a business for displaced people in the Larnaca area (and far beyond in due season), are making progress in their business plan. They want to employ other displaced people as this specialist food preparation & delivery business progresses. Pray that they will be given full refugee status in order to develop the vision. Pray for a Christian legal entity in Cyprus to act as an umbrella organisation for them. Pray that they receive all the counsel they need to glorify God in this project. (Prov 15v19; Habakkuk 2v3).
2. Deceived? Since the fall of the USSR in 1991 we have been lulled into a false sense of security, thinking that the dangers (including nuclear dangers) of the Cold War have gone. But the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the serious threats of Putin have dramatically woken us up. We are not free of the possibility of power-seeking world leaders starting terrible wars and threatening to use nuclear weapons. There can be others after Putin. China is hugely powerful. Putin and Xi Jinping have recognised the waning influence (and decadence) of the Western nations, the gridlock which the much divided US political system can often produce, and they are aiming to replace them in dominating the world. Relaxed confidence in a stable, secure, free and democratic order has gone. The Ukraine invasion is a wake-up call – not just to Western politicians but to ourselves as we pray for Revival.
Ex-RAF chief, Air Marshall Edward Stringer recently warned that nuclear war is “no longer unthinkable” and said it is “terrifying” to think could only be a “few steps” away. Other experts have said there are now more armed conflicts brewing in more places around the world than at any time since the Second World War. We must also remember the important aspect of divine judgment on individuals, groups and countries who dishonour, offend and ignore the Lord (Isaiah 45v7). Where does Cyprus stand before the Lord? Repentance leads to revival. Reflect on this and pray.
3. Israel and the Church: Take a moment to read these verses below. Has God finished with Israel, or is world history inter-wound with its story?
Romans 15:27b (NIV): ‘If the Gentiles have shared in the Jews' spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.’
Zechariah 2:8-13 (NIV): ‘For this is what the LORD Almighty says: "After he has honoured me and has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye— I will surely raise my hand against them so that their slaves will plunder them. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me. "Shout and be glad, O Daughter of Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you," declares the LORD. "Many nations will be joined with the LORD in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you. The LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem. Be still before the LORD, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling." ‘ Zechariah 12:10 (NIV): "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. Zechariah 13:1 (NIV): "On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity. Romans 11:26 (NIV): And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.” Ask God to show you His heart on this matter.
4. The Lord Your Healer: (A teaching): Adonai Rophekha (יהוה רֹפְאֶֽךָ) “If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD [YHVH], your healer [Rophekha].” (Exodus 15:26). The Hebrew word rophekha is derived from rapha, a verb that means to restore, heal or make healthy. In Israel, a medical doctor is called a rophe (or ropha in the feminine gender) in Hebrew. “Bless the Lord O my soul and forget not all His benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals [rapha] all your diseases.” (Psalm 103:2–3). This name first appears during the Israelite’s exodus from Egypt at the waters of Mara (bitter waters). One of the primary healings we need is for deliverance from unforgiveness and bitterness. Nevertheless, we understand from Exodus 15:26 that healing comes with a condition—complete obedience. Of course, we know that in our fallen humanity, none of us can claim this perfection since we are in desperate need of spiritual healing. God sent the cure in His Son, Yeshua (Jesus), who gave Himself as our personal sin offering. Messianic Prophecy of Isaiah 53. “But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed [rapha].” (Isaiah 53: 5). His life was characterized by powerful miracles of healing. Yeshua healed lepers, epileptics and paralytics. He even raised the dead to a new life. His healing power is still available to us today through faith. "You know of Yeshua of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by Satan, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38)
Commanding the Healing: Nowhere in the Bible does Jesus (Yeshua) or his disciples “ask” or “petition” God to heal someone. Both Jesus, and his disciples who learned from him, commanded, either directly or indirectly, the sickness, affliction or disease to leave - no different than when they commanded a demon to leave. So when asked to minister to those needing healing or a creative miracle, pray in faith, as you command the healing in Jesus’ authority - in Jesus’ name. We don't command God to do anything, we command the sickness to leave, and we thank God for doing the healing and, where necessary, a creative miracle. Ask God for opportunities to exercise your faith in this way. (Mark 5v34; Acts 14v9-10).
5. Cyprus Prophecies (i) (to pray into): One of the Cyprus houses of prayer (HoP) is studying and praying through various prophecies concerning Cyprus over the years. This is one we sent to them, one of a series. It was in the form of a verse and a dream in 2006.
Jews coming from the West (see Hosea 11v10) ….and many accommodated in Cyprus for a season. (Received 2006). cf. Habakkuk 2v3: “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”
My wife’s dream (received 2006): In my dream I was walking around looking in different rooms all very nicely decorated, but as though they had been used and left as they were, by people in a hurry - abandoned and just empty, nobody around. There were plates on the tables as though people had just eaten and left suddenly. The picture changed and the rooms looked as though they were untouched, as though they had been prepared by staff for guests. In the rooms there was lots of food and sweets and I was helping myself. I think there was someone with me. She found a very nicely laid out room and settled in there saying, ‘this is mine!’ I left her there and carried on looking around. When I awoke, the dream came back very clearly unlike usual dreams which have faded by the time I wake up. Immediately, I thought of Famagusta, because it was a place where people had lived and yet had to get out quickly. NB. This dream re a hotel disused and meals abandoned, (e.g. Covid) then renewed and functioning ready to receive guests has recently applied in Cyprus to Ukrainians including Jewish Ukrainians. There is a greater fulfilment yet to come. Keep praying for this.
Reconciliation N & S: A very good summary of the historical and current situation of the Cyprus problem i.e. a divided nation is found on YouTube. The title is: ‘The Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier. Cyprus Dispute Explained.’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHlHnCwFp5c (15 min). Better understand the problem and pray into it with new heart. Ultimately, God will look for the Church in Cyprus, North and South to stand in the gap as one.
We maintain the vision of a national day of prayer over this Cyprus problem, preceded by examination of all our lives as Christians and churches in Cyprus (N & S) before God, and resulting repentance. Keep in prayer for such a key day to come about! (2 Chronicles 7v13-14 & James 5v7-8 &v17).
Revival & Transformation: There will be no revival without repentance. The following is an extract of a prophetic word printed in the May edition of IFC Prayer Update. It concerns God’s view of the Church in relation to abortion: Warn the leadership of the Body to repent for their role in tolerating abortion. Call the Body at large to come to their faces in confession of the sin that has been allowed, and tolerated, on their watch. I will be swift to forgive, and quick to turn the tide. My armies are at the ready to engage against the tyrants of your world, but until the legal right, claimed by the Enemy, is removed through recognition and repentance of the evil that has been done to the unborn, the tyranny will continue.
You want revival? Then maybe you should begin on your face and seek God over His grief at what we tolerate, including abortion and LGBTQ.
ITI: God is knitting together the hearts of leaders, churches, ministries and people as the word is proclaimed concerning His great plan to bring back His ancient people from ‘the four quarters of the world’ to Israel. Pray that the work progresses and all needs are met. (Habakkuk 2v2-3).
^ 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 (Disy) & his wife Andri; House President Annita Demetriou (Disy); 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; Government Ministers, and even President Erdogan of Turkey.
^ This month: Justice and truth. Thank You Lord for raising up godly people and women to work for justice and truth in society, be it government and parliament, local government or other. Please strengthen Christian politicians civil servants and advisors in Cyprus who seek to be salt and light. Guide politicians nationally and locally to address poverty and other social needs with fairness and generosity. We pray for value and respect between statutory providers and church-based initiatives to meet social need in the whole of Cyprus. We also continue to pray that You will raise up a ministry in Cyprus to challenge public opinion and the government about abortion, with a positive input for life. In Jesus’ name. (Psalm 89v14; Deut 30v19).
Ukrainian Refugees: The free intensive Greek language lessons for Ukrainian refugees who have come to Cyprus due to the war in their country are taking place in all districts (June and July), in one State Institute of Further Education (CIFE) of each area. Pray blessing. (Genesis 11v6).
^ National Elections (RoC): Sovereign Lord God, we ask that You let the outcome of the national election be according to Your choice – the president of Your appointing, the parties in the balance You want, the government of Your making. Raise up new faces to bring freshness to the political process and vision to government. ‘Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days.’ (Proverbs 19:20). Amen.
^ Peace Process: Turkey is continuing to block any serious attempts at a settlement. Meanwhile, the Church is learning to stand as one, united in the faith and in fellowship with one another across many churches in the Evangelical Alliance. This growing unity could lead to a ‘National Day of Prayer’ where the Church fulfils God’s requirements to stand in the gap for the nation to be healed. (2 Chronicles 7v13-14). Keep praying!
^Gas: We hope that Israel will export its gas from the Leviathan field via the East Med pipeline if and when it is built. Meanwhile, the gas is being liquefied by Egypt and exported by ship. Pray for Cyprus to catch up in its strategy to export gas from the gas fields around Cyprus. (Proverbs 6v6).
^ The North: Following from the above, keep praying for more churches from the North to join the Evangelical Alliance. Fire is currently a hazard in the North. Pray for quelling. Electricity: One hour-long alternating power cuts are across the North as demand outstrips supply. Pray…..
An arson attack on a mosque in the Republic of Cyprus 'will not go unanswered', said Turkey's president Erdogan on a recent visit to the north. Pray.
The change to the status of the illegal Tymbou (Ercan) airport in the north is another action on the part of Turkey to put the non-government-controlled areas under its own full control. It has become a Turkish ‘domestic’ airport instead of an ‘international’ airport. Flights must first land in Turkey rather than fly directly to the north. President Anastasiades had proposed that the airport come under the jurisdiction of the United Nations but this has been ignored by Turkey. The president regards Turkey’s actions as intransigent and provocative. The Turkish Cypriot political leadership said that with the integration of Ercan airport in Turkey’s network, they would be abandoning all their self-governing goals. (JS): ‘We need to be praying for the airport of Tymbou for victory and that the plans of the enemy be stopped.’ (Ed: Read Isaiah 54v14-17; Psalm 33v10-11 and use in prayer).
NB. Further information for prayer for North Cyprus may be found at https://lgcnews.com/
^ NATIONAL ISSUES: Psalm 33:12. ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.’
Abortion v Life: An amazing victory after years of prayer means national laws of the USA no longer support abortion and individual states must decide the law for their own state. Pray for states to follow suit and honour life. The same would apply to Cyprus. Falling birth rates are partly due to abortion worldwide. We pray for eyes to be opened to destruction of life in the womb for what it is, and people will choose life for their child. (Ps 139v14-16).
Covid Reminder: All citizens should use self-protection measures - distancing, washing hands - and a protective mask in areas with many people ( christenings, weddings, parties, etc.) and for vulnerable groups and people who come into contact with high-risk citizens. Pharmacies, rapid test centres and other high risk situations now require masks. Staff and visitors of hospitals, elderly people's homes, closed structures, medical and rehabilitation centres and mass media must wear protective masks. Confirmed cases must remain in isolation for at least 7 days. Pray for continued restraint. (Proverbs 29v18).
Prisons: I visited an inmate last month. Remember those in prison and their families, for hope, and for the prisons staff. (Hebrews 13v3).
Police: Law enforcement officers deserve our appreciation and prayer. They can easily be taken for granted, but remember, without effective law enforcement there is no law and order. Without law and order anarchy prevails. Pray for our police and justice systems. (Psalm 89v14).
National Guard: Following three major incidents/accidents in a year, pray for good training, safety and efficiency in the National Guard. (Daniel 1v5).
Schools: Dear Heavenly Father, we need You to move in our schools again. Our children need salvation, protection, and identity in You. Please help Christians all over the nation mobilize so we can get corporate prayer back in public and private schools, in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Micah 2v9).
Environments: Fire hazards, deforestation, drought, flooding, war, climate change....Lord, have mercy both in Cyprus and abroad. Lead nations to repentance over mis-use of our environment. Enable governments to formulate plans to protect our world, including re-cycling and dealing with plastics. Thank You that plans are afoot to protect the world’s oceans. Please grant success to those researching to prevent disease. May trees be planted in abundance. We ask You to restrain evil and that the Gospel which changes hearts from the inside flourishes in our world. Amen. (Psalm 33v5-7).
Youth: Holy Spirit of God, please move on young people in Cyprus to bring forth salvation and transformation of lives. Grant a hope and a future to them, and a call and vision to serve You, share the faith, and make a difference in society. May Christian youth groups flourish. (Isaiah 40v30-31).
The overlooked: Thank You Lord for those who do unpleasant tasks such as street cleaners, sewerage engineers, refuse collectors, recycling and land-fill workers, and pest control technicians. Please help us to appreciate their vital contributions. In Christ’s name, Amen.
Roads: Most road victims are foreigners living in Cyprus, tourists or third-country citizens. That is because they do not fully understand the ways of the indigenous population whose road sense and actions leave much to be desired. In a period of three days, police recorded over 1100 traffic violations. Pray for change in driving test and other standards on the roads. (2 Kings 9v20).
National & local service: American Renewal Project is issuing a challenge to pastors to recruit at least one member of their church to run for office or serve in a civic leadership role. Great idea. How about in Cyprus, pastors? Pray. (1 Timothy 3v1).
Vassiliko: Residents are taking legal action at the EU because of the accumulation of factories in their area. Pray for justice. (Luke 18v7).
Fuel prices: Parliament is discussing how to simplify the process of imposing a ceiling to the selling price of fuel. Amen!
Migrants: Fully-armed special constables are to help stem the migrant flows across the buffer zone from the North. Pray. (Proverbs 29v18 &v26).
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.
Marriage: Lord, we remember marriages and families that are facing breakdown. We ask that You bring into lives reconciliation, support and wisdom. We pray for the children affected to be resilient and able to cope, by Your grace. May Christian marriage courses speak into lives. (Deut 30v19).
Foster care: We pray, Father, for the possibility to become a reality of additional care to needy children being given by families in Cyprus - receiving teenagers, disabled children and unaccompanied minors (asylum seekers) into their homes and lives for a season of restoration. Amen. (Mark 5v19).
LGBTQ: All things LGBTQ are being celebrated these days. The message is aggressive and radical. Children are a prime target. Innocence can be destroyed. Some Tampa Bay Rays players are standing for Christ. “if we believe in Jesus, He encourages us to live a lifestyle that would abstain from that behaviour. Just like Jesus encourages me as a heterosexual male to abstain from sex outside of the confines of marriage. It’s no different….” Pray that others follow their example. (Psalm 111v8; Ephesians 6v14).
^ CITIES & MUNICIPALITIES: PRAY for your city: Psalm 55:11.’Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.’ 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." 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. Why don’t you prayer-walk part of your city/locality, allowing Holy Spirit to lead you in prayer? If you meet people, share your faith as opportunity arises. As your locality prospers in righteousness and refuses corruption, you also will feel the benefit. (Ezekiel 33v6).
^ 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.”
In a message on World Refugee Day, Maria Stylianou-Lottides, Commissioner for Administration and the Protection of Human Rights, said the countries that receive huge refugee waves must be in constant readiness to provide sufficient support and solidarity to the people seeking protection in them.
Remember the ‘All4Aid’ Refugee Project: - We thank God for His faithfulness in providing the supplies to maintain the distribution efforts in meeting practical needs of those we serve, for his abundant riches in supplying the funding to allow development of programming. We look to Him for wisdom in programming for the future, leadership for resuming English classes, continued strength and perseverance through the elevated temperatures of summer. The heat may rise but so do the needs! Also for continued supply of volunteers to share the load and for funds to support the demands
‘Love, Light and Hope’ is based in Pyla. LL&H is an association which provides humanitarian aid to people in need. We are now registered here in Cyprus, and we have four projects going on in Cyprus: 1) Foodbank. 2) Language lessons. 3. Football. 4. Exhibition of talents. Pray they make a difference to displaced people and others in Cyprus. (1 Thess 1v3).
2. The poor and needy, widows and orphans, foreigners, unemployed, exploited, etc: Psalm 82:3-4 (NIV) ‘Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.’
Trafficking is modern slavery, whether into forced labour, forced begging, sex trade or even organ removal. Pray for ministries and organisations in Cyprus, including the police, to track down the perpetrators of this crime and that victims will receive support and healing. In Christ’s name. (Ps 82v4).
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 Cyprus Samaritans, Friendship Circle, and other local & national organisations. (1 Chronicles 16v8).
^ 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).
Korean Peninsula: North Korea launched ballistic missiles, tested missiles that could carry nuclear warheads and conducted activity at nuclear testing site access ways. South Korea is in a unique position to share the Gospel — at home and all over the world. Let’s pray for the protection of South Korea, for reconciliation with North Korea, and for God to strengthen the Korean church to reach every corner of the globe with Christ’s peace and love. Pray for continued blessing on the Korean church and its remarkable commitment to fervent prayer and a broad missions vision. Pray for youth to be compelled by a genuine Christian faith rather than the expectations and offerings of the world. Pray for perseverance as a formidable missions-sending nation and the flexibility and cultural sensitivity to be effective abroad. (Proverbs 3v5-6).
Ukraine & Israel: Ukraine has a huge humanitarian crisis as ruthless Russian attacks against the people and land increase. Pray as led.
800 Ukrainian refugees received the Lord at a Galilee Shavuot (Pentecost) outreach! Hallelujah! A Ukrainian Pastor’s encouragement for refugees applies to all of us. “Pray for the city you are in. Do what you can to do good where you are. Be a blessing to the nation that has taken you in.” Let it be so. (Psalm 22v27).
Iran, Tehran: Tehran is home to almost 9 million people – the largest city in the Persian world. And it has significant influence on modern Islam. Iran’s leaders see themselves as the authority among the world’s Shia Muslims. They spend billions to exert religious, political, economic, and military influence across the Muslim world. Despite all this, the people of Tehran are increasingly disillusioned with the leadership, the economy, the repressive state, and in many cases, with Islam itself. God is moving in power within the nation of Iran. What would happen if a great awakening began within this specific and strategic city? Let’s ask God to do just that! Pray for the disillusioned masses to find hope and fulfillment in Jesus. Pray for Gospel transformation among those enslaved by rampant poverty, addiction, and prostitution. Pray for God's power to expand the already unprecedented Church growth. (Isaiah 54v2).
Food shortages: Globalists arte believed to be manufacturing a world food shortage ( https://ifapray.org/blog/dave-kubal-a-manufactured-crisis/ )according to a well-researched article from ‘Intercessors for America’. Pray for discernment between truth and error, & wisdom to act. (1 Chron 12v32).
The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2022, Top Ten. (No.8. Pakistan.) Christians are second class citizens who are given dishonourable jobs. They are targeted under the harsh blasphemy laws, sometimes for the death sentence. If they convert from Islam or if a woman, they are very vulnerable. Pray for safety and deliverance for believers, for religious freedom, for kidnapped women to be freed and healed.(Matt 6v13).
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. We have IFC prayers for Cyprus at our home on Tuesdays, using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, the news 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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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS Previous three PRAYER UPDATES:
See 'Recent Updates English' page.