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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS PRAYER UPDATE JANUARY 2020 No. 75
Intercessors for Cyprus. Prayer Update. January 2020 No. 75
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; Editorial: Revival…Holiness; The Church: Specific churches & ministries;
The Big Picture; The Old Testament; Satan's Nets; Reconciliation north & south; Five Waves; ITI.
The Government and those in authority: This month; The North; Gas.
National issues: (see list); Moral & social; Cities & municipalities; Caring & compassion; International; IFC information.
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January 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, 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.
Please note: David of the IFC team preaches regularly around Cyprus both North & South, and has been preaching since 1975. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact him.
^ GIVING THANKS: 1 Thessalonians 5:18. ‘In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.’
A new Gregorian calendar year, with past mistakes and folly learned from hopefully, and washed away though His blood. Give thanks for fresh opportunities (Lam 3v23). Give thanks that the mercies of God are new every day. Regarding the land, the Cyprus police have been effective in dealing with a number of situations in the recent past, for which we give thanks…and continue to pray for the police (Romans 13v1-4).
^ EDITORIAL: 2 Timothy 2v15: ‘Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who….correctly handles the word of truth.’
Foundations for Revival (1) Holiness: This is one of a series of three, the others being ‘Faith’ and, ‘In-depth Intercession’.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (John 15:7). The condition laid down in this promise is to remain in Him. Revival will not come without a deep and growing commitment to prayer. Also there must be stress on holiness if we are to see revival. This is not attractive to the ‘Me generation’ values, which can affect Christians’ thinking, and the media bombards us with secular ideas and morality to try to change our mindset. The entertainment approach of the media can filter into the church instead of the challenge of Christ.
Jesus’ approach was challenging: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, even their own life – such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple … In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples” (Lk 14:26-27, 33).
If we are going to pray for revival we need to examine our lives and see if we are true disciples, rather than taking a modern me-centred, compromising, easy-going approach. We need to take stock and ask the Lord to show us any weaknesses in our discipleship – any sins we tolerate or regularly fall into. Without that, our prayers and his amazing promises to answer prayer will be undermined. Furthermore, those interceding for revival have to take the lead in holiness. But be encouraged - it is a most encouraging and rewarding path to take.
Quotations about revival
1. “My one aim in life is to secure personal holiness, for without being holy myself I cannot promote holiness in others.” (John Wesley).
2. “Again and again revival has only come in power to God’s people when Christians have realised how infinitely holy God is in His wonderful nature and how awful sin is in His sight. When people humble themselves before God, and when repentance and confession are complete, then revival tides may begin to sweep over a church or area.” (Revival Fire by Wesley Deuwel).
3. “We know that God can give us a great many things, but He cannot give us His best gifts unless we hunger for them. For instance, He cannot make a man wise if he refuses instruction; He cannot save a man from his sins if that man wills to hold on to his sins with both his hands; He cannot make a man holy if he has not aspirations after a holy life. Is it not true that the need of the Christian Church today is just holiness; a people desirous of walking in the ways of God?” (Duncan Campbell, the Price and Power of Revival).
4. “The presence of God was so powerful that you were constantly living in the expectation that something was about to happen. You would feel a sort of excitement inside yourself.” (Donald John Smith, Lewis in “Sounds from Heaven” by Colin & Mary Peckham p. 87)
5. “It seemed that the only thing we spoke about was God and the things of God. We went through the day waiting for the evening meetings. The converts followed the meetings from village to village, gathering strength as they went on. It was a wonderful time.” (Chirsty Maggie, Lewis in “Sounds from Heaven” by Colin & Mary Peckham p 87).
Lord, make us fit instruments to be used by you as you move us towards revival. (Acknowledgements: Tony Higton. UK ministry).
^ 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 Cyprus, in Cypriots, and in the lives of His people in the area.
1. Specific Churches and Ministries: Revelation 1v11: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches…”
a) IFC Day of Prayer: NB. Now meeting in our home on 4th January. We will worship, spend time listening to God, share together and intercede. There will be bible input and speakers. Emphasis on prayer. Pray for an effective event (Eph 6v18). For more information, email: email@example.com
b) Joint N / S prayer meeting: The best chance for the north and south of Cyprus is through God’s people praying together. The north / south joint prayer meetings are held monthly at 10am. For date & venue, email firstname.lastname@example.org Pray for God to use these meetings. Join us? (1 Tim 2v8).
c) Greek Orthodox Church: Epiphany, January 6th. On one IFC day for prayer in early January, we witnessed the great gathering of people for Epiphany at Larnaca Marina, commemorating the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus in Bethlehem, (recognising His kingship and suffering to come) and also commemorating the baptism of Christ by John the Baptist in the Jordan River (Matthew chapters 2 & 3). He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." (Matt 3v16-17). Pray for the Orthodox Church in Cyprus to rediscover His kingship, His cross of suffering for mankind, His anointing, and His uniqueness for the world’s sake.
d) Cyprus-Israel Friendship Day: Save the Date: Monday 16th March. Lordos Beach Hotel, Larnaca. Special guest Joshua Aaron! There will also be a separate praise and worship concert after the conference where Joshua Aaron from Israel will perform. Ticket information provided later. Pray this event gathers those with an interest in the developing relationship between Israel & Cyprus, and for others to be drawn also (Acts 4v36; Acts 13v2).
e) (Youth): YFC Cyprus: ‘After Hours’ Larnaca is the current project for this Youth for Christ organisation in Cyprus. Needed are suitable premises & landlord, a café manager, a core team to watch over the project, volunteers to staff, etc. Pray for patience, guidance & practical answers (Prov 3v5-6).
(Youth): Daniel Generation: This ministry seeks to draw youth leaders in Cyprus together for prayer and envisioning, and to impart truth and life to young Christians and others. Pray for God’s leading as the Board meets on January 23rd. We need charity status and a bank account. (Jer 3v15).
f) Churches on the move: Larnaca Community Church is not the only church that we know of having to vacate premises and find new situations. Pray for churches facing change to be led of the Lord, to glorify Him, to believe for His best, to act in His will, and to receive His bounty! (Heb 11v1,6 & 8).
2. ‘The Big Picture’: Tom Craig, who has moved from Cyprus to Israel, has written a book about the ‘Isaiah 19 highway’, explaining how Egypt, ‘Assyria’ (including Cyprus) and Israel are prophetically linked in God’s plan for the Middle East and indeed, the nations. The Hebrew word for highway means ‘elevated road’. God is establishing His holy highway of intercession and practical relationships between believers in all these areas, and indeed between their governments. Tom spoke at a conference recently on the theme of key verses which build the picture of what God has said and is doing. Why don’t you look these up as a Bible study? a) Isaiah 19v23-25: The biblical promise, as yet incomplete. b) Isaiah 49v11-12: Coming from the North (Russia & satellites); West (USA & Europe: (e.g. in the USA, stakes have been posted in the ground concerning the vision all across America from the San Francisco bridge area in the west, right to the east coast); East (Sinim: Chinese empire). NB South (e.g. Ethiopia). c) Isaiah 62v10: Fore runners to build God’s highway in spiritual terms and loving relationships. d) Isaiah 35v8-10: This is set in Israel, so these prophetic highways are now focusing on Zion. e) Psalm 84v4-7: Pilgrimage. Feast of Tabernacles. Zion. f) Zechariah 14v16-17 The Return of the Lord – He reigns. The Feast of Tabernacles develops towards the Wedding Supper of Lamb. g) Zechariah 14v18-19 Punishment for nations who refuse Him c.f. Ps. 89v9-10 (Egypt a strategic example). Zechariah 14v18 rain given to the obedient. So, this is not just about Egypt, nations of former Assyria and Israel, but us all.
3. The Old Testament: There is a deep need in the church worldwide to understand that all New Testament doctrine is based on the truths of the Old Testament – the Tanach. The New Testament, without the OT lacks a doctrinal foundation. Our prayer was for the Church, the Body of Christ, to embrace the whole Bible as God's Word. We cannot be New Testament believers if we do not believe the Old Testament: ‘For if you had believed Moses, you would have believed Me, for he wrote of Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how shall you believe My Words?’ (John 5:46-47).
We need to be taught that, ‘All scripture [The OT when Paul was writing] is God-breathed and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.’ (2 Tim. 3:16). Pray that the wall of separation between the Old and New Testaments be removed so that the Church can feast on the whole Word of God (Jeremiah 15:16).
4. Satan’s Nets: Jesus taught us to be ‘fishers of men’, to catch people in the net of outreach and evangelism, the net of the Good News of the gospel. However, suppose the devil has already captured people up in his nets? They need liberating from, for instance, the net of Orthodox and other ‘religion’; the net of Freemasonry; the net of Terrorism. As we pray and intercede, as we fast and seek God, He can set people free from these satanic nets. Of course, the greatest way of setting people free is by sharing the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1v126). However, preparatory prayer against the strongholds of the enemy over people’s lives is a good pre-evangelism tool. Pray this is heeded. (2 Corinth 10v4; Luke 5v4).
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.
Five Waves: of prayer we were led to pray
for Cyprus were: Cyprus to be a safe haven; for reconciliation North and South;
for the Christian youth to arise; for the Orthodox Church to come alive; for outreach
by the Church into local communities and the nation. Choose one and pray (James 5v16b).
ITI: NB. Ebenezer speaker Sun Jan12th Jesus House, Limassol. There are 7.5 million Jews living in the USA, more than in Israel (6.7 million). Hosea 11v10 reminds us that God will stir up the Jews to return to Israel from the USA, a prophecy yet to be fulfilled! Pray as led by God’s Holy Spirit.
^ 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.
Republic of Cyprus President: The Hon. Nicos Anastasiades (First Lady Andri); Pray for wisdom for our President, Cabinet, 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 Mustafa Akinci, Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman, Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay. Also regarding Mr Erdogan of Turkey.
^ This month: New ministers: Pray for Nicos Nouris as Interior Minister, Yiannis Karousos as Transport Minister, Kyriakos Koushos as government spokesman and Panayiotis Sendonas as deputy government spokesman. Cyprus’ new High Commissioner to the UK is Andreas Kakouris. New Environment Commissioner is Klelia Vasiliou and new Commissioner for the Development of Mountain Regions is Costas Hambiaouris. The House plenum has set the limit of a maximum of two consecutive terms of office for the President and Vice-President of the Republic. Pray for those in authority (1 Tim 2v1-4). The Pope: President Anastasiades is to pay a state visit to the Vatican and Pope Francis will visit Cyprus this year, the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic. Pray for the Lord’s agenda in this (Psalm 33v10-11; Isaiah 55v9). Estia: The scheme boosts borrowers’ ability to repay their loans, as the government subsidises part of the repayment installments of the restructured loan. The hoops people have to go through to benefit have put many off. Pray the banks and government come up with effective solutions. Security: The Justice Minister has increased security measures on Ledra and Onasagorou streets and Phaneromeni Square to prevent crime, terrorism and illegal migration. Pray about this. Asylum seekers. Interior Minister Nicos Nouris and Justice Minister George Savvides held talks with Supreme Court officials to exchange views on how to reduce the decision time taken on asylum seeker applications. Pray for wisdom in decision making over such situations (James 3v17).
^ The North: Turkey plans to establish a naval base and an ammunition depot at the old port of Trikomo in the north. Pray this is thwarted! (Ps 33v10).
^ Gas: Cyprus is in the implementation stage to allow transportation of natural gas by 2021. Pray we not only receive gas but export gas! (Ezek 15v6a).
^ NATIONAL ISSUES: Psalm 33:12. ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.’
Economy: Low productivity and high private debt are areas of concern. Pray the Lord’s mercy continues, remembering 2013 (Joel 2v25).
Employment: In the third quarter of 2019, unemployment dropped to 6.7%. Amen. Pray that refugees find employment (1 Thessalonians 4v11).
The European Commission Representation in Cyprus and the EURES network are organising the fair “Get a Job” for the third consecutive year. Amen. The number of registered unemployed persons fell to the lowest level since Feb 2010. Amen. Continue to pray for long term unemployed (Is. 35v6).
Minimum Wage: Cyprus does not have a minimum wage law. But it does have a minimum wage requirement for certain occupations set at €870 per month and based on a Labour Ministry decree issued in 2012. Employers argue against a set minimum wage. Pray as led (James 5v4; Luke 10v7).
Banks: Bank of Cyprus closed 26 branches in 2019, yet made €116 million profit! Glad to say bank charges are not increasing now. It is also managing to deal with its non-performing loans well. A parallel banking industry focusing on non-performing loans is developing in Cyprus. Pray (James 2v13).
Armed forces: The Medusa 9 training exercise, involving the Egyptian, Greek and Cypriot armed forces progressed well in the Mediterranean. Amen. However, there is a drugs use problem within the Cypriot army. Pray for deliverance for lost souls (Ephesians 6v12). Also, the armed forces of the Republic of Cyprus and the State of Israel carried out the “Onisilos Gideon 2019” exercise in November, for military co-operation in the region. Continue to pray for strategic alliances in the East Mediterranean to develop in various ways (Colossians 2v19b).
Civil Defence: CD could evolve into a more flexible force of 2000 volunteers, changes introduced in stages. It currently relies on 520 volunteers and 6500 citizens called up for compulsory service of 2 years, and made up of army reservists and university graduates Pray God’s leading (Deut 1v33).
Shipping: The Deputy Ministry of Shipping has a number of plans afoot to increase effectiveness and promote the Cyprus flag. Cyprus was re-elected as a Member of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Council. Cyprus benefits from this industry. Pray for prospering (Gen 26v12-13).
Tourism: Hotels in Cyprus pay three times more for electricity than their counterparts in Greece. Pray over this. However, the continued operation of Thomas Cook‘s German holiday airline Condor is a plus for Cyprus. Cyprus Airways has expanded its network. Pray for our airline and for good service in Cyprus to tourists…then they will return. Cyprus airports had a record year for tourist numbers. Give thanks (Isaiah 60v8).
Wine: Cyprus exported about 2.57m of wine and imported 25.6 m in 2018. Not a healthy trade balance. Pray for improvement (Psalm 4v7).
Agriculture: Farmers will be compensated for damaged crops because of last October’s unseasonal weather. Amen. Give thanks.
Land: Industrial land rents soared after re-evaluation of land prices. Industrialists and government have met to find solutions. Pray success (Ps 120v1).
Construction: The legality of some high rise buildings is under question…3 floors become 18 floors! Pray for better regulation. (Hebrews 7v18).
Retail: Shops closed on January 1st, 2nd, 6th. The regulation of shop opening hours could return. Volume and value of retail trade except motor vehicles have increased over the past nine months. Online: Only 32% of Cypriot consumers shop online, low in the EU. Pray into these (James 4v13-15).
Passports: New gen electronic passports, ID cards and residence permits come in effect in spring 2020. ‘Big Brother’? Pray (Rev 13v16-17).
Trafficking: People traffickers went to trial in connection with a boat carrying a total of 131 migrants who were taken to Kokkinotrimithia reception centre. Pray that Cyprus deals strongly and wisely with human traffickers (Rev’n 22v15).
Police: The Justice Minister is pushing for more police on the streets, especially for traffic offences. Amen. The police have also intercepted a ring of traffickers operating in Cyprus from Italy and Greece. Amen. Pray that God enables the police to be fully His agents for society’s good (Rom 13v1-4).
Road Tax: Renewals start on January 7th 2020. Pray that the people of |Cyprus will be moved to be honest in paying taxes (Romans 13v6-7).
Science: Preparations are underway for the FameLab 2020 competition. Applicants have until March 10th to fill out the online registration form. The competition highlights new talents in science communication in Cyprus and beyond. https://www.britishcouncil.com.cy/famelab/enter-competition/apply
Pupils: High school pupils protested against four-monthly exams by walking out on several lesson periods recently. Pray for a right solution (Jn 14v14).
Buses: The new bus contracts for Nicosia, Larnaca and Famagusta were awarded to the joint venture MLKP (Malta Lines and Kapnos Airport Shuttle Ltd), but legal action is being taken against this. Pray for the most appropriate course of action to prevail and strife to quieten (2 Timothy 2v23).
Fuel: The price of petrol 95 at the pump went up by 8 cents per litre last year. Pray for restraint as appropriate (Proverbs 23v4).
Animals: ‘Animal Rescue Cyprus’ non-profit organisation is likely to shut down through lack of funding. Pray for a way through for them (Jer 29v11).
Signs of the times: (Comment from ‘News in Cyprus’). Extreme floods in Venice, fires in Australia and even an outbreak of plague in China have been attributed to climate change this week, while researchers have warned that global warming could saddle future generations with life-long illness. Consider Ezekiel 6v11 and Mark 13v7-8 and pray accordingly.
Environment: The United Nations climate summit was disappointing in its lack of agreement to implement more serious targets. Pray this changes. ‘Holy Spirit, direct my actions towards creation and not pollution and destruction: humble me to bend down and pick up what is thrown away. Direct my feet and lead me to dispose of my rubbish to its proper place. Amen.’
Cyprus video: This is a very good video of Cyprus from a drone’s perspective. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/sEsfpOSxyus
^ MORAL & SOCIAL ISSUES: Deut 10v4: The Lord wrote on these tablets what he had written before, the Ten Commandments he had proclaimed.
Human slavery: The most common form of trafficking in Cyprus is aimed at sexual exploitation. With also work exploitation and forced begging. Those involved are usually victims of organised human trafficking rings. The victims tend to be drug users or with a disability. The Interior Ministry is the national coordinator in the fight against human trafficking with the police anti-trafficking unit. The main goals are to step up the fight against this crime by informing: (potential) victims that they could be or become a victim of THB (trafficking in human beings); victims of THB where they can find help, protection and information; victims of THB that they have EU-wide rights: Assistance & support, Protection, Compensation, Human & labour rights, Reflection period & Residence rights and Reintegration. Campaigns include a poster, sticker and video. The material is distributed at hot spots such as airports, borders, embassies, consular posts, public transportation, malls, fuel stations and social media (EUCPN.ORG). Pray as led (Gal 4v3-4).
Family: The Cyprus Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family (APHVF) received 2502 phone calls from the victims of domestic violence during 2018. Thank God for such organisations, but pray into the moral climate of this (2 Samuel 22v3; Matthew 19v17-19).
Births: 55% of live births are by ‘C’ section in Cyprus, the highest in Europe. Pray this unnaturally high figure reduces (Isaiah 9v6).
HIV: HIV-positive women in Cyprus face lack of support which could enhance their quality of life. Pray for God’s support plans for them (Deut 32v39).
LGBTI: This community is using the blessing of the EU to pressure the government of Cyprus to support their movement’s goals. Pray (Lev. 18v22).
Fake Documents: Lots of occurrences these days in Cyprus, and also sham marriages. Pray God moves on hearts in this land (Ezek 37v23).
Theft: has been increasing, from homes and in other ways. Suicide: Social welfare workers strike over damning report in teenager’s suicide. Pray.
Disabled: The Cyprus Paraplegic Organisation says they are being ignored over issues concerning people with disabilities such as accessibility to buildings and outdoor spaces. Parents of children with special needs protested against what they see as discrimination against their children. Social Service is trying to differentiate the stages of disability and exclude those with “mild” stages from a monthly allowance. Pray for justice (Exodus 23v6).
^ 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.
Reduction: There are currently 30 municipalities leading to fragmentation, duplication of services and increased costs. There will be a total of 17 municipalities island wide under a proposed overhaul of local government. The proposal is for four in Nicosia, four in Limassol, four in Larnaca, three in Paphos and two in the free Famagusta areas. Pray for the best solutions in this process (Luke 15v22).
Larnaca: Pray the plan for dismantling of existing petroleum installations, decontamination & change of use to residential & tourism moves forward. Larnaca Tourism Board: http://larnakaregion.com/uploads/files/Larnaka_Free_Winter_Experiences_2019-20.pdf has a winter experience programme with complimentary activities for tourists. Amen. Pray for good opportunities for winter tourists in Cyprus (Psalm 147v16).
^ 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. Prayer Requests: Research and networking for community resources and employment. ü Kurdish families in response to the current events in N. Syria ü Encouragement and provision for asylum seekers as they wait for decisions on their status. ü Fundraising efforts for program and operational expenses. ü Homes and jobs for our beneficiaries. ü Open hearts and minds to the Good News! Pray as appropriate.
Refugees: Three locations near the Green Line have been pre-selected for the construction of the new (second) reception and accommodation centre for refugees arriving in Cyprus. There are developments including financing for refugee centres in Cyprus. Amen. Pray they be well planned and used.
Migrants: ‘I’d have rather died at sea than return to Libya’ said a rescued migrant. Pray with compassion for such people (Matthew 9v36).
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 the Mercy Centre in Nicosia, the Limassol group, and the Matthew 25 project in Paphos. Also Cyprus Samaritans, etc.
^ 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).
North Korea: There has been much nuclear sabre rattling from North Korea against Japan and in general. Pray God restrains this nation (Hosea 4v2).
EU & the Gulf: A French naval base in Abu Dhabi will protect Gulf waters. France wants to encourage a European-led maritime force to ensure safe shipping in the Strait of Hormuz after tanker attacks earlier this year. The EU has military aspirations. Pray God’s hand on all. (Josh 11v5; Eph 6v12).
Israel: The third General Election is set for March 2nd. Pray for a stable, workable government to be voted in at last (Isaiah 1v26).
The main Israeli feasts are: Chanukah; Purim; First fruits; PASSOVER; PENTECOST (Shavuot); then Trumpets (Rosh Ha Shana) and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), all in the feast of TABERNACLES season. Read Obadiah 1v10-18 for how God views those who attack Israel, and pray.
Stop Press: Israel’s new Laser device tackles incendiary balloons: Israeli security forces have introduced the new Light Blade laser system intended to shoot down incendiary balloons, kites, and drones before they enter Israeli territory from Gaza. The Palestinians are also limiting their weekly demonstrations and riots at Israel’s borders from Gaza. Amen to these developments after much prayer! (Psalm 18v46-48).
Turkey & Libya: Their East Med agreement on maritime boundaries and military co-operation concerns other local nations. Pray (Isaiah 30v1).
Britain: Boris Johnson made very positive references to both the Jews and Christians (especially the persecuted) in his Christmas message. Amen!
Persecuted peoples: Over 400 pages were recently publicized regarding the treatment, surveillance, and control of China’s minority Uyghur population. It confirms the imprisonment of over 1 million Uyghurs in unsanitary and overcrowded internment camps. Stripped of their identities, culture, and religion, they are indoctrinated to renounce Islam and pledge loyalty to the Communist Party…or else. With a long history of oppression and persecution, the Uyghur people suffer rampant hopelessness and despair. We praise God that a couple thousand Uyghurs are now following Jesus – and the Bible and Jesus film have been translated into their language! But 11 million remain largely without hope. Pray for His hope (1 Thess 1v3). 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.