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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS. PRAYER UPDATE. DECEMBER 2022. No. 110.
Intercessors for Cyprus. Prayer Update. December 2022 No. 110
Giving thanks; Daily Bible Readings December; Editorial: Prophecy of revival & hope, despite persecution; The Church: Specific churches & ministries: Cyprus Prayer Chain; Logos Hope OM ship; Addictions course; Larnaca Christian ministries; Prayer request.
The Orthodox Church in Cyprus; History belongs to the intercessors; Our children & youth; Prayer concerning idols.
……Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI.
The Government: Security Prayer Alert (a couple of responses); This month; Migrants; The North; Health.
National issues: (see list); Moral & social; Cities & municipalities; Caring & compassion; International; IFC information.
December Prayer Issues. 2 Cor 1:20. ‘For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ.’
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…’ Let’s remember to claim biblical promises from the scriptures as we are led by the Spirit to apply them in our prayers.
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 update in your home group, prayer group, church prayers, and devotionals. Use it topically or work through it over the month. 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.
^ GIVING THANKS: 1 Thessalonians 5:18. ‘In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.’
Christmas. We are of those who love to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, whether it was actually at the time of the Feast of Tabernacles (Sept/Oct) or not. To have a day and period set aside to remember His birth is wonderful, even if the world has polluted the principle in some ways. Give thanks for this period and for the way God ‘tabernacled’ amongst us by being born in human form and living His life for us (Revelation 21v3). Pray for the many outreach opportunities that this season brings. Some other good news: The Jewish community tell us that most Ukrainian Jews who came to Cyprus have now progressed on to stay in Israel. Amen! This fits the vision for Cyprus serving this people group in a special way.
^ DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS for DECEMBER 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). 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’, or other bible-in-a-year sources.
^ EDITORIAL: The following may be seen as a Christmas present from the Lord, I believe, to His people! I have known David Noakes, who received this message for the Church, for many years and trust his prophetic unction. He resisted all the revival prophecies of the latter years, so for him to give this word on revival, take note.
Prophecy of revival & hope, despite persecution. (Given through David Noakes, Bible teacher, at the UK South West Bible Week 2022. ….Abbreviated by source).
“Beloved, we stand at the brink of something big and new - not new to Me but new to you. I have in store for those who truly love Me such things as you have not yet experienced. I have an outpouring of My Spirit which I have longed to impart….But now I am separating out for Myself a people who love Me for Myself. I have watched for many years for such a people, and on those of you whose hearts are fully towards Me I will send My Spirit in a new way. You will know the fullness of My Spirit….you will know My power….My love….My grace….My faithfulness, and you will see Me answer prayer…. You will see the lame walk, you will see the sick raised from their bed and you will see the dead raised in these days to come, because I have been longing with all My heart to have a people whom I can trust to give the glory unto Me and not take it unto themselves. Beloved, I have preserved for Myself a remnant for these last days and My heart is overflowing with joy and I long, I long to speak to the world through a people who want only Me….I am not a merciless God who will make judgements without extending mercy ….to those who will turn and repent. And there shall be a greater harvest than you have dared hope…. And yet, beloved, I call upon you to stand strong because….the days will be difficult. There will be such division that men will either love Me or they will hate Me with a satanic hatred, and there will be very little in between. Do not fear those who will persecute you, but fear only Me. For beloved, I have all things in My hand. Do not think for one moment….anything in the world around you is out of control. It is not. For I am the King….I am sovereign. I have in MY hand all that you need and I will never let you down, I will never forsake you…..In you darkest moments, I will shine in with My light, and you will know in a new way the greatness of your God. Therefore be….greatly encouraged, because I am intending to do things which you….thought you would never see. I am with you. My beloved, that is all you need. Christ in you is indeed the hope….the guarantee of glory. And you will shine like lights in the darkness. As the darkness of these days increases, as the fury of the enemy rages, so My love will become even more apparent. The world will….know those who belong to Me and many will turn….to Me, and there shall be a harvest for which I have longed…. You have thought perhaps that it would never come. Beloved, there may be some of you who do not see it….because you are already seeing My face in glory. But many will see it….your rejoicing will….carry you through every test….because My joy will fill you, My love will surround you and I will work in you such trust that you need never ever have any doubt that your God is with you. Beloved, be encouraged with these words. Take them to heart and be expectant that I will bring to pass all that I have intended.”
^ 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. The Pandemic situation. 3. Revival to the Church and emphasis on Evangelism. 4. Ukraine & international events. 5. 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?
b) Logos Hope: The Operation Mobilisation ship ‘Logos Hope’ is currently moored at Limassol cruise terminal in the new port area of Limassol until December 13th. It holds the world’s largest floating bookfair. Visits may be made between the hours of 2pm-9pm except for Saturdays when visiting hours are from 10am-9pm. Note: On 7th & 12th December the ship is closed to the public. Entrance fee is 1 euro. Pray for this outreach ministry which will include a pastors & leaders’ event on December 3rd 10am-12 noon & meal; and a teen event ‘The Challenge’ on Dec 10th 4-7pm and other features. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org (Matthew 28v18-20).
c) Addictions course. IFC, in conjunction with a local church & with the permission of the Larnaca pastors meeting, is holding a course on ADDICTIONS from January – March 2023. It majors on sexual addiction but the teaching applies to any addictions.
The ‘Conquer’ course will be held weekly for up to 10 people in a Larnaca home, commencing Monday evening January 9th from 7-9pm for 12 weeks. If you would like details, email me, David, at email@example.com (Your communication will be kept strictly confidential.)
Pray that pastors use this opportunity for their churches and that individuals who need to attend the course hear about it and are moved to respond despite the risk and shame which may seek to hold them back. Pray for deliverance, healing and restoration through this course. (Isaiah 42v7).
d) Larnaca Christian Ministries: Quarterly gathering of ministries in the Larnaca Area. JCF Church 7-8.30pm. Monday December 5th. Please pray that
God works out His purpose for this regular gathering, which is of worship together, prayer for one another & input, and fellowship together over simple food. NB. A friend in ministry for 30 years received this from the Lord: ‘Two years ago, I had felt that Father had told me that we (the church) had replaced "fellowship" with "meetings" and that we expected Him to bless our gatherings nonetheless.’ Are we churches and gatherings guilty of this, replacing fellowship with Him and with each other with ‘meetings’? Pray your church/group/ministry ensures things are rightly ordered. (Acts 2v42).
e) Prayer request: (J.S. Canadian Cypriot & IFC reader). ‘Please have us in your prayers for us to have our own building for church services. The building we used in the past has been sold. It is time for us to possess our land for New Life Fellowship International. Home meetings are good for small groups of people and I am all for them but for people of all ages to gather together in greater numbers - more space is needed.’ (Isaiah 54v2).
2. The Orthodox Church in Cyprus: The behaviour of some leading figures in the Orthodox church in Cyprus in scrambling to take over the position of Archbishop - even whilst Archbishop Chrysostomos ll was still alive - did not commend itself to the nation. Pray for God’s choice (1 Sam 16v10-12). Sometimes it is good to look at the roots of issues in Cyprus and its churches. Why does the country move so slowly in the doldrums? Why is it ‘backward’ in some ways? Why does Cyprus lack a sense of destiny? Why do so many ventures by churches or ministries fail? One reason put forward whilst a group of church and ministry leaders prayed together was that the Orthodox Church has sold out to the whole notion of icons (idolatry) and branded the evangelicals as ‘heretics’. Now the evangelical church is not perfect either so this is not an Orthodox church knocking session. Could it be that the Orthodox church, in its obsession with icons, has been following after ‘doctrines of demons’? 1 Timothy 4:1-3a (NKJV) Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry…..’ If this is the case, then it has been resisting the Holy Spirit and the truth of God’s word, and has been bushwacked by the enemy - the great deceiver and his followers. Satan is described by Jesus as the ‘Father of lies’ with no truth in him (John 8v44-45). So, is there a remedy to falling for Satan’s schemes (2 Corinthians 2v11)? Surely it is to recognise and understand the situation, repent and be forgiven, and show mercy to others by forgiving them (Matthew 6v15). We could pray right now for the Orthodox Church to receive revelation and conviction in this matter, by the grace of God. I wonder what could be unlocked by God as a result, which would bless and benefit Cyprus and its church? Maybe you are being led to set aside some time to fast and pray for the good of the Orthodox church and those who are part of it? I hope so.
3. History belongs to the Intercessors: Romans 13 and 1 Timothy 2 make it clear that God wants us to intercede on behalf of governments – including the governments in both the North of Cyprus and the Republic of Cyprus. Do you know how important you are? At the heart of IFC is the knowledge that God invites us to shape history through prayer and fasting. This makes each one of us vitally important in the unfolding plan and purposes of God. Let me say it another way. YOU are vitally important in the unfolding plan and purposes of God. When I was with Intercessors for Britain, and with my current links with Intercessors for America, I both saw and still see true stories of victories in governmental intercession.
But what about Cyprus? The more who intercede for the governments here, the more influence we will have before God in prayer, in order to bring change. I long for God to raise up a ministry to address abortion at government level with younger leadership. Do you? Pray for this. (1 Tim 2v1-4).
4. Our Children & Youth: Pray that local churches in Cyprus be people and places where children and young people are welcomed and valued. That they will grow in faith and follow God’s ways as they are encouraged, taught and prayed for within the church family. Also pray for Christian chaplains to be established in schools, colleges, universities and the like to bring pastoral aid and Gospel insights to those in need. Thank You, Lord, for Christian workers who minister Your grace and the Gospel to children, young people and others in Cyprus. Please enable them. (Quote): ‘Children are like wet cement which sets to concrete. We need to impress upon them God’s word, wisdom and ways while we have the opportunity.’ (Psalm 127v3).
5. Prayer concerning idols: Father God in the name, blood and authority of Yeshua the Mashiach (Jesus the Christ), we repent of acknowledging and worshiping false idols. We ask forgiveness for the worship of the works of our hands, including our money (gold/silver/retirement accounts). We pray You, the LORD our God place within us a holy righteous anger to act and overthrow all false idols in our own hearts and in your church. May a greater revelation of the Fear of Jehovah fall on your people and on Israel. We ask that Christ be given His throne in the hearts of all believers throughout our nation, Israel and the world. Amen. (Exodus 20v1-6).
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 7v13-15 & James 5v7-8 &v17).
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: Corporate and individual confession, repentance 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: In a number of countries, revival, healings, deliverances and salvations are breaking out. Prophecies such as in the editorial are coming forth from well proven prophetic voices. After Covid 19, there is a sense of a change of season….Spring is in the air spiritually! Pray with increasing expectancy, faith and confidence that amidst these dark days, God is breaking forth….including in Cyprus. (1 Chron 14v11).
ITI: Pray that God releases pastors & leaders and believers from what is called ‘replacement theology’. Read the bible and see how God repeatedly promises His chosen people – the Jews - a land and a relationship with Him. Even after the exile and scattering throughout the world His promises of restoration to the land and to their God remains….so much so that in Ezekiel and in Zechariah & Romans the bible speaks of life from the dead, a fountain of cleansing, all Israel being saved, etc. Ephesians chapter 2 speaks of believing Jews and gentile Christians coming together in the end days as the ‘one new man’. The return to the land is already under way. The return to God is happening too. Now salvation is birthing in Israel as well. Pray that the eyes of the blind be opened to the truth that both the Jews and the Christians are chosen people with a shared destiny - in Christ.
^ 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 the election of a new Archbishop (1 Sam 16v10-12). Pray for the current president, secretary & treasurer of the Evangelical Alliance of Churches in Cyprus, Yiannos, Chrysso & Kostas. Pray also for key leaders in the North, including underground church leaders, leader of Turkish Cypriot Community, Government Ministers, and
^ Security Prayer Alert: A couple of responses from readers (to the November IFC Prayer Alert on national security).
(1st response) Extract from Alert: Ezekiel 22:30-31 (NIV): "I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land…. The long-established presence of the UN Peacekeeping Force (UNFICYP) is a welcome security buffer between the North and the Republic. However, the TRNC government is now resisting its presence on the island, threatening to require a withdrawal from its two camps on the Turkish Cypriot side……………
I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS UPON UNFICYP I ASK FOR THEIR PROTECTION. I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS AGAINST THE PLANS OF TRNC government TO REMOVE THE PEACE FORCES FROM THEIR MIDST. I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS AGAINST THE TURKISH FORCES ATTACKING THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS ON MULTIPLE FRONTS IN THE BUFFER ZONE. BY THE POWER OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS I PARALYSE THEIR HANDS AND FEET FROM DOING THAT THROUGH THE POWER OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS. (PAUL HAD TO BLIND TEMPORARILY. THE MAN HINDERING HIM FROM PREACHING THE GOSPEL TO THE ROMAN OFFICIAL). I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS UPON FAMAGUSTA AND ALL PARTS OF CYPRUS AND ASK FOR MY HEAVENLY FATHER S PROTECTION THROUGH HIS WARRING ANGELS BEING SENT TO DEFEND US AND CANCELLATION OF THE PLANS OF TURKEY THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS. Thinking of the example in 2 Kings 19:35, it tells us that 185,000 Assyrian soldiers were killed by an angel that night and Sennacherib returned to Nineveh. He was later killed by his own sons. His youngest son, Esarhaddon, succeeded him as king of Assyria. I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS AGAINST THE PLANS FOR TYMBOU AIRPORT TO USE IT TO PROMOTE THE TURKISH EVIL PLANS AGAINST THE LAND OF CYPRUS AND ITS PEOPLE. CYPRUS BELONGS TO GOD AND THE PEOPLE WHO GOD HAS ALLOWED TO LIVE FOR THE PROMOTION OF HIS PLANS AND PURPOSES AND THE PROSPERITY OF ITS PEOPLE, PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL, AND USE FOR THE END TIME HARVEST. I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS AGAINST THE PLANS OF TURKEY FOR CYPRUS AND DECLARE BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS PROTECTION OF CYPRUS BOUNDARIES RESOURCES PEOPLE AND EVERYTHING THAT CONCERNS CYPRUS.
I DECREE AND DECLARE THE PLANS OF GOD WILL PREVAIL AND WE ARE SAFE IN HIS HANDS BY THE SHED BLOOD OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. THANK YOU, LORD, FOR VISITING THE MOSLEM PEOPLE WITH DREAMS AND VISIONS OF YOU AND DRAWING MANY INTO YOUR KINGDOM. ISLAM IS JUST A NAME THAT HAS TO BOW AT THE NAME OF JESUS. THANK YOU FOR HEARING OUR PRAYERS AS WE STAND IN THE GAP DESIRING YOUR PRESENCE TO BE IN OUR MIDST IN JESUS NAME AMEN. (J.S.)
(2nd response) Thank you so much that you and the IFC team are standing for Cyprus. What politicians do not want to admit is that Turkey is moving toward the territories of the Ottoman empire, so Turkey is looking for excuses to get more land. Also, can I ask you that when you refer to the north that you refer it as ‘the north’ or "TRNC" and not as TRNC. Again, thank you so much and God bless you. (H.P.)
^ This month: Proverbs 14:34 (NIV): Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. Habakkuk 2:12 (NIV): "Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by crime! (NKJV): "Woe to him who builds a town with bloodshed, Who establishes a city by iniquity!
The Mafia are very active in Cyprus. They encourage all sorts of crime for profit, including drinking clubs, gambling and the sex industry. In our city, a recent club venue was playing music so loudly in the late evening that the noise dominated the area. I was on the way to tell them to turn it down when a local resident warned me that it was a Mafia night and to keep away. Wisdom held me back but I was angry at their lack of regard for others. Instead I prayed and at last the sound was subdued, but it has led to this article for prayer. Pray for local and national authorities to be prompted to act against the Mafia in Cyprus, and against fear of reprisal. Claim the promises of Habakkuk 2v12 that God would bring woe upon the organisation in Cyprus. Pray for the salvation of Mafia leaders! Pray especially against the demonic spirits who rule the actions of the Mafia. (Luke 11v20).
^ Migrants: The continuing unrest at the Pournara migrant reception centre with riots, overcrowding, policing, arrests and detentions is sending a message to the government, as is the recent murder at Central Prisons Nicosia. Pray for wisdom from God for the government in strategizing over this problem, for easing of the pressure and for hope for the migrants. (Ps. 33v20).
^ The North: Tymbou (Ercan) Airport. The opening date for the new terminal building at the main airport in the north has been postponed once again to early 2023. Many delays have frustrated the government over this. After our November prayer alert, pray that the airport expansion continues to be frustrated. A new Central Prison has been built located in Minareliköy, and is now operating. (Psalm 33v10-11).
Expats: are being treated like ‘cash cows’ in the north and there has been an exodus from the north to other countries. The border crossing difficulties and current long queues in the last year is probably a contributing factor. Pray for the expats and that the border restrictions ease. (Genesis 41v3-4).
NB. Further information for prayer for North Cyprus may be found at https://lgcnews.com/
^ Health: Covid-19: BE AWARE: The government of the Republic of Cyprus has decided to push the Covid vaccination program. Recently eight people died and 4212 tested positive. Priority will be given to promoting the program in mountain communities. Vaccination centres for babies and infants, from 6 months to 4 years of age, have been operational from Tuesday, November 22. We are told that Covid is here to stay and that annual vaccination will be necessary. Big brother watches over us. Pray for wisdom for believers. (1 Chronicles 12v32).
Giving blood: The Health Ministry through the blood centre is appealing for voluntary blood donations. Anyone who wishes to respond should go to their nearest blood donation station. http://www.newsincyprus.com/news/426296/health-ministry-calls-on-public-to-donate-blood
Pray for a good response.
^ NATIONAL ISSUES: Psalm 33:12. ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.’
Give thanks: That the Republic of Cyprus has not been taken by Turkey. Pray that God will keep us free to serve His purposes. HE reigns! (Ps.97v1).
Cyprus society: is simmering at melting point under the pressure of the cost of living while corruption scandals spread disillusionment. Pray for exposure of corrupt officials, for the fear of God to arise in our communities, for easing of the cost of living and hope for the future. (Psalm 37v37).
Integrated Resort: City of Dreams Mediterranean and Cyprus Casinos is operated by MELCO. The City of Dreams development in the Limassol area is to be the first integrated resort in Europe. The management is offering 1000 new jobs as part of the development. This is good for employment but the company promotes gambling. Pray for the Lord to promote what is good and hold back that which is not good for Cyprus. (Psalm 125v4).
Unemployment: is trending slowly upward in the Republic. This is a concern, especially with so many migrants now. Pray as led. (Luke 10v7).
Water: The amount of water that has poured into the island’s dams so far this month has broken previous records. May reservoirs be full. (Job 5v10).
Children: Parents are protesting against government plans for compulsory pre-primary education to be extended to the age of four! Pray! (Micah 2v9).
‘Trapped property owners’: Because developers had mortgages on building developments unbeknown to the potential property buyers, the obtaining of title deeds has been long delayed. The government is introducing measures which guard against this. If the project a developer is working on is mortgaged, the developer will be required to inform the buyer. Amen to that! Pray for those still caught in this trap. (Job 18v9; Psalm 31v4).
Please note that further information for prayer may be found daily at http://www.newsincyprus.com/category/2/cyprus-weekly
Life issues: Lord, we pray for a major shift in attitudes to abortion in Cyprus, especially after the US Supreme Court’s overruling of ‘Roe v Wade’ which allows individual states there to pass legislation concerning life instead of abortion. Pray Cyprus be given eyes to see how precious life is. (Psalm 139).
Human trafficking: is another form of slavery. But how to pray about such a dark, consuming evil without being overwhelmed? Father, we pray that You would put an end to the abhorrent sin of human trafficking. Set the captives free, Lord, and bring healing wherever it is needed. (Isaiah 49v9).
Gender: A bill paving the way for a Cypriot national to legally change gender with the introduction of easily accessible procedures has been tabled before parliament. So, Cyprus is seeking to toe the line over EU directives. Pray opposition arises against this anti-God bill. (Genesis 2v20b-24).
Marriage: The USA is seeking to redefine marriage to include gay ‘marriage’. Will the EU be next? Pray against this. (Genesis 2v20b-25).
Disadvantaged children: Heavenly Father, thank You for adopting us into Your family through Christ. Help us to reach out with acceptance and generosity to children who are disadvantaged materially, emotionally, spiritually and in mental health through our prayers, support and love. (Jn 1v17).
Those in pain: Remember those in some kind of pain, be it physical, mental, emotional. We pray that they do not disregard You, Lord because of that pain in their or others’ lives. Meet them in their point of need and open their eyes to the truth of Your love through the gospel of love. (John 3v16).
^ 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.
Please note the comment under Government, ‘This Month’, re the Mafia and pray for your city. Pray for the gospel to go out in your city. 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.
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 ‘All4Aid’ (Oasis) Refugee Project: Pray for this refugee project. Just as Jesus met physical needs and then spoke about spiritual truth, so All4Aid strives to meet physical and spiritual needs of all who enter its doors, especially refugees and asylum seekers. They are in need of men's clothes, shoes, kitchen items, pots, blankets and new-born babies’ clothes. They need wisdom for programming and to find the streams of funding to maintain the existing programming plus additional programming where He leads. They do give thanks to God, the churches and others for providing volunteer help at All4Aid. God is so good. The ministry supported by local churches supports more than 400 people weekly and they have the chance to serve them and make Christ known to them. Prayers are needed for housing and work for asylum seekers. They sleep on the sunbeds on the beach. Winter is here so we need winter clothes, blankets, sleeping bags, etc. Pray for God to make a way for the government to find a solution for these people, and for this excellent ministry. (Psalm 146v9).
Another refugee ministry group named ‘Love, Light and Hope’ is based in Pyla. Pray they make a difference to refugees in their area. (1 Thess 1v3).
There is yet another refugee ministry in Oroklini. Pray for them as well, to prosper in what they are doing to serve refugees and asylum seekers.
2. The poor and needy, widows and orphans, foreigners, unemployed, exploited, etc: Psalm 12v5: Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,’ says the Lord. Lord of the Church, please continue to inspire, equip and bless Christian initiatives that reach out with Your loving care to people in need; through foodbanks, debt advice, help for the homeless, youth and children’s activities, relationship support and other services. In Your mercy, Amen. Also remember in prayer Christian ministries such as the Mercy Centre in Nicosia, the Limassol group, and the ‘Charis’ project in Paphos. Also Cyprus Samaritans, Friendship Circle, and other local & national organisations. (Gal 6v9-10).
Ongoing: Pray against the use of nuclear, chemical & biological weaponry and for Gospel declaration in the Middle East (Matt 16v19).
Russia / Ukraine: Energy and food prices are skyrocketing because of this war. Ukraine lacks electricity for the winter as all its facilities are bombed out by Russia. Putin’s defence minister warned that the eight-month war in Ukraine was heading towards an “uncontrolled escalation”. The Kremlin accused Kyiv of planning to use a bomb laced with radioactive material — in Ukraine. Will Russia respond by using nuclear weapons, or a dirty bomb or some other terrible weapon in Ukraine? If conventional weapons aren’t working). The Bible: ‘At the end of their rule, when their sin is at its height, a fierce king, a master of intrigue, will rise to power. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause a shocking amount of destruction and succeed in everything he does. (Daniel 8v23). Pray as led.
Ukraine: Pray for God’s healing of body and soul (mind, emotions and will) of the Ukrainians who have lost so much. Give thanks for the Czechs and others who have maintained hospitality and support to displaced Ukrainians. May the Kingdom expand amongst them all. (Matthew 13v31-33).
Israel: Following the recent elections, a more stable and right wing government has been formed under prime minister Netanyahu. Pray for wisdom and right action to be taken by the government to meet the needs of the poor and needy. Pray that security issues and opportunities for Jews to return and settle in the land become paramount. Pray that terrorism is quelled and for Israelis to come to their Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). (1 Kings 2v2-3).
Uganda/East Africa: Little or no rainfall has fallen in the last 3 years. Rain is needed for harvests and water sources to spring up close to communities. Lack of food means some people are surviving by boiling tree leaves or eating goat droppings! Pray for rain & adaptation. (Claim Psalm 147v8).
Revivals: There is repentance followed by miracles in Nigeria, revival crusades with healings in Ghana. There are miracles in California. More, Lord!
Venezuela: 7 million migrants and refugees have fled Venezuela. Rampant food shortages, unemployment, rising crime, lack of electricity and clean water are all contributing. Those who are staying in the Venezuelan church are reaching out in love and the gospel. Pray for Venezuela. (Gen 22v14).
China: Xi Jinping is ascending in power and strengthening his dictatorship. China is threatening the USA. Father, we pray that You would keep China in check and prevent this nation from harming the USA and other nations. In Jesus’ name, Amen. (Jeremiah 14v10).
Iran: is facing revolt and revolution from within as the harsh regime’s control slips. Pray for God to save this nation for HIS purposes. (Jer 49v38).
The persecuted Church: North Korea: Recently, dictator Kim Jong-un announced North Korea has nuclear weapons and will continue to develop them. Meanwhile, the North Korean people are more concerned about basic questions… “Where will my next meal come from?” Food insecurity continues. The 60% poverty rate is crippling. Human rights abuses abound. There are 26 million people desperate for hope. In the underground church there are secret Bible stashes, pleading prayers and scripture memorisation. Jesus Christ is reaching the people of North Korea with His love and promises of eternity! However persecution to death for believers is common. Pray for God’s miracle in N Korea. (Deut 30v7; John 12v18).
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 on Saturday mornings 9-11am using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, the news and being led of the Spirit. On Wednesday mornings 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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