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INTERCESSORS  FOR  CYPRUS

              

                  ΕΝΤΕΥΚΤΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΚΥΠΡΟ

   Πληροφορίες και προσευχή για τον Λαό της Κύπρου

 

 

 

IFC  LATEST  PRAYER  UPDATE  (ENGLISH)

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

 

INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS.  PRAYER UPDATE.  SEPTEMBER 2021  No.95.

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  September 2021   No. 95.

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

We suggest you print out the update for use this month. The words are close-typed for economy of printing. Use the Bible and its promises alongside this prayer update.

Why not read the Bible through every year on a daily basis? Go to our website: www.intercessorsforcyprus.org page: ‘Daily Bible Reading Plan’

 

CONTENTS

Giving thanks; Covid-19; Editorial: The Prescribed Way; The Church: Specific churches & ministries; Children of Wrath; Repentance; Prayer alert response; Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI. 

The Government and those in authority: This month; Census, Health.

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

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September Prayer Issues. 2 Cor 1:20. ‘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 weekly prayer group in Larnaca praying for Cyprus’ government and the nation, churches, ministries & for refugees. Others weekly e.g. Prayer for Israel. Details: Email the above. 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 thank God for a period of refreshment and rest during August. Let’s now gear up to serve the Lord. How about planning a day with the Lord?

Also give thanks for His mercy and grace to you and yours, His love and power, His care and protection…(fill in yours own).

Finally, after 7 years at the EU, halloumi will hit the market in October as a bona fide product of protected designation of origin…i.e. Cyprus. Amen! 

 

^  COVID-19: After several comments over the August issue, let me clarify. Rebellion - in terms of refusing to socially distance in public scenarios where the government has said to wear masks and to socially distance - is growing especially in younger people. Whilst there are still issues about vaccines, for many years the wearing of masks and social distancing has long been a very reasonable and helpful way of preventing or lessening the likelihood of infection. I am neither commending nor condemning the government over its vaccination project. Romans 13 clearly teaches us to pray for wisdom for the government as does 1 Timothy 2v1-4.

Christians have to make their own choice about the vaccines. I will not take sides or condemn whichever choice a believer makes. I had to write to one major international ministry to correct the leader, who condemned those Christians who have taken the vaccine to hell because in his view the vaccine was the ‘Mark of the Beast!’ I gave Him verses from the word of God about this to show his error and he then wrote to apologise and said he would publicly apologise on his next letter and website. However, I do believe that this whole Covid-19 scenario is one of several which will ultimately lead to the coming of the antichrist and the mark of the beast, but I do not believe we are at that stage yet by any means. Sadly, Christians seem to be taking sides and dividing over vaccinations. Pray for freedom and unity. (See Romans 14v1-8).

 

^  DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS for SEPTEMBER 2021:

EITHER See IFC’s ANNUAL BIBLE READING PLAN at: https://www.intercessorsforcyprus.org/daily-bible-reading-plan

OR get the ‘BIBLE IN ONE YEAR’ (Commentary by Nicky Gumbel of Alpha International & Daily Bible Readings (OT & NT) by David Suchet) by downloading the mobile app at https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bible-in-one-year/id504133402 or on Google Play Store: ‘Bible in One Year app’ the version supplied by ‘Alpha International’. No charge.  

 

^ EDITORIAL: ‘THE PRESCRIBED WAY’. God has set ways of doing things as well as the sovereign, unexpected interventions. For example, God required the Tabernacle in the wilderness to be made according to His direction: Exodus 25v9: ‘Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.’ The Tabernacle and its furnishings were to be made according to the revelation the Lord gave Moses on the mountain of Sinai. Exodus 25v40: See that you make them according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.’ This phrase appears five times in the Old Testament - in the books of Exodus, Numbers and 2 Kings, to emphasise the point.

When the Ark of the Covenant was moved by King David’s instruction but not according to God’s set way (Numbers 4v15), where it was not to be touched but carried on poles, disaster struck, in the death of Uzziah, who touched the ark to steady it as it was not on poles. 1 Chronicles 15v13-15 (NIV):”It was because you, the Levites, did not bring it up the first time that the LORD our God broke out in anger against us. We did not enquire of him about how to do it in the prescribed way." So the priests and Levites consecrated themselves in order to bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel. And the Levites carried the ark of God with the poles on their shoulders, as Moses had commanded in accordance with the word of the LORD.

 

National Gatherings: God still expects His people, including us, to follow His pattern as set down in His Word. For example, 2 Samuel 21v1: During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the LORD. The LORD said, "It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death." Action was taken to put things right before God and with the remaining Gibeonite clan. Also Saul and his families’ bones were dealt with rightly. After that, God answered prayer on behalf of the land. So, after the king humbled himself and prayed, sought God’s face and put things right concerning the Gibeonites and the bones of Saul and his family, God answered pray for the land. With God it is first things first. He has His prescribed way of dealing with national matters.     

 

Another example is found in the time of Ezra, where there was a national gathering of God’s people - the returning exiles from Babylon - who were seeking to rebuild Jerusalem and restore the temple. Ezra revealed through the word that they were guilty of sin before God in terms of intermarriage with other peoples. It would take time to be resolved before God: Ezra 10v12-14: ‘…this matter cannot be taken care of in a day or two, because we have sinned greatly in this thing.’ Following this, God moved on Nehemiah and he came to Jerusalem to lead the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. During this time, Ezra called the people of Jerusalem together – a national remnant now back in Israel - to read the law of God to them (Nehemiah 8v1). Following this (Nehemiah 9v1-3) Ezra again led a national assembly in confession and repentance (Nehemiah 9v1-3). Can you imagine a national gathering of God’s people from both the north and south of Cyprus, with not just a day for the gathering, but a solid period of preparation before the day, where Scriptures lead us to confession and repentance? A time of separation from unrighteous ways that have crept in? Can you envisage following this a solemn national assembly for a day where we are gathered together before the Lord, leaders and people, to seek Him about the ongoing peace process and lack of results? GOD’S PRESCRIBED WAY for such an event is laid down in Scripture:

2 Chronicles 7v13-14: "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

 

In the New Testament, Jesus Himself spoke into such matters in His ‘Sermon on the Mount’ (Matthew chapters 5-7). The Apostle James writes: (James 5v16-18): …Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. James commended confession of sin and prayer in the context of individual healing and national healing (Elijah & the drought). The prayer of righteous believers in Christ can make a huge difference, especially when in unity (Psalm 133).

 

Cyprus: There is a drought (no rain from God) on the Cyprus peace process. Plague is scourging the land in the form of Covid-19 and its variants. The land is being ‘devoured’ slowly but surely by antichrist influences, such as the increasing Islamic influence both north and south and by the Lesbian and gay movement (LGBTI), for example, amongst others. Are there believers in Cyprus who will fulfil GOD’S PRESCRIBED WAY of dealing with national scourges? Leaders of the nation will not do this, but leaders of God’s people could call such a movement within the true church on behalf of the nation and its leaders. Only then will this be fulfilled: (2 Samuel 21v14b): ‘God answered prayer on behalf of the land.’ 

 

I was born and bred in Britain, which has held a number of national days of prayer in times gone by, as has America. The miraculous rescue at Dunkirk was preceded by a national day of prayer. The great invasion of the Allies into France and Europe at ‘D Day’ and beyond was preceded by a national day of prayer. God listens when as a national church of believers we pray together to Him, and fulfil His conditions as set out in 2 Chronicles 7v13-14. Will YOU pray and act towards such a day?                                            

 

 

^ THE CHURCH: "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name."(John 1v12).

1. Specific Churches and Ministries: Revelation 1v11: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches…”

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.

a) IFC & National prayer: We at IFC as a ministry are asking for prayer at this time in order that we may have a real impact on those who are in authority in the evangelical churches in Cyprus both north and south concerning a national day of prayer. Pray for God’s hand of favour. (1 Chronicles 12v32).

 

b) Daniel Generation: A UK church asked the leaders of Daniel Generation to speak about their vision, work and progress concerning the establishing of a generation of young Christians in Cyprus who really know God and are on fire to serve God and His purposes. Pray for God’s leading and blessing on these two dedicated workers, T & J. (Dan 11v32b…several versions).   

 

c) Evangelism videos: This is one of series of approx. 2 min YouTube videos reaching Jews (and others) for Jesus, exposing the danger of sin & hell, and the hope of Christ & heaven. A good one to use with or to send to Jewish people you know. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnfUhiFOE6I   

Website: www.messiahisrael.com    Also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnfUhiFOE6I&t=25s  It is amazing how God is ramping up evangelism to the Jews as He said He would in the end days (Zechariah 12v10-13v2; Romans 11, especially v25-32). Pray for Jews in Cyprus to hear the Gospel.

Also pray that the Church in Cyprus uses evangelism videos and many other means of outreach to the people and language groups of Cyprus.  

 

2. Children of Wrath: Some who go to church have missed the first step of conversion as set forth in Matthew 4v17:  From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." They did not originally sincerely repent and turn 180 degrees to come into His Kingdom. They still are unsaved ‘children of wrath’. They are especially prone to being exposed to the rebellious Jezebel spirit. Pray for those who are deceived in this way in Cyprus’ churches to have revelation of the truth of the Gospel, and of the danger they are in, that they may truly come to faith in Christ.

 

3. Repentance: An extract from ‘The Joy-Filled Life’ (pp 60-61) by Sister Basilia Schlink:  Dear Lord Jesus, I ask Thee for what I long to have in my life: Thy greatest gift of grace, repentance. Send me by Thy grace the Spirit of truth that I may recognize myself in Thy light and see the depth of my sin. Help me through Thy Word that it may convict me as Thy standard for my thinking and speaking, for my ways and doing, for my work and actions. Keep me from applying my own cheap standards. Bind me to the measurement of the Sermon on the Mount that I may see myself as Thou doest see me, that I may judge myself as Thou wouldst judge me if I had not repented of my sin. Give me through Thy Holy Spirit sensitivity to recognize in everything that happens to me especially in Thy chastening--Thy loving admonition to repentance, and that I may respond to it willingly. Answer my prayer by giving me a broken heart, not one that is self-righteous and self-satisfied, but one that is always able to weep anew over its sins and is then able to rejoice for Thy forgiveness. I thank Thee that Thou wilt surely answer this prayer, because Thou dost enjoy more than anything else a sinner who repents. Therefore, Thou doest require tears of repentance from us. I do not want to look on my hard impenitent heart but upon Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, who came to destroy all self-righteousness and hardness of heart, and who has won us by His redemption a new heart that is soft and humble. Make me continue in the prayer of faith until my hard heart has melted, and I am able to weep over the things I have done to God and to my fellow men. Give me the grace to weep over my old nature, over my hardness, lack of mercy and kindness, my evil speaking about others, my jealousy and envy, my insincerity, my dependence on human beings and the material things of this world. Bring about a complete change in me.

I thank Thee, O Lord that Thou art calling for what I still do not have, repentance, and that by its coming my love for Thee will grow out of it. Let me this way---through the redeemed and happy life of a pardoned sinner---praise Thee here on earth and be prepared for Thy return, so that I might enter with Thee in glory to the Marriage of the Lamb. Amen.

 

4. IFC Prayer alert response: One intercessor responded to the end of July IFC prayer alert with this:Paul blinded Elymas in Paphos who was hindering him from sharing the good news with the Roman official. We have the authority to do that as Cyprus belongs to Jesus. Apostles Barnabas and Paul, and John Mark walked on its ground and occupied the land spiritually. We declare that God loves Cyprus. He loves His people. We are His remnant standing in the gap to repent for Cyprus’ idolatry, lawlessness, calling Cyprus the island of Venus, not recognizing the blessings of God, not recognizing the spiritual inheritance of salvation through Jesus Christ preached by the apostles and every other sin committed……we ask God’s forgiveness. We cancel the plan of Erdogan to come to Cyprus…it’s not his land, it’s Jesus land. We paralyze his hands, feet and mouth and every evil plan he has against Cyprus, and we declare that his plans to take over the land will fall through, his plan to occupy Famagusta will be cancelled and his forces dispersed in confusion. We declare that the blood of Jesus washes all our sins as we repent, and the blood of Jesus is applied upon Cyprus, its resources, its people, for protection and deliverance from the Goliath spirit, the spirit of Jezebel and the python spirit…..in JESUS’ name.

We declare the plan to lock down Cyprus is cancelled. The evil agenda will be revealed of spreading the virus through vaccine. That people’s freedom will be protected in Jesus name, Amen. Thank you Father for victory in Jesus name amen.’ 

 

Reconciliation N & S: God encourages His Church to stand together, confess wrong attitudes, forgive one another and embrace in practical ways. Also to intercede for the nation’s healing. Key elements of a reconciliation process: Confession and practical forgiveness – the Church leading the way, healing of the nation, and removal of Turkey’s influence including Islam. (Luke 11v4; 2 Chronicles 7v14). Continue to pray into this.

Revival & Transformation:  How can you tell if your church is radically biblical in the power of the Spirit? The New Testament stresses that the church should be: Running on PRAYER; committed in LOVE to God and OBEYING His word;  committed to UNITY in the church; lovingly CORRECTING one another (Matt 18v16-18), being FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT, encouraging EVERY MEMBER EVANGELISM, discerning GIFTS and delegating because of these.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to breathe new life and biblical power into His Church in Cyprus. (2 Corinthians 3v6).  

In Touch Israel: Please pray for God’s leading, wisdom, revelation, discernment and understanding for the team preparing to serve the Jews in their return from the nations. Spiritual principles need now to be earthed in practical, workable plans. (Ezek 36v24-28; Jer 32v41; Hos 11v10; Ex 25v40).  

 

 

^ 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 Mr Ersin Tatar; Government Ministers, and even pray for our enemies, including President Erdogan of Turkey.

 

^ This month: Abortion: The European Parliament has voted on the so-called "Matic Report”, which has been adopted. The right to life, freedom of conscience of medical personnel and the sovereignty of the Member States has lost to the ‘right’ to abortion. The vote in favour of taking away all human rights of innocent unborn babies and in favour of the so-called ‘right’ to abortion was passed very comfortably by EU MEPs. They were also determined to strip the doctors and nurses - who are working overtime to save lives in this time of pandemic - of the right to refuse to end the life of these innocent human beings. May God have mercy upon a society which murders the unborn children, shedding ‘innocent blood’ as the Bible puts it, as in Manassah’s day! (SEE 2 Kings 21, especially v16; 2 Kings 24v1-4; Psalm 139v13-16; Matthew 5v21). Pray for His mercy but also for reversals, including in Cyprus. How we need a move of God to re-establish righteousness and morality….pray.

 

^ Census: In October a stranger is likely to turn up at your house and start asking you a bunch of personal question such as “how old are you and who else lives here?” – not to worry though, that just means the 2021 census is underway. It will be the last traditional door-to-door head count.

 

^ Health: Covid-19: Whether this is a natural pandemic or a "plandemic," the reality is that the world will be dealing with this virus and its mutations for years to come. Of course, this has not taken God by surprise and we should look to Him alone for personal guidance. We also need to pray for our nations to not go beyond that which is in His will…e.g. in the debate over vaccinating children, one implication may be that it is better to simply allow them to be infected on the grounds they are highly unlikely to come to serious harm, but are more likely to gain lasting immunity from the disease that way. As it is, schools will reopen to vaccination opportunity, safe passes and rapid tests. So this is how we continue to pray for Cyprus: Lord, forbid that any closures or quarantines hinder Cypriots and those living in Cyprus from coming home (Isa. 62:10). Oversee all health ministry and government decisions about this plague (Prov. 2:6). Give discernment on what the next steps should be to guard Cyprus's health - both North and South - at this time (Psa. 91:3-6).

If there is any truth being withheld from the public, or from Cypriot leaders, unveil it (Zech. 8:16). Lead scientists who are searching for new and inexpensive ways to treat those who have already been infected (Ex. 31:3; Job 12:22). Let believers listen to You and not to man or their fears concerning the vaccine (John 10:27). Do not allow Your Body to be divided over whether to take the vaccine or not (Rom. 14:23).

 

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

Emergency Services: Thank You Lord, for the compassion, courage and capability of all those serving in the emergency services in Cyprus. We pray for vigilance on the roads, improved safety measures - especially in the construction industry - and strength and wisdom to police, firefighters and ambulance crews dealing with emergencies. (Psalm 69v13).

Home ownership: Owning a home in Cyprus is an “impossible dream,” says trade union ‘Peo’, calling for the creation of social housing programmes.  Construction costs have recently shot up by 20 per cent, “making home ownership an impossible dream for many young people and the lower and middle income classes.” Pray for hope for young couples and others and for God to make a way. (Exodus 14v21-22; Isaiah 43v16).  

Schools: The government says that things are in place for the start of the new academic year. Pray especially for those children attending a new school. Be aware that the enemy is inspiring people with demonic plans for our children … to indoctrinate and to convert them to their false standards of love, their social mandates; dictating norms that contradict God’s holy law. They threaten to remove our little ones from our biblical influence and foundations. Pray that God intervenes….He blinded the citizens of Sodom as a warning, before destruction came upon them.  Pray that teachers and others walking in darkness stumble in their darkness and be terrified by the experience of it, so that they may cry out to God and repent. Pray for Holy Spirit conviction on the lukewarm/accommodating Christians in schools. Pray for unity and oneness in Christ and one voice of unity for His Kingdom.

A Prayer: Father, come down to our schools in obvious manifestations of Your power. Set children free from the heavy yokes of false authority that are seeking to rule over them. Shatter and burn these unholy yokes. Give us righteous leaders … wise and God-fearing servants, both in government and schools who will reject these evil agendas … who will successfully drive back this advance of evil which seeks to swallow our nation’s children, and to rob them of both soul and of Your divine blessings. Hear us, and send help from Your holy mountain, in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Matt 19v14).

Muslim Youth in Cyprus: More than half the people in Muslim-majority countries today are under the age of 30. Many young people are struggling to simply find jobs: the unemployment rate for the Arab region of the world is nearly twice as high as global averages. Radical Muslim groups like Islamic State take advantage of this discontent and recruit frustrated youth with promises of higher purpose. Pray for deliverance from this lie! There is a sense of disillusionment with Islam among many Muslim young people today. They are resistant to their parents’ traditional values. Pray for those in Cyprus disillusioned with Islam to initiate a search for truth. Pray for Muslim students in Cyprus – especially in the North – to hear the Gospel from believing friends. Pray for them to find their true identity in Jesus. (John 14v6).

Electric Cars: My wife is currently concerned for Cyprus in the following ‘green’ issue: The UK car industry is going electric in its efforts to reduce global warming. Cyprus has relatively few electric cars…the prices are very high at present….and few topping up points if on a longer journey. The range for electric cars needs to improve also. I reckon a loaded-up holidays trip to Paphos or Polis (which we did this year) in an all-electric car would be pushing its battery limits for an average size car. Pray for the government and local municipalities to work together on improving the system and with incentives for electric cars. Also for improved range, more topping up points…e.g. electric points at all fuel garages…and for lower electric car prices, government incentives and cars availability. (Isaiah 32v20).  

Lionfish: With more fish entering the Eastern Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal, the EU is about to decide if it will add the lionfish to its list of invasive alien species. Once listed, Cyprus and other member states in the region will have to make a big effort to curb its spread. Pray. (Ex. 19v23).

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

 

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

LGBTI:  A few months ago in the USA, the Rapporteur had asked Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) for their opinion on how to effectively combat “homophobia” in an attempt to manufacture a "black list" of organisations opposed to the LGBTQ agenda, among which was a very vocal NGO (CitizenGO). In other words, the intolerance of the tolerant assumptions. Those opposed to the Lesbian & Gay agenda should be tolerant of them, but they will not be tolerant to us! In the United Nations, among all the member states and all the NGOs that intervened, the only critical discourse was by CitizenGO. Pray that God will raise up a voice for His will and word in Cyprus. (READ Leviticus 18v22; Romans 1v18-32 especially vv26-27).

Abortion: (Biblically, the ‘shedding of innocent blood’): See the article under ‘Government, This month’. This issue of abortion will not go away until revelation and repentance comes. Pray effective teaching and factual proofs reach the government - and us all, bringing radical change. (Ps. 139).

Care Economy: The ageing of populations and the devastating socio/economic effects of the Covid pandemic and financial crises all point to the need to build robust “care economies”. Pray that our government and the care profession is able to plan for this. (2 Corinthians 8v16).   

 

^ 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.

 

^ 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: The Cypriot government is worried about a potential influx of refugees which will add further pressure on its already overwhelmed asylum service. Pray for God’s help. (Matthew 5v7).

The OASIS refugee ministry is coming under new management, transitioning to become part of ‘All4Aid’, hopefully on November 1st. All4Aid is a Christian Relief organisation which has worked in Lesbos and is well established in refugee work, and shares Oasis’ vision that refugees thrive. Pray for God’s wisdom for the Oasis board and members and for the All4Aid team as things are worked through. The final vote from Oasis members on this decision will be on September 11th. Pray also for Cyprus as many are becoming more negative about the number of refugees coming to Cyprus. Finally, pray that the refugee community served by Oasis will be further blessed during and after the transition. Exodus 22v21: "Do not ill-treat an alien or oppress him….”

 

2. The poor and needy, widows and orphans, foreigners, unemployed, exploited, etc: Proverbs 31v8-9: "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."

Give thanks for all those involved in caring for others in need, whether it be Covid needs related, 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 and other local & national organisations.

 

 

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

Pray against the use of nuclear weapons and chemical weaponry in the Middle East and for Gospel declaration (Matt 16v19).  Also pray that intercessors wake up worldwide to the nuclear threat to Israel…especially Tel Aviv….and for believers to be protected, others come to God before it is too late, for limitation to the enemy’s plans (Ps 33v10-11), and for wholesale repentance in Israel and surrounding nations.

Israel & Lebanon: Israel’s borders are its softest and most vulnerable spot, mainly because Israel is notoriously surrounded by enemy countries that desire its destruction. Protecting its borders has been Israel’s mission ever since its establishment as a state in 1948. It is no secret that Iran poses a serious and imminent threat to Israel, while also controlling Hezbollah on the southern border of Lebanon. Another important factor is Lebanon’s political uncertainty, instability, and crumbling infrastructure that has left the country struggling and its citizens flooding the streets in ongoing protests. Lebanon, once a rich and vibrant country of which its capital Beirut was called: “the Paris of the Middle East” is now in a desperate situation, especially after the mass explosion a year ago that shook the entire city and practically destroyed its port. It’s no wonder that Hezbollah and Iran are taking advantage of Lebanon’s fragility to threaten Israel’s borders once again. Israel has experienced some rocket fire from Lebanon in the past few days and it’s clear that Israel’s enemies are trying to entice the nation into a military operation that will further complicate things for this already complex region. Pray with us for Lebanon’s dire situation, as well as for the safety and protection of Israel’s borders, for strength and wisdom for Israel’s leaders to handle threats to its sovereignty. (Genesis 28v15; Jeremiah 24v6; Psalm 32v8; 2 Chronicles 7v13-14).

Afghanistan & the US. America will have its teeth broken over foreign policy: ‘Psalm 58v6: Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.’ (Also Ezekiel 38v13). Its abandonment of Afghanistan and likely the same with Israel in times to come do not bode well for the ‘young lion’ of the USA. We in the West are being given what may be the last chance to save our biblical heritage. If beheadings hit the Western news media, it will expose to the world the true nature of Islam and show us what we can expect as the outcome of Islamic Jihad as they pursue their objective of world domination. It may be that the shock will cause us to reopen our Bibles, seeking the Lord in repentance, and he will once again pour out his Spirit to cleanse and purify nations that have despised his word. Pray for the Afghans, especially the believers, and for the eyes of the West to be opened. (NB we sent a special prayer for and over Afghanistan out to you on 29th August.)

European weather: As I write, (in August) Italy is so hot, Sicily has 49 degrees Celsius record temperatures with breathing difficult, Greece is fighting over 500 wildfires with other nations helping. Pray for people in Europe who are suffering, and that God’s mercy brings relief and worldwide modifications. Global warming is expected to reach the 1.5C limit set by the Paris Agreement during the next two decades and then breach it after 2040 even if the world rapidly cuts emissions. READ Acts 2v19-21, these signs are being fulfilled in our day, but there is a promise….

Haiti: Yet another devastation of the country. Pray hope for the Haitians and the Church there, and a solution to ongoing disasters.(2 Chron 7v13-14).

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2019, Top Ten. (no.1. North Korea.) Believers and dissidents are put in containers in the heat of the day, in prison or in labour camps to serve out their time and die. Pray for them, for hope and God’s grace. (2 Corinthians 12v9a).

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

 

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