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INTERCESSORS  FOR  CYPRUS

              

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   Πληροφορίες και προσευχή για τον Λαό της Κύπρου

 

 

 

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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS    PRAYER UPDATE    NOVEMBER  2019    No . 73

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  November 2019   No. 73.

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 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’

 

CONTENTS

Giving thanks; A Word of Encouragement; Editorial: Idolatry; The Church: Specific churches & ministries; Youth for Christ Cyprus;

Family; Feasts of the Lord; The Five Waves of Prayer; Revival & transformation.

The Government and those in authority: This month; Gas; Peace process; The North; Health & Gesy.

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

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November Prayer Issues.   2 Corinth 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 Weds 9-12; Ministries & Refugees, etc. 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. 

 

 ^  GIVING THANKS:  1 Thessalonians 5:18. ‘In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.’

 ‘O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the works Thy Hands have made, I see the stars I hear the rolling thunder, thy power throughout the universe displayed.’ Thank You for the beauty of nature which reminds us of Your glory. What a comfort to know that You neither slumber nor sleep (Psalm 121:4). We praise You that the miraculous is normal for You (Jeremiah 32:27). While we are in awe of the Almighty Creator, we rejoice that You are intimately involved with our lives (Ps 139:1-4). Bless You for Your faithfulness to Your covenants and promises. (Deuteronomy 7v9).

 

^ A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT ON UNITY:  (Michael Morris, Alpha Omega Ministries, South Africa).

Dear Brethren in Cyprus, I greet you all in the Name of our glorious Saviour King, Jesus Christ. I write to you as the spiritual son of Andreas Kyriacou and am well acquainted with what the Lord has been doing among you for some time now, having also had the privilege of meeting some of you over the years. ….Our hearts are with you always and we are fully invested in what God is doing among you, praying for you regularly.

After reading an email sent out by Pastor Andreas (dated 05 October 2019) concerning the dream that God gave to him, where he was addressing one of the gatherings and received three Greek words ‘ΧΡΟΝΟΣ, ΥΠΟΜΟΝΗ, ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΕΙΑ’  *, I felt a strong impression in my heart that I would like to share with you.

I found the three Greek words, ‘ΧΡΟΝΟΣ, ΥΠΟΜΟΝΗ, ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΕΙΑ’, (time, patience, brotherly love), to be very encouraging. Sometimes when we don’t see the results we expect or hope for, we become disheartened and begin to question whether we heard correctly in the first place. These words remind us that God doesn’t work to our schedule, but rather, that we work to His and that very often, patience and perseverance on our part are a part of His plan. The impression that I had came as I was reminded of the scripture in John 13:35 in which Jesus says, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” So much of your time, prayer and effort has gone into reaching out to the wider body of Christ within Cyprus; to cultivate a spirit of unity and togetherness that will be a testimony and powerful influence within the Island. Many, however, have been indifferent to this cause, while others have resisted and isolated themselves. This is largely due to personal insecurities and a deficit of trust resulting in an unwillingness to share or alter personal/spiritual agendas (Proverbs 18:1). I wish to encourage you, however, that what you do have is of great value, and well worth cherishing and nurturing. I believe that God would say two things to you concerning this dream and the above verse John 13v35:

 

1. Focus on cultivating and strengthening what you do have. Don’t lose heart or take it for granted. It is precious to God and has come at a great cost over a considerable period of time. These relationships will form the ‘foundational ethos’ of what God desires to do in the future. The stronger, deeper, wider the foundations, the more weight and scope they can support. The reason that this is taking so long is because God is establishing the foundations first – i.e. what you’ve already got. Keep investing in these relationships; they are the hope of a bright and glorious future for the church in Cyprus.

2. Find ways to publicly demonstrate and celebrate the love and unity that you have. Whether it be through conferences that you sponsor to bless other pastors and ministries or meals that you share together and invite others into, active examples of true brotherly camaraderie are a powerful witness to both the church and the world. This is the message that Jesus gave to His disciples, and His words remain just as powerful and true today. This kind of environment creates an atmosphere that will break down the strongholds of independence, scepticism and mistrust that continue to divide the church. When our brethren can see that we are neither a threat nor a drain on them, but rather a blessing and encouragement to them, their hearts will begin to soften. As you empower one another, you grow in a fruitfulness and love that speak louder than words. Help one another and work together whenever you can, letting others witness it as a testimony for encouragement. As it is written, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” - Matthew 5:16.

In closing, let me remind you that unity ≠ uniformity, but rather, diversity in harmony. God did not make us all the same and He has indeed given us all unique calls and giftings – but it is only as we learn to work and share together that these gifts begin to complement one another rather than compete with one another. This is the essence of ‘κοινωνία’ (koinonia). It is our joy to co-labour with Christ in extending and establishing the influence of His kingdom through those He has brought together by His blood and empowered with His Spirit. His glorious people – the church resplendent.      *  Andreas put it this way:  Give Me time, exercise patience, and reach out in brotherly love.  

 

 

^ EDITORIAL: (vii) Idolatry. This month we revisit the seventh of our strategic targets for Cyprus – idolatry - remembering to continue to ‘strike the ground’   (2 Kings 13 v18-19), persisting against this target until victory is seen. We were designed to love God first, so that everything else follows in its place. Anything which we set up in the place of God, who is pre-eminent, is an idol.  The love of money is in evidence in Cyprus through bribery and corruption, greed, nepotism, cheating, gambling…..and remember, greed and corruption led to the 2013 financial crash in Cyprus to our shame (1 Timothy 6v10). When we put an idol such as money in God’s place, then evil follows. Also, the practice of worshipping icons is widespread in Cyprus.

God desires transformation rather than corruption for our nation. Whilst there are various levels of understanding and practice, it is God alone, the Unseen, (c.f. Matthew 6v6; 2 Corinthians 4v18) who is to be worshipped in spirit and truth (John 4v24). Pray against this enemy activity which is robbing people of what they were designed for - the worship of the living God, and pray for the true revelation of God and who He is to the people of Cyprus - by His Spirit, by the Gospel in word and action, and through His Church.

 

 

^ 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) Evangelism Course: Quote: ‘A church that does not evangelise will fossilise.’ Larnaka Community Church is running an evangelism course for the four Sundays of November (4.30-6.30pm) at LCC building, Larnaca, beginning Sunday 3rd Nov. If you are interested, you must register immediately via IFC email address (at top of page) giving your name and church. Pray for good attendance and that the training bears fruit (Mk 16v15).

b) Synchronised Prayer Watch: Houses of Prayer and others in the Mediterranean area will again be synchronising prayer for the countries of the Mediterranean. Saturday 2nd November 7-10pm. HoP Kiti 1 Andreas Thomas  St. BURN worship included. Pray this is well attended (Romans 8v26).

c) BURN 24-7 worship event:  Burn 24-7 Cyprus, 9th November 9am-7pm OASIS centre, Larnaca. Pray for God’s pleasure in this (1 Chron29v17-18).

d) Joint N / S prayer meeting: The best chance for the north and south of Cyprus is through God’s people praying together. The next north / south joint prayer meeting is on November 12th at 10am. For venue, email iforcy@outlook.com Pray for more to come from N & S (Psalm 133).

e)’House of Mercy’: This is a care & outreach ministry in Kyrenia run by New Frontiers International. Pray for blessing & encouragement (Rom 15v5).

f) “Inspire 2019” (Arab Christians in Cyprus): Good to hear of a church in Paphos (PCFI) encouraging Arab believers in Cyprus. Mission training could evolve towards Arabs in the land and beyond. Pray for the Lord to lead this initiative (1 Thessalonians 5v11).

g.) Israel Conference with Karen Davis, December 6-8 Limassol. https://www.facebook.com/events/388300588533071

h) Kadosh Art. This prophetic art ministry links with Israel from Cyprus. Pray for breakthrough in communication with co-ordinators there (Mic 2v13a)

2. Youth for Christ Cyprus:  Athena reports: We commenced the new season with a day out with the teenagers for some games, enjoying nature and sharing a barbeque. ‘After Hours’ and our Autumn Inter-Island event are to come. We held a training day for adult and youth volunteers of ‘After Hours’. Pray for opportunities to talk about God with these young people. NB. As a staff member of Youth For Christ Cyprus, I have to raise my own support. I am currently raising €230 less than what I need to be raising monthly. Please continue to pray for the Lords provision over my fundraising, and maybe even supporting me financially in some way?   [ED] Pray for good sleep for Athena…enemy activity here…and for her trust in God to grow, and for Gods provision. Pray for God to wake up the youth in Cyprus…..that He would place on many a deep dissatisfaction with the wealth and boredom of the world, impart a spirit of adventure on them to seek God and their destiny (Isa. 62:4-5).

 

3. Family: The Church in Cyprus is a family. Your local church is a family. Pray for your local church to fulfil that role more and more effectively, so that the community around and Christians who visit or move to your locality feel that love of God amongst you and want to be part of it (John 13v35).

Ministry kids: Pray for children of Christians, especially those in ministry, that their parents will have God’s wisdom to bring them up with open and honest communication, and for sibling relationships to be harmonic. Pray for positive role models for children & young people, good and appropriate friendships at school, church and home, especially for those without brothers and sisters, and a good life witness when amongst non-believers.  

 

4. Feasts of the Lord: Last month in Israel and elsewhere there were the celebrations of Rosh Ha Shana, (the Feast of Trumpets), the 10 day period of repentance and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and the seven day holiday period in booths (Feast of Tabernacles). These ancient Jewish feasts have relevance to the Church also since they are or will be fulfilled in Christ. Rosh Ha Shana reminds us of the trumpet sounding at the return of the Lord, Yom Kippur of Jesus on the cross atoning for the sin of the world - and the need to keep hearts of repentance, and then the feast of Tabernacles of how God now tabernacles with us by His Spirit living within us. Whilst we do not subscribe to a legalistic keeping of the law, in this case the feasts, (Colossians 2v16-17), we do choose to remember and keep them in a simple way, and value their fulfilment in Christ. Pray that the heritage we have received through the Jewish people of the Old Testament and from the Jewish early Church in the New Testament will be understood and valued (Romans 9v4-5).    

NB there are 7.5 million Jews living in the USA according to the latest figures, 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! Cyprus will have its part to play. Pray as led by God’s Holy Spirit. 

 

The Five Waves of Prayer: Cyprus as a safe haven; Reconciliation N&S; Youth stirred; Orthodox Church touched; Outreach. Pray as led.

Revival & Transformation: Pray for a fresh spirit of intercession to fall upon the body of Christ in Cyprus (John 7v37).

 

 

^ 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: Cabinet has approved the Finance Ministry’s proposed package of much-needed public service reforms but the mighty union of public servants (PASYDY) is resisting. The reforms provide that those evaluated poorly for three years in a row won’t be eligible for promotion.

Prayers in schools: Following a sixth form teacher prohibiting morning prayers, telling pupils that there is no God, the Education Ministry confirmed that all teachers should make sure that morning prayers are said at school and that pupils who do not wish to participate must sit quietly and show respect to the others. Give thanks for their stand! (Psalm 78v4).

Immigrants: The Interior Ministry is concerned that some jihadists may well mix with the rising number of refugees from war-torn Syria and make their way to Cyprus…pray against this! (Isaiah 54v17). The EU and UN need to take up their responsibilities because the number of refugees will only get higher. Cyprus has certainly set its limits that have long been exceeded. With the flow of illegal migrants in 2019 they will reach 3.5 percent of the population. (Thankfully, Cyprus has benefited from €95.17 m of EU support since 2015 to manage migration and borders). Pray into this (Matt 11v19).

Undeclared workers: The Labour Ministry launched a campaign against undeclared work, which is illegal, with spot inspections in workplaces island-wide. Employers found to be employing people not registered with social insurance are subject to an administrative fine of €500 times seven — unless the employer can prove that the violation was for less than 7months. Pray for hope for the unemployable and right action by government (Rom 12v17).  

Airbnb: Cyprus hoteliers are up in arms over a revised proposed bill regulating Airbnb-style short-term rentals since this does not include provisions for mandatory health and safety documentation. Pray for appropriate adjustments (Proverbs 24v23).

Guns: New proposals to tighten gun controls will keep guns out of the hands of people suspected of domestic violence and those who have been exempted from military service on mental health grounds. Amen. (Isaiah 54v17).  

Corruption: Cypriot parliamentarian Irene Charalambides is the OSCE’s Parliamentary Assembly’s Special Representative on Fighting Corruption. This is a difficult job. Pray for her to be used by God as part of His plan to expose and highlight corruption in Cyprus (2 Kings 12v15).   

Estia: It is highly unlikely that the mortgage-relief scheme Estia for struggling home owners will reach its goal since only 400 out of the estimated eligible 10,000 borrowers have submitted an application so far….the procedure is complicated. Pray for simplification (Romans 16v19).  

 

^ Gas: Tensions between Cyprus and Turkey over offshore drilling. Turkey sent an oil-and-gas drilling ship to waters off southern Cyprus where Cypriot authorities have already awarded hydrocarbon exploration rights to Italian and French companies. Ankara is defiant of growing European and other criticism. Greece, Italy, Britain, France, Egypt and other nations including United States, Russia and the EU are considering more concerted action against Turkey in this matter. Pray for God’s help in revealing appropriate wise action to restrain Turkey (Job 12v13).

 

^ Peace Process: “RTCYPP seeks to advance religious freedom by persuading the authorities to recognise the rights of faith communities to administer, to be able to visit and pray at their places of worship and to be able to care for them and even restore them. Amen. (Genesis 26v31).

 

^ The North: The UN Security Council has discussed Cyprus’ appeal over Turkish threats to gradually re-open and settle Varosha, the fenced-off part of the coastal town of Famagusta. No action to reinforce this has emerged. Pray for God to take over in this (Deuteronomy 20v4).  

 

^ Health & Gesy: The inauguration of Cyprus’ first natural birth clinic took place at Limassol Hospital. Amen. Some doctors could be expelled from GESY due to mis-use of the system or a high number of complaints. Patients also need educating on excessive use of the system. Pray (Job 1v8).

 

 

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

Rain: Dams are already well stocked as a result of last year’s record inflow. It is the season of the autumn rains. At the autumn Feast of Tabernacles in Israel, the OT priests would traditionally pray for rain. Jesus used this occasion to speak of spiritual rain (John 7v14-39). We need both in Cyprus. Pray as led (John 7v37-39). Pray also for potato farmers lost much of their crop and some greenhouses in the October thunder and hail storm.

Flood repairs: Municipalities across Cyprus have been affected by the recent severe weather conditions, homes and estates being flooded and causing damage to properties which has promoted owners and citizens to react. Mayors are seeking urgent action. Pray for government response (Jeremiah 32v39).

Shipping: Cyprus revenue from ship management companies in 2018 reached €1.034 billion. Pray for God’s blessing to continue (Genesis 1v22a).

Public debt: Cyprus needs to raise over the next three years approximately €3.1 billion to service public debt. Pray for reduction of debt (2 Kings 4v7).

Tourism revenue fell by 2.5% on an annual basis in the first seven months of this year. However, Cyprus and Israel have reached an agreement to promote joint packages for tourists as of 2020, initially from the US, Russia and Germany. Pray Cyprus works at attracting tourists (Zech 9v17).

Civil Defence: A search & rescue exercise (large scale earthquake scenario) took place in Larnaca, aiming at further training CD officers. Amen.

Animal welfare: The Council of Ministers adopted new draft legislation which prohibits keeping dogs and cats tied up. The proposal also bans keeping dogs and cats on balconies and roofs and introduces tougher penalties for animal abuse or neglect. Amen! Pray it be implemented (Ezekiel 33v31a).  

Drugs: Cypriot illicit drug users love cocaine. Consumption in coastal Limassol increased five-fold between 2013 and 2016! Pray (Prov 23v32-33).

Homeless Fraud: There is a suspected scam to defraud social security funds earmarked for the homeless. How low can people fall? Pray (Ps. 35v10).

Pupils: Cyprus ranked second from the bottom is the percentage of upper secondary pupils in vocational education (Eurostat). Oh! Pray (Ex. 9v16).  

Occult: The Mind, Body & Spirit Festival 2019 will be in Nicosia, 9-10th November. Be warned, it is rooted in the occult. Pray as led (Exodus 7v11).

Development: A total of 50 development projects all around Cyprus are included in the 2020 budget. These concern construction of roads in different districts, schools, water transportation infrastructure, repairs, new buildings and renovations. These are signs of economic growth. Give thanks. 

Casinos: Melco, the operator of the Cyprus Casinos (C2) and the Integrated Casino Resort, City of Dreams Mediterranean, the only licensed casinos in Cyprus, says it is committed to responsible gaming and to ensuring a fair and safe gaming experience for its guests. Beware & pray (1 Tim 6v10).

Labour disputes: and strikes are on the rise according to the Ministry of Labour which acts as a mediator in most cases. Pray into this (Job 33v23b).

Construction: Buildings must comply with current legislation to ensure safety. Half of the houses in Cyprus were built before 1994 when the bill on compulsory anti-seismic surveys was approved. Workmen have fallen to their deaths. Pray for compliance and reinforcement of law (Rom 13v3-4).  

 

 

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

Cyprus salsa unite: All the top Artist from Cyprus join forces to provide Cyprus a three day festival full of dancing, contests, workshops, shows and the best of Cyprus’s mountain views. Forest Park Hotel at Pano Platres, Limassol. 6th – 8th of December, 5pm onwards. Amen!  

Human Trafficking: In Cyprus, the main forms of trafficking are in sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced labour and forced begging. Drug users and the disabled are used in begging. Pray for the police anti-trafficking unit and society to make progress. It is a spiritual battle (Ephes 6v12).

LGBTI rights group ACCEPT opposed the head of the Primary Teachers’ Union over comments about LGBTI’s being childless. A LGBTI survey only interviewed 503 people in Cyprus and then made sweeping conclusions in favour of their cause. The first bi-communal festival for LGBTI+s and their allies was held in Nicosia organised by Accept – LGBTI Cyprus and Queer Cyprus Association. Again, it is a spiritual battle (Ephes 6v12). Pray.

Migrants: More than 1,000 migrants have died in the Mediterranean Sea this year. Cyprus, Greece and Bulgaria are seeking to mobilise European institutions over the increasing, continuous and disproportional migration challenges the three countries are faced with. Pray for success (Gen 4v10). 

Drinking: Cyprus’ National Addictions Authority (NAAC) says teenage drinking in Cyprus is high compared to other European countries. For every 1 euro spent on prevention, 44 euro is spent on law enforcement. How we need a move of God in our young people. Pray (Daniel 11v32b).

 


^ 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.

Delays in anti-flooding work in areas of the Pedieos River are the responsibility of the town planning authority, and need to be addressed – pray.  Construction of a new archaeological museum in Nicosia will begin in May 2021 and cost €83 m plus VAT. NiMAC [The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, associated with the Pierides Foundation] is celebrating this year twenty-five years of continuous creative presence in the cultural life of Cyprus. Amen.

 

 

^ 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: Pray for success for continued fundraising efforts for program and operational expenses (new grant possibility), for job training initiatives and job openings, for affordable housing for our community and for open hearts and minds to the Good News. Finally for blessing on the activities of Oasis such as Food distribution, Mother care (capacity filled), English classes (80 students), Social café, Clothing closet and Garden. (Matt 5v3-11). NB. A key issue is the need of affordable housing, whether a group of refugees sharing a rental, or people taken into homes with a room, etc. Pray. Asylum Seekers and refugees need to witness the love of Christians for them, and also to hear the Good News of the Gospel. Pray. The Interior Ministry is budgeting €1m next year to cover the costs of running the Kofinou Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers and the temporary shelter Pournara in Kokkinotrimithia. Amen! Thank You, Lord.

 

2. The poor and needy, widows and orphans, foreigners, unemployed, exploited, etc: Ps 68:5. ‘A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows.’

Remember the Mercy Centre in Nicosia, the Limassol group, and the Matthew 25 project in Paphos. Also Cyprus Samaritans, etc.

Lord, please release Your love into our cities, towns and villages. Help Christians to support - as well as directly Christian concerns - local authority services and charitable causes that promote cultural & sports activity, befriend others, protect environment and enjoy community celebration. Amen.  

The poor: Nearly 24% of the population in Cyprus are at risk of poverty or social exclusion (Eurostat). Seek God for His hand on the poor & needy. 

 

 

^ 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).

World leaders: Donald Trump & Boris Johnson are under attack…as is democracy. There is a crisis of leadership in the West. Isaiah 2 explains this, in that God will humble the proud….leaders and nations. The enemy is also seeking to prepare the way for the antichrist (1 John 2v18; Rev 13v2-3).   

Syria: Yet another disastrous war has broken out in the Middle East region of Syria and its Turkish border. Turkey's offensive, began after President Trump announced he would move U.S. forces out of the way, abandoning their Kurdish allies. The invasion transformed one of the safest parts of Syria into a war zone, leaving displaced residents with a deep sense of betrayal. It's time to stop relying on governments and presidents. We must cry out to the Lord in prayer and be willing to be a part of the answer to that prayer. These people in N.E. Syria that are being slaughtered are our brothers and sisters in the Lord. And even the lost that are being massacred are people that the Lord came to this earth, to save them. We can no longer just sit in our living rooms watching TV as our family are being murdered by vicious demonized people. "I kept saying we should escape, but my husband always said there are Americans, Britain, France, and they won't abandon us” said newly displaced S. H. now seeking safety in a refugee camp. Now this Christian family is among an estimated 160,000 and more Syrians who have fled. Let compassion and action arise as you pray (2 Thess 1v11).

Syria, Turkey & Israel: The most probable outcome is to ensure Iran’s domination of Syria. The USA now has no leverage and clear that the USA is not willing to take military action on Israel’s behalf. Syria will eventually become a nightmare for Israel. The biblical end-time alliance of nations that will come against Israel roughly includes: Magog (southern portion of the former Soviet Union; (Rosh - Russia; Meshech and Tubal), Turkey, Persia (Iran); and others. Present-day headlines suggest many of these players are coming together in ways that will lead to a proactive invasion force against Israel. Please intercede for Israel’s divine wisdom, preparation, and discernment in its dealings with Turkey, Russia, Syria, and Iran (Ezekiel 38).

Ethiopia & Israel:  Due to various aspects of the criteria used to determine who would be allowed to emigrate to Israel, many families have been split with some members allowed to come to the Jewish state while others have been left behind. Pray that the [2015] law will be implemented time, so that grandparents, parents and siblings can be re-united in Israel.

Northern Ireland: The laws of Northern Ireland, the godliest in the UK, are under serious attack. The same-sex marriage ban and restrictions on abortion are being changed. Bans have been upheld by the region’s block of conservative politicians. The government in London will overhaul the laws unless Stormont intervenes. Pray (Deuteronomy 4v8; Ezekiel 18v9; Proverbs 14v34).  

Yemen: Over four years of brutal conflict has led Yemen into the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. And those in acute need have risen by 30% just this year. Over 15 million people are on the brink of starvation. Over 1 million have cholera. At least three million have been forced to flee their homes. Nearly 400,000 children are suffering severe malnutrition. 90,000 have been killed in this conflict. Nearly 100% of Yemeni’s are Muslim, facing eternity without Christ. Pray with compassion, as led…maybe in tongues also. (Matthew 6v13; Psalm 12v5).

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2019, Top Ten. (No.4. Libya). There are about 150 Christians in Libya. They are isolated and keep their faith secret lest punishment and death follow. Christian migrant workers can assemble but not evangelise. They and Christian refugees are targeted by traffickers or Islamic militant groups. The government offers no protection. However, Libyans are coming to Christ, often through dreams or internet. Pray for God’s hand of protection over believers in Libya, and for protection and expansion of the Church there Psalm 32v7; Isaiah 54v2).    

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

 

^ IFC PRAYER &  INFORMATION:  email:  iforcy@outlook.com    website:  www.intercessorsforcyprus.org

In 2013, IFC (intercessors for Cyprus) was given leave to develop its ministry under the authority of the Evangelical Alliance, Cyprus. IFC has an office and a prayer home. We believe in using the home for a place of prayer and in inviting others to join us. (The Hebrew word for ‘house’ is also used for ‘home’, so the rising movement of Prayer Houses could also be applied to homes). We would like to see many homes in Cyprus opening up for public as well as private prayer once a week if not more. We hold public prayer meetings three mornings a week. Tuesdays: (9-11am) ITI prayer for Cyprus a safe haven for refugees. Wednesdays: (9-12am) we meet to pray for Israel. Fridays: (9-12am) prayer for Cyprus, including the latest news and using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, and being led of the Spirit.  If you would like to join us - as a visitor or more permanently- then email the above to arrange. 

IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet:  CYBC Media: http://www.cybc-media.com    Cyprus Today: http://www.cyprus-mail.com/   Cyprus Daily News:http://www.cyprusdailynews.info/news/index.php/category/cyprus-local-news-2/     From TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.   Regular sources: Cyprus Daily; Issachar UK; Jerusalem Post; Open Doors; IFI; Vision for Israel; Internet.

Do you want to pray for Israel more regularly?  Try Intercessors for Israel: http://www.ifi.org.il/prayer/points








INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS    PRAYER UPDATE    OCTOBER  2019    No . 72

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  October 2019   No. 72.

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 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’

 

CONTENTS

Giving thanks; Editorial: Abortion; The Church: Specific churches & ministries; Forgiveness Sunday; Family; Revival in Cyprus; ITI

Brexit prophecy. The Government and those in authority: This month; Peace process; The North; Health.

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

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October 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.


^  GIVING THANKS:  1 Thessalonians 5:18. ‘In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.’ Practice this now.

 

^ EDITORIAL: 2 Timothy 2v15: ‘Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who….correctly handles the word of truth.’

(vi) The shedding of innocent blood (abortion). This month we revisit the sixth of our targets for Cyprus – abortion issues - remembering to continue to ‘strike the ground’ (2 Kings 13 v18-19), persisting against this target.

Pastors are rightly concerned for their flock if there has been any history of abortion, yet the issue cannot be swept under the carpet. The ‘shedding of innocent blood’ is a major event in God’s sight, desecrating the land. For example, during the reign of King Manasseh of Judah: 2 Kings 21 esp. v16; 2 Kings 24v4. Also Psalm 139 especially v13-16, Psalm 106v38; Deuteronomy 19v13. Abortion was the leading cause of death worldwide in 2018. Unborn babies are not recognized as human beings even though biology indicates that they are unique, living human beings from the moment of conception. Each unborn baby already had their own unique DNA, making them distinct from their mother. That DNA indicated if the child was a boy or girl, their eye and hair color, their height, possible genetic disorders and other disabilities, and much more. (Should we get rid of the disabled? In John 9v1-7 Jesus healed the man born blind. v3: "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”  In most cases, the unborn babies’ hearts are beating when they are aborted, too. This is murder of the innocent. (Exodus 20v13; John 10v10). The unborn child can die a brutal, violent death in abortion. O God have mercy! Another aspect of this is Satan’s activity to abort souls before salvation; whereas God desires new life in the physical and the spiritual realms.  (John 10v10; John 3v3, John 3v16). Pray as led.

 

We sense that it may be God’s time to raise up those with a vision and burden to set up a pro-life ministry in Cyprus, and give alternatives and hope to women who face abortions, address government agencies, speak in schools, and alert society in general. If you or someone you know are interested in making a beginning in this, then contact Michelle Foulia. 07598328317 Be’ad Chaim, Israel  who can advise. Pray for a pro-life ministry to arise.

 

Now take time this month to pray through the issues below. Thank you.   

1. Creator God, we praise You that all human life is made in Your image and precious in Your sight (Psalm 139v14). Thank You for the gift of life. Lord, help Christians and others to have the courage to defend unborn lives, speaking for the voiceless, and to support expectant mothers and fathers.

2. We pray for vulnerable women (Psalm 25v16-18) facing an unplanned pregnancy without support, especially women in prison. Thank You for those who give a listening ear, especially to those coping with post-abortion issues. Grant them wisdom and enable forgiveness to those in need of it.  

3. We pray for resistance to liberalisation of the laws of Cyprus and for pro-life MPs to make their stand to protect the unborn. (Daniel 9v9, Prov. 13v9). 

4. We pray for those involved in conducting abortions, for conviction of sin, and for women coerced into abortion. (James 2v13). 

5. Remembering Jesus’ attitude to the disabled (John 9v3), we pray that abortion due to gender or disability will be confined (Psalm 106v37), and parents strengthened to face the future.

6. We pray, Lord, that men would take their responsibility for their unborn children (Malachi 4v6) and act honourably. Bring conviction.

7. We give thanks for every baby rescued from being aborted (Psalm 139v16), and pray for Your blessing on them and their parents.  

8. We take time to lament the loss of so many lives through abortion and the pain to You, Creator God. Bring change to the nations. Amen.  

 

 

^ 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) Revival prayer & worship: We would love you to join us for a 12 hour Worship & Prayer gathering at Living Stones House of Prayer on Friday, 25th October 2019 from 9 am - 9 pm. The focus on the day will be on Revival for our beloved nation of Cyprus.  In Isaiah 64:1 it says "Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down." In 1928 Cyprus had begun to encounter a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit. God used Michael Kounnas to bring the good news of the gospel to his family in Kato Drys. Manifestations of power began. “The village was stirred up and the people were puzzled and in awe." The fire of the Holy Spirit spread from here throughout Cyprus. Again, Lord!  (Psalm 85v6; Isaiah 57v15; Habbakuk 3v2).

b) Internship course ‘Closer’:30 September - 8 November 2019 at ‘Living Stones House of Prayer’, Kiti:  James 4:8 says, ´Come close to God and He will come close to you.` Learn more about worship and prayer and how to reach out to a lost world as Jesus did, from the place of intimacy with His Father. If you would like to apply for ‘Closer 2019’ or if you would like to learn more about the internship, please contact us at livingstones@kittim.org  (Heike D). Pray for the right response, and blessing (James 4v7).

c) Joint N / S prayer meeting: The best chance for the north and south of Cyprus is through God’s people praying together. The next north / south joint prayer meeting is on October 8th at 10am. For venue, email iforcy@outlook.com  As politicians strive to get peace talks going again, first, give thanks that there are plans afoot to enable churches in the north to relate to the churches in the south. Also give thanks that pastors and intercessors across the north/south line meet monthly to pray for the whole of Cyprus (See Ezekiel 37v15-19). This is fulfilling 2 Chronicles 7v14 where God promises to heal the nation as His people do their part. Pray for a firewall of protection over Cyprus especially at this time, especially from Turkey’s advances. Pray for the release of the abandoned city of Varosha to Cyprus and for the withdrawal of Turkish support for the government of northern Cyprus….and for the Lord’s plans for the people of the north to prevail. (Psalm 33v10-11). 

Resist the spirit of Islam affecting the north.Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV): No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me," Says the LORD.  Finally, give thanks in advance – in faith - for God’s miracle of a re-united Cyprus for the fulfilment of His destiny of Cyprus (Ezek 37v15-19). 

d) Youth For Christ Cyprus: works with teenagers from all over the island doing camps, bible studies, and one of our bigger ministries, ‘After Hours’, a youth cafe we have in Limassol and will soon be opening in Larnaca too. For additional info for prayer and further details, contact: Loukios Nousios 97743921  loukios.nousios@yfccyprus.org   Pray for this ministry to be led of God, and touch the lives of many young people in Cyprus for Christ. (2 Timothy 1v1-7; Matthew 28v18-19; Matthew 19v20-21).  

e) Kanali7 Christian Radio:  www.kanali7.com/en (Broadcasting in all of Cyprus). Kanali 7 broadcasts in 98.4 FM in most of Cyprus, 102,1 FM in Limassol and Paphos, and 99.8FM for Polis Chrysochous. Pray for the team and for regular financial support of this ministry as they seek to reach out especially to the Orthodox Church. NB. A number of priests have listened in and responded, valuing the reading of scripture which reveals a different way…..pray for the Orthodox Church. (Isaiah 55v10-11; Psalm 85v6).  

 

2. ‘Forgiveness Sunday’: We can learn from one another. Did you know that the Orthodox Church uses the Sunday night before Green Monday to have a service during which they are supposed to explicitly forgive offenses and even their enemies. The goal is to enter Lent with a clean slate. What power would be released if all of us began to follow this practice? How about a movement to encourage the evangelicals and spirit filled churches to spend time before Lent next year teaching on forgiveness and then explicitly and openly join with the Orthodox that Sunday night in acts of forgiveness! You could also try it personally today. We make a practice of daily forgiveness and regular communion at home to aid this process (1 Cor 11v23-32).

 

3. Family: 1 Corinthians 12v31: ’And I will show you a still more excellent way.’  Families are a key building block in God’s created order, yet are under attack as never before. Now we have disposable marriage, God’s design for male and female by-passed, and free sex without responsibility, and facilities for abortion. Pray that our churches and institutions teach about love, relationships, marriage and the family as God intended. Genesis teaches that man and woman are to become one flesh, in unity, and that God desires unity with His church now, and consummation at the end of time. Pray.   

 

4. Brexit prophecy: For those of you from the UK or interested, this was relayed from a friend of mine in Britain: O sons of Britannia hear My words. O daughters of Britain give ear. Was it a small thing for you to be used by Me, and to have your culture imbued with My ideas, that you have left me? Behold, even when you seek independence again it fails. You continue to rebel, even while I try to help.

Very well, a time of discipline approaches, to prepare your hearts for Me again. Like the Exodus, I will lead you out for the sake of My promises and your ancestors, and like the exodus, there will be Wilderness years, while you learn to know Me, and follow My Word again. I will not let you go - but it will not be easy and woe betide all who continue to rebel against me; They will suffer/perish for their sins. But I AM with you and will continue to revive you to protect you from The Evil which even now comes upon the Continent, Rome and Amalek: It will be tough in the furnace of refinery, but Ye Shall Be Reforged, for I AM has spoken and will do it. …………Prayer will go far.

 

^ Revival in Cyprus: (Source: HoP Kiti) In Isaiah 64:1 it says "Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down." In 1928 Cyprus had begun to encounter a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit. After an encounter with God in America and Greece, God used Michael Kounnas to bring the good news of the gospel to his family in Kato Drys. In his own words from the book 'Memoirs Of My Ministry' Michael says, "The outpouring of the Holy Spirit was manifested with great power as on the Day of Pentecost. The presence of the Holy Spirit was indescribable. At certain times, the meeting place literally shook as in the days of the apostles. Men and women were accepting the work of God in tears. The presence of God became perceptible in our midst through miracles, healings, the baptism of the Holy Ghost and the gifts of the Spirit.... The village was stirred up and the people were puzzled and in awe." The fire of the Holy Spirit spread throughout Cyprus. God had rent the heavens!  Oh that we would cry out to God and ask Him to once again rend the heavens and come down! We desperately need another powerful move of God in our nation. We need Him to visit this nation once again as He did before but in an increasing measure!  Let us continue to pray for revival here with increasing fervency through this encouragement.

               NB. When did you last hear anyone preach or teach on Baptism in the Spirit to a generation unfamiliar or untaught? Read through Luke 3:16; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 19:1-6; Luke 11:9-13; Acts 1v8; Acts 8:16; Acts 19v6; Luke 4v1; Acts 6v3 & 5; 2 Corinthians 3v17 and pray. 

 

^ ITI: Jewish immigration to Israel: Under the Law of Return, passed in 1950, a Jew has the right to come and live in Israel and receive Israeli citizenship.  With antisemitism rising sharply across Europe, many Jews are considering immigrating to Israel.  According to a recent survey, 41% of  European Jews have thought of making ‘aliyah’, because they do not feel safe in their countries as Jews. Jeremiah 16v16 speaks of ‘fishers’ and ‘hunters’ to bring back the Jews. Ideally, may they return through ‘fishers’, as ‘hunters’ does not sound good.  Pray that Jews would take the opportunity to immigrate to Israel now (Jeremiah 16v14-16), and that Cyprus would help in this process.    

Traditionally "waves" of aliyah to Israel have co-incided with heavy rainfall in Israel.  Studies have shown that increased rainfall co-incided or preceded 1948 and 1991, two years when there were large numbers of Jews immigrating to Israel. Rain is a sign of the Lord's blessing and provision in scripture.  It is as if the Lord prepares Israel for the Jewish immigrants by watering the land, before planting them there (Jer. 32:41).  Last winter in Israel was unusually wet, breaking a five-year drought.  The Sea of Galilee rose by 2.8 metres. Is this a sign that another "wave" of Jewish aliyah is on its way?

 

 

^ 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: The ‘Estia’ Scheme is a special government scheme drawn up by the Ministry of Finance, aiming to boost borrowers’ ability to repay their loans, which began in September. The state, which subsidises part of the repayment instalments of the restructured loan, will contribute to the Fund’s initial capital with €20 million. Additional safety net provisions have been included so as to assist, support and protect vulnerable households who have mortgaged their primary residences. However, the Land Registry is slowing down the Estia mortgage scheme process due to the need for submission of dozens of property documents by a prospective benefactor. The Land Registry was already confronted with shortages of staff and a work overload. Give thanks for the scheme, but pray for government help to bring changes in the Land Registry so they can cope (Matthew 11v28-30).

 

^ Peace Process: Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci is proposing the opening of two more checkpoints in Nicosia — one for cars near Famagusta Gate and the second for pedestrians at Paphos Gate. US envoy Jane Holl Lute has been meeting with both President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to try to broker a framework for resuming talks. There are hopes for resumption in October. As politicians strive to get talks going again, first, give thanks that there are plans afoot to enable churches in the north to relate to the churches in the south. Also give thanks that pastors and intercessors across the north/south line meet monthly to pray for the whole of Cyprus (See Ezekiel 37v15-19). This is fulfilling 2 Chronicles 7v14 where God promises to heal the nation as His people do their part.       

Take time to pray for a firewall of protection over Cyprus at this time, especially from Turkey’s advances. Pray for the release of the abandoned city of Varosha to Cyprus and for the withdrawal of Turkish support for the government of northern Cyprus….and for the Lord’s plans for the people of the north to prevail. (Psalm 33v10-11). Resist the spirit of Islam affecting the north.Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV): No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me," Says the LORD. Finally, give thanks in advance – in faith - for God’s miracle of a re-united Cyprus in His purposes for the fulfilment of its destiny.

 

^ The North: Cyprus is to bring its concern to the highest EU council over Turkish plans for the “Ghost Town” of Varosha – to make it a new ‘Las Vegas’’ There are reports Turkish authorities have been constructing a military outpost at the buffer zone in Strovilia village. Turkish drones linked to a drill ship were sighted off Paphos. Pray God contains inappropriate plans (Ps 33v10-11).

Film ‘74’: Paul Lambis, an award-winning Greek Cypriot screenwriter, author and director, is creating a full-length feature film about the Turkish invasion of Cyprus called “74.” Its first, unofficial teaser trailer has now been released. Pray for restraint in propagating unforgiveness, and positive fruit.

 

^ Health: Patients have been outraged at appalling conditions at Nicosia hospital. Pictures show beds and medical equipment scattered around, a ceiling verging on collapse, even a cat strolling in the corridors. This situation needs to be addressed. Pray (Luke 15v17a). However, other reports and personal experience have shown many more qualified staff joining the GESY scheme, and fewer queues and more efficiency in hospitals. Amen.

 

 

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

Tax exemption for employees and retirees will rise to 1/5 of their income in 2020. Amen. Incidentally, are your tax affairs completed righteously?

Investments: ‘The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission would like to warn the investors and the public about the various risks that may arise during this period due to the extremely low interest rates in banks. In periods of historically low or even negative interest rates in the banking sector, investors should be extremely cautious, as various individuals may reach out to them in order to offer products and services using fake representations and promising high returns. Through different ways and tricks, individuals and/or real or bogus or other non-regulated entities.’  Pray (Proverbs 14v34).

State wages: The IMF is concerned over the possibility that Cyprus’ increasing state wage bill will “crowd out” public spending in productive areas of the economy. Pray for a capping and control of public spending (1 Corinthians 16v2).

Banking: Banks have alternatives to deposits, some of which have negative interest rates. Pray that this information gets out. (Luke 12v2).     

Minimum wage: Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou says Cyprus should soon be in a position to adopt a national minimum wage. Amen. Let it be so.

Unemployment: is down, but of the total number of unemployed, 3,992 were out of the labour market for over 12 months and another 3,258 between six to 12 months. These people come under the category of long-term unemployment. Pray for hope in the lives of these people. (Lament 3v19-23).   

Cruise tourism: A serious increase in this is likely for Cyprus. Perhaps this will counter the fall in tourism this year despite the increase in August tourist numbers. Pray for God’s help (Lev. 26v9).

Thomas Cook: The collapse of the world’s oldest travel firm has affected many travellers. Pray for rescue plans and compensation, remembering that the collapse will also affect the Cyprus hotelier industry where there are 3 months of unpaid bills by the company. They suggest that the state should extend the payment deadline for social security contributions and VAT, with municipal taxes and charges to be deferred. Also to accelerate the procedure to create a new brand for Cyprus, and to boost flight schedules. The whole Cyprus economy may be affected. The collapse of Cyprus-based Cobalt airline a year ago was bad enough. With the demise of Thomas Cook, both the cost of some flights, and flight times via one city or another have doubled or trebled. Cyprus is currently drafting a national plan to increase tourism. Intercede over all this (Heb 4v16).  

Industry: The Industrial Turnover Index reached 141.7 units in June 2019, recording an increase of 1.8% compared with June 2018. Amen.  

Casinos: C2 Paphos is the last of the 4 Cyprus Casinos satellites to open, scheduled to operate by the end of 2019. We reap what we sow (Job 4v8).

Drugs: In Limassol, police found 34kg of cannabis in a warehouse and later 4kg in a car. Amen. Pray effective interceptions and decline (Eph 4v19).   

Up to You(th): The group’s aim is to showcase youth in Cyprus as one of the most vibrant and hope-bearing groups of society. Amen. (Ps. 110v3).

Climate Change: After the recent UN climate change conference, the warning is clear to governments to act over emissions and other areas. Pray that governments heed the concerns of their populations and the warnings of the scientific community, and act with wisdom. Pupils in Cyprus have joined the global protests to demand action on climate change. Pray their voice be heard (Genesis 1v26).

Recycling: Many more recycling facility bins are being installed around Cyprus. Amen. Pray for better large item facilities, too (Genesis 1v26). 

Terrorists: Police have traced more than a dozen suspected foreign terrorist fighters traveling across the Mediterranean. Pray that they be intercepted and that terrorists would be kept by God from entering Cyprus and other local nations (Exodus 23v22).  

 

 

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

Homosexuality: Police have found no ground for criminal offence from comments made by Morphou Bishop Neophytos who has been accused of inciting hate speech against homosexuality. His words and facts were in part incorrect and unwise, but he did take a stand against this practice on behalf of Cyprus in the Lord’s name. Pray for the Church in Cyprus to stand strong on this issue. (Lev 18v22; Rom 1v26-27; Rom 7v6; 2 Cor 1v10a).  

Please note: ‘Accept LGBTI Cyprus’ and ‘Queer Cyprus Association’, on the occasion of their official collaboration are organising a “United by Colours” festival, which will take place on October 5 at Home for Cooperation in Nicosia. Pray into this as the Lord leads you (see verses above).

Plastic packaging: In the Mediterranean, plastics constitute the majority of beach and sea floor litter. Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative is working with other groups to tackle the threat of single-use plastics to protect the marine environment in which it is located. Pray for good results (Matt 8v3).  

Noise pollution: Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides has pledged that action is to be taken against noise pollution after a 2016 law went unimplemented for three years. Noise can be a huge social nuisance if unrestricted. Pray for action and love for neighbours (Mark 12v30-31).

Electric scooters. Legislation is being considered for these soundless vehicles often travelling fast on sidewalks. Amen. Pray right parameters.

 

 

^ 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.

Tree planting: The Agriculture Ministry has thrown its weight behind a citizens’ tree planting initiative launched in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos. Volunteers cleaned up Nicosia Old Town recently. Amen! At Limassol, divers with disabilities, police officers and citizens cleaned the seabed. Paralimni is working on a multi-million euro revamp of the town centre as part of plans to make the town more accessible to pedestrians. Amen!

 


^ 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:  Please pray for God’s wisdom for O.A.S.I.S leadership, the board and co-ordinators as the work develops.

The Oasis Garden: Oasis seeks to involving those attending events at the building in the planning and upkeep of the garden, building a sense of ownership, creativity and empowerment and providing fresh vegetables for distribution. Lots of sharing, prayer and networking goes on whilst in the garden. Amen! Pray for success for continued fundraising efforts for program and operational expenses (new grant possibility), for job training initiatives and job openings, for affordable housing for our community and for open hearts and minds to the Good News. Finally for blessing on the activities of Oasis such as Food distribution, Mother care (capacity filled), English classes (80 students), Social café, Clothing closet and Garden. (Matt 5v3-11).

  

2. The poor and needy, widows and orphans, foreigners, unemployed, exploited, etc: Ps 68:5. ‘A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows.’

Remember the Mercy Centre in Nicosia, the Limassol group, and the Matthew 25 project in Paphos. Also Cyprus Samaritans, etc.

Asylum seekers: Cyprus has the highest proportion of asylum seekers per capita in the European Union. Many are looking for affordable housing in the villages because of shortages and overpricing in the towns and cities. They staged a protest outside the House of Representatives recently pressing for the right to work in all sectors of the economy. Pray for a way through for these people, for hope and God’s blessing (Isaiah 43v16).

 

 

^ 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).

Saudi oil: Major Saudi oil facilities were recently attacked. Why does this have global implications? Because…oil generates 75-90% of Saudi revenue. It is the foundation of their economy and infrastructure. A quarter of the world’s oil reserves are in Saudi. These facilities are critical to the global economy. With tensions in the Gulf escalating, the response to this attack could propel an all-out regional conflict….pray for God’s restraint. Saudi is also the epicenter and birthplace of Islam. Pray for spiritual breakthrough there, which would shake much of the globe (Rom 1v16). (Source: Prayercast)

Iran: Pray about this dangerous threat to Israel by asking God to undercut it through the growth and intercession of the Iranian Church. This Body of believers is supposed to be one of the fastest growing Churches in the world. Thank You Lord for building Your Body and challenging the very gates of hell and death (Matt. 16:18). You are setting Your throne in Elam today (Jer. 49:38). Rule in the midst of Your enemies (Psa. 110:2). Provide a way for bibles in Farsi to be made available to all Iranians – both believers and pre-believers. Hide Iranian believers from all government officials and guide them to find the correct internet sites to build them up in their faith (Psa. 32:7- 8). Forbid that any anti-Semitic or anti-Zionistic spirit infect the Iranian Body (Rom. 15:27). As Iran's leaders curse Israel, use the Body there to bless Israel (Num. 24:9). For all of our brothers and sisters in prison, give them "prison grace" and set them free (Acts 12:4-8). Use any Messianic Jewish Iranian believers to impact their community in a huge way (Rom. 1:16). We bless our brothers and sisters in Iran from Zion (Psa. 134:3).

ME & Med Region: There is no regional body to co-ordinate neighbouring nations to Cyprus in the Middle East and Mediterranean. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has a plan to present to the UN Assembly for creating security in the Gulf in cooperation with other countries in the region. Iran’s track record is awful!  Pray for an alternative, righteous official body to be created on behalf of these nations, including Cyprus (Isaiah 55v8; Prov 2v6).

Middle East (2): (Part 1 see August edition) The Bible says that a time of trouble such as never was is coming on this earth. The risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two, a senior U.N. security expert has said. The 1987 pact is being abandoned by the USA and Russia. Iran is going ahead unrestrained with nuclear enrichment. North Korea is unstable over nuclear aspirations. Zechariah 14v12 could be interpreted as a nuclear effect. The Bible says that in the end days, there is an initial conflict between Israel and surrounding peoples i.e. Hamas, Palestinians, Hezbollah and Syria (see Psalm 83, especially v4): "Come," they say, "let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more."

This conflict will be over Jerusalem. But Israel will win this initial conflict –  Zechariah 12v6 says that “Jerusalem will remain secure”. But into the vacuum that is left will come those we understand as Russia, Iran and Turkey (Ezekiel 38 & 39). For example, Ezekiel 38:14-16 (ANIV) "Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it? 15  You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. 16  You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, O Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes. God deals with ‘Gog’ and the alliance of nations against Israel. The final battle is of Armageddon, at some stage in the future, with all nations gathered against Jerusalem….the place where God has put His Name (1 Kings 11v36). Revelation 16:16 (ANIV):Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. God pours out His wrath against the nations.  Joel 3:1-2 (ANIV):  "In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, 2  I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.       Pray………….                                    

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2019, Top Ten. (no.3) Somalia: Lawlessness is rife, and as becoming a Christian shames your family in Muslim Somalia, many Christians are hated and even beheaded for their faith. Despite this, Muslims are seeking God through their quiet witness. Pray for safety for the Christians, constantly moving locations to meet, and for Muslims to find Christ. (John 15v20).   

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

 

 

^ IFC PRAYER &  INFORMATION:  email:  iforcy@outlook.com    website:  www.intercessorsforcyprus.org

In 2013, IFC (intercessors for Cyprus) was given leave to develop its ministry under the authority of the Evangelical Alliance, Cyprus. IFC has an office and a prayer home. We believe in using the home for a place of prayer and in inviting others to join us. (The Hebrew word for ‘house’ is also used for ‘home’, so the rising movement of Prayer Houses could also be applied to homes). We would like to see many homes in Cyprus opening up for public as well as private prayer once a week if not more. We hold public prayer meetings three mornings a week. Tuesdays: (9-11am) ITI prayer for Cyprus a safe haven for refugees. Wednesdays: (9-12am) we meet to pray for Israel. Fridays: (9-12am) prayer for Cyprus, including the latest news and using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, and being led of the Spirit.  If you would like to join us - as a visitor or more permanently- then email the above to arrange. 

IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet:  CYBC Media: http://www.cybc-media.com    Cyprus Today: http://www.cyprus-mail.com/   Cyprus Daily News:http://www.cyprusdailynews.info/news/index.php/category/cyprus-local-news-2/     From TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.   Regular sources: Cyprus Daily; Issachar UK; Jerusalem Post; Open Doors; IFI; Vision for Israel; Internet.


Do you want to pray for Israel more regularly?  Try Intercessors for Israel:                http://www.ifi.org.il/prayer/points







 INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS    PRAYER UPDATE    SEPTEMBER  2019    No . 71

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  September 2019   No. 71

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 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’

 

CONTENTS

Giving thanks; Editorial: Aphrodite. The Church: Specific churches & ministries; Revival in Cyprus; World religions; Outreach; ITI.

   The Government and those in authority: This month; Peace process, The North; Health.

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

........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ....... .... September Prayer Issues. 2 Corinth 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. 

NB. David of the IFC team preaches regularly around Cyprus both North & South, and has been preaching since 1975. Email iforcy@outlook.com for him to preach.

 

^  GIVING THANKS:  1 Thessalonians 5:18. ‘In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.’

Let’s give thanks for the ‘nuggets of gold’ that believers (and others) have penned as they observe God’s ways, life and other people, and as believers read and apply God’s word. For example one nugget is, ‘Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance. It is laying hold of His willingness.’ Also for the wisdom of life experience passed on by the older generation to the younger (Proverbs 1v1-7). Discernment also has its place.    

 

 

^ EDITORIAL: 2 Timothy 2v15: ‘Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who….correctly handles the word of truth.’

(v) Sexual Immorality (Aphrodite; sex trafficking; LGBTI agenda - Genesis 1v27; 5v2)

This month we revisit the fifth of our targets to overcome for Cyprus –sexual immorality - remembering to continue to ‘strike the ground’ (2 Kings 13 v18-19), persisting against this target in order to see the fruit of our prayers.

 

Cyprus & Aphrodite: Aphrodite is seen as the patron saint of prostitutes, and in reality is a spirit entity. The Church needs to stand in the gap to break the hold of the sex slave trade and promiscuity in Cyprus. This is an ancient conflict and oppression by a lurid and deceptive demonic power represented as female. Before God, we must take responsibility in prayer over this for Cyprus. The Babylonians believed that spiritual powers filled any image or representation of them. An idol, a mural, a song, a dance, a drama, were often made in their honour. The Bible reveals that the Israelites were commanded to destroy all idols and idolatrous objects, and commanded to make no representations of the gods or take into homes any abominable objects. This portrays the reality of spiritual powers using or inhabiting objects and people. Jesus certainly recognised this in his deliverance ministry to people inhabited by demons. Apostle John taught believers to keep themselves from idols (1 John 5v21). 

Having a 'Buddha' or an African cultural artefact linked to a tribal religion will produce oppression. When the people of Cyprus revel in the Aphrodite heritage it gives demonic powers behind Aphrodite authority, as they have 'owned' and embraced Aphrodite, who is still only a demon goddess, and as such is very defeatable.  Repentance and faith can rob a demon of its access hitherto, and cancel its invitation (Acts 2v38). Authority in Christ can override the invitation of the people. By faith in the name of Jesus, demons have to flee (Mark 5v8; Acts 16v18).

 

AT THE PRAYER MEETING:  Be encouraged by Isaiah 35v1-10. After worship, allow God to bring you to a place of agreement together on which target to focus on, whether one of the above or another.  Ask forgiveness for the state of the church and the nation, its defilements. Pray for repentance to well up….a key to unlock Cyprus. Be aware of how the Lord is leading. Focus on the revealed key strategic target. Research the subject if necessary. 

Mark 2v3-4: Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralysed man was lying on.  These men had one mission, one purpose, one agenda. They were together, united in purpose. They achieved their aim.  Not ‘shotgun’ but ‘rifle’ prayer, with focus and penetration.     

The arrow of victory: 2 Kings 13v19b: "You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.” God calls forth His lines of spiritual power by bringing forth a ‘holy highway’ of connected churches and believers working and praying together in genuine relationship and warmth, linking arms against the enemy strategies, striking the ground again and again until the work is done and enemy power is broken. (Like breaking down a brick wall with many blows of the sledgehammer until it cracks and falls). So, persevere in prayer, revisit the target over time, knowing that other groups are also praying, until the time comes when God reveals that He has released the victory on earth already established in heaven!

 

 

^ 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) Simultaneous Mediterranean area prayer:  In HoP Cyprus, we will be praising the Lord and interceding for the Mediterranean nations together with other prayer houses and churches in the Mediterranean region. September 7th  6:30 pm for 7 - 10 pm worship and Intercession. Living Stones House of Prayer, Kiti, Includes an ‘open microphone’ session. More information, contact Lynne at lynnehardy65@gmail.com (ED) We know the Gozo people and would commend this prayer initiative. Pray for God’s hand on this initiative, and for good attendance and effective prayer in the Spirit (Eph 6v18). 

b): Opposing Freemasonry event: David Tidy of Prayer Warriors International, UK is coming to Paphos on September 17-20 to teach people about Freemasonry and its effects on Cyprus. It is relevant to all and will need prayer in Cyprus north, south, east, west. God is certainly upping the level of challenge over matters in Cyprus. To book, contact hethfreeingod@hotmail.com  Meanwhile, pray that this event and following is used of God to play its part in  breaking the hold of the enemy over Cyprus in terms of Freemasonry (Luke 10v19).   

c) Internship course ‘Closer’:30 September - 8 November 2019 at ‘Living Stones House of Prayer’, Kiti:  James 4:8 says, ´Come close to God and He will come close to you.` God loves us more than we will ever fully comprehend. Our Heavenly Father desires a close, personal relationship with each one of His children. He passionately pursues us and patiently waits for our response. As we become true worshippers, seek Him and His ways alone, the prize is simply Jesus Himself. We would like to invite you to join us for our 6 week internship programme to draw closer to God and to spend time in His presence, to encounter His heart and His love for us. Learn more about worship and prayer and how to reach out to a lost world as Jesus did, from the place of intimacy with His Father. If you would like to apply for ‘Closer 2019’ or if you would like to learn more about the internship, please contact us at livingstones@kittim.org  (Heike D). Pray for the right response, and blessing (James 4v7).

d) Middle East ’Net’ Conference: Location: Larnaca, Thursday-Saturday, November 28th-30th.  (Arrive by the morning of Thursday, November 28th and depart on Sunday afternoon, December 1st). REGISTRATION by website http://me-netconference.org   Please register before November 8th.

Other regions will be joining the conference – Asia, Europe, Americas, Africa, etc. The next generation of youth leaders will be encouraged to rise to the challenges, too. We will celebrate 19 years of sharing the vision and watching it take root. (ED): Look up and read Isaiah 19 together with Isaiah 42:10-13 and Isaiah 49:11-12 & 18a to see the growing convergence of the prophetic scriptures for our day. Pray for many conference bookings.

 

2. Revival in Cyprus: (Source: HoP Kiti) In Isaiah 64:1 it says "Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down." In 1928 Cyprus had begun to encounter a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit. After an encounter with God in America and Greece, God used Michael Kounnas to bring the good news of the gospel to his family in Kato Drys. In his own words from the book 'Memoirs Of My Ministry' Michael says, "The outpouring of the Holy Spirit was manifested with great power as on the Day of Pentecost. The presence of the Holy Spirit was indescribable. At certain times, the meeting place literally shook as in the days of the apostles. Men and women were accepting the work of God in tears. The presence of God became perceptible in our midst through miracles, healings, the baptism of the Holy Ghost and the gifts of the Spirit.... The village was stirred up and the people were puzzled and in awe." The fire of the Holy Spirit spread throughout Cyprus. God had rent the heavens!  Oh that we would cry out to God and ask Him to once again rend the heavens and come down! We desperately need another powerful move of God in our nation. We need Him to visit this nation once again as He did before but in an increasing measure!  Let us continue to pray for revival here with increasing fervency through this encouragement.

 

3. World Religions: Some indication of these are as follows. Animism/tribalism/ancestor worship; Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism; Islam.

Other: Atheism;  Baha’I;  Daoism;  Jainism;  Japanese worldview;  Jehovah’s witnesses;  Judaism;  Mormonism;  Occultism;  Sikhism.

Jesus said, "I am the way the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me."  There are many world religions, and some of these are found in Cyprus, as we discover on our streets evangelism. There are plenty of resources on the internet to understand what these religions are. Why not explore just one with which you are unfamiliar, then pray over this as led by God’s Spirit.

 

4. Outreach: Members of our church reach out in various ways. In 2019, my wife and I have a regular outreach for a couple of hours each week on the streets and by the beach, which is gradually yielding fruit. One story is of a homeless man we met on the beach. We listened to his story which he poured out, gave him a couple of euros and prayed for him. We saw him several times after that, praying for a job, accommodation and for a family situation. He began to read the New Testament we gave him and my daughter invited him to receive Christ. We took him out to a meal, searched for accommodation, etc. Later I met him and he shared that he has found a job with accommodation, and met with his estranged daughter. Praise God! He even prayed for me. Sounds a good story, but it was not without heartache and disappointment during the course of God’s hand working in his life. Praise God!  Pray that God would use YOU to touch others’ lives longer term, and be available to Him for that (Matt 5v41; Matt 28v19).          

 

ITI:  Hear the word of the Lord, O you nations……He Who scattered Israel will gather him and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.  (Jer 31:10)

Over 2,600 years ago the Prophet Jeremiah prophesied of a time when God would gather the Jewish people from the nations of the earth and be a Shepherd to them.  This gathering would be in two stages.  Firstly, the Jewish people would physically return to their ancient homeland from the nations.  The immigration of Jews to the Land of Israel is known as "aliyah."  Once back in Israel, the Jewish people would be gathered to their Shepherd, who would give them a "new heart" and a "new spirit" (Ezekiel 36:26).  Both the physical and spiritual "gathering" that Jeremiah spoke of, is happening in our day.  Since the establishment of the modern State of Israel in 1948, over 3.5 million Jews have made aliyah to Israel and they continue to immigrate. Along with the physical gathering, there is an increasing openness among Israeli Jews to receiving, Jesus, the good Shepherd (John 10:14-15).  The number of Israeli Jews believing in Jesus today is estimated at 30,000.  This is a huge leap from 1948, when only 12 Israeli Jews believed in Jesus. Pray that Jews would take the opportunity to immigrate to Israel now.

 

 

^ 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.

 

^ This month: Pray for government ministers and leaders you are aware of in the north and the Republic of Cyprus.

The House of Representatives approved an amendment to the law against human trafficking so as to criminalise customers who ask for and/or receive and use the services of human trafficking victims for the purposes of sexual exploitation. Amen (Acts 7v7a).

 

^ Peace Process: As politicians strive to get talks going again, first, give thanks that there are plans afoot to enable churches in the north to relate to the churches in the south. Also give thanks that pastors and intercessors across the north/south line meet monthly to pray for the whole of Cyprus (See Ezekiel 37v15-19). This is fulfilling 2 Chronicles 7v14 where God promises to heal the nation as His people do their part.       

PRAY for a firewall of protection over Cyprus especially at this time, especially from Turkey’s advances. Pray for the release of the abandoned city of Varosha to Cyprus and for the withdrawal of Turkish support for the government of northern Cyprus….and for the Lord’s plans for the people of the north to prevail. (Psalm 33v10-11). Resist the spirit of Islam affecting the north.Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV): ‘No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me," Says the LORD.’  Give thanks in advance for a re-united Cyprus for the fulfilment of His destiny of Cyprus (Ezekiel 37v15-19).  

 

^ The North: Islamisation: Overseas Cypriots who gathered in Nicosia on August 27-30 for their annual Conference discussed ways by which they could contribute to avert the Islamization of the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus. This issue was addressed for the first time, and they considered ways by which the diaspora can act towards decision-making centres, with a view to stop the Islamization of Cyprus’ areas occupied by Turkey since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974. Amen. However, this is more an issue for the Church to pray into (Coloss 2v15; Ephesians 6v12). 

The best chance for the north is through God’s people praying together. See above (Peace Process) details, and also be aware that the next north / south joint prayer meeting is on September 10th at 10am. For venue, email iforcy@outlook.com   Take your stand in prayer. (Eph 6v13).   

Prospects for an informal – procedural conference of the parties which participated in the negotiations for Cyprus in Crans- Montana are open. Amen.

 

^ Health: There have been outbreaks of West Nile virus in the Republic of Cyprus and in the north. GESY still has many teething problems…we know from first-hand experience! The Health Ministry has unveiled a national programme to eliminate Hepatitis C that will combine prevention with more effective treatment. Pray for the hand of the Lord on these issues (Psalm 118v15-17).   

 

 

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

Exports: Cyprus’ total exports for this year have seen a sharp decline as they went from the €595.6 million recorded in June 2018 to €227.8 million in June 2019. Imports are going up. in June 2019, it stood at €731.3 million, compared to €643.3 million in June 2018. So, we export far less than we import. The balance of payments is increasingly negative. Tourism brings in money, but this overall trend needs to change….pray (Job 31v6 KJV).

Banks: Some banks in Cyprus are now giving negative interest, including for big savers! Some have introduced quarterly fees…pray (Matt 25v27). 

Hotel Industry: The new agreement between unions and employers, after the government Employment Minister intervened as a peace maker, is good. Amongst other things, a legally mandated minimum salary has now been agreed. Give thanks (James 3v18; Ps. 133v1).

Abortion: IFC will publish information in the October edition on how to begin a pro-life ministry in Cyprus. Pray for response (Ps. 139). 

Fire Alerts: Continue to pray that any outbreak of fire are contained quickly and for the public’s common sense to operate (Matthew 25v13).

Waste management: Government and councils are working on recycling and waste management. By 2035, the total quantities of municipal waste going to landfill sites to be reduced to 10% of the total quantities produced. Pray that the targets are reached and recycling is embraced (Luke 12v42).

Use of single use plastic bags has plummeted by 80%, a year after the introduction of a 5 cent levy. Amen.

Casinos: Cyprus Casinos (“C2”), the first and only authorised casinos in the Republic of Cyprus on Monday opened its third licensed satellite casino – C2 Ayia Napa on the heels of last month’s first anniversary celebration of the C2 Limassol temporary casino. C2 Ayia Napa, now joins the C2 Nicosia and C2 Larnaca satellite casinos that opened in December 2018. As we predicted, the monster continues to propulgate. O Lord have mercy!

Industry: We have few major industries, but the flour manufacturing industry is well established and growing. Pray blessing on this (Luke 12v42).

Road deaths: Police have put out a plea to road users to ‘change mentality’ after 6 fatalities in 10 days in Cyprus - pray. They also seized 8.5 kilos of cocaine in Limassol, and 5.58 kilos of cannabis in Nicosia. Give thanks for our police (Proverbs 3v13).

Please note that a useful source for prayer for Cyprus 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.

Homosexuality:  Remarks by the Bishop of Morphou Neophytos on homosexuality are making the rounds on the internet. They are taken from a speech made by the Bishop at a gathering in Akaki in June. Some of his more outrageous comments were not helpful, and were widely reported in the foreign media and triggered a range of responses online. However, he did say, “….if they abstain from sex and pray and repent then they will emit a fragrance,” The response of Says Accept- LGBTI was, “This bishop claims something that is both scientifically unfounded and unethical: that homosexuality can be ‘cured’ through faith and prayer. This is a dangerous position which can be very harmful for many young people.”    Be aware that the enemy will hate any resistance to the spirit behind homosexuality, and mention of a ‘cure’. The Church needs to show the world a different way through the preaching of the Gospel and making disciples of Christ, out of which transformation comes through Christ. At least though, the Bishop made a stand on the issue. As a Christian, you also may need to stand, one day. Pray as led by the Lord (Genesis 1v27-28; Leviticus 18v22).  

 

 

^ 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. Larnaca: Mayor Andreas Vyras says that as soon as the gas storage relocation is completed, a large part of the coastal city will be available for further development…including extension of the existing Larnaca marina and building luxury villas. High-rises are part of a construction boom. We visited our mayor to thank him for the improvement of the road surfaces this year. He said people usually came to complain! Visit your Mayor?  Paphos: Inspired by the citizens’ initiative “300,000 Trees in Nicosia’, a group in Paphos has got together to set up the “100,000 Trees.project.” Amen! Paphos Municipality spoke of a “significant number” of homeless people in abandoned houses, building sites or elsewhere in the town and has appealed to the public to notify them of these needy people. Amen. Pray this leads to better facilities and root issues being addressed (Luke 10v33). Famagusta: Simos Ioannou has been elected the new mayor of Famagusta. Pray for him (Prov 2v6).

 

 

^ 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.”

O.A.S.I.S. Refugee Project: ’Our fall schedule starts in September with 7 activities a week. The director will be stepping down. Three of the board members will be out of country. Structures for leading Oasis during this transition period have been put in place. Pray for stability and peace, and that God would bring a director. Pray that He will meet all our needs.’

On the refugee Front: for the second year in a row, Cyprus has received more refugees per capita than any other EU country.  It is struggling to cope with the numbers.  Pray for the government to make humane decisions.  Pray for organizations like OASIS that are seeing more people come through our doors.  Pray that lives would be transformed by the love of Christ. Also, improvement work is to be carried out at the Pournara reception centre for asylum seekers at Kokkinotrimithia under a €2.38m contract. Amen. A group of refugees and asylum seekers have started an online petition requesting from the government to start providing long-term free Greek language courses. Pray that refugees and asylum seekers stand together for change for the good, and for success in this case (Mark 3v25; Ps. 133v1).  

 

2. The poor and needy, widows and orphans, foreigners, unemployed, exploited, etc: Ps 68:5. ‘A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows.’

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.)

Straits of Hormuz: Britain launched a naval taskforce with the US to protect commercial shipping in the Gulf. Russia and Iran hold joint naval exercises around the Strait of Hormuz, raising the risk of a dangerous confrontation with western forces in the Gulf (Isaiah 21v2-3). Pray restraint.

Israel: The Ultra-Orthodox party has held the political parties and government to ransom on many occasions, by often holding the balance of power. They are against Christians and refuse to allow their youth to defend Israel. Pray their political hold is broken in the September election (Ps 46v9).

At present the holding government is almost in paralysis. Pray for boldness in decisions vital to Israel’s defence. Pray also that the Body of Christ in Israel (and in Cyprus) receives a revelation of the importance of intercession for their nation (Ezekiel 22v30).

Russia: has made plans for a mass population mobilization. Look at Ezekiel 38:16, You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, O Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes. Joel 2v2 (ANIV): Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, Joel 2v20: "I will drive the northern army far from you, pushing it into a parched and barren land. God already knows the end from the beginning. Pray for His purposes to stand (Ps. 33v10-11).

Egypt: Recently, an ICEJ leadership delegation visited Egypt and found some truly amazing prophetic developments there. God is doing an awesome work in the hearts of Egyptian believers concerning the Lord’s purposes for Israel in this day. They are catching on to the vision of Isaiah 19 for Arab-Jewish reconciliation, while also being drawn by the call of Zechariah 14:16-18 to come to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles. Thus, the Christian Embassy is expecting as many as 40 Egyptian pilgrims to come to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles 2019. This is an historic year as Israel and Egypt mark 40 years of the peace treaty between their nations. It also holds great prophetic significance, as the Isaiah 19 highway takes shape and the invitation of Zechariah 14 resonates as never before for Egypt to come up to Jerusalem to “keep the Feast of Tabernacles”! If you want to assist Egyptian believers to come to the feast, contact Barbara by emailing b6093@bellsouth.net Pray blessing (Read Isaiah 19v24-25).

Brexit & Cyprus: The House voted by majority on Friday to approve a law regulating the rights of Britons in Cyprus in the event of a no deal Brexit. The law will ensure freedom of movement and residence in the Republic of UK citizens and their families. The law also sets out the procedure under which such citizens can secure the relevant residence documents. Amen. Thank You, Lord.  

Greece: Conservative politician Kyriakos Mitsotakis was sworn in as Greece’s new prime minister. EU: The European Parliament on Tuesday confirmed Ursula von der Leyen as the next president of the executive EU Commission. Pray over the EU, MEP’s, Greece, etc. (Psalm 40v4).

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2019, Top Ten. (no.2) Afghanistan: There are no church buildings in Afghanistan. Believers have to keep absolute secrecy. Pray for strengthening. An ISIS suicide bomber took the lives of 63 people and wounded hundreds more at a wedding. Violence is a way of life in the country. Pray for Afghanistan and for the Gospel to be proclaimed (especially by radio) to give hope (Colossians 1v27).

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

 

 

^ IFC PRAYER &  INFORMATION:  email:  iforcy@outlook.com    website:  www.intercessorsforcyprus.org

In 2013, IFC (intercessors for Cyprus) was given leave to develop its ministry under the authority of the Evangelical Alliance, Cyprus. IFC has an office and a prayer home. We believe in using the home for a place of prayer and in inviting others to join us. (The Hebrew word for ‘house’ is also used for ‘home’, so the rising movement of Prayer Houses could also be applied to homes). We would like to see many homes in Cyprus opening up for public as well as private prayer once a week if not more. We hold public prayer meetings three mornings a week. Tuesdays: (9-11am) ITI prayer for Cyprus a safe haven for refugees. Wednesdays: (9-12am) we meet to pray for Israel. Fridays: (9-12am) prayer for Cyprus, including the latest news and using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, and being led of the Spirit.  If you would like to join us - as a visitor or more permanently- then email the above to arrange. 

IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet:  CYBC Media: http://www.cybc-media.com    Cyprus Today: http://www.cyprus-mail.com/   Cyprus Daily News:http://www.cyprusdailynews.info/news/index.php/category/cyprus-local-news-2/     From TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.   Regular sources: Cyprus Daily; Issachar UK; Jerusalem Post; Open Doors; IFI; Vision for Israel; Internet.

Do you want to pray for Israel more regularly?  Try Intercessors for Israel: http://www.ifi.org.il/prayer/points

 








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