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INTERCESSORS  FOR  CYPRUS

              

                  ΕΝΤΕΥΚΤΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΚΥΠΡΟ

   Πληροφορίες και προσευχή για τον Λαό της Κύπρου

 

 

 

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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS.   PRAYER UPDATE.   MARCH 2021.   No. 89.

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  March 2021   No. 89

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; Daily Readings; Editorial: Bride arise! The Church: Churches in N Cyprus; Maturity;

Marriage in lockdown; You have Died; Abortion; Reconciliation north & south; ITI

The Government and Nation: This month; Coronavirus policing; The North & Turkey; Rains; Prisons; Schools Prayer.

Moral & social Issues; Cities & municipalities; Caring & compassion; International; IFC information.   

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March 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 weekly IFC prayer groups in Larnaca and on ZOOM.  Details: Email iforcy@outlook.com

Use the Prayer update in your home group, prayer group, church prayers, and devotionals. Use it topically or work through it over the month, whatever works.

Tip: Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to an entry He wants you to pray into. Focus on that (also in your group) until you sense completion. God bless you!

 

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

We thank You Lord for the way You have renewed Your Church, the Bride of Christ, through the years – centuries – that we may still love You. We praise You for Your patience with us, Jesus, Your erring bride, for Your mercy, Your faithfulness, Your love, Your goodness, Your righteousness, Your justice, Your grace, Your enabling, Your power. Thank You for giving Yourself for us, for me. O that we and I might love You more fully!  

 

^  DAILY READINGS. MARCH 2021: FOR DAYS COVERED BY THIS EDITION - FOR USE IN YOUR PRAYER GROUP, OR OWN PRAYER TIME:

These daily readings are taken from the ‘Through the Bible in One Year’ Bible. Find time to read all or part of your day’s readings in your prayer time. (OT = Old Testament; NT = New Testament)   

Mon 1st OT: Leviticus 5v14-7v10; NT: Mark 10v32-52; Proverbs 6v12-19       Wed 3rd: OT: Leviticus 9v1-10v20; NT: Mark 11v27-12v12; Psalm 29v1-11   

Tue 2nd: OT: Leviticus 7v11-8v36; NT: Mark 11v1-25; Psalm 28v1-9              Thu 4th: OT: Leviticus 11v1-12v8; NT: Mark 12v13-27; Psalm 30v1-7            

 

Fri 5th: OT: Leviticus 13v1-59; NT: Mark 12v28-44; Proverbs 6v20-29               

Sat 6th: OT: Leviticus 14v1-57; NT: Mark 13v1-31; Psalm 30v8-12                  Tue 9th: OT: Leviticus 19v1-20v27; NT: Mark 14v43-72; Proverbs 6v30-35    

Sun 7th: OT: Leviticus 15v1-16v34; NT: Mark 13v32-14v16; Psalm 31v1-8      Wed 10th: OT: Leviticus 21v1-22v33; NT: Mark 15v1-32; Psalm 31v19-24        

Mon 8th: OT: Leviticus 17v1-18v30; NT: Mark 14v17-42; Psalm 31v9-18         Thu 11th: OT: Leviticus 23v1-24v23; NT: Mark 15v33-47; Psalm 32v1-11        

 

Fri 12th: OT: Leviticus 25v1-26v13; NT: Mark 16v1-20; Psalm 33v1-11                             

Sat 13th: OT: Leviticus 26v14-27v34; NT: Luke 1v1-25; Proverbs 7v1-5           Tue 16th: OT: Numbers 4v1-5v10; NT: Luke 1v57-80; Psalm 34v1-22              

Sun 14th: OT: Numbers 1v1-2v9; NT: Luke 1v26-38; Psalm 33v12-22              Wed 17th: OT: Numbers 5v11-6v27; NT: Luke 2v1-20; Proverbs 7v6-20

Mon 15th: OT: Numbers 2v10-3v51; NT: Luke 1v39-56; Psalm 34v1-10            Thu 18th: OT: Numbers 7v1-65; NT: Luke 2v21-40; Psalm 35v1-10                  

 

Fri 19th: OT: Numbers 7v66-9v14; NT: Luke 2v41-52; Psalm 35v11-18

Sat 20th: OT: Numbers 9v15-11v3; NT: Luke 3v1-22; Psalm 35v19-28              Tue 23rd: OT: Numbers 15v1-16v35; NT: Luke 4v38-5v16; Psalm 37v1-9        

Sun 21st: OT: Numbers 11v4-13v25; NT: Luke 3v23-4v13; Proverbs 7v21-27   Wed 24th: OT: Numbers 16v36-18v32; NT: Luke 5v17-32; Psalm 37v10-20     

Mon 22nd: OT: Numbers 13v26-14v45; NT: Luke 4v14-37; Psalm 36v1-12        Thu  25th: OT: Numbers 19v1-21v3; NT: Luke 5v33-6v11; Proverbs 8v1-11    

 

Fri 26th: OT: Numbers 21v4-22v20; NT: Luke 6v12-36; Psalm 37v21-31          Mon 29th: OT: Numbers 26v12-27v11; NT: Luke 7v36-50; Prov 8v12-21

Sat 27th: OT: Numbers 22v21-23v26; NT: Luke 6v37-7v10; Psalm 37v32-40    Tue  30th: OT: Numbers 27v12-29v11; NT: Luke 8v1-18; Psalm 38v13-22

Sun 28th: OT:  Numbers 23v27-26v11; NT: Luke 7v11-35; Psalm 38v1-12        Wed 31st: OT:  Numbers 29v12-31v24; NT: Luke 8v19-39; Psalm 39v1-13

 

EXAMPLE 1st March. As we looked at an example reading in this month to demonstrate how we use scripture, this is how we prayed. Remember to use Bible verses and claim Bible promises to make your case in prayer.

OT reading: Leviticus 5v14-7v10: Ch 5: Giving thanks....Intentional and unintentional sin all covered by the blood of Christ...amen! What a relief!

Ch 6: Prayer into teaching the body of Christ of the need to put things right and make restitution when you have wronged another. Prayer for Cyprus as a community to do what is right and just towards one another. Also to bring the best to the Lord. Ch 6v9-13 keep the prayer fire burning on the altar of sacrifice, here in Cyprus! ‘Every morning’... praying for the discipline of regular daily Quiet Times with the Lord to be the norm for believers.

(I used to be up at 5am before work to ensure uninterrupted Quiet time with the Lord). Memorials are testimonies to God’s goodness...aroma pleasing to the Lord. Prayer for the restoration of giving thanks and public testimony. Ch 7. Jesus...the guilt offering was slaughtered. He fulfilled all the OT scriptures. Give glory to God.

NT reading: Mark 10v32-52: Sometimes Jesus speaks hard words to us...what we do not want to hear….to challenge us or warn / prepare us. Prayer for believers to be open to His correction and word of preparation. Prayer to always serve others as ministers of Christ Jesus. Bartimaeus made sure his request was heard! Prayer that leaders and believers would get alone with God. Faith in God is rewarded. Prayer for Gospel witness and declaration to make a difference in Cyprus – salvation and discipleship in the people and the nation & those in authority.

Psalm or Proverb: Proverbs 6v12-19: Watch out for corruption through our speaking, our words from the heart. Prayer for the new heart God has given us already to overcome the old heart of flesh. Prayer to believe we can operate out of the new heart and new desires He has already given us. Prayer for the exposure of corruption in Cyprus.                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

^ EDITORIAL: Bride arise!  (KJV) Habakkuk 3v2: ‘O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years.’

During a three week period of fasting, prayer and seeking God in worship and encounter, through His truth and life, God moved upon one woman to pray the cry for reviving of the Church, in their country, in our country, in the nations of the earth. Where the enemy had come in to the Church to steal, kill, destroy, the cry was for Him to bring His reviving life (John 10v10). Where the Church, the Bride, had been in the shadows, in the darkness, in compromise, asleep, the cry from the heart (and all our hearts) was for the Bride to awaken, to have zeal for the Lord to be revived, for the bride to arise, to turn fully to Jesus as the Bridegroom, to be His bride prepared, made ready, devoted to Him, yearning for Jesus, renewed in passion for Him, revived in love for Him, ignited on the inside with that desire for Him. The cry for the holy fire of God to come upon the church was an impassioned plea, with a vision of a great trumpet call from heaven to enable the church, the bride of Christ to come forth.

The pastor later shared that God is looking for our daily yielding to Him, our surrender, devotion, obedience and submission in order to release His kingdom life and purposes in and through our lives. As we wait on Him, aligning ourselves with His word and Spirit, He will lead and enable us to know the way forward, to discern His voice amidst the many voices around, to discern what is of Him and what is not of Him. He is our pillar, our anchor, our hope. He is our peace in a time of turmoil both now and to come. Let’s be devoted to Him. (See the promise of Job 11v13-19 & words of Job 29v1-6).

Will you now re-read this through, but use each phrase as a springboard for PRAYER FOR REVIVAL for the Church in Cyprus and for your own life, to the glory of God? May He respond to the growing cry of the Church with a pouring out of revival and answers to such prayer! (Ephesians 5v14; Isaiah 57v15).        NB. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPVPHYFWbok especially from 25min 30secs to 35m 40s.

 

 

^ THE CHURCH:   Matthew 16:18. ‘I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.’

1. Churches in north Cyprus: Reports are coming through that several Christian ministries or churches in the north are being targeted by authorities there. Those involved have to be very careful in this Muslim community. Pray for safety and for churches & ministries to be able to continue. (Ps. 17v8).

 

2. Maturity: God is raising up His Church worldwide including here in Cyprus. He is turning what the enemy has tried to use for evil during this time of Coronavirus into a victory for God and His Church, His Bride. Pastors and leaders have had to re-think their ways of doing things and seek God for His ways. Believers have had to seek God for themselves rather than be spoon-fed. The result is emerging: a more maturing Church, being prepared and preparing herself for the coming King! Amen! PRAY for church leadership to embrace the change of season and be led by the Lord to grow in their own walk with God and led to develop maturity in their congregations. (Nehemiah 13v2).  

 

3. Marriage in Lockdown: For married couples – in close proximity during lockdown - there are some good tips for you as a couple. Try this link:    https://timeformarriage.org.uk/five-relationship-tips-for-the-lock-down-period/  Pray for Christian marriage to prosper. (Eph 5v22-33; Rev 19v7).   

 

4. You have died: Colossians 2:20 ‘….you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world…’ Colossians 3v3:  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. We will look at this more closely next edition. There are certain key truths that can radically change a person’s thinking and behaviour once that truth is grasped. This is one of them. Another is the cry of Jesus on the cross: ‘It is finished’. We are new creations. Pray that these deep fundamental truths come alive to the body of Christ in order to better prepare Christ’s bride for what is to come. 

 

5. Abortion: Because this has affected people in the Christian community as well as outside, pastors can be reluctant to approach this issue. Pray that the issue gets aired in various ways, that God’s word casts light on the subject, and His heart for the unborn be embraced (Psalm 139; Ex 20v13). 

 

Reconciliation N & S: God encourages His Church to stand together, confess wrong attitudes, forgive one another and embrace in practical ways. Also to intercede for the nation’s healing. There is a regular monthly online prayer meeting between pastors & believers in the north and those in the south. Pray God uses this to bring deeper reconciliation. Key elements of a reconciliation process: Confession and practical forgiveness – the Church leading the way, healing of the nation, and removal of Turkey’s influence including Islam. (Luke 11v4; 2 Chronicles 7v14). Continue to pray into this.

 

ITI: This era we are entering concerning God’s ancient covenant people will be a time of 911 emergency when all hands will be are required on deck.

There needs to be confidentiality, trust and unity between involved parties, whether in Cyprus or abroad. Practical issues need to be resolved. Pray that God would be glorified and that He directs the project towards the goal. Bless you! (Isaiah 49v22).

 

 

^ THE GOVERNMENT & NATION: Psalm 33:12. ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.’

RoCy: Pray for godly wisdom for our president, Nicos Anastasiades & his wife Andri; Cabinet Ministers & the Secretary to the Cabinet; Government Spokesman; Pray for our government & opposition parties, and also for our Archbishop Chrysostomos ll. Pray for the current president of the Evangelical Alliance of Churches in Cyprus, Yiannos  and E.A. secretary Chrysso. Pray also for key leaders in the North: Underground church leaders; leader of Turkish Cypriot Community Mr Ersin Tatar; Government Ministers, and even President Erdogan of Turkey.

 

^ This month: (Neal Bratchun series of Rainbow prayers): ORANGE represents God as FATHER, the Mountain of FAMILY, and Health (medicine).

PRAY for the love and honor of God to completely demolish and destroy strongholds of hate (including hate and dishonor shown towards the unborn, races, genders, authority, etc. (see 1 Corinthians 13:8a). PRAY for the health of all those who live in Cyprus (see 3 John 1:2).

 In Jesus’ name, I DECREE  that those who live in Cyprus are kept in good health and are offered excellent health services and care. I decree that all will live in the health and strength of the Lord. In Jesus’ name, I decree that the marriages and families in Cyprus are blessed with love, joy, and peace and that every home is filled with the goodness of God. I decree that every life conceived is honored, embraced, and protected, with love and respect. I decree that every weapon formed against the God-ordained family structure is coming to naught (see Isaiah 54v17).

 

^ Coronavirus policing: The role of the police is to enforce government rulings of law for the people of Cyprus. After the unduly violent police action against a peaceful demonstration in Nicosia last month, the people’s freedom to express their concerns seems to be being limited….as it is in so many other areas of coronavirus enforcement. Pray for the right balance of response in both the authorities and the people (Romans 13v2-3; Ephes 6v9).

Thankfully, a second larger demonstration passed off peacefully a week later. The lockdown has eased but the curfew and ban on gatherings remain.      

Coronavirus scientific: A strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, named B.1.258, is currently the most prevalent in Cyprus, according to a scientific study conducted for the analysis and course of the coronavirus in Cyprus. The study notes that since December 2020, this strain is responsible for 90% of infections in Cyprus. A Christian doctor of science we know in the UK is researching the UK vaccine to determine any dangers. She is positive now that at this time, the vaccine is safe and doesn’t affect the DNA. Pray for facts to be released concerning Cyprus vaccines. (1 Cor 13v6; 1 Tim 4v3).

 

^ The North & Turkey: President Ersin Tatar, from Turkey, represents the Turkish community in the north of Cyprus. He is pressing for a ‘two state solution’ to the problem of a divided nation. This is not recognised by key international players or of course by the Republic of Cyprus. Our president is pushing for a UN sponsored beginning to formal talks on the Cyprus problem in April. Pray earnestly for solution to come forth. (Jeremiah 6v16).

         Meanwhile, human rights abuses in Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdogan continue, says a recent report. The detention of tens of thousands of men and hundreds of women, many with their children, especially following the 2016 failed coup, has become common. The list of Erdogan’s violations and cruelty is too long to fully numerate: detention and horrifying torture of thousands of innocent people for months and at times for years, without being charged; prisoners left languishing in dark cells, often in solitary confinement. It is calculated to inflict horrendous pain and suffering to bring the prisoners to the breaking point, so that they confess to crimes they have never committed. Pray deliverance from such a hand! (Psalm 72v12).

 

Rain: Thankfully we have had more rain last month, but we did have 6-7 months dry so we still need more rain (both physical, gentle, continuous soaking rain & heavy but not damaging), and spiritual rain to prepare the ground of lives in Cyprus for the truth of the gospel. Pray as led (Job 37v6).

 

Prisons: Thank You Lord that You are with prisoners in their situation in the Central Prisons Nicosia. Many are experiencing isolation, fear, sickness, regret, and hopelessness…made worse by Covid-19 restrictions. Protect them from harm and heal the hurt that comes from within. We pray many hearts and minds receive Christ’s redeeming love. Strengthen the governor, prison officers, and other ancillary staff in what is right. (Matt 25v37-40).

 

Schools’ prayer: Thank You Lord for the ‘Prayer for Schools’ initiative (www.prayerforschools.org). We pray that many teachers and others involved in schools in Cyprus will take hold of this and use its inspiration to set up or encourage prayer in their school. (Matthew 18v5-6).  

Please note that further information 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.

Abortion: Give thanks to God for the gift of life. Pray that Cyprus resists degrading abortion laws and encourages life - in schools and in society. Remember women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy with little support, and for those who regret having had an abortion for one reason or another. Pray for medical staff to choose the ethical way even if against the norm, and that abortions due to gender or disability will cease. Pray for men to take responsibility in this, too. Finally, give thanks for those who have been rescued from abortion. (Psalm 139; Ex 20v13).      

 

 

^ 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.

The main cities of Cyprus: Nicosia (north & south), Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos, Famagusta and Kyrenia.                   

 

 

^ 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……Just as Jesus met physical needs and then spoke about spiritual truth, so OASIS strives to meet physical and spiritual needs of all who enter its doors. This is realized through OASIS’ activities: clothing and food distribution, English, Greek and computer classes, prenatal care group, women’s meetings, family events, social café, advice centre, prayer time and Bible studies. For the 1,400+ refugees who have come to the centre since inception, OASIS has become a family. However, the current coronavirus situation has depleted funds and restricted refugee and asylum seeker activity. Pray for increased funding and for open doors. (Revelation 3v8). 

 

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

Remember in prayer the Mercy Centre in Nicosia, the Limassol group, and the CHARIS project in Paphos. Also Cyprus Samaritans and others.

 

 

^ 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).

Israel: ’The Abraham Accords’: Later last year, Israel was persuaded by President Trump to sign a peace deal where Israel would not take any sovereignty over the West Bank…in effect, giving up the right to the land God gave the Jews, in order to make peace. Even the Evangelical community in America advised him to centre on peace not claims to the land. Bad advice! God is not mocked. No wonder America is being weakened. What He has given to His ancient people the Jews should not be divided up (Joel 3v2). Notice also from the Bible that a false peace will arrive in due course (1 Thesssalonians 5v3). Abraham himself would NEVER have traded the land for peace….so to call this the ‘Abraham Accords’ is very misleading. Pray that God works out His will even as men seek to turn away from His word. (See Genesis 15v18; Genesis 28v4; 1 Chronicles 16v15-18).

Ethiopia: was once a stabilizing country in the Horn of Africa. Civil war broke out in November 2020 and since then, tragic rumours of rape, looting, civilian deaths, and extrajudicial killings have spread. And the government has blocked internet and journalistic access while imposing region-wide lockdowns. About two million people have been internally displaced and hundreds of thousands of refugees have been cut off from support. But did you know the majority of Ethiopians claim Christianity, and Tigray has one of the largest concentrations of Christians in the nation? Pray followers of Jesus be His hands and feet, tangibly revealing His unconditional love for every single Ethiopian. (Psalm 8v6; John 13v9).    

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. We have prayers every week at home and on Zoom. If you would like to join us - as a visitor or more permanently - then email iforcy@outlook.com. IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet, particularly ‘In Cyprus News’,  News,from TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.  

                      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    FEBRUARY 2021   No. 88

Intercessors for Cyprus. Prayer Update. February 2021 No. 88

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; Daily Readings for this month; Editorial: Grace & repentance

The Church: Churches & ministries: Alpha Online; ICEJ speaker; Israel Prayers; Dreams; ITI.

The Government and those in authority: This month: Coronavirus & society pillars; Rainbow Prayers.

National & moral issues: Coronavirus & children; Businesses; Tourism; Energy; Violence.

Cities & municipalities; Caring & compassion; International; IFC information.

........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ....... .... February 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.

Tip: Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to an entry He wants you to pray into. Focus on that (also in your group) until you sense completion. God bless you!



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

We can truly give thanks for the way God has given the promises of His word to us during this time of Coronavirus. Psalm 91 has travelled round the world as one to read, digest and claim. I often declare the truth of Psalm 91v3-7, especially the words in bold: ‘Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.Let’s appropriate BY FAITH what God has declared in His word, and believe and use His promises. He is glorified and we are protected. Thank You, Lord!



^ DAILY READINGS: FEBRUARY 2021. FOR DAYS COVERED BY THIS EDITION - FOR USE IN YOUR PRAYER GROUP, OR OWN PRAYER TIME:

These daily readings are taken from the ‘Through the Bible in One Year’ Bible. Find time to read all or part of your day’s readings in your prayer time.

(OT = Old Testament; NT = New Testament)

Mon 1st OT: Job 22v1-24v25; NT: Matthew 21v18-32; Proverbs 3v21-35.

Tue 2nd: OT: Job 25v1-29v25; NT: Matthew 21v23-22v14; Psalm 18v7-15    Fri 5th: OT: Job 35v1-37v24; NT: Matthew 24v1-31; Proverbs 4v1-9

Wed 3rd: OT: Job 30v1-32v22; NT: Matthew 22v15-46; Psalm 18v16-24       Sat 6th: OT: Job 38v1-40v2; NT: Matthew 24v32-25v13; Psalm 18v37-42

Thu 4th: OT: Job 33v1-34v37; NT: Matthew 23v1-39; Psalm 18v25-36          Sun 7th: OT: Job 40v3-42v17; NT: Matthew 25v14-46; Psalm 18v43-50

Mon 8th: OT: Exodus 1v1-3v22; NT: Matthew 26v1-30; Psalm 19v1-6

Tue 9th: OT: Exodus 4v1-6v12; NT: Matthew 26v31-46; Proverbs 4v10-19     Fri 12th: OT: Exodus 11v1-12v51; NT: Matthew 27v11-44; Psalm 21v1-7

Wed 10th: OT: Exodus 6v13-8v32; NT: Matthew 26v47-68; Psalm 19v7-14    Sat 13th: OT: Exodus 13v1-14v31; NT: Matthew 27v45-66; Proverbs 4v20-27

Thu 11th: OT: Exodus 9v1-10v29; NT: Matthew 26v69-27v10; Psalm 20v1-9 Sun 14th: OT: Exodus 15v1-16v36; NT: Matthew 28v1-20; Psalm 21v8-13

Mon 15th: OT: Exodus 17v1-18v27; NT: Mark 1v1-28; Psalm 22v1-11

Tue 16th: OT: Exodus 19v1-20v26; NT: Mark 1v29-2v17; Psalm 22v12-21     Fri 19th: OT: Exodus 25v1-26v37; NT: Mark 4v30-5v20; Psalm 23v1-6

Wed 17th: OT: Exodus 21v1-22v31; NT: Mark 2v18-3v30; Proverbs 5v1-14   Sat 20th: OT: Exodus 27v1-28v43; NT: Mark 5v21-6v6a; Psalm 24v1-10

Thu 18th: OT: Exodus 23v1-24v18; NT: Mark 3v31-4v29; Psalm 22v22-31    Sun 21st: OT: Exodus 29v1-30v38; NT: Mark 6v6b-29; Proverbs 5v15-23

Mon 22nd: OT: Exodus 31v1-33v6; NT: Mark 6v30-56; Psalm 25v1-7            Fri 26th: OT: Exodus 39v1-40v38; NT: Mark 9v2-32; Psalm 26v1-12

Tue 23rd: OT: Exodus 33v7-34v35; NT: Mark 7v1-30; Psalm 25v8-15            Sat 27th: OT: Leviticus 1v1-3v17; NT: Mark 9v33-10v12; Psalm 27v1-6

Wed 24th: OT: Exodus 35v1-36v38; NT: Mark 7v31-8v13; Psalm 25v16-22   Sun 28th: OT: Leviticus 4v1-5v13; NT: Mark 10v13-31; Psalm 27v7-14

Thu 25th: OT: Exodus 37v1-38v31; NT: Mark 8v14-9v1; Proverbs 6v1-11


EXAMPLE 1st February: As we looked at an example reading in this month to demonstrate how we use scripture, this is how we prayed. Remember to use Bible verses and claim Bible promises to make your case in prayer.

OT reading: Job 22v1-24v25: Job 22v3 Yes, God gains pleasure from us walking rightly before Him. We can bring Him pleasure through living lives which seek to honour Him and His ways, His teachings. Amen! v12-13 God knows all things! v21-30 a great passage of promises to claim IF we choose to live that way. (Pray that you desire to walk in His ways.) Job 23v10: God knows our situations and tests us, refining us. ‘Gold’ is the result in our characters....becoming more like Him. v12 treasuring His words, His teachings. (Pray that you come forth as gold, in the Refiner’s fire.) Job 24v2-4: How people badly treat other people! v13 the ‘rebels’ against God. v22-24: the final outcome for the wicked is that they have no assurance of salvation. (Pray for someone you know who is a rebel against God, for His mercy on them, and for conviction leading to salvation.)

NT reading: Matthew 21v18-32: v19 the power of a command when the one who commands believes his command will happen! Cf. v22 ask whatever is right, believe, receive it! v23-25 Jesus’ authority and His wisdom! (Pray for greater faith in His word, His leading, and in the fact that He exercises authority through you…. He lives in a believer, prays and speaks through a believer.) v28-32 the value and power of obedience.

Psalm or Proverb: Proverbs 3v21-35: v21-26 As you know and live God’s word, you receive sound judgment and discernment. The fruit of this is confidence in God and before God, and no fear or anxiety. Amen! v27-28 Do good as have the opportunity rather than plotting against or accusing others. (Pray that you become more like this in your own attitudes). IFC



^ EDITORIAL: Grace & repentance. In the Old Testament, people were looking forward to the coming of the Messiah, the Saviour, their mighty King, and sought to keep the laws of God revealed at Mount Sinai. Jews shared this with gentile nations - even kings amongst the gentiles, and by Solomon’s time, the whole world knew of God and His law, and that they could place their hope in Him. Psalm 67v1-2: May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. The key was repentance and faith, trusting in God’s promises, mercy and goodness to prepare them for His coming kingdom. Isaiah proclaimed hope in this coming salvation (Isaiah 12v1-3).

In the New Testament, nothing changed. John the Baptist came amongst the people proclaiming repentance and placing their faith in the salvation God was bringing to birth amongst them through His mercy and grace. See Matthew 3v1-8 especially v8: ‘Produce fruit in keeping with repentance’.

When Jesus began His public ministry, people no longer had to look forward to the Messiah coming, for He was amongst them! Yet though He demonstrated the mercy and grace of God in His kingdom ministry, His message was the same. See Luke 13v1-5 especially v5: But unless you repent, you too will all perish." Both during His life, albeit with limited understanding, and after His resurrection, people placed their faith in Jesus to save them from the consequences of sin. It was God’s marvelous act of grace to send His Son into the world. See John 3v16-18.

Since Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, people have looked back at the Saviour’s redeeming presence coming amongst us, and work of salvation, believing in His life, death and resurrection. In the New Testament letter of Ephesians, looking at Ephesians 2v1-10, especially v8-9, Paul reminds us that, ‘…it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no-one can boast.

Of course, also in the New Testament we have the warnings of God’s end-time judgments. We know from Jesus’ words that God will judge nations (Matthew 25v32), but ultimately, it is we as individuals who must give account to God for our lives. See Romans 14v9-12, especially v12: "So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.’ The Book of Revelation basically reveals the times of the end and the activity of heaven and earth. God’s end time’s judgments are fearsome: see Revelation 6v12-17 especially v16-17: "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"

This is one motivation for the church to reach out to rescue people through the Gospel for salvation. We spread the gospel through preaching & declaration, ministering, sharing, loving and serving. For example, our current ‘Alpha Online’ course is one way of spreading the gospel to those unable to leave their homes. Many Moslems and others are turning to the Lord as they gain the facility of the internet and find Gospel truths there.

2 Thessalonians 1 v7-10, especially v8-9 remind us of the consequence of ignoring or rejecting God all through life: ‘….when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.’ Yet, because of these end time events, and through God’s great grace and mercy, it is revealed that many turn to Him amidst them. See Revelation 14v6: Then I saw another angel flying in mid-air, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people.’

In conclusion, as with so many truths in God, it is BOTH sides of the coin working together. In this case, it is not grace v judgment but rather grace working with judgment….the judgment that was placed upon Jesus Christ for our sakes. Firstly, foreshadowed in the OT: Isaiah 53v6:‘We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.’ Then fulfilled in the NT: Romans 5v8-9: ‘God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him!’ And also, 1 Timothy 1v15: ‘Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…’ By God’s grace, may He revive the Church’s declaration of the gospel in life and word. (Habakkuk 3v2). ‘Revive thy work in the midst of the years.’ Amen!



^ THE CHURCH: Matthew 16:18. ‘I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.’

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

1. Alpha Online: Around 40 are on this Zoom course put on by LCC Larnaca, with a few others following the course at other times. The Session 3 film was very moving and powerful in doctrine regarding the cross and why Jesus had to die. We believe and are beginning to see that the course is touching not-yet believers, discipling believers, and drawing back some who have lost touch with the church and with God. There have been many technical issues both with Zoom and with people’s individual devices…keep praying for the overcoming of these.

A number of people who do not know the Lord are following the course at other times as they have children or work. Pray God touches them, too.

Finally, pray that God is glorified and people are saved and strengthened in Him. (‘With God, all things are possible.’ Matthew 19v26).


2. ICEJ Speaker: Peter Tsukahira spoke as part of the conference on webinar and Zoom. He shared 3 points.

a) FACTS: Use facts not conjecture over Coronavirus or anything else. Develop trusted sources of information….primarily the Lord and His word.

b) FORESIGHT: map into the future by asking the question, ‘What if?’ and through prayer, interaction, reading, be better prepared to lead others, as were the 5 virgins with oil.

c) FOCUS: Leaders especially have so many competing demands. Ask God for a penetrating vision for your calling. King David prayed in Psalm 27v4 for one thing above all else. Paul encouraged to forget what was behind but to press on into what God had to come (Phil 3v12 & 14).

Pray that God increases our faith and our obedience, courage, decision-making and to take the step…. Amen.


3. Israel prayers: We are holding weekly prayer meetings for Israel on Wednesday mornings from 10am – 11.30am using ZOOM. Programme includes an extract from a psalm and thanksgivings, a worship song and communion, a Bible reading, a link from an input source, open prayer, daily readings portion and prayer from a prayer guide. We even manage a 5 minute break! Join us if you can. For Zoom I.D. & passcode, email iforcy@outlook.com


4. Dreams: The book of Genesis is sprinkled with various accounts of people having dreams from God. Last year at an IFC day of prayer, the use of dreams by God to guide people was considered. This year, as we have begun another set of ‘Through the Bible in a year’ daily readings, we have seen both in Genesis and Matthew how often God used dreams to reveal and direct. In Matthew chapters 1 & 2 Joseph, of the ‘people of God’ was instructed by God through four separate dreams! So, those who God sees as ‘people of God’ can receive His dreams and direction. Also, in Genesis chapters 40 & 41, the cupbearer and baker to the king both had dreams. In Genesis 40v8, Joseph helped them to understand that it was God who revealed dreams and their meaning. Genesis 41v1-16 shows how Pharaoh the king of Egypt received dreams. So, three important people in Egypt - who were effectively ‘unbelievers’ in the God of Israel - received dreams from God. However, Joseph was used by God to interpret those dreams.

So, God uses and gives dreams to both believers and unbelievers as He wills, but for a purpose…..far removed from night dreams, daydreams and deceptive visions from the enemy or our own minds. He wills for such dreams to be understood and He will use others to interpret those dreams if need be, and it would seem that believers are the best to interpret dreams. Let us pray both now and in days to come that God re-establishes the use of His supernatural dreams to guide and direct, to encourage and warn, as He wills, perhaps in national leaders and other authority figures, in people searching for the truth, in pastors & ministry leaders, and in individual Christians for His purpose. Pray also that God will raise up believers and place them strategically in order to interpret those dreams to such people, especially unbelievers in authority.


ITI: Bearing in mind the above section on dreams, pray that God uses dreams & visions as part of His guidance to those who are in leadership roles in the vision for Cyprus and its destiny in serving His purposes in the coming days….particularly over matters of aliyah. (Acts 2v17).



^ THE GOVERNMENT & THOSE IN AUTHORITY: 1 Timothy 2v1-4: 1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

RoCy: Pray for godly wisdom for our president, Nicos Anastasiades & his wife Andri; Cabinet Ministers & the Secretary to the Cabinet; Government Spokesman; Pray for our government & opposition parties, and also for our Archbishop Chrysostomos ll. Pray for the current president of the Evangelical Alliance of Churches in Cyprus, Yiannos and E.A. secretary Chrysso. Pray also for key leaders in the North: Underground church leaders; leader of Turkish Cypriot Community Mr Ersin Tatar; Government Ministers, and even President Erdogan of Turkey.


^ This month:

a) Coronavirus & Society ’Pillars’: The recent earthquake which shook Cyprus and surrounding nations could be God’s ‘wake-up’ call to us to get serious with God as believers, or to seek Him for salvation, to turn from sin to the living God. Pray about this, and also the following: Society in every nation is being shaken. Such pillars as Government, battling over Covid requirements and needing God’s wisdom & the outworking of this practically; Business (upon which jobs, economy, security depend); Education (now often with ungodly agendas); Family with God-ordained marriage between male and female under attack; Media - influencing society, often with its own agenda or fake news; Religion, with persecution of our faith and banding together of religions. Pray into these various aspects as appropriate (2 Chron.15v5; Ps.65v5-7).

Lord, despite Coronavirus, we ask for You to fulfil Romans 8v28 regarding Cyprus, a nation which is called according to Your purpose. Lead each person living in Cyprus by Your Spirit to know if and when to be vaccinated (Psalm 32v8). May the shared vaccine data be only what You permit and nothing more (Psalm 119v68Proverbs 15v2a). May any negative side-effects seen after a second "jab" be dealt with and minimized (Jer. 8:22).


b) (From an article submitted by an IFC intercessor).The prophet Habakkuk reminds us that the silver and the gold belongs to the Lord…the world’s wealth, including that of Cyprus (Habakkuk 2v6-9). When the earthquake shook Cyprus in January, parliament was in session and the earthquake halted the budget presentation…..coincidence? God is concerned for truth, justice & righteousness over financial matters in our nation, and eradication of corruption. Pray for a real change in attitude and concern for these matters, ands exposure of corruption. Pray for gospel change in lives (Rev 7v10).


c) Neal Bratchun series of Rainbow prayers: YELLOW represents God as CREATOR 

                                                                        and the Mountain of ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, AND SPORTS

·         Pray for God’s glory to fill the nation according to Zechariah 2:5.

·         In Jesus’ name, I decree that arts, entertainment, and sports are an open platform to bring glory to God.

·         In Jesus’ name, I decree that God's innovative and effectual wisdom and strategies are manifesting to solve every national problem, demolish every enemy action, and establish God's good solutions and plans.



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

NB: Much of the news revolves around Coronavirus (see above under government & below regarding children).


Coronavirus & children: New mutations, variants of coronavirus are being revealed around the world. In Israel, near to us, the children are being affected as well. The enemy is at work. Pray for protection for children and for effective vaccines, especially here in Cyprus (Matt 2v16 & 7v11).


Businesses: When businesses prosper, employment increases, as does tax revenue, and the economy is strengthened. We grieve for the suffering of businesses and the resulting unemployed or part employed in Cyprus. With many people hurting financially, we pray that You, Lord would open new and unexpectedly doors for them (Is. 43v19), and pour out Your mercy on small business owners who are depressed and desperate (Prov 14v31).


Tourism: In a recent prayer meeting, one person declared that Cyprus was NOT the ‘Island of Aphrodite’, but the island of God. Cyprus has a purpose and destiny in God. Many tourists used to come because of that former label, but now few come at all. Let’s ask God for a revival of the tourist industry but without the emphasis on Aphrodite. May He provide a working strategy to bring this about, and for future tourism recovery (Micah 4v2).


Energy: Cyprus is fast becoming a regional energy hub, with energy independence on the horizon. Pray for wisdom, insight, discernment and understanding for those who are steering the course of this development, both in industry and in government. (Proverbs 2v1-8).


Violence: (Habakkuk 1v2) ‘How long, O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, "Violence!" ‘

A large group of people surrounded the Nicosia presidential palace a while ago demanding easing of lockdown restrictions. It appears that there were a number of political agitators amongst them with the sole purpose of stirring up the crowd to lawlessness. This scenario has been repeated in many cities, not least cities of the United States of America, where lawlessness and violence have been abounding. There are forces at work we do not fully comprehend. The prophet Habakkuk witnessed similar lawlessness and violence in his day and cried out to the Lord for God to intervene and bring stability. In our day, we do the same, praying that God would intervene to restrain, and for a great revival to bring change for good in the nations.

Habakkuk 1v2-4: How long, O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, "Violence!" but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralysed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.

Yet, though God was responding to Habakkuk’s prayers (and does to ours), He was doing so in a way that the prophet (and we) could not fully comprehend. Hab. 2v5-6:"Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwelling-places not their own.” The link below, sent in by one of our readers, develops this line of thought, and may be of interest. Meanwhile, pray about the comments above. https://subsplash.com/frontierallianceinternat/fai/mi/+yh87ctz

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



^ CITIES & MUNICIPALITIES: PRAY for your city: Jeremiah 29v7: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." Psalm 55:11.’Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.’ Also: Isaiah 1v26, Prov 11v10-11; Is 62v6-7; Ps 122v6-9. Consider these verses and pray for your city. Town, village, municipality as led by the Lord.



^ CARING AND COMPASSION: (by the Church and others): Matthew 5v7: Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.’

1. Refugees, asylum seekers & migrant workers...,aliens & strangers: Exodus 22v21: "Do not ill-treat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens.”

Pray for the Oasis Refugee Project. OASIS’ activities: clothing and food distribution, English, Greek and computer classes, prenatal care group, women’s meetings, family events, social café, advice centre, prayer time and Bible studies. Apart from overseas volunteers, local staff are needed to create consistency. They also bring invaluable cultural insight, local language, a network of local contacts and most importantly a degree of local ownership. Oasis anticipates the need of for two local staff for 2021.

To partner financially towards this, become a regular donor through a standing order at your bank (€100, 50 or 25/month) , or make a one-off donation.

Oasis Bank Details: For contributions from EU or other countries, funds can be wired using the following information: • Bank of Cyprus

• ACCOUNT NAME: Organization Assisting Serving Intentionally Strangers (OASIS) • IBAN (Electronic Format): CY46002001950000357032069253

• SWIFT (BIC Code): BCYPCY2N. Pray for God’s continuing provision to enable Oasis to minister to the needy refuges, etc. (Acts 14v17; 1 Tim 6v17).


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

Give thanks for all those involved in caring for others in need, whether it be nurses & doctors & other hospital staff, or charities and welfare groups. Pray for them as they serve others. Remember in prayer also the Mercy Centre in Nicosia, the Limassol group, and the Matthew 25 project in Paphos. Also Cyprus Samaritans and other local & national organisations.



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

Ongoing: Pray against the use of nuclear weapons and chemical weaponry and for Gospel declaration in the Middle East (Matt 16v19).

USA: The assumption of duties of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris has already shown reversals of President Trump’s policies.

One reversal could be the administration’s views on support of Israel. Those who bless her are blessed and the reverse. Pray as led (Genesis 12v3).

Israel: Whilst support from America and other nations is a good thing, and Israel is experiencing more local support from various surrounding nations, God ultimately wants Israel to look to Him not man for support. He may allow a situation to develop where Israel find herself on her own, isolated, needing the help of the one true God of Israel. Pray that when such a time arises, Israel truly returns to God…biblically, ‘the God of Israel’.

One last thing about Israel is the discovery of mutations of Coronavirus which are affecting children. Pray for containment & effective vaccines!

Persecution: Remember the worldwide persecuted Church, especially those in labour camps, containers or imprisoned for their faith. Pray as led.

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. We have IFC prayers at our home every week on 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. IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet, particularly ‘In Cyprus News’, News,from TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.

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    JANUARY 2021   No. 87 

Intercessors for Cyprus. Prayer Update. January 2021 No. 87.

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; Daily Readings for January; Editorial: For such a time as this; The Church: Alpha Online; Specific churches & ministries;

Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI.

The Government and those in authority: This month; Coronavirus.

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

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January Prayer Issues. Psalm 106:12. ‘Then they believed his promises and sang his praise.’

2 Corinthians 1:20. ‘For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ.’

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.

Tip: Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to an entry He wants you to pray into. Focus on that (also in your group) until you sense completion. God bless you!


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

The Bible reveals Jesus as the Word of God. John 1:1-2 (NIV) ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.’ John 1:14 ‘The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.’ Jesus indwells the scriptures by His Spirit. Read them daily and meet with Jesus.

Father, thank You for Your Son, and Your Spirit’s revelation of Him through the scriptures, the whole Bible, the whole counsel of God. Thank You for the Bible, inspired, wonderful, revealing Your Son. Help us this year to be disciplined in reading Your word daily and hearing from You. Amen.


^ DAILY READINGS. JANUARY 2021: (OT = Old Testament; NT = New Testament)    

1st January: OT: Genesis 1v1-2v17; NT: Matthew 1v1-25; Psalm 1v1-6.              5th: OT: Genesis 9v18-11v9; NT: Matthew 4v23-5v20; Psalm 4v1-8

2nd: OT: Genesis 2v18-4v16; NT: Matthew 2v1-18; Psalm 2v1-12.                      6th: OT: Genesis 11v19-13v18; NT: Matthew 5v21-42; Psalm 5v1-12.       

3rd: OT: Genesis 4v17-6v22; NT: Matthew 2v19-3v17; Psalm 3v1-8.                   7th: OT: Genesis 14v1-16v16; NT: Matthew 5v43-6v24; Psalm 6v1-10.      

4th: OT: Genesis 7v1-9v17; NT: Matthew 4v1-22; Proverbs 1v1-7.                       8th: OT: Genesis 17v1-18v33; NT: Matthew 6v25-7v23; Proverbs 1v8-19. 

9th: OT: Genesis 19v1-20v18; NT: Matthew 7v24-8v22; Psalm 7v1-9.

10th: OT: Genesis 21v1-23v20; NT: Matthew 8v23-9v13; Psalm 7v10-17.           13th: OT: Genesis 27v1-28v22; NT: Matthew 10v32-11v15; Psalm 9v1-6

11th: OT: Genesis 24v1-67; NT: Matthew 9v14-38; Psalm 8v1-9.                         14th: OT: Genesis 29v1-30v43; NT: Matthew 11v16-30; Psalm 9v7-12.       

12th: OT: Genesis 25v1-26v35; NT: Matthew 10v1-31; Proverbs 1v20-33.           15th: OT: Genesis 31v1-55; NT: Matthew 12v1-21; Psalm 9v13-20. 

16th:  OT: Genesis 32v1-33v20; NT: Matthew 12v22-45; Proverbs 2v1-11. 

17th: OT: Genesis 34v1-35v29; NT: Matthew 12v46-13v17; Psalm 10v1-11.        20th: OT: Genesis 40v1-41v40; NT: Matthew 14v1-21; Proverbs 2v12-22.   

18th: OT: Genesis 36v1-37v36; NT: Matthew 13v18-35; Psalm 10v12-18.            21st: OT: Genesis 41v41-42v38; NT: Matthew 14v22-15v9; Psalm 12v1-8.  

19th: OT: Genesis 38v1-39v23; NT: Matthew 13v36-58; Psalm 11v1-7.                22nd: OT: Genesis 43v1-44v34; NT: Matthew 15v10-39; Psalm 13v1-6. 

23rd: OT: Genesis 45v1-47v12; NT: Matthew 16v1-20; Psalm 14v1-7.

24th: OT: Genesis 47v13-48v22; Matthew 16v21-17v13; Proverbs 3v1-10.          28th: OT: Job 8v1-10v22; NT: Matthew 19v16-30; Proverbs 3v11-20.           

25th: OT: Genesis 49v1-50v26; NT: Matthew 17v14-18v9; Psalm 15v1-5.            29th:  OT: Job 11v1-14v22; NT: Matthew 20v1-19; Psalm 17v6-12. 

26th: OT: Job 1v1-3v26; NT: Matthew 18v10-35; Psalm 16v1-11.                          30th: OT: Job 15v1-18v21; NT: Matthew 20v20-34; Psalm 17v13-15.

27th: OT: Job 4v1-7v21; NT: Matthew 19v1-15; Psalm 17v1-5.                              31st: OT: Job 19v1-21v34; NT: Matthew 21v1-17; Psalm 18v1-6.


EXAMPLE OF HOW TO USE SCRIPTURE READINGS TO MEET WITH JESUS:  January 1st: We looked at an example reading from this month to demonstrate how we use scripture, this gives an idea of how we prayed. Remember to use bible verses and claim bible promises to make your case in prayer.

OT reading: Genesis 1v1-2v17: v1 ’In the beginning....’  Each of us began in God, He is our Creator. Once we know our Father in heaven, the searching for roots here on earth is quietened. We prayed for many to find their real roots in Christ this year (Colossians 2v7). v2 The Spirit brooding / hovering over the waters. May Holy Spirit bring a quickening to the Church in Cyprus, and work out God’s purposes in the nations. (Psalm 33v10).

v3 ‘Let there be light’. We prayed for God’s revelation to break out amongst the Jews, amongst the Middle Eastern and European refugees, amongst the believers here in Cyprus (Luke 2v32; Ephesians 1v17). v3-26: ‘And God said’ We thought about the creative power of the spoken word...to build up or to destroy (Luke 6v45). v28 ‘Rule’. We have been given dominion as stewards of the earth, and to overcome the enemy – including in prayer. (Romans 12v21; Luke 10v19). 2v3 God rested. The value of rhythm and rest in the cycle of life. Overworking pastors prayed for. 2v6-7 Streams watered the surface. How we need the Spirit to fill us day by day. The breath of life....led to personal prayer. 2v9 knowledge of good and evil. We have power of choice. v17 a warning.

NT reading: Matthew 1v1-25. v2: ‘Abraham was the father of...’ led us to pray for fathers in the land. Honouring their families, their responsibilities. Also for spiritual fathers in the Church to influence and nurture younger believers. v17: God’s precision and order in creation and in life. Glory to God!

V18: ‘with child through the Holy Spirit.’ It is the Spirit that brings life. Prayer for our churches and individual believers to seek for more of God, more of His Spirit of life, more of Jesus (Romans 8v2, 6 & 11).  v20 ‘do not be afraid’. v21 Jesus – saving us from sin - led to thanksgiving. v22 Prophecy fulfilled...be aware of this in our day e.g. Israel re-established, Middle East conflict, nations in disarray, etc.  v23 God with us, Amen! v24-25 Obedience. 

Psalm or Proverb: Psalm 1v1-6. The value of delighting in the word. Reading the bible regularly day by day. Hungering for it, knowing it, allowing the Spirit to guide through the word planted in us day by day. We prayed for believers to hunger for the scriptures and the discipline of reading the bible every day, and of studying the word. Blessing v lack of blessing....our choice.



^ EDITORIAL (i): ‘Is there any word from the Lord?’ At the start of this New Year (Gregorian calendar), a small group of us are meeting on the 2nd January either personally or online, depending on Covid restrictions at the time. We are spending time together to worship God, share His word, pray and particularly seek the Lord, listening for His voice. We desire that His Holy Spirit will lead and guide us into the vision He has given us for 2021. As a result, we will be better equipped and know the way forward.

How about you / your family / your home group / your church / your ministry / your work situation…..etc? Will you take time in this season to seek the Lord? He may have already reserved a ‘word’ for you that will give light and life to you for 2021. He only desires that we seek Him, in order to release His ‘word from the Lord’, be it scripture touched by the Spirit, a new vision (or renewed), new insight and energy….GO FOR IT!

(ii) ‘For Such a Time as This’. 2 Timothy 2v15: ‘Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who….correctly handles the word of truth.’

For such a time as this……ALL PASTORS, LEADERS, CHRISTIANS, please look at this warning and encouragement for the Church in OUR DAY & IN DAYS TO COME: ‘Letters are coming’ (Times Square Church, New York.) https://youtu.be/3-TiTKiAgf8


Notes on the above link: ‘To redefine what God has said in His word is to undermine His authority.’ So, judges beware: Psalm 82. As nations turn away from Gods laws, the Church will become the target, including your church. The Church must make a stand as letters come, warnings, insults and threats increase from national and local administrations and others. For example, be prepared to lose your tax relief for charities. For example, do not accept the laws of the land concerning perversion. For example, when we are ordered to take vaccines (which may be doctored with computer chips) do we like sheep follow everyone else? You say but shouldn’t we obey the authorities? Yes, except when they are acting against God’s word.

Look at Titus 3v1-10, where Paul encourages submission to the authorities but also to avoid fighting over issues of the law by simply and quietly standing on what is right. The true Church will make a moral stand against the devil-inspired tide of humanism swamping the nations. The true Church will not compromise with unrighteousness.

King Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 32v16-23 …better v1-23) dealt with such letters through prayer and God’s prophetic leading. He took his stand, refused to argue or compromise with the enemy but remained quiet, and watched as GOD fought for him and his people, establishing GOD’s great victory. Yes, we will suffer. Yes, it will be tough, but we will be close to the Lord, and after a season of persecution and testing, during which time God will be raising up and maturing His Church, we will see the end-days revival we have all been longing for.



^ THE CHURCH: Matthew 16:18. ‘I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.’

Alpha Online: This month our church will be running the ALPHA ONLINE course mainly within our community of Larnaca, but being an online Zoom-based course, others further afield are joining us. With the Covid-19 restrictions, this could be a ‘pilot’ for other churches in Cyprus to take up and use.

Simply put, ALPHA draws people together on Zoom, shares a half hour film each week on an aspect of Christianity and gives opportunity for discussion on life’s big questions, such as, Why am I here? Does God exist? What’s my purpose? The film is in English but the films with subtitles for Arabic, Farsi, Turkish and possibly other languages are available. Participants ‘meet’ once a week online for an hour and 15 minutes. The course lasts 11 weeks and includes part of a Saturday mid-course. Youth Alpha is a 9 week course again with films and discussion geared towards the teens & twenties. The course is run worldwide and is proving very successful in this time of Covid-19 restrictions.

The key is for your church to mobilise in reaching out to invite people with whom Christians already have some kind of relationship. God is reaching out through this to people who are asking questions, searching for answers, lonely, etc. He is also mobilising His church to get involved with non-believers, pray for them, serve them and draw them to the course…and through the course, to Jesus, Saviour!

Pray for our course to be effective, and ask God for the Holy Spirit’s anointing, that the church to be active in reaching out, for people to be saved, for love, prayer and service. Pray that the course has a knock-on effect so that other churches in Cyprus use it.


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

Early this year let each of us pray for our own ‘ministry’ or local church and its leadership.

  • Lord, please continue to use this church or ministry for Your glory, and others in Cyprus. (Psa. 115:1-3).
  • Lead us by Your Word and wisdom as we intercede worldwide at this time in history (Psa. 119:105: Col. 3:16).
  • Raise up the next generation of intercessors in our church, ministry and beyond, to take their places on the walls with us. (Isa. 62:6-7).
  • Also, Lord, raise up the next generation of leadership in Your church, including ours, and in the ministries in Cyprus. (2 Tim. 2:1-4).
  • Provide to all the leaders all they need to complete the race You have ordained for them (Eph. 2:10; Phil. 4:19; 2 Tim. 4:7).
  • Bless the leadership with unity and guidance in Your path and in Your timing (Psa. 31:3).
  • Give new vision in any area in which we are blind to what You are asking it to pray about – (Psa. 32:8).
  • We thank You in faith for Your financial provision for this church or ministry. (Rom. 15:27).
  • Bring correction through the finances and in other ways so we can learn to do your will. (2 Tim 3:16)
  • Bless You for encouraging us all that men ought always to pray and not to be weary (Luke 18:1).


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


Revival & Transformation: As I understand the Bible, revival follows repentance and a move of God’s Spirit. End days revival will come in the context of God moving upon Israel and the Jews, fulfilling His word and ushering the power for the Church to live and move as it should. Pray. (Joel ch 2.)


ITI: The sea ports are important to the vision. Pray for good spiritual and practical preparations. Many hotels are vacant and could be of use also. Pray that the Lord opens doors to this in due course. Pray for good and secure communication networks. Pray for willing volunteers to help (Judges 5v2&9).



^ THE GOVERNMENT & THOSE IN AUTHORITY: 1 Timothy 2v1-4: 1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

RoCy: Pray for godly wisdom for our president, Nicos Anastasiades & his wife Andri; Cabinet Ministers & the Secretary to the Cabinet; Government Spokesman; Pray for our government & opposition parties, and also for our Archbishop Chrysostomos ll. Pray for the current president of the Evangelical Alliance of Churches in Cyprus, Yiannos and E.A. secretary Chrysso. Pray also for key leaders in the North: Underground church leaders; leader of Turkish Cypriot Community Mr Mustafa Akinci; Prime Minister: Joel 2; Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs: Kudret Özersay; and other Ministers.(Also for President Erdogan of Turkey).


^ This month: We continue the Neal Bratchun series: Rainbow Prayers. GREEN represents God as PROVIDER and the Mountain of ECONOMY.

Pray for the prosperity of all Cypriots according to 3 John 1:2. In Jesus’ name, we decree that every godly business and enterprise flourishes in Cyprus and every corrupt business and enterprise is exposed and falls. I decree prosperity and fruitfulness in my nation as a result of godliness, in order for every individual to have all they need.

Also: The budget for 2021 failed to pass through the House. Pray for an appropriate budget (Proverbs 24v3).


^ Coronavirus: The December 29th restrictions in Cyprus, including only those permanently residing in a household to be able to go there (except Dec 31st) has hit us all, certainly in place until January 10th. Other restrictions affect us all. We long for fellowship with others. (However God is at work through all this, causing many to begin to ask deeper questions of life and perhaps reach out to Him. The Church is having to mature by each of us reaching out to God daily rather than being spoon-fed by the local church).

Good news / bad news: Coronavirus cases have topped 74 million as I write. The vaccine for Coronavirus will be made available to priority groups in January, and lesser priority groups in due course. By the summer, there should be widespread vaccinations in a hundred vaccination centres. Applicants can use several different electronic means to book for a vaccine. At present, vaccination cards will be used but there may be use of electronic vaccination certificates in the future.

Good in the short term, but repeated doses may be needed, and electronic tagging paves the way for end times marking…be aware. (See Revelation 13v16-17). These are early days regarding vaccines, but the time will come when the book of Revelation warnings come to bear. Pray for wisdom and leading from the Holy Spirit, especially for pastors and leaders, to know whether to recommend having a vaccine or to opt out (Proverbs 5v1).


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

[Please note that after an extended recovery period and having to wait for both computer and reading glasses, the editor has only been able to work part of the month to gather information so it is short. See http://www.newsincyprus.com/category/2/cyprus-weekly for more info.]

Food aid: This is badly needed again in some areas. Pray that there is a good response in Cyprus from both organisations and individuals, releasing finance and voluntary help to distribute food to those in need, and for food to get to the right people (Luke 6v38).

Cybercrime: Police need further training, equipment and facilities to effectively fight the growing cybercrime. Pray to God (see Romans 13v4).

Organised Crime: This is powerful and evident in Cyprus. Pray that God grants the police and others the ability to restrain this and even for a break-out of the gospel and salvation amongst the ranks of the criminal fraternity. Remember those in prison as well (Jer 14v10; Acts 2v40; Hebrews 13v3a).

Drugs: The Anti-narcotics Unit (YKAN) carried out a big operation in Limassol and recovered 35kg of drugs. Amen.

Schools: School bullying is again on the increase. It makes life miserable. Pray for strength, God’s rescue & schools’ action (1 Sam 17v45).

Foreclosures: Cyprus banks have voluntarily agreed to suspend mortgage payments on mortgage loans valued up to €350,000 made to households. This was in an effort to show sensitivity to social issues, as ejecting people from their homes in a recession would not be constructive, banking sources said. Banks did not feel that the same logic applied to small businesses, according to industry sources. The loss of a place of business is a severe blow, but not comparable to losing primary place of residence. Parliament is pressing for help for small & medium businesses. Pray (Ps. 22v19).

5G technology: The first 5G licences are expected to roll out this month. Technology can be an idol and a snare. Pray (Exodus 34v17).



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

Refugees: Some recently arrived Syrian refugees have been ‘roughing it’ even in police stations. Pray over this (Psalm 9v13-14).

Kisa NGO: Migrant support NGO Kisa has decried its deletion from the registry of NGO organisations in Cyprus, which effectively rendering it unlawful. The group’s support of migrants is a problem to some in authority. Pray for justice for this group and a wise attitude from government (Deut. 32v4).


^ 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.

NB. Limassol is to have a town centre upgrade. Pray for wisdom in thinking and planning this through.


^ 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: OASIS’ activities: clothing and food distribution, English, Greek and computer classes, prenatal care group, women’s meetings, family events, social café, advice centre, prayer time and Bible studies. Apart from overseas volunteers, local staff are needed to create consistency. They also bring invaluable cultural insight, local language, a network of local contacts and most importantly a degree of local ownership. Oasis is seeking to hire TWO local staff by the end of January 2021, one being to re-hire Elena, such a blessing to Oasis. To partner financially towards this with Oasis, for contributions from EU or other countries, funds can be wired using the following information: 

• Bank of Cyprus

• ACCOUNT NAME: Organization Assisting Serving Intentionally Strangers (OASIS) 

• IBAN (Electronic Format): CY46002001950000357032069253

• SWIFT (BIC Code): BCYPCY2N 

Pray for God’s continuing provision to enable Oasis to minister to the needy refuges, etc. (Acts 14v17; 1 Tim 6v17).


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

Pray for the Mercy Centre in Nicosia, the Limassol group, and the Matthew 25 project in Paphos. Also Cyprus Samaritans, etc. (1 Chron 16v34).



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

Ongoing: Continue to pray against the use of nuclear weapons and chemical weaponry and for Gospel declaration in the Middle East (Matt 16v19).

Japan: The Japanese remain the world’s largest unreached people group. The suicide rate is higher than the covid-19 death rate because their society is an integrated family and group orientated society. Covid restrictions have meant much isolation, depression and hopelessness, hence there are many suicides. Pray for God’s breakthrough into Japanese society through the power of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit (Romans 1v16).

Israel: (See ITI in the CHURCH section). Also pray for the nation of Israel to be open to receiving and facilitating many more Jewish people from around the world to move to Israel, to live, settle, find work, learn the language and find housing in the land (Jeremiah 29v5; Isaiah 60).

The persecuted Church: Pray particularly for those in labour camps, prison or cooped up in hot containers. Pray hope, grace & strength (2 Cor 12v9).

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, Particularly ‘InCyprus News’, from TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc. Regular sources: Issachar UK; Jerusalem Post; Open Doors; IFI; Vision for Israel; Internet.

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






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