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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS    PRAYER UPDATE    JANUARY  2020    No . 75


Intercessors for Cyprus. Prayer Update. January 2020 No. 75

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: Revival…Holiness; The Church: Specific churches & ministries; The Big Picture;

The Old Testament; Satan’s Nets; Reconciliation north & south; Five Waves; ITI.

The Government and those in authority: This month; The North; Gas.

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

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

(An interpretation of) Isaiah 62v6-7a: I have set intercessors on your walls who shall cry out to God for the fulfilment of his promises.’

NB. We hold a main weekly IFC prayer group in Larnaca every Friday 9am-noon and others weekly e.g. Prayer for Israel, Ministries & Refugees, at other times. Details: Email the above. Use the Prayer update in your home group, prayer group, church prayers, and devotionals. Use it topically or work through it over the month, whatever works.

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


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

A new Gregorian calendar year, with past mistakes and folly learned from hopefully, and washed away though His blood. Give thanks for fresh opportunities (Lam 3v23). Give thanks that the mercies of God are new every day. Regarding the land, the Cyprus police have been effective in dealing with a number of situations in the recent past, for which we give thanks…and continue to pray for the police (Romans 13v1-4).



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

Foundations for Revival (1) Holiness: This is one of a series of three, the others being ‘Faith’ and, ‘In-depth Intercession’.

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (John 15:7). The condition laid down in this promise is to remain in Him. Revival will not come without a deep and growing commitment to prayer. Also there must be stress on holiness if we are to see revival. This is not attractive to the ‘Me generation’ values, which can affect Christians’ thinking, and the media bombards us with secular ideas and morality to try to change our mindset. The entertainment approach of the media can filter into the church instead of the challenge of Christ.

Jesus’ approach was challenging: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, even their own life – such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple … In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples” (Lk 14:26-27, 33).

If we are going to pray for revival we need to examine our lives and see if we are true disciples, rather than taking a modern me-centred, compromising, easy-going approach. We need to take stock and ask the Lord to show us any weaknesses in our discipleship – any sins we tolerate or regularly fall into. Without that, our prayers and his amazing promises to answer prayer will be undermined. Furthermore, those interceding for revival have to take the lead in holiness. But be encouraged - it is a most encouraging and rewarding path to take.


Quotations about revival

1. “My one aim in life is to secure personal holiness, for without being holy myself I cannot promote holiness in others.” (John Wesley).

2. “Again and again revival has only come in power to God’s people when Christians have realised how infinitely holy God is in His wonderful nature and how awful sin is in His sight. When people humble themselves before God, and when repentance and confession are complete, then revival tides may begin to sweep over a church or area.” (Revival Fire by Wesley Deuwel).

3. “We know that God can give us a great many things, but He cannot give us His best gifts unless we hunger for them. For instance, He cannot make a man wise if he refuses instruction; He cannot save a man from his sins if that man wills to hold on to his sins with both his hands; He cannot make a man holy if he has not aspirations after a holy life. Is it not true that the need of the Christian Church today is just holiness; a people desirous of walking in the ways of God?” (Duncan Campbell, the Price and Power of Revival).

4. “The presence of God was so powerful that you were constantly living in the expectation that something was about to happen. You would feel a sort of excitement inside yourself.” (Donald John Smith, Lewis in “Sounds from Heaven” by Colin & Mary Peckham p. 87)

5. “It seemed that the only thing we spoke about was God and the things of God. We went through the day waiting for the evening meetings. The converts followed the meetings from village to village, gathering strength as they went on. It was a wonderful time.” (Chirsty Maggie, Lewis in “Sounds from Heaven” by Colin & Mary Peckham p 87).

Lord, make us fit instruments to be used by you as you move us towards revival. (Acknowledgements: Tony Higton. UK ministry).



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

Here are specific requests for prayer or news of what God is doing in Cyprus, in Cypriots, and in the lives of His people in the area.

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

a) IFC Day of Prayer: NB. Now meeting in our home on 4th January. We will worship, spend time listening to God, share together and intercede. There will be bible input and speakers. Emphasis on prayer. Pray for an effective event (Eph 6v18). For more information, email: iforcy@outlook.com

b) Joint N / S prayer meeting: The best chance for the north and south of Cyprus is through God’s people praying together. The north / south joint prayer meetings are held monthly at 10am. For date & venue, email iforcy@outlook.com Pray for God to use these meetings. Join us? (1 Tim 2v8).

c) Greek Orthodox Church: Epiphany, January 6th. On one IFC day for prayer in early January, we witnessed the great gathering of people for Epiphany at Larnaca Marina, commemorating the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus in Bethlehem, (recognising His kingship and suffering to come) and also commemorating the baptism of Christ by John the Baptist in the Jordan River (Matthew chapters 2 & 3). He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." (Matt 3v16-17). Pray for the Orthodox Church in Cyprus to rediscover His kingship, His cross of suffering for mankind, His anointing, and His uniqueness for the world’s sake.

d) Cyprus-Israel Friendship Day: Save the Date: Monday 16th March. Lordos Beach Hotel, Larnaca. Special guest Joshua Aaron! There will also be a separate praise and worship concert after the conference where Joshua Aaron from Israel will perform. Ticket information provided later. Pray this event gathers those with an interest in the developing relationship between Israel & Cyprus, and for others to be drawn also (Acts 4v36; Acts 13v2).

e) (Youth): YFC Cyprus:After Hours’ Larnaca is the current project for this Youth for Christ organisation in Cyprus. Needed are suitable premises & landlord, a café manager, a core team to watch over the project, volunteers to staff, etc. Pray for patience, guidance & practical answers (Prov 3v5-6).

(Youth): Daniel Generation: This ministry seeks to draw youth leaders in Cyprus together for prayer and envisioning, and to impart truth and life to young Christians and others. Pray for God’s leading as the Board meets on January 23rd. We need charity status and a bank account. (Jer 3v15).

f) Churches on the move: Larnaca Community Church is not the only church that we know of having to vacate premises and find new situations. Pray for churches facing change to be led of the Lord, to glorify Him, to believe for His best, to act in His will, and to receive His bounty! (Heb 11v1,6 & 8).


2. ‘The Big Picture’: Tom Craig, who has moved from Cyprus to Israel, has written a book about the ‘Isaiah 19 highway’, explaining how Egypt, ‘Assyria’ (including Cyprus) and Israel are prophetically linked in God’s plan for the Middle East and indeed, the nations. The Hebrew word for highway means ‘elevated road’. God is establishing His holy highway of intercession and practical relationships between believers in all these areas, and indeed between their governments. Tom spoke at a conference recently on the theme of key verses which build the picture of what God has said and is doing. Why don’t you look these up as a Bible study? a) Isaiah 19v23-25: The biblical promise, as yet incomplete. b) Isaiah 49v11-12: Coming from the North (Russia & satellites); West (USA & Europe: (e.g. in the USA, stakes have been posted in the ground concerning the vision all across America from the San Francisco bridge area in the west, right to the east coast); East (Sinim: Chinese empire). NB South (e.g. Ethiopia). c) Isaiah 62v10: Fore runners to build God’s highway in spiritual terms and loving relationships. d) Isaiah 35v8-10: This is set in Israel, so these prophetic highways are now focusing on Zion. e) Psalm 84v4-7: Pilgrimage. Feast of Tabernacles. Zion. f) Zechariah 14v16-17 The Return of the Lord – He reigns. The Feast of Tabernacles develops towards the Wedding Supper of Lamb. g) Zechariah 14v18-19 Punishment for nations who refuse Him c.f. Ps. 89v9-10 (Egypt a strategic example). Zechariah 14v18 rain given to the obedient. So, this is not just about Egypt, nations of former Assyria and Israel, but us all.


3. The Old Testament: There is a deep need in the church worldwide to understand that all New Testament doctrine is based on the truths of the Old Testament – the Tanach. The New Testament, without the OT lacks a doctrinal foundation. Our prayer was for the Church, the Body of Christ, to embrace the whole Bible as God's Word. We cannot be New Testament believers if we do not believe the Old Testament: ‘For if you had believed Moses, you would have believed Me, for he wrote of Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how shall you believe My Words?’ (John 5:46-47).

We need to be taught that, ‘All scripture [The OT when Paul was writing] is God-breathed and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.’ (2 Tim. 3:16). Pray that the wall of separation between the Old and New Testaments be removed so that the Church can feast on the whole Word of God (Jeremiah 15:16).


4. Satan’s Nets: Jesus taught us to be ‘fishers of men’, to catch people in the net of outreach and evangelism, the net of the Good News of the gospel. However, suppose the devil has already captured people up in his nets? They need liberating from, for instance, the net of Orthodox and other ‘religion’; the net of Freemasonry; the net of Terrorism. As we pray and intercede, as we fast and seek God, He can set people free from these satanic nets. Of course, the greatest way of setting people free is by sharing the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1v126). However, preparatory prayer against the strongholds of the enemy over people’s lives is a good pre-evangelism tool. Pray this is heeded. (2 Corinth 10v4; Luke 5v4).


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

Five Waves: of prayer we were led to pray for Cyprus were: Cyprus to be a safe haven; for reconciliation North and South; for the Christian youth to arise; for the Orthodox Church to come alive; for outreach by the Church into local communities and the nation. Choose one and pray (James 5v16b).

ITI: NB. Ebenezer speaker Sun Jan12th Jesus House, Limassol. There are 7.5 million Jews living in the USA, more than in Israel (6.7 million). Hosea 11v10 reminds us that God will stir up the Jews to return to Israel from the USA, a prophecy yet to be fulfilled! Pray as led by God’s Holy Spirit.



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

Republic of Cyprus President: The Hon. Nicos Anastasiades (First Lady Andri); Pray for wisdom for our President, Cabinet, government & opposition parties, and also for our Archbishop Chrysostomos ll. Pray for the current president of the Evangelical Alliance of Churches in Cyprus, Yiannos and E.A. secretary Chrysso. Pray also for key leaders in the North: Underground church leaders; leader of Turkish Cypriot Community Mr Mustafa Akinci, Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman, Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay. Also regarding Mr Erdogan of Turkey.


^ This month: New ministers: Pray for Nicos Nouris as Interior Minister, Yiannis Karousos as Transport Minister, Kyriakos Koushos as government spokesman and Panayiotis Sendonas as deputy government spokesman. Cyprus’ new High Commissioner to the UK is Andreas Kakouris. New Environment Commissioner is Klelia Vasiliou and new Commissioner for the Development of Mountain Regions is Costas Hambiaouris. The House plenum has set the limit of a maximum of two consecutive terms of office for the President and Vice-President of the Republic. Pray for those in authority (1 Tim 2v1-4). The Pope: President Anastasiades is to pay a state visit to the Vatican and Pope Francis will visit Cyprus this year, the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic. Pray for the Lord’s agenda in this (Psalm 33v10-11; Isaiah 55v9). Estia: The scheme boosts borrowers’ ability to repay their loans, as the government subsidises part of the repayment installments of the restructured loan. The hoops people have to go through to benefit have put many off. Pray the banks and government come up with effective solutions. Security: The Justice Minister has increased security measures on Ledra and Onasagorou streets and Phaneromeni Square to prevent crime, terrorism and illegal migration. Pray about this. Asylum seekers. Interior Minister Nicos Nouris and Justice Minister George Savvides held talks with Supreme Court officials to exchange views on how to reduce the decision time taken on asylum seeker applications. Pray for wisdom in decision making over such situations (James 3v17).


^ The North: Turkey plans to establish a naval base and an ammunition depot at the old port of Trikomo in the north. Pray this is thwarted! (Ps 33v10).


^ Gas: Cyprus is in the implementation stage to allow transportation of natural gas by 2021. Pray we not only receive gas but export gas! (Ezek 15v6a).



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

Economy: Low productivity and high private debt are areas of concern. Pray the Lord’s mercy continues, remembering 2013 (Joel 2v25).

Employment: In the third quarter of 2019, unemployment dropped to 6.7%. Amen. Pray that refugees find employment (1 Thessalonians 4v11).

The European Commission Representation in Cyprus and the EURES network are organising the fair “Get a Job” for the third consecutive year. Amen. The number of registered unemployed persons fell to the lowest level since Feb 2010. Amen. Continue to pray for long term unemployed (Is. 35v6).

Minimum Wage: Cyprus does not have a minimum wage law. But it does have a minimum wage requirement for certain occupations set at €870 per month and based on a Labour Ministry decree issued in 2012. Employers argue against a set minimum wage. Pray as led (James 5v4; Luke 10v7).

Banks: Bank of Cyprus closed 26 branches in 2019, yet made €116 million profit! Glad to say bank charges are not increasing now. It is also managing to deal with its non-performing loans well. A parallel banking industry focusing on non-performing loans is developing in Cyprus. Pray (James 2v13).

Armed forces: The Medusa 9 training exercise, involving the Egyptian, Greek and Cypriot armed forces progressed well in the Mediterranean. Amen. However, there is a drugs use problem within the Cypriot army. Pray for deliverance for lost souls (Ephesians 6v12). Also, the armed forces of the Republic of Cyprus and the State of Israel carried out the “Onisilos Gideon 2019” exercise in November, for military co-operation in the region. Continue to pray for strategic alliances in the East Mediterranean to develop in various ways (Colossians 2v19b).

Civil Defence: CD could evolve into a more flexible force of 2000 volunteers, changes introduced in stages. It currently relies on 520 volunteers and 6500 citizens called up for compulsory service of 2 years, and made up of army reservists and university graduates Pray God’s leading (Deut 1v33).

Shipping: The Deputy Ministry of Shipping has a number of plans afoot to increase effectiveness and promote the Cyprus flag. Cyprus was re-elected as a Member of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Council. Cyprus benefits from this industry. Pray for prospering (Gen 26v12-13).

Tourism: Hotels in Cyprus pay three times more for electricity than their counterparts in Greece. Pray over this. However, the continued operation of Thomas Cook‘s German holiday airline Condor is a plus for Cyprus. Cyprus Airways has expanded its network. Pray for our airline and for good service in Cyprus to tourists…then they will return. Cyprus airports had a record year for tourist numbers. Give thanks (Isaiah 60v8).

Wine: Cyprus exported about 2.57m of wine and imported 25.6 m in 2018. Not a healthy trade balance. Pray for improvement (Psalm 4v7).

Agriculture: Farmers will be compensated for damaged crops because of last October’s unseasonal weather. Amen. Give thanks.

Land: Industrial land rents soared after re-evaluation of land prices. Industrialists and government have met to find solutions. Pray success (Ps 120v1).

Construction: The legality of some high rise buildings is under question…3 floors become 18 floors! Pray for better regulation. (Hebrews 7v18).

Retail: Shops closed on January 1st, 2nd, 6th. The regulation of shop opening hours could return. Volume and value of retail trade except motor vehicles have increased over the past nine months. Online: Only 32% of Cypriot consumers shop online, low in the EU. Pray into these (James 4v13-15).

Passports: New gen electronic passports, ID cards and residence permits come in effect in spring 2020. ‘Big Brother’? Pray (Rev 13v16-17).

Trafficking: People traffickers went to trial in connection with a boat carrying a total of 131 migrants who were taken to Kokkinotrimithia reception centre. Pray that Cyprus deals strongly and wisely with human traffickers (Rev’n 22v15).

Police: The Justice Minister is pushing for more police on the streets, especially for traffic offences. Amen. The police have also intercepted a ring of traffickers operating in Cyprus from Italy and Greece. Amen. Pray that God enables the police to be fully His agents for society’s good (Rom 13v1-4).

Road Tax: Renewals start on January 7th 2020. Pray that the people of |Cyprus will be moved to be honest in paying taxes (Romans 13v6-7).

Science: Preparations are underway for the FameLab 2020 competition. Applicants have until March 10th to fill out the online registration form. The competition highlights new talents in science communication in Cyprus and beyond. https://www.britishcouncil.com.cy/famelab/enter-competition/apply

Pupils: High school pupils protested against four-monthly exams by walking out on several lesson periods recently. Pray for a right solution (Jn 14v14).

Buses: The new bus contracts for Nicosia, Larnaca and Famagusta were awarded to the joint venture MLKP (Malta Lines and Kapnos Airport Shuttle Ltd), but legal action is being taken against this. Pray for the most appropriate course of action to prevail and strife to quieten (2 Timothy 2v23).

Fuel: The price of petrol 95 at the pump went up by 8 cents per litre last year. Pray for restraint as appropriate (Proverbs 23v4).

Animals: ‘Animal Rescue Cyprus’ non-profit organisation is likely to shut down through lack of funding. Pray for a way through for them (Jer 29v11).

Signs of the times: (Comment from ‘News in Cyprus’). Extreme floods in Venice, fires in Australia and even an outbreak of plague in China have been attributed to climate change this week, while researchers have warned that global warming could saddle future generations with life-long illness. Consider Ezekiel 6v11 and Mark 13v7-8 and pray accordingly.

Environment: The United Nations climate summit was disappointing in its lack of agreement to implement more serious targets. Pray this changes. ‘Holy Spirit, direct my actions towards creation and not pollution and destruction: humble me to bend down and pick up what is thrown away. Direct my feet and lead me to dispose of my rubbish to its proper place. Amen.

Cyprus video: This is a very good video of Cyprus from a drone’s perspective. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/sEsfpOSxyus

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

Human slavery: The most common form of trafficking in Cyprus is aimed at sexual exploitation. With also work exploitation and forced begging. Those involved are usually victims of organised human trafficking rings. The victims tend to be drug users or with a disability. The Interior Ministry is the national coordinator in the fight against human trafficking with the police anti-trafficking unit. The main goals are to step up the fight against this crime by informing: (potential) victims that they could be or become a victim of THB (trafficking in human beings); victims of THB where they can find help, protection and information; victims of THB that they have EU-wide rights: Assistance & support, Protection, Compensation, Human & labour rights, Reflection period & Residence rights and Reintegration. Campaigns include a poster, sticker and video. The material is distributed at hot spots such as airports, borders, embassies, consular posts, public transportation, malls, fuel stations and social media (EUCPN.ORG). Pray as led (Gal 4v3-4).

Family: The Cyprus Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family (APHVF) received 2502 phone calls from the victims of domestic violence during 2018. Thank God for such organisations, but pray into the moral climate of this (2 Samuel 22v3; Matthew 19v17-19).

Births: 55% of live births are by ‘C’ section in Cyprus, the highest in Europe. Pray this unnaturally high figure reduces (Isaiah 9v6).

HIV: HIV-positive women in Cyprus face lack of support which could enhance their quality of life. Pray for God’s support plans for them (Deut 32v39).

LGBTI: This community is using the blessing of the EU to pressure the government of Cyprus to support their movement’s goals. Pray (Lev. 18v22).

Fake Documents: Lots of occurrences these days in Cyprus, and also sham marriages. Pray God moves on hearts in this land (Ezek 37v23).

Theft: has been increasing, from homes and in other ways. Suicide: Social welfare workers strike over damning report in teenager’s suicide. Pray.

Disabled: The Cyprus Paraplegic Organisation says they are being ignored over issues concerning people with disabilities such as accessibility to buildings and outdoor spaces. Parents of children with special needs protested against what they see as discrimination against their children. Social Service is trying to differentiate the stages of disability and exclude those with “mild” stages from a monthly allowance. Pray for justice (Exodus 23v6).



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

Reduction: There are currently 30 municipalities leading to fragmentation, duplication of services and increased costs. There will be a total of 17 municipalities island wide under a proposed overhaul of local government. The proposal is for four in Nicosia, four in Limassol, four in Larnaca, three in Paphos and two in the free Famagusta areas. Pray for the best solutions in this process (Luke 15v22).

Larnaca: Pray the plan for dismantling of existing petroleum installations, decontamination & change of use to residential & tourism moves forward. Larnaca Tourism Board: http://larnakaregion.com/uploads/files/Larnaka_Free_Winter_Experiences_2019-20.pdf has a winter experience programme with complimentary activities for tourists. Amen. Pray for good opportunities for winter tourists in Cyprus (Psalm 147v16).



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

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

Remember the Oasis Refugee Project. Prayer Requests: Research and networking for community resources and employment. ü Kurdish families in response to the current events in N. Syria ü Encouragement and provision for asylum seekers as they wait for decisions on their status. ü Fundraising efforts for program and operational expenses. ü Homes and jobs for our beneficiaries. ü Open hearts and minds to the Good News! Pray as appropriate.

Refugees: Three locations near the Green Line have been pre-selected for the construction of the new (second) reception and accommodation centre for refugees arriving in Cyprus. There are developments including financing for refugee centres in Cyprus. Amen. Pray they be well planned and used.

Migrants:I’d have rather died at sea than return to Libya’ said a rescued migrant. Pray with compassion for such people (Matthew 9v36).


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

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


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

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

North Korea: There has been much nuclear sabre rattling from North Korea against Japan and in general. Pray God restrains this nation (Hosea 4v2).

EU & the Gulf: A French naval base in Abu Dhabi will protect Gulf waters. France wants to encourage a European-led maritime force to ensure safe shipping in the Strait of Hormuz after tanker attacks earlier this year. The EU has military aspirations. Pray God’s hand on all. (Josh 11v5; Eph 6v12).

Israel: The third General Election is set for March 2nd. Pray for a stable, workable government to be voted in at last (Isaiah 1v26).

The main Israeli feasts are: Chanukah; Purim; First fruits; PASSOVER; PENTECOST (Shavuot); then Trumpets (Rosh Ha Shana) and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), all in the feast of TABERNACLES season. Read Obadiah 1v10-18 for how God views those who attack Israel, and pray.

Stop Press: Israel’s new Laser device tackles incendiary balloons: Israeli security forces have introduced the new Light Blade laser system intended to shoot down incendiary balloons, kites, and drones before they enter Israeli territory from Gaza. The Palestinians are also limiting their weekly demonstrations and riots at Israel’s borders from Gaza. Amen to these developments after much prayer! (Psalm 18v46-48).

Turkey & Libya: Their East Med agreement on maritime boundaries and military co-operation concerns other local nations. Pray (Isaiah 30v1).

Britain: Boris Johnson made very positive references to both the Jews and Christians (especially the persecuted) in his Christmas message. Amen!

Persecuted peoples: Over 400 pages were recently publicized regarding the treatment, surveillance, and control of China’s minority Uyghur population. It confirms the imprisonment of over 1 million Uyghurs in unsanitary and overcrowded internment camps. Stripped of their identities, culture, and religion, they are indoctrinated to renounce Islam and pledge loyalty to the Communist Party…or else. With a long history of oppression and persecution, the Uyghur people suffer rampant hopelessness and despair. We praise God that a couple thousand Uyghurs are now following Jesus – and the Bible and Jesus film have been translated into their language! But 11 million remain largely without hope. Pray for His hope (1 Thess 1v3).

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




^ 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








INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS    PRAYER UPDATE    DECEMBER  2019    No . 74.

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  December 2019   No. 74

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: Retreats & United Prayer; The Church: Specific churches & ministries;

The Revelation of St John; Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI

The Government and those in authority: This month; Peace process; The North; Gas; Health (see list)

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

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December 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.

 

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

Many are grateful for the opportunity of a rest over Christmas and time with family and friends. Then there are the carols, many full of theology, and services, turkey and presents. Thank You, Lord, as we celebrate the birth of Your Son, coming into this world as a human being to show what God is like! (It is also the Jewish season of Chanukah, Dec 22nd-30th, celebrating the miraculous provision of oil for lights, all heralding our Epiphany season.)     

 

 

^ EDITORIAL: Mark 6v31: ‘Come …..and rest awhile.’

Retreats: I took a ‘retreat’ for a couple of days in the hills in order to ‘advance’ in the kingdom. I stayed at Katafiyio Retreat Centre, Kapedes, near Agia Varvara ( retreats@cypgulf.org  Tel 22671220 for personal or guided retreats). It was a study retreat but I took time to walk in the area. During that time, the Lord seemed to place certain phrases in my heart and mind. One was, I LOVE VARIETY. I thought about that, and recognised how God has placed such variety in creation, in humanity, in spiritual gifting, etc. The second was, THE HIGHER YOU GO, THE MORE YOU SEE.

I had climbed a steep track and made it to the top of the hill, where a small bench had been placed. I had a great viewpoint of the Nicosia plain and surrounding mountains and hills. The phrase, I realised, applied to more than just the physical. The third was, THE JOURNEY IS AS IMPORTANT AS THE DESTINATION. I leave that with you to figure out. But now to another area of higher – and deeper - purposes in God:  

United prayer. As we stand together, hearing from Him and discerning together, He will show us what to pray for and how, when, where, so we can be in agreement, and declare His word into the situation. He can reveal to us how He wishes to deal with an individual or a situation, or even a national matter. God is bringing forth a ‘holy highway’ of connected churches 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 (2 Kings 13v18-19). Will you, pastor, leader, elder, church member, church attender, humble yourself to God’s leading in prayer? The future of Cyprus is in our hands as well as His. God wants His people to pray a national identity for the Cypriot people. God wants Cyprus to fulfil His purpose for which it was created. He is looking for a righteous remnant to pray and act as He leads, preparing the way for Cyprus’ role as a safe haven, for reconciliation between the north and south, for young people mobilised for God, for the Orthodox Church to be touched by God, for the church mobilised to reach out to our communities both practically and spiritually.

 

 

^ 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) 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 December 10th at 10am. For venue, email iforcy@outlook.com  Pray God’s blessing (Psalm 133).

b) Israel Conference:  with Karen Davis (Messianic worship leader & wife of the deceased Carmel Assembly leader David Davis. ACOJC church, Limassol. December 6th-8th Full details: https://www.facebook.com/events/388300588533071  Pray for revelation there (Revelation 1v1).        

c) IFC Day of Prayer:  Intercessors for Cyprus, 4th January 2020, 9.30am-4pm in the Larnaca area. Email to register (iforcy@outlook.com). Pray.

d) Messianic Bible Study: ‘Shadows of the Messiah’ using materials produced by First Fruits of Zion, a Messianic organization that seeks to deepen our understanding of Scripture by providing information about the Jewish perspective.  This year's study will focus on the promise of, and allusions to, the Messiah found throughout the first five books of the Old Testament and connecting them to their fulfillment in the life and work of Jesus. We will be meeting in Aradippou/Larnaca on Thursday nights from 7-9 pm.  (Course started end of November). Please contact us if you have any questions or want to join us. (Jack and Debbie Holford). Jack: 99665750. Debbie: 99665971. debnjaxco@gmail.comPray God’s hand on this (2 Chron 30v12).

e) Room of Hope: This NGO Day Center in Nicosia offers victims of sexual trafficking hope, help, coping tools, sheltered employment, skills and a restoration of dignity, Contact is: RoH director, H Saukkola heli@vapautauhri.fi  Pray for this ministry to women (Job 30v15; Proverbs 31v25).

f) Outreaches: at this season will be many. Pray for the ones you know of. Sunday December 22nd 7pm will be a Carols outreach at the small pier & fort area, Larnaca beach. Could you come and join the carol singers or those sharing with people or giving out tracts? Pray for this (2 Sam 22v50). 

 

    2. The Revelation of St. John is rarely associated with Christmas. It contains, however, an extraordinary apocalyptic vision of the birth of Jesus (Rev. 12). In this vision a woman “clothed with the sun” is seen about to give birth to a child. This child was to rule all nations (clearly a picture of Jesus). A Dragon awaits the birth to devour the child but the child is caught up to God and to His throne.  The Dragon, enraged, made war, therefore, on those who followed the child and kept his commandments. This takes Matthew’s perspective to a deeper level, depicting the spiritual forces underlying the actions of Herod. The symbolism of the vision is lurid and seemingly grotesque, but the application is clear. The Christ was born to redeem the nations, indeed to redeem along with the nations the whole of creation, over which he would rule. Satan’s rule in this world was to be broken by Him.

The attempt to devour Him failed. The child was swept up to heaven and will return to rule. What an extraordinary HOPE this is. It is the Christian hope of a new and redeemed world in which Christ rules in love and righteousness, and in which those who believe will live in the light of the presence of God. This is not a hope which might happen, but a hope that is sure and will happen. Herod failed, Christ won; the Jewish priests failed, Christ rose again; gross darkness covers the earth, but the Light of Christ will come in all its fullness. Thus even the darker side of the Christmas story is really pointing to a much greater light and hope. If our Christian hope is smaller than total redemption of the world as we know it then it is falling short of the glory to be revealed. Pray for the light of revelation concerning Jesus to penetrate hearts and minds. (John 1v5 & v14).   

 

Revival & Transformation: I have just read Ezekiel chapter37, which is God’s promise to Israel…which is currently in preparation for fulfilment (see Ezekiel 36). However, on the back of the promises to God’s covenant people Israel, there is an implied promise to God’s people the Church, also the chosen of God. We desire renewed life in the Church in Cyprus, the coming together of God’s people & the Spirit breathing upon us. Pray (Ezek 37).

 

ITI: The Christian Boaters Association (CBA) is very big in America, but extends to many other nations and continents. They will form part of the ‘ships of Tarshish’ (Isaiah 60v9) as will some in Cyprus which will assist in the great project to come on the heart of God (Jeremiah 32v41). Pray blessing.

 

 

^ 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: Finance Minister Harris Georgiades is leaving his post by the year’s end. Pray for the right successor and a good hand-over period.

Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides has presented the 2020 budget and Strategic Plan 2020-2022 which focuses on the island’s immigration policy, reforms and – above all – boosting development. Pray for adjustments where needed in the will of God and effective implementation. 

Defence Minister of Cyprus is Savvas Angelides. Foreign Minister is Nikos Christodoulides. Pray for them.

Migrants: The government of Cyprus has benefited from €95.17 m of EU support since 2015 to manage migration and borders. The number of refugees is increasing, and migrants will reach 3.5 percent of the population soon. Pray into this as led (Matt 11v19).

Hackers: In late November, all state websites crashed for a while. Pray for secure state internet services and protection from hackers (1 Jn 3v12). . 

Evictions: Procedures to evict tenants who fail to pay their rent will be accelerated under proposed amendments to the tenants’ protection law, but reservations are already being voiced about how to protect those in need. Pray for justice both ways.

Estia: Applications are moving very slowly and the process is complex. Pray change.  Sick leave: There are abuses by government employees...pray.

 

^ Peace Process: Following the Berlin gathering, the negotiating process with a view to reach a settlement of the Cyprus problem continues. Meanwhile, Turkey has failed to cooperate in solving the humanitarian issue of missing persons in Cyprus. Continue to pray (Heb 10v36).

 

^The North: Climate change legislation is being demanded by sources both in the north and the south. The first Turkish Cypriot doctor has joined the GESY scheme. Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides has said that the Interior and Foreign Ministries are planning measures to boost controls along the Green Line. Describing the 300 km Green Line as “a black hole,” Petrides described the issue of illegal migration as “a developing crisis for Cyprus,” noting that most of the irregular immigrants in Cyprus pass through the occupied areas to the government-controlled areas of the island. Pray as led.

^ Gas: Energean Oil & Gas has made an application to import and supply natural gas to Cyprus starting in 2021. Gas supply would be through a pipeline from the Karish block offshore Israel, to Vassiliko, Cyprus. Pray for our own Cyprus gas to be discovered and released! (Psalm 67v6). 

^ Health: Two Greek doctors helping at Paphos hospital walked out after ‘unacceptable behaviour’ including bullying by colleagues. Not good…pray. 

 

 

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

Police: from the anti-trafficking unit raided two illegal massage parlours in Nicosia and Limassol as part of an operation against human trafficking.

Anti-drugs police made four arrests after finding one kilo of cocaine in a rural area. Special police units: Lawless and offensive acts will soon be dealt with by special police units patrolling tourist areas during the peak season. Assaults on police: recently on the streets by a group of youths, and on another occasion one was hit by a car, another two by a drunk out-of-control woman. Give thanks for the police, who restrain evil in society, and pray for continued effectiveness. Also, for their safety as they carry out their duties. Romans 13v1-5 outlines the role of the police.  

Trade: Cyprus’ trade deficit was €3,273.0 million in January-August 2019 compared to €2,591.3 million in the corresponding months of 2018. This is a continuing trend and is serious unless properly addressed. Pray for the right people to understand the issue and deal with it (see Psalm 24v1-6).

Recycling: There has been a protest against the planned recycling plant in the Stavrovouni area. Pray about sites and process (Nehemiah 12v31). 

Rain: After a good rainfall in October, with dams 79% full, November was a relatively dry month. Continue to pray for rain for the land (Joel 2v23). 

Electricity: Cyprus household electricity prices in the first half of 2019 jumped an annual 16.4% (Eurostat). Pray this is restricted! (2 Peter 2v3a).

Housing: The Cyprus Land Development Corporation (CLDC) is drafting a low-rent housing plan similar to that of Vienna’s where 45% of people live in affordable places provided by similar state entities. Amen. Pray this progresses to actual low cost housing (2 Samuel 7v10).

Prisons: 75% of Cyprus’ prison population are enrolled in educational programmes. However, Cyprus Central Prison overcrowding is a cause for concern. House Human Rights Committee members discovered that there are prevailing overcrowding conditions at the Central Prison. The number of inmates today far exceeds its capacity. There are about 200 inmates over and above capacity. Pray over the prison. (Hebrews 13v3; Matt 25v36). 

Tourism: The blow to the island’s tourism industry by Thomas Cook’s collapse is huge. Pray to God for His ways of restoring our tourism (Ps 18v30).

NB. Israeli travel agents are to come to Cyprus in a bid to reach agreement with counterparts on joint theme tourism packages. Amen.

Employment: 14% of employees in Cyprus only had a temporary employment contract in the 2nd quarter of 2019 (Eurostat). Pray for permanence. 

Migrants: As of Spring 2019, Cyprus had been receiving about 1500 applications per million inhabitants each month, more than twice as many as Malta (close to 700) and about three times as many as Greece (over 450). Pray for opportunity for migrants, but sifting out of undesirables (Judg 7v4).

(122 irregular migrants, the majority of them from Syria were brought in at Protaras recently.)     

 

 

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

Larnaka Run: The running event for all will take place on Sunday 8th December, 10am Finikoudes area. Choose the 10km, 6km, 1km, 500m or 100m runs! You must register for the 10km or 6 km runs: https://worldsmarathons.com/  Amen! Have fun.

Corruption: Cyprus has had the highest increase in corruption levels within the EU over the last five year period. Pray for exposure (Deut 13v13).

Bullying: A 16-year-old from Troullous died in April, believed to have been a victim of bullying. Investigations continue. Pray (1 Sam 17v23-24).

Child abuse: A total of 368 cases of suspected child abuse were referred to the ‘House of the Child’ by police and social services since January 2018. That is three hundred and sixty eight children enduring all sorts of pain and suffering, internal and external. Pray about this (Jer 38v19b NKJV).

The Disabled: In 2018, about 34% of Cyprus’ population with a disability was at risk of poverty or social exclusion. Concern over disabled parking area abuse has resulted in the government saying that those caught parking illegally in these reserved spots in private parking areas will be reported by police and will face penalties of up to one year in prison and/or a fine of €1285. Pray this be enforced and for the disabled (John 5v3, Heb 12v13).  

Migrants: Outdated EU rules mean that economic migrants can abuse the system and there have been mass arrivals in Cyprus from African countries. Cyprus is the first country to bring EASO to the island (European Asylum Support Office), noting that by the end of the year there will be 80 officers assigned to assess applications and reduce the backlog. Other EU countries should share the burden. Plans are also underway for a second reception centre while Pournara is expanding. The Ministry of Labour is also operating centres for unaccompanied minors. Integration is preferred, rather than formation of migration communities. Pray for those in authority to administer justice and compassion but also for wisdom and discernment (Prov 3v21).  

 

 

^ 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.

Limassol: L.Sewerage Board will carry out €35 m in anti-flooding projects over the next three years. Amen.  Nicosia: Engomi residents in the Nicosia discotheque area want action to curb noise caused by clubs. Pray. Larnaca mayor is investigating a local explosives firm. Pray he is effective (Gen 49v5). 

 

 

^ 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. O.A.S.I.S. Prayer Requests: ü Research and networking for community resources and employment. ü Kurdish families in response to the current events in N. Syria. ü Homes and jobs for our beneficiaries. ü Open hearts and minds to the Good News!

ü Encouragement and provision for asylum seekers as they wait for decisions on their status. ü Fundraising efforts for program and operational expenses.

 

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, ministering to the needy in spirit soul and body. Pray for their effectiveness and for those who serve through them and receive through them. Also remember Cyprus Samaritans, etc.

The Disabled: The state is apathetic towards the rights of the disabled and many able people park in their designated parking slots. A special needs student was physically abused by classmates recently. Pray for compassion, care and hope to be ministered and for miracles (Heb 12v3; Jn 5v3-8).  

 

 

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

Israel: Following the Israeli raid which took out the Islamic terror chief, hundreds of rocket reprisals from Gaza meant that schools in southern Israel were closed, most people were in bomb shelters and much of the nation slowed down almost to a halt. Iran supplies Islamic Jihad in Gaza with training, expertise, and money. Israel is warning of major action against Gaza. Pray Psalm 40v17, considering the needs of the people of Gaza and of Israel.

Lebanon: has slipped deeper into political crisis after the withdrawal of a top candidate for prime minister narrowed the chances of creating a government needed to enact urgent reforms. Many mission agencies are based in Lebanon. Pray for God’s hand on the nation (Deuteronomy 11v24).

Brexit: The December 12th UK election: The choice is between Boris Johnson for Brexit, and Jeremy Corbyn renegotiating the deal before another referendum. Pray for the government and PM of God’s appointing, parties in right balance. Raise up new faces to bring freshness and vision (Prov 19:20).

Malta Migrants: Rioting migrants in a Malta holding centre demanded freedom. EU human rights slammed living conditions as “horrible” for thousands of asylum seekers in overcrowded Greek camps, including waits spanning hours for food and toilets and a lack of access to medicine). Pray (Rom 13v1&3a).

Greece: Moria, Greece, has been described as the worst refugee camp on earth. Consider the above entry & verses, and pray as led.  

Turkey: has started the repatriation of captured Islamic State militants. Pray that God restrains the militants using your prayer (2 Thessalonians 2v7).  

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2017, no.5) Pakistan: Church buildings are bombed or burned down, radical Muslims monitor Christian gatherings, blasphemy laws against Christians are stringent. Christians work in low paid occupations, some females are abducted. However, brave and bold pastors continue to teach the word of God, the Gospel, and receive training and support through ministries. Pray God’s strengthening.

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    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.

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