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Πληροφορίες και προσευχή για τον Λαό της Κύπρου     

INTERCESSORS  FOR  CYPRUS

              

                  ΕΝΤΕΥΚΤΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΚΥΠΡΟ

   Πληροφορίες και προσευχή για τον Λαό της Κύπρου

 

 

 

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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS.   AUGUST 2022.   PRAYER UPDATE.   No. 106

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  August 2022   No. 106

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 Scripture Readings (Aug); EDITORIAL: Covid-19 is still a danger! The Church: Specific churches & ministries;

National sin; Harvest Preparation; Thinking and being; ……Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI

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

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

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 August 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.’

1 Kings 8v56: "…the LORD…has given rest to his people just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave…’

 

NB. We hold IFC prayers in Larnaca including prayer for Cyprus’ government, churches, ministries & for refugees. Others weekly e.g. Prayer for Israel. Details: Email iforcy@outlook.com   Use this Prayer update in your home group, prayer group, church prayers, and devotionals. Use it topically or work through it over the month.

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

 

 

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

NB. A slightly shorter Prayer Update this hot August…some may give thanks for that! Give thanks that God enables by His grace, so that we hear His voice, His leading, and things get done. Whatever your service to God, it is by His grace and for His glory. Amen. This IFC Update is stimulated by His Holy Spirit to enable production every month. God is good! He is faithful to the need. Incidentally, if you know of others who you think may wish to use this update and subscribe, please let IFC have their names & email and we will send a personal invite.

 

 

^  DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS for AUGUST 2022:

EITHER See IFC’s ANNUAL BIBLE READING PLAN (read Bible in a year) at: https://www.intercessorsforcyprus.org/daily-bible-reading-plan

OR get the ‘BIBLE IN ONE YEAR’ (Commentary by Nicky Gumbel of Alpha International & read by David Suchet). Or other bible-in-a-year sources.

Download the mobile app at https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bible-in-one-year/id504133402 or on Google Play Store: ‘Bible in One Year app’

 

 

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

COVID-19 is still a danger! This highly infectious disease is still very much with us in Cyprus. With the holiday season upon us, if we let our guard down in terms of personal protection (mask, distance, hand hygiene) in the physical realm, and neglect God’s promises in the spiritual realm, we are in danger. Practically, the government currently recommends that all citizens, regardless of their vaccination case history, undergo a self-test before and after visiting crowded spaces, as well as undergoing either a self-test or Rapid test once a week. Masks are mandatory in the North outside home.  

Spiritually, the promise of God is given in Psalm 91 for believers to use as a weapon of faith: that ‘it shall not come near you’ (v7c NKJV).

The condition is that we dwell in Him, and trust in Him and His promises. I have fallen short of that recently. Why not read God’s conditions below?

Psalm 91:1-11 (NIV): ‘He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." 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. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you make the Most High your dwelling— even the LORD, who is my refuge— then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.’ If we get Covid, then the promise of Mark 16v17-18 is there for us from God as a gift to use:

Mark 16:17-18 (NIV) “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;  they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." So, let’s renew our practical responsibility and spiritual vigilance in this season. (Rom 13v1-5).    

Along with Covid-19 we now have inflation and shortages in some places, Russia's war with Ukraine, the war against abortion which is hotting up, and the LGBTQ liberal push to normalise gay marriage as well as confusing children into choosing what gender they want to be are very current. All of these have brought fear, chaos, and confusion throughout the world. It is worth reading the book of the prophet Joel in relation to end time events. Pray for insight and wisdom for our day. (1 Kgs 4v29; Rev 13v18; Joel 1-3) and for faith to arise in the Church to the glory of God.

 

 

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

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

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

a) MONTHLY CYPRUS PRAYER CHAIN. The pastors of Nicosia initiated this idea. The first Monday of each month is normally a day of prayer for Cyprus. Half hourly time slots are from 6am-9pm, 30 minutes each. Everyone is invited to pray in a slot which suits them that day for the half hour. Suggested topics for prayer are: 1. A just and righteous solution to the Cyprus problem. 2. Protection during the pandemic and for God to put an end to it. 3. Revival to the Church and emphasis on evangelism.  4. Ukraine. 5. Each local church to add one or two more topics that would like its members to include. Individual participants in the prayer chain….allow the Lord to lead you into other prayer as He wills. Will YOU pray? (1 Cor 15v58). 

 

b) Churches and Ukrainians: [Quote from ‘Friendship Circle’ Charity]: “About the issue with the Ukrainians: Things on paper are different from the reality. In reality the places where the government tried to accommodate the Ukrainian refugees are fully booked, so new people don’t have a place to go. Also, they recently transported a group of people to Famagusta in a very old building with very bad conditions. So many people don’t have a place to go. So the promises of the government are only partly true. This leaves us with a lot of work to do and a lot of people in need. I also have now a few emergency cases…….in order to help those emergency cases, we can and should build up ties and co-operation between all the churches and organisations, too many people are depending on us and our work. Please try to find other people too, we are in desperate need (for accommodation). Pray people will respond with compassion and meeting practical needs.” If you can accommodate, contact iforcy@outlook.com  (Romans 12v13).

 

c) Room of Hope:  Website: www.roomofhopecyprus.com   Email: info@roomofhopecyprus.com

This Christian ministry provide holistic support for women who have been saved from human trafficking. We walk alongside them to show that they are not alone on their journey and offer tools for rebuilding their lives. For us, it’s all about helping them find freedom and showing them their own value as unique, gifted and beautiful women. Support: By providing support in everyday needs, our ladies can feel more secure and at peace on their journey towards freedom. Food, medicine, clothes, toys, basic needs, etc. Weekly Gatherings: Victims of human trafficking can suffer with trauma, brokenness and loneliness. Every week we come together in a safe environment to help them rebuild their lives and find wholeness again. Therapy counselling, support for mothers, discipleship, life and work skills training, dance lectures, Greek lessons, therapy, health education. Also Raising Awareness. Roni Zidbeck. Director, Room of Hope 94048478    roni.zidbeck@vapautauhri.fi   Pray for this Larnaca area ministry as led. (Job 29v17; Isaiah 61v1).            

 

d) Quarterly ministries evening: This draws leaders of local Christian ministries together in the Larnaca area to enjoy freedom in worship, sharing and prayer, and good fellowship over light food. Prayer coming out of worship can be very effective. Pray God’s blessing on Sept 5th event. (Hebr 10v25).

 

2. National Sin: Intercessors for America have come up with 10 national sins which are legal in the USA, where God’s commandments are being broken. How does Cyprus rate?  "Lying (Exodus 20:16) - Absolute truth is not taught. Politicians and the media lie without consequences. Outside of the judicial system, lies are expected and accepted. "Stealing (Exodus 20:15) - Rioters loot, destroy businesses, criminals in  one city who steal less than $900 are not charged. Politicians squander taxpayers’ money driving up the national debt. "Covetousness (Exodus 20:17) - Advertising and marketing feed our greed, envy and lusts for materialism.  "The occult (Leviticus 19:31, 20:27; Deuteronomy 4:19, Jeremiah 10:2) - Hollywood and the media portray the supernatural, paranormal and witchcraft as entertainment.  "Suppressing truth (Romans 1:18) - In the last US election, big-tech, the media and the government deceived voters by suppressing the truth and censoring political opponents.  "Adultery (Exodus 20:14) - Adultery is portrayed in movies and TV shows as culturally acceptable.  "Abortion (Exodus 20:13; Leviticus 24:17; Proverbs 6:17-17) - for the past 49 years, Americans have legally murdered 62 million babies in the womb.  "Mocking God — Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Americans have rejected God and Hollywood and the media blaspheme His Holy Name for profit. "Homosexuality (Leviticus18:22, 20:13) - The Bible says this a perversion of God’s design (Matthew 19:4-5). It is ignored, tolerated, accepted, legalised and will punish anyone who still calls it sin. Added to this: "Transgender - Deuteronomy 22:5. Let us confess the sins of Cyprus. Pray for an increasing national conviction of sin, so that Cyprus becomes more a nation under God, for His use. (Joshua 24v15).   

 

3. Harvest preparation (i): Pray for many new churches to be planted in the right places in our cities, towns and villages. Lord, we humbly seek Your counsel on preparing for the harvest in Cyprus. Use Cypriot crusades, outreach teams & personal witness. Thank You for the necessary heart preparation for this time. Enable Your Church to stand in unity for Your will to be done and to share Your heart for the lost. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

The Lord is calling His intercessors to help prepare the hearts of Cypriots, and others who live and minister here, for revival and harvest. As Jesus said: “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field” (Mt 9:37-38).

 

4. Thinking and being: Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV) says: ‘For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.’ Biblically, the ‘heart’ is the very core of the person. Proverbs 4v23 says: ‘Your life is shaped by your thoughts.’ You are not what you think you are, rather you are what you think. The way we think determines the way we feel, and the way we feel determines the way we act. To change your actions, you need to change the way you think at source.

When you are resentful of another, it is because you feel resentful, because you are thinking resentful thoughts. The same pattern is true for anger, for worry, for lust, etc. Destructive thought patterns are changed by the truth…..’You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.’ (John 8v32). Base your life on God’s word, then old habits, feelings and actions begin to fall away. Rather than focusing on removing bad thoughts, replace them with good scriptural ones, and discover the way God empowers you to life the life of blessing He wants you to enjoy! Work through this prayerfully. 

 

Reconciliation N & S: We maintain the vision of a national day of prayer over this Cyprus problem, preceded by examination of all our lives as Christians and churches in Cyprus (N & S) before God, and resulting repentance. Keep in prayer for such a key day to come about! (2 Chronicles 7v13-14 & James 5v7-8 &v17). Pray for the Orthodox Church to be interested as well as the Evangelical church in Cyprus.    

Revival & Transformation: Consider your own need of personal revival this month. Read the following verses and let God stir your heart. Psalm 85v6; Psalm 119v25,v37,v40; Ps 143v11; Isaiah 57v15; Habakkuk 3v2; Acts 2.

ITI: The door to Jews leaving Russia is closing. Pray that the Jews get out and return to Israel, their homeland, while they still can. (Ezekiel 39v25-29).

 

 

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

RoCy: Pray for godly wisdom for our president, Nicos Anastasiades (Disy) & his wife Andri; House President Annita Demetriou (Disy); Cabinet Ministers & the Secretary to the Cabinet; Government Spokesman. Pray for our government & opposition parties, and also for our Archbishop Chrysostomos ll. Pray for the current president of the Evangelical Alliance of Churches in Cyprus, Yiannos  and E.A. secretary Chrysso. Pray also for key leaders in the North: Underground church leaders; leader of Turkish Cypriot Community, Government Ministers, and even President Erdogan of Turkey. REMEMBER the coming 2023 Spring elections. Pray for God’s choice people to arise into positions of influence for good and for God..

 

^ This month: Election: Presidential elections in Cyprus will be held on Sunday February 5, 2023 and the runoff on Sunday February 12th. 

Minimum Wage: President Nicos Anastasiades met with representatives of the island’s trade unions to prepare for the introduction of a minimum national wage in Cyprus. Pray this comes into fruition in a wise, holistic and sustainable way. (Zechariah 7v9).  

 

^ The North: The cost of living in North Cyprus rose by nearly 10 percent in June. Two hour daily power cuts to conserve fuel are now the norm. Foreign students claim that they are encountering more prejudice as higher numbers of crimes are committed by foreigners, who are then deported, President Erdogan of Turkey is in favour of a two-state solution to the Cyprus problem. Lions Clubs in collaboration with the Queer Cyprus Association are holding a virtual event on August 4, 2022, to create social awareness of LGBTQ+ rights in the Turkish Cypriot community as part of the Lions Global Peace activities. (see also ‘Moral & Social Issues’ section). Pray as led. (Joel 3v2; 2 Chronicles 7v13-14).

NB. Further information for prayer for North Cyprus may be found at https://lgcnews.com/ 

 

^ Gas: The crisis in Ukraine and Russian withdrawing of gas supply to the west has created a good opportunity for Eastern Mediterranean natural gas. The ambitious EastMed pipeline project seems to be moving ahead with implementation but without Cyprus’ participation. The €6 billion project is meant to ship gas from deposits offshore Israel and Egypt through a 1,250-kilometer pipeline running via Cyprus and Greece to European markets. Egypt is currently playing – position-wise – a more important role than Cyprus. Pray for Cyprus to have its place in all this. (Gen 31v14; Luke 3v11).   

 

^ Health: Coronavirus: In the north, mask wearing in all public spaces is mandatory. Medical officials are thinking of making the 4th dose available also to people younger than 60. To repeat the editorial, the Ministry of Health called upon all citizens to comply with the measures of personal protection (mask, distance, hand hygiene) and recommended that all citizens, regardless of their vaccination case history, undergo a self-test before and after visiting crowded spaces, as well as undergoing either a self-test or Rapid test once a week. In the RoC, we must wear protective masks against Covid-19 mask in indoor and closed spaces for people over the age of 12, which includes in vehicles. 24-hour rapid tests or 48-hour PCR tests have been needed for entry to nursing homes and hospitals. Maximum number of visitors is two. – Sampling units will operate outside public hospitals. People with chronic underlying diseases are entitled to receive the second booster shot for Covid-19. A committee will be established that will see that proper ventilation is installed in schools. Monkeypox: Medical officials have asked the public not to be over-concerned because this is not very contagious, but precautions and vaccines are nevertheless being prepared as its influence grows worldwide. Pray for continued vigilance and overcoming of these viruses. (Exodus 15v26; Deuteronomy 29v22; Matthew 8v16-17). Late news: Actions for the operation in Cyprus of a regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO), “are on track,” with the office expected to be up and running within the year. Pray as led.   

 

 

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

Greek Mindset: (Edited from HG article). Customs, mindsets, the Orthodox 'system' are all challenges to the many who minister in Cyprus from abroad. ‘D’ is a Greek-Cypriot, born and raised near Limassol in Cyprus. He moved to the UK and became a believer in Yeshua/Jesus in England in 1960. He married and returned to Paphos, Cyprus in 2002, ministering here to Cypriots, Sri Lankans, Filipinos & Bulgarians. The Islanders have much insights to teach us all. Learning how to understand the local people, especially when it comes sensitivity regarding evangelism, prayer etc. It follows, that we also understand our Hebraic roots at some point, Cyprus being the first place Paul a Hebrew believer in Yeshua/Jesus, came with the 'true and full-gospel'. Pray that those from other lands learn to work with the Cypriots in this way. (Acts 11v19-20).  

Inflation: The European Commission expects inflation in Cyprus to rise to 7 per cent in 2022. The Ukraine war is the prime cause. Cypriot consumers are becoming increasingly conservative in their shopping habits, chasing discounts while opting for cheaper products. There are many implications of higher prices in people’s lives. Call upon God especially for the poor and needy. (Psalm 50v15).  

Trade deficit: Total imports of goods (from EU member states and from third countries) for the period January-May amounted to €4.47 billion, an increase of 35.9% over last year. Total exports of goods in January-May were €1.51 billion. Not a good situation! ‘Lord, have mercy!’

Banking: The European Union’s monetary authority has raised the alarm over the performance of Cypriot banks. Not surprising when the interest rates are either non-existent or very low indeed, and inflation is devaluing the pot. It is also very difficult to get account issues resolved with the banks. Fraud has made it very hard for the genuine account holders. Pray for God to grant wisdom to bankers to provide a better balance in all this.

Electricity: Apart from fuel increases, electricity rates in Cyprus are heading for another 24% hike. Pray that profiteers be held in check. (Rev. 15v3).

Tech Boom: Cyprus is experiencing a technical boom at present, yet buildings and balconies collapse! Pray about the building industry and for beneficial tech enterprises. (2 Kings 20v1-5; 1Kings 5v8-11).

Fire Hazards: Ask God’s mercy over the extreme heatwaves. With the danger of fire, pray for vigilance, common sense, for God’s restraining of arsonists and for co-operation in services in dealing with situations quickly. (James 2v22).                     

Hospitals: These are reaching their limit as emergencies increase with no increase in staff. Pray for positive change and hope. (Ps. 5v3; Num 21v8).  

Prison: The Attorney General’s Office has appointed a team to investigate the operations of the prison. Pray for Central Prison director Anna Aristotelous and that there will be improvements in quality of life of staff, inmates and greater efficiency. Gospel continues to be shared by ‘pastor ‘G’.

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

 

 

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

Life Issues: We pray that any attempts to legalise physician-assisted suicide in Cyprus will come to nothing. We ask that life will be valued by society and that children and teens will flourish. Also that potential suicides will receive help to overcome. We pray that abortion will decrease. (Ezekiel 16v6).

LGBTQ: In some countries, Planned Parenthood, both in terms of abortion and to give minors transgender hormone treatment, have been arising. Many people including schoolchildren are being deceived over their sexuality. Pray that God would protect our children here is Cyprus from this evil agenda and pray for God’s truth and light to penetrate the spiritual and physical darkness and delusion that this movement brings into people’s lives, and against Satan’s activity. (Leviticus 18v22; Psalm 139). 

Drugs: A recent study revealed to the House Legal Affairs Committee that nine per cent of young people aged 14 to 18 in the Republic use cannabis and one in five of these do so daily. Another addictive enslavement from the enemy. Pray deliverance! (1 Chronicles 11v14; Luke 4v18).  

 

 

^ 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.’ 

Paphos-Polis: Work has finally started for a modern road that will go from Paphos to Polis Chrysochous. Amen!  

Pournara: Residents of villages near the Pournara Reception Center are reacting due to the problems created because of the increased number of migrants in the center who also go around in their villages. Also, a large number of migrants living together has led to the outbreak of serious contagious diseases, which they knowingly or unknowingly have. Irregular migrants: The Opposition is urging authorities to curb the flow of irregular migrants, pointing out that the cost to state coffers is increasing exponentially. In 2020, expenditures for the Pournara reception centre for asylum seekers stood at €550,000. That amount more than doubled in 2021, and a similar trend is expected this year. Meanwhile, young (minors) asylum seekers temporarily accommodated in Kato Paphos are protesting against conditions of their continued hospitality there. Pray for these situations and costs. (Zeph 3v20).

Skate Park: The new Larnaca Municipal Skate Park is located behind the parking lot at the Tasos Mitsopoulos Avenue and welcomed by youth. 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 ‘All4Aid’ (formerly Oasis) Refugee Project: ’The work in our Community Centre in Larnaca (formerly known as OASIS) is thriving. Food and clothing distribution and the Moms & Babies Care Programme. We are blessed with a tremendous group of volunteers and staff that help keep the Centre running! We also have the amazing support of the Cyprus community which always rises to the occasion to offer support by supplying us with clothing to be distributed, for instance. The food distribution programme is in a new room within the Centre and now using the FoodBank model, which is characterized by a relational approach and by a focus on empowering people to choose from the shelves the items that they need and like, so as to value their dignity and individuality. We are simultaneously moving our Clothing Distribution Programme to a new space outdoors. We are developing a patio area to serve this effort year round. The outdoor area of our centre is quite large, we will also continue to have plenty of space there for outdoor fellowship events…..’  Pray for the ministry leaders and workers that the work would thrive and grow. Pray for finances locally and abroad. (Phil 4v19).  

LLH: Another refugee ministry group named ‘Love, Light and Hope’ is based in Pyla. Pray they make a difference to refugees also. (1 Thess 1v3).  

 

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 carers of family members, home carers, nurses & doctors & other hospital staff, or charities and welfare groups. Pray for them as they serve others. Remember in prayer also the Mercy Centre in Nicosia, the Limassol group, and the ‘Charis’ project in Paphos. Also Cyprus Samaritans, Friendship Circle, and other local & national organisations. Can you volunteer?

 

 

^ 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, chemical & biological weaponry and for Gospel declaration in the Middle East (Matt 16v19).

Israel: The Bible in Psalm 83 says that there will be a conflict between Israel and all the ‘local’ surrounding peoples, and it even names those groups or ‘tribes’ (psalm 83v5-8) which would include Hamas, Palestinians, Hezbollah and Iranian proxies in Syria. This conflict will be over Jerusalem. But Israel will win this initial conflict – Zechariah 12v6 says that “Jerusalem will remain secure”. Also, (Isaiah 17), Damascus will be completely destroyed and Syria will come to an end. However, Israel will be weakened as a result of this conflict (Isaiah 17). But into the vacuum that is left will come Russia, Iran and Turkey with six other nations (Ezekiel 38, Daniel 11 (latter), & Zechariah 14), forming an unholy alliance against Israel & Jerusalem to take spoils, maybe including Israel’s gas from the Leviathan field. Ultimately -and God alone knows the timing – all nations will attack Jerusalem (Zechariah 14) led by the ‘beast’ and what seems to be a confederation of world groups & ‘kings’ opposed to Jesus (Revelation 17). As you see events unfolding in the Middle East, pray God’s will be done. (Matthew 6v10 KJV).     

Ukraine: The European Union says it will set up a reconstruction platform to coordinate the rebuilding of Ukraine after its war with Russia. Meanwhile, innocent lives are being lost and the ongoing human and economic toll that the war is causing affects the world. By starting this war, Russia is responsible for negative spill overs to the global economy, particularly higher commodity prices. Gas & grain: A Russian gas cut to Europe has hit economic hopes after the Ukraine grain deal. It would appear that Russia is getting back at the European countries who have supported Ukraine in the war. Continue to pray a resolution and end to this war and for God’s mercy to the nations. (Psalm 46v9).

South China Seas:  Tension between China and Japan, North Korea and Taiwan continue to increase fed by fear (see 2 Samuel 10v1-4). Ask the Lord to enable leaders to overcome fear and move to prevent war. (isaiah 32v7-8; Psalm 46v9).

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2022, Top Ten. (no. 9. Iran). The Iranian government and military believe Western nations use Christianity to undermine the country. Christians in Iran are beaten and receive long prison sentences for worshipping Jesus. Pray that imprisoned believers receive God’s grace to stand for their faith, and for President Raisi to allow religious minorities and freedom to worship. (Hebrews 13v3).    

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 for Cyprus at our home using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, the news and being led of the Spirit. We also have Prayer for Israel in the week.  If you would like to join us - as a visitor or more permanently- then email (above). IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet, particularly ‘In Cyprus News’,  News,from TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.  

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.  JULY 2022  No. 105

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  July 2022   No. 105

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 Scripture Readings for July; Editorial: Enlargement. The Church: Specific churches & ministries:

Cyprus Prayer Chain; Inter-Church Youth Camp; Future leadership; All4Aid Entrepreneurs.

Deceived; Israel & the Church; The Lord your Healer; Cyprus Prophecies (i).

Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI

The Government and those in authority: This month; National Elections; The Peace process; Gas; The North.

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

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July 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.’

1 Kings 8v56: "…the LORD…has given rest to his people just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave…’

 

NB. We hold weekly IFC prayers in Larnaca including prayer for Cyprus’ government, churches, ministries & for refugees. Others weekly e.g. Prayer for Israel. Details: Email iforcy@outlook.com   Use this Prayer update in your home group, prayer group, church prayers, and devotionals. Use it topically or work through it over the month. Tip: Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to an entry He wants you to pray into. Focus on that (also in your group) until you sense completion. God bless you!

 

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

We praise You, Father, that ‘the joy of the Lord is our strength.’ Help us to respond to all of life’s circumstances, however hard, in a spirit of gratitude, generosity and trust. We thank You for the Kataklysmos outreaches and that passers-by are more open to knowing You. We thank You that through prayer, a major law in the USA supporting abortion on demand has been reversed. You answer prayer!

 

 

^  DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS for JULY 2022:

EITHER See IFC’s ANNUAL BIBLE READING PLAN (read Bible in a year) at: https://www.intercessorsforcyprus.org/daily-bible-reading-plan

OR get the ‘BIBLE IN ONE YEAR’ (Commentary by Nicky Gumbel of Alpha International & read by David Suchet). Or other bible-in-a-year sources.

Download the mobile app at https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bible-in-one-year/id504133402 or on Google Play Store: ‘Bible in One Year app’

 

^ EDITORIAL: Enlargement. Isaiah 54:2-3.  "Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.”

Enlargement requires vision. God is our source of vision. Whilst many may be thinking ‘decrease’ or ‘maintenance’, let’s think of ‘mission’ and ‘increase’.

The Evangelical Alliance held a gathering last month which focused on our unity in Jesus Christ. Initial fellowship, a lovely half hour of worship, a teaching on John 17 unity, prayer and open input from the floor, then a great lunch and continuing fellowship. An excellent day! Thank you E.A. leadership. To me, this was mission, enlargement, visionary, moving towards what God wants to do in and through His Church in Cyprus. Hallelujah!

I can believe for a national day of prayer for the healing of Cyprus coming out of such unity and development.  

We had a Pentecost outreach during the Kataklysmos festival at Larnaca, including prophetic art outreach and also use of a personal beliefs survey. These across-churches outreaches were marked by God’s hand. The survey of personal beliefs gave people at the end a chance to answer that if they could know God personally, would they say, ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘not sure’. Many answered ‘Yes’, much more than before Covid-19, and were followed up by discussion, prayer and /or a booklet called: ‘Knowing God personally’. (Agape UK). People are ready to hear the Gospel. Are you reaching out?

I then noticed that ‘Intercessors for America’ was encouraging the birth of a prayer group or prayer groups in every state of the USA. Now that is vision.

It got me thinking…..couldn’t Intercessors for Cyprus expand as well? Dividing the land of Cyprus into the North, Paphos district, Limassol district, Larnaca district, etc., wouldn’t it be good to see emerging a prayer group or groups representing their district in Cyprus? Let me know if you are drawn.  

Limassol: (from a prayer partner. (J.G.): ‘I’ve been praying for Limassol recently. I usually become aware of a dark oppression. This makes prayer ‘hard’. However I persevere. A verse has come to me from Ezekiel 10 about this oppression. The words 'these are the men who devise iniquity and those who give wicked counsel in this city’ v.2. I believe it is of paramount importance that believers pray for the overthrow of the counsel of these men and their power and positions. It will pave the way for the counsel of the Lord. Many are not used to praying like this but some maybe are. It will stir up conflict but it will also aid the binding of the strongman. God bless you all.’  (Ed): Let’s enlarge our prayers for Limassol at this time. (Jer 29v7).  

 

 

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

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

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

a) Monthly Cyprus Prayer Chain: The pastors of Nicosia initiated this idea. The first Monday of each month is normally a day of prayer for Cyprus. Half hourly time slots are from 6am-9pm, 30 minutes each. Everyone is invited to pray in a slot which suits them that day for the half hour. Suggested topics for prayer are: 1. A just and righteous solution to the Cyprus problem. 2. Protection during the pandemic and for God to put an end to it. 3. Revival to the Church and emphasis on Evangelism.  4. Each local church to add one or two more topics that would like its members to include. Individual participants in the prayer chain….allow the Lord to lead you into other prayer as He wills. Will YOU pray? (1 Corinthians 15v58). 

 

b) (i) Inter-Church Youth Camp: This happens in the mountains during the summer for young people from the evangelical churches of Cyprus, and supported by Christian ministries & churches. Pray for Loukious and the team to prepare well and be leaders that young people follow. (Dan 11v32b).

    (ii) Future leadership: Pray for young Christians to arise with vision for what they are and can be in Christ, for good discipleship, integrity and character development, wisdom, humility, creativity, etc. Pray they become Christ-like servant-leaders in the Church and other fields of endeavour.   

 

c) All4Aid Entrepreneurs: The two young men who are gifted visionaries to establish a business for displaced people in the Larnaca area (and far beyond in due season), are making progress in their business plan. They want to employ other displaced people as this specialist food preparation & delivery business progresses. Pray that they will be given full refugee status in order to develop the vision. Pray for a Christian legal entity in Cyprus to act as an umbrella organisation for them. Pray that they receive all the counsel they need to glorify God in this project. (Prov 15v19; Habakkuk 2v3). 

 

2. Deceived? Since the fall of the USSR in 1991 we have been lulled into a false sense of security, thinking that the dangers (including nuclear dangers) of the Cold War have gone. But the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the serious threats of Putin have dramatically woken us up. We are not free of the possibility of power-seeking world leaders starting terrible wars and threatening to use nuclear weapons. There can be others after Putin. China is hugely powerful. Putin and Xi Jinping have recognised the waning influence (and decadence) of the Western nations, the gridlock which the much divided US political system can often produce, and they are aiming to replace them in dominating the world. Relaxed confidence in a stable, secure, free and democratic order has gone. The Ukraine invasion is a wake-up call – not just to Western politicians but to ourselves as we pray for Revival.

   Ex-RAF chief, Air Marshall Edward Stringer recently warned that nuclear war is “no longer unthinkable” and said it is “terrifying” to think could only be a “few steps” away. Other experts have said there are now more armed conflicts brewing in more places around the world than at any time since the Second World War. We must also remember the important aspect of divine judgment on individuals, groups and countries who dishonour, offend and ignore the Lord (Isaiah 45v7). Where does Cyprus stand before the Lord? Repentance leads to revival. Reflect on this and pray.

 

3. Israel and the Church: Take a moment to read these verses below. Has God finished with Israel, or is world history inter-wound with its story?

Romans 15:27b (NIV): ‘If the Gentiles have shared in the Jews' spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.’

Zechariah 2:8-13 (NIV): ‘For this is what the LORD Almighty says: "After he has honoured me and has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye— I will surely raise my hand against them so that their slaves will plunder them. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me. "Shout and be glad, O Daughter of Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you," declares the LORD. "Many nations will be joined with the LORD in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you. The LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem. Be still before the LORD, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling." ‘ Zechariah 12:10 (NIV): "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. Zechariah 13:1 (NIV):  "On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity. Romans 11:26 (NIV): And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.” Ask God to show you His heart on this matter.

 

 

4. The Lord Your Healer: (A teaching): Adonai Rophekha (יהוה רֹפְאֶֽךָ) “If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD [YHVH], your healer [Rophekha].” (Exodus 15:26). The Hebrew word rophekha is derived from rapha, a verb that means to restore, heal or make healthy.  In Israel, a medical doctor is called a rophe (or ropha in the feminine gender) in Hebrew. “Bless the Lord O my soul and forget not all His benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals [rapha] all your diseases.” (Psalm 103:2–3). This name first appears during the Israelite’s exodus from Egypt at the waters of Mara (bitter waters).  One of the primary healings we need is for deliverance from unforgiveness and bitterness. Nevertheless, we understand from Exodus 15:26 that healing comes with a condition—complete obedience. Of course, we know that in our fallen humanity, none of us can claim this perfection since we are in desperate need of spiritual healing. God sent the cure in His Son, Yeshua (Jesus), who gave Himself as our personal sin offering. Messianic Prophecy of Isaiah 53. “But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed [rapha].”  (Isaiah 53: 5). His life was characterized by powerful miracles of healing.  Yeshua healed lepers, epileptics and paralytics.  He even raised the dead to a new life. His healing power is still available to us today through faith. "You know of Yeshua of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by Satan, for God was with Him.”  (Acts 10:38)

Commanding the Healing: Nowhere in the Bible does Jesus (Yeshua) or his disciples “ask” or “petition” God to heal someone. Both Jesus, and his disciples who learned from him, commanded, either directly or indirectly, the sickness, affliction or disease to leave - no different than when they commanded a demon to leave. So when asked to minister to those needing healing or a creative miracle, pray in faith, as you command the healing in Jesus’ authority - in Jesus’ name. We don't command God to do anything, we command the sickness to leave, and we thank God for doing the healing and, where necessary, a creative miracle. Ask God for opportunities to exercise your faith in this way. (Mark 5v34; Acts 14v9-10).

 

5. Cyprus Prophecies (i) (to pray into): One of the Cyprus houses of prayer (HoP) is studying and praying through various prophecies concerning Cyprus over the years. This is one we sent to them, one of a series. It was in the form of a verse and a dream in 2006.   

Jews coming from the West (see Hosea 11v10) ….and many accommodated in Cyprus for a season. (Received 2006). cf. Habakkuk 2v3: “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”

My wife’s dream (received 2006): In my dream I was walking around looking in different rooms all very nicely decorated, but as though they had been used and left as they were, by people in a hurry - abandoned and just empty, nobody around. There were plates on the tables as though people had just eaten and left suddenly. The picture changed and the rooms looked as though they were untouched, as though they had been prepared by staff for guests. In the rooms there was lots of food and sweets and I was helping myself. I think there was someone with me. She found a very nicely laid out room and settled in there saying, ‘this is mine!’  I left her there and carried on looking around. When I awoke, the dream came back very clearly unlike usual dreams which have faded by the time I wake up. Immediately, I thought of Famagusta, because it was a place where people had lived and yet had to get out quickly. NB. This dream re a hotel disused and meals abandoned, (e.g. Covid) then renewed and functioning ready to receive guests has recently applied in Cyprus to Ukrainians including Jewish Ukrainians. There is a greater fulfilment yet to come. Keep praying for this.  

 

Reconciliation N & S: A very good summary of the historical and current situation of the Cyprus problem i.e. a divided nation is found on YouTube. The title is: ‘The Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier. Cyprus Dispute Explained.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHlHnCwFp5c  (15 min). Better understand the problem and pray into it with new heart. Ultimately, God will look for the Church in Cyprus, North and South to stand in the gap as one.

We maintain the vision of a national day of prayer over this Cyprus problem, preceded by examination of all our lives as Christians and churches in Cyprus (N & S) before God, and resulting repentance. Keep in prayer for such a key day to come about! (2 Chronicles 7v13-14 & James 5v7-8 &v17).   

 

Revival & Transformation: There will be no revival without repentance. The following is an extract of a prophetic word printed in the May edition of IFC Prayer Update. It concerns God’s view of the Church in relation to abortion: Warn the leadership of the Body to repent for their role in tolerating abortion. Call the Body at large to come to their faces in confession of the sin that has been allowed, and tolerated, on their watch. I will be swift to forgive, and quick to turn the tide. My armies are at the ready to engage against the tyrants of your world, but until the legal right, claimed by the Enemy, is removed through recognition and repentance of the evil that has been done to the unborn, the tyranny will continue.

You want revival? Then maybe you should begin on your face and seek God over His grief at what we tolerate, including abortion and LGBTQ.  

 

ITI: God is knitting together the hearts of leaders, churches, ministries and people as the word is proclaimed concerning His great plan to bring back His ancient people from ‘the four quarters of the world’ to Israel. Pray that the work progresses and all needs are met. (Habakkuk 2v2-3).

 

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

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

 

^ This month: Justice and truth. Thank You Lord for raising up godly people and women to work for justice and truth in society, be it government and parliament, local government or other. Please strengthen Christian politicians civil servants and advisors in Cyprus who seek to be salt and light. Guide politicians nationally and locally to address poverty and other social needs with fairness and generosity. We pray for value and respect between statutory providers and church-based initiatives to meet social need in the whole of Cyprus. We also continue to pray that You will raise up a ministry in Cyprus to challenge public opinion and the government about abortion, with a positive input for life. In Jesus’ name. (Psalm 89v14; Deut 30v19).

Ukrainian Refugees: The free intensive Greek language lessons for Ukrainian refugees who have come to Cyprus due to the war in their country are taking place in all districts (June and July), in one State Institute of Further Education (CIFE) of each area. Pray blessing. (Genesis 11v6).

 

^ National Elections (RoC): Sovereign Lord God, we ask that You let the outcome of the national election be according to Your choice – the president of Your appointing, the parties in the balance You want, the government of Your making. Raise up new faces to bring freshness to the political process and vision to government. ‘Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days.’ (Proverbs 19:20). Amen.

 

^ Peace Process: Turkey is continuing to block any serious attempts at a settlement. Meanwhile, the Church is learning to stand as one, united in the faith and in fellowship with one another across many churches in the Evangelical Alliance. This growing unity could lead to a ‘National Day of Prayer’ where the Church fulfils God’s requirements to stand in the gap for the nation to be healed. (2 Chronicles 7v13-14). Keep praying!

 

^Gas: We hope that Israel will export its gas from the Leviathan field via the East Med pipeline if and when it is built. Meanwhile, the gas is being liquefied by Egypt and exported by ship. Pray for Cyprus to catch up in its strategy to export gas from the gas fields around Cyprus. (Proverbs 6v6).  

^ The North: Following from the above, keep praying for more churches from the North to join the Evangelical Alliance. Fire is currently a hazard in the North. Pray for quelling. Electricity: One hour-long alternating power cuts are across the North as demand outstrips supply. Pray…..

An arson attack on a mosque in the Republic of Cyprus 'will not go unanswered', said Turkey's president Erdogan on a recent visit to the north. Pray.

The change to the status of the illegal Tymbou (Ercan) airport in the north is another action on the part of Turkey to put the non-government-controlled areas under its own full control. It has become a Turkish ‘domestic’ airport instead of an ‘international’ airport. Flights must first land in Turkey rather than fly directly to the north. President Anastasiades had proposed that the airport come under the jurisdiction of the United Nations but this has been ignored by Turkey. The president regards Turkey’s actions as intransigent and provocative. The Turkish Cypriot political leadership said that with the integration of Ercan airport in Turkey’s network, they would be abandoning all their self-governing goals. (JS): ‘We need to be praying for the airport of Tymbou for victory and that the plans of the enemy be stopped.’ (Ed: Read Isaiah 54v14-17; Psalm 33v10-11 and use in prayer).

NB. Further information for prayer for North Cyprus may be found at https://lgcnews.com/ 

 

 

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

Abortion v Life: An amazing victory after years of prayer means national laws of the USA no longer support abortion and individual states must decide the law for their own state. Pray for states to follow suit and honour life. The same would apply to Cyprus. Falling birth rates are partly due to abortion worldwide. We pray for eyes to be opened to destruction of life in the womb for what it is, and people will choose life for their child. (Ps 139v14-16).   

Covid Reminder: All citizens should use self-protection measures - distancing, washing hands - and a protective mask in areas with many people  ( christenings, weddings, parties, etc.) and for vulnerable groups and people who come into contact with high-risk citizens. Pharmacies, rapid test centres and other high risk situations now require masks. Staff and visitors of hospitals, elderly people's homes, closed structures, medical and rehabilitation centres and mass media must wear protective masks. Confirmed cases must remain in isolation for at least 7 days.  Pray for continued restraint. (Proverbs 29v18).

Prisons: I visited an inmate last month. Remember those in prison and their families, for hope, and for the prisons staff. (Hebrews 13v3).

Police: Law enforcement officers deserve our appreciation and prayer. They can easily be taken for granted, but remember, without effective law enforcement there is no law and order. Without law and order anarchy prevails. Pray for our police and justice systems. (Psalm 89v14).

National Guard: Following three major incidents/accidents in a year, pray for good training, safety and efficiency in the National Guard. (Daniel 1v5).

Schools: Dear Heavenly Father, we need You to move in our schools again. Our children need salvation, protection, and identity in You. Please help Christians all over the nation mobilize so we can get corporate prayer back in public and private schools, in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Micah 2v9).

Environments: Fire hazards, deforestation, drought, flooding, war, climate change....Lord, have mercy both in Cyprus and abroad. Lead nations to repentance over mis-use of our environment.  Enable governments to formulate plans to protect our world, including re-cycling and dealing with plastics.  Thank You that plans are afoot to protect the world’s oceans. Please grant success to those researching to prevent disease. May trees be planted in abundance. We ask You to restrain evil and that the Gospel which changes hearts from the inside flourishes in our world. Amen. (Psalm 33v5-7).

Youth: Holy Spirit of God, please move on young people in Cyprus to bring forth salvation and transformation of lives. Grant a hope and a future to them, and a call and vision to serve You, share the faith, and make a difference in society. May Christian youth groups flourish. (Isaiah 40v30-31).

The overlooked: Thank You Lord for those who do unpleasant tasks such as street cleaners, sewerage engineers, refuse collectors, recycling and land-fill workers, and pest control technicians. Please help us to appreciate their vital contributions. In Christ’s name, Amen.

Roads: Most road victims are foreigners living in Cyprus, tourists or third-country citizens. That is because they do not fully understand the ways of the indigenous population whose road sense and actions leave much to be desired. In a period of three days, police recorded over 1100 traffic violations. Pray for change in driving test and other standards on the roads. (2 Kings 9v20).  

National & local service: American Renewal Project is issuing a challenge to pastors to recruit at least one member of their church to run for office or serve in a civic leadership role. Great idea. How about in Cyprus, pastors? Pray. (1 Timothy 3v1).

Vassiliko: Residents are taking legal action at the EU because of the accumulation of factories in their area. Pray for justice. (Luke 18v7).

Fuel prices: Parliament is discussing how to simplify the process of imposing a ceiling to the selling price of fuel. Amen! 

Migrants: Fully-armed special constables are to help stem the migrant flows across the buffer zone from the North. Pray. (Proverbs 29v18 &v26).  

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

 

 

 

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

Marriage: Lord, we remember marriages and families that are facing breakdown. We ask that You bring into lives reconciliation, support and wisdom. We pray for the children affected to be resilient and able to cope, by Your grace. May Christian marriage courses speak into lives.  (Deut 30v19).  

Foster care: We pray, Father, for the possibility to become a reality of additional care to needy children being given by families in Cyprus - receiving teenagers, disabled children and unaccompanied minors (asylum seekers) into their homes and lives for a season of restoration. Amen. (Mark 5v19).

LGBTQ: All things LGBTQ are being celebrated these days. The message is aggressive and radical. Children are a prime target. Innocence can be destroyed. Some Tampa Bay Rays players are standing for Christ. “if we believe in Jesus, He encourages us to live a lifestyle that would abstain from that behaviour. Just like Jesus encourages me as a heterosexual male to abstain from sex outside of the confines of marriage. It’s no different….” Pray that others follow their example. (Psalm 111v8; Ephesians 6v14).  

 

 

^ CITIES & MUNICIPALITIES:  PRAY for your city: Psalm 55:11.’Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.’ 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."   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. Why don’t you prayer-walk part of your city/locality, allowing Holy Spirit to lead you in prayer? If you meet people, share your faith as opportunity arises. As your locality prospers in righteousness and refuses corruption, you also will feel the benefit. (Ezekiel 33v6).  

 

 

^ 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.”

In a message on World Refugee Day, Maria Stylianou-Lottides, Commissioner for Administration and the Protection of Human Rights, said the countries that receive huge refugee waves must be in constant readiness to provide sufficient support and solidarity to the people seeking protection in them.

Remember the ‘All4Aid’ Refugee Project: - We thank God for His faithfulness in providing the supplies to maintain the distribution efforts in meeting practical needs of those we serve, for his abundant riches in supplying the funding to allow development of programming. We look to Him for wisdom in programming for the future, leadership for resuming English classes, continued strength and perseverance through the elevated temperatures of summer. The heat may rise but so do the needs! Also for continued supply of volunteers to share the load and for funds to support the demands

Love, Light and Hope’ is based in Pyla. LL&H is an association which provides humanitarian aid to people in need. We are now registered here in Cyprus, and we have four projects going on in Cyprus: 1) Foodbank. 2) Language lessons. 3. Football. 4. Exhibition of talents. Pray they make a difference to displaced people and others in Cyprus. (1 Thess 1v3).  

 

2. The poor and needy, widows and orphans, foreigners, unemployed, exploited, etc: Psalm 82:3-4 (NIV) ‘Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.’

Trafficking is modern slavery, whether into forced labour, forced begging, sex trade or even organ removal. Pray for ministries and organisations in Cyprus, including the police, to track down the perpetrators of this crime and that victims will receive support and healing. In Christ’s name. (Ps 82v4).   

Give thanks for all those involved in caring for others in need, whether it be carers of family members, home carers, nurses & doctors & other hospital staff, or charities and welfare groups. Pray for them as they serve others. Remember in prayer also the Mercy Centre in Nicosia, the Limassol group, and the ‘Charis’ project in Paphos. Also Cyprus Samaritans, Friendship Circle, and other local & national organisations. (1 Chronicles 16v8).

 

 

^ 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).

Korean Peninsula: North Korea launched ballistic missiles, tested missiles that could carry nuclear warheads and conducted activity at nuclear testing site access ways. South Korea is in a unique position to share the Gospel — at home and all over the world. Let’s pray for the protection of South Korea, for reconciliation with North Korea, and for God to strengthen the Korean church to reach every corner of the globe with Christ’s peace and love. Pray for continued blessing on the Korean church and its remarkable commitment to fervent prayer and a broad missions vision. Pray for youth to be compelled by a genuine Christian faith rather than the expectations and offerings of the world. Pray for perseverance as a formidable missions-sending nation and the flexibility and cultural sensitivity to be effective abroad. (Proverbs 3v5-6).

Ukraine & Israel: Ukraine has a huge humanitarian crisis as ruthless Russian attacks against the people and land increase. Pray as led.

800 Ukrainian refugees received the Lord at a Galilee Shavuot (Pentecost) outreach! Hallelujah! A Ukrainian Pastor’s encouragement for refugees applies to all of us. “Pray for the city you are in. Do what you can to do good where you are. Be a blessing to the nation that has taken you in.” Let it be so. (Psalm 22v27).

Iran, Tehran: Tehran is home to almost 9 million people – the largest city in the Persian world. And it has significant influence on modern Islam. Iran’s leaders see themselves as the authority among the world’s Shia Muslims. They spend billions to exert religious, political, economic, and military influence across the Muslim world. Despite all this, the people of Tehran are increasingly disillusioned with the leadership, the economy, the repressive state, and in many cases, with Islam itself. God is moving in power within the nation of Iran. What would happen if a great awakening began within this specific and strategic city? Let’s ask God to do just that! Pray for the disillusioned masses to find hope and fulfillment in Jesus. Pray for Gospel transformation among those enslaved by rampant poverty, addiction, and prostitution. Pray for God's power to expand the already unprecedented Church growth. (Isaiah 54v2).

Food shortages: Globalists arte believed to be manufacturing a world food shortage ( https://ifapray.org/blog/dave-kubal-a-manufactured-crisis/ )

according to a well-researched article from ‘Intercessors for America’. Pray for discernment between truth and error, & wisdom to act. (1 Chron 12v32).  

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2022, Top Ten. (No.8. Pakistan.) Christians are second class citizens who are given dishonourable jobs. They are targeted under the harsh blasphemy laws, sometimes for the death sentence. If they convert from Islam or if a woman, they are very vulnerable. Pray for safety and deliverance for believers, for religious freedom, for kidnapped women to be freed and healed.(Matt 6v13).    

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 for Cyprus at our home on Tuesdays, using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, the news and being led of the Spirit. On Wednesdays we have Prayer for Israel.  If you would like to join us - as a visitor or more permanently- then email (above). IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet, particularly ‘In Cyprus News’,  News,from TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc. 

 

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.    JUNE 2022.   No. 104

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  June 2022   No. 104.

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: Presumptuous sins; The Church: Specific churches & ministries: Ministry of Confession; HoP Kiti: ‘Arise’ non-stop worship event. Kataklysmos Outreaches (Prophetic art / Person Beliefs Survey); Cyprus Prayer Chain; Ministries in Cyprus.

Satan’s Strategies; Abortion & Life Issues; God’s Masterpiece.

Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, 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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June 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.’

1 Kings 8v56: "…the LORD…has given rest to his people just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave…’

 

NB. We hold weekly IFC prayers in Larnaca including prayer for Cyprus’ government, churches, ministries & for refugees. Others weekly e.g. Prayer for Israel. Details: Email iforcy@outlook.com   Use this Prayer update in your home group, prayer group, church prayers, and devotionals. Use it topically or work through it over the month. Tip: Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to an entry He wants you to pray into. Focus on that (also in your group) until you sense completion. God bless you!

 

 

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

Thank God for the gift of His Holy Spirit and the empowerment He brings…whether in His every-day help and strengthening, comfort, illumination and guidance, challenge and encouragement…or in the times of His unusual creative and powerful activity in your life or the lives of others. By His enabling, we are witnesses to the ends of the earth! For example, some of us are actively witnessing at Kataklysmos Larnaca. Join us? (Acts 1v8).  

 

 

^  DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS for JUNE 2022:

EITHER See IFC’s ANNUAL BIBLE READING PLAN (read Bible in a year) at: https://www.intercessorsforcyprus.org/daily-bible-reading-plan

OR get the ‘BIBLE IN ONE YEAR’ (Commentary by Nicky Gumbel of Alpha International & Daily Bible Readings (OT & NT) by David Suchet).

Download the mobile app at https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bible-in-one-year/id504133402 or on Google Play Store: ‘Bible in One Year app’

 

 

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

Presumptuous sins: (NDR). The dictionary definition of ‘presumptuous’ is: "overstepping due bounds." Literally, you are presuming on God's patience and grace while purposefully overstepping his bounds. Presumption means you wake up each morning and knowingly plan to commit sin. You make room in your life for these sins. You work your schedule around these sins. In essence, you bow down to sin. This is where the modern Christian Church has failed miserably. We were taught: grace, grace and more grace. Do you know that this statement is not actually in the Bible? We've heard it so many times in church, some of us just assume that it is Holy Scripture. Yes, the Bible says grace is abundant. But to quote Paul:What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid!’ ~ Romans 6:1-2a (KJV). So there are many people out there who are calling themselves "Christians" when really, they simply believe that God exists and the He made an appearance in the flesh through Jesus Christ. ‘You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.’ ~James 2:19 (NLT). True repentance is evidenced by a distinct turning away from sin. As long as we live on this planet we will struggle with sin. However, there is a vast difference between "slipping up" and an arrogant, presumptuous attitude that says: "Today I plan on sinning. I plan on being disobedient. I plan on not doing what God wants me to do. I plan on meeting my adulterous affair for lunch--In fact, it is scheduled at noon. I've noted it in my calendar. I have made room for this sin or sins to remain for the rest of my life and I have no plans to give them up." This type of attitude is nothing at all like the Apostle Paul's lament: ‘So this is the principle I have discovered: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law. But I see another law at work in my body, warring against the law of my mind and holding me captive to the law of sin that dwells within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?’… ~ Romans 7: 21-24 (Berean Study Bible).

When we sin, we must be quick to repent. If we willingly choose to not do this, each and every time, our heart hardens just a little bit more. The next "tap on the shoulder" from God gets louder, rougher and more painful, just like the ramping up of the judgments in Revelation. I believe that the "unpardonable sin" is a slow building of "hardness of heart" that can no longer be penetrated by truth or light. It's a "tipping point" to a reprobate mind. Once we have consistently chosen that path (not God turning away from us – but we who turn away from God), there may come a point of no turning back. If we maintain hard-heartedness towards abortion, redefinition of marriage, sanctification of perversions, removal of God from the public arena and constant betrayal of Israel's sovereignty...are we on the path of presumptuous sin?

Since the fall, we've always been fallible sinners, but now we may be in danger of becoming purposeful sinners. If the recent pandemic has taught us anything it is this: We don't know if we have 100 years left or if we have one minute left on this planet. It may be too late to turn some nations around on a governmental level. However, as individuals, we still have the option to repent personally. Repent……now…..’the end is nigh!’

 

 

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

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

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

a) Ministry of Confession: When we first came to Cyprus we were burdened as British believers by the way Britain interned Jews trying to get to their homeland after the Second World War, to Cyprus. For some years we carried that burden. Others have carried the burden as well, and now there are developments. God is stepping up the church on the issue of the British internment camps in Cyprus after WW2. He is going to work through the confession by British people in Cyprus on behalf of Britain, in order to prepare the way for further work He has in mind concerning Cyprus, Britain and the Jews. We know of two initiatives in early June. Here are some details of one by a House of Prayer. (The other is via Ebenezer). Day 1. We have the tour of the area where the British internment camps were, and learn about the caves where Jewish escapees hid and more. We will then be at the Xylotimbu Peace Park and will hold a special ceremony there honouring the Cypriots who helped the Jews in the British camps. Day 2. We will visit the Cyprus Jewish detainees museum in Larnaka and be welcomed by members of the Jewish community. Day 3. We will hold a ceremony to present a plaque to the municipality in the centre of Nicosia. Please pray that both these initiatives are used by God in His purposes for the future. James 5:16. ‘Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.’

b) HoP Kiti: ‘Arise’ Non-stop worship event: 3rd June 2022. 4pm – 9pm here at Living Stones House of Prayer, Kiti. Tea and coffee & light refreshments will be provided. ‘I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.’ (Psalm 57:9-11). God is worthy to be praised despite the difficulties and challenges that the world is facing. We would like to invite you to worship God together with us and lift up His name for 5 hours non-stop over Cyprus. We are excited that various worship leaders will be with us. You can join us for the whole time or for part of it. Please note that we follow the government Covid protocol at Living Stones House of Prayer. Questions? …please contact us at livingstones@kittim.org

c) Kataklysmos Outreaches: (i) Prophetic art. “Our big outreach at the Kataklysmos Fair here in Larnaka will go ahead this year from June 3rd -15th. We will work with up to 15 artists in two-hour-shifts for 102 hours. This will be a major project for which we will need prayer support. At the moment we need artists and helpers to commit to working with us and we need about 1,200 Euros of costs to come in so that we can rent the compulsory tent from the municipality. Therefore, I would like to ask you if you would be willing to pray for this outreach. I would send short updates via email at irregular intervals before and during the event. Please let me know if you would like to be part of the prayer team. Thank you so much in advance.” (Joern Lange). kadoshartcyprus@gmail.com  (John 4v11-19).

(ii) Personal Beliefs Survey: This will be conducted during the Kataklysmos outreach period on behalf of local evangelical churches. A team will conduct the survey and results will be published. The survey is also a good way of making contact with individuals and drawing out their beliefs and sharing the Good News with them. Pray for God to anoint the researchers & lead them to those He wants to touch. (Joshua 18v4).  

d) Monthly Cyprus Prayer Chain: The pastors of Nicosia initiated this idea. The first Monday of each month is normally a day of prayer for Cyprus. Half hourly time slots are from 6am-9pm, 30 minutes each. Everyone is invited to pray in a slot which suits them that day for the half hour. Suggested topics for prayer are: 1. A just and righteous solution to the Cyprus problem. 2. Protection during the pandemic and for God to put an end to it. 3. Revival to the Church and emphasis on Evangelism. 4. Ukraine. 5. Each local church to add one or two more topics that would like its members to include. Individual participants in the prayer chain….allow the Lord to lead you into other prayer as He wills. Will YOU pray? (1 Cor 15v58). 

e) Ministries in Cyprus: We have ten local ministries in our area which meet together quarterly to worship and pray. Daniel Generation Cyprus is this month’s write up. Tom & Jo-anna Wolstenholme head it up. “Daniel 11:32 tells us that ‘the people who know their God personally will do great exploits’. The mandate of Daniel Generation Cyprus is to help young people across Cyprus come to know God personally, rather than just knowing about Him. We minister to both youth & youth leaders, in Cyprus. Through intercession, teaching, gatherings and discipleship, we believe God is raising up a body of youth leaders – united by our love for one another, and in our common purpose – in order to see a generation of young people knowing God personally, and loving Him as their father.” tom.wolstenholme1@googlemail.com Pray that Tom & Jo know God’s leading and timing. (Prov 3v5-6).

 

2. Satan’s strategies: 2 Corinthians 2v11: ‘…in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.’

Satan’s next manufactured crisis in order to bring about government control, dependence, and increase in lives could lie in the growing food crisis we see especially the supply of baby foods, or the advent of Monkeypox, another artificially produced epidemic. The baby formula shortage elicits fear like few other items in food supply. The World Economic Forum, Luciferians, globalists, and others have infiltrated and seized power in many nations, in key positions of authority. They have blasphemed Gods name and undermine His creation. They seek to erase His signature on human DNA, and every trace of His truth on the earth. In their own eyes, they see themselves as superior; believing that alone they are worthy to rule and to live. Why do they think and operate this way? They serve satan. They hate God, Israel, and the righteous.

Pray to bind, defeat, and dethrone the New World Order as far as it is against God’s purposes:  Father God, we ask in Jesus’ name today that as we stand against those implementing this New World Order that You would bind, hinder, frustrate, and destroy. We pray that people would go to the polls to protect FREEDOM, rather than control. Father God, we ask You for righteous leaders who will protect and enforce and re-institute FREEDOM In the name of Jesus, we ask also that You would wake up the people that are pushing this order. Draw them to Yourself (Various sources.)

 

3. Abortion & Life Issues: A short prayer: ‘Father, we pray that You would protect our leaders who are standing for You. Remove abortion from our country, Lord, and change the hearts of those who desperately cling to it. Amen.’

I am also repeating here a prayer concerning abortion in Cyprus (biblically, the ‘shedding of innocent blood’) as part of our series on abortion v life. Introduction: (The psalmist) Psalm 119v73a: ‘Your hands made me and formed me.’ (An abortionist) ‘Kill the little ones because we are overpopulated.’ (Concerning use of foetus material in medicine) ‘No moral nation would kill some to heal others.’

A PRAYER: Father, we come before You and cry out for mercy. Have mercy on our nation of Cyprus. Forgive us for the innocent lives killed by abortion. Lord, we need You. Our leaders need You. This nation needs You. Without You, we will go under and lose everything that You had purposed for our nation when it was founded. Lord, we pray that the barbaric roots of abortion be exposed for all to see. Shine Your light in the hidden places of darkness and reveal the truth about abortion. Enemies are pushing their propaganda in our own nation. See how they are seeking to destroy our liberty and justice from the inside out. Even now, we know that we are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but principalities and powers that move and inspire mortal men to commit atrocities. You are the Lord God seated above the circle of the earth. We pray “let there be light!” Let blind eyes be opened to the truth of the gospel message. Open their eyes to see Jesus in dreams and visions, open their ears to hear Your word, open their hearts to see abortion for what it truly is. We pray for women to be set free from the deception that abortion is healthcare. Open their eyes to see the truth and be healed. Give them a mother’s heart. We pray for a great wave of deliverance and healing for women who have been held captive by the lies of the devil for too long, and for healing and forgiveness for those who’ve had abortions. We pray for revelation of truth and salvation to a young generation who has bought into the lies. We pray for deliverance from the abortion industry. Father, we are asking for an Exodus.

We are praying for nurses and doctors who practice abortions to be saved and to expose and sound the alarm about what is really going on in those clinics. We pray for the younger generation that is deceived. Lord, open their eyes, so they would see. We do not worship the government. We worship You Lord, the Creator, all the power, honour, and glory will only be to Your name. We lift the name of the Messiah Jesus Christ as a banner over Cyprus. The government rests on His shoulders where He is the Bridegroom, the King, and the Judge. We pour out our hearts to You with prayer and tears, and repentance for the unborn and for the future of Cyprus. Would You reveal Yourself as Lord of the breakthrough? Come and break in. Come and breakthrough. Come and break out! Take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it around for Your good. We will stand in the gap for the next generation and for this nation until we see in Cyprus and the nations ‘as it is in Heaven’. In Jesus’ name, Amen.  (Now read Psalm 139v13-16).  

 

4. God's Masterpiece: a meditation.  Receive God's Word for you from Proverbs 8:30-31. "Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind." And in Ephesians 2:10 (NLT). "For we are God's masterpiece…..” God delights in how he made you. You are one of his masterpieces. You are his song to be sung in a key of music that is unique to you, in a rhythm, a harmony, and an orchestration that God rejoices to sing inside of you. The music of heaven graces your life as others see and hear and touch who you are, so that they receive from him the awesome display of his delight in you. For years, we have hurried over the first part of Ephesians 2:10 to concentrate on the works we are supposed to do, without appreciating the delightful work of God's hands that we are. God designed what you do to be built on the foundation of who you are in him. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

You are not just a tool designed to function to do a set of good works because the world needs them done. God has given you the authority and compassion to be a part of meeting those needs, but higher than that, you are beautiful and complete like the portrait that God painted in 1 Samuel 16:18. You are a worshipper who sings back to him the songs of heaven you hear. You are brave with holy boldness, kept by the One who stands strong in you. You are a warrior who fights the right battles because you listen to your Commander. You have wise and gracious words on your lips that come from the wellspring of a righteous heart. You are fine-looking with the reflected image of Jesus. You possess the signature that the Lord is with you. Receive the seal of his signature on you. Be blessed to live in the beauty of being well-pleasing to your Father. You are beautiful, dressed in royal robes designed to express the position and privilege of the King's heir and to signify your inheritance of authority and privilege. You are a display of the many facets of his splendor from his throne room. Be blessed with fulfillment in the grace and beauty of heaven seen in you. Be blessed with the peace and joy of heaven about you. People are attracted to you because the perfume of heaven is about you. Be blessed with the colour and light of heaven reflected upon you. God is investing in you, caring for you, nurturing you, blessing you, so that you can be a treasure and a blessing to the world. Be blessed with becoming everything he has called you to be and being all he has designed you to become in the way that makes all of heaven rejoice. Receive the delight of Jesus in his creation - you! Be blessed in the name of the One who rejoices in his works (Ps. 104:31). (Sylvia Gunter).

 

Reconciliation N & S: A very good summary of the historical and current situation of the Cyprus problem i.e. a divided nation is found on YouTube. The title is: ‘The Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier. Cyprus Dispute Explained.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHlHnCwFp5c  (15 min). This is one of several on YouTube. Better to understand the problem and pray into it with new heart. Ultimately, God will look for the Church in Cyprus, North and South to stand in the gap as one. We maintain the vision of a national day of prayer over this Cyprus problem, preceded by examination of all our lives as Christians and churches in Cyprus (N & S) before God, and resulting confession and repentance. Keep in prayer for such a key day to come about! (2 Chronicles 7v13-14 & James 5v7-8 &v17). God heard those national days of prayer in the USA and in Britain in the world wars.     

 

Revival & Transformation: When the Orthodox Church neglects relationship with the living God for tradition & icons, we need revival. When pastors are afraid to teach on the ministry and baptism of the Holy Spirit, we need revival. When the subject of Israel is taboo, we need revival. When abortion is too sensitive a subject, we need revival…..etc. Pray for revival in the Church in Cyprus. (Acts 4v31; Acts 9v28).   

 

ITI: With the Republic of Cyprus elections coming up next year, please pray that God would cause to be elected those who have a heart for Israel, in line with His purposes for co-operation over gas between Israel, Cyprus and Greece, and also for the coming ‘aliyah’ or return of Jews particularly from the West. (Isaiah 49v8-12; Obadiah v12-13, Hosea 11v10). Secret agendas need to be exposed, including those of Turkey (Psalm 62v4; Daniel 2v21…He removes kings) and preparations made (Isaiah 54v1-8). Keep in prayer for the church and nation of Cyprus to fulfil its calling. (Hab 2v2-3). 

 

 

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

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

 

^ This month: Coronavirus+ As of 1st June no more masks are required except for high risk areas such as hospitals/medical facilities, public transport, homes for the elderly. Amen!  However, on a wider front, on April 12, 2022, the World Health Organization published Provisional Agenda Item 16.2 which includes an amendment proposed by the United States. Adopting this provision will require 193 UN members to place themselves under the guidance, direction and authority of the World Health Organization in the ongoing face of the Covid pandemic and any future pandemic announced at the discretion of the WHO. Nations are giving away their sovereignty! Beware (see ‘The Church’ section, ‘Satan’s strategies’) and pray. (Matt 23v24).

Monkeypox: A Chinese lab recently assembled a monkeypox virus genome, even though researchers warned its methods could create a contagious pathogen. The unearthed study follows the Wuhan Institute of Virology conducting similar research into strains of bat coronaviruses that could infect humans while admitting its facilities lacked proper laboratory safety protocols. (Source: IFA). Humanity is wicked! Pray….. (Ex 32v22; Gen 6v5-8).

Electricity & fuel surcharges: The poor & needy are becoming even poorer and needier - along with many others in the land - because of the huge surcharges on electricity and fuel…relating (we are told) to the Ukraine crisis. Pray for a release from this squeeze on our resources. (Matthew 16v19).

 

^ The North: The National Unity Party (UBP) of right-wing nationalist Ersin Tatar, a close ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won 39.5 percent of the vote, strengthening its presence in the parliament of the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus by taking 24 out of 50 seats.  The economic protocol signed with Turkey limits on union activities, the granting of TRNC citizenship to Turkish citizens, privatising ports, broadening the scale taxes and strengthening religious influence in the country, which is largely secular. The people are concerned. 72% of the people want to adopt the euro. The border crossing checkpoints have long queues. Pray for the people of the north and for a hope and a future. (Prov 23v17-18).

NB. Further information for prayer for North Cyprus may be found at https://lgcnews.com/ 

^ Gas: Europe’s new push for diversification from Russia’s energy seems to have revived hopes about the EastMed Pipeline project aiming to transfer gas reserves between Cyprus, Israel and Greece to the rest of south-east Europe. Pray this comes to fruition. (Genesis 22v14; Psalm 78v20).  

 

 

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

Chamber of Commerce: Cyprus CofC and Industry has marked 95 years of contribution to the business and socio-economic life of the country. Amen.

Cryptocurrencies: have taken the world by surprise in recent years, and transformed the virtual investing world as the trend. Pray caution.(Heb 13v5).

Consumers: The Consumer Protection Service conducts research to collect data regarding the retail process of a wide range of consumer products. This monitoring takes place monthly. Amen. Pray that the results will be used to control unfair price hikes. (1 Timothy 6v10).   

Covid-19 & children: As health professionals in Cyprus are warning about acute hepatitis among children. They also say it is most likely the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic fostered the outbreak of such viral infections. Meanwhile the U.S. health regulator said it was limiting the use of Johnson & Johnson’s JNJ.N COVID -19 vaccine for adults due to the risk of a rare blood clotting syndrome. Good. Pray about these. (Psalm 46v9).

Schools: One in four school students in Cyprus have been victims of bullying. Pray for the education ministry & schools to address this situation and for God to touch and change lives, both the bullies and the bullied. (1 Samuel 17v45).

Homes: Cyprus plans to submit an official request to the European Commission for state-owned Asset Management Company (KEDIPES) to launch a mortgage-to-rent scheme nationwide. The scheme will cover all non-viable households who have applied for the ‘Estia’ state-subsidized plan but whose income is insufficient to keep up with payments. Under the envisioned ‘mortgage to rent’ scheme, households will pay a low rent for five years, after which they would be able to buy their residence. Amen. Pray for the vision to become a reality. (Habakkuk 2v2-3).

Medicines, etc: There have been increasing complaints about lack of medicines in pharmacies, medicines not included in the list of GESY, difficulty in making an appointment with a doctor, low-quality of services and bad behaviour by nurses in the public sector. Pray into this. (Prov 17v22).

Summer Fires: Wanton arson and fires as a result of stupidity show themselves in the summer. Pray against this. (Isaiah 50v11; Judges 15v5). 

Summer Schools: For elementary and kindergarten. Details: https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/all-you-need-to-know-about-summer-schools/

Park: The biggest park in Cyprus, the “Park of Colors” in Paphos is opening. It is located between Ellados Avenue and the roads of the commercial centre, and covers an area of 32 thousand sq.m. It is the richest park in Cyprus both in terms of greenery and infrastructure. Amen. (Eccles 2v5).

Electrocution: Some 60 to 70 per cent of homes in Cyprus are dangerous since residents can easily suffer electrocution in aging housing and other units when the power supply switch does not work. The grounding is often not neutralized, either. Worth checking. Pray protection. (Rev 9v19).

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

 

 

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

Virtual reality porn: Parents Beware: Porn Companies Are Targeting Video Gamers. If you think that pornography’s market is limited to online videos, books, and magazines, you’re wrong. Porn is now making major inroads into two areas that will tighten its grip even more – online gaming and virtual reality. Pray about this devilish scheme (2 Corinthians 2v11) and that courses to free up believers and others from addictions will be made known and prove really effective. (Isaiah 61v1; Luke 4v18).

Corruption: The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s two-day conference titled ‘Combating corruption, defending democracy: The role of National Parliaments’ took place end of May. Pray for God to grant effective measures and for reviving of social conscience. (John 16v7-11).  

Family Values: Marriage & family: Prince of Peace, we remember marriages and families who are facing breakdown. We intercede for children who are affected to be resilient and able to get through such situations. Bring people to help in reconciliation, support and wisdom, through Your merciful love. Amen.  Foster care: We pray, Father, for the possibility to become a reality of additional care to needy children being given by families - receiving teenagers, disabled children and unaccompanied minors (asylum seekers) into their homes and lives for a season of restoration. (Mark 5v19).

 

 

^ 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.

Why don’t you prayer-walk part of your city/locality, allowing Holy Spirit to lead you in prayer? If you meet people, share your faith as opportunity arises.

The Municipality of Paphos and the American University of Beirut (AUB) have signed an Agreement for the establishment of an AUB campus in Paphos, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades. Amen. Pray this prospers. (Psalm 110v3). 

 

 

^ 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 ‘All4Aid’ (Oasis) Refugee Project. A couple of asylum seeker entrepreneurs are actively pursuing a vision for a business run by and for asylum seekers and refugees to make lives easier and to give a form of employment and restoration of dignity. Pray that this bears fruit to God’s glory.  

Another refugee ministry group named ‘Love, Light and Hope’ is based in Pyla. Pray they make a difference to refugees in their area. (1 Thess 1v3).  

 

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 carers of family members, home carers, nurses & doctors & other hospital staff, or charities and welfare groups. Pray for them as they serve others. Pray also for the Mercy Centre in Nicosia, the Limassol group, and the ‘Charis’ project in Paphos. Also Cyprus Samaritans, Friendship Circle, and other local & national organisations. May God have mercy. (Jude 1v2).  

 

 

^ 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 or biological weaponry and for Gospel declaration in the Middle East (Matt 16v19).

Ukraine: The exodus continues, though Russia is having a hard time as she focuses now on taking East Ukraine which is proving difficult. An international donor’s conference in Warsaw in May raised funds for Ukraine of around $6.5 billion! Amen. A third UN operation is under way to evacuate civilians from the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol and the besieged Azovstal steel plant. Pray as led. (Judges 6v14; Psalm 75v8; Prov 21v1; Luke 1v66).

Russian Jews: “No matter what happens with this war, the Russian Jewish community won’t be the same community it was. It’s literally falling apart. Our community may partially survive, but it will be significantly smaller.” Pray that Jews do not go from Russia or Ukraine to Germany because of its attractive ‘brain drain’ programme but that they go to Israel as scripture requires (read Ezekiel chapter 36).

Israel/Cyprus: Ebenezer is conducting a ‘Shavuot Outreach’ to many nations of the world, seeking to acquaint pastors, leaders and communities to the vision of the Jews returning to Israel en-masse in our day, and all that this will involve in preparation and support. Pray for fruit in Cyprus/elsewhere.

Turkey: Erdogan is vowing to expand Syria operations….dangerous (Ezekiel 39). Turkey summary: A mix of antiquity and innovation, the nation of Turkey combines modernized industry with traditional agriculture. One of the poorer nations of Europe yet also the most developed of the Turkic countries in Central and Western Asia, Turkey has acted as a bridge between these two worlds while remaining separate from either. The economy continues to be hindered by a high deficit and is dependent on unreliable, short-term investments. The Kurdish people, who compose nearly one fifth of the total population within Turkey, are in dispute with the Turks over ethnic recognition. Conflicts that have taken the lives of over thirty thousand people since the early 1980's. Narcotics trafficking into Europe is big money. Turkey was one of the earliest mission fields and home to many New Testament churches, but hostility and persecution of Christians is strong in Turkey. Muslim extremists, government intimidation, and family pressure discourage many from coming to Christ and there is a deep national resentment towards Christianity, making evangelism more difficult. But, God still stands, and He is calling out to His people of Turkey to accept the love and peace that only comes from him. Pray for a breakthrough of the Gospel in Turkey. (Matthew 24v14).   

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2022, Top Ten. (No.7. Nigeria): Christians are being increasingly targeted by violence…more than anywhere else in the world…but persevering. Pray healing, hope and strength for those traumatised, protection for believers and Open Doors partner organisations, with fruit coming forth, and for President Buhari and state governors to find lasting solutions to the security crisis. (Luke 2v47).  

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



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