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INTERCESSORS  FOR  CYPRUS

              

                  ΕΝΤΕΥΚΤΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΚΥΠΡΟ

   Πληροφορίες και προσευχή για τον Λαό της Κύπρου

 

 

 

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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS.  PRAYER UPDATE.  JULY 2021.  No. 93

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  July 2021.   No. 93

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

We suggest you print out the update for use this month. The words are close-typed for economy of printing. Use the Bible and its promises alongside this prayer update. Why not read the Bible through every year on a daily basis? Please go to our website: www.intercessorsforcyprus.org page: ‘Daily Bible Reading Plan’

 

CONTENTS

Giving thanks; Daily Bible Readings; Editorial: (i) National Day of Prayer? (ii) Mark of the Beast. The Church:

Specific churches & ministries: Arts & Evangelism; Kanali7 Christian Radio Appeal; The Marriage Course; YFC Cyprus.

Small Groups; Church in the North; Churches in Nicosia; Prophecy; Bereavement; Repentance Cleanses.

Reconciliation north & south; ITI

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

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

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

 

^  GIVING THANKS:  Colossians 2v6-7: ‘So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.Lord, please work this good habit and way of life into us, we pray.

The Old Testament laid down principles of giving, but the New Testament re-interpreted them as, ‘be generous.’ So be generous in thanksgiving.     Thank You for the achievements, simple pleasures and victories You lead us into…..praise You, Lord! Amen.

 

 

^  DAILY BIBLE READINGS for JULY:  EITHER See IFC’s ANNUAL BIBLE READING PLAN at: https://www.intercessorsforcyprus.org/daily-bible-reading-plan OR get the ‘BIBLE IN ONE YEAR’ (Commentary by Nicky Gumbel of Alpha International & Daily Bible Readings (OT & NT) by David Suchet). 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’ the version supplied by ‘Alpha International’. No charge.

 

 

^ EDITORIAL: (i) National Day of Prayer? As we slowly recover from Coronavirus, and face the uncertain future, it would be a good time for a national assembly of evangelical churches and ministries, including pastors, leaders and the people of the churches, to gather for a day before the Lord, to humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, repent, worship, give thanks & praise as we implore Him to move upon Cyprus, to revive the church and touch the nation. We need another Pentecost! We at IFC have had such days, but with just a few attending. Imagine say, the Evangelical Alliance calling such a day. Would not the Lord be pleased at a united front, both in the North and the South, in gathering before Him and seeking His face?

Please pray for such an assembly to become reality in some way in Cyprus. God responds to such. (1 Kings 8; 2 Chronicles ch 7 & ch 20; Acts 2, etc.)     

 

(ii) The Mark of the Beast: Is China developing the ‘Mark of the Beast’? The fight against Coronavirus has linked the nations of the world and moved us further towards a cashless society. Economies of the nations are now linked. If the dollar fails, western nations could adopt Communist China’s mass surveillance artificial intelligence (AI) technology, which would bring in a totalitarian control system. China has over a half a billion surveillance cameras using face and motion recognition. There are scanning cameras in China which can read your emotions and identify you by the way you walk as well as by your face! Their social credit system is being studied by other nations with a view to adopting the system, which tracks financial and social wealth. Social credits are gained by supporting the government, which brooks no rivals either religious or political. Citizens are now being encouraged to spy on their own people using TV and smartphone means. Prediction of crimes based on background is developing.....shades of the movie ‘Minority Report’.  I.D. Cards will give access to huge amounts of information including religious interests. Churches are bulldozed and people disappear.

     In some countries, cameras are already watching you behind the wheel of your vehicle, at work, shopping and at your bank ATM as well as on your mobile or computer camera. Internationally, interaction with machines e.g. online, at bank & self-service checkouts. Monitoring and ‘surveillance capitalism’ in the West is also high…smart phone, internet usage, and then commercial companies with data mining…all know lots about you because of ‘terms and conditions’ click agreements. Regulation of this is difficult now. Add to this the way freedom of speech is under attack in the West….

The ‘beast’ (Revelation 13) could use this technology to control the world. The ‘beast’ of Revelation 13, comparing with Daniel chapter 7’s fourth beast, is not necessarily an individual so much as a government system which the antichrist will use, a control system in the nations. It should be noted that the ‘antichrist’ is a specific individual (1 John 2v22) and the ‘dragon’ is Satan (Rev 12v9). The first beast mentioned in the chapter - out of the sea (Rev 13v1-10) - controls the people politically and even overcomes the saints (v7). The second beast - from the earth - controls the economy. There is no buying or selling without the mark of the beast. The choice to accept the ‘mark’ or not will be clear when the time comes, because to accept will be to accept a willful blasphemy against God (Rev 13v1, Rev 17v3).   

To close, let us remember that Jesus often said, ‘Don’t be afraid.’ He will watch over us and He is in control of the future and will put His restraints on enemy activity. However we will need to make our stand as believers, for His glory. Luke 21v27-28: “At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."  Further details: (Revelation tv & CBN News): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdEbof8T2wk

 

 

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

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

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

a) Arts & Evangelism: Remember from May that Jörn has uploaded his third video to his YouTube channel: “Two Outreach Stories”. Here is the link: youtube.com/watch?v=52jBDbq-8po. He is planning on posting more videos and on making his workshops and teachings available on video. Pray for development in his prophetic art outreach, and for salvations! (Acts 11v5). Also, let’s pray for the Arts in Cyprus: Thank You, Lord for the diverse expressions of Art in Cyprus. Inspire creativity in the Arts and unlock creativity within each one of us. Thank you for museums, galleries, cultural centres and online facilities. Enable those who have been laid off from performance arts to take fresh opportunities. Raise up Artists of integrity and faith who will be voices for truth, justice, beauty and love to Your glory. Thank You for ‘The Chosen’ films which show ingenuity, inspiration, wisdom and humour to name a few. May such efforts flourish and enrich. Thank you for the world’s heritage of Christian art expression in literature, music, architecture, painting, sculpture, carving, glass, mosaics, etc. May these continue and bring praise to magnify Your beautiful being. (1 Kings 6v29).

 

b) Kanali7 Christian Radio Station: The station is in danger of stopping its broadcasts, within a few months as with Covid-19 the financial support has dropped. For Cypriots, radio as a medium to access news is vital. A 2015 study found that around 90% of the population depends on FM radio to keep informed during their commutes and throughout the day. With this high demand, radio broadcasting is a very tightly regulated industry. Any entity wishing to broadcast must maintain a high level of competency and quality. It took great persistence and prayer to establish the station bearing in mind it is evangelical in a Cyprus dominated by Greek Orthodox religion. The station reaches the unreached in Cyprus! ‘Because we believe in an Almighty God, a God of miracles, we would like to ask you to become a financial supporter and partner in God's work at Kanali 7.’

The station is looking for regular, ideally monthly support from sponsors. If you can help rescue the station in this way, please email iforcy@outlook.com for banking details of the station. Meanwhile, pray for the station to continue and to flourish. (Jeremiah 17v7-9).   

 

c) The Marriage Course: Pray for the current participants of this online course to be challenged and benefit so their marriages either develop or are restored if that is the need - the course finishes soon. If other churches want details of the course….which is excellent – my wife and I have been participants as well as hosts – then contact us on iforcy@outlook.com for details. (Genesis 2v18; Revelation 19v7).

 

d) YFC Cyprus: Youth for Christ is organising a couple of day camps in July for young people, in both Paphos and Limassol. The theme is, ‘Anchored to the Rock’. Pray that the events benefit the young people and build faith. Pray for the team including interns, and for the youth, for protection in every way, for practical issues to be resolved, for financial provision – part of which will provide for those who cannot afford it, and for salvations! (Ps. 71v17).     

2. Small Groups: One church writes: ”Small Groups are the relational heart of the Church - it’s where people connect, share life and grow together. Small groups can consist of approximately 5-20 people who meet together on a regular basis around a shared interest or passion, and are designed to help everyone in the Church, across every congregation to discover what God has put inside each one of us so that we live fruitful, effective lives for Him. If you’re new to Church or would like to get to know some more people, joining a small group is a great place to start.”  Why not find out from your pastor what small groups are available in your church or locality? Pray for development of small groups in the church in Cyprus. (Acts 2v46).

 

3. Church in the North: The Turkish indigenous church is developing. Pray for church leadership to further emerge within the north as well as through missionary work. There are health issues and needs for rest or revisiting homelands for some workers, including granting of visas. We need to see the miracles developing, and the Gospel touching the indigenous population for Christ. Students are a great mission field also, but wisdom from God is needed for this as cultures can be so different. There have been baptisms and counselling, also. One persecuted worker’s work permit has come through, Amen! Pray for God to stimulate and quicken the Church in the North (& South!) and meet the needs. (Psalm 71v20; Romans 8v11).

 

4. Churches in Nicosia: Churches Prayer Chain: A day of continuous prayer for Cyprus was held on June 28th from 6am – 9pm, with invitations to many church leaders in Cyprus. Nicosia churches are making this a monthly event. Praise God! Topics were: A just and right solution of the Cyprus problem. Protection during the pandemic and God to put an end to it. Each local church added one or two more topics that it wanted its members to include in their prayers.  Pray for these issues, and that this initiative knows God’s blessing and makes a difference in Cyprus. (2 Chronicles 7v14).

 

5. Prophecy: June 2021 via Nat Day of Rep US. Please read and weigh this, using as appropriate.  

“Now, take the time to consider these things, little ones. Do not delay! Larger, more threatening, elements have been set into place … set to appear at the bidding of the Evil One. Those who are fully awake, and intimately connected to Me will discern them. They will raise up a disclosure of the Truth, as well as the alarm, and the intercession to strike down these wicked plans. Why? Because the fearless and the faithful will hear My voice and trust My plan at work. What I tell them to pray, and to decree, they will do. I will reveal to My prophets the secret things that the Enemy hopes to conceal until the hour of destruction. My armies will engage so that all, which is being put into motion, will serve MY PLANS AND PURPOSES. 

Do you trust Me? Will you reject all fear of death and loss? Will you LIVE fully in faith, and in allegiance to My call; fulfilling your destiny? In this way, you will always be on the winning side. You will always be able to live in strength and in shalom. If your death is in My hands, and if your heart is on My Kingdom, and set upon obedience to My call, there is NOTHING that can rob you of My glory. That glory shall come through you to impact the world in ways that you can never imagine. Remember! No assumptions! No opinions! Live in Me, in My word, and in My Spirit. The liar and the thief will have no power over you. Fear will be a toothless foe. There will be no need for you to be distressed, or to take control of your destiny. I have it all! And in Me you are well kept … from your first heartbeat, to the exactly ordained moment of your return into My eternal abode.”

 

6. Bereavement: from Covid 19 and other causes: Vicky (known to us in the UK and a believer) died from Covid 19 & related illness despite all the faith prayers for healing. Her husband afterwards was coping with grief and bereavement, and also a sense of guilt because his and others prayers did not bring the healing for Vicky. He believes he heard from the Lord, which took away that guilt: “Who told you My truth is only for this life. It is eternal.” In other words, Vicky was healed the other side of death as she was restored in heaven, because healing is eternal. Wow! Pray for those who have lost loved ones especially those you know, that they receive counsel and comfort from the Lord. (Isaiah 61v1-3).

 

7. Repentance cleanses: “It is said, nothing restores depleted soil like ashes from burned trees.” When people repent, it opens the door to God’s work in their lives. Luke 7v29-30: All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus' words, acknowledged that God's way was right, because they had been baptised by John. But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God's purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptised by John. Make sure you are not of those who reject repentance.

Sunday, July 4, 2021 is a grassroots National Day of Repentance in the USA. Pastors are being encouraged to teach, to preach, to model repentance during church services that day. And, following the message of 2 Chronicles 7:14, they are being encouraged to allow time for all participants to spend private time with the Lord during the service, to confess sins, and to turn from their wicked ways: to repent. Repentance has to start with you and me.

Repentance Prayer: Heavenly Father, Almighty God, Maker of heaven and earth, Creator and Sustainer of life, we pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ as we come to You confessing our sins and the sins of our family and even our nation. Like Daniel, we confess that we have failed You and have failed in our witness to other people. We are a divided nation instead of one united under Your providence. We are grieved and we ask You to forgive our sins. Help us repent and change our ways, so that the nation in which we live can begin to live out Your blessed plan for us. Restore to us the years that the locusts have eaten. We bow before you in shame and penitence as we confess our sin of ‘shedding innocent blood’ in our country (abortion). We have sacrificed our helpless and defenceless unborn children on the altar of the false god of Molech/human secularism. Please lift the veil of deception that blinds our eyes to the atrocity of this sin. Help us to embrace Your wisdom and not man's so-called wisdom. Open our eyes to the suffering that we have caused and give us a contrite, renewed heart. Please heal our hearts and souls by cleansing our land of this awful sin of abortion. Cleanse us through what You have done for us - the shedding of Your innocent Blood on the Cross. We pray this in the name above all names, the only name under heaven and earth by which men might be saved, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, Jesus Christ. Amen. (2 Chron 7v14).

 

Reconciliation N & S: Meeting, praying, sharing, worshipping together…..how can you do this with brethren in the North? Pray & act. (Heb 10v25).  

ITI: The Law of Return: The law was implemented in 1950 and last amended in 1970. The proposed current amendment responds to the heightened desire for immigration witnessed this past year. The amendment would make all Jews eligible to receive a certificate that allows them to make ‘aliyah’ at any moment in their life, without the need for immediately making the return to Israel to live. The intention is to enable Jewish people, wherever they are in the world and at any moment they desire, to complete the aliyah process without committing to a specific date. Upon completion of the process, they would be entitled to receive an eligibility certificate that they can exercise at any time that is convenient for them. Pray. (Isaiah 61v1).  

 

 

^ THE GOVERNMENT & THOSE IN AUTHORITY:  1 Timothy 2v1-4: I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority. God…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; newly elected House President Annita Demetriou (Disy); Cabinet Ministers & the Secretary to the Cabinet; Government Spokesman. Pray for our government & opposition parties, and also for our Archbishop Chrysostomos ll. Pray for the current president of the Evangelical Alliance of Churches in Cyprus: Yiannos, and E.A. secretary Chrysso. Pray also for key leaders in the North: Underground church leaders; leader of Turkish Cypriot Community Mr Ersin Tatar; Government Ministers, and even President Erdogan of Turkey.

 

^ This month: Law enforcement. There can be negativity and malice toward those who bravely serve and protect our families, especially during Covid-19 patrolling. It is important that citizens, and especially Christians, lift up those who wear the badge as our local police department and others who serve in a national role. Remember, law enforcement officers deserve our respect and appreciation. This is a great opportunity to let them know you believe in the importance of their work. Here are three ways you can show your support to those who serve: PRAY: Urge your pastor and church to designate a special time during a Sunday service to pray for law enforcement officers in your community. Invite the chief of police and their law enforcement officers to attend that Sunday so that the entire congregation can pray and thank them in person. Sunday school classes can dedicate a portion of their time to pray for specific family members and friends who serve as law enforcement officers. THANK AND APPRECIATE: If you have a friend or family member in law enforcement, please take a moment today to say, "Thank you." The next time you see police officers in a restaurant, pay for their lunch or dinner. Prepare a few personal hand-written notes of encouragement for an officer. When you see them in public, simply hand them the note and let them know you are thankful for their service to the community. RECOGNISE: Post notes of appreciation on social media. Most local law enforcement agencies have accounts on media such as Facebook or Twitter. You can use these to let them know you care. Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper. Your letter will not only encourage law enforcement, but it will inspire others to join you in public displays of recognition for their work. If no one in your community is standing up for the police, please take the initiative. Read Romans 13 and pray & act as led.

Green: Cyprus will allocate over €1 billion for a swift transition to a Green economy built on renewable energy in the next 5 years. Amen. (Gen. 2v15).  

 

^ Peace Process: The term “self-governed regions,” suggested in a plan by Jane Lute, United Nations Special Envoy, was rejected out of hand by our president. Famagustas and Varosha are very sensitive issues now. President Erdogan will visit the north on July 20th. He keeps repeating his demand that the world accept a self-declared republic on the Turkish occupied part of the island seized in the unlawful 1974 invasion. This is a major obstacle to peace, as is the status of Varosha, and as is the likelihood of Turkey drilling more boreholes in its search for gas in the eastern Mediterranean. Pray for God’s way through all this. Time is running out. Pray that the church in Cyprus stands before God on behalf of the land and for a solution. (Psalm 37v13; 2 Chronicles 7v13-14). 

 

^ The North: ‘Mayors’ in the north have come together to form a political party, according to Kibris Postasi. One of the core reasons cited for this move is the mayors’ inability to offer the necessary services to citizens while being the ones who face the brunt of their complaints. Newspaper Halkin Sesi, said that the ‘mayor’ of Karavas expressed concerns at how they are being treated by the ‘government’, adding that the insufficient support they received during the pandemic has been ‘the last straw’. Pray for a way through for the mayors and committees in the North. (Isaiah 42v16 & 43v19).

 

^ Health: Covid Delta Variant surge: Cyprus fears the Covid-19 variant behind the acceleration of India’s explosive outbreak is triggering a cases surge on the island, most prevalent among the complacent younger people, where this is six to eight times more contagious. Cyprus Ηealth Ministry have warned of catastrophic consequences from a setback and urges the youth to get vaccinated. Pray. The EU Digital Covid Certificate has started. Member States will not be permitted to restrict travel to those holding the certificate, except under very specific conditions (travel to an especially contagious zone). European Union countries agreed to an easing of travel restrictions over summer that will allow fully vaccinated tourists to avoid tests or quarantines and broaden the list of EU regions from which it is safe to travel. Pray for righteousness in this process. (Acts 10v35). Blood donors: Cyprus is first in the EU for the percentage of the population giving blood. Bravo!

Covid-19: New rules at restaurants, sports and cultural centres, etc: From July 1st, the maximum number of people per table is 10. Use of facilities is on condition that individuals have had a negative PCR test or rapid test taken within 72 hours, or have had the first dose of one of the authorised vaccines and three weeks have elapsed since the vaccination or individuals, or have a certificate of recovery given by the Ministry of Health within 6 months. All employees have to use a mask, as well as customers when they are entering/leaving or moving about the premises. This is all well and good, for which we give thanks, but what about the conscientious objectors? Pray. (2 Chronicles 7v13-14).    

 

 

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

Businesses: From March 2020 until May 2021, 2,687 businesses closed down. The number of voluntary liquidations was 336. The government continues to aid small businesses after the pandemic. However, unviable businesses with NPLs are being propped up by state handouts and the indefinite suspension of foreclosures. This is not a realistic approach. Pray for a fair and just way through and hope for those losing their businesses. Also, the decree clarifying which businesses in Cyprus will be exempted from credit card payment facilities has been stuck in the Legal Office for months. By law, both cash and credit card payments should be acceptable. Pray for the process to be speeded up to a resolution. (Prov 22v29).   

Tourism: Cyprus is hoping for increased tourism this month. Pray for God’s blessing to restore this industry. (2 Chron 15v5; Daniel 12v4).  

Cryptocurrencies: A Cyprus Mail correspondent has urged Cypriots to avoid cryptocurrencies - tempting for quick profits but unstable. Be aware.   

Investment: Cyprus is brilliant at attracting foreign investors and low corporate tax (CT) rates and other factors are integral to this success. However, at the G7 summit, agreement on a set of reforms to the international tax system took place, which could adversely affect Cyprus. Pray. (Luke 19v23).

Reforms and grant: An EU grant and loans of over 1.3 billion to Cyprus are at stake conditional on such areas as: local government reform, public administration (civil service) reform, and justice (and tackling corruption) reform. Justice reform involves establishing a constitutional court and an appeals court to replace the current Supreme Court. Clearing the backlog in the courts system is also crucial. Whether these can be implemented in the 6 months allowed is debatable and so the grant (1 billion euros) and loans would be lost. Pray for a viable way forward. (Proverbs 17v8).

Foreclosure Law: The EU is warning that amendments may destabilise the Cyprus banking sector unless carefully worked out. Pray. (Num. 3v8).  

Public sector pay: Collective Agreements (which no government challenges and which guarantee annual pay rises and regular promotions to public employees - as long as they show up for work on a regular basis and follow the basic rules of the workplace) are used to prevent the introduction of a reliable staff evaluation system in the public sector. Pray for the system to be replaced with a merit system. (1 Samuel 26v23a).

Building trade: With lack of town sites for new buildings, small contractors may be able to restore & upgrade older units. Pray for this. (1 Kings 5v18).

Power: Concentrated solar power using mirrors is a viable development for future power in large transportable quantities. Pray that Cyprus uses its natural resource of sunlight to good purpose in this harvesting of the sun. (Psalm 72v5).

Fire & Arson: According to Petros Petrou, official of the Forestry Department, nine in 10 fires are due to human activities of one sort or another. Now the heatwave is upon us, pray for common sense to prevail, and for swift intervention to deal with fires or potential fires. (Proverbs 1v20).   

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.

Fun Runs: These are developing around Cyprus, especially Larnaca and Limassol. Pray that these encourage community. (2 Samuel 2v18).

Parents: Children’s accountability: Experts are recognising that the process starts by parents correctly modelling accountability themselves for their children, through the framework of ownership and not blame, creating a culture of making it okay to fail at something and to try again, and discussing the subject openly with their children. The world is catching up with the Bible! Pray for parents to model in this way. (Coloss 3v20; 1 Tim 5v4).

Online grooming: During the last year, due to the pandemic and the restrictive measures, children have been forced not only to spend much more time online but also to socialise much more through the internet and therefore offences relating to online abuse and exploitation have increased dramatically, including grooming and child porn. Pray for better internet policing of this both at home and by the authorities in Cyprus. (Psalm 12v8).

Vulnerable children: Before Covid, there were 1 billion vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the world. Covid is thought to have increased this number by 20 per cent. A campaign to continue indefinitely entitled ‘Listen’ will reach 500 million people and will give grants to 75 proven projects. Cyprus could be one of the countries that host the project’s production. Pray Cyprus makes a difference for these children. (Job 5v4).  

Drugs: Over the last 5 years there has been an increase of meth use. This is clear from the busts and the drugs that are being seized and also from the number of people seeking assistance at care centres. Pray for the breaking of addictions especially through the gospel. (Psalm 103v4).  

Human Trafficking: A man in rural Nicosia, who was arrested in early June on charges related to human trafficking and labour exploitation, was one of 229 suspects detained all over Europe during an operation coordinated by Europol. Continue to pray for the interception of such people. (Job 18v8).

Prostitution: Give thanks for a police prostitution bust in Yermasoyia, Limassol. Pray for such establishments to fail, including sex shops, and for the deliverance of women from the trade, and interception of the money-makers behind it. It is a spiritual battle. (Ephesians 6v10-18).     

LGBTI: Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades is among 16 EU leaders who signed a joint letter vowing to “continue fighting against discrimination towards the LGBTI community”. God is against these practices though wants the people delivered. Pray as led. (Leviticus 18v22).

 

 

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

Rubbish: Five months after the implementation of the ‘pay as you throw’ waste management system, Aglandjia municipality has reduced its rubbish by 1,396 tonnes from January to May 2021. Pray that other municipalities are led to how best to deal with their rubbish. (Joshua 17v15; Luke 16v1).

Stray cats: The municipalities of Cyprus are swamped with these. Pray for a way through. (Joshua 18v8a; Isaiah 42v16).     

 

 

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

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

Remember the Oasis Refugee Project: Just as Jesus met physical needs and then spoke about spiritual truth, so OASIS strives to meet physical and spiritual needs of all who enter its doors. This is realized through OASIS’ activities: clothing and food distribution, English, Greek and computer classes, prenatal care group, women’s meetings, family events, social café, advice centre, prayer time and Bible studies. Pray blessing on this ministry.

Migrants: The Republic of Cyprus currently has the highest number of arriving migrants per capita in the EU. We commend the National Plan to manage migrants, but on the one hand we desire to help the truly needy to integrate into society, on the other hand wish to keep at bay the Islamic strategy of flooding a country with Muslims. A new EU-funded 2 year project has been launched in Cyprus to facilitate the integration of migrants in a range of areas including participation, education, cultural and social life, urban planning, business, access to the labour market, anti-discrimination and multilingualism. Pray into these situations and also for refugee and migrant children in Cyprus to have their rights upheld: to have an identity, safe shelter, food, healthcare and education. Also that the government will facilitate re-uniting of families with their children. (1 Kings 8v59).  

 

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 and other local & national organisations.

 

 

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

Israel - God’s nation: Those of ‘Replacement Theology’ persuasion who regard the church as the new Israel need to consider these verses:  2 Samuel 7:22-24 (NIV): "How great you are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no-one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt? You have established your people Israel as your very own for ever, and you, O LORD, have become their God.

Israel now has a new prime minister – Naftali Bennett. Although he only won 4% of the vote he has done a deal where he is prime minister for 2 years and then he hands over to Lapid a more centrist (left wing) politician. Lapid’s party advocates negotiation with the Palestinians and also a two state solution. His ideology is social liberalism. Bennett’s ideology is national conservatism. In many ways he is more right wing than Netanyahu. So what does this all mean? Israel now has a prime minister whose outlook is that ”the land” totally belongs to the Jewish people. He has total opposition to a Palestinian State. It is likely therefore he could act even stronger against Hamas and Hezbollah than Netanyahu – even though he is leading a divided government. Interestingly his first name Naftali means to “wrestle”. A wrestling is to come and Israel will prevail (Gen 30v8). Pray for God’s government.

Gaza: Bible scholars are aware that Rome was the one that named the land, which composes much of Israel, as “Philistina,” to mock the conquered Jewish populations with the name of its most obstinate and persistent adversary, the Philistines. The modern equivalent, “Palestinian” originally referred to both Jewish and Arab people residing there, but now has become associated only with those of Arab descent who inhabited the land. The terror assaults on Israel through Hamas, based in Gaza, continue. How would you like such a neighbour? The leader of Hamas said recently that any future fighting would reshape the region, and cited the need to defend Jerusalem. But God has a time and plan (see Zechariah 9:5 (AMP) & Amos 1v7 AMP).  With this in mind, pray for the Gazan people, trapped by Hamas, and for God’s final intervention to deal with Hamas completely. 

Iran: (Biblically ‘Elam’) A notorious cleric, Iran’s next president, is a torturing killer who will spread terror and bloodshed across the world, claims those who have suffered under him. He will seek to destroy Israel….but God!  There will probably be another Gaza war soon. Iran’s proxies, Hamas & Hezbollah are to the S & N of Israel. Pray. (Is. 21v2-3; Jer. 15v20-21).

Lebanon: The economy is crumbling & the nation breaking down. Iran and her proxies are taking over. Pray urgently for this land and people.(Ez. 17).  

West Africa: Many Muslims in West Africa follow a type of Folk Islam that combines Islamic practices with animist idol worship and even the occult.

They are captive to FEAR. Jihadi extremism is also on the rise across the region, with Boko Haram, Islamic State, and Al Qaeda affiliates active in numerous countries. They are captive to VIOLENCE. Huge tribes like the Fulani and Hausa span dozens of countries and consider themselves the protectors of Islam in West Africa. They are captive to PRIDE. The great news is that MANY Muslims are hearing and responding to the fact that Jesus came to set captives free! But sadly, most Muslims in West Africa have still not heard. And massive amounts of Islamic resources are being poured into the region to gain influence and territory. A battle for souls is raging. It is vital that we fight in prayer for W. Africa. (Exodus 17v10-13).

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 every week including the latest news and using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, ITI prayers 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.  

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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS.  PRAYER UPDATE.  JUNE 2021.  No. 92

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  June 2021.  No. 92.  

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

We suggest you print out the update for use this month. The words are close-typed for economy of printing. Use the Bible and its promises alongside this prayer update. Why not read the Bible through every year on a daily basis? Please go to our website: www.intercessorsforcyprus.org page: ‘Daily Bible Reading Plan’

 

CONTENTS

Giving thanks; Daily Bible Readings for June; Editorial: What is the truth about Covid-19? The Church: Youth for Christ Cyprus;

A different view of Pentecost; Atheism; Repentance; The Persecuted.  Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI. 

The Government and those in authority: This month (including election results); Peace process N/S; The North; Health.

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.’

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

 

 

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

Thank You Lord for the giving of the Holy Spirit, poured out at Pentecost, which we celebrate this month. Thank You that You still comes to inspire, equip and empower us.’ Amen. Here is a comprehensive list of all the compound Biblical names of God in the Bible: Jehovah-Ezer: The Lord our Helper. Jehovah-Jireh: The Lord our Provider..Jehovah-Mekeddeshem: The Lord Who Sanctifies. Jehovah-Nissi: The Lord our Banner Who goes before us. Jehovah-Rapha: The Lord our Healer. Jehovah-Seba'ot: The God of the Heavenly Army Hosts. Jehovah-Shalom: The Lord our Peace.

But these two really sum it up: Jehovah-Shammah: The Lord is Omniscient, Omnipresent, All- surrounding. Jehovah-Roi: The Lord our Shepherd, The God Who SEES ALL. When Moses asks Him for a Name from the burning bush He simply answers: "I Am Who I Am." In another translated version it more purely says: "I Exist." He is the quintessential Essence of Life. Praise Him!   

 

 

^  DAILY BIBLE READINGS for JUNE: EITHER See IFC’s ANNUAL BIBLE READING PLAN at: https://www.intercessorsforcyprus.org/daily-bible-reading-plan OR get the ‘BIBLE IN ONE YEAR’ (Commentary by Nicky Gumbel of Alpha International & Daily Bible Readings (OT & NT) by David Suchard). 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’ the version supplied by ‘Alpha International’. No charge.

 

 

^ EDITORIAL: What is the truth about Covid-19? Here is a definition of corruption written by CARE UK: ‘Corruption poses a significant threat; it weakens democratic institutions, contributes to government instability, and erodes trust. Corruption threatens the economy, by undermining fair competition and discouraging investment and trade. It disproportionately affects disadvantaged groups by preventing social inclusion, promoting inequality and inhibiting prosperity.’ Now read the definition again with in mind the effects Coronavirus has been having worldwide. Interesting….

With all the fake news, unsubstantiated claims, rumours and facts hard to prove concerning Coronavirus, the Christian Church worldwide has had a hard time discerning between what is of God and what is not, what is a lie and what is the truth. Add to this the false prophetic claims of a return to power of President Trump which came to nothing, and the current claims that all is OK and vaccines will solve everything, as against those Christian churches and ministries who say there is a corrupt group or conspiracy which is threatening to bring the world into its power, then we need to keep our ears and eyes open. As we seek God, and recognise the lack of repentance in the nations, He may well be allowing such shakings in the world - which He said would be the case in the days preceding the coming of the Lord (Haggai 2v7).

As a way of recovering from the pandemic and supposedly building a better future, the World Economic Forum has proposed a great reset, the aim being to reshape every aspect of society, including government, economy and education. CEOs and presidents of major international corporations, such as Microsoft and BP, are involved. It looks as if the “Great Reset” would involve greater governmental control, less freedom of speech, and most likely religious persecution should these sweeping global reforms be implemented, Freedom of speech is already being restricted. (Some Christian ministries are losing their platforms on social media because of censorship from “Big Tech”).

I am including here a more radical view of what is behind Coronavirus to balance out and present an alternative to the ‘peace, peace’ brigade [c.f. Jeremiah 6v14]. The source: mariomurilloministries via National Day of Repentance USA). ‘They’ will make the greatest bid for world domination in history. It is no longer just armies that threaten freedom—it is corporations and corrupt politicians. I believe that evil in all of its vile colours is even now rising to try to crush our freedom and our churches. They wield astonishing power. They have mountains of money, unlimited connections, and enormous influence. Will they destroy nations and borders? Will they drive the church underground? Is it possible that they can indeed plow under the entire moral foundation of the West, and even the world?

Barack Obama, George Soros, and Bill Gates have plans—plans that could envelope the world. They are feverishly putting the finishing touches on strategies to redefine the human race. They are the apostles of the “new normal.” Conspirator number one, Obama, wishes to rule through a puppet president. Soros, the second one is funding and managing global anarchy. The last one named, Bill Gates, seems to be pinning his hope on a mandatory vaccine which is now being rolled out for children as well. Perhaps the reason that young children are not susceptible to CV is that they have no fear of it, whereas those old enough to understand may contract it!

Corona Conspiracy? A friend in the UK sent me this recently: And so the cookie starts to crumble... the masks begin to fall off. The Chinese biological laboratory in Wuhan is owned by Glaxosmithkline, which owns Pfizer - the company who makes the vaccine against the Coronavirus. "GlaxoSmithKline is managed by Black Rock, which manages the finances of the Soros Foundation. Black Rock controls central banks and manages about a third of global investment capital. Soros owns the German company Winterthur, (which built the Chinese laboratory in Wuhan) and was bought by a shareholder of Black Rock, which is a major shareholder of Microsoft, owned by Bill Gates, who is a shareholder of Pfizer, which is now the first sponsor of the  'WHO! (World Health Organisation). Now you understand how a dead bat sold in a wet market in China has infected the whole planet. 

       So, pandemic, economic collapse and rioting provide the perfect situation for men to seize power. The proof of their power grab? The illegal shutdown of churches in the USA. The elites who believe they are on a higher level of wealth and power, also believe, “Never waste a crisis.” And if there is no crisis available—you create one. This is not just about money. This trio despises Christianity and Israel. They are working to rid the world of the laws of God. They are described in Psalm 2:2-3: “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us beak their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us.”

 

What is God doing? Actually, God is laughing. He is laughing at their plans. Back to Psalm 2, in verse 4 it states, “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision.” God laughs and mocks their plans. He heaps divine ridicule on them. But God’s dealings do not stop there: verse 5, “Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure…” God is not only laughing at their plans―He will wreck their plans. His wrath will be poured out on their vain imaginings. The word backfire does not begin to cover the next act of God against men who try to bury the church and set up their own kingdom. The nations are the express inheritance of Jesus Christ. Psalm 2 goes on to say in verses 7-8. “The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.” Every believer shares in this final victory. Every believer is more powerful and purposeful than they know. We should shake off all fear and helplessness and then confess the end times are not happening to me. I am happening to the end times!

Barack Obama, George Soros, Bill Gates would do well to abandon their course. A mighty God protects us. The devil whom they serve, is already doomed, and he will take them down with him. These men need to know what God plans to do about their plans. Psalm 2:9-10, “You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel. Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be warned, you judges of the earth.”

But how should you and I react to this moment? We can fear and hide or we can stand and watch God give us weapons of supernatural effectiveness; words to preach that can’t be resisted and miracle provision to finish our course with joy. These are dark days, but God has not forsaken us. Rejoice! God is laughing at their threats! Meanwhile, in the Church, we demonstrate Christ’s love, power and grace towards those who disagree with us – both within and without the church, for example over Coronavirus conspiracies or taking the vaccination.

So, will we soon have a tyranny of globalists, elitists, government officials shutting down liberty under the guise of public health? (In the UK the government is considering making the word ‘repent’ illegal). Or, will we have liberty, seeking God's Hand in our lives and our nations? This a key time to confess our personal and national sins, as the Holy Spirit may lead, beginning with ourselves. Have we forgotten His liberty or become apathetic or defeated in our thinking, looking to our secular governments or the god of mammon, or our own strength to support us? After confessing personal sins and receiving forgiveness, we can then repent. Then we are in a position to confess our national sins, e.g. the killing of innocents (abortion), idolatry (in many forms), the legalisation of sexual perversions, and the failure fully to stand with the Living God's plan for Israel. (US Nat. Day of Repentance). 

 

 

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

1. Youth for Christ Cyprus: Please pray that we can have more in-person events in the near future and that if it's the Lord’s will, we can have camp this summer. Pray protection over the team, interns and teenagers’ mental health (following 3rd lock down) for hope, joy & trust in him (Prov 3v5-6).    

 

2. A different view of Pentecost: [Ed.] I have put this together from notes on the speaker’s talk at a Zoom ‘Aligned’ event which I attended recently. Much of the Gentile Church is out of alignment with God concerning Israel. Pride in the Church says that Pentecost is all about the Church. Though we focus on the Holy Spirit in the Church at Pentecost, in Israel’s equivalent Shavuot offering, two loaves are offered to God, (Leviticus 23v15-18), representing the unifying of Jew and Gentile. The leaven in the loaves represents sin, but the baking process causes the leaven to die. God desires His Church to die to sin, to be a holy Church. God is bringing about the unity of Jewish and Gentile believers – the ‘one new man’ of Ephesians 2. Emerging is a recognition of Israel in God’s purposes and that the Church is rooted in Israel’s tree. The Church joins this tree of Covenant, God’s covenant with Israel, not the other way round. This revelation is growing amongst the Gentiles through the cross and to the Church in that we are brothers with Israeli believers…’one new man’ in Christ (Ephesians 2v11-22). God is drawing back Israel to Himself and to a depth of relationship, as He has done for the true Church over these past two millennia. It is Israel’s time.

    The speaker at the ‘Aligned’ event was BT, a seasoned intercessor and teacher who had a dream in the night: The dream was firstly of the Israeli flag and then a glittering star rising in the night sky. In asking God for understanding, the interpretation was that Israel has begun her ascension to be chief of the nations (Isaiah 2v2; Jer 31v7; Amos 6v1). [Ed.] This ascendency may manifest in Israel’s wars with surrounding enemies (Micah 4v11-13).  

    Following the star, there was a comet trailing behind….the nations. The understanding of this was that the time has come to settle accounts with the nations according to whether they have blessed or cursed Israel, God’s chosen nation (Genesis 12v3; Genesis 27v29; Numbers 24v9). The UK, where the speaker lives, is at present a nation that has not blessed Israel - but repentance could reverse this. [Ed.] The current uprising of Palestinians all over the world could be disastrous for their cause if they are opposing the God of Israel.    

The focus of the speaker shifted to the Bible, the Book of Ruth. In chapter 1, every good woman portrayed is a picture of what God wants in His Church – and the converse….Orpah, stiff necked, represents those churches who do not wish to hear God’s heart for Israel. Ruth represents gentile nations, and Naomi represents Israel. The Kinsman represents Jesus (Yeshua). The name ‘Boaz’ means, ‘Lord of the harvest’ and in the book, the barley harvest was beginning. In chapter 2, Ruth (gentile nations) was kind to Naomi (Israel). [Ed.] Is Cyprus in this category in terms of being kind to Israel? Not recently during the Gaza-Israel war. The speaker then spoke of how God allowed 500 years of darkness over Spain from 1492 because of the Inquisition against the Jews and then of how the Church is so divided because of the way it has treated the Jews historically.

Next, a picture was shared of twins in the womb sharing a placenta, but one (the Church) took all the goodness for itself. Both died in the womb. However some time later, the next child in that womb, named Leo, though it had some problems whilst in the womb, was born well. It was born with a yellow umbilical cord, representing glory within. The urinary tract aperture was slightly faulty and so the child had to be circumcised. The child represents Israel….which will LIVE despite invasions, anti-Semitism, opposing of the nations……redemption.

 [Ed.] Pray for Israel, the Jewish people, to be restored to God in Christ, and for Jewish and Gentile believers to recognize one another as brothers.   

 

3. Atheism: Death is the great equalizer and at the core of an atheist's soul (although they don't believe that they actually have one), they truly think that they are smarter and better than everyone else. The Atheistic movement even arrogantly calls its members the "Brights." Since, they believe they are smarter than others, it pains them deeply that their own "brilliant" doctrine requires that they will ultimately cease to exist. This, in their thought process, is simply not fair. Even their clouded minds recognize that "ceasing to exist" is not a natural state for the complexity of mankind created with a body, mind and soul. Only when we understand that we are spiritual beings, do we recognize this normal longing for significance and meaning. Animals don't wake up every morning wondering if their life will make an impact on the world or where they end up in the afterlife. There is only one common thread found in every culture ever studied through archaeology, anthropology, cave drawings, manuscripts, art, etc., and that is: Belief in a Higher Power. It's pre-programmed into our DNA. When we look into the mirror of our souls and minds, we clearly see the unmistakable fingerprint of our Creator. According to many atheists, "surplus" people are wasting precious resources from their "Mother Earth." Since this temporal life is all that they have to look forward to, any desecration of their only existence causes fury! Despite all their talk about an organized and polite society without requiring God's Laws, atheists actually promote that we are no different than creatures in the animal kingdom. Atheism, which says we are no different than other creatures on the planet, is becoming fully actualized in the current state of Western civilization. Our nations have now become fixated on a death culture, random sexual matings, no particular moral code and a constant state of territorial combat. It becomes quite clear that without a belief in the One True Almighty God...we become like animals. Pray for atheists, especially those you know. (Acts 16v31).    

 

4. Repentance: From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, REPENT, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ (Matthew 4:17 (KJV). Jesus didn't waste any time warming up the crowd with an ear-tickling message. ‘The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.’ (Matthew 12:41 (ESV).  Here's what Jesus said to the 12 disciples: ‘I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.’ (Luke 13:5 (NKJV). ‘I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance’ (Luke 15:7 (NKJV).

   Do we only need to repent once? ‘Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place--unless you repent.’ (Rev 2:4-5 (NKJV).

   Can I still continue to live a sin-filled life due to grace? ‘And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.’ (Revelation 2:23 (NKJV).

‘Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.’ (Revelation 3:3 (NKJV). As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. (Revelation 3:19 (NKJV). The Gospel Message preached by Jesus Christ was, indeed, very simple: Repent; Believe; Confess; Walk (a living witness).

‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My Throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His Throne.’ (Revelation 3:20-21 (NKJV).

‘Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved. And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.’ (Matthew 24:12-14 (Berean Study Bible).

Repentance Prayer: In Jesus/Yeshua's holy name, we confess that we have not followed Your word, Lord. Please forgive us that we have failed to use Your gift of repentance to cleanse our old sin patterns. Forgive us for not being zealous to repent, for being apathetic, for not opening the door to our minds and hearts in daily prayer to invite You in to dine with us, encouraging us to cleanse as Your Bride. In Your mercy and wisdom, help us to return to Your covenant and Your divine plan. Move on the minds and hearts of our leaders to see the spiritual warfare in which we are engaged and which can only be won through repentance and obedience to Your moral Laws. Move them to call for a National day of prayer, fasting and repentance. Amen.

 

5. The persecuted: Five Stages of Christian and Jewish persecution: a) Stereotyping. b) Vilifying. c) Marginalising. d) Criminalising e) Physical assault or death. Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow-prisoners, and those who are ill-treated as if you yourselves were suffering. (Heb 13v3).  

 

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

Revival & Transformation: Prayer for Revival calls for individual and corporate obedience to the Lord. There are wonderful promises for prayer to be answered in the New Testament. But there are conditions, including praying in the name of Jesus, being united in prayer and persisting in prayer. But another condition is an obedient life. Jesus says “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (Jn 15:7). John writes “If our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him” (1 Jn 3:21-22). So, to be effective in prayer we need to: Abide in Christ (a relationship of holiness), let his Word rule in us, and keep his commands. Pray as led.

ITI: A report from Michael F. who came to Cyprus a while ago to share on Israel & Cyprus reveals the extent of anti-Semitism now being revealed in the USA. He says, ‘Antagonism and loathing towards Jews, a hatred seemingly as old as the Jewish people itself, is sadly spreading like wildfire across the civic and social horizons of America, seeping into everything from politics to popular culture. It is time to be…very worried.’ Pray that God will use this development in order to fulfil His promise to bring His ancient covenant people home to Israel, yet restrain evil (Jer 32v41; Ezek 36v8-12).   

 

 

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

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

^ This month: National Elections:

658 candidates from 15 political parties vied for parliament’s 56 seats. With a third of eligible voters abstaining, the result was that DISY (democrats) took almost 28% of the vote, AKEL (left wing) 22+%, CDP (centre democrats) 11%, ELAM (far right) 7+%, EDEK (socialist) 7-%, Democratic Front 6%, Green Party 4+%. Pray for a harmonious government and a parliament which serves the nation. The biggest issue before the election was that of corruption in government. Pray for corruption to continue to be exposed, and for fear of the Lord in those who serve in the political sphere. (2 Chronicles 19v17; Psalm 33v8; Job 28v28).  

Social Welfare: Through the ‘Recovery Plan and the Cohesion Plan’ 400 million euros will be allocated for two reforms and five development investments with a view to further enhance social welfare and assistance. Amen. The key pillars of the policies relating to employment and the welfare state, includes substantial investment to benefit children and families with children, protecting the rights of all workers, continuous education, skills, training, and re-training jobless people and workers in a bid to boost their prospects in an ever-changing job market. Pray for success (Matt 27v55).

Migrants: Cyprus is in a state of emergency, due to continuous migrant flows from Syria and its reception centres are overflowing beyond their capacity. The European Commission has been notified in writing, saying that there is no capacity on the island to host additional irregular migrants. Cyprus is asking the EU to prevent migrant boat departures from Syria. On the one hand, some migrants are desperate and need sanctuary. On the other the system can be abused. Pray for discernment in the authorities over each case and for just treatment, and more facilities to be built. (Ex. 18v3).    

^ Peace Process: This appears to be a non-starter at present, with both sides entrenched. Only God knows the solution. Pray for HIS way through.   

^ The North: The re-opening of crossings checkpoints should start from the beginning of this month. Amen! There are accusations of money laundering and drug trafficking rings in the north in collusion with Turkish Mob bosses. Pray for the truth to come out and for interception of these bosses (Job 18v5). 

^ Health: Coronavirus: Over half a million people have been vaccinated in Cyprus. The EU Digital COVID Certificate looms. The certificate (previously called the Digital Green Certificate) is well on track to be ready by the end of June….be aware. On the other side of the coin: A second peaceful protest, a global ‘freedom rally,’ against the violation of fundamental human rights and tyranny in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic was held recently in Paphos. An earlier event protested against the so-called ‘SafePass’, masks, coerced vaccines and tyranny. This global initiative, ‘A Stand in the Park’, has gathered support in over 100 countries, and hundreds of thousands of people are gathering every week. They value freedom, transparency and fundamental rights guaranteed by EU treaties, constitutions and so on. Supporters of the initiative are concerned about the increasing pressure on people to get vaccinated, with onerous requirements for workers. “There are also many reports of employers demanding employees be vaccinated and even some employees already being fired for refusing to be part of this medical experiment,” To have to undergo tests, sometimes every 72 hours, is being successfully challenged. NB. We have sympathy with both views in this dispute. Pray for God’s answer to manifest. (Proverbs 21v31).    

 

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

Businesses: Government support for local businesses affected by the pandemic will continue to prevent a rise in unemployment. “We will continue the support to the companies that showed a decrease in turnover for as long as they need.” Pray this is workable and benefits businesses in true need.

Police: The police are there to protect the people of Cyprus, assist Government in policy and it’s outworking – including restraining people during the Coronavirus pandemic, keeping the peace and assisting the population where it can. It is a huge and valued job. Pray for integrity and effectiveness.  

Tourism: Cyprus’ biggest market – the United Kingdom – is still not letting anyone travel for some time. The lingering pandemic is keeping Brits home although it is easing due to vaccination programs and international air traffic picking up and cruise ships at back on the seas and Cyprus a major port of call. We are now off the red list and so opening up to more nations. Pray for tourism – a major industry here - to be restored. (Deuteronomy 30v16).

Property: Prices of housing has been falling. Cyprus Central Bank notes that “even a relatively small deterioration in the performance of the property sector could have a significant negative impact on the profitability and capital adequacy of banks and other credit institutions.” Be aware and pray for God’s mercy in restoring the housing market after the effects of the pandemic. We have been plundered. (Genesis 34v29).

Start-ups: Research suggests that social media and online content have become a key driving force behind the success of any business. Pray for start-ups to flourish, but that they will be innovative, beneficial to society and not based on greed. (Luke 12v15). 

Robots: Middle-aged people now, when in older age, may need some sort of assisted living, either at home or in a care home. In an age when people are living longer, robots will likely look after such people. There won’t be enough real people of working age to look after them, since the birth rate in Cyprus is falling –as in many western nations. What a society! When a nation honours God, He blesses our childbearing. Pray. (1 Chronicles 4v27).

Part-time teachers strike: A spokesperson said, “We are not seeking a pay-rise or permanence, but only the minimum workers’ rights.” If the strikers are not demanding pay rises, their wages cannot be that low. They want to claim unemployment benefit in the summer when tuition centres are closed. However, they are rightly viewed by the government as freelancers selling services to the state. Many of them have morning jobs while some are pensioners. Pray for wisdom on both sides to resolve long term this dispute. (James 1v5).

Clean-up Campaign: The Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment has announced a pan Cyprian clean-up campaign. Amen!

Fire: Danger of fire breaking out is increasing, with a number of fires already. Pray for God to restrain fires through whatever means. (Ez. 4v8).  

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

 

 

 

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

LGBTI: Cyprus is one of 14 EU member states to sign a joint declaration in light of the international day against homophobia, Biophobia and transphobia that was marked recently. To mark the day, Meltemi Space in Nicosia and Queer Cyprus Association united to host the Queer Cyprus Film Festival.

The joint declaration stresses the need for the EU to remain respectful of human rights, freedom and security for the LGBTI community. The 14 member states reaffirmed that everyone living in the EU should have the right to live in freedom and security, enjoying their human rights and liberties. The statement concluded that any violations to LGBTI rights should not be tolerated and should be dealt with decisively. Be aware of their intolerance. Pray that the Orthodox and other branches of the Church in Cyprus stands against this biblically immoral declaration. (Leviticus 18v22; Matthew 19v5).  

Trafficking: Cyprus Stop Trafficking organization offers help to the victims of sex trafficking in Cyprus. There are shelters where women victims of human trafficking live. Pray for these women to find hope in Christ, for restoration, and for this diabolical trade to cease in Cyprus. (Matthew 19v26).

Mental health: One counselling service said that after awareness-raising on general mental health, a continuous effort to break the barriers that stop people from seeking help is required. Loss of loved ones due to the pandemic, stresses over work, family, marriage, - you name it - need relief. Praise God for the Gospel which meets these needs. Pray for society to receive relief, and for the Gospel to penetrate in these areas of need. (Matt 9v35).  

 

 

^ 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. Church leaders and ministry leaders in my own city meet regularly to pray for the nation and for our own city and church. Pray this develops in all communities in Cyprus. Pray now for your city, town, village, municipality as led by the Lord.

 

 

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

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

Remember the Oasis Refugee Project: Just as Jesus met physical needs and then spoke about spiritual truth, so OASIS strives to meet physical and spiritual needs of all who enter its doors. This is realized through Oasis’ activities: clothing and food distribution, English, Greek and computer classes, prenatal care group, women’s meetings, family events, social café, advice centre, prayer time and Bible studies.

During April and May, large numbers of refugees were displaced from camps and many came to Oasis to register and receive aid. Pray for Oasis to receive financial help and donations of practical items to be able to continue to meet the needs of refugees in our area. Pray also for vision, inspiration, energy and wisdom for the team and board. (Deuteronomy 1v33; Psalm 143v8).

    Increasing reports of motorists witnessing migrants crossing the busy highway on foot outside the Pournara reception camp for refugees near Kokkinotrimithia are because in order to visit the village of Kokkinotrimithia on the other side of the highway from the camp, migrants are expected to use an overpass bridge located around three kilometres away from the Pournara facility. Pray for a footbridge to be built nearby. (2Sam 15v24).

 

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 pray for Cyprus Samaritans and other local & national organisations, including KISA which works for refugees and has had obstruction from the government. (1 Samuel 2v8; Psalm 82v3).   

 

 

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

NB. This issue we will check out what the Bible has to say about the current conflict in the Middle East and what is yet to come……. The Bible says that there is an initial conflict between Israel and surrounding peoples i.e. Hamas, Palestinians, Hezbollah and Syria. This conflict will be over Jerusalem. But Israel will win this initial conflict –  Zechariah 12v6 says that “Jerusalem will remain secure”. But into the vacuum that is left will come Russia, Iran and Turkey. With Russia so involved in Syria we can see how they could easily get caught up in this. Zechariah 14 follows in due course! 

Gaza-Israel conflict: Biblically, Jerusalem becomes an intoxicating drink to the surrounding nations and peoples, including the Palestinians (Zechariah 12v1-2). The surrounding nations are spoken in the Bible as ‘pricking briars’ which will be eventually removed (Ezekiel 28v4 & Psalm 83v7 & 9). Psalm 83 reveals more about the nature of the conflict, which includes internal strife…enemies within the land (‘Amalek’) which are currently arising within Israel. (Psalm 83v5-7 & 1 Samuel 15v2). Pray that God’s word is fulfilled in removing local ‘briars’ according to His promise. Following this local war:

Turkey: is leading the fray in condemnation of Israel and support of the Palestinians. His phone call (made to Russia’s Putin) basically said the Israel must be taught a lesson. He also suggested to Putin that an international protection force to shield the Palestinians should be considered.

Looking at Ezekiel 38 v6-7 (‘Togarmah’ = Turkey. ‘Gog’ = Russia), things are lining up. Turkey and Iran are discussing the situation. Iran (‘Persia’) is the third member of this trio of nations which will head against Israel in due course. (Ezekiel 38v1-6). Pray that God puts that hook in the jaws of Russia and her allies in due time to draw them against Israel and show them His glory by the God of Israel arising, according to His word. He reigns, not them!    

Russia: ‘King of the north’. Russian President Vladimir Putin calls the Israel-Palestinian conflict a direct threat to Russia's security as Putin now sees Syria as his domain. His soldiers back Assad. NB. The nations (Russia, etc) descend into Israel AFTER Damascus is destroyed. (Isaiah 17v1 & v12). Putin showed the West a mighty display of armed forces in Russia recently, yet in the end it will come to nothing. Though they may invade Israel, God will fight for His people and deal with them. The nations will know that the God of Israel is a reality! (Daniel 11v38 n& v45). Praise God!     

Cyprus: 250 Cypriots, from the sectors of research, law, trade unions, and others co-signed a resolution on Gaza: “We are denouncing in the strongest way the ongoing Israeli atrocity against the people of Palestine, and specifically the population in the Gaza Strip.” Note Genesis 12v3 & pray.

India & Covid: Pray into these: 1. In India the spirit of fear is in work now....many die because of fear rather than disease. 2. The spirit of depression is another mode of evil. 3. The spirit of death all over, please pray that the Lord Jesus would defeat it. 4. Pray that people get right treatment at the right time. 5. Pray that the Lord judge those that politically take advantage of this situation to make money. 6. Protection for little ones. 7. Pray that the churches will open soon. 8. Pray that after this time of trial, India should see a great revival.  9. Pray for pastors who are in need.....there are many who go through hard times, because churches are closed. 10. Pray for The Lord's mercy, grace and forgiveness over India (Psalm 145v9).  

                                                                                                                 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 every week on Tuesdays: including the latest news and using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, ITI prayers 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    MAY  2021   No. 91

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  May  2021   No. 91.

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 Bible Readings; Editorial: ‘Small Groups’; The Church:

Specific churches & ministries: Art Evangelism; Online Ministry; E.A.Cyprus.

The Church in the North; 'The Chosen' (season 2); The Fear of the Lord; Prophetic word; Repentance Prayer.

Reconciliation North & South; Revival & transformation, ITI

The Government: This month; Cyprus for sale? Vaccination; Health/Coronavirus; Corruption; National Repentance.

National issues: (see list); Caring & compassion; International; IFC information.   

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

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

NB. We hold a main weekly IFC prayer group in Larnaca and others weekly e.g. Prayer for Israel, Ministries & Refugees, at other times. Details: Email the above.

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

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

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

At the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral last month in the UK, through the scriptures Jesus Christ was proclaimed as the only God, the Lord, the only Saviour. Amen! Praise God! Thank You Lord that You are reminding the nations of who You are in our day. Grant Your Church worldwide the boldness to rise up and speak in Your name into our nations rather than be silenced through fear sent from the enemy. Open opportunities in Cyprus, Lord. Amen.  

 

 

^ DAILY BIBLE READINGS for MAY 2021:

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

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

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’ the version supplied by ‘Alpha International’. No charge.  

 

 

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

Small groups. I do not think we have seen the last of Coronavirus, and also predict that there will be further worldwide developments which may hinder the churches. (As ‘The Chosen’ current series on the life of Jesus says, 'Get used to different'). We believe that the way forward for churches in general is in the development of small groups, meeting in homes - unless restrictions prevent, therefore using Zoom if necessary. It may be that the time will come for churches to have to meet secretly in homes.

As you know, we connect with churches all over the island as well as abroad. We have a particular connection with churches in Larnaca where we reside - as you might expect. DH meets up with some of the pastors & leaders and recently encouraged them to consider the development of small groups in preparation for the future.

The key to developing small groups is the choosing of leaders of weekly small groups who you can trust in the basics, yet give some free reign as to how they develop the group (Acts 2v46 & v42; Romans 16v1-5). Acts 2v46: ‘Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.’ v42: ‘They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.’ Romans 16v5: (Priscilla & Aquila) ‘Greet also the church that meets at their house.’

The pastor & elders’ trust in them allows them to develop their own leadership skills. The best way for pastors to be able to place trust in leaders of small groups with confidence may be to have a monthly 'leaders of small groups' meeting or some such gathering in your church, to impart teaching and guidance in the vision of the church to these small groups leaders and get report backs on how they are doing. Inspiring them and releasing them will mature leaders, and these monthly meetings will provide pastors with feedback and opportunity to resolve issues or feed the leadership of small groups. May God continue to reveal His will in this matter in these strange days for the Church.

 

Grace & repentance: Romans 2v4: ‘…do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realising that God's kindness leads you towards repentance?’ Since the cross, we entered in to the era of God’s grace and favour towards mankind. His grace leads us, His kindness draws us, His revelation of the gospel prepares us to come to a place of repentance and faith in His Son, Jesus, and what He did for us at the cross. ’The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.’ (2 Peter 3v9). The daily repentance movement is growing. God is cleansing His Church. Will you participate?   

 

 

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

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

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

a) Art Evangelism: Interested in finding out more about how God is working through art evangelism? Jörn has uploaded his third video to his YouTube channel: “Two Outreach Stories”. Here is the link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=52jBDbq-8po

He is planning on posting more videos and on making his workshops and teachings available on video. If you like what you see, share it with others and pray for development and salvations! (Acts 11v5).


b) Online: Daily Bible Reading portions through the year, courses and online projects, church meetings and ministries output…are all online during the pandemic. Use of online facilities has increased hugely. Give thanks for such facilities and pray for wisdom in production and use. (Rev 14v6).  

c) Evangelical Alliance Cyprus: Continue to pray for the leaders of this group to strongly influence the evangelical churches in our nation to speak out and make a difference in society as ‘salt and light’ (Colossians 4v6; Matthew 5v14-16).  (See also ‘prophetic word’, no. 5 below). 

 

2. The Church in the North: It was a privilege to meet with church & ministry leaders (albeit on Zoom) from the North, to share news and to pray for one another. Some were physically present as well at a venue in the north of Cyprus. I was so blessed to have them pray for Larnaca, the churches there, church leaders, my family, etc. Every participant received prayer for their situation and for their church/ministry. The whole of Cyprus was prayed for and the situation with Turkey. Apparently, the president in the north for the first time acknowledged Easter and wished the Christians there well in their celebrations. Pray that others join these prayers from the south of Cyprus (Psalm 133v1;John 17v20-21). (Contact iforcy@outlook.com for details).

NB. An American pastor in the north, R K, is charged with illegally importing Christian materials. His passport has been confiscated while he awaits trial. A fine has been assessed of at least $60,000. He has been released on bail. Pray for provision in every way for this pastor (and his family), facing trumped up charges against his bible witness. (Isaiah 54v16-17).    

 

3. ‘The Chosen’ (Season 2): Again another marvellous season of 8 films in the series revealing the life and times of Jesus and His disciples in Israel. Season 1 was very good indeed, and season 2 is proving the same. I do believe it is the most accurate portrayal of the Gospels I have ever seen, and is being used by the Lord to prepare His Church, causing us to be restored in our first love for Jesus. The actors are humble and lively, knowing as Christians that they are serving the Lord in this portrayal of Jesus and his followers. It has had over 80 million views and is set to make another 5 seasons in the series, all paid for by believers across the globe donating towards costs. It is mobile friendly with ‘the chosen’ app available on google play, etc. The series can be viewed also on YouTube, ‘The Chosen’ at the present time, though that may change. Pray as led. (Colossians 1v27).

 

4. The Fear of the Lord: Uzzah is struck down by God when trying to help steady the Ark of the Covenant (2 Sam. 6:3-7). The Ark had stayed in his father's house for a long time (1 Sam. 7:2). Was his problem overfamiliarity with God? Is that a problem with some of us today? Do we also think God needs our help, when He allows us to help Him so that we can grow, but He does not in any real sense need us to accomplish His will? Is there a lack of the fear of God in many of our congregations and our hearts? ["Fear" in the Hebrew is both "awe" and "fear".]

Please Lord, place a biblical fear of You in the lives of all who call on Your name. Teach me Your way YHWH; I will walk in Your truth. Unite my heart to fear Your name. (Psa. 86:11). Thank You for Your promise that salvation is near them that fear You so that glory may dwell in Your land (Ps.85:9).

We need Your wisdom, so grace us with Your fear in our minds (Psa. 111:10; Prov. 1:7; 9:10). May we never take our relationship with You for granted (1 John 3:1-2). We are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, please teach us what that really means (Phil. 2:12-13). We rejoice in the reality that Your church is not a democracy, but a Kingdom (Matt. 8:11), and that You are our King, our Lord and our God (John 20:28).

 

5. Prophetic word: The enemy wants to disempower the voice of My people….by looking back over the shoulder in fear.’  The Bible teaches that we should not shrink back in fear but press on, doing exploits as we know God more deeply. At the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, the word of God was proclaimed clearly, and that Jesus Christ was the only way, the one true Son of God. God wants the Church to face the world with His authority, word and name, and even be willing to lose our lives for His sake. To follow Him, we must forsake sin – not welcome in the Father’s house - in order to have the power to fulfil our destiny. Pray for opportunities to speak out corporately - such as the Evangelical Alliance Cyprus - and individually. (Eph 6v20).   

 

6. Repentance Prayer:  Most High God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, Master of the Universe it is to You that we bow our knee. You require us to be a holy people as You are Holy. Open the eyes of Your Church to receive this timely and necessary instruction. Stiffen our backbones as we "gird up" for the current spiritual battle. Put a righteous desire upon our hearts to be salt and light to a dying world. Thank you for being with each of us as we go through trials, tribulation and persecution. Let us willingly embrace, and not shy away from, suffering as we follow in the footsteps of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You said that each of us must pick up our own individual cross in order to follow You. You taught us that whoever tries to save his own life will lose it and whoever loses his life for Your sake will find it. Through REPENTANCE may we abide in You and seek Your covering. While our flesh would like to have this cup pass from us, Your ways are higher than our ways, help us to say: "Not my will but Thine be done" as did our precious Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ in whose Name we pray. Amen.

 

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

 

Revival & Transformation: We need to persist in prayer for revival, so that our faith will be strengthened and our holiness deepened, but also in order that the enemy may be overcome, so that God’s certain promise of Revival can be manifested at the right time. Here is a quote Duncan Campbell, ‘Price and Power of Revival’, p. 60: “The revival did not begin [in Lewis] by my going there. God was moving and moving mightily before ever I thought of going to Lewis. This is where and how it began: A number of men and two elderly women there were made conscious of the desperate need of their parish; all human effort had failed and had left them baffled. They realized that their one resource was to fall back upon God. Oh, how true it is that despair often is the womb from which real faith is born. When man comes to the end of himself--to the end of all human resources--he has reached the beginning of God. That was where I had arrived, and that was where the men of Lewis had arrived. So they entered into a solemn covenant that they would not rest nor cease from prayer until He made "Jerusalem" a praise on the Island. According to the report given me by the minister of the parish you find men waiting through the night in confidence that God was about to manifest His power. You find two elderly sisters on their faces before the peat fire three nights a week pleading one promise, I say one promise: "I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground." A promise made, as they declared, by a covenant-keeping God who must ever be true to His covenant engagements. So they waited and the months passed and nothing happened; until one morning a young man in the company read the portion of Psalm 24 that we have read, "Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord, or who shall stand in His holy place? He that hath clean hands and a pure heart"--the Word of God speaks about heart purity--" He shall receive the blessing of the Lord." Looking down at his praying companions, and speaking in Gaelic, he said: "Brethren, it seems to me just so much sentimental humbug to be praying as we are praying, to be waiting as we are waiting here, if we ourselves are not rightly related to God." And then he prayed, ‘Are my hands clean, is my heart pure?’ He got no further. At that moment there came to them a realisation of God, an awareness of his presence that lifted them from sphere of the ordinary into the sphere of the extraordinary. Three of them fell prostrate on the floor: they realised at that moment that they were now moving, not in the field of the natural, but on the plane of the supernatural. Revival had come and the power that was let loose in that barn shook the whole community of Lewis.” CONTINUE to pray for a Revival move of God in Cyprus. (Isaiah 57v15).  

 

ITI: Thanksgiving: For the cessation of gunboat diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean and also that the Turkey to Libya sea corridor agreement (a potential blockage to shipping) has now been annulled by the Libyan Court of Appeal (Psalm 100:4). Pray that we and others would be led by the Lord into any specific prayer initiatives that need to be undertaken for the Eastern Med (Isaiah 43:16). Also that the Mediterranean basin straits, ports and gates would be accessible for shipping (Psalm 24:7). Pray for a consortium to be formed to underwrite/finance shipping to serve the Lord in His purposes for the future. is purpoAlso for divine appointments, donors, ship owners, Cyruses and men of influence who can open doors. (Psalm 37:23).

 

 

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

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

 

^ This month: We need to ask God to work in the hearts of all possible future presidents and those called to high position in government nationally and locally. Pray that God would mature them and provide them all the real-life experiences they will need to lead this nation. Let these future leaders learn from such examples as Joshua and David who refused to grab the authority by their own efforts, but waited until it was Your time for them to replace Moses and Saul. Pray for God’s preparation also in younger people in this, both in church and nation. (1 Sam. 16:11-13).

 

^ Cyprus for sale?  Subject: Why would Amazon want to buy the nation of Cyprus? & could it actually……https://youtu.be/lwYOJLGw-Mw

If you live in Cyprus or are linked with Cyprus, please take time to see this video. Very interesting, factual, with historical present and future dangers.

WE CANCEL THE PLANS OF THE ENEMY IN THE NAME OF JESUS WHICH IS ABOVE ALL NAMES. CYPRIOTS AND OTHERS WORK VERY HARD FOR THE DEVIL TO COME AND TAKE IT. WE PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS UPON OUR BOUNDARIES AND WE ASK FOR PROTECTION FROM EVERY EVIL PERSON. THAT THE ANGELS OF GOD WILL BE DISPATCHED AND KEEP OUT THE UNGODLY. IT BELONGS TO JESUS TO BE USED FOR A MIGHTY END TIME HARVEST FROM NORTH TO SOUTH EAST AND WEST. GOLIATH WAS KILLED BY DAVID - THE DEVIL IS DEFEATED OVER CYPRUS IN JESUS NAME AND THE FIRE OF GOD IS COMING TO REVIVE THE DRY BONES IN JESUS NAME WITH SIGNS AND MIRACLES HAPPENING. (Sent from a Cypriot in Canada).

 

^ Vaccination: Coronavirus cases recorded at Nicosia General Hospital alarmed the island’s health authorities since both staff members had been vaccinated with both jab doses. The infected cardiologist and paramedical staffer in the cardiology ward had taken the vaccine in January. This confirms fears by scientists worldwide that the vaccines do not rule out infection or even transmission of the virus from individuals shielded with the jab. This rare incident proves that safety measures such as wearing a mask when outdoors is still a must even if vaccinated. Also a must is social distancing and constant sanitation. BE AWARE and continue to pray for the Lord’s protection and for an end to Coronavirus. Pray that people meanwhile follow protection guidelines for the sake of society. Biblically, repentance, be it of a nation or individual is a key to God’s protection from disease, plague, pestilence. Pray that at least some nations would turn to the Lord over this! (Exodus 12v13; 2 Sam 24v21-25; 1 Kings 8v37-40; Galatians 3v13-14).

‘Lord Jesus Christ, we ask for your blessing on all who have been brought low by this pandemic. Give strength and skill to all medical and research staff in their efforts to overcome this virus. We pray also for all who are facing anxiety and isolation. Lord, in your great mercy, hear our prayer.’

 

^ Health: Coronavirus. Biblical Model for Spiritual Warfare: Use this in your prayer group.

(i) Preparation: As we prepare to come against the spirit that is now unleashing these pandemics across the globe, we will be entering into hand-to-hand combat with Satan, who seeks to "rob, kill and destroy" from our people.

a) In so doing, we do not move in a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind, according to 2 Timothy 1:7.

b) Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, His courts with praise….. 

c) We put on the full armour of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), and take up the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17), as we stand in repentance for our own sins. Jesus Himself, when He confronted Satan three times in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11), simply used THIS WEAPON to defeat him. And each time, He began with the words: "It is written . . ."

(ii) Three decrees to stop the plague. And so now, following the example of our Saviour, and standing in repentance before His Throne of Grace, we decree together: 1. IT IS WRITTEN: "No weapon formed against you shall prosper." (Isaiah 54:17a)  2. IT IS WRITTEN: (to the virus) "This far and no further and here shall your proud waves be stopped!" (Job 38:11) 3. IT IS WRITTEN: " . . . if they drink (take in) anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them;" (Mark 16:18) 

(iii) Binding Backlash. When you have completed speaking forth these three decrees, bind all spirits of backlash against you and your household and, if possible, partake in the Cup of Communion with our Lord. (National Day of Repentance US).

 

^ Corruption: This poses a significant threat; it weakens democratic institutions, contributes to government instability, and erodes trust. Corruption threatens the economy, by undermining fair competition and discouraging investment and trade. It disproportionately affects disadvantaged groups by preventing social inclusion, promoting inequality and inhibiting prosperity.’ (Isaiah 59v14).

 

^ National Repentance: God also has these issues against our nation of Cyprus (amongst many nations): 1) Abortion: We have slaughtered our innocent children. 2) Immorality: We have embraced and sanctified perversion. 3) Idolatry: We have rejected God and replaced Him with others; 4) Israel: We have cursed those whom He has loved. If we persist in these, we will be given over to our own devices (Psalm 81:12 & Romans 1v18-32) and we will be "Ichabod" (1 Samuel 4:21) on the final Day of ‘Atonement’….at one with God or at one against God? Keep praying for a spirit of repentance to touch our nation and a move of the Holy Spirit to bring revival in order to bring us back to the things of God. (2 Pet 3v9). 

 

 

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

Parliamentary elections: These will be held in the Republic of Cyprus on 30 May 2021 to elect 56 of the 80 Members of the House of Representatives.

Please pray that the outcome of the national election be according to God’s purpose – roles and positions, the parties in the right balance, a government of God’s making. Pray that new faces are raised up 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).

Schools prayer support: Thank You, Lord, for the prayer going up regarding schools, staff and pupils or students in Cyprus. State schools of all ages, private schools such as the American Academy, further education establishments such as colleges and universities would all benefit from regular prayer. Could YOU ‘adopt’ a local school/college for prayer, especially over distance learning at this time, then into the future? (Useful tips:  www.prayforschools.org ). Pray for Christians & ministries who engage with schools, etc, bringing ‘light and salt’ to staff and students. (Matt 22v16).  

Tourism: From May 10 onwards, Cyprus will be open for tourists fully vaccinated against Covid, without restrictions, from the 65 countries listed. They can come to Cyprus without (Covid) tests and without quarantine. Pray that the tourism industry picks up strongly this summer. (Jer. 29v11).  

Start-ups: (and online businesses). Continue to pray for new start-up and online businesses to develop in Cyprus, with good incentives. (Prov.11v10).

Your local city/town: 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, Proverbs 11v10-11; Isaiah 62v6-7; Psalm 122v6-9. Consider these verses and pray for your city. Town, village, municipality as led by the Lord.

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

 

 

^ 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.”

The Oasis Refugee Project: Would You Like to Volunteer? Love meeting people from distant lands? Love welcoming new arrivals in Cyprus? OASIS is seeking volunteers interested in registering and welcoming new beneficiaries to the OASIS Project or supporting pregnant women. Hours vary but are always in the morning. Skills needed: friendly, ability to engage cross culturally, detail oriented, flexible, ability to maintain confidentiality a      must.  Understanding and agreeing to OASIS faith- based values is required. If you’re interested in learning more contact info@oasis.org.cy Receive OASIS Monthly Updates via Email: If you are interested in receiving email updates from OASIS, please send an email to info@oasis.org.cy We will add you to our list.

Keep praying for the Oasis Refugee Project: Just as Jesus met physical needs and then spoke about spiritual truth, so OASIS strives to meet physical and spiritual needs of all who enter its doors. This is realized through OASIS’ activities: clothing and food distribution, English, Greek and computer classes, prenatal care group, women’s meetings, family events, social café, advice centre, prayer time and Bible studies. (Matthew 5v7).  

 

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 and other local & national organisations. Pray that God will continue to raise up those who will speak out strongly on behalf of the poor and needy in society and that their voice be heard and acted upon at the right level. (Prov. 31v8-9).

 

 

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

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

Nuclear threat: Russia is believed to be planning to deploy the Poseidon 2M39 missile, nicknamed the “doomsday nuke”, to its Arctic region by the summer of next year. The underwater drone has a range of 10,000km and is designed to detonate off the coastline of enemy cities, flooding them with radioactive waves that would render them uninhabitable for decades. Such developments are leading to great worldwide troubles (Daniel 12v1). Pray.  

Israel: The Body of Christ concerning Israel: It is a shame that so many born-again believers, especially in the West, do not see the signs of the times because they have no place for – or have misplaced – Israel's God-ordained place in their end-time theology. Yet without Israel's miraculous restoration, to where would Messiah Yeshua return? ‘O hypocrites, you discern the weather, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.’ (Matt 16v3).  We pray that You would reveal to the ‘blinded-to-Israel’ believers that they worship the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5). Let all the Church affirm that we were saved by the historical Jewish Jesus, who is still very much Jewish today and is returning as Israel's King (Isa. 33:22; Zech. 14:3-4, 9, 14; Rev.22:16).

Iran: (‘Elam’): Israel is totally against talks in Vienna between Iran and world powers to resolve the nuclear deal, as they believe Iran will continue to work towards getting a nuclear weapon anyway. The Bible speaks about a treacherous deal that leads to Iran [Elam] beginning a terrible conflict… Isaiah 21:2 (NKJV) A distressing vision is declared to me; The treacherous dealer deals treacherously, And the plunderer plunders. Go up, O Elam! Besiege, O Media! All its sighing I have made to cease. Pray….

Russia: (Gog): Russia is seeking to take the Ukraine back and so dominate the area north and east of Israel as ‘Gog of the land of Magog’ as in the Bible (Ezekiel 38v1-3). His secret army is fulfilling plans to prepare for the invasion of Israel (Ezekiel 38v4-5). Pray…. 

India: Coronavirus is sweeping India since the culture has not taken in the need to protect one another from infection. Many countries are providing aid. Pray that the Indian people learn to take precautions against the spread of Coronavirus and the disease is confined. (1 Sam 3v13; Ps.88v8).

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

 

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

In 2013, IFC (intercessors for Cyprus) was given leave to develop its ministry under the authority of the Evangelical Alliance, Cyprus. We have IFC prayers at our home every week on Fridays: (9-12am) prayer for Cyprus, including the latest news and using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, and being led of the Spirit.  If you would like to join us - as a visitor or more permanently- then email. IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet, particularly ‘In Cyprus News’,  News,from TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.  

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