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Πληροφορίες και προσευχή για τον Λαό της Κύπρου     

INTERCESSORS  FOR  CYPRUS

              

                  ΕΝΤΕΥΚΤΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΚΥΠΡΟ

   Πληροφορίες και προσευχή για τον Λαό της Κύπρου

 

 

 

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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS.      PRAYER UPDATE.     DECEMBER 2020. No. 86   

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  December 2020   No. 86.

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; SPECIAL LINK; Editorial: 'Blinkered Vision’; The Church: Advent; Alpha Online;

Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI

The Government and those in authority: Rainbow Prayer (3); Coronavirus; Health; Peace process.

(No National or Moral & Social issues this month due to editor eye operations)

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

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

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

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

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

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

We thank You, heavenly Father, for the gift of Your Son Jesus, (Yeshua), the Christ, the Jewish Messiah, to redeem our lives from slavery to sin and the devil. O what a gift! Thank You for the opportunities for relationships to be renewed in this season and gifts to be shared. We are so grateful!  


^ SPECIAL LINK: For such a time as this……ALL PASTORS, LEADERS, CHRISTIANS, please look at this warning and encouragement for the Church in OUR DAY & DAYS TO COME:  ‘Letters are coming’  (Times Square Church, New York.) 

https://youtu.be/3-TiTKiAgf8


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

NB I will give a summary of the above link in the ‘SPECIAL’ section next month, but PLEASE view this as soon as you can. Very relevant and important.

Having had two eye operations in November, I realised just how blinkered my vision had become in the eye which was first operated on. After the operation, that eye allowed so much more light into the eye that vision increased considerably. Added to that the new lens fitted gave crystal clear vision…as the ophthalmologist put it, ‘like a ten-year old child’. The same for the second eye….such restoration!

Perhaps we all go around in some respects with blinkered vision. The glory of creation can be missed, the wonder of the animal world and other creatures…which my wife is often pointing out to me. Many people do not want to think about creation in terms of that there is a God who is the Creator, but scripture says: Romans 1v20: ‘For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.’


Whilst we are on the subject of creation, do you ‘see’ Jesus (Yeshua) in Creation? “In the beginning God [Elohim] created [barah] the heavens and the earth.”  (Genesis 1:1). While El is the singular form of God, the im ending of Elohim indicates plurality. This doesn’t mean that there are many gods creating the earth, but it does indicate that the nature of God involves a plurality as well as unity. One reason we know this is because even though Elohim is plural, the Hebrew verb barah (created) is singular. If more than one person was involved in the act of creation, the verb would be plural — baroo and not barah. However, in Genesis 1:22 and 3:22, the identity of this one person is clearly a plurality of some kind: “Let us make man [Adam] in our image, after our likeness.”  (Genesis 1:26) “The man has now become like one of us.”  (Genesis 3:22) Who is in the "us"? In the first verses of Genesis, we see God (Elohim) as Creator, and the Spirit (Ruach) of God is hovering (breathing) over the waters.

But where is Yeshua (Jesus)? The Apostle John tells us that Yeshua was not only "with God" but He accomplished His work as the Word of God itself: “In the beginning [Bereisheet] was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made, that was made…  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us….” 

(John 1:1-3, 14) Yeshua knew exactly what to create and how to design everything because He is "the exact imprint of God's nature," and "He upholds the universe by the word of His power.”  (Hebrews 1:3).


What about the glory of the Gospel? An instance of this is found in Hebrews: Hebrews 9:24-28. For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God's presence. 25  Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26  Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27  Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28  so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

What a wonderful extract, full of powerful meaning, of Good News, of the Gospel. Maybe you recognise an area of blinkered vision in someone else. Ask God to reveal to you your own blinkered vision which distracts from the glory of God. When He does, take time to process this. God revealed to me recently a way in which I treat my wife which is not good in His sight. I have confessed to God, apologised to my wife, and am seeking to truly repent (turn away) from that way of thinking.


Your personal repentance cleanses the Bride. We all fall short of His glory. There's no condemnation; He forgives us when we confess our sins.  He encourages us to go beyond merely confessing and feeling sorry for the sin; He wishes us to purify by exercising our free will to change our thinking and behaviour, removing that sin pattern, showing others a new godly character. We are called to bear His fruit of the Holy Spirit, worthy of repentance. Why not take time right now to consider your own life before God, asking Him to reveal blind spots?

The Church may have a blind spot concerning Coronavirus. Yes, the enemy is seeking to destroy our fellowship and worship together, but God is preparing His church for the coming days, including persecution. We are learning to survive despite loss of fellowship and physically being together…much as the persecuted church in many nations has had to do. When the final end time events unfold, the Church will need to ‘stand strong in the storm’, a favourite saying of Open Doors, supporting the persecuted church worldwide. The great falling away may even now be upon us as God tests His Church worldwide, separating true believers from false, and refining His Church for His glory in the days to come. Our God reigns! 


Finally, let’s pray that the eyes of the ‘blind’ be opened: Isaiah 35v5: Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

Revelation 3v18: I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, so that you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so that you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so that you can see. NB. ‘Global Repentance movement’: A time of seeking God to cleanse the Bride individually & corporately. November 10th – December 20th. www.globalrepent.com



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

1. Advent: This is the advent season when Christians remember and celebrate the first coming of Jesus, Saviour of the world. It is also the Jewish season of Chanukah from 10-18th December. It’s a good time to consider the second coming of Jesus Christ (1 Thess 4v13-18; 5v1-11; 2 Thess 2).

From an IFC reader in Canada). Prayer for the Second Coming of Jesus: ( I pray that Jesus Christ returns to Earth soon, to bring the eternal love and peace of the Kingdom of God to all who believe in Him, and for every knee to bow to Him, and for every tongue to confess that Jesus is Lord at His return. Amen.’ Maybe you can share in this prayer as well?


2. Alpha Online: The deeper questions people ask themselves and others in their quiet moments are posed, one each week, and answered from a Christian perspective. It is an excellent, Gospel-orientated, good theology outreach. The beauty of this course (11 sessions, 1x a week) is that it can become a part of the on-going life of a church by running it again and again, and so discipling new believers and bringing in more to the Kingdom at every course. This is the pattern experienced by those who use the course regularly. The Lord just blesses it and brings salvation into lives. IT IS WHAT WE ARE HERE FOR apart from anything else. The Youth Alpha course is 9 sessions and the other languages course (using subtitles to the films) is as the adult course, 11 weekly sessions. Pray for Christians to be mobilised to reach out to people they see regularly, and to boldly invite them as ‘guests’ for Alpha Online. Pray for many responses to join the course and the enemy to be bound from the robbing of potential guests (Jn 10v10).


Reconciliation N & S: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said it was time for a realistic proposal about a two-state solution on the divided island of Cyprus. However, God’s solution is simple: 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: When did you last hear anyone preach or teach on Baptism in the Spirit to a generation unfamiliar or untaught? Pray for this. (SEE Luke 3:16; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 19:1-6; Luke 11:9-13; Acts 1v8; Acts 8:16; Acts 19v6; Luke 4v1; Acts 6v3 & 5; 2 Corinthians 3v17).

ITI: The key point of the recent international conference was, ‘Be Ready’. Pastors, elders and leaders throughout Cyprus are being alerted to the imminent fulfilment of the second great Aliyah (return to the land) of God’s ancient people according to scripture. Pray that their hearts and minds are in line with God’s will and purpose. The time for practical preparation has come. Pray for wisdom and provision for these preparations.

The physical aliyah - the physical return of the Jews to the Land of Israel, has to precede the second, the spiritual aliyah - the return of the Jews to their God through their Messiah, Yeshua. First the physical then the spiritual! We are in the process of the physical, but soon will be the spiritual Aliyah - and that will be like ‘life from the dead’ - when they ALL will believe! (Romans 11:25, 26).

(Prayer extract from a recent ‘Intercessors for Israel’ bulletin concerning aliyah): Lord, show more believing congregations in the nations that Israel's restoration is for Your glory and then lead them to press in with intercessions and financial and physical aid (See Isa. 43:5-7, 21).

Open the eyes of many more Christians to see that the only time You said You would do something with all of Your heart and all of Your soul in all of the Bible was Jeremiah 32:41: Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land in truth with My whole heart and with My whole soul. Let them consider that as You are planting Israel back in its land with all of You heart and soul – then shouldn't they want to be involved in this heart-project of Yours (1 Cor. 3:9a). Let them also see that if You are planting Israel back in its land with all of You heart and soul – woe to any believer who would dare to resist this (Acts 5:39; 2 Cor. 10:5)!


^ THE GOVERNMENT & THOSE IN AUTHORITY:  1 Peter 2v13-17: Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14  or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15  For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. 16  Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 17  Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honour the king.

^ Rainbow Prayer (3): We continue with Neal Bratchun’s Rainbow Prayer (part 3)

BLUE represents God as REDEEMER and the Mountain of RELIGION.

Pray prayers of identificational repentance from sinful thoughts, words and deeds in the church and the nation according to 2 Chronicles 7:14, Daniel 9:19-20. Receive forgiveness according to 1 John 1:9

Pray for the church in America to be aligned to God’s Word, His Promises and the finished work of the cross and His ways. (Ephes 1:3; 2 Peter 1:2-4)

In Jesus’ name, I decree that the active, holy, and powerful conviction of the Holy Spirit is visiting every individual in the USA, drawing souls into true encounters with Christ.

In Jesus’ name, I decree that the body of Christ in the USA is actively walking with and serving the Lord with fullness of focus, sincerity of faith and in the demonstration of the power of the Spirit.

In Jesus’ name, I decree that righteousness thrives in my nation in every realm of life and that lawlessness and corruption have no place.


^ Coronavirus: A news service described the scene at a protest rally against Limassol lockdown requirements as, ‘a battle ground’. This trend is growing not only in Cyprus but in many nations. Understandably, people do not want further restrictions, fearful of economic consequences, but we are required to obey the government. Some have conspiracy theories, too. The result is that recently governable nations are slowly becoming less so on the issue of Coronavirus. The problem is that orchestrated and anarchic movements are capitalising on this trend and encouraging it, by sending their teams to stir up the situation in each locality, even each nation…..witness the USA at present. All this paves the way for anarchy and rebellion, so that nations are in turmoil, and the stage is set for the antichrist figure to arise, bringing ‘peace’ within and amongst the nations…..at a price! Pray for Cyprus to be delivered from these anarchic forces, including spiritual powers of darkness that Ephesians 6 in the New Testament warns about: Ephesians 6v12: ‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.’ Also worth reading is 2 Thessalonians 2v3-4: ‘Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4  He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God.’ Pray.


^ Health: Uphold in prayer the health services, the health minister and the government and local hospitals, etc., as they seek to both contain the virus and minister to those infected. Pray for those directly affected to overcome, and those more indirectly, through loss of jobs, etc., for hope (Job 14v7).   

^ Peace Process & the North: This is in disarray, with Turkey’s president Erdogan making a mockery of the process by his actions and visit to Varosha. Erdogan’s crony, Ersin Tatar is now the president in the north. Pray that God puts a hook in the nose of Mr Erdogan according to His timing (Isaiah 37v21 & v29). May he be saved! (1 Timothy 2v4).


^ NATIONAL ISSUES: ^ MORAL & SOCIAL ISSUES: Please note that due to the editor’s eye operations & recovery, there are no research entries here this month for prayer. Further information for prayer may be found daily at

http://www.newsincyprus.com/category/2/cyprus-weekly


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

Larnaca Port Development: The Cabinet has given the green light go-ahead to the proposed development of Larnaca Port & Marina. This Israeli / Cypriot funded investment enterprise should do much for the local economy. It is a €1 billion project. Pray for an effective project team (2 Chron 30v12).   


^ 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 O.A.S.I.S Refugee Project. Give thanks for the wonderful gifts Oasis made up with the help of local Christians of Christmas bags and shoe boxes filled with presents for various ages and genders. However, Oasis is really struggling since Covid-19 and particularly at the present time, currently needing more volunteers and finances. Pray for the Lord to open a door into hearts and for Oasis to continue their wonderful work (Rev 3v8).

Migrant camps have been in lockdown in November. Oh Lord, open up ways for Christians and Christian organisations to minister. Amen.


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

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

With November lockdowns in Paphos and Limassol, rising unemployment and lack of income, many are DESPERATE. Pray for those struggling in Cyprus, that they will seek God for help and that others will find them in their need and help them, in Jesus’ name. (Psalm 121v2).


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

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

(NB Ezekiel 39 speaks of activity similar to the above in the end times, related to Israel.) 

USA: The final legal ratification of the new president will not be until January 20th. The current situation is all such a mess! Pray for clarity and truth. 

Israel: The Bible says that in the end days, there is an initial conflict between Israel and surrounding peoples i.e. Hamas, Palestinians, Hezbollah and Syria. This conflict will be over Jerusalem. With the USA showing signs of withdrawal, God will help Israel - 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. Interesting that these three countries are now, in our day, relating strongly with each other. Israel will have to rely not on the USA but on GOD, ‘the God of Israel’, the unchanging One, to help them overcome their enemies. As many Jews return from other nations to live in Israel, pray that they not only safely return to the land but know God’s protection in the land, and return to their God. Pray that eye salve be applied in the spirit to Jewish eyes, that blind eyes be opened, that the Jews recognise Yeshua (Jesus) as their Messiah, and that ‘All Israel shall be saved.’ (Romans 11v25; Zech 12v10-13v1).

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



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

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

IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet, Particularly ‘InCyprus News’, from TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.  

Regular sources: Issachar UK; Jerusalem Post; Open Doors; IFI; Vision for Israel; Internet.

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







INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS   PRAYER UPDATE   NOVEMBER 2020 No. 85

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  November 2020   No. 85

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

We suggest you print out the update for use this month. The words are close-typed for economy of printing. Use the Bible and its promises alongside this update.

Why not read the Bible through every year on a daily basis? Please go to our website: www.intercessorsforcyprus.org page: ‘Daily Bible Reading Plan’

 

CONTENTS

Giving thanks; Editorial: God & The Pandemic; The Church: Praying re Covid-19 & Society; Church Restrained; A Proclamation of Repentance; Alpha Online; The Ancient Paths; Global World; ITI

The Government and those in authority: Indigo prayers; Corruption; Coronavirus; Defence; Turkey; Migration; Peace Process. Health.

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

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

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

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

 

^  GIVING THANKS1 Thessalonians 5:18. ‘In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.’

As Christians, we are each part of the body of Christ and the local expression of His body. This pandemic has made us all realise the power of fellowship with one another, especially on those occasions of partial or total lockdown when fellowship has been difficult or even denied. The truth is, we MISS each other! Let’s give thanks for being able to relate to members of the body worldwide through such instruments as YouTube and Zoom, telephone and texts.  Give thanks to Father God especially for believers in your own locality and pray for and serve them.   

 

 

^ EDITORIAL: God and The Pandemic: It is good to hear the various views on the current pandemic, to keep balanced in our theology and practice. This below presents an interesting angle. (Source: N T Wright YouTube Video: (30m) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXRh76RJJ_k )

A brief summary of NT Wright’s new book: “God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and Its Aftermath,” follows:

The Church is a small working model of God’s kingdom leading to His new creation. His coming will be when we don’t expect it, so meanwhile, watch the signs but serve society. Is God angry and punishing the nations because we have broken His covenantal laws? Yet, Jesus bore the curse of failing the law, and this is the season of His grace. Job bore innocent suffering. Consider the Psalms of lament, and their question condensed as, why are we suffering when we have not failed your covenant? (E.g. Psalm 44). Also, Jesus suffered in order that the new thing God wanted to manifest could come.

Consider Covid-19 and Acts 11. The church was acting in a kingdom manner, Spirit led. The church asked itself who is at risk? What can we do to help?  Who can we send? Believers were hungry for justice, believers were full of compassion. Consider the cross & tears of Jesus (as with Lazarus), and the importance of lament. John chapter 20 reveals the tears of Mary, reveals the locked-in disciples, the doubts of Thomas. This is where our world has been recently through the pandemic. Our world is in pain. Jesus came - and still comes to such a scenario.

Pray for the world, in pain. Lament before God on their behalf - and that of the church. Allow His Spirit groanings, His lament through you.  Another way of putting Rom 8v28 is, ‘God works all things together for good through those who love God and are called according to His purposes.’ Be prepared to lament on behalf of the world and on behalf of others, and act on their behalf. Through this, God will work out His purpose and be glorified. Finally, there is an evil about this pandemic beyond the normal, c.f Hitler’s era and the idolatry of it - where Pandora’s Box was opened.

(See the video for more.)  N.T.Wright YouTube video (24 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqV8igW9COg 

 

 

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

1. Praying re Covid-19 & society: The church has a responsibility to pray for the nation in this pandemic. Here are some suggested prayers:

Lord, lead us in pray as we are travelling in uncharted territory (Psa. 23:3b-4; Amos 3:7). We thank You for all the medical personnel and hospital staff in our nation (Psa. 110:3). Sustain, encourage and strengthen them for this fight – for Your holy name's sake (Ps. 67:1-7). Lord, visit all seriously ill patients who are in induced comas on ventilators and show Yourself. Abba, lead our government to know how to deal with all the other crises birthed from this virus crisis: economic, educational, domestic violence, depression and suicides, security, lack of trust in the government, and all other areas that are being magnified today (2 Chr. 1:9-10). Cover all of our children with Your promise in Isaiah 54:13: ‘And all your children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of your children.’ Provide parents with all the wisdom and patience needed to deal with remote learning (Ja 1:3-4). Provide all the finances to support those who are struggling economically (Ex. 22:25; Lev. 25:35). We bless You for all the Christian ministries who are helping Cyprus in so many ways during this crisis (Isa. 60:10; 61:5). Forbid any lockdowns or guidelines whose aim is controlling the population – as opposed to all the guidelines whose aim is to protect the people (Rom. 13:1-4). Forbid all special interest groups from rebelling against a godly exit strategy (1 Kin. 12:16; Tit. 3:1). Hedge in the demonstrations that insist on their democratic rights to demonstrate yet ignore the rights of others to be shielded from their sickness and their violence. Lord God, some of Your people are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. Please give them that garment of praise for their spirit of heaviness (Isa. 61:3b). Guard over marriages and those who are alone (Psa. 121:3). Watch over the refugee community (Ezek 22;29; Zech 7:10). By Your creative power, enable Cyprus' schoolchildren to blossom at this time (Isa. 54:13). Restore to this nation all that the locusts have eaten (Joel 2:21-27). Use this microscopic virus to humble the pride of man worldwide (Jer. 13:18; 30:3; Jam. 4:6).

But now thus says YHWH who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned…For I am YHWH your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour…’ (Isaiah 43:1-3).

 

2. Church Restrained: In the USA, having been restrained from meeting to worship in church buildings, many pastors and believers are taking to the streets to worship and show love to others. The slogan, "Make America Godly Again", is being raised up instead of "Make America Great Again." The word ‘repentance’ is beginning to be spoken. The US Election is on November 3rd. President Trump’s campaign trail has been hampered by him getting Coronavirus. Already Joe Biden, Democrats leader is currently ahead in the polls. Is this God’s way of setting into position the man He wants for ‘such a time as this’, for His end time purposes, for example in order to get the Jews to come out of America back to Israel? A victory for the Democrats would be a thorn in the side of the Jews in the USA. Many nations are preparing for the great move of the Jews ‘from the West’ (Hosea 11v10). Pray God’s will be done in the USA and through the presidential election (Ps 33v10-11).  

 

3. A Proclamation of Repentance (for each of us):  

Whereas:  This nation has been a stiff-necked and rebellious people who have run after other gods, lusting after pleasures, money, fame and power.

Whereas:  Sexual irresponsibility and perversion have polluted our nation, and the blood of the innocents cries out to You. (e.g. aborted children).

Whereas:  We have embraced a "culture of death" where violence has permeated our entertainment, our homes and our schools.

Whereas:  Our sins have destroyed lives, dishonoured You, and defiled our land.

Whereas:  Many in the Church have profaned the holy Name of God by participating in and condoning the above sinful behaviour.

And Whereas:  It is written: "IF MY PEOPLE, who are called by MY NAME, will humble themselves, and pray ,and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, THEN I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land." - 2 Chronicles 7:14

 

Most Gracious God, Creator of heaven and earth,  Almighty in Power,  Awesome in Grace and Mercy -- the only True and Living God -- We, Your people, humble ourselves before You this day and acknowledge that we have sinned greatly and deserve Your righteous wrath.  We beseech You, our LORD, to remember the Blood of Jesus that was shed for us and, in wrath, to remember mercy.  We implore You to pour out a Spirit of conviction and repentance upon your slumbering, backslidden Church so that all of God's people may truly humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways. We shamefully acknowledge, and humbly ask Your forgiveness, for:

Our complacency, compromise, apathy; Loving the world more than God, which has made us Your enemies (James. 4:4); Our ignorance of the Holy Scriptures and the life of Faith; Ignoring or neglecting our call to prayer and fasting; Living ungodly lifestyles that have profaned the Holy Name of the Lord. (Abortion, divorce, pornography, and fornication are rampant in the Church); Clothing ourselves with affluence instead of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans13:11); the glorification of external beauty instead of the inner beauty of integrity and holiness. (1 Peter 3:3-4); Being a part of the problem instead of the answer: not being salt and light; Harbouring unforgiveness, bitterness, jealousy, hatred, offense toward our brothers; Having no holy fear of God - the fear of God is wisdom and the beginning of knowledge; Sleeping while the enemy has advanced his agendas across our land through our schools, our entertainment, and false religion; Allowing this nation to plummet into the present depths of moral depravity. (Job 28:28); Our lack of compassion for the lost: failing to heed our Commission (Mark 16:15); Our lack of passion for the Lord: Idolatry - loving ourselves and the world more than Him; The anti-Semitic spirit which has pervaded the Church, and for the false belief that the Church has replaced Israel in God's prophetic and redemptive plan; Condoning homosexual "marriage" and leadership in the Church - calling acceptable and normal what God calls an abomination; The sins of racism and segregation; For embracing the wicked spirit of freemasonry, which has brought deception and defilement upon the Church; For embracing political rhetoric over the unchanging truth of Your Word and voting in leaders who are promoting un-godly legislation supporting death and perversion instead of life and righteousness.

 

O LORD, to us belongs shame of face because we have sinned against You.  And so, gracious God, we make our prayer before You that we might turn from our iniquities and walk in Your truth. O LORD, according to all Your righteousness, we pray, let Your anger be turned away from our nation...  Righteous and merciful God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations...for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God... For why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" (Daniel 9, Psalm 79:10)

O LORD, may You hear our prayers and supplications, and forgive Your people who have sinned against You.  Now, our God, we pray, let Your eyes be open and let Your ears be attentive to the prayers made today across this nation.  And may America once again be a nation which is exalted by righteousness and whose God is the LORD. (Proverbs 14:34 and Psalm 33:12). May this proclamation support you in your times of repentance. And may CYPRUS once again be a nation which is exalted by righteousness and whose God is the LORD.

 

4. Alpha Online: The Alpha Forces (worldwide) director lives in Cyprus and has been speaking to me, encouraging the development of Alpha Online in the churches of this nation. My own church is doing a full course in the New Year as a pilot for other churches to follow. Alpha not only reaches out to not-yet-believers, but draws straying believers back into the fold and builds up those new to the church or lacking in discipleship. It is a good focus for churches beyond themselves at this time of Covid-19. Pray that God guides and uses this course in Cyprus….for such a time as this (Esther 4v14b).        

 

5. The Ancient Paths: Jeremiah 6v16: ‘This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls….’ So, what are these ‘ancient paths’ in our day? Have they changed from Jeremiah’s day? I suspect they have changed little in actual fact. The first ancient path, which has stood the test of time could be worship & thanksgiving to God, the second, the word & prayer. The third could be witness by your life, and sharing your faith, leading to discipleship. Jeremiah exhibited all these in and through his own life. These are ‘ancient’ paths - well known, well worked, well used and known to work well! Why not take a while now to examine your own walk with God from the perspective of these ancient paths suggested above? Talk to God about this.

 

6. Global world: 50 years ago the people population of the earth was 3.5 Billion. It is now 7.7 billion, over double, and becoming unsustainable. The animal population is down by two thirds in 50 years according to the WW Fund! Russia is eyeing rich neighbours and Israel. America is in a mess.

Pray that the Church keeps watch in prayer over the nations as well as in their own localities (Matthew 13v32-33 NKJV).

 

ITI: A conference takes place early this month for ministries, churches and believers who are concerned for the situation of the Jewish people scattered in many countries, knowing that the word of God says that in the end they shall be re-gathered. This re-gathering has already been taking place slowly and steadily for decades, but there are clear signs of an acceleration. The Video conference is entitled, ‘Be Ready.’ Please pray that what God wishes to achieve through the conference will be fulfilled, with no enemy thwarting or serious opposition. (Isaiah 11v12; Hosea 11v10; John 10v10).   

 

 

^ THE GOVERNMENT & THOSE IN AUTHORITY:  1 Peter 2v13-17: Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14  or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15  For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. 16  Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 17  Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honour the king.

 

Indigo Prayers: We continue with part two of the series with Neal Braschun’s model for prayer for nations:

INDIGO represents God as TEACHER and the Mountain of EDUCATION

·         Pray for all in the nation to respect and honour the Lord and His word according to Psalm 119:57 and Psalm 33:12.

·         Pray that plots and strategies of the ungodly will be exposed and met with disgust by the Cypriot people.

·         In Jesus’ name, we decree that the education leaders, systems, and institutions in Cyprus are being filled with Kingdom values, wisdom, conviction, and truth. We decree that any corruption in education will be exposed and dealt with in wisdom and righteousness in future generations to be trained righteously.

 

^ Corruption: There have been 120 corruption cases in 5 years in Cyprus. Corruption in high places is also regularly exposed…Amen to that, so we keep on praying. However, the other side of this is that a fledgling group calling itself ‘Active Citizens’ has been mounting protests against corruption in Cyprus, but its manner reminds me of the ‘Black Lives Matter‘ movement in the USA a while ago, which went over the top in the end. A number of us discern an anti-authority movement orchestrated among the nations, including Cyprus, which may be the work of Satan. The pandemic is giving rise to opportunity. Basically, while we can protest and work for change, we are to obey the government (1 Tim 2v1-4; Romans 13v1-5; 2 Peter 2v10) unless is it clearly opposing God’s word. Please pray for restraint of this group should it be used in such a manner (Matthew 12v29; 16v19; 18v18). 

 

^ Coronavirus: The world figures top 44 million. On one day recently, there were 202 cases in Cyprus, so the partial lockdown progresses. Masks are mandatory now in all outdoor public places. Groups are limited to 9 people including children. The health minister put it this way: “The rapid deterioration of the country`s epidemiological picture in the last days, has forced us to extent restrictive measures and it cannot be ruled out that they may be further intensified.” Meanwhile hospitals especially the Covid-19 reference hospital at Famagusta are understaffed and overworked, though more nurses are now being hired. Amen. 20 schools have had Covid-19 cases. Paphos and Limassol have had evening & night curfews. It is said that 50% of all small businesses in the EU may not survive because of the pandemic…including in Cyprus. A study by scientists at Imperial College, London suggest that Covid-19 immunity might not be enduring. Pray for our nation (and the nations) and in its suffering and need (Psalm 123v3; Matthew 20v31-32).

 

^ Defence: The UK- Cyprus naval co-operation included participation in the seventh NEMESIS multinational crisis management exercise, led by Cyprus’s Joint Response Coordination Centre, as well as the first joint UK-Cyprus defence training on the island and a Capability Demonstration event at Limassol Bay. The USA and Greece have also been supportive in training and standing with Cyprus. Give thanks to God! Daniel 11v30a).              

^ Turkey: A Turkish F-16 fighter jet shot down an Armenian SU-25 warplane over Armenian territory. President Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey aims to strengthen relations with Libya’s government with his eye coveting the East Mediterranean. Many nations have condemned the Turkish re-opening of Varosha in terms that violate Security Council resolutions. President Donald Trump’s administration is being urged to impose sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of Russia’s S-400 anti-aircraft system, after a report that Turkey may be planning a comprehensive test. Apparently, Washington’s failure to act more decisively about the S-400 purchase had “emboldened” Turkey‘s government. In August, Erdogan hailed the discovery of a 320 billion cubic metre Black Sea field about 100 nautical miles north of the Turkish coast. Dangerous times! Pray for God’s view on the matter, then with authority, bind this man and nation according to God’s purpose for them (Matthew 16v19).

 

^ Migration: Lebanon & Cyprus have discussed the issue of irregular migration, with emphasis on the latest arrivals by sea from Lebanon to Cyprus. A co-ordinated plan is being worked on. Pray for those in authority in this matter, for compassion for the alien (Leviticus 19v33) but also God’s wisdom.

  

^ Peace Process: Immediately following the UN Secretary General’s efforts to restart negotiations to reunite Cyprus Turkey decided to illegally re-open a beach area in Varosha, in breach on UN Security Council Resolutions. Who is serious about the issue? Pray. (Ezek 37v15-19).  

 

^ Health: Apart from Covid-19 issues, there are a lack of flu jabs in Cyprus. Pray for this need to be met (Mark 11v24).  

 

 

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

Tourism: Revenue from tourism in July 2020 reached €42.5 million compared to €422.0 million in the corresponding month of the previous year, recording a decrease of 89.9%. We understand why, but the tourism employment and hotel industry suffer. Pray for change (Zech 3v4 KJV). 

Lifeguards: A 76 year old man died at 7 o’clock in the morning, when many are in the water, swimming at Mackenzie beach, Larnaca, There were no lifeguards on duty as working hours are 10:30am to 6pm despite repeated calls for their extension by lifeguards. Pray their voice heard (Isaiah 55v3).   

Driving: New, higher penalties for traffic violations in Cyprus have come in effect and the police are calling for compliance. The new penalties concern traffic violations such as speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving without a driver’s license or seat belt, driving a bike without a helmet, or insurance premium, etc. There were 632 drivers booked in first 36 hours of the new hefty traffic fines. Be aware & pray for compliance.

Students: Good to hear that Cyprus University of Technology has built new accommodation for students. Give thanks (Luke 6v40).  

Education: Distance learning has been fully legalised in view of Coronavirus. The AKEL party is concerned at the lack of preparation of the Education Ministry to implement distance learning effectively. No scientific study has been made to prove that this model of education must be implemented. There are also concerns about the students’ evaluation. Pray for God to reveal right parameters to ensure effective distance learning (Exodus 25v40).

Working from home: Employers are being urged to compensate their employees who are having to work from home. An expenses claim could be the way forward. Perhaps also an annual tax claim on office space, heating, cooling, etc.? Pray right parameters (Numbers 8v4).     

Unemployment: The rate is soaring in Cyprus. Many people are desperate for income. Pray to God for them (Psalm 142v6; Psalm 56v4).

Fraud: Be vigilant about the latest phone fraud. Fraudsters call randomly aiming to secure confidential bank and personal data and steal money from your account. Be aware, never give out such information by phone, and pray against this activity in Cyprus (Ps 10v7; Prov 20v17; Luke 3v14).

Restraint: Unlawful acts such as arson, hit & run, abuse, bird trapping, traffic violations, Covid-19 violations are regularly reported in Cyprus. Pray for God’s restraint on such and believe it will make a difference (Matthew 21v22; John 6v69).

5G phones: The deadline for submission of 5G licence applications has again been postponed. IFC is sceptical of 5G. ‘Thy will be done’ (Matt 6v10).

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.

Forced Begging: The Police have been investigating a case of trafficking in persons and have already arrested two people. The investigation began when a 52-year-old woman was seen begging in Limassol. The woman was recognized as the victim of human trafficking since as it emerged she was forced by other people to beg. Pray deliverance from wicked people for those ensnared….’deliver us from evil’ (Matthew 6v13).  

Violence to women: A young woman from Israel was enclosed at the Athalassa Psychiatric Hospital and was not allowed to even have a bath so that evidence would not be lost. The woman, who had been allegedly the victim of rape and beating, made a complaint at the Police Precinct of Oroklini. Following the issuing of a decree for mandatory hospitalisation, the woman was transferred to the Athalassa Psychiatric Hospital.  The case has been revealed by the Network Against Violence to Women. Good! May this highlight the dangers. Pray for this woman and others (Ezra 10v3; 1 Tim 5v1-2).

Migrants: 12 people held at the Limassol Central Police Station for illegal stay on the territory of the Republic of Cyprus have been on hunger strike. They are desperate. Meanwhile, 2 asylum seekers and a businesswoman were arrested for illegal employment at a fast food shop. Lord, have mercy!

 

 

^ 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.

We regularly pray for our city of Larnaca, for all in authority, heads in education, banking & commerce, health, municipality, police, etc. Also against

works of darkness which show themselves. Use the promises of God to deal with darkness and promote the light, e.g. Jeremiah 29v7; Isaiah 49v25.    

The Municipality of Larnaca began a campaign against rodents aiming to protect public health. Pray about this for all the cities (1 Sam6v18).  

 

 

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

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

Remember the Oasis Refugee Project……PRAY for OASIS. Lack of volunteers and finance are drying up this ministry of mercy! (Psalm 9v13; Ps. 123v3; James 5v11). Prayer is also requested for: God to remove barriersPray specifically for 2 beneficiaries who wish to be reunited with children: one has the paperwork that allows her to be reunified, but needs one last document from Cyprus; the other’s paperwork has been lost in a sea of applications. It needs to be found so that she can be interviewed. Transformed Lives: “What sets OASIS apart from other organisation?” one of our board members asked.  The response: OASIS knows that the root cause of humanity’s brokenness can only be restored through fellowship with the living God.” Pray for open hearts and listening ears to receive this message of restoration. Charity Status: Our municipality contacted us to inform us that their interpretation of the law that would allow us for charity status is being questioned. Now two government agencies are discussing this.  Pray for resolution and a speedy response. Funding for permanent local staff: Do continue to pray for God’s resources that would allow local staff to be hired.  We desire that Cypriots would be an intricate part of our team. They need an income. The access to God’s word in their own language will start a new journey in the lives of our community. Give thanks for Oasis as it ministers to desperately needy refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

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

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

 

 

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

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

Israel: Current issues: Government divisions; the Covid-19 situation within Israel; Peace with Arab neighbours; Internal & external security; US elections; Aliyah (return of Jews); Salvation of Jews.  (Pray & VERSE)  NB FRI 30th fresh entry?  

Lebanon: Lebanon’s top Christian cleric has urged Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri to avoid back-door deals and quickly form a new government that will start lifting the country out of financial crisis. Pray about this situation (Romans 12v8). A drastic rise in Covid-19 infections has pushed Lebanon’s hospitals to the edge, and experts warn they will soon be unable to cope. The nation is in turmoil in government and society. Pray as the Lord leads for Lebanon (Habakkuk 2v17; Ezekiel 17v3-6; Isaiah 35v2).

Greece: The Prime minister said, “I corroborate the statement made by [US Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo that relations between our two countries have never been as close and productive as they are today.” The support of the USA for Greece and Cyprus is encouraging in view of Turkey’s aggression. However, Greek warships have been mobilised in the Greek islands of the Mediterranean. Pray against hostilities with Turkey unless necessary, but rather for God’s intervention and restraint of Turkey (Ezekiel 38v6, v10-11, v22-23; Isaiah 66v18-19).

Belarus: If the European Union does not impose sanctions on Belarusian officials, EU member states neighbouring Belarus could consider imposing their own national sanctions. Pray for this situation to ease (Psalm 32v9).

Turkey: Armenia says Turkey seeks to continue genocide in Nagorno-Karabakh. Pray God’s protection and binding. (Ezek.12v23; Is.33; Mark 3v27).    

Iran: registered a daily record 272 deaths in one day, taking total fatalities to 28,816 in the worst-hit country in the Middle East. Genesis 12v3 plays its part in this as Iran seeks to ‘wipe Israel off the face of the earth.’ Pray protection for the common people of Iran (‘Elam’).  (Ps.83v4; Jer 49v35 & v39).  

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

 

 

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

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

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

 



INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS     PRAYER UPDATE     OCTOBER 2020     No. 83.

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  October 2020   No. 84

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

We suggest you print out the update for use this month. The words are close-typed for economy of printing. Use the Bible and its promises alongside this update.

Why not read the Bible through every year on a daily basis? Please go to our website: www.intercessorsforcyprus.org page: ‘Daily Bible Reading Plan’

 

CONTENTS

Giving thanks; Editorial: Discerning the Times; The Church: Specific churches & ministries; Mediterranean Prayer; Locusts; Water Baptism; Sunday Christians; Archbishop.  Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI

The Government and those in authority: Take back the Rainbow; This month; Migrants; Turkey; The North & Peace process; Economy.

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

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

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

 

^  GIVING THANKS1 Thessalonians 5:18. ‘In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.’

Give thanks to God for the way He has provided ‘everything we need for life and godliness’ (2 Pet 1v3) including the opportunities to repent, which  enables us to join Jesus’ Kingdom; to be cleansed from old sin strongholds; to have the Lord heal our nation; to fit His Bride before His soon return.

 

 

^ EDITORIAL: Discerning the Times. In America, mayors and governors have been decreeing that churches and businesses must close, while exempting abortion clinics and liquor stores! Many church leaders have aligned together for days and even a month of repentance and prayer for the nation. Cyprus may not be in the frontline but let’s be aware of the need of repentance before God, and His promises in 2 Chronicles 7v14 to heal the nation as a result.

Isaiah 45v20-22: "Gather together and come; assemble, you fugitives from the nations. Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood, who pray to gods that cannot save. 21 Declare what is to be, present it— let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Saviour; there is none but me. 22 "Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.  

World shaking: The problems that are currently shaking our world are surely a confirmation that we are moving rapidly further into the End Time events of Matthew 24 and Luke 21. The things that are happening all around us are very likely to get much worse. In our calling to be a light and a blessing to those around us, we would be failing we do not do our best to warn and prepare as many people as we are able to reach, either locally or online. The quotation is, ‘Failing to prepare is preparation to fail.We need to prepare both ourselves for times to come and for His Return, and help prepare those who do not know the Lord and His salvation. Do you need to talk seriously with your family, relatives, friends, neighbours, work colleagues, acquaintances? Pray for opportunities. One of the best ways we can prepare for the challenges that the future holds is to learn to give thanks and praise God in every situation. Now is a good time to put that into practice.

A warning to us all:  ‘Brothers and Sisters in Christ, America is in a fight for her life! Under the guise of racial justice protests, Marxist agitators working through Antifa and Black Lives Matter as well as other communist-inspired organizations are trying to burn down U.S. cities and throw the country into revolutionary chaos as they have long planned. They are being supported and financed by globalist elites wanting to create a socialist New World Order that aspires to control everyone on earth in a totalitarian system of world government. Overt Satanism and witchcraft are also involved along with Islamic radicals in this attempted take-down of America, its government and way of life. The USA November 3 national election will be the most important one in our national history because it will determine whether the USA will become the willing tool of these forces or continue to stand for Judeo-Christian values, freedom, and human rights within this country and throughout our world.’ NB. That includes Cyprus. Pray as led by the Lord.

Conspiracy theories: Having looked into a number of these, you may find it worth looking at the video on the www.plandemicseries.com webpage.

Whatever is in the darkness needs to come into the light. Pray as led. 1 Corinthians 4v5: ‘Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts….’

Vaccine & more: I came across this comment recently, which, bearing in mind Covid-19 and the search for a vaccine, could be a real scenario in times to come. Be alert to new developments and discerning as to when to apply:  “The modern technology of RFID micro-chip is no longer science fiction. The micro-chip is as small as a grain of rice. It could be implanted into the body by simple surgery or by injection through vaccination. The bio-metric identification micro-chip contains all information including personal identity, nationality, credit card, bank accounts and GPS info.

The US government has passed the law to ultimately enforce all Americans to implant the micro-chip. In the future, without the micro-chip a person cannot go to school, drive, enter government and public places, or perform any bank transaction. Those who received the microchip would be tracked wherever they go. In other words, the person cannot buy or sell, as the Bible predicted.  “He (the beast) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” (Rev 13:16-18). For more info, visit: www.hkunicorn.com.hk or www.hkjerusalem.com

IFC sees the need to be vigilant and discerning of the times (Matthew 16v3) and to keep close to the Lord to know what to do (1 Chronicles 12v32).  

 

^ 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) Holy Spirit Conference: This is for all the church in Cyprus and is being held in Limassol, Friday November 6th and Sunday November 8th 7pm onwards, at ‘The Warehouse’. 19 Alexandrias, Limassol. You will need to REGISTER on the website using the REGISTRATION button to reserve your ticket(s). A map of location is also on the website.    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holy-spirit-conference-registration-113774835596

Pray for pastors and leaders to join the pastors’ team; People from churches to help out with tasks; invitations spreading on church social media;

Announcing of the conference in churches; conference poster + flyer used; churches to invite the Holy Spirit Conference team to give short presentation in October; Mobilisation of Christians to attend the conference. (Acts 9v17)

 

b) Alpha Online: “The Alpha course is an opportunity for people to encounter Jesus, and for people in churches to play a part, with team training, growing leaders, outreaching the community and salvation & discipling.” The beauty of this course is that it works whether there is some aspect of Coronavirus lockdown or not. It can be run in homes online or in a centre online. No meals are cooked, but rather people bring their meal or a snack to the meeting online. After a welcome and some online interaction & food, one of the Alpha Film Series is shown…the adult or youth version…and online discussion groups follow, hosted by someone able to overseer the group online. The whole session takes about 1 hour 15 minutes. It can be adapted for day or evening, adults, youth, prisons & other venues. There will be a pilot run in Larnaca from January God willing. Pray for hearts moved by God and willing, and correct positioning of key people into the right roles. (Psalm 110v3); (Matt 28v18-20).

 

c) 20/30’s group: Good to hear how this age group across churches in Larnaca are meeting monthly (3rd Sunday 6-8pm) at the Greek Evangelical Church building. (To attend you must RSVP to Phil H, 99746821 due to Covid restrictions). Pray for this development which only started in September, for wisdom & direction for its leaders and strengthening of attendees (Psalm 110v3).    

 

d) ‘Room of Hope’This ministry in Larnaca which ministers to trafficked women currently needs someone who could commit to coming to Room of Hope for childcare on Tuesdays. The leader of the vision is currently unwell from stress, and needs support and rest. Pray into this (Jer. 29v11).

 

e) Pastors & Leaders prayers: This is re-starting in Larnaca. Pray for all the pastor & leader prayer gatherings around the cities of Cyprus, for fresh vision, growth in unity, trust, worship together and prayer, taking responsibility for their city before God (Jer 29v7, Ps 55v11; Ps 106v12).  

 

f) Bible Study: ‘Jesus, My Rabbi’, new Bible study series beginning the week of Oct. 11. Encounter Jesus of Nazareth in His authentic historical context.  More information: go to jesusmyrabbi.org or contact Jack & Debbie Holford at debnjaxco@gmail.com  Pray God’s blessing (Mk 9v5; Jn 1v38; Jn 11v8).

 

2. Mediterranean prayer: The Cyprus section of the 40 days of prayer for the nations and church around the Mediterranean went very well in September (our thanks to Ruth).  We worshipped and then prayed in to many situations for Cyprus and the Mediterranean. In common with other nations of the Mediterranean, we were led to pray for the bride of Christ to be made ready and to be prepared for His coming. We were also made more aware of keys of authority God has given us - led by the Holy Spirit and the word of God - to bind and loose within these nations, globally, and in our own nation of Cyprus and its cities, towns, etc. Zoom does enable such wider & global events. Are you connected to a wider prayer event?

NB there are lots of ‘Global’ prayer Zooms. Try Goglobal: https://www.worldprayertogether.com amongst many others.

 

3. Locusts: (from an intercessor)  I have lived here (in Cyprus) 13 years and in that time have noticed a change in my garden. Usually I will find about 3 or 4 "large grasshoppers" per year, brown colour, and my cats catch them. This year has been very different. I have found a large number of large locusts of different colours, pinkish, light grey, brown with white line along its wings, light brown, smaller and orange, brown with stripey legs, and one with no wings. They have been chomping on my citrus trees and fig tree. I have not seen this before. Of course, more locusts means more eggs laid ready for next year. On researching, I discovered that Cyprus has suffered locust swarms historically, the last swarm was in 2004, starting in the Paphos area and spreading eastward, preferring the potato crops. The swarm was thought to have travelled on the wind from Africa. (Ed.] Be aware of recent locust appearances from Paphos to Larnaca, and earnestly ask God to deliver Cyprus from experiencing the plague of locusts which is affecting North Africa and parts of the Middle East (2 Chronicles 76v13-14).  

 

4. Water Baptism (some thoughts from a church pastor in Cyprus): Do you see this as the powerful spiritual event it really is? Your convictions are important because they largely define the impact of spiritual things on your life. E.g. to have the right faith in healing will position you there where you will see healing. To have the right faith in blessing will position you there where you will see provision. To have the right faith in baptism will......

Are there any specific promises regarding baptism in the Bible? Effective faith is always based upon the Word of God. So to know and understand the full spiritual potential we have to study God's Word. That's what we have been doing the last months. Being responsible for our new church plant (Upstream Church) with increasing numbers of new converts and visitors we had to formulate clear statements on the importance of baptism.

Answers in the Old Testament: From experience we know that baptism many times is the dividing line between the old and new life. We tell people often that baptism is putting your signature under the new contract (covenant!) with Jesus. But what are the Biblical promises regarding baptism? What does God have in store for people who take this step of obedience? NOAH: Baptism is escaping God's judgement. MOSES: Baptism is escaping the kingdom of Satan. NAAMAN: Baptism is escaping your sinful nature. JONAH: Baptism is returning to your destiny. JOSHUA: Baptism is entering your promised land. ELISHA: Baptism is entering your ministry. Four weeks in a row we have been baptizing new believers in the sea! It was a great joy to hear from their own lips the love, joy and peace they experienced in obeying God in water baptism! This whole season was not only educational for the new believers. We as leaders have been learning too. Preach what you want to see! The Word of God has creative power and calls new things into existence. (Preaching videos on our Upstream Facebook page.)  Pray for this ministry & church, and for its effect in Cyprus. 2 Corinthians 6v7).

 

5. Sunday Christians: What is your life like as a Christian believer from Monday to Saturday? Sunday is a refuelling opportunity and a chance to worship together either online or in-situ, but God is looking for believers to operate out of His word and His Spirit all the week as well. We should not be dependent on Sundays. Running / attending small groups either online or in-situ during the week can also help. Pray for believers to transition.   

 

6. Archbishop Chrysostomos rebuked an artist & teacher recently, saying that ‘Cyprus is a Christian state’ of which he is the head and people cannot insult Christ. Give thanks that he made a public stand and that in many ways Cyprus retains her Christian heritage, even though Satan seeks to undermine through media, education, behaviour, etc. Pray for the Archbishop. 1 Samuel 2v30: ‘Those who honour me I will honour…’

 

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: READ Habakkuk 3v2; Isaiah 32v15 ff and pray them through according to God’s promises.

 

ITI: According to the Messianic Bible, the word ‘Shalom’ has varied shades of meaning. Although the word reconciliation does not appear in the Torah (first five Books of the Bible), we see it modelled throughout the Tanakh (Old Testament). It is inextricably linked to shalom (peace) and peacemaking.

The root of the word ‘shalom’ is in fact “Shalem”, which connotes completeness, fullness.  It has a rich inner texture that brings together such value-laden terms as blessing, life, goodness, kindness, compassion, justice, and learning. Most of all, shalom bears the promise of God’s illuminating personal Presence. Amen!

 

 

^ THE GOVERNMENT & THOSE IN AUTHORITY:  1 Timothy 2v1-4:  1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving

Take back the Rainbow. The rainbow is a sign of God's promise and His covenant, and should be used as such in the Church. The gay movement may have adopted the rainbow and its colours for their use….typical enemy activity, but let’s go back to the original (Genesis 9v12-17).  Let’s use Neal Bratschun’s model to pray for Cyprus this month and through a series of rainbow colours over a period.    

1. VIOLET represents God as KING and the Mountain of GOVERNMENT

       Declare Jesus as the eternal King and Lord of Cyprus according to Psalm 24.

       Pray for Cyprus to continue to stand with Israel and pray for the peace of Jerusalem according to Psalm 122:6.

       Pray for righteousness and justice, the foundation of the Lord’s throne to be reestablished in Cyprus…..

          Pray for Supreme Court, law enforcement) according to Psalm 89:14 and Psalm 97:2).

       Pray for all government leaders to be filled with righteous and wise motives & for every decision to be pleasing to God according to 1 Tim 2:2.

       Pray for a wall of protective fire to surround Cyprus against invasion and infiltration of any and every ungodly agenda according to Zech 2:5.

       In Jesus’ name, I decree that Cyprus is turning to God, embracing the truth of His Word and lawfulness, respecting authority.

      In Jesus’ name, I decree that all who serve Cyprus in government positions are visited by the righteousness, truth, and justice of God, and that they live in the fullness of Christ’s wisdom in all they do. I decree that any corruption in government will be exposed and dealt with in wisdom and righteousness in order for the nation to be cleansed.                                                  

 

This Month: CoronaVirus: Global Coronavirus cases have passed the 32 million mark. Regarding Cyprus, The Coronavirus count is 17 new cases in one day (end of September) and going up. “In April and May, people were following all the rules but now the mentality has changed. They have become casual and are taking coronavirus lightly,” This just about sums it up. CV: The social distancing and mask warning are falling on deaf ears in some…. wild partying at a club by the sea in Limassol.  Hundreds of people in Cyprus, joining a Europe wide movement, protested outside the Presidential Palace, ignoring safety, Also, a woman who violated self-isolation after returning to Cyprus from the USA, infecting 14 other people with COVID-19, has been charged. Larnaca is on new rules for lockdown, only 10 (currently) allowed for social gatherings. Pray for restraint and responsibility especially in younger adults. Famagusta general hospital is fed up being referred to as ‘the island’s reference hospital’ for Covid-19. Pray for wider hospitals responsibility. Athalassa psychiatric hospital admissions are up 25% since Covid-19 (Ps. 91).  

Pay-outs: A judgment in a London test case against eight insurance firms held up the promise of a pay out on ‘business interruption’ policies – many businesses have closed during Covid-19. Pray concerning Cyprus’ small businesses who have had to close for fair insurance treatment.

The Cyprus Papers’: The citizenship by investment scheme has had many flaws and loopholes. An investigative committee is looking into what went wrong. Pray for lessons to be learned and applied.

 

Migrants: Greece has made it less attractive for migrants. At least after the fire at Moria and Lesbos closing due to coronavirus & safety, smaller centres are planned. Cyprus is becoming more attractive to migrants…Turkey may be encouraging this by directing migrants to North Cyprus, where they are processed through to the Republic. The numbers have increased four-fold from 2016-2019. Six boats arrived in Famagusta port in 24 hours last month, including Lebanese migrants. Cape Greco is becoming a favourite dropping off point - Cyprus police have arrested men accused of people-smuggling. Constitutional changes in our migration policy will mean the Cyprus government is to drastically reduce the influx of illegal economic migrants, but receive and accommodate migrants who are refugees and are in real need for support. Pray for hope & provision (Rom 12v17; 15v13).

 

Turkey: Tensions between Greece and Turkey increase over shipping threats. Turkey has extended its exploration work in the disputed East Med area. The United States has lifted the arms embargo on Cyprus, in place since 1987, an action probably in relation to Turkey, and is lending its weight to the dispute on behalf of Cyprus, as is France. Also, Dr. Ebubekir Sofuoğlu from Sakarya University has made a comment that Turkey should invade Greece the same way that Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939! Our President has denounced Turkey’s aggressiveness saying there is an intention to control the whole Mediterranean area. How right he is about this growing Islamic fundamentalism threat. Cyprus is looking at ways to upgrade our defence systems. Pray into this scenario, and especially that the Turkey / Libya threat to the East Med be thwarted (Psalm 33v10-11).    

 

The North & Peace Process:  UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that after the October elections in the breakaway north, he will re-start peace talks aiming to re-unite Cyprus. The government there has imposed more restrictions and the prices of food have rocketed. Pray as led (Matt 12v21).

 

Economy: There was a deficit of €930.9 million January – July 2020, compared to a surplus of €385.7 million Jan-July 2019. That is a 1.3 billion difference in this year of Coronavirus. The GDP growth rate in real terms is approx.. -11.9%. Latest figures are as bad. The trade deficit is increasing month on month, with a -€2.6 billion trade deficit for Cyprus for the first 7 months of 2020. However, Cyprus has been included in the first group of 15 member states to receive €479 million of funds as a long term low interest loan through the European Commission. The government has announced new measures to support businesses, employees and the unemployed, making available more than €106 million. The question is, how long can we sustain such economic change? Pray for the Lord to intervene (Psalm 54v4).

 

 

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

Health: President Nicos Anastasiades has laid the foundation stone for the building of the Department of Medical and Biological Sciences of the University of Cyprus. An appropriate development in view of Covid-19. Amen. Only 8 countries are now classified as safe to visit from Cyprus.

Hospitals: A patient in a private hospital in Cyprus was scheduled to undergo two procedures, varicose vein and urinary tract operations, but after 2 hours on the operating table was told to get dressed and go home as there were no beds available post op! Pray for change! (Jeremiah 23v2).

Schools: A plan for the reception and integration of immigrant students in the island’s educational system has been drafted aiming to facilitate schools and includes a detailed syllabus for Greek as a second language. Amen. Pray this will be appropriate and effective (Matt 11v19b).

Children: Vaccines for regular diseases such as Measles and Whooping Cough are in short supply in Cyprus. Pray for swift re-supply (Isaiah 43v16).  

Energy: The energy sector in Cyprus is changing due to the creation of the energy centre in Vasiliko and the supply of natural gas. Cyprus has issued the final building permit for the Egypt-Cyprus electricity interconnection EuroAfrica Interconnector. Pray that Turkey does not interfere (Psalm 10v2). 

Shipping: Re-approval of the Cyprus Shipping Taxation System by the EU Commission is an important success for Cyprus Shipping. Pray blessing.

Troodos: Black pine trees have been severely cut back, some a century old. Pray for legal and other restraint, wisdom, and replanting (Lk 13v19).  

Tourist arrivals in Cyprus were down by 81% in August. 5 women used fake Covid-19 negative result certificates! TUS airways have found a sponsor to rescue them conditional on the government granting them €800k as well. Pray for this vital industry and for other ways for Cyprus (Is. 60v8-9a).     

NPL’s: Banks expect more non-performing loans due to the pandemic, people losing jobs and not able to pay their mortgages. Pray (Matt 18v27). 

Entrepreneurs: A total of €270 million will be allocated between 2021–27 in support of entrepreneurship, industry and energy saving schemes. Amen.

Self-employed: Seven categories of self-employed persons whose jobs have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic will now be able to apply for a special subsidy. Amen, thank You, Lord.  However, job vacancies are at only 1.2% in Cyprus. Pray for all those struggling financially (see Nehemiah chapter 5).  

Education: Teachers have been given permission to not wear masks under certain strict conditions, helping them to teach. AC units are to be gradually installed in all public schools but there are some objections. Pray for a united and agreed way forward (Nehemiah 9v38).

Halloumi: The file for the registration of halloumi as a product with protected designation of origin (PDO) has not been closed as there is still no agreement reached between the President of the EU Commission and the leaders of the two communities of Cyprus. Pray as above (Neh 9v38).

Addictions: Use of cannabis and cocaine are increasing, also young people’s gambling. People need hope not despair. Pray for Gospel hope.  

 

 

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

Women: The ‘Women’s Home’ established by the government to help victims of domestic violence is intended to be operating in November. Amen! Let’s ask God for an effective and compassionate service to such needy women. Remember those who serve them, too. (2 Thess 3v3; 1 Tim 5v2).  

Post-Lockdown: Those most in need are desperate after losing jobs and sometimes homes and with little food. Pray (Ezek 18v7; Ps. 62v5).

Runaways: A total of 420 minors in Cyprus ran away from children’s shelters or their homes 2010-2020, according to data provided by Justice Minister Emily Yioliti. Pray for hearts and homes to open, and for restoration, especially for coming to know Jesus (Matthew 19v14).

 

 

^ CITIES & MUNICIPALITIESPRAY 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.

Larnaca: 30 shops have closed down in the town directly due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Other cities are in a similar situation. Pray Jeremiah 29v7.   

 


^ 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…… Our charity status application has so far taken 4 months instead of 2…pray!

Funding: We want to fund Elena, our administrator, and Phil, as program manager to oversee strategy for our activities and network/fundraise with local and wider communities. Pray for ideas of how to find the funds. Justice: New government policies are having a negative impact on the lives of refugees. Locally, banks are refusing to open up bank accounts. Yet, a new government policy requires government funds for refugees to be sent to bank accounts! No account, no food money. Pray for hearts of compassion and for JUSTICE (Isaiah 1v17).

Our volunteers: Each time a refugee enters OASIS, he or she is greeted by a volunteer who sees themselves as the hands and feet of God. Pray that our volunteers would have cultural insight, ability to understand broken English or Greek, hearts of compassion and opportunities to share their faith.

 

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

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

Migrants: The program “First Step” (vocational training) has been successfully completed with more than 300 people from third countries – refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. Amen…may it expand. In September, 51 migrants – including women and children – landed in the buffer zone of Famagusta area. The UN handed them over to the Cypriot authorities. More have come since. Pray for a hope and a future for them (Jer 29v11).

 

 

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

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

Azerbaijan: Conflict between this nation and Armenia, the Belarus situation, Turkey & Cyprus…conflict and disagreement. Pray cessation (Is. 9v6).

Lebanon: Cypriots donated more than 200 tonnes of food for Lebanon. French efforts to help Lebanon may be her last chance. Pray (Job 5v15-16).   

UAE & Israel: The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) recent decision to fully normalize its relations with Israel, being an Islamic country, is historic. It could potentially reshape the region. Many are optimistic that this could lead to a new era of peace between Israel and the Arab world, with other Gulf States potentially following the UAE’s example. Hope so, but it could be a case of ‘peace where there is no peace.’ (Jer. 6v14). Pray for God’s peace. 

Israel: Arab villages & ultra-orthodox Jews refuse to comply with Covid regulations, hence a large upsurge of Covid cases in these communities. Israel is in a second full-on nationwide three-week lockdown – the first country in the world to go into a second national lockdown in 5 months. The implications are grave for the economy. Pray for those most in need. Cyprus and Israel are further co-operating by combined police training. Also ‘lason 2020’ took place in September between military units from both countries. Pray the co-operation continues and develops (Genesis 12v3). 

Turkey: On August 26, 2020, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave a speech at Manzikert National Park in Turkey at an event celebrating the 949th anniversary of the Battle of Manzikert. He said that for Turkey, conquest is not occupation or looting. Rather, he said that it removes oppression and brings Allah's justice to the conquered region. He said that Turkey will claim its right in the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Black seas, that it will do whatever is necessary politically or militarily, that it will never cede any of its territory, and that its patience, capabilities, or courage are not to be tested. He added: "If there is anyone who wants to stand against us and pay the price, let them come." He further indicated that the army would be ready to die for Allah’s glory. This reveals his true colours. Yet ‘The Lord reigns’, not Erdogan. Pray his arrogance be brought low (Job 24v24).

Libya: Libya’s internationally recognised Prime Minister has said he wants to quit by the end of October, which could feed political tensions in Tripoli amid new efforts to find a political solution to the country’s conflict. Libya is also co-operating with Turkey over an East Med naval ‘line’ between the two countries –dangerous to Cyprus. Pray for a stable, righteous government who will not form an ‘unholy alliance’ with Turkey (Is. 30v1; Dan 11v13).    

UK Brexit: The ‘divorce treaty’ agreeing full terms for trade is slow going, with Britain prepared to forego it if necessary. Pray for the UK (Deut 31v6).  

USA: The US Election is on November 3rd. Pray God's will be done! California wildfires: Comment:The Risen Christ is still in charge. I believe also that He has allowed this pestilence (2 Chronicles 7v13) to see if His people, called by His Name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways. Earlier generations in this nation saw pestilence and impending disasters as a sign from the Lord to repent.  Given the wicked policies California, Oregon and Washington leaders have imposed on its citizens, God has judged these States with what one author, Richard Owen Roberts, calls "a remedial judgment, a withdrawal of certain manifestations of His gracious presence and mercy." IF there is that sincere repentance process, personally and corporately as a church, a city, a State, or Nation, THEN He will hear from heaven, forgive our sins and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7v14). Pray for the USA in turmoil.

Migrants in Europe: “We don’t want food. We want freedom.” These were the words of a stranded migrant in Greece after Moria, Europe's largest refugee camp, went up in flames. Lining the streets and sleeping in fields, roughly 13,000 refugees are now homeless….again. Pray (Ps.9v13).  

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

 

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

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

IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet, particularly ‘InCyprus News’, from TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.   Regular sources: Issachar UK; Jerusalem Post; Open Doors; IFI; Vision for Israel; Internet.

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