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   Πληροφορίες και προσευχή για τον Λαό της Κύπρου

 

 

 

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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS.  PRAYER UPDATE.  SEPTEMBER 2021  No. 95

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  September 2021   No. 95.

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? Go to our website: www.intercessorsforcyprus.org page: ‘Daily Bible Reading Plan’

 

CONTENTS

Giving thanks; Covid-19; Editorial: The Prescribed Way; The Church: Specific churches & ministries; Children of Wrath; Repentance; Prayer alert response; Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI. 

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

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

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September Prayer Issues. 2 Cor 1:20. ‘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 weekly prayer group in Larnaca praying for Cyprus’ government and the nation, churches, ministries & for refugees. Others weekly e.g. Prayer for Israel. Details: Email the above. Use this Prayer update in your home group, prayer group, church prayers, and devotionals. Use it topically or work through it over the month. Tip: Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to an entry He wants you to pray into. Focus on that (also in your group) until you sense completion. God bless you!

 

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

We thank God for a period of refreshment and rest during August. Let’s now gear up to serve the Lord. How about planning a day with the Lord?

Also give thanks for His mercy and grace to you and yours, His love and power, His care and protection…(fill in yours own).

Finally, after 7 years at the EU, halloumi will hit the market in October as a bona fide product of protected designation of origin…i.e. Cyprus. Amen! 

 

^  COVID-19: After several comments over the August issue, let me clarify. Rebellion - in terms of refusing to socially distance in public scenarios where the government has said to wear masks and to socially distance - is growing especially in younger people. Whilst there are still issues about vaccines, for many years the wearing of masks and social distancing has long been a very reasonable and helpful way of preventing or lessening the likelihood of infection. I am neither commending nor condemning the government over its vaccination project. Romans 13 clearly teaches us to pray for wisdom for the government as does 1 Timothy 2v1-4.

Christians have to make their own choice about the vaccines. I will not take sides or condemn whichever choice a believer makes. I had to write to one major international ministry to correct the leader, who condemned those Christians who have taken the vaccine to hell because in his view the vaccine was the ‘Mark of the Beast!’ I gave Him verses from the word of God about this to show his error and he then wrote to apologise and said he would publicly apologise on his next letter and website. However, I do believe that this whole Covid-19 scenario is one of several which will ultimately lead to the coming of the antichrist and the mark of the beast, but I do not believe we are at that stage yet by any means. Sadly, Christians seem to be taking sides and dividing over vaccinations. Pray for freedom and unity. (See Romans 14v1-8).

 

^  DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS for SEPTEMBER 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 Suchet) by downloading 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: ‘THE PRESCRIBED WAY’. God has set ways of doing things as well as the sovereign, unexpected interventions. For example, God required the Tabernacle in the wilderness to be made according to His direction: Exodus 25v9: ‘Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.’ The Tabernacle and its furnishings were to be made according to the revelation the Lord gave Moses on the mountain of Sinai. Exodus 25v40: See that you make them according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.’ This phrase appears five times in the Old Testament - in the books of Exodus, Numbers and 2 Kings, to emphasise the point.

When the Ark of the Covenant was moved by King David’s instruction but not according to God’s set way (Numbers 4v15), where it was not to be touched but carried on poles, disaster struck, in the death of Uzziah, who touched the ark to steady it as it was not on poles. 1 Chronicles 15v13-15 (NIV):”It was because you, the Levites, did not bring it up the first time that the LORD our God broke out in anger against us. We did not enquire of him about how to do it in the prescribed way." So the priests and Levites consecrated themselves in order to bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel. And the Levites carried the ark of God with the poles on their shoulders, as Moses had commanded in accordance with the word of the LORD.

 

National Gatherings: God still expects His people, including us, to follow His pattern as set down in His Word. For example, 2 Samuel 21v1: During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the LORD. The LORD said, "It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death." Action was taken to put things right before God and with the remaining Gibeonite clan. Also Saul and his families’ bones were dealt with rightly. After that, God answered prayer on behalf of the land. So, after the king humbled himself and prayed, sought God’s face and put things right concerning the Gibeonites and the bones of Saul and his family, God answered pray for the land. With God it is first things first. He has His prescribed way of dealing with national matters.     

 

Another example is found in the time of Ezra, where there was a national gathering of God’s people - the returning exiles from Babylon - who were seeking to rebuild Jerusalem and restore the temple. Ezra revealed through the word that they were guilty of sin before God in terms of intermarriage with other peoples. It would take time to be resolved before God: Ezra 10v12-14: ‘…this matter cannot be taken care of in a day or two, because we have sinned greatly in this thing.’ Following this, God moved on Nehemiah and he came to Jerusalem to lead the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. During this time, Ezra called the people of Jerusalem together – a national remnant now back in Israel - to read the law of God to them (Nehemiah 8v1). Following this (Nehemiah 9v1-3) Ezra again led a national assembly in confession and repentance (Nehemiah 9v1-3). Can you imagine a national gathering of God’s people from both the north and south of Cyprus, with not just a day for the gathering, but a solid period of preparation before the day, where Scriptures lead us to confession and repentance? A time of separation from unrighteous ways that have crept in? Can you envisage following this a solemn national assembly for a day where we are gathered together before the Lord, leaders and people, to seek Him about the ongoing peace process and lack of results? GOD’S PRESCRIBED WAY for such an event is laid down in Scripture:

2 Chronicles 7v13-14: "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

 

In the New Testament, Jesus Himself spoke into such matters in His ‘Sermon on the Mount’ (Matthew chapters 5-7). The Apostle James writes: (James 5v16-18): …Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. James commended confession of sin and prayer in the context of individual healing and national healing (Elijah & the drought). The prayer of righteous believers in Christ can make a huge difference, especially when in unity (Psalm 133).

 

Cyprus: There is a drought (no rain from God) on the Cyprus peace process. Plague is scourging the land in the form of Covid-19 and its variants. The land is being ‘devoured’ slowly but surely by antichrist influences, such as the increasing Islamic influence both north and south and by the Lesbian and gay movement (LGBTI), for example, amongst others. Are there believers in Cyprus who will fulfil GOD’S PRESCRIBED WAY of dealing with national scourges? Leaders of the nation will not do this, but leaders of God’s people could call such a movement within the true church on behalf of the nation and its leaders. Only then will this be fulfilled: (2 Samuel 21v14b): ‘God answered prayer on behalf of the land.’ 

 

I was born and bred in Britain, which has held a number of national days of prayer in times gone by, as has America. The miraculous rescue at Dunkirk was preceded by a national day of prayer. The great invasion of the Allies into France and Europe at ‘D Day’ and beyond was preceded by a national day of prayer. God listens when as a national church of believers we pray together to Him, and fulfil His conditions as set out in 2 Chronicles 7v13-14. Will YOU pray and act towards such a day?                                            

 

 

^ THE CHURCH: "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name."(John 1v12).

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

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.

a) IFC & National prayer: We at IFC as a ministry are asking for prayer at this time in order that we may have a real impact on those who are in authority in the evangelical churches in Cyprus both north and south concerning a national day of prayer. Pray for God’s hand of favour. (1 Chronicles 12v32).

 

b) Daniel Generation: A UK church asked the leaders of Daniel Generation to speak about their vision, work and progress concerning the establishing of a generation of young Christians in Cyprus who really know God and are on fire to serve God and His purposes. Pray for God’s leading and blessing on these two dedicated workers, T & J. (Dan 11v32b…several versions).   

 

c) Evangelism videos: This is one of series of approx. 2 min YouTube videos reaching Jews (and others) for Jesus, exposing the danger of sin & hell, and the hope of Christ & heaven. A good one to use with or to send to Jewish people you know. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnfUhiFOE6I   

Website: www.messiahisrael.com    Also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnfUhiFOE6I&t=25s  It is amazing how God is ramping up evangelism to the Jews as He said He would in the end days (Zechariah 12v10-13v2; Romans 11, especially v25-32). Pray for Jews in Cyprus to hear the Gospel.

Also pray that the Church in Cyprus uses evangelism videos and many other means of outreach to the people and language groups of Cyprus.  

 

2. Children of Wrath: Some who go to church have missed the first step of conversion as set forth in Matthew 4v17:  From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." They did not originally sincerely repent and turn 180 degrees to come into His Kingdom. They still are unsaved ‘children of wrath’. They are especially prone to being exposed to the rebellious Jezebel spirit. Pray for those who are deceived in this way in Cyprus’ churches to have revelation of the truth of the Gospel, and of the danger they are in, that they may truly come to faith in Christ.

 

3. Repentance: An extract from ‘The Joy-Filled Life’ (pp 60-61) by Sister Basilia Schlink:  Dear Lord Jesus, I ask Thee for what I long to have in my life: Thy greatest gift of grace, repentance. Send me by Thy grace the Spirit of truth that I may recognize myself in Thy light and see the depth of my sin. Help me through Thy Word that it may convict me as Thy standard for my thinking and speaking, for my ways and doing, for my work and actions. Keep me from applying my own cheap standards. Bind me to the measurement of the Sermon on the Mount that I may see myself as Thou doest see me, that I may judge myself as Thou wouldst judge me if I had not repented of my sin. Give me through Thy Holy Spirit sensitivity to recognize in everything that happens to me especially in Thy chastening--Thy loving admonition to repentance, and that I may respond to it willingly. Answer my prayer by giving me a broken heart, not one that is self-righteous and self-satisfied, but one that is always able to weep anew over its sins and is then able to rejoice for Thy forgiveness. I thank Thee that Thou wilt surely answer this prayer, because Thou dost enjoy more than anything else a sinner who repents. Therefore, Thou doest require tears of repentance from us. I do not want to look on my hard impenitent heart but upon Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, who came to destroy all self-righteousness and hardness of heart, and who has won us by His redemption a new heart that is soft and humble. Make me continue in the prayer of faith until my hard heart has melted, and I am able to weep over the things I have done to God and to my fellow men. Give me the grace to weep over my old nature, over my hardness, lack of mercy and kindness, my evil speaking about others, my jealousy and envy, my insincerity, my dependence on human beings and the material things of this world. Bring about a complete change in me.

I thank Thee, O Lord that Thou art calling for what I still do not have, repentance, and that by its coming my love for Thee will grow out of it. Let me this way---through the redeemed and happy life of a pardoned sinner---praise Thee here on earth and be prepared for Thy return, so that I might enter with Thee in glory to the Marriage of the Lamb. Amen.

 

4. IFC Prayer alert response: One intercessor responded to the end of July IFC prayer alert with this:Paul blinded Elymas in Paphos who was hindering him from sharing the good news with the Roman official. We have the authority to do that as Cyprus belongs to Jesus. Apostles Barnabas and Paul, and John Mark walked on its ground and occupied the land spiritually. We declare that God loves Cyprus. He loves His people. We are His remnant standing in the gap to repent for Cyprus’ idolatry, lawlessness, calling Cyprus the island of Venus, not recognizing the blessings of God, not recognizing the spiritual inheritance of salvation through Jesus Christ preached by the apostles and every other sin committed……we ask God’s forgiveness. We cancel the plan of Erdogan to come to Cyprus…it’s not his land, it’s Jesus land. We paralyze his hands, feet and mouth and every evil plan he has against Cyprus, and we declare that his plans to take over the land will fall through, his plan to occupy Famagusta will be cancelled and his forces dispersed in confusion. We declare that the blood of Jesus washes all our sins as we repent, and the blood of Jesus is applied upon Cyprus, its resources, its people, for protection and deliverance from the Goliath spirit, the spirit of Jezebel and the python spirit…..in JESUS’ name.

We declare the plan to lock down Cyprus is cancelled. The evil agenda will be revealed of spreading the virus through vaccine. That people’s freedom will be protected in Jesus name, Amen. Thank you Father for victory in Jesus name 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:  How can you tell if your church is radically biblical in the power of the Spirit? The New Testament stresses that the church should be: Running on PRAYER; committed in LOVE to God and OBEYING His word;  committed to UNITY in the church; lovingly CORRECTING one another (Matt 18v16-18), being FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT, encouraging EVERY MEMBER EVANGELISM, discerning GIFTS and delegating because of these.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to breathe new life and biblical power into His Church in Cyprus. (2 Corinthians 3v6).  

In Touch Israel: Please pray for God’s leading, wisdom, revelation, discernment and understanding for the team preparing to serve the Jews in their return from the nations. Spiritual principles need now to be earthed in practical, workable plans. (Ezek 36v24-28; Jer 32v41; Hos 11v10; Ex 25v40).  

 

 

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

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

 

^ This month: Abortion: The European Parliament has voted on the so-called "Matic Report”, which has been adopted. The right to life, freedom of conscience of medical personnel and the sovereignty of the Member States has lost to the ‘right’ to abortion. The vote in favour of taking away all human rights of innocent unborn babies and in favour of the so-called ‘right’ to abortion was passed very comfortably by EU MEPs. They were also determined to strip the doctors and nurses - who are working overtime to save lives in this time of pandemic - of the right to refuse to end the life of these innocent human beings. May God have mercy upon a society which murders the unborn children, shedding ‘innocent blood’ as the Bible puts it, as in Manassah’s day! (SEE 2 Kings 21, especially v16; 2 Kings 24v1-4; Psalm 139v13-16; Matthew 5v21). Pray for His mercy but also for reversals, including in Cyprus. How we need a move of God to re-establish righteousness and morality….pray.

 

^ Census: In October a stranger is likely to turn up at your house and start asking you a bunch of personal question such as “how old are you and who else lives here?” – not to worry though, that just means the 2021 census is underway. It will be the last traditional door-to-door head count.

 

^ Health: Covid-19: Whether this is a natural pandemic or a "plandemic," the reality is that the world will be dealing with this virus and its mutations for years to come. Of course, this has not taken God by surprise and we should look to Him alone for personal guidance. We also need to pray for our nations to not go beyond that which is in His will…e.g. in the debate over vaccinating children, one implication may be that it is better to simply allow them to be infected on the grounds they are highly unlikely to come to serious harm, but are more likely to gain lasting immunity from the disease that way. As it is, schools will reopen to vaccination opportunity, safe passes and rapid tests. So this is how we continue to pray for Cyprus: Lord, forbid that any closures or quarantines hinder Cypriots and those living in Cyprus from coming home (Isa. 62:10). Oversee all health ministry and government decisions about this plague (Prov. 2:6). Give discernment on what the next steps should be to guard Cyprus's health - both North and South - at this time (Psa. 91:3-6).

If there is any truth being withheld from the public, or from Cypriot leaders, unveil it (Zech. 8:16). Lead scientists who are searching for new and inexpensive ways to treat those who have already been infected (Ex. 31:3; Job 12:22). Let believers listen to You and not to man or their fears concerning the vaccine (John 10:27). Do not allow Your Body to be divided over whether to take the vaccine or not (Rom. 14:23).

 

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

Emergency Services: Thank You Lord, for the compassion, courage and capability of all those serving in the emergency services in Cyprus. We pray for vigilance on the roads, improved safety measures - especially in the construction industry - and strength and wisdom to police, firefighters and ambulance crews dealing with emergencies. (Psalm 69v13).

Home ownership: Owning a home in Cyprus is an “impossible dream,” says trade union ‘Peo’, calling for the creation of social housing programmes.  Construction costs have recently shot up by 20 per cent, “making home ownership an impossible dream for many young people and the lower and middle income classes.” Pray for hope for young couples and others and for God to make a way. (Exodus 14v21-22; Isaiah 43v16).  

Schools: The government says that things are in place for the start of the new academic year. Pray especially for those children attending a new school. Be aware that the enemy is inspiring people with demonic plans for our children … to indoctrinate and to convert them to their false standards of love, their social mandates; dictating norms that contradict God’s holy law. They threaten to remove our little ones from our biblical influence and foundations. Pray that God intervenes….He blinded the citizens of Sodom as a warning, before destruction came upon them.  Pray that teachers and others walking in darkness stumble in their darkness and be terrified by the experience of it, so that they may cry out to God and repent. Pray for Holy Spirit conviction on the lukewarm/accommodating Christians in schools. Pray for unity and oneness in Christ and one voice of unity for His Kingdom.

A Prayer: Father, come down to our schools in obvious manifestations of Your power. Set children free from the heavy yokes of false authority that are seeking to rule over them. Shatter and burn these unholy yokes. Give us righteous leaders … wise and God-fearing servants, both in government and schools who will reject these evil agendas … who will successfully drive back this advance of evil which seeks to swallow our nation’s children, and to rob them of both soul and of Your divine blessings. Hear us, and send help from Your holy mountain, in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Matt 19v14).

Muslim Youth in Cyprus: More than half the people in Muslim-majority countries today are under the age of 30. Many young people are struggling to simply find jobs: the unemployment rate for the Arab region of the world is nearly twice as high as global averages. Radical Muslim groups like Islamic State take advantage of this discontent and recruit frustrated youth with promises of higher purpose. Pray for deliverance from this lie! There is a sense of disillusionment with Islam among many Muslim young people today. They are resistant to their parents’ traditional values. Pray for those in Cyprus disillusioned with Islam to initiate a search for truth. Pray for Muslim students in Cyprus – especially in the North – to hear the Gospel from believing friends. Pray for them to find their true identity in Jesus. (John 14v6).

Electric Cars: My wife is currently concerned for Cyprus in the following ‘green’ issue: The UK car industry is going electric in its efforts to reduce global warming. Cyprus has relatively few electric cars…the prices are very high at present….and few topping up points if on a longer journey. The range for electric cars needs to improve also. I reckon a loaded-up holidays trip to Paphos or Polis (which we did this year) in an all-electric car would be pushing its battery limits for an average size car. Pray for the government and local municipalities to work together on improving the system and with incentives for electric cars. Also for improved range, more topping up points…e.g. electric points at all fuel garages…and for lower electric car prices, government incentives and cars availability. (Isaiah 32v20).  

Lionfish: With more fish entering the Eastern Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal, the EU is about to decide if it will add the lionfish to its list of invasive alien species. Once listed, Cyprus and other member states in the region will have to make a big effort to curb its spread. Pray. (Ex. 19v23).

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:  A few months ago in the USA, the Rapporteur had asked Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) for their opinion on how to effectively combat “homophobia” in an attempt to manufacture a "black list" of organisations opposed to the LGBTQ agenda, among which was a very vocal NGO (CitizenGO). In other words, the intolerance of the tolerant assumptions. Those opposed to the Lesbian & Gay agenda should be tolerant of them, but they will not be tolerant to us! In the United Nations, among all the member states and all the NGOs that intervened, the only critical discourse was by CitizenGO. Pray that God will raise up a voice for His will and word in Cyprus. (READ Leviticus 18v22; Romans 1v18-32 especially vv26-27).

Abortion: (Biblically, the ‘shedding of innocent blood’): See the article under ‘Government, This month’. This issue of abortion will not go away until revelation and repentance comes. Pray effective teaching and factual proofs reach the government - and us all, bringing radical change. (Ps. 139).

Care Economy: The ageing of populations and the devastating socio/economic effects of the Covid pandemic and financial crises all point to the need to build robust “care economies”. Pray that our government and the care profession is able to plan for this. (2 Corinthians 8v16).   

 

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

 

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

1. Refugees, asylum seekers & migrant workers...,aliens & strangers: The Cypriot government is worried about a potential influx of refugees which will add further pressure on its already overwhelmed asylum service. Pray for God’s help. (Matthew 5v7).

The OASIS refugee ministry is coming under new management, transitioning to become part of ‘All4Aid’, hopefully on November 1st. All4Aid is a Christian Relief organisation which has worked in Lesbos and is well established in refugee work, and shares Oasis’ vision that refugees thrive. Pray for God’s wisdom for the Oasis board and members and for the All4Aid team as things are worked through. The final vote from Oasis members on this decision will be on September 11th. Pray also for Cyprus as many are becoming more negative about the number of refugees coming to Cyprus. Finally, pray that the refugee community served by Oasis will be further blessed during and after the transition. Exodus 22v21: "Do not ill-treat an alien or oppress him….”

 

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 Covid needs related, 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.)

Pray against the use of nuclear weapons and chemical weaponry in the Middle East and for Gospel declaration (Matt 16v19).  Also pray that intercessors wake up worldwide to the nuclear threat to Israel…especially Tel Aviv….and for believers to be protected, others come to God before it is too late, for limitation to the enemy’s plans (Ps 33v10-11), and for wholesale repentance in Israel and surrounding nations.

Israel & Lebanon: Israel’s borders are its softest and most vulnerable spot, mainly because Israel is notoriously surrounded by enemy countries that desire its destruction. Protecting its borders has been Israel’s mission ever since its establishment as a state in 1948. It is no secret that Iran poses a serious and imminent threat to Israel, while also controlling Hezbollah on the southern border of Lebanon. Another important factor is Lebanon’s political uncertainty, instability, and crumbling infrastructure that has left the country struggling and its citizens flooding the streets in ongoing protests. Lebanon, once a rich and vibrant country of which its capital Beirut was called: “the Paris of the Middle East” is now in a desperate situation, especially after the mass explosion a year ago that shook the entire city and practically destroyed its port. It’s no wonder that Hezbollah and Iran are taking advantage of Lebanon’s fragility to threaten Israel’s borders once again. Israel has experienced some rocket fire from Lebanon in the past few days and it’s clear that Israel’s enemies are trying to entice the nation into a military operation that will further complicate things for this already complex region. Pray with us for Lebanon’s dire situation, as well as for the safety and protection of Israel’s borders, for strength and wisdom for Israel’s leaders to handle threats to its sovereignty. (Genesis 28v15; Jeremiah 24v6; Psalm 32v8; 2 Chronicles 7v13-14).

Afghanistan & the US. America will have its teeth broken over foreign policy: ‘Psalm 58v6: Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.’ (Also Ezekiel 38v13). Its abandonment of Afghanistan and likely the same with Israel in times to come do not bode well for the ‘young lion’ of the USA. We in the West are being given what may be the last chance to save our biblical heritage. If beheadings hit the Western news media, it will expose to the world the true nature of Islam and show us what we can expect as the outcome of Islamic Jihad as they pursue their objective of world domination. It may be that the shock will cause us to reopen our Bibles, seeking the Lord in repentance, and he will once again pour out his Spirit to cleanse and purify nations that have despised his word. Pray for the Afghans, especially the believers, and for the eyes of the West to be opened. (NB we sent a special prayer for and over Afghanistan out to you on 29th August.)

European weather: As I write, (in August) Italy is so hot, Sicily has 49 degrees Celsius record temperatures with breathing difficult, Greece is fighting over 500 wildfires with other nations helping. Pray for people in Europe who are suffering, and that God’s mercy brings relief and worldwide modifications. Global warming is expected to reach the 1.5C limit set by the Paris Agreement during the next two decades and then breach it after 2040 even if the world rapidly cuts emissions. READ Acts 2v19-21, these signs are being fulfilled in our day, but there is a promise….

Haiti: Yet another devastation of the country. Pray hope for the Haitians and the Church there, and a solution to ongoing disasters.(2 Chron 7v13-14).

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2019, Top Ten. (no.1. North Korea.) Believers and dissidents are put in containers in the heat of the day, in prison or in labour camps to serve out their time and die. Pray for them, for hope and God’s grace. (2 Corinthians 12v9a).

                                                                                                                  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.  AUGUST 2021.  No. 94

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  August 2021   No. 94

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? Go to our website: www.intercessorsforcyprus.org page: ‘Daily Bible Reading Plan’

(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.’


August Prayer Issues.

NB. This is a very short edition in view of the heat and holidays. Nevertheless, we still pray….

Brief Editorial: Lawlessness. Rebellion against Covid-19 rules is but one of a number of worldwide evidences of lawlessness in these days. 1 John 3v4 (NKJV) says: ‘Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.’ The nations in our day are increasingly ignorant of or in rebellion against God and His word. [Ed: Italics mine in the following.] Proverbs 29v18 (NIV): ‘Where there is no revelation (of God and of His Word), the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.’ Proverbs 29v18a (KJV): ‘Where there is no vision (of who God is, no fear of God) the people perish.’ 2 Thessalonians 2v7 (NIV) says: ‘For the secret power of (KJV: the mystery of) lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back (the Church through its prayers and the Holy Spirit’s response?) will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.’  Pray that the watchmen in the Church alert the church worldwide, in each country, including Cyprus, to PRAY in order to hold back or restrain lawlessness - by the grace of God.                                  

 

1. Three hazards: Following the major fire in Larnaca mountains in July: (From an IFC prayer partner): An intercessor’s dream was sited in Troodos  - dirty water was coming down from the mountain, a goat with horns was hitting something and spoke with a human voice saying that THREE evils are going to hit Cyprus. I believe what happened recently at the area of Larnaca may be one of them and would have been worse if people were not praying.  Prayer does bear fruit – it could have been much worse. Whatever the devil plans against Cyprus and its people, we cancel it in Jesus name. God will turn around what happened in Cyprus for His glory. AMEN! Join your prayers with these. (Deuteronomy 33v26-27). 

 

2. Sunday shopping: More and more shops are opening on Sundays. Do you use shops on Sundays? It may not be the Jewish Shabbat (Fri eve – Sat eve) but it is the day for services in the Christian church….a day where we can spend time with God and one another more freely. The Ten Commandments include the requirement to keep the Sabbath holy, separate, distinct. Pray into this. Maybe we could shun Sunday shopping? It would also be good for Christians to visit our local shops which open on Sundays to point out to management that God will bless them if they honour Him - see (1 Samuel 2v30b). Maybe some will begin a campaign with the shop chains and managements? Pray/act as God leads.

 

3. E.A. prayer topics: The Evangelical Alliance is doing a fine job in uniting pastors, churches and Christian believers in prayer and in other ways. Here are some prayer topics from the Evangelical Alliance this year: Thanksgiving, e.g. for God’s faithfulness and love. Covid-19….protection, and healing and comfort for those affected. Restarted economy. Wisdom for the authorities. Children & youth. Peace talks….the occupied areas and the security of Cyprus. Churches….a hope and a future for local churches. Effective Christian ministries e.g. Kanali7 Radio. Spiritual renewal. Pray as led. (Ephesians 6v10-13).

 

4. Islam in Cyprus: The Muslim community is growing in Cyprus….be aware for prayer. This requires individual concerned Christians, prayer groups, churches, Christian ministries, and networks of churches to pray. Unless we come before God over this matter and repent of our lack of prayer and action against this powerful Islamic influence in Cyprus, we will go the way of other ‘Western’ nations and see Muslims begin to profligate, schools kow-towing to Muslim requirements, mosques mushrooming in the south, etc. God ‘hands us over’ to the consequences if we do not share His concern about a false religion infiltrating the nation. (Ezekiel 39v23; Nehemiah 9v26-27; Daniel 7v25; Rom 1v24a).

PS. Making a pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the 5 pillars of Islam. Islam’s five pillars are: Shahada (Faith); Salat (Prayer); Zakat (Charity); Sawm (Fasting); Hajj (Pilgrimage). These are religious mandates. To be a Muslim, you must do each of these five things. Many fall short. Pray for spiritual Muslim pilgrims to encounter Jesus and become His followers; for zealous Muslim leaders to be transformed into passionate followers of Jesus; for persecution to strengthen, unify, and expand the underground Church in Mecca! (Psalm 2). Amen!  

 

5. Peace Process: (from a regular IFC intercessor in the UK): Recently after praying for Cyprus, particularly on the issue of unity between North and South, and since the last IFC news & prayer letter, I have become quite aware of the barrier of the South's attitude to the North. As you know there is great anger, resentment, bitterness because of the Turkish invasion and consequent ethnic cleansing and all the loss associated with it. The South wants unity but has these sinful attitudes. Admittedly, the non-believers are unlikely to see this barrier that they have erected. However the believers can take encouragement from the biblical examples that overcame the sin of the multitude. I think of Moses repenting after the golden calf incident in Exodus 32v32, of Daniel in Daniel ch.9, of Jesus on the Cross 'Father forgive them....', of Stephen in Acts 7v60: ‘And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” ‘ In this we exercise our priestly role. All these prayers were answered positively. I share this knowing the Turkish nationalists are in power in the North, but they are mere men, Jesus is the ruler of the nations. (Ed: Good points…Pray through). 

 

6. Covid-19: Vaccine for children from 12-15 years is being recommended, and that children are at risk from unvaccinated close family. There is talk in Europe of a third dose of (Pfizer) vaccine to combat Delta Variant. Also forged safe passes from some doctors! Pray. (James 1v16).    

 

7. End Times & Climate Change: “Wildfires tearing through Siberia’s boreal forest, floods killing scores of people in Germany, high temperatures roasting North America: these are the manifestations of a growing climate crisis that is accelerating faster than scientists and campaigners expected.” This is how a recent Times newspaper editorial began. Recent fires have swept through more than three and a half million acres in Russia. We are seeing deadly heatwaves, massive floods in China, storms, wildfires, droughts, crop failures. All creation is groaning under the weight of sin – there is a connection between sin and the physical creation. Because Adam sinned the physical “ground” or earth was cursed. God links sin to the physical world, therefore as one deteriorates – so does the other. (Isaiah chapter 24 esp. v3-6; Romans 8v22). Only Christ’s return can heal the world……Pray as led.  (Genesis 3v17).

 

8. (ITI) Aliyah discrimination: Under the ‘Law of Return’ of Jews to Israel, non-registered Jews are permitted to make Aliyah (return to the land of Israel) if they have one Jewish grandparent. Hundreds of thousands of Russians have done so. Jewish Christians (Messianic believers) seek to make Aliyah under the Law of Return while remaining Christian, based on “A Jew even though he has sinned remains a Jew,” Sanhedrin 44a. In practice, this is very difficult. The Israeli Supreme Court decided a test case in 1960. The court said the term “Jew” in the Law of Return did not apply to a practicing Christian; the term had to be given its secular, not halakhic, meaning. Most of worldwide Jewry understands that the Law of Return and immigration policy generally are within the exclusive jurisdiction of the State of Israel. But that does not give Israel the right to impose its religiously and historically unjustifiable and restrictive views against Christians. While at IFC we are supportive of Israel and Jews from a biblical viewpoint (e.g. Jeremiah 23v7-8; Ezekiel 36v24-28; Romans chapter 11), this matter of discrimination against Messianic believers in Jesus grieves us. Pray that the law is changed as Israel begins to perceive that its only long term friends are and will be true Christians in the nations and amongst the believing Jews!  

 

9. The Persecuted Church: (A prayer from an ‘Open Doors’ Testimony). ‘Life-giving God, I thank You and pray for all those people who supported me in my difficult times; bless all of them, meet all their needs. I pray for those people facing persecution for being Christians. Lord, give them courage. May Your Church grow in every country, that many people – including those who persecute and oppose Christians – may be saved. I pray for the servants of God who share Your Word; keep them safe and fulfil all their needs. Help all of us to live life according to the Word of God.’ (Heb. 13v3).    

 

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

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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

 

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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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