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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   SEPTEMBER 2020   No. 83

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  September 2020   No. 83

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: Churches in Cyprus, etc.  The Church: Specific churches & ministries: E.A.; BURN; Prayer partner requests. 

Lebanon Churches; Alpha Online; Repentance; Passivity; Mary; ITI The Government: This month; Turkey; The North; Health.  

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

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

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

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

 

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

Police activity: The police are a great deterrent, often capturing offenders. Recent activity has been seeking out missing persons, arresting drunk drivers and car stealers, restraining night activity, capturing drug dealers & kidnappers. Give thanks for the police and pray for them (Rom.13v1-4).

 

 

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

Churches in Cyprus: Many inter-churches prayer and other across-churches gatherings seem to have wound down – except for online wider networks - as people wait for things to return to normal, which may not happen. It would seem that a second round of CV is approaching, and that things will not be 'normal' in the foreseeable future. It is good to hear how some church and ministry leaders are recognizing this. Pastors particularly in each area or city, could find out how each other are doing during this season. Perhaps they could find out what God is showing other leaders to facilitate the worship of God, the meeting together of their people, the use of online ideas and meeting the needs of their people? It would be good to share ideas either in person or via a Zoom meeting if one church leader would co-ordinate. The same is true for any across-Cyprus leader gathering / online opportunity.

   The temptation is for churches to go back to the old ways, pre Coronavirus, but God wants to prepare His Church for these coming days to be flexible, with His new wine poured into new wineskins: Matthew 9:17 (NIV) …”Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."  Luke 5:39 (NIV) “…And no-one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, 'The old is better.' "  Church leaders will need to let go of that which would hinder….the old.   

    Church premises may become less relevant in the future, and the place of fellowship could be the small groups, either informal in homes and in sharing, fun, socials, parties while they can be held, and more formally in the house groups for teaching, discipling, communion & meals, and prayer, whether on Zoom or in situ. Acts 2:42 (NIV) ‘They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.’ Incidentally, prayer can go to weekly instead of monthly across the church via Zoom, or from weekly to daily….the sky is the limit. Online courses like Alpha could be a blessing, too, for discipling and outreach:  

Sundays: Another useful small group scenario is for people to invite a few people from their church to join them in their home on a Sunday to watch the online service together, interact and discuss, and share food & fellowship together either in the home or go out to lunch together.  

If church leadership is willing to trust and invest in a growing number of small groups of say, 6+, then not only will they be growing leaders but also laying the foundation for multiplication rather than maintenance. Monthly oversight meetings for all home group leaders to attend (Zoom or in person), invests in them and ensures they are carrying the vision. Pray that church leaders, pastors and elders, consider such issues before God.

 

A quote: from Worldwide Glory Network Alliance: (relevant to Cyprus churches): ‘During this critical hour, Prayer Houses cannot stand alone to push back the works of the enemy. We need to stand together as ONE to demolish the works of the enemy against Europe and the world because many of the challenges we face these days are global in nature. EG. 1) The global pestilence that is Covid-19; 2) The locust plague which began in Africa which has spread to Asia and South America; 3) The rioting and looting which began in America that has spread to many nations in the world; 4) The One World Concert is a global event that is telecasted all over the nations of the world; 5) The recent Luciferian March conducted in different nations on 21/6/20 is a global movement that supports the New World Order; and 6) Global Pride Celebration is globally telecast 24 hours over the nations in the world.’ (NB. Purpose of WGNA: ‘To offer unceasing prayer and worship to give endless pleasure to the King of Kings. To provide a canopy of God’s glory to protect His people in the end times. To release the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to usher in great revival in the end times.’

For more information on WGNA, go to their website:  www.wgnalliance.com

 

For thought: (Extract from Watchmen in Jerusalem): ‘A time is coming when the Jews will very much want to return to Israel from their homes in exile, but will be stopped from leaving. This will happen suddenly and at the last moment….leaving Jews feeling helpless, hopeless, trapped and not knowing what to do next. Yet there is hope for God's people even in that situation. It will be their gentile friends and neighbors in the Body of Messiah who understand how vital it is for the Jewish people to return home. It is all about His coming kingdom and His will being done on earth as it is in Heaven. His servants will arise and do! There will be gentile believers who will drop their own plans and help the Jews in whatever way is needed – know-how, finances, transportation, even meals, and of course, prayer – lots and lots of prayer. The hope for the Jews who will be trapped in exile rests with the gentile members of the Body of Messiah. Biblically this is the Christians' obligation to the people from whom their Saviour came.’

 

 

^ 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) Evangelical Alliance, Cyprus: has submitted an application to the Ministry of Education in cooperation with Eastern European Mission, for approval of the Bible for children. The purpose of the application is to approve the free delivery of the illustrated Bible for children in all the Elementary Schools of Cyprus. An approval will open a big door in schools and in the society of Cyprus in general to deliver more Bibles in the future for older ages.

We ask for your prayers because above all the goal is to help increase the knowledge of the Word of God and at the same time to encourage the development of the Christian faith and moral values. The examination of the application will take 1-2 months. Please pray for success (2 Tim 3v16).

 

b) ‘BURN 24/7’ Mediterranean Project:12-18 September 2020, Gozo, Malta.  144 hours of non-stop praise, worship & intercession for the Mediterranean Basin, including fellowship & meals. 6 teams overlapping, ending with a Rosh Hashana (feats of Tabernacles) party. House of Prayer Gozo, Malta. Beds available for those short of finances if can prove flight booking. More details: info@vled.fr  Pray that this event will be adjusted according to the Covid-19 situation at that time, and that it will glorify God. Remember YWAM and the houses of prayer in Cyprus also (Neh 12v27-28; Isaiah 56v7).

c) From a prayer partner: Please remember in prayer, ‘Leni who is going for cancerous tumour operation on the back of his neck Sept 4. Praying that the tumour will disappear (already he had radiation). In Jesus name amen.’ Pray for Leni and against the enemy (Psalm 42v11; Matthew 4v24).

d) Also from a prayer partner:  International media report that fourteen Ukrainian surrogate mothers left babies behind in the north of Cyprus because of Coronavirus issues as agencies from Ukraine set up shop in legal grey-areas and shoddy, make-shift hospitals in Famagusta area. After giving birth, the woman is required to renounce her legal rights on the child, opening the way for the genetic parents to adopt it. They said they were forced to undergo C-sections despite some preferring to give birth naturally. Their agency called them ‘cattle’. Many of the babies born however are now in a legal limbo as surrogate mothers could not sign them off due to Covid19. Pray for those involved in this and for a way forward (Ps. 139; Isaiah 11v1).  

 

2. Lebanon churches: We have had reports from Lebanon through Teresa C and Homer L concerning the explosion last month and the situation there. A useful link is https://youtu.be/8pH1MVk5Wi8  Lebanon is in a mess economically and socially. Terrorist group Hizbollah is wrecking the country! One church group we heard of through Teresa has been working to help people in need after the explosion. ‘Many of you are asking me of ways to give. Please visit our website and you will find all information in the donate button. You can choose to pay using PayPal, or directly to our bank account in Lebanon or using Trust bridge global for tax return.’  www.tm-lebanon.com  Pray for the church & nation of Lebanon (Hab 2v17; Job 14v7).  

 

3. Online Alpha: The Alpha Course was designed to reach neighbours, friends, colleagues, etc., with the gospel through a regular meal, a talk and discussion groups including a day away for ministry. God has blessed the course and many have become believers through this. It has spread to over 100 countries, but during Covid-19 it is not able to function in the same way. So, an Online option has been prepared as well as normal Alpha, including a Youth Alpha course online. We are looking into the possibility of running Alpha Online in Larnaca as a pilot. If all is agreed locally, then team training could begin in later September and the course from the beginning of October. Please pray for the right church backing and for a dedicated team to be brought together to serve in this way, ideally including a Youth team. Source info for Alpha online: www.alpha.org.uk  

Alpha Film Series on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBMMD5C0k-s  and following. Pray God's purposes for Online Alpha and Youth Alpha Online during Covid-19  (Isaiah 46v10).


4. Global Repentance movement: We have been involved in several of these days during July and August, which focus on personal repentance, but also includes other areas such as nations needing to get right with God. Pray God uses such groups. Worth checking out. www.globalrepent.com   

 

5. Passivity: Are you in a comfortable lethargy, accepting the Covid19 situation to allow for inactivity? Waiting for the storm to pass? You are in danger.

Maybe the storm will not pass quickly, maybe life will become even more challenging. Churches are also having to consider whether to obey man or God on Sundays!  Jeremiah 12v5: "If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?” Pray that you and your church remain on the alert spiritually and practically even during the warm weather and during Covid-19. (1 Thessalonians 5v6; 1 Peter 5v8; Ephesians 6v18).

   

6. Mary. A bible study on Mary and Jesus’ family has been passed on to us. If interested to see, email us at iforcy@outlook.com

 

ITI: At this time of year, Jews will have remembered the two historic calamities of exile and temple destruction along with many others, including their slaughter during the First Crusade; the expulsions from England, France and Spain; and the 20th Century Holocaust. Their greatest enemies were the Church and anti-Semitism. No wonder they do not trust the church. Pray for positive change (Psalm 137). The Israeli flag was displayed for the first time at the Temple Mount since Israel conquered its holiest site in the 1967 Six-Day War.  Aliyah: Now is the time to bring back tens of thousands of Israelis who are currently working in the United States, Shas MK Moshe Arbel said earlier this month when he learned that US President Donald Trump has suspended new work visas and blocked the renewal of H-1B visas for skilled hi-tech workers until the end of the year. “Israel must not miss out on this great growth-engine," Derech Eretz MK Zvi Hauser said. “This could really pull us forward for the next 25 years.” This is another opportunity for American Jews to return to Israel. 50,000 are also planning to return from France.  Pray as led (Hosea 11v10).

 

 

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

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

 

^ This month: Covid-19: The coronavirus pandemic has emptied public coffers and the government is getting ready to end support plans for thousands of employees and businesses hit hard by the prolonged health crisis. The question is what plan B is and how the state moves on from where it is now with rising unemployment and considering that special subsidies are to end in October. Pray for God’s wisdom for the authorities.

There has been a mass detection of coronavirus cases at the Pournara immigrant reception centre in Kokkinotrimithia. Pray for the centre and those living there, and pray for the government, for God’s leading, in order to make the right decisions for the country. Incidentally, We all should be wearing masks and practicing social distancing, and for gatherings the limit is currently 50 people maximum. Not easy for the larger churches!  

Pray that the number of Covid-19 patients in Cyprus will decrease again, (at present the trend is downwards) and that the situation will soon be good enough for the air and land borders to be fully reopened and quarantine to be cancelled. Pray for protection and wisdom for the doctors and nurses and all of the health care workers, that they may know how to help the sick people in the best way. May God speak His word to many today: ‘Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for You are with me; Your rod and staff comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.’ (Ps. 23:4-5). Pray that God’s will may be done in everything concerning the corona situation, and that something good will come out of it. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.“ (Rom. 8:28)

ALSO: The RoC government is looking to establish 5G network in Cyprus for 70% of the population by 2025. We have concerns about the 5G vision. Pray that God restricts this development unless He will use it in His plans. Cyprus’ trade deficit fell from €1,865.8 million in the first five months of last year to €1,723.6 million in the first five months of this year. Still a big deficit. Pray some at least think to seek God’s help (Psalm 121v1).

 

^ Turkey: The provocations both to Cyprus and the E.U. are regularly noted but little action is taken against Turkey and President Erdogan, with his expansionist plans for Islam. Appeasement will not work. Cyprus, Greece, France and Italy have strengthened their presence in the East Mediterranean recently in response to Turkey’s activities. We need warfare prayer behind the scenes. Pray for desire for this (Matthew 21v22; 2 Corinthians 10v4-6).

 

^ The North: The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission says that over a number of years, 100 or more Nigerian students have been killed under mysterious circumstances. Nigerian parents are being warned not to send their children to universities in the north of Cyprus. Pray that whatever is going on will be uncovered and correct action taken (Matthew 4v22). NB. Legal inhabitants of Varosha do not object to the UN taking over.

 

^ Health: Covid-19 recurrence requires self-isolation but violations have occurred. Fines or even imprisonment have resulted. Pray about this (Ephesians 6v5-7). PASYDY union is pressuring the government to talk with radiologists over various concerns. Pray for right action by government.

 

 

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

Shipping: The sector needs support as cruise and passenger ships are not able to operate. Ask God to lead into effective decisions (Rom 11v33).

Hotel industry: Praise God that unemployed hotel staff have received an increase in benefits. Pray for future hope (Jeremiah 29v11).

Industry: Output for the first 6 months went up in Cyprus. Pray it continues to grow. Cyprus is going to the EU to register Halloumi. Pray success.   

Police & Fire: 100 new police officers and firefighters have been recruited and trained - amen. Pray they settle well (Titus 2v6-8). Unfortunately, 6 other police officers have been suspended over a corruption case. Pray for justice in the case.    

Arson: This year a mass arson attack on an area between Limassol and Paphos has ruined extensive areas. Pray God restricts these activities.

Public Nuisance: Police are trying to deal with people in the night hours causing nuisance…mainly motorcyclists, those making excessive noise. The government has banned certain areas at certain times to bikers, so now the bikers are protesting! Pray for conviction (1 Thessalonians 1v5).

Buildings: There has been a record drop in building permits. The largest four municipalities in the RoC have discovered violations in building permits. Pray for this to be addressed effectively (Genesis 4v7).

Schools: There are various possible scenarios for the start of schooling, including digital technology, ‘e’ and distance learning, rotation of pupils, etc. Teachers are strongly concerned at government and municipality arrangements for the September commencement, especially in view of social distancing. Pray the best solution is adopted, and the needs of pre-school children be carefully considered (Judges 18v21).

Basic foods: The cost of bread and cereal in Cyprus is the 5th highest in the EU. Pray for the price to come down (Deuteronomy 8v6-9).

Civil Servants: Excessive sick leave has been noted by this group. Pray for conviction of sin (John 16v8).

I.D. cards: New Biometric I.D. cards are being introduced into Cyprus. Again, shades of ‘big brother’, knowing all about you. Pray as led (1 Tim 4v10).

Agriculture: The EU has granted 500,000 euros to Cyprus to support the pig sector during this time of Coronavirus. Amen. (Luke 15v15).  

Al Jazeera: Facts about the ‘Cyprus Papers’ documents are being distorted by this group to undermine the government. Pray protection (Eph 5v11).

 

 

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

Human Trafficking: Another trafficker has been apprehended, and also a drugs trafficker. Amen! Pray for continued success for police (1 Cor 6v19).

Poverty: The latest report says that 22.3% of the population of Cyprus are ‘at risk of poverty’. Covid wouldn’t have helped. Pray for hope (Matt 19v21).

Gambling: 1% of overall profits from the gambling industry are to be used to help young people addicted to gambling! So, government revenue comes first, then the issue is addressed….upside down thinking. Pray for common sense and insight into the whole issue (1 Timothy 6v9).

Akamas: More and more people are moving out of this area which will be a problem for its future. Pray for a way forward (Judg 18v5 KJV; Phil 3v13).

 

 

^ 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.’ 

Transforming a city, one neighborhood at a time: Your neighbourhood, town, city, your home, is broken. Sin is robbing where you live of its destiny. It is important to God that we pray. We are honoured to participate in a growing movement uniting the Church in focused prayer for God to be glorified across cities & neighbourhoods. We invite you to join and share this with your churches and communities. We are promoting a period of 40 days of prayer, praying for a new neighborhood of your town, city or location every day. EXAMPLE:  A recently executed and simple plan to profoundly impact Chicago: The status quo in Chicago is unacceptable. Murders. Broken schools. Drugs. Gangs. Homelessness. Poverty. Absentee parents. Corruption. Materialism. Broken government. The list goes on and on. But the most tragic crisis in Chicago is that millions of people are lost without Jesus. From July 29 to September 6, we are going to pray for every square inch of this city. Every 12 hours for 40 days.

Join the prayer campaign for your location: Pray for a different section of your town or city every day. Invite others to join. Go the 40 days!

Other: Larnaca: The port & marina development has at last been agreed involving a Cyprus-Israeli consortium, bringing many jobs. Thank You, Lord!

The oil refinery area will be replaced by tower blocks; water taxis & fast buses will herald trams in the future. Pray for good development (Matt 7v26).

However, the 5 year old agreement of the municipality to lease the second floor of the old hospital has not yet happened. Pray for progress (Ps.15v4).

Paphos: Foreigners are living in illegally converted shops in very squalid conditions - refugees are desperate for housing. Pray for municipality help.

Nicosia: Security levels are being increased in the Old Town following a spate of crimes. Look up Psalm 55v11 & pray accordingly.

All the municipalities: are in dire financial straits with loss of income due to Covid-19 and no government help. Pray for provision (Gen. 45v11).

 

 

^ 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 as the team restarts the ministry after a short break, but on a limited basis, tailored to Covid-19 issues. Pray for new vision & strength for the team, and for asylum seekers, refugees and their families and other migrants in need (2 Samuel 16v14; Psalm 68v9).  

Remember the people at Pournara emergency reception centre for illegal immigrants in Kokkinotrimithia. It is badly overcrowded because of those coming from the north, and with Covid-19 breaking out is a hazard. Pray for the people there to have change for good (James 1v17).

 

2. The Carers: Remember the ‘carers’ before God today. They may be caring for Covid-19 patients, the elderly, the disabled, sick children, etc. Sometimes the carers need a break and be cared for themselves a while. Pray as led (Psalm 103v8; 1 Peter 3v8).   

 

3. 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. Pray that where churches and ministries or individuals need to speak up for the needy, they are motivated to do so by God’s Spirit (Acts 1v8).

 

 

^ 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).

Lebanon: Lebanon is suffering so much from the terrible explosion of ammonium nitrate last month with so many killed and many after effects. Pray for those bereaved or injured. Cyprus has sent two shiploads of help so far. With the Lebanese government resigning, Lebanon needs righteous leadership and God’s help. The French Foreign Minister has said that Lebanon risks disappearing without a new government and reforms, because international support will not be available without these. Pray for struggling Lebanon and for God’s purposes (Isaiah 1v25-27; Deuteronomy 33v26)

Israel: We would like to ask for your prayers for Yad Vashem. This is the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, located in Jerusalem. We have visited several times. They like so many other tourist and visitor attractions are struggling to continue, and have good online website facilities. Christian.Friends@YadVashem.org.il sends email updates, or through Facebook. Christian Friends of Yad Vashem help.  Explore their website and find a particular resource which interests you? Meanwhile, pray for this memorial to man’s depravity and to God’s faithfulness despite it.’ (Deut. 32v4).

The Bible says that there is an initial conflict between Israel and surrounding peoples i.e. Hamas, Palestinians, Hezbollah and Syria. This conflict will be over Jerusalem. But Israel will win this initial conflict –  Zechariah 12v6 says that “Jerusalem will remain secure”. But into the vacuum that is left (which is perhaps now) will come Russia, Iran and Turkey. With Russia & Iran so involved in Syria and Turkey now active in the Middle East, we can see how they could easily get caught up in this. Pray God’s purpose prevails (Psalm 33v10-11). NB. Zechariah 14 follows in due course!

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.

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

 

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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS   PRAYER UPDATE   AUGUST  2020   No. 82.

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update. August 2020   No. 82.

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- Praying the Blood of Christ. The Church: Specific churches & ministries;

Locusts; LGBTI (2);  A Wesley Prayer; ……Reconciliation north & south; ITI

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

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

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

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

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

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.’

Coronavirus: The truth of how dangerous this virus is and how it spreads is still clouded with much confusion. The number of deaths and serious cases has been relatively low in Cyprus. Thank You Lord for guarding Cyprus from the worst effects of this plague (Jer. 31:10). Please guide us as we pray (Rom. 8:26; 1 Cor. 14:15, especially as tourists from 51 countries can now enter Cyprus one way or another. Lord, we want You – and not man – to set the guidelines for this nation (Prov. 16:1; Jer. 10:23). Lord, bring our leaders into one accord over a godly plan to deal with this on-going crisis. Pour out Your wisdom and insight on them to create simple, but effective, plans (Prov. 19:21). Surround our Minister of Health with the godly advisors he needs to fight this war (Prov. 24:6). Aid our economic renewal in all areas, north and south (Jer. 32:41-44). Move on us all to act more responsibility towards our neighbours (Lev. 19:17-18). Again thank You for preserving Cyprus for Your future purposes. Continue, we pray.

 

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

Foundations for Revival: (4) The Blood of Christ. Following editorials before Covid-19 on foundations for revival, we remind you of previous foundations for in-depth intercession and add the next. 1) Pleading the love of God: He loves his church and wants to bless it. He loves unbelievers and doesn’t want any to be lost. 2) Pleading the name of God: Revival for His name’s sake. The name of God is being gravely dishonoured by the failings of the church and the godlessness of society. 3) Pleading the Kingdom of God: God’s Kingdom is hindered by much church activity but hastened by prayer and preparation for revival. 4) Pleading the Blood of Christ: Jesus Himself focused on the power of His blood (Matthew 26v26-27; and John’s gospel) as did the early church (1 Cor 10 & 11). Through His blood we have confidence to enter before God (Hebrews 10v9). However, continuing in sin dishonours the blood of Christ. To plead that God will honour the blood of Jesus by bringing many people - Christian and non-Christian - to repentance is a powerful motive for prayer for revival. One man’s experience of revival in a Welsh chapel was to say, ‘I suddenly felt great waves of awesome awareness of God's utter holiness. My breath came panting like a runner in a race, my whole body trembled exceedingly and I was aware of my sin in such a manner that I could only cry for mercy. Things that I never counted as being contrary to the Lord became black and ugly. Things I hardly thought about became enormously wrong, whilst major sins I knew about but still did, totally overwhelmed me.’ O that we may experience God’s holiness and cleansing in such a way!

 

 

^ 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) GLOBAL DAY OF REPENTANCE on July 29-30th (www.globalrepent.com ). We sent the update out early so you could participate if you wish. Pray that this event builds an understanding both in the church and the nations that God requires repentance in order to bless (2 Chron 7v14).  

 

b) Youth events this summer: Many young people and their leaders from our churches will have special events this summer to learn more of the things of God in a fun situation. E.g. Larnaca Community Church is holding a YouthFest (Aug 17-21). Pray for church young people (Dan 11v32b. KJV).



2. Locusts: [Ed. From one of our regular intercessors]:

Further to the July prayer letter and yuor reference to locusts, I wanted to say that last month I was alerted to pray against a locust invasion here on the island.

I saw what looked like a locust on the wall. It was about 4 inches long. By the time I had got the camera, it had gone so I cannot provide a photo. Whether it was a locust or not, that is what it represented, and the Lord said, 'Pray against the locusts.'

The situation in other countries is serious and if we get sand in the wind from other nations then locusts, too. Love and blessings, R... 

[We also saw a locust in our garden recently. This could be another Covid-like situation in its ramifications.]



3. LGBTI (2): This is growing in Europe, protected under EU law and so the Cyprus government, though reluctant, is vulnerable. It is a difficult subject and seems impossible to overcome. There is clearly an unclean spirit behind this movement. However, Matthew 19v26: Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."  Although in Cyprus the percentage of legislation we have as a country remains low concerning the LGBTI movement, Cyprus saw a significant rise in 2019. Unless the church in Cyprus prays to restrict this changing of the law of the land, the movement will dominate and start to persecute the church for not adhering to the law. Be aware! We have the tools: 2 Corinthians 10v3-5:  For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Please study the above verses together with Leviticus 18v22; Romans 1v18-27 and 2 Chronicles 7v14 and encourage your prayer groups to pray.

 

4. A Wesley Prayer: YIELD: This prayer, written by John Wesley, can be used for asking God for the grace and courage to live out His truth in this time of increased pressure: ‘Heavenly Father, I am no longer my own but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you, exalted for you, or brought low for you; let me be full, let me be empty, let me have all things, let me have nothing: I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal. And now, glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours. So be it. And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.  AMEN.’

 

Reconciliation N & S: The Evangelical Alliance desires to build links both north and south amongst believers. God encourages His Church to stand together, confess wrong attitudes, forgive one another and embrace in practical ways, and 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 and for the Evangelical Alliance to be led of the Lord in its role.

ITI: The project is forming slowly, based on Cyprus being a safe haven. Pray for all the necessary people and provision to be in place (Hosea 11v10).    

 

 

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

RoCy: Pray for godly wisdom for our president, Nicos Anastasiades & his wife Andri; Cabinet Ministers & the Secretary to the Cabinet; Government Spokesman; Pray for our government & opposition parties, and also for our Archbishop Chrysostomos ll. Pray for the current president of the Evangelical Alliance of Churches in Cyprus, Yiannos  and E.A. secretary Chrysso. Pray also for key leaders in the North: Underground church leaders; leader of Turkish Cypriot Community Mr Mustafa Akinci;  Prime Minister: Ersin Tatar; Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs: Kudret Özersay;  and other Ministers. (Also concerning President Erdogan of Turkey).   

 

^ This month: From EU figures, Cyprus is the least friendly in providing justice to children, especially migrants. Pray…. (Psalm 72v4; Matt 19v14).

 

^ Peace Process: Turkish provocations continue over gas and other matters which frustrates the peace process. The nations, though supportive of Cyprus’ case, seem paralysed to help. See below for further information, and pray as God leads for His way through (Job 12v24; Psalm 18v30).  

 

^ The North:  Security – Turkey: President Erdogan is a megalomaniac who sees himself as the head of a new Ottoman Empire and as the new Caliph of the Sunni Islam world. There is an anti-Christ spirit ruling over him. We need Godly wisdom to know how to pray about this very dangerous man (1 Sam. 16v7): Lord, If there is any intelligence Israel, Greece and Cyprus are missing in their dealings with Turkey, please reveal it (Job 12:22). Since pride leads to destruction – destroy Erdogan's power and influence (Prov. 16:18; 17:19). Let his egotism spoil all his dealings with his "allies" – Russia, Iran, Libya, NATO (Joel 2:20). Provide angelic protection for all America's nuclear weapons on its military base in Incirlik, Turkey. Enable the Turkish Church to pray in line with Your will about this dangerous leader (1 Tim. 2:1-4). Lord, please help Cyprus to recognise the danger of this man. Amen.  

 

^ Health: Covid-19 cases continue to be revealed but at a low level in Cyprus and with overall few deaths compared to other EU countries. However, camping sites are closing and weddings, etc., are still on hold. Pray wisdom for those in authority handling the outbreak, and for vaccines (Ps. 5v11).

 

 

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

Support: Thank God for the support being given to companies and businesses by the government. Pray for increasing income for all (Genesis 1v28).  

Electricity: The July-August bills will be reduced by 23%. Hallelujah!

Tourism: Reluctance for tourist firms to promote Cyprus as a destination due to its requirement of a Covid-19 test on entry for some countries is affecting tourist numbers. A Cyprus Flight Pass is also required for those leaving Cyprus for abroad. These are good safety measures. But, we must not lose our airports through lack of use. Recent measures have improved things. Pray the right balance between health & economy (Deut 30v1-10).

Police: 34 police failed a psychometric test recently. The pressures of Covid-19 and additional responsibilities are taking their toll. Pray (Job 2v9-10).  

Primary schools: An issue involving auxiliary secretariat may prevent the schools re-opening in September. Pray for resolution (Romans 14v13).   

5G: Tenders are being invited by communications companies and others in Cyprus. We are concerned about the power of 5G for mobile phones and the effects on the brain. There are also increased ‘big brother’ concerns for privacy and tracking. Let’s ask God to be involved (Psalm 2v8).

Forest fires: This is the height of the season for fires. Pray for responsible action over lighting fires, glinting metal or glass, etc. Pray for swift intervention if a fire breaks out. Pray also for the fire service and the firemen involved in protecting us....including British bases firemen, The heat of wildfire plus the weather and their protective clothing makes it difficult for them (Exodus 22v6).    

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......

Births: Births out of wedlock in Cyprus and Greece are not increasing, unlike the rest of the EU. Give thanks for this restraint (Heb 13v4).

‘Queer Wave’: Aug 1-8 online film festival organised by the LGBTI community. [See ‘The Church’ section no. 3 article and pray] (Levit 18v22).

Child abuse: 32 cases of child abuse were recorded recently over 60 days. Pray for our children’s protection by God and by agencies (Luke 17v2).

Drug trafficking: This continues, but hauls of drugs and arrests continue also. Pray for the law agencies to continue in their effectiveness and for the drug industry to fail in Cyprus. Seek God for His view on this subject (Proverbs 23v29-35; Isaiah 42v22; Daniel 6v27).    

 

 

^ 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: Exodus 22v21: "Do not ill-treat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens.”

Remember the Oasis Refugee Project……After a month of seeking God in prayer with some fasting, there will be breakthrough for this ministry. Give thanks to God for what He has in store for Oasis, which will be for the best (Psalm 1v3; Ezekiel 47v6-12; Revelation 22v1-2).    

NB. In Cyprus, all Asylum seekers are now required to take the Covid-19 test. Pray concerning proximity amongst these needy people.  

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).

Vaccines: The ‘Moderna’ vaccine stage 1 is passing all its tests on live volunteers. Similarly, ‘Astra Zeneca’s vaccine is making good progress. Pray for a breakthrough in vaccines, and at a fair price. The UK has accused Russia of seeking to steal data concerning vaccine development (Eph. 4v28).

France: This country is maintaining a naval presence in the East Mediterranean because of concerns over Turkey and its plans to patrol part of the East Med by a naval corridor from Turkey to Libya. Turkey’s action may also have implications for the gas pipeline. Pray as led (Isaiah 59v19b).

Iran: The UN International Atomic Energy Agency is warning about Iran’s nuclear advances. Iran has vowed to destroy Israel. Pray (Ezekiel 38v1-6).  

Israel: Not only is Israel surrounded by enemies (Luke 21v20-28; Revelation 20v9) but a second wave of Covid-19 is taking its toll. Pray (Psalm 122v6).

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2019, Top Ten no.10: India. The Hindu nationalists who govern India believe that being a Hindu is part of Indian identity. Since 2014 persecution of Christians has increased dramatically. Many believers meet together in secret. Extremists plan to wipe out the church by 2021! Despite this, miraculous healings and salvations continue. Protect and strengthen Your people, Lord. Amen.   

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 (not in August). 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     JULY 2020   No. 81

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update. July 2020   No. 81

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 comment (E.A. Prayers); For study & thought; Prophetic word into the future.

The Church: Specific churches & ministries; LGBTI (1); Revival; ITI. 

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

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.’

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!

 

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

 

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

We are so proud of the churches and believers who joined together in the production of The Blessing Cyprus which is a wonderful testimony in song to God’s glory. We give thanks to God for this encouragement to the Church in Cyprus and elsewhere. The churches, ministries & fellowships involved were Magusa Christian Fellowship, Yasam Fellowship, Huios Community Network, International Christian Fellowship, Petra Bible Fellowship, New Life International Church, The Apostolic Church, Larnaca Community Church, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Family Worship Center, St Marks Anglican Student Chaplaincy, Forward in Faith Ministries, St Charbel, Cyprus International University Christian Fellowship, Catholic Community Magusa, Trinity Evangelical Church, BLW EMU Chapter, Freedom Church, ID North Ministries, Magusa Hristian Toplulugu. A great testimony to our unity in Christ!   View video at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOxqAxoxDNg

 

 

^ EDITORIAL Comment: : 2 Timothy 2v15b: ‘a workman who….correctly handles the word of truth.’

We appreciated the input the Cyprus Evangelical Alliance gave on May 31st Global Day of Prayer. The topics are well worth re-visiting for prayer:

1. Evangelism mobilisation following Covid-19, stimulated by the Holy Spirit and the willingness of believers. 2. Right attitudes and respect towards pastors & leaders, right submission to the Lord and to leadership. 3. Local churches to be bold and zealous, without compromise, a good testimony to the world. 4. Sin and its effects on the nation: divorce, addictions, sexual sin, idolatry, religious spirits, corruption….enemy activity and human weakness.

5. The Evangelical Alliance to continue to strengthen in unity, love and good relationships, and favour with government. 6. The fruit of the Spirit to be manifest in the Church in Cyprus, our lives and outreach, including in our young people. 7. Political issues of good and wise government and local government & authorities (Proverbs 11v11), relationship with the EU and standing strong where needed. Wisdom over Turkey. 8. The economy & finances to be restored after Coronavirus ravages. EEZ & hydrocarbons to be used to bless. 9. The Cyprus problem and God’s solution (2 Chronicles 7v14), sharing wealth, unity of all believers in Cyprus. Reconciliation, justice and freedom. 10. Families to be restored, sin dealt with within families, religion becoming relationship with God and each other. 11. Youth reached through strong Christian youth leaders towards our churches young people and through them reaching the young people of Cyprus. Youth for Christ Cyprus & the Daniel Generation movements. YWAM also. (Daniel 11v32).      

 

FOR STUDY & THOUGHT:  The Exodus as End-Time analogy (2) (Author David R. Parsons is an attorney, author, journalist and ordained minister who serves as Vice President & Senior Spokesman of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.)

The Two Witnesses who show up in Revelation 11 have powers much like Moses (and Elijah) to call down fire from heaven, to stop the rains, to turn water to blood, and “to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.” (Revelation 11:5-6) One school of thought maintains that – just as Moses called forth every plague on Egypt in the midst of Pharaoh’s court –  these two anointed figures will be in Jerusalem calling down all the judgments occurring over the three-and-a-half year period described in Revelation chapters six through nine. This view is supported by verse 10, which states that the whole world will rejoice over their death, because “these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.”

God’s judgment of the nations in the last days is often described by the Hebrew prophets as culminating in Jerusalem, such as in Joel 3:1-3. It is as if the nations have released the Jewish people to go back home, but then have second thoughts and pursue them there, like Pharaoh did of old. The prophet Zechariah, in chapter 14, also speaks of that day when God will gather all nations to Jerusalem for judgment. Although the city sees great destruction, the Lord Himself will appear on the scene and “fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle.” (Zechariah 14:3)

 

The prophet then describes the Lord standing with his feet on the Mount of Olives, which miraculously splits in half to open a pathway of escape for the people of Israel (Zechariah 14:4-5). This prophesied event bears such an uncanny resemblance to the parting of the Red Sea that we must conclude it is yet one more example in the Bible of Exodus analogy connected to the End-of-Days. It is one thing for waters to part to allow a people to flee and then come back together to drown the pursuing enemy. How much greater a wonder to behold will be the parting of a mountain to deliver His people just when the nations are closing in on Jerusalem! Indeed, the modern-day Exodus is far from over and its end will be more awesome than that first Exodus long ago. Truly, “the Lord lives!” The very Lord who died on a cross at Passover that we might live with Him forever.  (Ed. Amen.)    

 

Prophetic word into the future: This word concerns the threat from Turkey and a promise of Revival. (Editor: Be aware that whilst the nations are distracted by working through lockdown, Turkey is seeking to create a military corridor to prevent the Israel/Cyprus/Greece Gas pipeline project being completed and connected to serve the West, and Turkey threatens to release refugees into the EU, so the EU is currently silent over the Cyprus issue and probably will not help the pipeline situation. Out-of-control Erdogan is also militarily pounding the Kurds in N Iraq with impunity.     

Michael Gertsman (Canadian Messianic believer based in Israel) received this prophetic word for the church in Cyprus on 10 February, 2020 just before he came to minister across Cyprus.

The Lord says, “Do you think I will tolerate this? No, I will not! My instruction to the Church in Cyprus is as follows, ‘The weapons of your warfare are not fleshly, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.’  You are not just fighting flesh and blood and the political intrigues of men, but you are to battle the wicked spiritual entities that stir them and drive them. But I would say to you, be not afraid for this battle is not yours alone, but Mine. If you will stand up and take hold in prayer and strong intercession, then I will roll back the powers of darkness. Did I not say that the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force? (Matthew 11:12). If you want to take possession of the riches of heaven and God’s assistance in your task, you have to take hold of it forcefully and with strength in the face of the enemy’s opposition.

Remember my beloved, that “…when the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard, His battle flag against him.” (Isaiah 59:19). Please see and take to heart what I say in those verses that precede and follow this one, and in the verse I just cited as well. It is very important, and I give these words to you as a promise this day. “According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay fury to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies, the islands [ sometimes coastlands, but usually islands in Hebrew ] He will fully repay.” (vs.18)

But I want you to notice what follows in the beginning of the next verse: “So they shall fear the name of the Lord from the west and His glory from the rising of the sun.” And again in verse 20-21, “The Redeemer will come to Zion and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob” says the Lord’ ‘As for Me’, says the Lord, ‘this is my covenant with them”. [ The Lord is saying that His dealing visibly and effectively with the problem in the north is a key to national revival. ]

And He goes on to say this, “My Spirit who is upon you and my words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth or the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants, descendants,’ says the Lord.’”

[ What does this mean? It means that you are to take these words to heart, remember them, declare them, and speak them to your children and grandchildren until all these things come to pass so that they remember what you said and put their trust in the Lord and His words. ]

The Spirit says, “Now though I gave this word to the people of Israel in ancient days, I give it you today, my people, to encourage you to stand up and declare “No” to what the enemy is trying to do in the north. I would also encourage you to stand firm against those who seek to have you form a political union with any other nation. For I have given you an identity and territory that is uniquely yours. Do not give it up to others. Become the nation I intended you to be from the very beginning.” Note: Sentences in [   ] brackets are Michael Gertsman’s own observations.  [Ed. Intercede for release for the north.]

 

 

^ 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) O.A.S.I.S. Refugee ministry: There will be no director for the ministry from September. The 1 year grant for the administrator ceases as of September and long term finances are needed for the ministry to function effectively. The local volunteers have been dropping off and Covid-19 has not helped. Yet, despite all this, the actual ministry to refugees is thriving and lives are changed. Several churches are involved. The Oasis board has called for a

30 day period of prayer. The reason is that God is calling Oasis to look to the future, overcome challenges and wants to reshape the ministry (Jeremiah 18v6). Pray. NB. Monday’s 10am-11.30am prayer at OASIS’ centre. There will be a special evening of prayer this month. Why not come along?

b) ‘Room of Hope’, Larnaca: Heli and others run this precious ministry to trafficked women. Heli has been exhausted by the demands of the ministry especially during Covid-19 and needs our prayers for restoration. Pray for Heli (Amos 9v11-13).

c) World Outreach Network: A relatively new outreach based in Limassol, led by pastor Willem Fiege, with his wife Vera (and their four boys). Willem has mobilised monthly Zoom prayer for pastors and leaders around Cyprus. Pray success and blessing on them and the ministry (Matthew 28v18-20).

d) Katafiyio Retreat Centre: The place of retreat is in the lower mountains of Troodos and is a beautiful place for individual or group retreats or holidays. Sleeps 6, with art supplies, small library and set in a lovely area with several local ‘sights’. Why not find out more? www.cypgulf.org/retreats  Mobile: 99155092. Whether holiday or retreat, God will bring you rest. Pray for this much needed ministry and for people to use (or lose) it. (Matthew 11v28). 

e) YWAM Cyprus: This faithful group meets regularly from across the north and south, by Zoom or now in person. Praise God! Pray they be blessed.   

 

2. LGBTI (1). The word of God, the Bible, was given by God for all generations, all ages, all times, and all people. It never changes according to our changes in thinking and attitude. Because it is so vital, it is only to be expected that there would be a strong spiritual attack on trust in God’s Word, encouraging Christians to ‘sit loose’ to Scripture or to denigrate it. The LGBTI movement contains a spiritual attack, currently based upon the same-sex marriage, homosexual practice, and transgender issues. A motion on the Church of England General Synod in 1987 led to the synod voting by a 98% majority that “homosexual genital acts….are….to be met by a call to repentance and the exercise of compassion.” That is still the official position of the Church of England. How things have changed in the last 30 years! It is extraordinary. We live in a different world where, first, homosexual practice and now same-sex marriage are widely accepted – including amongst Christians. During that period disapproval in society of homosexual practice has fallen by 27%. Now only 13% of British people think it is wrong.  But this letter is not about homosexuality as such. It is about the damage being done in the church through the discussions about it. Christians, including evangelicals and others who are conservative in their theology, are being challenged to take a liberal approach to Scripture in order to justify homosexual practice, same-sex marriage and transgender issues. The Government of Cyprus is being challenged and pressed by this movement to ‘Accept’ such practice even though it is against Orthodox Church teaching, under whose teaching many in government were brought up. The enemy is behind this. Which churches and believers are taking on this battle in prayer? Pray as led (Lev 18v22).    

 

3. Revival: Does the Bible predict an End Time Revival? Acts 2:16-21 links a great outpouring of the Spirit with apocalyptic events which refer to the End Times: “wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.” These did not happen at or after Pentecost. They are reminiscent of Matthew 24:29 and Revelation 6:12 which relate such events to the End Times. Biblical prophecy often has more than one fulfilment. It seems clear that the Joel prophecy (Joel 2:28-32) quoted in Acts 2:16-21 was not completely fulfilled at Pentecost. So it is not correct, as some believe, to think that special outpourings of the Spirit ended at Pentecost or soon afterwards. Amos 9:13 NIV “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills.”

Almost 3000 years ago the Prophet Amos prophesied of an era of time marked by acceleration. The harvests would be so abundant that the one sowing seed would “overtake” the one harvesting crops of grain or grapes.  The abundant harvest would also coincide with an outpouring of new wine, which is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.  Often an Old Testament prophecy has more than one fulfilment.  On the day of Pentecost, the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and accused of being “full of new wine” (Acts 2:13).  Peter does not refute this claim, but simply clarifies that the disciples “are not drunk” (Acts 2:15), but filled with the Spirit (Acts 2:16-18). On the same day, an abundant harvest was reaped and 3000 added to the church.  The threat of persecution, causes the disciples to seek the Lord for more boldness (Acts 4:29). Their prayers are answered with a fresh infilling of “new wine” and a further acceleration of the kingdom (Acts 4:31-35). As we entered a new decade (2020) many in the body of Christ, sensed that we had entered a new era, characterised by acceleration and a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit for the purpose of an end-time harvest. Many are seeking to respond to the Lord’s invitation to seek Him for fresh outpourings of “new wine” for the harvest. Pray for such a response, amidst genuine repentance. 

 

ITI: The Final Return of the Jews: Did you know that every single prophet in the Tenach (Old Testament) spoke the same prophecy: the return of the Jewish people from the nations back to the land of Israel? This would be the second return of the Jews, the first being from the exile in Babylon and its area. It is the most prophesied event in the Bible. It is going to happen. Yet, many churches are unaware of this, venerating the New Testament and regard the Old Testament as something of a history book only. The New Testament has its roots in the Old, Jesus was and is Jewish, the early Church was Jewish, and Paul says we owe a debt to the Jews. Romans 15v26-27: ‘For Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. 27 They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews' spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.’

In days soon to come, when the great return of the Jews to Israel is in full flood, especially from America (which houses over 6 million Jews…Hosea 11v10) will YOU share with them - as Paul puts it - material blessings? That means practical help. When they come in large numbers, some with little possessions, they will need sanctuary and provision until they can re-enter Israel. God ensured that this event was well broadcast in the scriptures. Will YOU be part of HIS answer? Practically, short term homes & accommodation, transport, finances will be needed.  Jeremiah 1v12: The LORD said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled."  Pray that the church will be ready and willing for this.

    

 

^ THE GOVERNMENT & THOSE IN AUTHORITY:  1 Timothy 2v1-2a:  I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority….

^ This month: Due to retirements Stelios Papatheodorou is the new chief of police and Yiorgos Savvides is now the Attorney General. Aglandjia mayor Charalambos Petrides has been appointed Defence Minister. The new Justice Minister is Emily Yioliti. Deputy shipping minister Natasa Pilides has been promoted to Energy, Commerce and Industry Minister — a post held by Yiorgos Lakkotrypis who is stepping down after eight years in the job. The new deputy shipping minister is Vassilis Demetriades. Let’s pray for these new appointees, for godly leaders (Numbers 1v16; John 12v42a).

 

Sexism Bill: Under the draft bill, sexist behaviour is defined as the public distribution, either through leaflets, other written material, images or other ways ideas or theories which insult, degrade, socially isolate, incite to hate or violence and end up in discrimination against a specific woman or specific group of women. It also covers the posting of data electronically with the aim of distributing the above ideas or theories online. NB. This could be used against the church in due course as we stand against evil. Be aware and pray as the Spirit leads you (Ezekiel 22v30).

 

^ Health: Covid-19: The risk of a second wave of COVID-19 infections big enough to require European lockdowns to be re-imposed is moderate to high, according to EU health experts, and depends on the gradual easing of restrictions and how people stick to them.

Vaccines & anti-virals: The European health regulator said on Monday it would look to fast-track the approval of Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral remdesivir as a potential COVID-19 treatment in Europe after the U.S. drugmaker submitted its marketing application. Remdesivir, the first drug to show improvement in COVID-19 patients in formal trials, has been cleared for emergency use in severely-ill patients in the United States, India and South Korea. Some European nations are also using it under compassionate programmes. Pray for progress. The Health Ministry is offering one month contracts to students. A good opportunity to serve and earn! Also, following a near strike over lack of staff, 160 nurses will be appointed as a first step and another 145 will be hired between September and February to boost the health service’s ability to cope. Pray for the GHS (Ps. 2v8).

 

^Gas: Turkey is threatening the Israel/Cyprus/Greece gas pipeline project (p1 ‘prophetic word into the future’ -already happening!) Pray (Num 10v35b).

 

^ The North: Checkpoints are opening. Pray for hope for the North. Pray for justice, freedom and reconciliation between north and south. Note the way believers are relating north & south (see ‘Giving Thanks’ section). This is way for the future (2 Chronicles 7v14). Give praise.

 

 

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

Sin: Before all other symptoms of need in a society is the need to face sin, understand it and how to overcome it. Idolatry, corruption, immorality, addictions…people need to come under conviction and repent. Pray for the Holy Spirit to move on our society (John 16v8).  

Economy & Finance: The rising spectre of a second wave of Coronavirus in the nations raises questions over the tourist industry and the aircraft industry. Possible longer term worst case scenario after waves of Covid-19 is the end of worldwide tourism, people being confined to their own countries for holidays. Imagine the effect on air companies! Otherwise, Cyprus is beginning to pick up. €280 million is being provided for companies and the self-employed, and a subsidy plan for small businesses. Give thanks for these measures and pray for the economy to recover (Joel 2v25a).     

Tourism: Currently in Cyprus, lifeguards are urging more towers and longer hours. Cyprus had the highest proportion of bathing sites with excellent water quality in the European Union with 99.1. %. Pray for the tourists but not for the Coronavirus! (2 Corinthians 1v10).

Sport: Contact training, team games and championships are now allowed in outdoor and indoor sports facilities as well. Pray over this (Prov 28v26).

Gas: The European Investment Bank’s (EIB) Board of Directors has approved the amount of €150 million to fund the construction of a project which will allow the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Cyprus. Amen.

 

 

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

Families: Continue to pray for restoration of family relationships, and especially Christian families to be built up and praying together, as we come out of lockdown (1 Chronicles 16v28).  

Nurseries: These are opening with social distancing of 2 metres for the little ones. Is this practical? Pray (2 Chronicles 31v18 especially part c).

Young people: Pray for Christian young people to have a stronger witness to other young people in Cyprus so that God’s destiny for youth here may be restored. Pray for churches evangelism to better mobilise, for labourers in the harvest field (Psalm 66v16).  

Human Trafficking: Though progress has been made for victims, no legal aid has yet been offered, and the setting up of the victim support fund, which can be used to compensate victims of trafficking, has been delayed. Pray for further progress (Psalm 119v37).  

 

 

^ 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.

Pray particularly that church leadership in your city takes responsibility for the spiritual and actual welfare of the city as they meet together in prayer.   

Pray also for righteous leaders in the city for the purposes of God and the good of the people (Isaiah 1v26).

 

^ 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: (See special entry under Churches; ‘Specific churches and ministries’ section).  

Asylum seekers: The Social Solidarity Network held a campaign in June to collect personal hygiene items for asylum seekers at the temporary reception centre at Pournara, Kokkinotrimithia.  Question: What can you do to help refugees, migrants and asylum seekers?

 

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.)

Anti-racism: Protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, USA, have meant that demonstrations swept across the United States and Europe. How much of this has been orchestrated is a subject of debate. There is more in this than meets the eye. There are forces of anarchy at work. The refusal of the political establishment to defend the integrity of the western nations and its culture has opened the way for noxious forces to occupy the vacuum, especially in America and Britain, where our Christian heritage has been despised, opening the door to the spread through the west of jihadi Islam and the rise across Europe of political parties and groups with racist or fascist backgrounds. Pray as led (Psalm 33v5).   

A prayer for America and the world: “I can’t breathe.” This was the final and desperate cry of George Floyd, and it has become a worldwide outcry against evil, racism, and injustice. His murder has sparked demonstrations in Brazil, New Zealand, UK, South Africa, and around the globe, exposing unspeakable horrors and demanding change. This is a pivotal moment for America and the world, as it forces leaders and individuals to address denied justice. But this issue is first a spiritual one. Ultimately, sin is the root of all injustice and racism. While policy reforms, laws, and social movements might be necessary, they cannot change the heart. Only Jesus can do that. So we pick up our spiritual weapons and ask God to transform hearts across America and around the globe. Now is the time. Let’s ask God together. A prayer concerning Covid-19: COVID-19 continues to rob hundreds of thousands of breath. While many countries are re-opening, some are just entering lockdown. But one thing hasn’t changed, Jesus alone is the giver of life and the breath in our lungs. And so we pray….. 

Plague: In the coming days this may be of even more importance than Covid-19. It is a plague of locusts of biblical proportions that is developing at an alarming rate. This plague is already covering a huge swathe of territory across the Middle East and the Horn of Africa, and even spreading eastward to Pakistan and beyond. It threatens to bring starvation and impoverishment to millions of people if it is not controlled soon. It has the potential of causing worldwide famine (Joel chapters 1-3). Pray as led.

Climate: June 2018 was the hottest ever recorded in Cyprus. The heatwave at the end of May and early June 2020 easily broke all records. The physical is always connected with the spiritual in the Bible, beginning at Genesis at the fall. The warning is here (James 1v11; Revelation 7v16). Pray.  

Russia: Libya and Ethiopia are flagged as nations “where cooperation is possible”. The Kremlin has recently stepped up its ground operation in Libya.  Another key territory is Sudan. All this is amazing with Bible in hand. Ezekiel 38 tells us that Gog (Russian ruler – currently Putin) will be allied to Libya and Ethiopia. Ethiopia however is actually the Hebrew word Cush – the land of Cush in Ezekiel’s day corresponds exactly to modern day Sudan (see Ezekiel 38v4-5). Turkey and Russia are historical foes however the Bible says that they would be allies and invade Israel together in the last days (Joel 3v12-13). [NB. Togarmah is the ancient name for eastern Turkey and Gomer is ancient name of western Turkey.] PRAY as led.

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. But Israel will win this initial conflict – Zechariah 12v6 says that “Jerusalem will remain secure”. But into the vacuum that is left will come Russia, Iran and Turkey. Keep an eye on and pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Isaiah 62v6; Psalm 122v6).  

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List Top Ten. no.9. Iran: Sharia Law reigns. Muslims converting to Christianity are hunted, face imprisonment, torture and strong pressure to renounce their faith. Yet the church is one of the fastest growing in the world! Pray (Matthew 10v27).   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.

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