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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS.  PRAYER UPDATE.  JANUARY 2023. No.111

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  January 2023   No. 111

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

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

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

 

CONTENTS

Giving thanks; Daily Bible Readings Jan; Editorial: The General Election; The Church: Specific churches & ministries:

The Monthly Cyprus Prayer Chain; National Day of Prayer; IFC Day of Prayer; Daniel Generation (i); The Conquer Course (addictions);

Reaching People; Awakening & Revival; Prophetic word; The Isaiah 19 Highway.

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

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

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January Prayer Issues. Isaiah 62v6-7a: ‘I have set intercessors on your walls who shall cry out to God….’

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…’

(Let’s remember to claim biblical promises from the scriptures as we are led by the Spirit to apply them).

 

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

 

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

Α Cypriot team won the first international prize for Local Impact in the NASA International Space Apps Challenge. Amen! We give thanks, Lord, for the positive things which You are enabling Cyprus to initiate or bring forth. We give thanks that You, Lord have kept the Republic of Cyprus from being taken by Turkey. We pray that You will keep Cyprus free to serve Your purposes. Thank You for a New (Gregorian) Year of opportunities to serve and enjoy the lives You have given us. May You lead us into those opportunities. The Lord reigns! (Ps.97v1).  

 

 

^  DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS for JANUARY 2023: (The written scriptures the apostle Paul had was the Old Testament. Let’s not neglect it.)  

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

OR get the ‘BIBLE IN ONE YEAR’ (Commentary by Nicky Gumbel of Alpha International & read by David Suchet). Download the mobile app at https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bible-in-one-year/id504133402 or Google Play Store: ‘Bible in One Year app’, OR other bible-in-a-year sources.

 

 

^ EDITORIAL: THE GENERAL ELECTION. Praying for Government. “Therefore, first of all I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made on behalf of all people – for kings and all who are in authority – so we may live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and respectfulness” (I Timothy 2:1-2 TLV). In scripture, Apostle Paul advised Timothy, leader of the Ephesus congregation, to offer prayers for everyone, especially for those in authority. Paul wrote this letter to Timothy during a difficult time when Nero reigned as the Roman emperor, persecuting, and killing many followers of Yeshua. There was a definite need to pray for people in authority. This admonition to pray for governmental leaders is still vital today because prayer affects nations. II Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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.”

Cyprus needs governmental leaders who walk in unity with God and one another for the good of the nation. “Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?” (Amos 3:3, NLT). When God established the nation of Israel, He gave principles for righteous living, statutes for honest governance, and foundational truths for worship. Who would know better than the Creator of heaven and earth how to manage government successfully? As new Archbishop Georgios settles in, he will need our prayers. As the Republic of Cyprus approaches another election, (February 2023), let us pray that leaders would not look to other politicians or other nations for answers, but would discover more about the governmental purposes of God for themselves.  

We pray that government leaders would be like the biblical King Josiah in 2 Kings 22, who ‘rediscovered’ the Word of God and realised how far the nation had strayed from its principles. Josiah repented on behalf of the nation and dismantled practices that dishonoured the Lord. God blessed King Josiah because he turned Israel back to Him. This is God’s desire for all nations, including Cyprus. As you intercede for Cyprus, remember both governments, North & South. The Lord nullifies the plan of nations; He frustrates the plans of peoples. The plan of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation” (Psalms 33:10-11, NASB).

•Pray for the people who will form the next parliament. Ask God to turn their hearts and place wise advisors among them who will speak His strategies. “I will burn away your dross completely; I will remove all your impurities. I will restore your judges to what they once were and your advisers to their former state. Afterward, you will be called the Righteous City, a Faithful City” (Isaiah 1:25-26, HCSB).

•Intercede for the faithful ones God has placed in authority who serve as salt and light in the midst of dark situations. In many governments, righteous leaders are opposed and denigrated because of their unpopular stance. Pray for their protection and encouragement. “O Lord, how my enemies have increased! Many are rising up against me. But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory [and my honour], and the One who lifts my head” (Psalm 3:1,3, AMP). Now is the time to contend in prayer for the new government in Cyprus, raising our shield of faith!

 

 

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

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

a) MONTHLY CYPRUS PRAYER CHAIN. The pastors of Nicosia initiated this idea. The first Monday of each month is normally a day of prayer for Cyprus. Half hourly time slots are from 6am-9pm, 30 minutes each. Everyone is invited to pray in a slot which suits them that day for the half hour. Suggested topics for prayer are: 1. A just and righteous solution to the Cyprus problem. 2. The elections. 3. Revival to the Church and emphasis on evangelism.  4. Continued restraint on Covid-19. 5. Each local church to add one or two more topics that would like its members to include. Individual participants in the prayer chain……allow the Lord to lead you into other prayer as He chooses. Will YOU pray? (1 Cor 15v58). 

 

b) National Day of Prayer: At IFC we have remained convinced of the promise which 2 Chronicles 7v13-15 contains which is as relevant to today as it was in Bible days. A key in verse 15 is God’s promise to hear us where repentance has prepared the way. We long to see a National Day of Prayer called. At present, the only body we could imagine calling such a day across Cyprus would be the Cyprus Evangelical Alliance, which represents a large body of the church in Cyprus. If that is right, pray the Lord opens the way. If it is to be another way, pray for insight and wisdom for a way forward.

           A comment follows: ‘God’s solution to heal a land involves a key of repentance. When His people, called by His Name, not only humble themselves, pray, and seek His face, but also TURN, truly repent, from their wicked ways, THEN He will hear, forgive sin and heal a land. In the USA, starting with the Pilgrims in 1623, this godly solution was used over eight hundred times! Each time the Lord blessed that colony, state or nation. Similarly in Australia in the late 1890s, to end a drought, this godly solution was used, and the Lord ended that drought. The same is true for Britain in the world wars. Today in Africa the godly solution is being used, nation after nation. First Kenya, then Malawi, then Uganda, then Zimbabwe, then Zambia, now, currently, Nigeria & Ghana. The fiery torch of truth, and of the gift of repentance, is bringing a fiery presence, and His miracles, whenever repentance is preached. Is your nation next?’ (National Day of Repentance (US). Pray that God raises up a relevant and respected Christian body of authority in Cyprus to give a call to a National Day of Prayer and to lay the foundation of repentance preceding the main day. (James 1v22).  

 

c) IFC Annual Day of Prayer:  Monday 2nd January 10am-4pm. Venue = editor’s home. For a link for the venue, email iforcy@outlook.com  

 Pray God’s leading, His drawing of the right people to the event, and for His blessing on our prayers. (Proverbs 8v34).  

 

d) Daniel Generation (i): (A series). The couple who head up Daniel Generation (Tom & Joanna) are settling into their new home and being well planted in the land in terms of present and future ministry. Worship: ‘It is at the heart of Daniel Generation that young people be taught to worship in Spirit and Truth, and therefore begin to really discern the voice of the Lord during worship. Learning to hear his voice will equip and enable them to do what he is leading, giving the youth purpose, identity and destiny in Christ.’ Amen!  Pray that they gather young worshippers that have a heart to ‘go deeper’ from churches around the island……a worship movement – including a band called ‘Daniel Generation’ – to be birthed. (John 4v23).

 

e) Conquer’ course: Pray for participants on this local churches’ addictions course to hang in there and experience truth and freedom. (Gal 5v1).  


2. Reaching people: Prayer walk your area/town. Let God speak to you through this and give His heart for people. Reach out as God gives opportunity to those who you come across, be it at home, work, on the streets, etc. Share His life, love and message of salvation. Pray through this. (John 3v16).   

 

3. Awakening & revival: Surely Jesus is praying for His Church to awaken to her destiny and be revived in her love for Him. We are called to cooperate with his prayers. We might sometimes wonder what effect our little prayers have. But if we see them as cooperating with the prayers of Jesus, adding our ‘signature’ to his petition to the Father, as it were, they become much more significant. It follows that we should always pray for the Holy Spirit to harmonise and unite our prayers with those of Jesus. Jesus delights to cooperate with us in prayer (because of the importance of cooperation to the Trinity) and by working in and through our lives. So, when we pray for Revival, we are cooperating with Jesus who is also praying for Revival. Amen!

PS. The number of Jews who believe and follow Jesus has passed the 1 million mark. What a revival for the Jews! (All Israel News). A great spiritual awakening is underway in the Jewish community worldwide, but particularly in the United States. It is not being reported in the Jewish press. Nor is much of the Christian media aware of it, or reporting on it. Indeed, in many ways this is the biggest untold story in the Jewish world. All glory to God! (Ezekiel 37 & Romans 11).  

 

4. Prophetic word: (re the Cypriot Church - June 2013). It is good to be reminded of prophetic words, to re-examine, test & pray through. 

You are precious to Me, because you share My heart in the things that are My burden. You share with Me the burden before the Father. I, Jesus bring before the Father the prayers of My people, and you share in that load with Me, for I am the great Intercessor and you follow in My ways. Now I will tell you what will happen. I will tell you a burden for your prayer, and this is what it is: I have seen many nations and Christian people come to Cyprus and pray and build churches and do good works and evangelise, and this is good. But the greatest work in Cyprus will be through the Cypriot people, will be through the people who live always in the land. The main work for Cyprus will be done by the Greeks.  Not by the English, not by other visiting nations, not by the Ex-Pat churches, but I have reserved a work for My Cypriot people. You will be the ones who will prepare the way. My intercessors will go before to prepare the way, and the Greek Church will rise, and will be instrumental in fulfilling My purposes for this nation. You have seen other nations’ Christians coming to Cyprus, and you have felt they are more able than you. Now they will see that you ARE able.   

 

5. The Isaiah 19 highway: (Recent conference in Cyprus): We attended the special event about Cyprus. Here are some interesting points from this.

Cyprus is shaped like an aircraft carrier…intercessors swooping in and out. Cyprus was birthed out of a son of Noah, i.e. birthed out of the womb of Israel. Genesis 10 is the root of the link between Israel, Cyprus & Greece, a son of Noah related to Greece, a son of him = Kittim. The relationships fit the ‘One new man’ of Ephesians 2. In the NT, after Stephen’s death, there was persecution and the Jewish believers were scattered (Acts 11). Some went to Cyprus, i.e. Cyprus was a refuge to the Jewish people even then. The Gospel to the gentiles was first given on Cyprus.

God is restoring Isaiah 19 nations because of the relationship they had at the beginning. The redemption of Israel, Egypt and ‘Assyria’ (which includes Cyprus). These are destined to be ‘a blessing in the midst of the earth.’ (Is 19). Cyprus is weak in its view of itself but that could be its strength. It’s hospitality also. Cyprus is a relatively safe place in the Middle East, hosting many ministries and conferences. It is a safe haven, a refuge for both physical refugees from the nations and for spiritual refugees, for example, missionaries & ministry leaders. Pray about this info. (READ Isaiah 19). 

 

 

^ 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 new Archbishop Georgios. Pray for the current president, secretary & treasurer of the Evangelical Alliance of Churches in Cyprus, Yiannos, Chrysso & Kostas & their Board, Pray also for key leaders in the North, including underground church leaders, leader of Turkish Cypriot Community, Government Ministers, and even President Erdogan of Turkey…..may he be restrained. Pray also for salvation for our nation’s leadership and local government leaders. 

 

^ This month: Praying blessing on Cyprus: May the governments and those in authority be blessed with faith and strategies from heaven, good leadership, wisdom, integrity and compassion, unity and harmony, good health, prosperity and stability, bearing fruit. May the Prince of Peace manifest Himself in Cyprus. May those affected in need in Cyprus be comforted, knowing His peace and restoration. May justice and reconciliation manifest, May the economy be blessed and recover after the pandemic. May the borders be blessed with stability and peace. May the people of Cyprus be guarded and the leaders guided. May young people know God’s wisdom, hope and courage to speak out and act against injustice.  

May the church in Cyprus know unity of Spirit and purpose, and love for one another. We speak increase and abundance despite the present conditions. May you enjoy economic, social, material and spiritual favour as with the blessing of Abraham. May God’s presence, blessing and favour be upon all who find a home in Cyprus. May Cyprus be blessed with favour, grace and rejoicing! Amen! (Numbers 6v24-26).

 

 ^ National elections: Lord, we pray that the outcome of the national election be according to Your choice – the president of Your appointing out of many candidates, the parties in the balance You want, the government of Your making. Lord, raise up new faces to bring freshness to the political process and vision to government. In Jesus’ name. ‘Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days.’ (Prov 19:20).

    Archbishop elections: Paphos Bishop Georgios has become the next Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus despite being well behind in the original elections. Synod has ratified his appointment. Pray that He is led by the Lord in his duties and responsibilities, finding more of God. (1 Samuel 16v7).

 

^ Peace Process:The Cyprus problem’: (An alternative view). Many people think that the 1974 Cyprus events started then, but the events really began 11 years before this date, in 1963, with the military coup carried out by the Greeks against the Republic of Cyprus. The Greek Cypriots, who could not digest the required power sharing with the Turkish Cypriots in the newly forming Republic, cooperated with the terrorist organisation EOKA, expelling the Turkish Cypriot representatives from the parliament at gunpoint, and also expelling Turks from their homes and villages. 

On December 21, 1963, the Greeks launched what is known as the ‘Bloody Christmas’ attack against the Turks in order to take control of the entire island of Cyprus. In just 10 days, 133 Turkish Cypriots were martyred and at the same time between 25,000 and 30,000 people (25 percent of the population) were displaced. At their annual commemoration of the event, Turkish Cypriots called on the Greek Cypriot administration, which has in their view usurped the so-called Republic of Cyprus for 58 years: “Accept the suffering of the Turkish Cypriot people and apologise. Bring to justice those who committed crimes against humanity in Cyprus. End all inhuman isolation against Turkish Cypriots. (READ 2 Samuel 21v1-14 and pray).  

 

^ Energy: The Cabinet has extended the government allowance covering energy expenses to January & February. The scheme covers domestic, agricultural, commercial and industrial use, as well as water pumping consumption. Amen. (1 Kings 17v4; Phil. 4v19).

 

^ The North: Annual inflation in the north has risen to 114%. At the same time last year, annual inflation was 27.39%. The average prices of 516 items in the index increased, while the average prices of 63 items decreased. Pray for hope and a liveable rate of inflation. Meanwhile, restoration work has begun on Kyrenia old harbour; the work is expected to be completed within six months. The old harbour is one of the main tourist attractions in North Cyprus and will be updated while respecting its history. Pray blessing on the works and final result. (Nehemiah 6v15-16).

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

 

^ Health: Cyprus, in line with the rest of Europe, is under the winter season’s respiratory infections epidemic and hospitals are full. Wisdom is also needed by our government and health authorities over China’s current Covid epidemic and therefore how to handle Chinese tourists. State hospital nurses are considering taking legal measures against the island’s Health Services Organisation (HSO) accusing their employer of indifference over systematic attacks by patients while exercising their duty. Two incidents of attacks against nurses at Emergency rooms (due to long patient waiting times) has added fuel to the fire. The need for additional staffing at hospitals is clear. Pray over these items. (Job 6v23).

 

 

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

New Year: Police help restrain drunkenness and other excessive behaviour over the New Year. Pray for them and for people to be wise. (Prov 23v35).  

Energy: A rise in the cost of electricity is inevitable for Cyprus beginning in early February, due to the country’s reliance on electricity production from diesel imported from the Eu which has banned imports of Russian oil products. Pray for the Lord’s supply to the nation & households. (1 Kings 17v16).

More Gas: After a further gas field discovery in the Cyprus EEZ, the possibility of the SE Mediterranean region becoming a new source of gas supply for Europe is growing. The combined potential of the main three fields, according to analysts, can support the 10 billion cubic meters capacity of the East Med pipeline, if its route is re-designed to approach them and Egypt's participation in the project is secured in one way or another. Pray that Israel, Egypt, Cyprus & Greece will recognise this opportunity and include these fields in the pipeline route. (Isaiah 19v23-25).  

Employment: Lord, please help those looking for jobs. We pray for the government and other agencies who are helping the unemployed to develop new skills. We pray for justice in the workplace between employers and employees and strength for those being discriminated against, and remember those who are ill or injured due to workplace accidents or hazards. We ask for hope of employment for young people and for refugees. We pray that Christians act with integrity and shine as lights for You in the workplace, sharing their faith as opportunity knocks. Amen.  (Ephesians 6v9).  

Minimum wage: As of 1st of January 2023 the decree which sets the minimum initial monthly gross salary to €885 for every employee who is working on a full-time basis comes in effect. Employees who have fulfilled a continuous 6-month employment with the same employer will see his/her gross monthly salary increased to €940. However, the non-payment of the national minimum wage on an hourly basis and the non-inclusion of the working hours it covers has prompted the concern of Trade unions and private companies. Pray for greater clarity, balance and fairness. (Proverbs 2v1-11).   

Affordable housing: The Cyprus Land Development Corporation has announced a tender for the first group of Social Residences in Larnaca that will be built in the Agios Nicolaos district. The first phase of the project includes the construction of 24 out of the 32 residences which will be given to young couples on the basis of income criteria, either for purchase or with a very affordable rent. The deposit is set to 20% of the price, while the buyer is not required to make any intermediate payments until the completion and delivery of the property. Sounds good and gives hope. Pray blessing. (Ps 9v18).

Airfares: on key routes worldwide are to rise by as much as 25% in 2023. Not sure how that will affect Cyprus but it suggests a likely increase in airfares from and to here. Pray for the right costs and charges balance to help carriers and those using them. (Luke 3v13-14).

The Cyprus Planetarium: is to open in 2023 in the Bishopric of Tamassos and Orini. The Bishop of the area said, ”Scientific achievements are nothing but the decoding of the wisdom of God, who as Creator created this wondrous world that the planetariums and observatories bring to us.” Amen!

New NGO: The non-governmental organisation, ‘Generation for Change CY’ has launched its Employability Hub programme, designed to enhance the employability and social inclusion of disadvantaged groups, help them develop job-related digital literacy and Greek-language skills, and increase participants’ knowledge of the Cypriot labour market and labour rights. See https://www.generationforchangecy.org/…/employability-hub for more information. Pray this makes a difference and gives hope to the unemployed. ‘New Haven’ is a new organisation in Cyprus set up specifically to help restore women who have been trafficked, and also to train leaders to lead others out of the trafficking scene. Pray blessing. (Titus 2v3-4).

EU help: As part of a European Union plan to relocate refugees seeking asylum – after closing its borders to them – a group of 48 was sent from Cyprus to Germany, which has promised to take a total of 500 to help relieve the pressure. Pray for other EU nations to do the same. (1 John 3v17).

Water: December inflows to the storage dams was very low. Be aware and keep praying for rain. (Note Deuteronomy 11v13-14). God is our supply. 

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.

Child porn: Many of our children in Cyprus are subject to a barrage of sexual content and threats - much of it available online. Do the problems of child pornography and child sexual exploitation seem too big for the Lord to solve? God hears our prayers. And if we will pray the prayer of agreement in the holy and wonderful name of Jesus Christ, He will hear and remove this scourge from our land. He can make the crime of child molestation not only unacceptable, but also unthinkable in our land. Father, help us: Bring down and punish all wickedness aimed against children. Protect the children, save them, and bless our heritage. (Matthew 19v14).

Grief: Remember those who have lost loved ones, that they be comforted. Remember women who have chosen or been pressed into abortions and are now filled with grief. Please Lord, minister to those suffering grief for whatever reason. In the midst of darkness, let Your light shine. (Is. 46v3-4).

Family conflict: Domestic violence prevents people from reaching their God-given potential. Pray for those suffering violence at home for healing and hope, and pray for the aggressors. Pray for wisdom to those suffering to speak softly and diffuse arguments. Pray for men to be restrained and to honour their families, and for healing and reconciliation in disturbed families. (1 Corinthians 7v11).                       

 

 

^ 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.

Nicosia residents have complained over the lack of a decent public transport system since going from one place to another means long waits. Pray.

 

 

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

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

The Cypriot Government needs solutions to the refugee problem. It has four times higher numbers per capita than the nearest other EU country, with 6% of the population now asylum seekers or refugees. Their allowance has been reduced to 260 euro but rents can be up to 1000 euros per month!

Turkey wants to de-stabilise Cyprus hence why there are so many entering through the north of Cyprus. Pray over this situation. (Isaiah 49v11 KJV).

 

Remember the ‘All4Aid’ (Oasis) Refugee Project: The annual report included the following: In 2022, we focused efforts on further development of food, clothing, and mother/baby care. We set up an indoor pantry, where people “shop” for a limited number of supplies, including items like flour, sugar, oil, pasta, rice, tomato paste. As well they can choose from things like jam, canned fruit, and hygiene items. This is all in an effort to provide a more dignified approach to our food distribution. We made significant improvements indoors with new a/c units, and to the outdoor area, where we created a cement patio area and installed an awning room and overhead protection against the elements. Our intent is to establish a welcoming outdoor space for clothing and food distribution as well as social space. As we transition into 2023, we will continue to keep the opportunity for English classes in the forefront, looking for a qualified champion to lead this effort. Another area is refugees’ need for assistance over paperwork. Pray as led. (1 Th. 5v17).  

Other refugee ministry groups that we know of: ‘Love, Light and Hope’ is based in Pyla, and another ministry in Oroklini. Pray they make a difference to refugees in their areas. (1 Thess 1v3). Pray for displaced people in Cyprus to turn to Jesus as their refuge and hope in their moment of greatest need, and for compassionate believers to display and proclaim Christ's love. Pray for refugees’ vision, opportunity, and courage to share the Gospel.

 

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."

Food Aid: The Food Aid project, which was launched after the Cyprus financial collapse in 2012, will see packages of dried and tinned foods and other essentials such as toothpaste, donated to families that are struggling this year. Pray those most in need get this provision. (2 Cor 8v14).  

Give thanks for all those involved in caring for others in need in Cyprus. Pray they would speak up for the needy, defend them and judge their situations fairly. Also, that the church in Cyprus ministers to the needy. (Remember in prayer the Mercy Centre in Nicosia, the Limassol group, and the ‘Charis’ project in Paphos). Also remember Cyprus Samaritans, Friendship Circle, 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.)

Ongoing: Please pray against the use of nuclear, chemical & biological weaponry and for Gospel declaration in the Middle East (Matt 16v19).

Energy: Russia, the world’s biggest exporter of energy, could cut oil production and will refuse to sell oil to any country that imposes the West’s price cap of $60 per barrel on Russian oil. Pray over this threat. Israel may fill the gap from its Leviathan field. (2 Kings 19v27-28; Ezekiel 38v3-4a).

Ukraine: The World Bank approved an additional financing package totalling $610 million to address urgent relief and recovery needs in Ukraine as the war with Russia continues. The package includes reconstruction and development and a new project to restore and improve access to health care and address war-related needs for health services. Amen. However, this protracted war is now affecting many nations’ economy’s because of gas and oil sanctions against Russia. Pray the nations stand firm. (2 Chron 20v17; Proverbs 10v25).

Israel: Prime minister Bibi Netanyahu needs such wisdom to negotiate the pitfalls of a coalition government. His twin strengths of concern for security issues and the nuclear threat of Iran need to be balanced with concern for the social security of the people of Israel, the poor and needy. Pray for him, and that government ministers and leadership as well as members of parliament - the Knesset - act responsibly for the nation. (Dan 6v7a & 1v17-20).     

China: The surge in Covid-19 still spreads. Ask the Lord to limit this spread in China and amongst the nations. (Job 38v8-11).

Child migrants: Migrant children in the USA are being trafficked through the government. (Source: Intercessors for America). Pray that there will be no such developments in Cyprus!  Father, bless and rescue these children. Set the captives free, God, and hold our government accountable if there is anything of this going on in our nation. Expose anything hidden. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Refugee camps: Please pray for a strong sense of community and connection in the various camps, whether in Cyprus or other nations, especially in Africa. May hope be restored and provision made. May the people have a hope and a future, and many find Christ as Saviour and Lord. (Rev 17v14).

The persecuted Church: Pray for multitudes of displaced people in Europe and beyond to turn to Jesus as their refuge and hope in their moment of greatest need. Pray for compassionate believers to faithfully display and proclaim Christ's love. As displaced people come to Christ, pray for protection, vision, opportunity, and courage to share the Good News with others in their home country or around them at great cost. (Isaiah 45v2).

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

NOTE: If you know of others who you think may wish to use this update and subscribe, please let IFC know, and we will send a personal invite. Shalom.

 

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

In 2013, IFC (intercessors for Cyprus) was given leave to develop its ministry under the authority of the Evangelical Alliance, Cyprus. We have IFC prayers for Cyprus at our home on Saturday mornings using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, the news, and being led of the Spirit. On Wednesday mornings 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.  DECEMBER 2022.  No.110.

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  December 2022   No. 110

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

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

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

 

CONTENTS

Giving thanks; Daily Bible Readings December; Editorial: Prophecy of revival & hope, despite persecution; The Church: Specific churches & ministries: Cyprus Prayer Chain; Logos Hope OM ship; Addictions course; Larnaca Christian ministries; Prayer request.

The Orthodox Church in Cyprus; History belongs to the intercessors; Our children & youth; Prayer concerning idols.

……Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI

The Government: Security Prayer Alert (a couple of responses); This month; Migrants; The North; Health.

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

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

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…’    Let’s remember to claim biblical promises from the scriptures as we are led by the Spirit to apply them in our prayers.

 

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

 

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

Christmas. We are of those who love to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, whether it was actually at the time of the Feast of Tabernacles (Sept/Oct) or not. To have a day and period set aside to remember His birth is wonderful, even if the world has polluted the principle in some ways. Give thanks for this period and for the way God ‘tabernacled’ amongst us by being born in human form and living His life for us (Revelation 21v3). Pray for the many outreach opportunities that this season brings. Some other good news: The Jewish community tell us that most Ukrainian Jews who came to Cyprus have now progressed on to stay in Israel. Amen! This fits the vision for Cyprus serving this people group in a special way.   

 

^  DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS for DECEMBER 2022:

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

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

 

 

^ EDITORIAL: The following may be seen as a Christmas present from the Lord, I believe, to His people! I have known David Noakes, who received this message for the Church, for many years and trust his prophetic unction. He resisted all the revival prophecies of the latter years, so for him to give this word on revival, take note.

Prophecy of revival & hope, despite persecution. (Given through David Noakes, Bible teacher, at the UK South West Bible Week 2022. ….Abbreviated by source).

“Beloved, we stand at the brink of something big and new - not new to Me but new to you. I have in store for those who truly love Me such things as you have not yet experienced. I have an outpouring of My Spirit which I have longed to impart….But now I am separating out for Myself a people who love Me for Myself. I have watched for many years for such a people,   and on those of you whose hearts are fully towards Me I will send My Spirit in a new way. You will know the fullness of My Spirit….you will know My power….My love….My grace….My faithfulness, and you will see Me answer prayer…. You will see the lame walk, you will see the sick raised from their bed and you will see the dead raised in these days to come, because I have been longing with all My heart to have a people whom I can trust to give the glory unto Me and not take it unto themselves. Beloved, I have preserved for Myself a remnant for these last days and My heart is overflowing with joy and I long, I long to speak to the world through a people who want only Me….I am not a merciless God who will make judgements without extending mercy ….to those who will turn and repent. And there shall be a greater harvest than you have dared hope…. And yet, beloved, I call upon you to stand strong because….the days will be difficult. There will be such division that men will either love Me or they will hate Me with a satanic hatred, and there will be very little in between. Do not fear those who will persecute you, but fear only Me. For beloved, I have all things in My hand. Do not think for one moment….anything in the world around you is out of control. It is not. For I am the King….I am sovereign. I have in MY hand all that you need and I will never let you down, I will never forsake you…..In you darkest moments, I will shine in with My light, and you will know in a new way the greatness of your God. Therefore be….greatly encouraged, because I am intending to do things which you….thought you would never see. I am with you. My beloved, that is all you need. Christ in you is indeed the hope….the guarantee of glory. And you will shine like lights in the darkness. As the darkness of these days increases, as the fury of the enemy rages, so My love will become even more apparent. The world will….know those who belong to Me and many will turn….to Me, and there shall be a harvest for which I have longed…. You have thought perhaps that it would never come. Beloved, there may be some of you who do not see it….because you are already seeing My face in glory. But many will see it….your rejoicing will….carry you through every test….because My joy will fill you, My love will surround you and I will work in you such trust that you need never ever have any doubt that your God is with you. Beloved, be encouraged with these words. Take them to heart and be expectant that I will bring to pass all that I have intended.”

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

b) Logos Hope: The Operation Mobilisation ship ‘Logos Hope’ is currently moored at Limassol cruise terminal in the new port area of Limassol until December 13th. It holds the world’s largest floating bookfair. Visits may be made between the hours of 2pm-9pm except for Saturdays when visiting hours are from 10am-9pm. Note: On 7th & 12th December the ship is closed to the public. Entrance fee is 1 euro. Pray for this outreach ministry which will include a pastors & leaders’ event on December 3rd 10am-12 noon & meal; and a teen event ‘The Challenge’ on Dec 10th 4-7pm and other features. More info: logoshope.limassol@gbaships.org  (Matthew 28v18-20). 

 

c) Addictions course. IFC, in conjunction with a local church & with the permission of the Larnaca pastors meeting, is holding a course on ADDICTIONS from January – March 2023. It majors on sexual addiction but the teaching applies to any addictions.

The ‘Conquer’ course will be held weekly for up to 10 people in a Larnaca home, commencing Monday evening January 9th from 7-9pm for 12 weeks. If you would like details, email me, David, at lcc.conquer@outlook.com (Your communication will be kept strictly confidential.) 

Pray that pastors use this opportunity for their churches and that individuals who need to attend the course hear about it and are moved to respond despite the risk and shame which may seek to hold them back. Pray for deliverance, healing and restoration through this course. (Isaiah 42v7).   

 

d) Larnaca Christian Ministries: Quarterly gathering of ministries in the Larnaca Area. JCF Church 7-8.30pm. Monday December 5th.  Please pray that

God works out His purpose for this regular gathering, which is of worship together, prayer for one another & input, and fellowship together over simple food. NB. A friend in ministry for 30 years received this from the Lord: ‘Two years ago, I had felt that Father had told me that we (the church) had replaced "fellowship" with "meetings" and that we expected Him to bless our gatherings nonetheless.’ Are we churches and gatherings guilty of this, replacing fellowship with Him and with each other with ‘meetings’? Pray your church/group/ministry ensures things are rightly ordered. (Acts 2v42).

 

e) Prayer request: (J.S. Canadian Cypriot & IFC reader). ‘Please have us in your prayers for us to have our own building for church services. The building we used in the past has been sold. It is time for us to possess our land for New Life Fellowship International. Home meetings are good for small groups of people and I am all for them but for people of all ages to gather together in greater numbers - more space is needed.’ (Isaiah 54v2).

 

2. The Orthodox Church in Cyprus: The behaviour of some leading figures in the Orthodox church in Cyprus in scrambling to take over the position of Archbishop - even whilst Archbishop Chrysostomos ll was still alive - did not commend itself to the nation. Pray for God’s choice (1 Sam 16v10-12). Sometimes it is good to look at the roots of issues in Cyprus and its churches. Why does the country move so slowly in the doldrums? Why is it ‘backward’ in some ways?  Why does Cyprus lack a sense of destiny? Why do so many ventures by churches or ministries fail? One reason put forward whilst a group of church and ministry leaders prayed together was that the Orthodox Church has sold out to the whole notion of icons (idolatry) and branded the evangelicals as ‘heretics’. Now the evangelical church is not perfect either so this is not an Orthodox church knocking session. Could it be that the Orthodox church, in its obsession with icons, has been following after ‘doctrines of demons’? 1 Timothy 4:1-3a (NKJV) Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry…..’ If this is the case, then it has been resisting the Holy Spirit and the truth of God’s word, and has been bushwacked by the enemy - the great deceiver and his followers. Satan is described by Jesus as the ‘Father of lies’ with no truth in him (John 8v44-45). So, is there a remedy to falling for Satan’s schemes (2 Corinthians 2v11)? Surely it is to recognise and understand the situation, repent and be forgiven, and show mercy to others by forgiving them (Matthew 6v15). We could pray right now for the Orthodox Church to receive revelation and conviction in this matter, by the grace of God. I wonder what could be unlocked by God as a result, which would bless and benefit Cyprus and its church? Maybe you are being led to set aside some time to fast and pray for the good of the Orthodox church and those who are part of it? I hope so. 

 

3. History belongs to the Intercessors: Romans 13 and 1 Timothy 2 make it clear that God wants us to intercede on behalf of governments – including the governments in both the North of Cyprus and the Republic of Cyprus. Do you know how important you are? At the heart of IFC is the knowledge that God invites us to shape history through prayer and fasting. This makes each one of us vitally important in the unfolding plan and purposes of God. Let me say it another way. YOU are vitally important in the unfolding plan and purposes of God. When I was with Intercessors for Britain, and with my current links with Intercessors for America, I both saw and still see true stories of victories in governmental intercession.

But what about Cyprus? The more who intercede for the governments here, the more influence we will have before God in prayer, in order to bring change. I long for God to raise up a ministry to address abortion at government level with younger leadership. Do you? Pray for this. (1 Tim 2v1-4).   

 

4. Our Children & Youth: Pray that local churches in Cyprus be people and places where children and young people are welcomed and valued. That they will grow in faith and follow God’s ways as they are encouraged, taught and prayed for within the church family. Also pray for Christian chaplains to be established in schools, colleges, universities and the like to bring pastoral aid and Gospel insights to those in need. Thank You, Lord, for Christian workers who minister Your grace and the Gospel to children, young people and others in Cyprus. Please enable them. (Quote): ‘Children are like wet cement which sets to concrete. We need to impress upon them God’s word, wisdom and ways while we have the opportunity.’ (Psalm 127v3).

 

5. Prayer concerning idols: Father God in the name, blood and authority of Yeshua the Mashiach (Jesus the Christ), we repent of acknowledging and worshiping false idols. We ask forgiveness for the worship of the works of our hands, including our money (gold/silver/retirement accounts). We pray You, the LORD our God place within us a holy righteous anger to act and overthrow all false idols in our own hearts and in your church. May a greater revelation of the Fear of Jehovah fall on your people and on Israel. We ask that Christ be given His throne in the hearts of all believers throughout our nation, Israel and the world. Amen. (Exodus 20v1-6).

 

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

We maintain the vision of a national day of prayer over this Cyprus problem, preceded by examination of all our lives as Christians and churches in Cyprus (N & S) before God, and resulting repentance. Keep in prayer for such a key day to come about! (2 Chronicles 7v13-15 & James 5v7-8 &v17).   

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: Corporate and individual confession, repentance 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: In a number of countries, revival, healings, deliverances and salvations are breaking out. Prophecies such as in the editorial are coming forth from well proven prophetic voices. After Covid 19, there is a sense of a change of season….Spring is in the air spiritually! Pray with increasing expectancy, faith and confidence that amidst these dark days, God is breaking forth….including in Cyprus. (1 Chron 14v11).

 

ITI: Pray that God releases pastors & leaders and believers from what is called ‘replacement theology’. Read the bible and see how God repeatedly promises His chosen people – the Jews - a land and a relationship with Him. Even after the exile and scattering throughout the world His promises of restoration to the land and to their God remains….so much so that in Ezekiel and in Zechariah & Romans the bible speaks of life from the dead, a fountain of cleansing, all Israel being saved, etc. Ephesians chapter 2 speaks of believing Jews and gentile Christians coming together in the end days as the ‘one new man’. The return to the land is already under way. The return to God is happening too. Now salvation is birthing in Israel as well. Pray that the eyes of the blind be opened to the truth that both the Jews and the Christians are chosen people with a shared destiny - in Christ.     

 

 

^ 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 the election of a new Archbishop (1 Sam 16v10-12). Pray for the current president, secretary & treasurer of the Evangelical Alliance of Churches in Cyprus, Yiannos, Chrysso & Kostas. Pray also for key leaders in the North, including underground church leaders, leader of Turkish Cypriot Community, Government Ministers, and even President Erdogan of Turkey…..may he be restrained. Pray also for salvation for our nation’s leadership and local government leaders. 

 

^ Security Prayer Alert: A couple of responses from readers (to the November IFC Prayer Alert on national security).

(1st response) Extract from Alert: Ezekiel 22:30-31 (NIV): "I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land…. The long-established presence of the UN Peacekeeping Force (UNFICYP) is a welcome security buffer between the North and the Republic. However, the TRNC government is now resisting its presence on the island, threatening to require a withdrawal from its two camps on the Turkish Cypriot side……………

I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS UPON UNFICYP I ASK FOR THEIR PROTECTION. I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS AGAINST THE PLANS OF TRNC government TO REMOVE THE PEACE FORCES FROM THEIR MIDST. I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS AGAINST THE TURKISH FORCES ATTACKING THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS ON MULTIPLE FRONTS IN THE BUFFER ZONE. BY THE POWER OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS I PARALYSE THEIR HANDS AND FEET FROM DOING THAT THROUGH THE POWER OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS. (PAUL HAD TO BLIND TEMPORARILY. THE MAN HINDERING HIM FROM PREACHING THE GOSPEL TO THE ROMAN OFFICIAL). I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS UPON FAMAGUSTA AND ALL PARTS OF CYPRUS AND ASK FOR MY HEAVENLY FATHER S PROTECTION THROUGH HIS WARRING ANGELS BEING SENT TO DEFEND US AND CANCELLATION OF THE PLANS OF TURKEY THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS. Thinking of the example in 2 Kings 19:35, it tells us that 185,000 Assyrian soldiers were killed by an angel that night and Sennacherib returned to Nineveh. He was later killed by his own sons. His youngest son, Esarhaddon, succeeded him as king of Assyria. I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS AGAINST THE PLANS FOR TYMBOU AIRPORT TO USE IT TO PROMOTE THE TURKISH EVIL PLANS AGAINST THE LAND OF CYPRUS AND ITS PEOPLE. CYPRUS BELONGS TO GOD AND THE PEOPLE WHO GOD HAS ALLOWED TO LIVE FOR THE PROMOTION OF HIS PLANS AND PURPOSES AND THE PROSPERITY OF ITS PEOPLE, PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL, AND USE FOR THE END TIME HARVEST.  I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS AGAINST THE PLANS OF TURKEY FOR CYPRUS AND DECLARE BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS PROTECTION OF CYPRUS BOUNDARIES RESOURCES PEOPLE AND EVERYTHING THAT CONCERNS CYPRUS.

I DECREE AND DECLARE THE PLANS OF GOD WILL PREVAIL AND WE ARE SAFE IN HIS HANDS BY THE SHED BLOOD OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. THANK YOU, LORD, FOR VISITING THE MOSLEM PEOPLE WITH DREAMS AND VISIONS OF YOU AND DRAWING MANY INTO YOUR KINGDOM. ISLAM IS JUST A NAME THAT HAS TO BOW AT THE NAME OF JESUS. THANK YOU FOR HEARING OUR PRAYERS AS WE STAND IN THE GAP DESIRING YOUR PRESENCE TO BE IN OUR MIDST IN JESUS NAME AMEN.  (J.S.)

(2nd response) Thank you so much that you and the IFC team are standing for Cyprus. What politicians do not want to admit is that Turkey is moving toward the territories of the Ottoman empire, so Turkey is looking for excuses to get more land. Also, can I ask you that when you refer to the north that you refer it as ‘the north’ or "TRNC" and not as TRNC. Again, thank you so much and God bless you. (H.P.)

 

^ This month: Proverbs 14:34 (NIV): Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. Habakkuk 2:12 (NIV): "Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by crime! (NKJV): "Woe to him who builds a town with bloodshed, Who establishes a city by iniquity!

The Mafia are very active in Cyprus. They encourage all sorts of crime for profit, including drinking clubs, gambling and the sex industry. In our city, a recent club venue was playing music so loudly in the late evening that the noise dominated the area. I was on the way to tell them to turn it down when a local resident warned me that it was a Mafia night and to keep away. Wisdom held me back but I was angry at their lack of regard for others. Instead I prayed and at last the sound was subdued, but it has led to this article for prayer. Pray for local and national authorities to be prompted to act against the Mafia in Cyprus, and against fear of reprisal. Claim the promises of Habakkuk 2v12 that God would bring woe upon the organisation in Cyprus. Pray for the salvation of Mafia leaders! Pray especially against the demonic spirits who rule the actions of the Mafia. (Luke 11v20).  

 

^ Migrants: The continuing unrest at the Pournara migrant reception centre with riots, overcrowding, policing, arrests and detentions is sending a message to the government, as is the recent murder at Central Prisons Nicosia. Pray for wisdom from God for the government in strategizing over this problem, for easing of the pressure and for hope for the migrants. (Ps. 33v20).

 

^ The North: Tymbou (Ercan) Airport. The opening date for the new terminal building at the main airport in the north has been postponed once again to early 2023. Many delays have frustrated the government over this. After our November prayer alert, pray that the airport expansion continues to be frustrated. A new Central Prison has been built located in Minareliköy, and is now operating. (Psalm 33v10-11).

Expats: are being treated like ‘cash cows’ in the north and there has been an exodus from the north to other countries. The border crossing difficulties and current long queues in the last year is probably a contributing factor. Pray for the expats and that the border restrictions ease. (Genesis 41v3-4). 

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

 

^ Health: Covid-19: BE AWARE: The government of the Republic of Cyprus has decided to push the Covid vaccination program. Recently eight people died and 4212 tested positive. Priority will be given to promoting the program in mountain communities. Vaccination centres for babies and infants, from 6 months to 4 years of age, have been operational from Tuesday, November 22. We are told that Covid is here to stay and that annual vaccination will be necessary. Big brother watches over us. Pray for wisdom for believers. (1 Chronicles 12v32).

Giving blood: The Health Ministry through the blood centre is appealing for voluntary blood donations. Anyone who wishes to respond should go to their nearest blood donation station. http://www.newsincyprus.com/news/426296/health-ministry-calls-on-public-to-donate-blood

Pray for a good response.

 

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

Give thanks: That the Republic of Cyprus has not been taken by Turkey. Pray that God will keep us free to serve His purposes. HE reigns! (Ps.97v1).  

Cyprus society: is simmering at melting point under the pressure of the cost of living while corruption scandals spread disillusionment. Pray for exposure of corrupt officials, for the fear of God to arise in our communities, for easing of the cost of living and hope for the future. (Psalm 37v37).    

Integrated Resort: City of Dreams Mediterranean and Cyprus Casinos is operated by MELCO. The City of Dreams development in the Limassol area is to be the first integrated resort in Europe. The management is offering 1000 new jobs as part of the development. This is good for employment but the company promotes gambling. Pray for the Lord to promote what is good and hold back that which is not good for Cyprus. (Psalm 125v4).

Unemployment: is trending slowly upward in the Republic. This is a concern, especially with so many migrants now. Pray as led. (Luke 10v7).

Water: The amount of water that has poured into the island’s dams so far this month has broken previous records. May reservoirs be full. (Job 5v10).   

Children: Parents are protesting against government plans for compulsory pre-primary education to be extended to the age of four! Pray! (Micah 2v9).  

‘Trapped property owners’: Because developers had mortgages on building developments unbeknown to the potential property buyers, the obtaining of title deeds has been long delayed. The government is introducing measures which guard against this. If the project a developer is working on is mortgaged, the developer will be required to inform the buyer. Amen to that! Pray for those still caught in this trap. (Job 18v9; Psalm 31v4).    

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

 

 

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

Life issues: Lord, we pray for a major shift in attitudes to abortion in Cyprus, especially after the US Supreme Court’s overruling of ‘Roe v Wade’ which allows individual states there to pass legislation concerning life instead of abortion. Pray Cyprus be given eyes to see how precious life is. (Psalm 139).

Human trafficking: is another form of slavery. But how to pray about such a dark, consuming evil without being overwhelmed? Father, we pray that You would put an end to the abhorrent sin of human trafficking. Set the captives free, Lord, and bring healing wherever it is needed. (Isaiah 49v9).

Gender: A bill paving the way for a Cypriot national to legally change gender with the introduction of easily accessible procedures has been tabled before parliament. So, Cyprus is seeking to toe the line over EU directives. Pray opposition arises against this anti-God bill. (Genesis 2v20b-24).

Marriage: The USA is seeking to redefine marriage to include gay ‘marriage’. Will the EU be next? Pray against this. (Genesis 2v20b-25).

Disadvantaged children: Heavenly Father, thank You for adopting us into Your family through Christ. Help us to reach out with acceptance and generosity to children who are disadvantaged materially, emotionally, spiritually and in mental health through our prayers, support and love. (Jn 1v17).  

Those in pain: Remember those in some kind of pain, be it physical, mental, emotional. We pray that they do not disregard You, Lord because of that pain in their or others’ lives. Meet them in their point of need and open their eyes to the truth of Your love through the gospel of love. (John 3v16).

 

 

^ 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.

Please note the comment under Government, ‘This Month’, re the Mafia and pray for your city. Pray for the gospel to go out in your city. Why don’t you prayer-walk part of your city/locality, allowing Holy Spirit to lead you in prayer? If you meet people, share your faith as opportunity arises.

 

 

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

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

Remember the ‘All4Aid’ (Oasis) Refugee Project: Pray for this refugee project. Just as Jesus met physical needs and then spoke about spiritual truth, so All4Aid strives to meet physical and spiritual needs of all who enter its doors, especially refugees and asylum seekers. They are in need of men's clothes, shoes, kitchen items, pots, blankets and new-born babies’ clothes. They need wisdom for programming and to find the streams of funding to maintain the existing programming plus additional programming where He leads. They do give thanks to God, the churches and others for providing volunteer help at All4Aid. God is so good. The ministry supported by local churches supports more than 400 people weekly and they have the chance to serve them and make Christ known to them. Prayers are needed for housing and work for asylum seekers.  They sleep on the sunbeds on the beach. Winter is here so we need winter clothes, blankets, sleeping bags, etc. Pray for God to make a way for the government to find a solution for these people, and for this excellent ministry. (Psalm 146v9).    

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

There is yet another refugee ministry in Oroklini. Pray for them as well, to prosper in what they are doing to serve refugees and asylum seekers.    

 

2. The poor and needy, widows and orphans, foreigners, unemployed, exploited, etc: Psalm 12v5: Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,’ says the Lord.  Lord of the Church, please continue to inspire, equip and bless Christian initiatives that reach out with Your loving care to people in need; through foodbanks, debt advice, help for the homeless, youth and children’s activities, relationship support and other services. In Your mercy, Amen. Also remember in prayer Christian ministries such as the Mercy Centre in Nicosia, the Limassol group, and the ‘Charis’ project in Paphos. Also Cyprus Samaritans, Friendship Circle, and other local & national organisations. (Gal 6v9-10).

 

 

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

Russia / Ukraine: Energy and food prices are skyrocketing because of this war. Ukraine lacks electricity for the winter as all its facilities are bombed out by Russia. Putin’s defence minister warned that the eight-month war in Ukraine was heading towards an “uncontrolled escalation”. The Kremlin accused Kyiv of planning to use a bomb laced with radioactive material — in Ukraine. Will Russia respond by using nuclear weapons, or a dirty bomb or some other terrible weapon in Ukraine? If conventional weapons aren’t working). The Bible: ‘At the end of their rule, when their sin is at its height, a fierce king, a master of intrigue, will rise to power. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause a shocking amount of destruction and succeed in everything he does. (Daniel 8v23). Pray as led.  

Ukraine: Pray for God’s healing of body and soul (mind, emotions and will) of the Ukrainians who have lost so much. Give thanks for the Czechs and others who have maintained hospitality and support to displaced Ukrainians. May the Kingdom expand amongst them all. (Matthew 13v31-33).

Israel: Following the recent elections, a more stable and right wing government has been formed under prime minister Netanyahu. Pray for wisdom and right action to be taken by the government to meet the needs of the poor and needy. Pray that security issues and opportunities for Jews to return and settle in the land become paramount. Pray that terrorism is quelled and for Israelis to come to their Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). (1 Kings 2v2-3).  

Uganda/East Africa: Little or no rainfall has fallen in the last 3 years. Rain is needed for harvests and water sources to spring up close to communities. Lack of food means some people are surviving by boiling tree leaves or eating goat droppings! Pray for rain & adaptation. (Claim Psalm 147v8).

Revivals: There is repentance followed by miracles in Nigeria, revival crusades with healings in Ghana. There are miracles in California. More, Lord!  

Venezuela: 7 million migrants and refugees have fled Venezuela. Rampant food shortages, unemployment, rising crime, lack of electricity and clean water are all contributing. Those who are staying in the Venezuelan church are reaching out in love and the gospel. Pray for Venezuela. (Gen 22v14).

China: Xi Jinping is ascending in power and strengthening his dictatorship. China is threatening the USA. Father, we pray that You would keep China in check and prevent this nation from harming the USA and other nations. In Jesus’ name, Amen. (Jeremiah 14v10).

Iran: is facing revolt and revolution from within as the harsh regime’s control slips. Pray for God to save this nation for HIS purposes. (Jer 49v38).

The persecuted Church: North Korea: Recently, dictator Kim Jong-un announced North Korea has nuclear weapons and will continue to develop them. Meanwhile, the North Korean people are more concerned about basic questions… “Where will my next meal come from?” Food insecurity continues. The 60% poverty rate is crippling. Human rights abuses abound. There are 26 million people desperate for hope. In the underground church there are secret Bible stashes, pleading prayers and scripture memorisation. Jesus Christ is reaching the people of North Korea with His love and promises of eternity! However persecution to death for believers is common. Pray for God’s miracle in N Korea.  (Deut 30v7; John 12v18).

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

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

In 2013, IFC (intercessors for Cyprus) was given leave to develop its ministry under the authority of the Evangelical Alliance, Cyprus. We have IFC prayers for Cyprus at our home on Saturday mornings 9-11am using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, the news and being led of the Spirit. On Wednesday mornings 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.  NOVEMBER 2022.  No.109

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  November 2022   No. 109

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

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

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

 

CONTENTS

Giving thanks; Daily Bible Readings for November; Editorial: Take responsibility for your city and nation;

The Church: Specific churches & ministries: Monthly Cyprus Prayer Chain; E.A. elections; Kadosh Art Outreach;

Local churches & ministries; Room of Hope.

 Praying Blessing on Cyprus; Repentance v pride. ……Reconciliation north & south & Revival. ITI

The Government and those in authority: Elections - Republic of Cyprus; The North; Health.   

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

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

(Let’s remember to claim biblical promises from the scriptures as we are led by the Spirit to apply them).

 

NB. We hold weekly IFC prayers in Larnaca including prayer for Cyprus’ government, churches, ministries & for refugees. Others weekly e.g. Prayer for Israel. Details: Email iforcy@outlook.com   Use this update in your home group, prayer group, church prayers, and devotionals. Use it topically or work through it over the month. 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.  NOTE: If you know of others who you think may wish to subscribe to this prayer update, then please let IFC have their names and email address (with permission). We will send them a personal invite. Shalom.

 

 

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

Give thanks for the rain and ask for more! (Zech 10v1 NKJV; Matt 5v45b). Give thanks that God is the Father you have always hoped for, and that you are the child He always wanted! Also, that God enables by His grace, so that we hear His voice, His leading, and things get done. Whatever your service to God, it is by His grace and for His glory. Amen. NB. This IFC Update is stimulated by His Holy Spirit to enable production every month. God is good! [Incidentally, if you know of others who you think may use this update and subscribe, please let IFC have their names & email and we’ll send a personal invite.]

 

 

^  DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS for NOVEMBER 2022:

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

OR get the ‘BIBLE IN ONE YEAR’ (Commentary by Nicky Gumbel of Alpha International & read by David Suchet). Download the mobile app at https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bible-in-one-year/id504133402 or Google Play Store: ‘Bible in One Year app’, OR other bible-in-a-year sources.

 

 

^ EDITORIAL: 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.’ 

Take responsibility for your city and nation: (We meet Saturdays from 9-11am to worship the Lord, read from His word and PRAY for our area (Larnaca) and the nation of Cyprus. We use the IFC prayer Update and whatever else the Lord leads us to as fuel for prayer.)

Ultimately, God holds His Church responsible for the state of the locality and the nation. If we, the people of God, care so little for our city or area that all sorts of evil is perpetrated, or that the nation sinks lower and lower, then we must bear the responsibility before God for not ‘standing in the gap’.

Ezekiel 22:30-31 (NIV): "I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so that I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD."  On the other hand, if groups across the island specifically intercede for their area/city/town and the nation, God is pleased and we are rewarded with answers and changes in society and nation. Jeremiah 29:7 (NIV): “Also, 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."

The national elections of the Republic of Cyprus take place this month. Take responsibility to pray into this and for local candidates.

The Cyprus Prayer Chain is a useful means of praying for the nation and area (details further below under ‘The Church’), but a group dedicated to pray each week for their area and nation gives a message to God. He will listen to our prayers and respond. Is there anyone out there who would head up a regular weekly prayer group in their city or area? Is there someone in the Limassol area? The Nicosia area? The Paphos area? The North? The Paralimni area, etc? As I view what Intercessors for America are doing, Intercessors for Israel, Intercessors for Britain, etc., we in Cyprus need to step up to the challenge. Please contact me, David, through the following email address, if you would like at least to explore the concept and maybe head up a group in your area. (iforcy@outlook.com).       

Bearing in mind Psalm 55:11.’Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets’, IFC plans to run a course on ADDICTIONS for Christian men in Larnaca from January – March 2023, majoring on sexual addiction but the teaching applies to any addictions. Some believers are enslaved to addictions such as over-eating, alcohol, porn, even perhaps drugs. Well researched statistics from a USA Christian ministry about the prevalence of pornography in US society, both men and women were horrendous. I have talked with groups of men in churches and established that this is a real and widespread problem. Other addictions can have the same effect of hopelessness, shame and ensuing reluctance to serve in the church. Daniel 12v10: ‘Many will be purified, made spotless and refined…’ Addictions are only getting in the way of this refining – one of Satan’s strategies to keep the Church unclean and impotent. However, God has initiated programmes to bring release to His people. There is a growth of courses on the internet designed to lead people to freedom from addictions. Churches are now beginning to talk about the problem of addiction as experience increases on gaining freedom from various addictions, and now in some churches ‘live’ (or online) small groups, leading people to victory and overcoming are emerging. What has been kept undercover for many years is now being dealt with. There is HOPE! 

Courses can link people up through in-person or online groups with a team to teach and lead into a place of victory. It will take courage for individuals to face their need and courage for churches to start talking about problem of addictions and to provide solutions. Pray that God raises up pioneers in this who will gain experience and competence in being able to be both free themselves and to lead others into freedom in Christ, and that churches and needy believers respond. If you would like details of the addictions course mentioned above, email us at iforcy@outlook.com (confidential). 

Next month we will look at the Mafia under the 'government section' of the IFC Prayer Update.

 

 

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

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

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

b) Evangelical Alliance elections: A new president and secretary are due to be appointed soon. Pray for God’s ‘choice’ to be appointed. (1 Sam 16v7).   

c) Kadosh Art Outreach: Joern Lange.  Email: kadoshartcyprus@gmail.com  YouTube Channel: Kadosh Art Media

‘Kadosh Art is a ministry in YWAM Cyprus. We are a prophetic art outreach and training ministry. We do outreaches at the seafront, painting spontaneously for passers-by, at festivals and at other events. We organise training, workshops, conferences and exhibitions in Cyprus and abroad.’ The leader, Joern, also published two books on prophetic art in English, a third one in German is due to be published soon. The latest outreach is the ‘Forgiveness Exhibition’ being prepared for next year. Pray for Joern’s health & protection and for wisdom as he pioneers this preparation. (Prov 11v2).   

d) Local churches & ministries: Several local churches in Larnaca are looking for new premises for one reason or another. Pray for them. (Is. 55v8).

e) Room of Hope: Website: www.roomofhopecyprus.com   Email: info@roomofhopecyprus.com  ‘Based in Nicosia, we provide holistic support for women who have been saved from human trafficking. We walk alongside them to show that they are not alone on their journey and offer tools for rebuilding their lives. For us, it’s all about helping them find freedom and showing them their own value as unique, gifted and beautiful women. Support: By providing support in everyday needs, our ladies can feel more secure and at peace on their journey towards freedom. Food, medicine, clothes, toys, basic needs, etc. Weekly Gatherings: Victims of human trafficking, can suffer with trauma, brokenness and loneliness. Every week we come together in a safe environment to help them rebuild their lives and find wholeness again. Therapy counselling, support for mothers, discipleship, life and work skills training, dance lectures, Greek lessons, therapy, health education. Also Raising Awareness. Pray for this ministry. (1 Peter 3v3-4).

   

    2. Praying blessing on Cyprus: May the governments and those in authority be blessed with faith and strategies from heaven, good leadership, wisdom, integrity and compassion, unity and harmony, good health, prosperity and stability, bearing fruit. May the Prince of Peace manifest Himself in Cyprus. May those affected in need in Cyprus be comforted, knowing His peace and restoration. May justice and reconciliation manifest, may the economy be blessed and recovery after the pandemic. May the borders be blessed with stability and peace. May the people of Cyprus be guarded and the leaders guided. May young people know God’s wisdom, hope and courage to speak out and act against injustice.   

May the church in Cyprus know unity of Spirit and purpose, and love for one another. We speak increase and abundance despite the present conditions. May you enjoy economic, social, material and spiritual favour as with the blessing of Abraham. May God’s presence, blessing and favour be upon all who find a home in Cyprus. May Cyprus be blessed with favour, grace and rejoicing! Amen! (Numbers 6v24-26).

 

    3. Repentance v Pride: While pride is a fleshly, evil attempt at “getting to the top,” repentance is the God-given practice approved by Jesus: From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17 NKJV). The No.1 sin we must combat is PRIDE. Until we grasp a deep understanding of how prideful we are, we will continue to be corrupted. As individuals we see this pride perversion in counterfeit in the LGBTQ  "Pride Parades." As nations we see nationalistic "Patriotic Pride" taking precedence over national humiliation before God.

The Tower of Babel builders sought to build themselves a city, "and a tower whose top is in the Heavens; let us make a name for ourselves." ~ Genesis 11:4. (NKJV, emphasis added). This is similar to Satan's attempt to overtake God's Throne found in Isaiah: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High. ~ Isaiah 14:14 (ERV). Pride is Satan's version of attempting to "go up." Repentance is God's approved method. It is the opposite of pride. It is a key given to us by God Almighty. How do we lay claim to the Kingdom of Heaven in a manner approved by God? In Judges 3:25, we see the very first time the word "Key" is mentioned in scripture. It referred to an inner chamber. They waited to the point of embarrassment, but when he did not open the doors of the room, they took a key and unlocked them. ~ Judges 3:25 (NIV). REPENTANCE is the key that unlocks the door to the upper chamber. Instead of attempting to reach heaven by our own efforts, thereby building another Tower of Babel, we must instead reach the "point of embarrassment." When the doors of Heaven seem locked, we need to become disgusted and humiliated with our sin.

       This dissatisfaction and acknowledgement of our sinful state is the key with which we are able to open the door to answer Jesus' knock! Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone should hear My voice and open the door, then I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. ~ Revelation 3:20 (Berean Literal Bible). Thus, we "go up," or "make Aliyah" by getting down on our knees! Christ Himself has given us this key. Repentance, or spiritual Aliyah, is one of the keys Jesus handed to the Church in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of the heavens, and whatever you might bind on the earth shall have been bound in the heavens, and whatever you might loose on the earth shall have been loosed in the heavens. ~ Matthew 16:19 (Berean Literal Bible).

So, let us "make Aliyah!" Let us go up by getting down on our knees in humble prayer and repentance. In God’s Kingdom, there is no “glass ceiling.” We may boldly approach the throne of grace. Repentance is the God-given key that unlocks the door of our hearts to let Jesus in. Let Him Reign! 

Repentance Prayer: Heavenly Father, I REPENT for my pride. I have wanted to "go up" without "getting down" on my knees. Help me not to attempt to build another Tower of Babel by trying to storm heaven in an ungodly manner. Teach us that the first Key to the Kingdom is humility. Help me to see that I am totally dependent upon you to save me. I now call out to You in repentance and adopt Your truth from scripture. I acknowledge that without You, I can do nothing of any lasting value. Send the latter rains as we look onward to Your coming reign. Thank You for helping us to get prepared. Strengthen us to follow through in obedience. We pray this prayer in the Name of Jesus Christ, the Name above all names, the King of kings, the Lord of lords and our Lord. Amen.

 

Reconciliation N & S & Revival: Why do most spiritual endeavours which arise in Cyprus fail? Why is there ongoing disunity in the Church? Why does replacement theology have such a hold in the nation? Pray that these questions are addressed and explored.  Also pray for our church leaders: O Lord, please open the eyes of leadership in the churches of Cyprus to see the need and opportunity of national church repentance to precede national revival and restoration, and healing of the nation. Let the church lead the way. To achieve this, those who are meant to be true prophets to the church and nation need to arise to stir the church to action. Pray as led.  (Luke 11v4; 2 Chronicles 7v14; Haggai 1).

 

ITI: The strategies and timing of the Holy Spirit will enable the right preparations to be made at the right time. Pray for this important ministry in Cyprus to truly be led of the Holy Spirit with a cutting edge as it prepares and equips churches and believers for God’s declared purposes. Pray for young adults to get the vision for the project and for networking and communications to develop. (2 Sam 5v17-25; Jeremiah 31; Psalm 110v3).  

 

 

^ 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 Archbishop Chrysostomos ll, seriously ill. Pray for the current president of the Evangelical Alliance of Churches in Cyprus, Yiannos  and E.A. secretary Chrysso. Pray also for key leaders in the North: Underground church leaders; leader of Turkish Cypriot Community, Government Ministers, and even President Erdogan of Turkey…..may he be restrained. Pray for salvation for the nation’s leadership and local government leaders.  

 

^ Elections - Republic of Cyprus: (Feb 2023). Christians seeking election need empowering to speak up for the most vulnerable and proclaim God’s unchanging truths in the public arena. All candidates need strengthening to overcome the temptations to lie and to put down other candidates. Pray. Pray those currently serving as elected members of parliament (and local municipalities) seek God’s wisdom and act with integrity. (Daniel. 2v21-22).   

^ Peace Process: Young Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots have just held a tennis tournament in Larnaca. Amen to that initiative! 

^ The North: (i) Ercan (Tymbou) airport: Following our fairly recent prayer alert about this illegal airport expansion in the north, Turkish unarmed aerial vehicles and combat drones are now in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has also spoken of a possible base for military jets in the north! We need to continue to pray against this expansion, and that God will intervene in some way to deal with this threat to Cyprus’ security. (Psalm 18v2).

(ii) Peace Force: The TRNC government has given the UN Peacekeeping Force (UNFICYP) until 7th November to make an agreement with the Turkish Cypriot government regarding its presence on the island, or withdraw from its two camps on the Turkish Cypriot side. If the Turkish army in the north (35,000 strong) decides to evict the UN peacekeepers, that would allow the north to develop the area north of Famagusta. The reason for the Turkish aggression appears to be because the US has lifted an embargo on arms sales to the Republic of Cyprus and the US is now involved in training the Cyprus National Guard. The Republic claims this is a defensive move only. Thank God for the presence of the UN peace-keeping force in the south and along the border, and pray that the north will also co-operate, and that any valid reason for their concern be addressed.   (Galatians 5v14).

(iii) High road accidents (North): Speeding, and talking on a mobile phone while driving came top of the list of offences. Pray into this. (Leviticus 19v18).

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

^ Health: There seems to be suspicion of out-dated Covid 19 booster vaccines being promoted in Cyprus by the EU instead of waiting for new booster vaccines which can deal with new variants more effectively. Pray that the true situation emerges so people can make informed choices. (Acts 26v25).

Continue to ask God to keep back a new wave of Covid-19 and that people will be protected from  the winter flu.  

 

 

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

Give thanks & pray: That the Republic of Cyprus has not been taken by Turkey.That God will keep us free to serve His purposes. HE reigns! (Ps.97v1).  

Consumer prices: The executive secretary of the Cyprus Supermarket Association said that as of this month, the supermarkets will reduce the prices of basic consumer goods by 10% to help households deal with inflation. Amen! Pray about the cost of living and for the needy (James 1v27). 

Drinking water: The fixed-fee charge for drinking water will increase to 11 euros every two months, through the Water Board. The price hike will start being reflected in water bills as of November 1st. Pray for government action on so many runaway increases in basic amenities. (Gen 24v13).     

Rain: Dams across Cyprus are currently at more than two thirds capacity. Give thanks and pray for more rain to fill the reservoirs and to bless the region. Also give thanks for irrigation, desalination and storage methods. (Zechariah 10v1).

Cyprus railway? There is a possibility of building a railway – co-financed with the European Union. Officials have discussed the idea of a railway and tram. The studies exist, and a light railway could link up the main cities of Cyprus and the airport. This could ease traffic congestion as well as tackle the rising cost of private travel due to high energy prices. Based on the studies, the railway could be installed inside the current road network. This is interesting. Pray accordingly. (Judges 19v17).

Cyprus railway? There is a possibility of building a railway and possibly a tram – co-financed with the European Union. Studies on this already exist. 

A light railway could link up the main cities of Cyprus and the airport. This could ease traffic congestion as well as tackle the rising cost of private travel due to high energy prices. Based on the studies, the railway could be installed inside the current road network. This is interesting. Pray. (Judg 19v17).  

Children: The Cabinet has agreed to establish a National Committee on Autism. Pray it makes the needed difference. Parents of children with disabilities are demanding equal opportunities at school. Pray for an appropriate response. Incidents of violence at schools have increased recently. Also vandalism of school equipment. Pray as led. (Hebrews 12v13).

Sport: The Radisson Blu Larnaka International Marathon is on Nov 20th at Larnaca. Pray for our pastor, competing in it! (Ps. 46v1; Isaiah 40v29).

Civil Service: A new evaluation system regarding appointments and promotions in the public sector will be introduced early 2024. Amen! May merit decide promotion and the ‘fat cats’ who use the system now have to earn their bread. Pray the plans come to fruition. (Genesis 39v5).  

Archbishop: Archbishop Chrysostomos’ health is deteriorating rapidly. Holy Synod members are considering who will replace him. Claim Jer. 30v21.

Asylum seekers: Lawyers are to be involved to speed up the processing of asylum seekers. Pray for justice, righteousness and mercy. (Ps. 89v14).

Domestic violence: Father, we pray that many more victims of domestic violence will escape from their abusers and find help to rebuild their lives. May the police and legal system in Cyprus treat them with dignity and understanding as they seek justice and healing. (2 Samuel 22v3).  

Addiction: Lord God, our Healer, we bring before You anyone trapped by an addiction. Please help them to realise their need to escape, and lead them to people who can help them through counselling, recovery programmes, ministry, loving firmness and prayer. Pray that God, by His Spirit, draws Christian men with sexual addiction to the IFC ‘Conquer’ course January-March 2022, and that they find healing and deliverance. (Job 36v15).

Larnaca Marina: The €1.2 billion redevelopment project is the island’s biggest so far. Pray the plans and building works are excellent. (1 Cor 12v31).

Violent minors: Shockingly, a total of 231 serious cases of violence by minors were recorded in Cyprus last year and these included sex-related crimes, grievous bodily harm and robberies. This is one sign of a corrupt and sinful society. How we need a reviving work of God! Pray. (Prov 29v18).

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.

Morality and social behaviour: Prison cells and police cells are full. There is a deteriorating morality, social conscience and quality of life in Cyprus. I have seen the same degeneracy in larger western nations but now Cyprus shows the same tendencies. The root is sin, rebellion against God’s laws and people doing things their way. Pray for a lasting move of the Holy Spirit which brings conviction of sin and national repentance. (Luke 5v32).  

Mental Health issues:  Christian communities are to be commended who receive those with mental health issues with acceptance, healing and true meaning for their lives. May such needy people be helped to discover God’s saving grace. Remember those who are caring for a family member with dementia. Pray for strengthening and encouragement in their task. Also, intercede with compassion for bereaved parents, their families and friends as they grieve the death of a baby. (Isaiah 43v1-3). 

 

 

^ CITIES & MUNICIPALITIES:  Jeremiah 29v7: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." Also:  Isaiah 1v26, Prov 11v10-11; Is 62v6-7; Ps 122v6-9. Consider these verses and pray for your city. Town, village, municipality as led by the Lord. Why don’t you prayer-walk part of your city/locality, allowing Holy Spirit to lead you in prayer? If you meet people, share your faith as opportunity arises. Pray for streets and other outreach to your area to arise on a regular basis.

 

 

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

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

Remember the ‘All4Aid’ (Oasis) Refugee Project…….Pray for this refugee project: Just as Jesus met physical needs and then spoke about spiritual truth, so All4Aid strives to meet physical and spiritual needs of all who enter its doors. The feeding programme is large. Pray for financial and other support. The clothing and food distribution is essential, especially blankets for asylum seekers for the coming winter. Pray and act where you can. Another refugee ministry group named ‘Love, Light and Hope’ is based in Pyla. A third refugee ministry is based at Oroklini, whom we are getting to know - more details later. Pray these make a positive difference to refugees as well, and for their staff. (1 Thess 1v3).  

 

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

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

 

 

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

Ukraine: In October, the first big NATO meeting (since Moscow annexed several Ukrainian territories, announced a mobilisation and issued veiled nuclear threats) involved more than 50 countries seeking to help defend the Ukrainian airspace. Also there have been mysterious attacks on the gas and oil pipelines which supply Europe with energy. Pray Russia regrets the war and therefore an appropriate solution for peace be found. (Prov 12v28).

Israel: The elections are this month. The nation needs to recognize that after four indecisive election results, they need to turn to the God of Israel and pray for a clear result. Pray for the result that God wants. Pray also for better training and supervision of the young soldiers who guard the checkpoints and border crossings. Another has been killed. Should they be on this kind of duty? (Daniel 1v5).  

Energy Connectors: Since the Ukraine war has led to Russia holding back supplies of energy to Europe, three nations - Greece, Cyprus and Israel - are working together to provide gas, oil and electricity connections from the Middle East to Europe. Pray success for this provision & role. (Deut 15v14).

International Elections: The USA mid-term elections take place this month. Also a number of European countries are due for elections. Pray that God removes the unrighteous and installs the righteous through this and works out His purposes through these many elections. (Psalm 58v11).

Africa: This is the continent with the youngest population. 2000 young African Christian leaders are meeting from the end October until 4th November in Accra, Ghana. Pray that God shapes their characters to be godly leaders for an abundant Africa, both spiritually and practically. (Titus 2v4-7).

Liberia: is facing TRAGIC realities - struggling under rising inflation and food shortages. Some people wait in lines for hours just to get rice — and still leave empty-handed. Everything else has doubled in price. Drug smuggling and abuse are increasing. The educational system is struggling with overcrowded classrooms. Hospitals do not have needed medicine. Armed robbery is on the rise. Roughly 60% of the population follows ethnic traditions or Islam. And over half a million Liberians have never heard of Jesus. Yet, praise God for recent opportunities to spread the Gospel! Pray. (Matt 19v26).

Refugees: The war in Ukraine has sent millions fleeing, and there are now more than 100 million people forcibly displaced in the world. This along with an ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, floods in Pakistan and violence in Cameroon has caused UNHCR’s budget to balloon to a record of almost $11 billion. Unless new sources of funding are found, severe cuts and consequent hardship for refugees will have to be made. Pray as led. (Job 29v16).

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2022, Top Ten. (no. 10. India): Hindu extremists want to get rid of all other religious minorities.

Systematic, violent and orchestrated targeting of Christians takes place. Pray for true religious freedom in India and restraint of the demonic forces behind the persecution. After being healed, many are coming to know Jesus. Pray for protection & strength for Open Doors workers and partner churches in India who provide Bibles, emergency aid, survival & livelihood training & community development projects. (Lam. 5v5).   

                                                                                                                                   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 each week such as on Saturday morning 9-11am prayer for Cyprus, including the latest news and using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, and being led of the Spirit. On Wednesday mornings we meet to pray for Israel. 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.


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

 

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