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 INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS    PRAYER UPDATE    SEPTEMBER  2019    No . 71

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  September 2019   No. 71

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

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

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

 

CONTENTS

Giving thanks; Editorial: Aphrodite. The Church: Specific churches & ministries; Revival in Cyprus; World religions; Outreach; ITI.

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

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

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

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

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

NB. David of the IFC team preaches regularly around Cyprus both North & South, and has been preaching since 1975. Email iforcy@outlook.com for him to preach.

 

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

Let’s give thanks for the ‘nuggets of gold’ that believers (and others) have penned as they observe God’s ways, life and other people, and as believers read and apply God’s word. For example one nugget is, ‘Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance. It is laying hold of His willingness.’ Also for the wisdom of life experience passed on by the older generation to the younger (Proverbs 1v1-7). Discernment also has its place.    

 

 

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

(v) Sexual Immorality (Aphrodite; sex trafficking; LGBTI agenda - Genesis 1v27; 5v2)

This month we revisit the fifth of our targets to overcome for Cyprus –sexual immorality - remembering to continue to ‘strike the ground’ (2 Kings 13 v18-19), persisting against this target in order to see the fruit of our prayers.

 

Cyprus & Aphrodite: Aphrodite is seen as the patron saint of prostitutes, and in reality is a spirit entity. The Church needs to stand in the gap to break the hold of the sex slave trade and promiscuity in Cyprus. This is an ancient conflict and oppression by a lurid and deceptive demonic power represented as female. Before God, we must take responsibility in prayer over this for Cyprus. The Babylonians believed that spiritual powers filled any image or representation of them. An idol, a mural, a song, a dance, a drama, were often made in their honour. The Bible reveals that the Israelites were commanded to destroy all idols and idolatrous objects, and commanded to make no representations of the gods or take into homes any abominable objects. This portrays the reality of spiritual powers using or inhabiting objects and people. Jesus certainly recognised this in his deliverance ministry to people inhabited by demons. Apostle John taught believers to keep themselves from idols (1 John 5v21). 

Having a 'Buddha' or an African cultural artefact linked to a tribal religion will produce oppression. When the people of Cyprus revel in the Aphrodite heritage it gives demonic powers behind Aphrodite authority, as they have 'owned' and embraced Aphrodite, who is still only a demon goddess, and as such is very defeatable.  Repentance and faith can rob a demon of its access hitherto, and cancel its invitation (Acts 2v38). Authority in Christ can override the invitation of the people. By faith in the name of Jesus, demons have to flee (Mark 5v8; Acts 16v18).

 

AT THE PRAYER MEETING:  Be encouraged by Isaiah 35v1-10. After worship, allow God to bring you to a place of agreement together on which target to focus on, whether one of the above or another.  Ask forgiveness for the state of the church and the nation, its defilements. Pray for repentance to well up….a key to unlock Cyprus. Be aware of how the Lord is leading. Focus on the revealed key strategic target. Research the subject if necessary. 

Mark 2v3-4: Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralysed man was lying on.  These men had one mission, one purpose, one agenda. They were together, united in purpose. They achieved their aim.  Not ‘shotgun’ but ‘rifle’ prayer, with focus and penetration.     

The arrow of victory: 2 Kings 13v19b: "You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.” God calls forth His lines of spiritual power by bringing forth a ‘holy highway’ of connected churches and believers working and praying together in genuine relationship and warmth, linking arms against the enemy strategies, striking the ground again and again until the work is done and enemy power is broken. (Like breaking down a brick wall with many blows of the sledgehammer until it cracks and falls). So, persevere in prayer, revisit the target over time, knowing that other groups are also praying, until the time comes when God reveals that He has released the victory on earth already established in heaven!

 

 

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

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

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

a) Simultaneous Mediterranean area prayer:  In HoP Cyprus, we will be praising the Lord and interceding for the Mediterranean nations together with other prayer houses and churches in the Mediterranean region. September 7th  6:30 pm for 7 - 10 pm worship and Intercession. Living Stones House of Prayer, Kiti, Includes an ‘open microphone’ session. More information, contact Lynne at lynnehardy65@gmail.com (ED) We know the Gozo people and would commend this prayer initiative. Pray for God’s hand on this initiative, and for good attendance and effective prayer in the Spirit (Eph 6v18). 

b): Opposing Freemasonry event: David Tidy of Prayer Warriors International, UK is coming to Paphos on September 17-20 to teach people about Freemasonry and its effects on Cyprus. It is relevant to all and will need prayer in Cyprus north, south, east, west. God is certainly upping the level of challenge over matters in Cyprus. To book, contact hethfreeingod@hotmail.com  Meanwhile, pray that this event and following is used of God to play its part in  breaking the hold of the enemy over Cyprus in terms of Freemasonry (Luke 10v19).   

c) Internship course ‘Closer’:30 September - 8 November 2019 at ‘Living Stones House of Prayer’, Kiti:  James 4:8 says, ´Come close to God and He will come close to you.` God loves us more than we will ever fully comprehend. Our Heavenly Father desires a close, personal relationship with each one of His children. He passionately pursues us and patiently waits for our response. As we become true worshippers, seek Him and His ways alone, the prize is simply Jesus Himself. We would like to invite you to join us for our 6 week internship programme to draw closer to God and to spend time in His presence, to encounter His heart and His love for us. Learn more about worship and prayer and how to reach out to a lost world as Jesus did, from the place of intimacy with His Father. If you would like to apply for ‘Closer 2019’ or if you would like to learn more about the internship, please contact us at livingstones@kittim.org  (Heike D). Pray for the right response, and blessing (James 4v7).

d) Middle East ’Net’ Conference: Location: Larnaca, Thursday-Saturday, November 28th-30th.  (Arrive by the morning of Thursday, November 28th and depart on Sunday afternoon, December 1st). REGISTRATION by website http://me-netconference.org   Please register before November 8th.

Other regions will be joining the conference – Asia, Europe, Americas, Africa, etc. The next generation of youth leaders will be encouraged to rise to the challenges, too. We will celebrate 19 years of sharing the vision and watching it take root. (ED): Look up and read Isaiah 19 together with Isaiah 42:10-13 and Isaiah 49:11-12 & 18a to see the growing convergence of the prophetic scriptures for our day. Pray for many conference bookings.

 

2. Revival in Cyprus: (Source: HoP Kiti) In Isaiah 64:1 it says "Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down." In 1928 Cyprus had begun to encounter a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit. After an encounter with God in America and Greece, God used Michael Kounnas to bring the good news of the gospel to his family in Kato Drys. In his own words from the book 'Memoirs Of My Ministry' Michael says, "The outpouring of the Holy Spirit was manifested with great power as on the Day of Pentecost. The presence of the Holy Spirit was indescribable. At certain times, the meeting place literally shook as in the days of the apostles. Men and women were accepting the work of God in tears. The presence of God became perceptible in our midst through miracles, healings, the baptism of the Holy Ghost and the gifts of the Spirit.... The village was stirred up and the people were puzzled and in awe." The fire of the Holy Spirit spread throughout Cyprus. God had rent the heavens!  Oh that we would cry out to God and ask Him to once again rend the heavens and come down! We desperately need another powerful move of God in our nation. We need Him to visit this nation once again as He did before but in an increasing measure!  Let us continue to pray for revival here with increasing fervency through this encouragement.

 

3. World Religions: Some indication of these are as follows. Animism/tribalism/ancestor worship; Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism; Islam.

Other: Atheism;  Baha’I;  Daoism;  Jainism;  Japanese worldview;  Jehovah’s witnesses;  Judaism;  Mormonism;  Occultism;  Sikhism.

Jesus said, "I am the way the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me."  There are many world religions, and some of these are found in Cyprus, as we discover on our streets evangelism. There are plenty of resources on the internet to understand what these religions are. Why not explore just one with which you are unfamiliar, then pray over this as led by God’s Spirit.

 

4. Outreach: Members of our church reach out in various ways. In 2019, my wife and I have a regular outreach for a couple of hours each week on the streets and by the beach, which is gradually yielding fruit. One story is of a homeless man we met on the beach. We listened to his story which he poured out, gave him a couple of euros and prayed for him. We saw him several times after that, praying for a job, accommodation and for a family situation. He began to read the New Testament we gave him and my daughter invited him to receive Christ. We took him out to a meal, searched for accommodation, etc. Later I met him and he shared that he has found a job with accommodation, and met with his estranged daughter. Praise God! He even prayed for me. Sounds a good story, but it was not without heartache and disappointment during the course of God’s hand working in his life. Praise God!  Pray that God would use YOU to touch others’ lives longer term, and be available to Him for that (Matt 5v41; Matt 28v19).          

 

ITI:  Hear the word of the Lord, O you nations……He Who scattered Israel will gather him and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.  (Jer 31:10)

Over 2,600 years ago the Prophet Jeremiah prophesied of a time when God would gather the Jewish people from the nations of the earth and be a Shepherd to them.  This gathering would be in two stages.  Firstly, the Jewish people would physically return to their ancient homeland from the nations.  The immigration of Jews to the Land of Israel is known as "aliyah."  Once back in Israel, the Jewish people would be gathered to their Shepherd, who would give them a "new heart" and a "new spirit" (Ezekiel 36:26).  Both the physical and spiritual "gathering" that Jeremiah spoke of, is happening in our day.  Since the establishment of the modern State of Israel in 1948, over 3.5 million Jews have made aliyah to Israel and they continue to immigrate. Along with the physical gathering, there is an increasing openness among Israeli Jews to receiving, Jesus, the good Shepherd (John 10:14-15).  The number of Israeli Jews believing in Jesus today is estimated at 30,000.  This is a huge leap from 1948, when only 12 Israeli Jews believed in Jesus. Pray that Jews would take the opportunity to immigrate to Israel now.

 

 

^ 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.

 

^ This month: Pray for government ministers and leaders you are aware of in the north and the Republic of Cyprus.

The House of Representatives approved an amendment to the law against human trafficking so as to criminalise customers who ask for and/or receive and use the services of human trafficking victims for the purposes of sexual exploitation. Amen (Acts 7v7a).

 

^ Peace Process: As politicians strive to get talks going again, first, give thanks that there are plans afoot to enable churches in the north to relate to the churches in the south. Also give thanks that pastors and intercessors across the north/south line meet monthly to pray for the whole of Cyprus (See Ezekiel 37v15-19). This is fulfilling 2 Chronicles 7v14 where God promises to heal the nation as His people do their part.       

PRAY for a firewall of protection over Cyprus especially at this time, especially from Turkey’s advances. Pray for the release of the abandoned city of Varosha to Cyprus and for the withdrawal of Turkish support for the government of northern Cyprus….and for the Lord’s plans for the people of the north to prevail. (Psalm 33v10-11). Resist the spirit of Islam affecting the north.Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV): ‘No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me," Says the LORD.’  Give thanks in advance for a re-united Cyprus for the fulfilment of His destiny of Cyprus (Ezekiel 37v15-19).  

 

^ The North: Islamisation: Overseas Cypriots who gathered in Nicosia on August 27-30 for their annual Conference discussed ways by which they could contribute to avert the Islamization of the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus. This issue was addressed for the first time, and they considered ways by which the diaspora can act towards decision-making centres, with a view to stop the Islamization of Cyprus’ areas occupied by Turkey since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974. Amen. However, this is more an issue for the Church to pray into (Coloss 2v15; Ephesians 6v12). 

The best chance for the north is through God’s people praying together. See above (Peace Process) details, and also be aware that the next north / south joint prayer meeting is on September 10th at 10am. For venue, email iforcy@outlook.com   Take your stand in prayer. (Eph 6v13).   

Prospects for an informal – procedural conference of the parties which participated in the negotiations for Cyprus in Crans- Montana are open. Amen.

 

^ Health: There have been outbreaks of West Nile virus in the Republic of Cyprus and in the north. GESY still has many teething problems…we know from first-hand experience! The Health Ministry has unveiled a national programme to eliminate Hepatitis C that will combine prevention with more effective treatment. Pray for the hand of the Lord on these issues (Psalm 118v15-17).   

 

 

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

Exports: Cyprus’ total exports for this year have seen a sharp decline as they went from the €595.6 million recorded in June 2018 to €227.8 million in June 2019. Imports are going up. in June 2019, it stood at €731.3 million, compared to €643.3 million in June 2018. So, we export far less than we import. The balance of payments is increasingly negative. Tourism brings in money, but this overall trend needs to change….pray (Job 31v6 KJV).

Banks: Some banks in Cyprus are now giving negative interest, including for big savers! Some have introduced quarterly fees…pray (Matt 25v27). 

Hotel Industry: The new agreement between unions and employers, after the government Employment Minister intervened as a peace maker, is good. Amongst other things, a legally mandated minimum salary has now been agreed. Give thanks (James 3v18; Ps. 133v1).

Abortion: IFC will publish information in the October edition on how to begin a pro-life ministry in Cyprus. Pray for response (Ps. 139). 

Fire Alerts: Continue to pray that any outbreak of fire are contained quickly and for the public’s common sense to operate (Matthew 25v13).

Waste management: Government and councils are working on recycling and waste management. By 2035, the total quantities of municipal waste going to landfill sites to be reduced to 10% of the total quantities produced. Pray that the targets are reached and recycling is embraced (Luke 12v42).

Use of single use plastic bags has plummeted by 80%, a year after the introduction of a 5 cent levy. Amen.

Casinos: Cyprus Casinos (“C2”), the first and only authorised casinos in the Republic of Cyprus on Monday opened its third licensed satellite casino – C2 Ayia Napa on the heels of last month’s first anniversary celebration of the C2 Limassol temporary casino. C2 Ayia Napa, now joins the C2 Nicosia and C2 Larnaca satellite casinos that opened in December 2018. As we predicted, the monster continues to propulgate. O Lord have mercy!

Industry: We have few major industries, but the flour manufacturing industry is well established and growing. Pray blessing on this (Luke 12v42).

Road deaths: Police have put out a plea to road users to ‘change mentality’ after 6 fatalities in 10 days in Cyprus - pray. They also seized 8.5 kilos of cocaine in Limassol, and 5.58 kilos of cannabis in Nicosia. Give thanks for our police (Proverbs 3v13).

Please note that a useful source for prayer for Cyprus 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.

Homosexuality:  Remarks by the Bishop of Morphou Neophytos on homosexuality are making the rounds on the internet. They are taken from a speech made by the Bishop at a gathering in Akaki in June. Some of his more outrageous comments were not helpful, and were widely reported in the foreign media and triggered a range of responses online. However, he did say, “….if they abstain from sex and pray and repent then they will emit a fragrance,” The response of Says Accept- LGBTI was, “This bishop claims something that is both scientifically unfounded and unethical: that homosexuality can be ‘cured’ through faith and prayer. This is a dangerous position which can be very harmful for many young people.”    Be aware that the enemy will hate any resistance to the spirit behind homosexuality, and mention of a ‘cure’. The Church needs to show the world a different way through the preaching of the Gospel and making disciples of Christ, out of which transformation comes through Christ. At least though, the Bishop made a stand on the issue. As a Christian, you also may need to stand, one day. Pray as led by the Lord (Genesis 1v27-28; Leviticus 18v22).  

 

 

^ CITIES & MUNICIPALITIES:  PRAY for your city: Jeremiah 29v7: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." Psalm 55:11.’Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.’  Also:  Isaiah 1v26, Prov 11v10-11; Is 62v6-7; Ps 122v6-9. Larnaca: Mayor Andreas Vyras says that as soon as the gas storage relocation is completed, a large part of the coastal city will be available for further development…including extension of the existing Larnaca marina and building luxury villas. High-rises are part of a construction boom. We visited our mayor to thank him for the improvement of the road surfaces this year. He said people usually came to complain! Visit your Mayor?  Paphos: Inspired by the citizens’ initiative “300,000 Trees in Nicosia’, a group in Paphos has got together to set up the “100,000 Trees.project.” Amen! Paphos Municipality spoke of a “significant number” of homeless people in abandoned houses, building sites or elsewhere in the town and has appealed to the public to notify them of these needy people. Amen. Pray this leads to better facilities and root issues being addressed (Luke 10v33). Famagusta: Simos Ioannou has been elected the new mayor of Famagusta. Pray for him (Prov 2v6).

 

 

^ 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.”

O.A.S.I.S. Refugee Project: ’Our fall schedule starts in September with 7 activities a week. The director will be stepping down. Three of the board members will be out of country. Structures for leading Oasis during this transition period have been put in place. Pray for stability and peace, and that God would bring a director. Pray that He will meet all our needs.’

On the refugee Front: for the second year in a row, Cyprus has received more refugees per capita than any other EU country.  It is struggling to cope with the numbers.  Pray for the government to make humane decisions.  Pray for organizations like OASIS that are seeing more people come through our doors.  Pray that lives would be transformed by the love of Christ. Also, improvement work is to be carried out at the Pournara reception centre for asylum seekers at Kokkinotrimithia under a €2.38m contract. Amen. A group of refugees and asylum seekers have started an online petition requesting from the government to start providing long-term free Greek language courses. Pray that refugees and asylum seekers stand together for change for the good, and for success in this case (Mark 3v25; Ps. 133v1).  

 

2. The poor and needy, widows and orphans, foreigners, unemployed, exploited, etc: Ps 68:5. ‘A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows.’

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

 

 

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

Straits of Hormuz: Britain launched a naval taskforce with the US to protect commercial shipping in the Gulf. Russia and Iran hold joint naval exercises around the Strait of Hormuz, raising the risk of a dangerous confrontation with western forces in the Gulf (Isaiah 21v2-3). Pray restraint.

Israel: The Ultra-Orthodox party has held the political parties and government to ransom on many occasions, by often holding the balance of power. They are against Christians and refuse to allow their youth to defend Israel. Pray their political hold is broken in the September election (Ps 46v9).

At present the holding government is almost in paralysis. Pray for boldness in decisions vital to Israel’s defence. Pray also that the Body of Christ in Israel (and in Cyprus) receives a revelation of the importance of intercession for their nation (Ezekiel 22v30).

Russia: has made plans for a mass population mobilization. Look at Ezekiel 38:16, You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, O Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes. Joel 2v2 (ANIV): Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, Joel 2v20: "I will drive the northern army far from you, pushing it into a parched and barren land. God already knows the end from the beginning. Pray for His purposes to stand (Ps. 33v10-11).

Egypt: Recently, an ICEJ leadership delegation visited Egypt and found some truly amazing prophetic developments there. God is doing an awesome work in the hearts of Egyptian believers concerning the Lord’s purposes for Israel in this day. They are catching on to the vision of Isaiah 19 for Arab-Jewish reconciliation, while also being drawn by the call of Zechariah 14:16-18 to come to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles. Thus, the Christian Embassy is expecting as many as 40 Egyptian pilgrims to come to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles 2019. This is an historic year as Israel and Egypt mark 40 years of the peace treaty between their nations. It also holds great prophetic significance, as the Isaiah 19 highway takes shape and the invitation of Zechariah 14 resonates as never before for Egypt to come up to Jerusalem to “keep the Feast of Tabernacles”! If you want to assist Egyptian believers to come to the feast, contact Barbara by emailing b6093@bellsouth.net Pray blessing (Read Isaiah 19v24-25).

Brexit & Cyprus: The House voted by majority on Friday to approve a law regulating the rights of Britons in Cyprus in the event of a no deal Brexit. The law will ensure freedom of movement and residence in the Republic of UK citizens and their families. The law also sets out the procedure under which such citizens can secure the relevant residence documents. Amen. Thank You, Lord.  

Greece: Conservative politician Kyriakos Mitsotakis was sworn in as Greece’s new prime minister. EU: The European Parliament on Tuesday confirmed Ursula von der Leyen as the next president of the executive EU Commission. Pray over the EU, MEP’s, Greece, etc. (Psalm 40v4).

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2019, Top Ten. (no.2) Afghanistan: There are no church buildings in Afghanistan. Believers have to keep absolute secrecy. Pray for strengthening. An ISIS suicide bomber took the lives of 63 people and wounded hundreds more at a wedding. Violence is a way of life in the country. Pray for Afghanistan and for the Gospel to be proclaimed (especially by radio) to give hope (Colossians 1v27).

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

 

 

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

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

IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet:  CYBC Media: http://www.cybc-media.com    Cyprus Today: http://www.cyprus-mail.com/   Cyprus Daily News:http://www.cyprusdailynews.info/news/index.php/category/cyprus-local-news-2/     From TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.   Regular sources: Cyprus Daily; Issachar UK; Jerusalem Post; Open Doors; IFI; Vision for Israel; Internet.

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

 








INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS    PRAYER UPDATE    AUGUST 2019    No. 70

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  August 2019   No. 70.

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

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

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

 

CONTENTS

Giving thanks; Editorial: N & S Reconciliation; The Church: Specific churches & ministries; Prayer meetings for Cyprus, Outreach. 

Cyprus: Key items & your own research.    International: The Middle East.  IFC Prayer & Information. 

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

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

NB. We hold a main weekly IFC prayer group in Larnaca every Friday 9am-noon and others weekly e.g. Prayer for Israel, Refugees, at other times. Details: Email the above.

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

 

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

Reconciliation: An example:   “One of the highlights of our summer is a very special pastors’ family retreat. We come together with fellow pastors, leaders, minister and their families from all over Israel by the Sea of Galilee for a few days of fellowship, prayer, worship and sharing. It is especially empowering and encouraging to be able to serve one another and to simply spend time together hearing what God is doing in our midst, in Hebrew congregations as well as Arab ones.”    Also, in CYPRUS, the Church is meeting together monthly and praying together across the north and south divide. Thank You Lord for the reconciliation which is in Christ Jesus (Look up Ephesians 2v11-22).

 

 

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

Strategic Targets in prayer: (iv) North and South reconciliation (church unity and forgiveness to pave the way) 

This month we revisit the fourth of our targets for Cyprus – the north and south division - remembering to continue to ‘strike the ground’ (2 Kings 13 v18-19), persisting in prayer over this target. The scripture we have held and proclaim in prayer is Ezekiel 37v15-19, historically for Israel, but made relevant by the Spirit as a word for Cyprus. Ezekiel 37v19: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim's hand-- (THE NORTH)—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah's stick, (THE SOUTH) making them a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.' We continue to declare this in prayer by faith until it comes into being. There are increasing signs in the church that this is coming forth. Believers & churches are a ‘holy highway’ (Isaiah 37v8). God is looking for believers walking in purity and stretching their hands to one another across the divides.  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: Repentance, confession and practical forgiveness – e.g. shared pulpits north and south. Pressing in for the healing of the nation, and removal of Turkey’s influence including Islam. (Luke 11v4; 2 Chronicles 7v14).

 

 

^ 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) Internship course ‘Closer’: 30 September - 8 November 2019 at ‘Living Stones House of Prayer’, Kiti:  James 4:8 says, ´Come close to God and He will come close to you.` Learn more about worship and prayer and how to reach out to a lost world as Jesus did, from the place of intimacy with His Father. If you would like to apply for ‘Closer 2019’ or if you would like to learn more about the internship, please contact us at livingstones@kittim.org  (Heike D). Pray for the right response, and blessing (James 4v7).

b) Retirement: A Christian ministry called Afterworknet can point you to many opportunities to serve the Lord and develop your potential after retirement.

Look it up at  www.afterworknet.com    Pray that retired believers in Cyprus use their gifts for God’s glory (Psalm 100v2a).  

Incidentally, Senior Alpha is a useful outlet: Manual:   https://faithinlaterlife.org/fill-resource/senior-alpha-course-leaders-training-manual/

Introductory video:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSAbAMkECDM

 

2. Prayer meetings for Cyprus: Be encouraged by Isaiah 35v1-10 e.g. ‘Water will gush forth in the wilderness’ (v6).  When you meet to pray, worship God, put Him first, and allow God to bring you to a place of agreement together on which target in prayer for Cyprus to focus on. If necessary, ask forgiveness for the state of the church - and of the nation, its defilements. Pray for repentance to well up….a key to unlock Cyprus. Be aware of how the Lord is leading. Focus on the revealed key strategic target. Research the subject if necessary.  Let’s pray for increased penetration of prayer!

Mark 2v3-4: ‘Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralysed man was lying on.’  These men had one mission, one purpose, one agenda. They were together, united in purpose. They achieved their aim.  Not ‘shotgun’ but ‘rifle’ prayer, with focus and penetration.     

The arrow of victory: 2 Kings 13v19b: "You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.” God calls forth His lines of spiritual power by bringing forth a ‘holy highway’ of connected churches and believers working and praying together in genuine relationship and warmth, linking arms against the enemy strategies, striking the ground again and again until the work is done and enemy power is broken. (Like breaking down a brick wall with many blows of the sledgehammer until it cracks and falls). So, persevere in prayer, revisit the targets over time, knowing that other groups are also praying, until the time comes when God reveals that He has released the victory on earth as it is in heaven. Sometimes this comes quickly, but more often you have to press in and endure.

 

3. Outreach: This could include making a difference in the lives of neighbours, work colleagues, friends, relations, people on the streets, shopkeepers, in fact any that you regularly meet in life. God wants us to love people in practical ways, listen to their stories, share our own, including how we became followers of Jesus, and even lead them to know Jesus and begin to disciple them. We have talked with Muslims, tourists, Cypriots of all ages and backgrounds, with many accepting tracts or testimony or tracts and sometimes New Testaments.  You can make a difference (Matt 28v19). Pray&go.  

 

Please note that FOR THIS MONTH information for prayer may be found daily at http://www.newsincyprus.com/category/2/cyprus-weekly  Also, use what other sources work for you, such as newspapers, radio & TV, internet, etc.  We keep the update short and simple in August.

 

^ CYPRUS: A few key items: Pro-Life: We sense that it may be God’s time to raise up those with a vision and burden to set up a pro-life ministry in Cyprus, and give alternatives and hope to women who face abortions, address government agencies, speak in schools, and alert society in general. Ask God how to pray (John 10v10b).  

Homeless: Cabinet has approved a Labour Ministry proposal for two homeless shelters in Limassol, to be financed by the state. Also Limassol’s centre for homeless people “SXEDiA” began its operations on July 15th.  A joint effort with the Labour Ministry, the centre provides shelter, food and social support to the homeless. The project’s main purpose is to equip people with skills in order to re-enter the labour market, strengthen their supportive network and help them find a home. Pray for Church witness and love to be activated in this (Psalm 61v3) and blessing on the projects.

Foreclosures: Changes to the island’s foreclosures bill could weaken the foreclosures law, and give better opportunity for people to retain their home or find better alternatives to being out on the streets. Government and banks could be more helpful to the needy. Pray as led (Nehemiah 5v7).    

 

 

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

Middle East (1) Headlines….‘Trump puts sanctions on Iranian supreme ruler. Iran says this ‘ends channel of diplomacy forever’….‘The looming threat of war: Russia sides with Iran against Israel & USA.’

Russia has made plans for a mass population mobilization. Look at Ezekiel 38v16: You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, O Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes. Joel 2v2 (ANIV): Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, Joel 2v20: "I will drive the northern army far from you, pushing it into a parched and barren land.

 

Daniel 11v40: Then at the time of the end, the king of the south will attack the king of the north. The king of the north will storm out with chariots, charioteers, and a vast navy. He will invade various lands and sweep through them like a flood. Daniel 11v40

The top commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East says he believes the Iranians or their proxies may orchestrate an attack at any moment on Israel. "I think the threat is imminent," Isaiah 21:1-2 (ANIV) An oracle concerning the Desert by the Sea: Like whirlwinds sweeping through the southland, an invader comes from the desert, from a land of terror. A dire vision has been shown to me: The traitor betrays, the looter takes loot. Elam (Iran) attack! Media, lay siege! I will bring to an end all the groaning she caused.

The Bible says in the prophecy of Ezekiel written 2500 years ago that Tarshish (we think Britain) and the young lions (US / Canada etc) would be allied to Sheba and Dedan. Ancient Sheba and Dedan covered the exact same territory as the Gulf nations mentioned in the report above. i.e. Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. Ezekiel 38v13: Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? The current threat to the West’s oil tankers by Iran could well arouse the ire of the Western nations, who would have to come up from the south. We also know that in the end, Damascus, capital of Syria, will be destroyed: Isaiah 17:1 (ANIV): An oracle concerning Damascus: "See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. Jeremiah 49:25-27 (ANIV): Why has the city of renown not been abandoned, the town in which I delight? 26  Surely, her young men will fall in the streets; all her soldiers will be silenced in that day," declares the LORD Almighty. 27  "I will set fire to the walls of Damascus; it will consume the fortresses of Ben-Hadad."   Pray…..                    (Part 2 next edition).

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

 

 

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

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

IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet:  CYBC Media: http://www.cybc-media.com    Cyprus Today: http://www.cyprus-mail.com/   Cyprus Daily News:http://www.cyprusdailynews.info/news/index.php/category/cyprus-local-news-2/     From TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.   Regular sources: Cyprus Daily; Issachar UK; Jerusalem Post; Open Doors; IFI; Vision for Israel; Internet.

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





INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS     PRAYER UPDATE    JULY 2019    No. 69

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  July 2019   No. 69.

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

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

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

 

CONTENTS

 Giving thanks; Editorial: Safe transfer hub; The Church: Specific churches & ministries; Prayer Strategy, Islam, Evangelism;

 Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI

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

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

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

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

               NB. We hold a main weekly IFC prayer group in Larnaca every Friday 9am-noon and others weekly e.g. Prayer for Israel, Refugees, at other times. Details: Email the above.

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

 

^  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 God’s many promises in His word which we can apply to current situations. Use one of His promises in prayer to Him (Mark 11v24).

 

^ EDITORIAL: Safe transfer hub. I have chosen to use the following extracts from reports on this subject, simply because this whole idea of Cyprus being willing to serve other nations in a time of crisis, providing safety and facility, fits in with the vision God has given many of us in Cyprus. The vision is that a time is coming when the Jews will have to rapidly evacuate from other nations to Israel in large numbers and need support from neighbouring countries. Reports are as follows:


The Government of the Republic of Cyprus has said that it is willing and ready to assume a responsibility of a ‘safe transfer hub’ in the complex region of the Middle East. This would involve assisting in evacuation from neighbouring countries. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides said, “Cyprus, due to its geographical position, has an important role to play as a ‘safe transfer hub’.” “The government is willing and ready to assume this responsibility to secure the interests of our close partners and for the benefit of the international community.”


Exercises have been taking place to aim to test and improve preparedness in a non-crisis environment, prior to any crisis which may develop.


The Cypriot Minister also recalled that thirteen years ago, Cyprus was used for the first time as a “safe haven” for an evacuation operation of civilians during the Lebanon crisis of 2006, adding that while there was no actual contingency plan at that time, the services of the Republic of Cyprus, responded timely and effectively to tackle the influx of nearly 60,000 civilian evacuees, gaining the trust and appreciation of international partners.


“This accumulated experience of collaboration and coordination was codified in the ‘ESTIA National Action Plan’” he added. “Contingency planning must be scrutinized and further improved through drills and joint brainstorming,”   This all lines up with God’s plan for Cyprus…see below. Amen!


Strategic targets in prayer (iii) Israel (Spiritual eyes being opened). This month we revisit the third of our targets for Cyprus –the Church’s blindness to God’s call and purposes for Israel - remembering to continue to ‘strike the ground’ (2 Kings 13 v18-19), persisting in prayer. Part of the destiny of Cyprus is to serve in a Jewish evacuation especially from America (there are millions of Jews living there). To be a ‘safe haven’, a ‘safe transfer hub’.


We long for a revelation of the word by the Holy Spirit: Genesis 12v1-3 (‘I will bless those who bless you…’). Also Zechariah 12v1-3; v10-13 & 13v1; Romans 11, esp. v26; Hosea 11v10; Isaiah 49v22. We long to see the overcoming of replacement theology in Cyprus and amongst other nations.  The final destiny of Jewish & Gentile believers is to be ‘one new man’ in Christ (Ephesians 2v11-21 especially v15). Keep praying.


 

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

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


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

 a) ME ’Net’ Conference: Thurs-Sat, Nov 28th-30th, 2019. Location: Larnaca, Registration will be available soon. Look up and read Isaiah 19 together with Isaiah 42:10-13 and Isaiah 49:11-12 & 18a to see the growing convergence of the prophetic scriptures for our day. Pray for conference preparation.

 

b)’Timothy’: Intercessors for Cyprus is looking for a voluntary person who would be prepared to do some online and other research for us, to aid publications. If you are interested, contact the IFC office: iforcy@outlook.com (Luke 6v38).

 

c) Dream / vision: One recent visiting ministry had a dream / vision to establish a centre for ministers in the Middle East region. A place to come to for refreshing, training and receive from the Holy Spirit. Cyprus may well be the location. Pray for the Lord’s hand on this (Mark 6v31).

 

d) City pastors & leaders prayer meetings: Leaders of bible believing churches meet in several cities to interact and pray for their city regularly. Pray that more pastors & leaders in each city are drawn by the Lord into this (Psalm 133). Ours at Larnaca meets Tuesday evenings at Panos’ home.   

 

2. Alert: What is the enemy doing in our nation? Consider this and counter in prayer what is revealed. Ask God for His strategy (2 Sam 5v17-25) and be sure to counter- attack enemy works. An example is the infiltration of Islam by refugee displacement. Cyprus is the top refugee receiving country by share of its population in the EU, Eurostat said on World Refugee Day. In 2018, Cyprus recorded a 70% increase in asylum applications, as 7,610 people applied for asylum, approximately 0.9% of the country’s population. A total of 3,060 asylum seekers have crossed into the Republic of Cyprus from the north from the beginning of 2019 to the end of May. The danger is that as numbers grow. Islamic authorities will require mosques, and Sharia law to be imposed in free Cyprus. This is serious. Pray for the government to understand the demographics of this infiltration and to set boundaries, and that the church –especially the Orthodox Church - recognises the danger, prays and advises those in authority. (Isaiah 10v13; Acts 17v26).   

 

3. Islam:  The people are dominated by violent aggression against perceived enemies. Jesus taught us the way of the kingdom – a different way to that of this world - when dealing with our enemies (Luke 6v27-36). We are to love our enemies, including those who hate us, speak against us, despise us or treat us badly. To be like Jesus, we are to do good to them, speak well of them, pray for them, serve them, love them with God’s love. After all, He loves those who rage against Him, He died on the cross for them and for us. Pray that God sends people along your path so you can be a disciple of Jesus and glorify Him by loving your enemy (Luke 6v27).  Pray also for deliverance for the men bound by Islamic hatred, and for refugee families’ comfort, provision, and healing for those traumatized, suffering, and isolated. Pray for curiosity to know more about the Christian faith they see around them, and for Muslims to be invited into the homes and lives of Jesus’ followers (Acts 10v32).

 

4. Evangelism: There appears from various reports to be a quickening of interest and concern for evangelism, both in Cyprus and around the world. This could be the hand of the Lord as part of His preparation of His radiant Bride. In Larnaca we are more active in reaching out to neighbours, relatives, friends, colleagues at work, on the streets, etc. A Personal Beliefs survey is being considered at present. It is an excellent and well-worded 6 question survey with multiple choice responses including one open-ended response for each question. This strategy leads to some very deep and strong conversations and comments on the streets (or on the doors) as people do the survey. It gives clear opportunity to sow seeds of the gospel there and then, and also presents the opportunity for people to reach out to know God, and offers a follow up booklet. Pray for such tools to be used in our towns and cities, and maybe for the Evangelical Alliance to consider their use around the nation (Mark 16v15).    


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


Revival & Transformation: World Horizons says that God has blessed us in Europe with so many renewals and revivals.  Some are still alive today, but many are no longer visible. Yet they are still there underground, like a well that has been blocked and covered over. We want simultaneous groups to worship and pray at all the major spiritual wells of the past, asking God for the living water to rise up again! First, thank God for all his wonderful works over 2000 years in our continent. Then ask Him to send new life to these places again today – re-opening the ancient wells as Isaac did (Genesis 26:18). Ask him to send new revival to the whole of Europe, including CYPRUS!


ITI: The speaking tour of Jeremy, Israel’s director of Ebenezer International went well in the four cities’ venues. Pray that the Lord leads our Cyprus director into further opportunities for the church in Cyprus to understand the issues involved (1 Chronicles 12v32).


 

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


^ This month: The Elam party is an ultra-right wing nationalist party intent on getting rid of people in Cyprus from other nations, including migrants and Turkish Cypriots. It also has an active youth wing, ‘Youth Front’. Bring this before God, especially if you are not a Cypriot! (Gen 19v9; Ex 23v9, Romans 12v16). Georgios Savvides is the new Minister of Justice and Public Order. Pray for him. Corruption: The new Authority against Corruption (AAC) will monitor lobbying operations. Amen. Compensation: A Bill before the House would provide initial compensation for all who suffered haircut on deposits. Pray for justice to continue. Widower’s pension: Parliament last year passed a law granting men a widowers’ pension irrespective of when their spouse died. The Ministry of Labour has tabled a bill under which men could only be eligible for a widower’s pension if their wife died on or after January 1, 2018. Is this just? Pray (Deut 10v17-18; Genesis 18v19).

 

^ Peace Process: In July, UNFICYP is due to renew the presence of the UN peace keeping force in Cyprus if satisfied that both sides have done their part. Pray this is renewed – it is needed. A Turkish embargo on Cyprus ships has been condemned by European Community Ship owners’ Associations. There have been protests to the UN over new Turkish provocations in buffer zone - violation of the ceasefire line by Turkish soldiers entering the zone. Continue to pray for God’s hand of peace and protection over Cyprus (Zechariah 6v13).

 

^ The North: The north’s prime minister cannot see a federation of north and south as a possibility any more. Turkish primary school pupils are a majority over Turkish Cypriot pupils in the north. North Cyprus is moving to re-open the city of Varosha for settlement, according to Turkish Daily Sabah. (The UN is following events in Varosha as this violates agreements), but can the north afford this? Smugglers appear to have established a new clandestine route to bring African migrants to Europe through north Cyprus. Pray for the north as led by the Spirit (Isaiah 43v6; Deuteronomy 15v11).

 

^ Arms & Army: The U.S. senate has voted to lift the decades-old arms restrictions against the Republic of Cyprus. There is a part of the Greek army reserved and trained for helping Cyprus should the Turkish army ever seek to mobilise against the south. Other nations with interests would be prepared to be involved in these days. However, the Lord is our protection & strength (Ps 59v16; Jer 16v19a). Amen! An email from an intercessor in Cyprus confirmed this: ‘We rejoice and thank God for His settled will to protect Cyprus.’ (Zechariah 7v8-9).


 

 

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


Gas: There is still a long way to go before the Cyprus economy gets the benefit of future gas revenues. Pray over this (Proverbs 3v12a).


Health: State doctors have decided on dynamic measures to protest conditions at public hospitals, beginning with a 24 hour strike at accident and emergency units on July 9th. A general assembly had discussed the situation at the state hospitals and particularly in the A&E units and authorised the board to take dynamic action. Continue to pray that teething problems are sorted out in the new GHS and for an effective service (Psalm 133v3).


Economy: The Cypriot economy grew by a rate of 3.2% in the first quarter of 2019. However, the IMF says that though Cyprus’ economic growth remains strong, debt levels and non-performing loans are still at €10 billion….pray.  NPL’s have been reduced by 32% in the year 2018 (Psalm 51v18).  


Foreclosures: Parliament is debating on proposed legislation designed to slow down foreclosures in Cyprus. Main opposition party Akel is preparing fresh legislation to protect primary homes and the premises of small businesses. Pray that this social concern is wisely addressed (Ex 12v27).


Foreclosures: Parliament is debating on proposed legislation designed to slow down foreclosures in Cyprus. Main opposition party Akel are preparing fresh legislation to protect of primary homes and the premises of a small business. Pray that this social concern is wisely addressed (Exodus 12v27).


Estia: Council of Ministers gives green light to Estia scheme. The Estia scheme’s loan repayment time is between 5-25 years. The younger the borrower eligible for the government’s ‘Estia’ scheme, the longer the repayment period of his/her loan. This gives hope. Amen. (Jeremiah 29v11).


Exports: Exports have declined. Cyprus recorded a negative trade balance of €-1.4 billion in the first 4 months of 2019. PRAY over this! (Prov 3v9).  


Banks: There is a shrinking network of bank branches. Also, depositors can receive negative interest on bonds after tax! Pray on this (Prov 13v11).  


Rents: in privileged areas of cities have risen by up to 70% over the past 5 years, according to a private study…unsustainable. Pray (1 Tim 6v10).  


Title Deeds: Thousands of trapped property buyers in Cyprus could soon be issued with title deeds now that Parliament has almost finalised a proposed bill aiming to overcome existing obstacles. This is due before the July recess. Pray it happens and gets through (Hebrews 10v20a).  


Housing: Thousands of Estia Scheme applications are ready for submission by home owners who are not able to pay their monthly instalments. The Scheme, whose implementation is set to begin this month, provides that the state will partly subsidise monthly instalments. Amen.  (Job 34v28).


Jobs: Vacancies rose by 80% in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same quarter last year. However, Eurostat says that 17.4% of young Cypriots are neither in work nor further education. Pray that jobs be filled by the right people and that young people get opportunities (2 Cor 8v21).  


Electricity: June and July electricity bills are up to 11% more expensive than last summer. EAC says the increased oil costs are to blame, but Cyprus registered the highest increase in household electricity prices in the EU, between later 2017 – later 2018. Pray restraint (Leviticus 19v36).  


Consumers: Milk, cheese and eggs are the most expensive in the EU, and other foods well above average. Pray for justice (Jeremiah 22v3).


Tourism: Tourist arrivals in May dipped to 434,578, down 3.5% from 450,495 in the same month in 2018. This is a trend now. Pray for God to grant revelation of other creative ways to stimulate tourism, a vital industry to Cyprus (Proverbs 2v6).


Police: Two British police experts in serious and organised crime and information analysis have been holding meetings with senior police officials to help their fight against organised crime. Amen!  May God grant success (1 Chronicles 22v13).


Cyber Crime:   The police cybercrime unit is warning the public of a new scam using the name of the Cyprus Post Office. Members of the public had complained that they had received messages  - by SMS on their phones as well as on Facebook and more generally on line - that they had been selected to win prizes such as mobile telephones. Don't give private information in this. Pray that such activity is restrained (Ezekiel 19v9).


Mitsero Murders: After weeks of combing Kokkini Limni in Mitsero, authorities have recovered bodies and now given a life sentence to the culprit. For this closure to the episode, we give thanks. Pray for the families and for the felon. (Luke 4v20).


Arson: has been increasing. Ask God to restrain this development and bring the fear of the Lord upon society (Proverbs 14v27).


Gambling: The government has been promoting gambling for financial reasons. Cyprus YEU & Finnish Sosped Foundation organised a Larnaca workshop and streets quizzes for the public to raise awareness of the issues and dangers behind gambling. Amen! Pray this idea spreads (Prov 4v15).


Air traffic: International European air traffic controllers unions have criticised working conditions in Cyprus. Pray for safety and change (Gen 43v9).


World Record: The world’s largest nectarine was grown in Cyprus this spring. It is now in the Guinness Book of Records! Amen.


YouTube Video: ‘Cyprus in the '60s: Aphrodite's Island (1965) | British Pathé ’ which you might enjoy…except the reference to Aphrodite!


  

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

 Social Media: (A senior’s version).  Applying the principles of Facebook, I am seeking to make friends as I walk down the street. I tell passers-by what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later and with whom. I give them pictures of my family, my dog, and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch, and doing what anybody and everybody does every day. I also listen to their conversations, give them “thumbs up” and tell them I “like” them. I already have 4 people following me: 2 police officers, a private investigator, and a psychiatrist!  Although this is amusing (thanks for sending, DN) the whole matter of social media is brought into question by it. Pray that people will be weaned off too much social media, and that whatever they are looking to fulfil through it be recognised as a deep need within. Pray they hear the Gospel and how Jesus can meet that need – and respond (1 Thessalon 1v5).


Bullying: A bill being submitted to parliament proposes the establishment of a special committee in every school as from the next academic year to investigate bullying and find ways to combat this. Pray as led (1 Samuel 17v45-46a).


Bravo! Cyprus finished second in the 18th Games of Small State of Europe.


 

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

 Larnaca’s Metropolis Mall should be in operation by end of 2020 or April 2021 at the latest and will include brands available and in for the first time.

 Ask God raises up those who will regularly pray for your city, town, village, location. (Matthew 7v7).  



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

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

 Remember the Oasis Refugee Project: Refugee baptisms, food & clothing distribution, a new administrator, grant possibilities, mother and baby care team, Greek & English classes, Creative Café, family events, Bible studies…all good! Give thanks and pray that the Lord continues to lead and develop the ministry (Deuteronomy 32v10).  Another thought: How about you hosting a meal with a refugee family to show God’s love? Contact: oasisprojectevents@gmail.com 


Refugees in Cyprus: It is now being recognised that labour integration for refugees in Cyprus is extremely beneficial with strong advantages for them, their families, the society and the economy. Amen. Also, the PACE Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children is having a series of contacts with Ministers, parliamentarians and other officials in Cyprus. The aim is to collect information on how authorities deal with immigrant minors and the process they follow during their arrival and stay in host countries, including Cyprus. Pray for godly development (Genesis 9v7).  

There are 1700 asylum seekers still in process by the government in Cyprus before IPAC takes over. Pray for the right decisions to be made.

 

2. The poor and needy, widows and orphans, foreigners, unemployed, exploited, etc: Ps 68:5. ‘A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows.’

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

 GRETA, a Council of Europe team of combating human trafficking reports that in Cyprus, there is a state shelter for female victims of sexual exploitation, but victims choose not to stay at this shelter because they feel locked in and there are no programmes of activities to fill their time. Victims receive €17 per week while staying in the shelter. Victims of trafficking should be eligible for a guaranteed minimum income which amounts to €480 per month, on top of which support towards covering accommodation costs is added. Pray for justice and hope for these victims of human trafficking (Genesis 16v7).


 

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


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


Russia / US: Relations between Moscow and Washington are deteriorating. Russia is making a nuclear upgrade against international agreements (2000) as is Iran (2015). The risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two, claims a senior U.N. security expert (see Zechariah 14v12).  Iran’s interference with oil shipments in the Strait of Hormuz is a major alert to the West. North Korea is also active in nuclear development. Yet, our God reigns! Pray using the promises of Psalm 33v10-11.


Ezekiel: and nations now: The Bible said in the prophecy of Ezekiel written 2500 years ago that Tarshish (Britain) and the young lions (US / Canada etc) would be allied to Sheba and Dedan. Ancient Sheba and Dedan covered the exact same territory as the Gulf nations mentioned in the report above. i.e. Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. Ezekiel 38v13: Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? Pray that Christians examine the scripture as did the Bereans (Acts 17v11, 1 Chronicles 12v32).


Britain & Brexit: Read the account of the raising of Lazarus (John 11), life from the dead. Pray as led by the Holy Spirit.  


Israel: Has God forsaken His people? The well-known theologist and scholar Dr. Michael Brown writes in his article, ‘The Error of Replacement Theology’: “Some things are non-negotiable. God’s covenant with Israel is one of them. He gave His oath to Abram, and reiterated it six more times to Abraham, to his son Isaac and to his grandson Jacob. On one occasion, “When God made His promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for Him to swear by, He swore by Himself.” (Heb. 6:13).  Why did God speak so decisively? It was because He “wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, so He confirmed it with an oath.” (Heb. 6:17). God who cannot lie bound Himself by an oath! His Covenant with Israel was reiterated through Moses, repeated by the Prophets and rehearsed by the psalmists. Jesus Himself affirmed it (Matt. 19:28). Paul articulated it (Rom. 9-11) and the New Jerusalem announce it forever. (Rev. 22:11-12). God has chosen Israel as His Covenant People.” Pray that the church receives revelation on the scriptures on this matter.  It is not a political issue but spiritual.


Syria: Up to 2 million refugees could flee to Turkey if fighting intensifies in north western Syria as aid funds run dangerously low. Pray (Ezekiel 3v14).


The persecuted Church: Look up Hebrews 13v3 and pray for those suffering in prison or labour camps for their Christian faith.   


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



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

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


IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet:  CYBC Media: http://www.cybc-media.com    Cyprus Today: http://www.cyprus-mail.com/   Cyprus Daily News:http://www.cyprusdailynews.info/news/index.php/category/cyprus-local-news-2/     From TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.   Regular sources: Cyprus Daily; Issachar UK; Jerusalem Post; Open Doors; IFI; Vision for Israel; Internet.


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






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