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   Πληροφορίες και προσευχή για τον Λαό της Κύπρου

 

 

 

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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS.   PRAYER UPDATE.    MAY 2022.    No. 103

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  May 2022   No. 103

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 Scripture Readings; Editorial: Encouraging Signs; The Church: Specific churches & ministries; 

Prayer for Cyprus; Life v Abortion; Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI

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

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

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

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 Prayer update in your home group, prayer group, church prayers, and devotionals. Use it topically or work through it over the month. Tip: Either use IFC for daily prayer or 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.’

It has been heartening to see how the local churches in our area have come together in various ways this past year. Churches in the town raised a large amount of money and contributed to practical needs to help the Ukrainians living in the Larnaca area. Several local ministries were actively involved on the borders of Ukraine. Relationships between the Jewish community and the churches, ministries and local believers are developing, and Covid restrictions are lessening, hallelujah! Let’s remember God’s goodness and give thanks to the Lord for He is good.   

 

^  DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS for MAY 2022:

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

OR get the ‘BIBLE IN ONE YEAR’ (Commentary by Nicky Gumbel of Alpha International & Daily Bible Readings (OT & NT) by David Suchet).

Download the app at https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bible-in-one-year/id504133402 or on Google Play Store: ‘Bible in One Year app’

 

 

^ EDITORIAL: Encouraging signs. Last month saw the Jewish Passover, the Christian Easter and the Muslim Ramadan…the latter is still completing.

God is at work in the Jews both in their land and in the nations, bringing them home from worldwide exile as He promised in many biblical passages, for example Ezekiel chapter 36 and Isaiah chapter 49, (both should be read aloud). He is restoring the Jews first to their God-given land and then to Himself. The Messianic movement is spreading in Israel as Jews in the land at last begin to recognise Jesus as their Messiah.

Christian activity and devotion to God are growing as God prepares the bride for His Son….a bride which will include both Jewish and gentile believers (Ephesians 2). Yes, songs of devotion and love for Jesus are multiplying, reviving signs are emerging, but the church is also being tested. Persecution is growing for Christians around the world and also anti-Semitism towards the Jews. In short, Satan is targeting the ‘Saturday people’ (Jews) and the ‘Sunday people’ (Christians). But what about the ‘Friday people’? Satan has them in his grip through false religion and deception, but things are changing. Despite birthing many of the earliest Christian churches, the Middle East and North Africa have endured centuries with little or no access to the Gospel.  Today, four of every five Muslims - 20% of the world's population - have never heard the Good News of Jesus Christ.  It is estimated that only 10% of missionaries are working among Muslims, with some estimates as low as 1%.  This translates to roughly one missionary for every 1 million Muslims.  And yet despite all this, recent decades have seen an unprecedented Christian witness among the Arab world.  More Muslims have become followers of Jesus Christ in the last 25 years than in the previous 1250 years!

As Jesus reveals Himself across the region through visions, dreams, and miracles, and as over 350 ministries work together to disciple new believers, an amazing movement of the Holy Spirit is taking place. Families and marriages are being healed. A Spirit of love and freedom is taking root and bringing redemption and hope for the first time. Stories of former Imams leading their communities to Christ are emerging despite severe persecution.

God is GOD! There is no other. Satan and death were defeated at the cross and this was verified through Christ’s resurrection. As the End Days unravel, we will see more of the power of God to overcome world forces of evil. His return will not be delayed much longer. Whatever your theology, are you prepared and ready for the Rapture? If not, then learn to live as though His coming is right round the corner. That won’t harm you!     

         Ukraine: Russia’s side of the story (via IFC reader JA). According to bio-weapons expert Francis Boyle, Russia’s accusation that Ukraine is conducting U.S.-funded bio-weapons research appears to be accurate. If true, everyone involved is subject to life in prison under the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989. According to Boyle, the U.S. government and Pentagon have had a “comprehensive policy” to “surround Russia with biological warfare laboratories” and “preposition biological weapons” there for use against them. The problem with trying to make a distinction between “bio-defense” and “bio-warfare” is that, basically, there is none. No bio-defense research is purely defensive, because to do bio-defense work, you’re automatically engaged in the creation of biological weapons, and all dual use research can be used for military purposes. SARS-CoV-2 may be the result of such dual use research. (An East Ukrainian church leader we know also presented another view of Russia & Ukraine). In Cyprus, a peaceful protest march in support of the Russian Federation began with a convoy that set off from Larnaca and ended up in Kato Polemidia, Limassol. In their speeches, the organizers spoke about lies of the western media about what is really taking place in Ukraine.

However, there have been new sanctions on Moscow over civilian killings in northern Ukraine. U.S. President Joe Biden said for the first time that Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine amounts to genocide, as President Vladimir Putin said Russia would “rhythmically and calmly” continue its operation and achieve its goals. Whatever your view, I would encourage you to view the following presentation about Ukraine & Russia’s places in End Days, produced by a ministry we know well in the UK: WWW end days video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkrbDWsU55Y

 

 

^ 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. Protection during the pandemic and for God to put an end to it. 3. Revival to the Church and emphasis on Evangelism.  4. Ukraine.  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? (1 Cor 15v58). 

 

b) Quarterly Ministries evening: We have ten local ministries in our area which meet together quarterly to worship and pray. Each month we will pray for one or two ministries. This month’s write up: EOE International (Larnaca region). Jack and Debbie Holford   Email: debnjaxco@gmail.com

‘We are the Larnaca region representatives for the Cyprus branch of Ebenezer Operation Exodus (EOE). This is an international “Christian organization helping the Jewish people return to Israel”. We have a National Coordinator and National Prayer leader. Our responsibilities include building relationships with people and organisations in the Larnaca region, sharing the vision of aliyah, and encouraging believers to pray that the plans and purposes of God for Cyprus in this matter be fulfilled.’ Pray for this ministry and that Jack & Debbie will know God’s leading and blessing. (Is. 49v22).    

 

c) Kataklysmos Outreach: Our big outreach at the Kataklysmos Fair here in Larnaka will go ahead this year from June 3rd-15th. We will work with up to 15 artists in two-hour-shifts for 102 hours. This will be a major project for which we will need prayer support. At the moment we need artists and helpers to commit to working with us and we need about 1,200 Euros of costs to come in so that we can rent the compulsory tent from the municipality. Therefore, I would like to ask you if you would be willing to pray for this outreach. I would send short updates via email at irregular intervals before and during the event. Please let me know if you would like to be part of the prayer team. Thank you so much in advance. Joern Lange. kadoshartcyprus@gmail.com

 

2. Prayer for Cyprus: Father God, we love You. We depend on You and on Your faithfulness, even when things look dark around us and we cannot see light ahead. Father, thank You for being the Light of all men. Jesus, thank You for being the Light that shines in the darkness. Thank You for being the Way, the Truth, and the Life. And Holy Spirit, thank You for shining Your illuminating light in our hearts, that we may see Jesus and cry out “Abba! Father” through You and Your power. Father God, in Jesus’ name, we lift our beloved nation up to You today. Father, we pray over Cyprus in 2022:

  • That Cyprus will know peace—the true peace which passes all understanding; the peace that can only be found in Christ Jesus.
  • That Cyprus will know joy—the true joy that is only found in the presence of God.
  • That Cyprus will know wisdom—the wisdom from above, which is first pure, then peaceable, undefiled, willing to yield to You, and full of mercy and good fruit.

Father God, we ask today in Jesus’ name that You would bless our President and others who are in authority both north and south. We pray that You would shower them all with Your goodness, which brings men to repentance. Father, for those leaders and workers in government who may yet be saved, we ask that You would pour out Your Spirit of salvation upon them. From the President to the humblest, most unknown worker in the land, let them cry out to You for mercy and salvation. And Father, for those who refuse to be saved and refuse to honour You and walk in righteousness and justice, we pray that their days in office would be few and that another would take their office, according to Your will and Your plans only, Lord.

        Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ name, we ask that revival would fall on Cyprus in 2022. We ask that Christians would rise up and preach Jesus in the streets. We ask that churches would be filled again with people who are being saved. We pray that You would give us, Your servants, boldness to preach and speak as we ought to speak. We pray that communities would turn to you and away from evil ways.

        Father, we ask also that You would protect Cyprus in 2022. Protect her people, her supply chain, her economy, her food sources, her ports, her airspace, her military, her government, her cities, her villages, her schools, her shopping malls, airports, and every other facility. Protect our constitution, Father. Protect the integrity of our courts. O Holy Father, we need You. We need You to give life to our nation again. Heal and restore our economy. Protect and bring justice to our elections. Repair our health care system and set it aright. Heal our military.

We pray against every false theology and ideology, which are idolatry, and in Jesus’ name we cast them down in Cyprus right now:

  • We pray that 2022 will be a year in which Cypriots and strangers within our gates will wake up and see the light of Jesus Christ shining upon them, that all will hear the truth and the truth shall make many free.
  • We decree that LIFE shall prevail in 2022, and that every murderous intent of every person disposed to evil is cast down and replaced with the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.
  • We declare an end to control and manipulation in 2022, and that freedom would ring out again in our nation.
  • And we pray that the truth of Jesus Christ, the Word of God, shall run swiftly from border to border and that many people in our nation would no longer be deceived, but would be filled with Your Spirit as You pour out Your Spirit upon all flesh.

Father God, there may be much darkness around us, but YOU shine through the darkness. We ask You that You would intervene in the land of Cyprus to bring reconciliation and restoration to the nation, healing of the divide and enabling to the Church to be instrumental in that healing process. May Cyprus be restored to its biblical & Christian foundations for Your glory and purpose.

You have done much in 2021 and prior years to right many wrongs in our nation. We praise You for that, and we thank You. And in 2022, Father, we humbly ask You to bless us and heal our land. Turn Your people back to You, and do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond all we could ever dare to ask, hope, or think. Lord, do the great and the mighty for us in Cyprus this year. Thank You, Abba, In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen.

 

3. Life v Abortion: Below is a second part of an extract from a ‘word’ given through a leader of prophetic & intercessory ministry:

Pray for this revelation to be poured out into the hearts and minds of the people. Pray for their eyes to see the horror of the slaughter and the utter horror of the profiteering from this slaughter. Pray that the truth regarding this innocent blood … which is that it is being spilled for satanic worship, for profit, and also being consumed ….will sicken the people. I extend mercy to those who are deceived. But once the truth has been given to the blind and ignorant, the clock starts ticking, as I await their response to the truth. Speak out the truth and pay the price for it. Do not allow the lying voices of evil to prevail over yours. I will be standing with you … empowering you and supporting you. You must be voices for those, who do not yet have a voice from within the womb. Warn the leadership of the Body to repent for their role in tolerating abortion. Call the Body at large to come to their faces in confession of the sin that has been allowed, and tolerated, on their watch. I will be swift to forgive, and quick to turn the tide. My armies are at the ready to engage against the tyrants of your world, but until the legal right, claimed by the Enemy, is removed through recognition and repentance of the evil that has been done to the unborn, the tyranny will continue.

If you, the Remnant, will fulfill your calling by speaking out and interceding, My Spirit of Truth will be poured out. Abortion will stop, as will the plague of death and control, which is consuming your world. Stand forth and engage. Proverbs 24:10-11 (Berean Study Bible):If you faint in the day of distress, how small is your strength! Rescue those being led away to death, and restrain those stumbling toward the slaughter.’  [Ed.] God will hold us accountable for our children if we do not resist enemy advances in areas such as abortion, LGBTI and teaching on sexual behaviour. Pray as led.

 

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 7v13-14 & James 5v7-8 &v17).

Revival & Transformation: When did you last hear anyone preach or teach on Baptism in the Spirit to a generation unfamiliar or untaught? Read through Luke 3:16; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 19:1-6; Luke 11:9-13; Acts 1v8; Acts 8:16; Acts 19v6; Luke 4v1; Acts 6v3 & 5; 2 Corinthians 3v17 and pray. 

ITI: Cyprus has a God-given role towards the God of Israel’s purposes for His ancient covenant people – the Jewish nation. Pray this purpose be fulfilled in our day and that those meant to be part of this get the revelation. (See Isaiah 49, especially v22).   

 

 

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

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

 

^ This month: Elections 2023: Parties (and new parties) are gearing up for the coming 2023 elections in RoC. Begin to pray into this. (1 Tim 2v2).

 Illegal Immigrants: As the number of prisoners in Cyprus’ central prisons has climbed to a new high authorities decided to transfer elsewhere a large percentage of inmates who are illegal migrants and shouldn’t be there anyway. Meanwhile the government has given the go ahead for a prison facility for juveniles to be set up. Pray for hope and a future for these desperate people. (Jeremiah 29v11).  

Ukrainian refugees in Cyprus: The Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy on Thursday introduced a new Call Center providing comprehensive information to refugees from Ukraine regarding immigration, education, welfare and other relevant matters. The service will be available to citizens Monday to Friday, from 08:00am to 20:00pm, in both Greek and English. For Cypriot phone numbers dial 1477 and for foreign phone numbers: +357 22 285777. Give thanks for this support. However, of about 14,000 only 6,000 have applied for Temporary Protection Status so far.

Meanwhile, over 2000 children from war-torn Ukraine have found refuge in Cyprus with their parents and local authorities now trying to make transition to their new life and schooling as smooth as possible. The vast majority of children over the age of six continue their education online and receive lessons from Ukraine, while very few have chosen to attend Cypriot schools because of the language barrier. Pray for them. Finally, Red Cross humanitarian aid of 2500 parcels of aid, and the two large government aid shipments have so far been sent to Ukraine from Cyprus. Amen! 

 

^ Cyprus Peace Process: The presidents of the North and the Republic met but nothing was achieved. Once again things seem to have ground to a halt as the two sides cannot find common ground. The appointment of the UN special envoy on Cyprus may help, but there is a role for the Church in Cyprus in all this, preparing the way in prayer and repentance, in unity and concern before God for the healing of the land. (2 Chron 7v13-14). Pray.

 

    ^ The North: Government: The recent resignation of the coalition government was accepted by President Tatar. The government had been in power only two months at the time. Meanwhile, all the same ministers remain in place until a new government is formed. Pray for stability and a better government composition. Checkpoints: From Tuesday, 19 April, all measures regarding the Covid-19 pandemic taken at the checkpoints were lifted.

The Green Line: A unit of 300 policemen will soon be formed aiming to supervise the confrontation line, so that together with the electronic monitoring system and the barbed wire, illegal migration will be effectively combated. Pray about this. (Deuteronomy 32v8; James 2v13).

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

 

^ Gas: Russian energy giant Gazprom has halted gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland for failing to pay for gas in roubles. This does not bode well for

other countries. The EastMed pipeline: The idea of building a very long pipeline in very deep water over some ten years is flawed….too expensive, not economically viable and it will take too long, said the US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, visiting Cyprus recently. However, with the Russian gas supply being vetoed by the EU, it may seem attractive again but a target for Russia. Pray for God’s solution. (Daniel 11; Ezekiel 38).  

 

^ Health: The government’s decision to either not provide at all or reduce substantially ‘De Minimis aid’ this year, which benefits kidney patients and also their transportation is of concern. Medicines: Pharmaceutical companies warned that many medicines will no longer be available in Cyprus if the government proceeds with tenders while the beneficiaries will no longer have the right to choose medicines. Pray for wisdom and balance over such decisions. (Job 31v6). Covid: The relaxation of Covid-19 rules in Cyprus has been a welcome change. NB. Restrictions still require masks in indoor areas over 100m square as I write this. However, a fourth dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine lowered rates of COVID-19 among the elderly but the protection against infection appeared short-lived, a large study in Israel has found. While symptoms among infected children remain mild, infections are rising and there may be longer-term impact on education and nutrition. The well-being of an entire generation of children and young people could be life-altering. Pray for our education system, children and young people to overcome the losses due to Covid. (Job 21v8).  

 

 

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

Tourism: Passenger air traffic is expected to double this year compared to 2021. Pray for good service and restoration of the industry. (Ps. 126v4).

Most hoteliers have been very interested in the new program of subsidized holidays that the Deputy Ministry of Tourism will implement from May until end of June since almost 200 hotels from all over Cyprus have responded to the call. Amen. Pray they prosper after Covid setbacks.  

Firefighters: The Forestry Department’s efforts to find helicopters for the hot summer months are ongoing since the two Russian ones usually leased are not available because of sanctions. Pray for a solution for this summer’s dry season. (Psalm 66v12).

Complaints to authorities: These tend to be ignored or put aside for years e.g. rents. Government efforts to keep check of the ever-rising rents, introduced an incentive programme in order to increase supply and thus reduced the ill effects of the restricted supply. They now admit this has failed. At the root is greed! Municipality complaints also often fall on deaf ears. Pray for a real change for the good. (1 Chronicles 18v14).  

Corruption: A 5 member national anti-corruption agency is to be set up. Pray for the right members and for effectiveness of the team. (Eccles 4v12)

Inflation: As a knock-on from the Ukraine war, increases in petrol prices, electricity, utility bills, fruit and vegetables. Households are feeling the pain of ever-rising costs as Cyprus’ annual inflation rate rose to 7.1 percent in March from 6.6 percent in the previous month marking the fastest increase in consumer prices since September 1992! Worries about the Ukrainian war and lack of grain supplies from Ukraine is thought to be at the root of this, so pray for confidence to be restored. (Job 4v6; 1 John 5v14). 

Minimum wage: The target is for the national minimum wage to be related to the national median salary in Cyprus. Pray just decisions. (Ps.140v12).

Chamber of Commerce: Cyprus CofC and Industry has marked 95 years of contribution to the business and socio-economic life of the country. Amen.

Cryptocurrencies: have taken the world by surprise in recent years, and transformed the virtual investing world as the trend. Pray caution.(Heb 13v5).

Consumers: The Consumer Protection Service conducts research to collect data regarding the retail process of a wide range of consumer products. This monitoring takes place monthly. Amen. Pray that the results will be used to control unfair price hikes. (1 Timothy 6v10).   

Schools: At a Larnaca district high school six students aged 13 to 14 consumed whisky and four of them were transferred to hospital. Parents said this is not an isolated incident. They also said there are complaints about drug use by students that have not been investigated as well as fights and damages to teachers’ cars. 4-monthly exams: Following the results of the first exams and the problems that have been seen, students, parents and the teachers’ unions carried out a protest march against the exams every four months. Pray for our schools!  (Deuteronomy 4v10).

Juveniles: A year has passed since the approval of the bill on juvenile offenders that also provides for separate legal procedures and detention outside the island’s central prisons for minors. However, no place has been set up for them yet even though the number of juvenile delinquents involved in serious cases last year rose to 231. Pray that this matter will be dealt with swiftly by the authorities. (Malachi 3v5).  

Youth views: Young university graduates in Nicosia say they are ashamed of the prevailing state of affairs in EU-member Cyprus. They say it is unacceptable for a country which is a member of the EU to dominate the news because of corruption. Pray for a spirit of repentance. (Matthew 3v2).

Paid parental leave: A draft bill harmonising the island with the EU’s Directive on paid parental leave has been entered. Amen if affordable.

Roads: Cyprus will soon have specialized high-tech equipment and software for surveying road conditions. The contractor company responsible for the traffic cameras has provided a timetable according to which by the end of May all out of court fines from the cameras, which are delaying, will have been sent. Smart traffic lights are being introduced at some junctions to cut waiting times. Pray for safe driving on our roads. (Job 18v11)!  

Dust: High concentrations of dust have been observed in the air for some time now. (Luke 10v11).

Cats: an annual plan to sterilize stray cats amounting to 75,000 euros is being implemented. Amen.

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.

Asylum seekers. The Deputy Minister of Social Care has explained the necessary process of checking and recording people, providing them with rent money an allowance until they find a job. A total of 5,120 asylum seeking applications were submitted in Cyprus between January 1 and March 31.The money spent on them amounts to 40 million euros and the European Union covers 80%. Pray asylum seekers & the authorities cope. (Is. 43v16-19).  

Regarding the Reception Center (Pournara), she said that even though it should have hosted 80 minors, since last October their number reached 540! So far, 260 have been relocated to various other places. Also 11 minors disappeared with no trace up to now! Pray for these children. (Matthew 3v3).  

Refugees: Due to a legal gap, spouses and children of foreigners, who are recognized refugees (or have the status of additional protection), are having applications rejected by relevant Migration Departments. As a result, families remain separated. The Ombudswoman has suggested that irrespective of the legal gap, the Migration Department proceeds with any actions are necessary so that the family unity of the applicants would be safeguarded. Well said! Pray for a breakthrough in this situation. (2 Samuel 23v12; Psalm 31v1).  

Trafficking: The Police anti-trafficking unit is now investigating eight cases of fake adoptions suspecting that illegal adoption rings might be behind them. A 53-year-old man using his car as a taxi for the trafficking of drugs was apprehended by police. Give thanks for police work. (Rom 13v3-4).


 

^ 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 which has stood the test of time. 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. This is realized through such activities as clothing and food distribution, Women of Worth, mother & baby care, social café, prayer time and Bible study. Pray for ministry development amidst so many needy people. (Psalm 39v12). 

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).  

 

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. Who can you help? (Matt 5v7).  

 

 

^ 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 in our world and for Gospel declaration in the Middle East (Matt 16v19).

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

Israel: Stage 1. The Bible says that there is an initial conflict between Israel and surrounding peoples i.e. Hamas, Palestinians, Hezbollah and Syria. This conflict will be over Jerusalem. But Israel will win this initial conflict – Zechariah 12v6 says that “Jerusalem will remain secure”. Stage 2. But into the vacuum that is left will come Russia, Iran and Turkey. With Russia so involved in Syria and waning in the Ukraine, we can see how they could easily get caught up in this. Stage 3. Zechariah 14 follows in due course, the restoration of Israel to the God of Israel and finally, Armageddon. Pray for the church and Israel to have a better understanding of these stages even though the timings are difficult to work out. (Jeremiah 8v7).  

Ukraine: Mariupol has been devastated by the Russian conflict. Pray for those suffering and wounded, and for a swift end to the war. (Deut 32v35). 

Russian nuclear: Russia test-launched a new nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of nearly 4000 miles which President Vladimir Putin said would make Moscow’s enemies ‘stop and think’. This is dangerous talk. Pray the Lord delivers us all from this threat to civilization and from the dangerous thinking of Putin! (Ezra 4v22; Nehemiah 4v9; Psalm 17v14).  

Taliban: Pray for encounters with Jesus in His holiness and glory. Pray for Jesus' love and peace to overturn a deep-seated culture of hate and violence. Pray for courage and opportunity for believers to share the Gospel with Taliban. https://www.prayercast.com/taliban.html (Luke 23v39-43).

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2022, Top Ten. (no.6: Eritrea). Almost half of Eritreans identify as Christians but there is enormous state persecution unless you are in a recognised denomination. Currently around 1000 Christians are in prison for their faith. Some are housed in containers. Open Doors works through local church partners to train and equip to survive. Pray God sustains those imprisoned and their families; and pray for wisdom, discernment and boldness for believers and partner churches under surveillance. (Psalm 55v22).  

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

 

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

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


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







INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS. PRAYER UPDATE.  APRIL 2022.  No. 102.

Intercessors for Cyprus.   Prayer Update.   April 2022   No.102

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

We suggest you print out the update for use this month. The words are close-typed for economy of printing. Use the Bible and its promises alongside this prayer update. Why not read the Bible through every year on a daily basis? Please go to our website: www.intercessorsforcyprus.org page: ‘Daily Bible Reading Plan’

 

CONTENTS:  

Giving thanks; Daily Readings; Editorial: Ukrainian Refugees in Cyprus; The Church: Specific churches & ministries;

Abortion v Life; Tent Gatherings; Bishop J.C.Ryle. Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI

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

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

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 April Prayer Issues. 2 Corinthians 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 his good promises...'

 

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 Prayer update in your home group, prayer group, church prayers, and devotionals. Use it topically or work through it over the month. Tip: Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to an entry He wants you to pray into. Focus on that (also in your group) until you sense completion. God bless you!

 

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

Give thanks for who God is: El Roi - the God who sees. Jehovah shalom - the God of peace. Jehovah Jireh - God our provider. Jehovah Nissi - the Lord is our Banner. Rejoice in who our God is and what He does for us. He continues to do new things, bringing salvation, building His Kingdom whatever is going on in the world. He opens the way before us and strengthens us to walk in faith hope and love. Thank You, Lord!

 

^  DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS for APRIL 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 & Daily Bible Readings (OT & NT) by David Suchet).

Download the mobile app at https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bible-in-one-year/id504133402 or on Google Play Store: ‘Bible in One Year app’

 


^ EDITORIAL: Ukrainian refugees in Cyprus.  As the various strains of Covid-19 spread around the world, lock-downs, border closures and other regulations caused businesses to close, caused chaos in supply chains, raised prices and changed our lives in many ways. As the Omicron variant began to decrease and it looked like life may return to normal in some ways, Russia went to war and invaded Ukraine. We have yet to see the flow down effect of oil, gas and grain shortages but there is sure to be supply and price issues as a result of Putin's decision to go to war. Also, the concept of an EU army is gaining ground because of the Russian invasion. Peace talks on 29th March were inconclusive, but the status of Ukraine is to be examined over a 15 year period. Further talks 1st April. Volunteer Doctors-Cyprus has arrived in Romania, but 33 Cypriots are entrapped in the encircled cities of Ukraine. There have been many eyewitness testimonies of God’s miraculous intervention over the Ukraine situation. Russian troops have made unusually slow progress. However, Russia is now considering chemical & biological weapons according to the US. Also, if the Ukrainian nuclear reactor was blown up, all of Europe could be affected by radiation. Pray using Deut 33v26-27; Is. 54v17, and for a cease fire, for the refugees, for lasting peace (Ps 46v9-10). Remember especially the Ukrainian believers.

There has been a reported ‘huge response’ from the people of Cyprus towards Ukrainians here. In Larnaca last month, a group of 100 Ukrainian refugees, mainly mums and children arrived. The group included a large number of Jewish refugees as well as others. The Jewish community and the local charity ‘Friendship Circle’ stepped in and arranged for both groups of refugees to have accommodation including in Ayia Napa, and appealed for donations, food, clothing, toys, etc. The Christian community and others were able to respond well. More groups arrived and there were reports of arrivals in other areas of Cyprus. Christian leaders and local interested believers gathered together to look at ways we could help, including an across-churches donation. This was agreed. Also discussed was trauma help, maybe some kind of churches reception centre in due season, and even homes opened to Ukrainian refugees….all to follow through. Also at that gathering we had excellent biblical input from the Cyprus representatives of an experienced international organisation who know how to get people out of nations and into safety.

 

Safe Haven: For 10 years my wife and I have been speaking in Cyprus of a purpose for Cyprus in providing a safe haven for refugees fleeing a situation of danger, particularly Jewish refugees from a biblical perspective. Hosea 11v10 is a favourite verse relating to the west…i.e. west of Israel, including the Americas, where huge numbers of Jewish people live. It could be said that God is gearing up Cyprus and other nations for His purposes…….

Current situation: The EC has given “temporary protection” status to those Ukrainian citizens who have fled to EU countries. The Cyprus government is coordinating accommodation and social protection, access to labour market, healthcare and education. There are now 14,000 here, some living with relatives but some without proper shelter or a way forward…e.g. 3,500 in Limassol. Cyprus has allocated 17.5 million euros to support. A temporary protection card is being issued, which will provide access to food, housing, medical care, education, work and benefits. There is also an action plan for the reception of children coming to Cyprus from Ukraine. With the support of the Ukrainian embassy and Hope for Children charity, CY4UA has organised a group of coordinators, who take in and quickly process written requests by Ukrainians looking for shelter, requiring basic supplies or financial assistance, and get to these people quickly. Call 1466 for details or visit www.uncrcpc.org.cy

Tourists: Larnaca municipality is following a complementary role where there are shortages in food or medicines for Ukrainian tourists caught in Cyprus. There are also Ukrainian permanent residents in Cyprus who now have financial problems due to frozen Ukrainian accounts. Pray into this.   

 

 

^ 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. Monday 4th April is 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. Protection during the pandemic and for God to put an end to it. 3. Revival to the Church and emphasis on Evangelism. 4. The war in Ukraine. 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? (1 Cor 15v58). 

 

b) Ministries in Cyprus: We have ten local ministries in our area which meet together quarterly to worship and pray. This month’s write up:

Youth For Christ Cyprus: National director: Loukios Nousios.  Email:   loukios.nousios@yfccyprus.org 

Our passion and burden is reaching to youth around the island and show them the love of Christ. We run a yearly camp in the mountains, various events throughout the year and support local churches and youth groups as much as possible. My prayer is that young people around the island will come to hear about Him and make a conscious decision to follow Jesus for the rest of their lives. We are currently in a transitory phase, as we are looking for long term staff and to build bridges with other missions, ministries, churches as well as connecting with the people of Cyprus around us.

Please pray for God to bring the right people with a heart for the youth of Cyprus to join YFCC staff. Ukraine: Continue praying for YFC staff in Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, Hungary, Poland, Russia and Belarus. Some are being followed, others are in danger and others are working around the clock to help in any way they can. (Deut 33v26-27).  

 

2. Tent gatherings:  Because of Covid-19 restrictions, some churches in Israel are returning to the mobile Tent Revival method of the 20th century. Such a tent - resembling a tabernacle - is becoming an amazing solution for gatherings and worship. The tent has to be fully equipped to house outdoor worship meetings with heaters, sound equipment, seating, etc. It serves for evangelism campaigns, youth camps, conferences, and retreats. This may be a solution for some of our churches in Cyprus for overflow meetings, specials, and regular events. Pray for a way forward. (Rev 7v15).  

 

3. Bishop J.C.Ryle: (quote): ’Nothing whatever, whether great or small, can happen to a believer, without God’s ordering and permission. There is no such thing as ‘chance’, ‘luck’, or ‘accident’ in the Christian’s journey through this world. All is arranged and appointed by God. And all things are ‘working together’ for the believer’s good.’ Amen!

 

4. Abortion v Life: We must persevere as we pray for God to establish a ministry in Cyprus which will challenge government and laws, challenge the churches, raise up younger leadership, reach out to schools, establish a hot-line for women in danger of aborting their child or in danger from their partner, establish regular intercession for life, etc. Below is extracted from a word given through a leader of prophetic & intercessory ministry:

…..I am love. I am rich in forgiveness. I hate evil. I am mercy, but this slaughter must stop. You are finally raising up voices against the tyranny, which is seeking to seize your lives and liberties. What voices do the children in the womb have, if not yours? Abortion is a tyranny that has stolen the lives and liberty of many millions of My little ones in the womb. Cry out now for the lives of the unborn, and for the truth of what child slaughter in the womb really is. The spectre of oppression, subjugation to unholy power, and death will remain until you deal with this great sin of abortion. I am Life and I am LOVE. If you will not honour My Lordship, My priorities, and My heart for your human creation, you will suffer increasing losses until you do…..

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 7v13-14 & James 5v7-8 &v17).

Pray also for breakthrough in the Orthodox Church, pray for developing outreach and pray for younger believers to be raised up, etc.      

 

Revival & Transformation: [Part of a description of God]: His face is like the sun blazing in all its golden brilliance (Rev 1:16 referring to Jesus but applicable to the other members of the Trinity). His body is as dazzling as red molten metal and fire – “from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire” (Ezek 1:27). Our ‘God is a consuming fire … who lives in unapproachable light” (Heb 12:29; 1 Tim 6:16). He “wraps himself in light as with a garment” (Ps. 104:2). Compare Jesus’ transfiguration “his clothes became as white as the light” (Matt 17:2), “as bright as a flash of lightning” (Lk 9:29). John says of Jesus sharing the throne with God that “his eyes were like blazing fire.  His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters” (Rev 1:14-15). We are told that “In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God” (Rev 4:5 cf 1:4). It is likely that this should be translated as the “sevenfold Spirit of God” i.e. the Holy Spirit, seven being the number of perfection. If so, this represents the Holy Spirit as like blazing fire, ready to continue his extensive action in the lives of believers.  “The voice of the Lord … breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon … strikes with flashes of lightning. … shakes the desert … twists the oaks” (Ps. 29:3-9). “A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne” (Rev 4:3). I like to think of this as an aurora. “From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder” (Rev 4:5). Surrounding the Lord, Ezekiel saw “a violent storm … an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light” (Ezek 1:4). He also saw a radiance around God which had “the appearance of a rainbow” (Ezek 1:28). A hundred million angels constantly worship the Lord (Rev 5:11-12). Pray earnestly for a reviving move of God in Cyprus.

 

ITI: Input around Cyprus is continuing. Biblical truths are being shared. Plans are developing towards the vision being fulfilled. Pray for more churches to come on board, for younger leaders to be raised up, and for current practical issues to be engaged and resolved. Meanwhile, thousands of Ukrainian Jews are returning to Israel – as prophesied (Isaiah 43v6). There is more to come – Hosea 11v10 for example.

 

 

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

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

 

^ This month: Government: Elections: Ruling Disy leader Averof Neophytou was unanimously ratified as the party’s presidential candidate for the February 2023 elections. Be in prayer regarding the next president…..pray they be God’s choice. Cyprus’ government web portal www.gov.cy will be operational in April or May at the latest providing 80 government services. Amen. It was good to have the free dental health check-ups available in March. The three bills on the reform of Justice, on Commercial Court, and on a Court Martial have been side-lined for 3 years but now two of them are tabled for action at last. A proposed bill establishing a Commercial Court and an Admiralty Court in Cyprus will soon go before the House plenum for approval. This is long overdue. Pray. The government is giving financial support for farmers because of unusually bad weather in March. Amen.  Sewerage systems for settlements of over 2000 people are required by the EU. Heavy fines will be imposed if non- compliance. Pray Cyprus complies.

 

Health: Covid 19: The Omicron2 Coronavirus variant is currently the dominant one circulating globally and Cyprus is no exception. With the relaxation of Covid rules in early March, complacency is rising. More Covid-19 cases have been detected across all ages and districts in Cyprus including schools. A second Covid booster for all adults has begun but is optional. The “test-to-stay” measure has been implemented in kindergartens, preschool and special schools. New data suggests that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is causing a dramatic rise in cases of croup, a dangerous respiratory condition usually seen in babies and toddlers. Pray our government and health authorities receive the Lord’s wisdom to discern correctly (1 Kings 3v9).

 

Gas: The ExxonMobil-Qatar Energy consortium is completing an ongoing appraisal drilling in Cyprus’ block 10. So far, a high quality natural gas reservoir in Block 10 is being revealed. Gas reserves are estimated to be between 5 and 8 trillion cubic feet. Also, the Eni-Total consortium will proceed with a drilling within the year. Pray that the gas finally gets to market and makes a difference. (Luke 3v11).    

 

^ The North: A decision to amend the Fuel Law in the North means that fuel prices can be adjusted every working day at present. Also border crossing for UK nationals is becoming more stringent as we are no longer in the EU. I.D. cards will be required in due course. Pray for God’s blessing on the people of north Cyprus, especially the churches and ministries there. NB. Further information for prayer for North Cyprus may be found at https://lgcnews.com/ 

^ Turkey: • Pray for a radical change in deep-seated prejudices and biases against Christianity. • Pray for wise leadership to peacefully navigate tensions between nationalists, radical Islamists, and Kurds. • Pray for the Gospel to advance in power amid increased hostilities and persecution.

 

 

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

Bus Strike: The recent strike in Nicosia & Larnaca has highlighted labour problems with side lining of Cypriot drivers for non-Cypriot drivers. Schedules for the drivers are difficult and in several cases without the necessary breaks, and there are problems in the buses. Many drivers and staff have left the company. Pray for righteous, safe and long term resolution of the issues. (Leviticus 19v18).   

Employment: Unions in Cyprus have called for a stop to the policy (implemented just after the outbreak of the war in Ukraine) providing express employment licenses to personnel from third countries, because of the need of Cypriots to be employed. A balance is needed. Pray. (Proverbs 16v11).

Cost of living: This is rising in Cyprus, e.g. fuel costs because of the war in Ukraine, food, & rent increases from greedy landlords. Pray. (Isaiah 55v1).

Drugs: An arrest has been made of over 132 kilos of drugs found in a container in Limassol. Amen. Pray for continued success to police. (Ps. 118v25).

However, products with cannabinoids substances are sold without a prescription but police can do nothing about it until EU laws are clarified. Pray.

Driving: The European Commission is reviewing driving licences in an effort to achieve a common approach regarding training and tests, as well as to make sure that road safety rules are being respected in the different countries. Amen! Pray that bad driving habits be overcome here. (Acts 27v15).

Food: Further grain supplies have been secured for Cyprus for the moment, but long term supplies may be less definite, since food stocks are lower in various parts of the world and Ukraine, the “breadbasket of Europe,” can at present no longer export grains. Transition to a sustainable food system that respects the planet’s limits is needed. Pray. (Job 4v21; Job 9v4).

Water: Some dams are overflowing in Cyprus but the water board is asking us to conserve water in certain areas. Pray a good supply. (2 Chr 26v10a).  

Please note that further information for prayer in the Republic may be found 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.

Prison: The women’s wing in the overcrowded Nicosia prisons is in a shocking state as the number of prisoners climbed to a new high. Some of them are forced to sleep on the floor since there are no available beds. Some detainees are sent there after failed attempts to leave Cyprus on forged travel documents. Cyprus now ranks first among European countries as regard prison overcrowding, according to Council of Europe statistics. Pray for the inmates and for more humane treatment and facilities. Pray also for more opportunity to visit and for outreach in prisons. (Matthew 25v36).

 

 

^ 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.

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.

The Paralimni Mayor did not want Ukrainian refugees centred around the Famagusta area as the situation would affect tourism. Pray hope. (Ps. 42v5).   

 

^ 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.”

Asylum Seekers: During the first two months of 2022, the number of asylum seekers has tripled compared to the corresponding months of 2021, something that indicates that the problem will keep increasing and that more permanent solutions are needed. The government is to spend 60 million euros on this from the EU? Pray it happens. Following the President’s visit to Pournara Center, unaccompanied minors or underage children from the overpopulated Center will be transferred to the area of Paphos. Cyprus Red Cross is offering sanitary ware, clothing and footwear to migrants in support, but benefits to around 4,000 asylum seekers will be cut if they don’t register themselves as unemployed. Pray for a way forward.   

Remember the ‘All4Aid’ (Oasis) Refugee Project. Just as Jesus met physical needs and then spoke about spiritual truth, so All4Aid strives to meet the physical and spiritual needs of all who enter its doors. Pray effectiveness and blessing. Thank God that there are now enough volunteers.  

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).  

 

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. ‘Room of Hope’ is an organisation in Cyprus which is seeking to reach exploited and trafficked women. Pray God’s rescue for these women and His blessing. (1 Pet 3v15).

 

 

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

(NB Ezekiel chapters 38-39 speaks of activity similar to the above in the end times.)

Russia/US:  Russia is angry at the United States so called Russo-phobic plots to tear Russia apart and threatens to ‘put the US in its place’. Turkey is also non-aligned with the EU over the Ukrainian war. Pray God works out His purpose and that mercy prevails. (James 2v13).   

Ukraine: The brutal targeting and bombing of residential areas including schools, hospitals, shelters and community centres has increased. It is creating human death, suffering and a life-threatening humanitarian crisis in this peaceful and beautiful country….pray. After the 150 tonne package of aid sent through the government and donations from concerned people, a second humanitarian package was sent from ‘Cyprus for Ukraine, including food aid, medicines and medical supplies and civil protection equipment. Give thanks for international aid and pray endurance. (James 5v11).    

Israel/Cyprus: The government of Israel is planning for the influx of 60,000+ Jews from the nations, particularly Ukraine and Russia in the next six months. Some entry regulations are being relaxed. Amen. Pray for housing and expansion of social help, jobs, language, etc. Meanwhile in Cyprus a two-day seminar for training police officers on identifying, investigating and dealing with anti-Semitic behaviours has taken place in Nicosia. This is an area of co-operation between the Cyprus Police and the Embassy of Israel in Cyprus. Pray God uses the Jews in Cyprus in His purposes. (Zeph 3v20).  

Cameroon: The Forgotten War: Conflict and persecution in Cameroon have stolen many lives and created vast numbers of refugees. Christians have been kidnapped. These conflicts will likely be intensified as Ukraine can no longer export grains. Opposing groups in Cameroon, already short on food, now may fight for food as well. Pray for an end to the conflict and to widely held tribal spiritist traditions among Christians. Pray for a moral government system to provide for the clean water, food, and health needs of the people. Pray for a gentle transfer of spiritual leadership from western organisations to national believers. (Genesis 49v5; 2 Cor 6v7 & 10v4).  

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2022, Top Ten. (no.5.Yemen). Leaving the tribal culture and faith means banishment or even death for believers. Humanitarian relief because of the long civil war is distributed through local Muslim leaders and Christians are often deliberately neglected. Pray for stability and freedom for the Yemenis, courage & provision for believers, and breakthrough for the Gospel. (2 Sam 5v20 NKJV).   

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

 

 

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

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


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







INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS.   PRAYER UPDATE.    MARCH 2022. No. 101   

Intercessors for Cyprus.  Prayer Update.  March 2022   No. 101

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 this year on a daily basis? Please go to our website:

www.intercessorsforcyprus.org   page: ‘Daily Bible Reading Plan’

 

CONTENTS

Giving thanks; Daily Readings; Editorial: Coronavirus.  The Church: Prayer for Ukraine; Specific churches & ministries;

Holiness; The Bride Prepared’; Giving; The Issue of Abortion (2).  Reconciliation north & south; Revival & transformation, ITI. 

The Government and those in authority: This month; Peace process, The North, etc. (see list)

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

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 March Prayer Issues.    ‘The Lord is faithful to all His promises.’ (Psalm 145v13b).

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

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 Prayer update in your home group, prayer group, church prayers, and devotionals. Use it topically or work through it over the month. Tip: Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to an entry He wants you to pray into. Focus on that (also in your group) until you sense completion. God bless you!

 

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

Giving thanks: Following the IFC PRAYER ALERT sent out last month, this is a report from Christian Post USA: ‘Christians gathered, prayed and read scriptures outside an Arizona hotel that hosted this three-day world event by The Satanic Temple called “SatanCon” which included sessions on “Devil’s Food,” “Darwin vs. The Lord of Lies,” “Raising Children in a Satanic Household,” and “After School Satan Club,” among others. Christians prayed [worldwide and] outside the hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, the site of the Satanic Temple’s event. “We’re out here to let the satanists know that there’s no place for evil in Arizona, and we’re here to combat that. And we’re here to say that Jesus is Lord.”  Give thanks that the event was so diminished in power through prayer, and be aware of the opposition camp. Jesus Christ is Lord over all!  (Philippians 2v8-10).

 

^  DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS for MARCH 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 & Daily Bible Readings (OT & NT) by David Suchet). Download the mobile app at https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bible-in-one-year/id504133402 or on Google Play Store: ‘Bible in One Year app’.

 

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

Coronavirus: ‘Where is your faith?’ (Luke 8v25). It is good that some countries are relaxing the laws against the unvaccinated. Some societies have been enforcing their version of the ‘Green Pass’ on their population so much that sometimes the unvaccinated could not buy food. Genuine concerns about such short-term tested vaccines have been ignored. Freedom on this matter of Coronavirus has been severely tested. Furthermore, there is so much mis-information being spread about. For example in our December 2021 issue, we exposed the falsehoods surrounding ‘Luciferase’, going direct to source, which turns out to be harmless and not used in human vaccines. The name (Latin language, given hundreds of years ago) was used recently to promote fear. Another example is that some Christians believed the vaccine is the mark of the beast, which we corrected. Biblically, it is very clear what that will be. Whatever the mark is, it will be applied on the HAND or FOREHEAD, not on the upper arm [ see Revelation 13v16-17 & 14v9-10a ].   

I sympathise with why some chose not to be vaccinated and also with those who chose vaccinations, and recognise that this whole scenario is preparing populations for at least the concept of the ‘mark’. In 2020 one evangelical perspective was, "We are free in Christ and do not have to kowtow to lockdowns, church closures or mandates". But that statement also gives the freedom to wear a mask or get a vaccination if people wish. It gives them the freedom to conduct some form of church services and keep Christian schools open. Whilst giving the freedom to speak against government policies, it does not give a right for punitive speech or actions against others who see differently. We must bear with one another (Colossians 3v13) in love. However, I believe the issue for Christians is not whether you have been vaccinated or not, but whether you BELIEVE God’s word as applied to you relating to Coronavirus, vaccines, etc.

What do I mean by that? Well, Romans 10v17 (KJV) says: ‘Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’ So we all need to READ the word, and BELIEVE God’s word, His promises, and apply them to ourselves: Psalm 119v114 & 116a: ‘You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Sustain me according to your promise, and I shall live…’ 1 John 5v18: We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.  FEAR of Covid will be replaced by FAITH in God to protect you and provide for you. What a gift! My wife and I have lived through these past two years free from fear and with absolutely no trace of Coronavirus. There is no expectancy of it. We are shielded by the Lord and believe His promises.  

Coronavirus itself: Believe and apply these powerful and protective promises to yourself. Declare the truth in the face of enemy fears:

Psalm 91v7 & 10: A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. If you make the Most High your dwelling— even the LORD, who is my refuge— then no harm will befall you. (In fact, ALL of Psalm 91 is useful).

The Vaccines: In the same way believe and apply, declare and use these promises concerning the vaccines:

Mark 16:16-18: Whoever believes …..will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all.

Psalm 91v10: If you make the Most High your dwelling— even the LORD, who is my refuge— then no harm will befall you.

Proverbs 29v25: Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

Future Provision: Finally, let’s remember who provided for several million Hebrew people in the desert for 40 years, so that even their shoes did not wear out…..OUR GOD did that. He is Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, and he will provide supernaturally when the time comes.

Convoys for freedom: Building on the brave and bold truckers, farmers, ranchers, and citizens standing for freedom from mandates in Canada, Cypriot and American truckers have been trekking in a similar way to call for freedom from mandates. There were 200 vehicles in the convoy at Nicosia. Amen.   

 

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

PRAY FOR THE UKRAINIAN SITUATION, ESPECIALLY FOR BELIEVERS THERE. We have sent out an IFC prayer alert so use this and other information for prayer for the Ukraine situation. Why not wait on God and ask Him how to pray?  Ukraine President Zelenskiy (Feb 24) said 137 civilians and military personnel had been killed so far in the Russian invasion of his country. He also said hundreds more have been wounded. Despite Russia’s claim to be attacking only military targets, civilian sites have also been struck. A bank account has been opened for aid to Ukrainians, and a campaign for food and medical aid & equipment. Bank account details: Name: Solidarity Account for Ukrainian people (SOLIDARITY A/C-UKRAINIANPEOPLE).  Cyprus Central Bank Acc number: 6001031   IBAN: CY31 0010 0001 0000 0000 0600 1031   Swift (BIC) Code:  CBCYCY2N. Pray. (2 Chron 20v1-4).

 

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

a) MONTHLY PRAYER CHAIN. The pastors of Nicosia initiated this idea. Monday 14th March will be a day of prayer for Cyprus, with individuals praying for just half an hour in the day sometime between 6am-9pm. Will YOU pray? (1 Cor 15v58). 

 

b) The Evangelical Alliance recently prepared prayers as follows: Thanksgiving; Pandemic issues; Renewed vision; Leaders of the local churches; Congregations; Finances; Buildings; New churches; Cyprus: For those in authority; wisdom in natural resources , protection from threats of war and other calamities and that Cyprus will be a place of refuge. Finally, for a great move of the Holy Spirit.

 

c) Quarterly Ministries Evening: We have ten local ministries in our area which meet together quarterly to worship and pray. Each month we will pray for one ministry. This month’s write up: Burn 24/7: Chris & Rosalie Barton. [ chris@chrisandrosalie.com ] ‘The heart of the Burn 24-7 is first and foremost, the passionate pursuit for the presence of God. We gather, regardless of denomination, to cry out to God night and day for an awakening in the church, an unprecedented global harvest of souls and the transformation of entire cities. We believe the Burn 24-7 is an expression and fulfillment of the restoration of David’s Tabernacle (Amos 9:11 and Acts 15:16).’ Pray for this ministry and Chris & Ros to know God’s leading and blessing.  

 

d) Kadosh Art: ‘I have a new video up on my YouTube channel Kadosh Art Media: “Encouragement for Artists”: https://youtu.be/Is2KFrEaYTs 7½ minutes of biblical encouragement for artists, painters, sculptors, dancer and others. Delve into what God wants to say to you today.’ Pray success.

 

2. Holiness. The word ‘holy’ in the Hebrew means utterly unique, set apart, different. God is holy. But His Church is also already holy through Christ and being made holy (sanctified) as we walk with Him in this life. In the world, impurity or disease is transferred. In the Kingdom of God, God’s holiness is transferred. In the Old Testament of the Bible, God’s holiness touched people, who then received His touch of cleansing, healing, restoration, anointing…whatever was needed to separate them out for service. In the New Testament (NT), holy Jesus touched people, imparting His life and restoration. His Holy Spirit continued this and imparted to His holy church the means to touch others with His holy love and power. As we give ourselves wholly to Jesus, His holy power will manifest in and through us for the sake of a dying world. C.S. Lewis wrote in ‘Mere Christianity’: ‘Giving ourselves wholly to Christ is the only way to discover who we are, the only way to become who Christ means us to be, the only way to experience his riches in this life and the only way to fulfil the purpose for which He made us. It may seem frightening, but once you do it, your only regret will be that you didn’t do it sooner.’ Take time to pray today for a re-consecration to God, to be freshly set apart for Him. (Leviticus 20v26; 1 Peter 2v9).

 

3. The Bride prepared. (Homes):  Covis-19 has meant alternative strategies for churches to meet outside of as well as inside church buildings. Some churches are meeting in homes regularly in the week and on Sundays in a larger venue where possible. Through the events of Covid-19, God is ‘preparing His bride’ by upsetting traditional ways of meeting and granting the opportunity of new wineskins and new wine (Matthew 9v13) for an increase and flourishing of His Kingdom, ready for the return of His Son. The intimacy and fellowship of gathering in homes is very valuable. In the early church, Acts 2v42 (NKJV) we are told: ‘And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.’ In Acts 2v46 is further illumination: ‘So they continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart.’ So, the Holy Spirit gave the strategy of larger gathering at the ‘temple’ and smaller gatherings in houses or homes, by which the church body was built up. Funny how food is such a draw! This strategy means their lives and activities were exposed to others, many of whom joined the church: Acts 2:47 (NKJV):  ‘…praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.’ So the strategy meant building up the body of believers and reaching out to others by which the Holy Spirit brought salvation.

In Luke 14 it is recorded that Jesus challenged his listeners: Luke 14:13 (NKJV)  "…When you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind.  And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you…” We can bring unsaved people to the church building and to courses, but bringing them to our homes is a challenge. It is called sharing life together. Remember, unbelievers are blind to God, crippled in spirit, and poor towards God. The banquet is Jesus! That guests might experience Him in our lives and homes. Our homes are meant to be homes of healing and salvation, where people can experience God and find their needs met. How about inviting a non-Christian family you know, or a couple or a person to a weekend meal or BBQ at your home? Then continue the relationship and see what God does. Pray and ask God how to proceed.          

 

4. Giving: God gave His Son for us. Jesus gave Himself for us. God has given you and me the gift of life. He loves to give. He loves us to be givers as He is a Giver. We bring Him pleasure when we give freely. Of course, the tithe is a beginning for financial giving, but when we give above and beyond this, He is so pleased because of our generosity. After all, we are only stewards of what He has given us, be it finances, time, possessions.

Some may say we need to be responsible and careful in our giving. True, but careful and responsible to whom? GOD. He owns everything we have. It is to Him we give account for our giving. As we are led by the Spirit and not unwise enthusiasm or begrudging giving, then we will act responsibly and be good stewards of what He has given us to use for His purposes and His glory.

I came from the UK nine years ago. In the UK, the culture of giving is very strong. Monthly standing orders to churches, charities, needy causes is the norm. Here is Cyprus we do not have that culture of regular and committed giving as a rule, and the churches, ministries, charities and causes that God would promote suffer from lack. Not His lack, but our lack of giving, based on either greed, or our own lack of faith for His provision in the future if we give generously now. God longs to be able to direct our giving and to have people who freely give according to His direction. Then God’s economy starts to work, with the miraculous, the unaccountable, the perfect timing all coming into play! Pray for greater release in our hearts. (2 Cor. 8 & 9).    

 

5. The issue of Abortion (2): ‘Rhema’ (Part 1): Extracted from a word given through ‘Kathleen’, a leader of a prophetic & intercessory ministry.

The timing of My strike against evil depends upon what you will do, little ones. Will you arise and finally push back to refuse this illegal power being wielded over you? Are you tired now of complying to evil judgement, rules, and operations? Rise up, because if you do not, truth and righteousness will be eliminated from your world. Value what I value. I value souls, and their freedom to know Me. I value the lives, which I have created for My glory.

Know that LIFE is a key issue at stake in this battle. For too many years, you have ignored the slaughter of My little ones in the womb. You brushed off their suffering, and were content to believe the lies; reporting that these creations were merely collections of human tissue in the womb, and not yet living beings. Wrong…..from the moment that two parent cells join, I trigger life to bloom by divine spark. These little collections of human tissue are My creation… My little ones! Through abortion, you have given permission for the spirit of death to enter into your societies; so, death is what you have reaped throughout your world.  Your complacency, in regard to these little lives in the womb, has literally fed the beasts, who now seek to control your world and to depopulate it. The blood of My little ones has literally comprised the substance of both the food, and profits, of these evil monsters. So now you want Me to break this yoke of death that is being thrust upon your world. So, now human life is precious to you, because it is your own lives being threatened? Are rights and liberties now a concern for you, after so many years of unconcern for the rights and liberties of life for the unborn?

Do you not understand what you have done? What you have legalised? What you have sanctioned? I sent you treasure, but your world treated it as dung, or as a product to be sold and used wickedly for evil purposes. There is no excuse. My Spirit has been crying out against this evil practice of child slaughter without ceasing. Death is what you allowed to devour your unborn. Now death is exerting its legal right to devour your populations.

[Ed.] Prayerfully consider the above and look up the following verses concerning the ‘shedding of innocent blood’…in King Manasseh’s case, mostly children in the land. Exodus 20v13; 2 Chronicles 33v6; 2 Kings 21v16; 2 Kings 24v4; 2 Kings 23v26; Deuteronomy 19v13; Matthew 27v4.  As you can read, God had to judge the nation of Israel for this wickedness in His sight. How will Cyprus fare in God’s sight? Pray as led. 

 

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 7v13-14 & James 5v7-8 &v17).   

 

Revival & Transformation: Seeking holiness for God’s glory. God is infinitely beyond human comprehension, although Jesus reveals his nature and character. But it is profoundly inspiring to meditate on the great biblical visions of God. Ezekiel describes one and calls it “the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord” (Ezk 1:28). It is a very exalted vision but it is only the appearance of the likeness of God. Scripture contains such visions which are toned down to the upper limit of human comprehension. The vision of God in Scripture is awesome (Ez 1:12-28; Rev 1:12-16; 4:2-6 cf Heb 12:2; Rev 5:6; 7:17). He is enthroned above the circle of the earth: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool” (Acts 7:49). His appearance is so bright that we would not be able to continue to look at him. We need to remember that God is infinitely more majestic than this vision. He is infinitely beyond our thinking and imagination. He will be infinitely beyond our comprehension throughout eternity. He is totally unlimited by space-time because he created it. He exists infinitely beyond the universe as well as throughout it. He is also eternal – totally outside of time. He sees every moment of time – past, present and future – right now. He is omnipresent: nowhere can be found where he is absent. He is omniscient: there is nothing he doesn’t know. He is omnipotent: There is nothing he can’t do. This is the God many people are ignoring. This is the God many people only talk to when they want something. This is the God many Christians don’t bother to talk to or listen to most of the time. So the devil is mocking, saying “Where is your God?” (Ex 32:9-14, 32; Isa 37:14-20; Psa 74, 80, 123). How we need to pray “Do something for the sake of your name” (Jer 10:6). “Come to make your name known to your enemies” (Isa 64:2). In other words, how we need to pray for God to come in revival to honour his glorious, majestic name! We also need to focus on growing in personal holiness in order to point people to this glorious God.

 

ITI: The boats training side of the project is beginning to activate. Pray for the right people to be positioned by God into the right roles.  

 

 

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

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

^ This month: (1) EU finance for Refugees. The European Union provides funding for asylum seekers and refugees facilities and needs. In Cyprus the overcrowding, lack of buildings and funding leads us to suspect that not all that EU funding is actually getting to the intended destination. Pray.    

(2) Coronavirus:  The President of the EU wants all EU member states to agree on an EU-wide mandatory vaccination requirement. National governments are already overstepping their bounds when they want to introduce mandatory vaccination at a national level, as in Austria, but mandatory vaccination at the EU level would go much further. It would be an unprecedented attack by the EU on the self-determination of European citizens.

However, new rules for Cyprus means that unvaccinated people can enter nightclubs, soccer stadiums, theatres, hotels and cinemas starting as long as they show a valid COVID-19 rapid test taken within the previous 24 hours. The new limit for nightclubs and other venues is 250, single-table seating increases from eight to 12, and the number allowed to gather in private residences doubles to 20. Soccer stadiums and cinemas limit is now 70% and 75%. The percentage of private sector employees required to work from home is being halved to 25%. The “test-to-stay” for primary, junior high school and high school students is also being expanded to teaching staff and government employees. Give thanks & pray as led. (Romans 8v28).

 

^ The North: Following the general elections held on 23 January, the National Unity Party Chairman Faiz Sucuoğlu has announced the makeup of the coalition government. The UBP won the election but without sufficient votes to govern alone. Consequently after negotiating with other parties the coalition will be a before between the UBP-DP-YDP. Pray for God to be at work through this government. (1 Tim 2v1-2; Romans 13v1). 

The Northern Cyprus Turkish Red Crescent created a memorial forest by planting 4,000 saplings (with volunteer & youth help) in the area damaged by the forest fire in Kalkanlı, Güzelyurt two years ago. Amen. Pray that God blesses the people in the north of Cyprus. (Matthew 5v44).

 

^ Health: The health system is still under pressure from Covid. Pray for strengthening of all who serve in the system. Health authorities in Cyprus are warning that elderly people should receive a second booster shot of Covid-19 vaccine – the fourth jab in total - to ward off waning immunity amid the rampant spread of the Omicron variant. Is there no end? Pray that God overrules man and that this pandemic comes to an end. (Psalm 99v1).  

 

 

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

Clean Monday: March 7th begins the season of Lent in Eastern Orthodox Churches. It is also known as Orthodox Shrove Monday or Ash Monday. The object is inner cleanliness. In Cyprus, this national holiday is called 'Green Monday', with people celebrating with shared kebabs. Pray blessing. 

Electricity: A shock when last bill’s fuel adjustment was 6 euros and the latest, received today, a fuel adjustment of 98 euros! Granted the winter bill was a bit higher, but the fuel adjustment was increased by 15 times! Poorer people are in trouble! Pray for a real stink over this. (Prov 14v34).      

Food: Our Health and Food Safety Commissioner said Cyprus needs to decisively contribute to a sustainable future, and that transition to a sustainable food system that respects the planet’s limits is imperative. Interesting, as food stocks lower in various parts of the world. Pray. (Job 4v21; Job 9v4).

Tourism: The European Commission has approved a €6.13 million Cypriot incentive scheme geared to support airlines affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme, which will take the form of direct grants, will be open to all interested airlines operating routes to and from Cyprus. Amen!

Homes: Following a decree of the Larnaca district officer, six apartment buildings in which asylum seekers of African origin are living, will close down.

These buildings are described as inappropriate for human habitation since they are in a terrible condition and approximately 250 people live there among garbage, bad ventilation, electrical and water problems, etc. This situation is being repeated in other places but the asylum seekers need somewhere to live! Pray that the government uses EU money for migrants in Cyprus to starts to build purpose-built community buildings for such needy people. Also that the government builds cheaper housing for other people in Cyprus who need homes to rent or buy. ‘Mercy triumphs over judgment. 

UK Akrotiri base: The Pancypriot Peace Council says the fighter jets which have recently come to Akrotiri are not welcome in Cyprus, since Cyprus does not want get involved in the escalation of tension in Eastern Europe, but rather be a bridge-maker to peace. A difficult balance.Pray.(Job 8v5-6).

Ransomware: These computer attacks can come when navigating on the web, buying online, visiting certain pages etc. In 2021, 43% of the attacks targeted small & medium enterprises, with an increase of 400% since the pandemic. Businesses are already really suffering or closing because of the loss of income through Covid-19.  Pray for a future for the businesses, & better protection, policing & apprehension of computer criminals. (Ps. 5v11).

Waste management: A project aiming to improve waste management in Cyprus is being funded by the European Commission. The project “will aim to improve the infrastructure and collection systems for recyclable and biodegradable waste”. Amen! Pray this proves effective. (Luke 12v42).

Ports: Strike action looms over Limassol and Larnaca ports now that workers have turned down the Labour Ministry’s proposal on the renewal of their collective agreements. Pray for peacemakers, consideration of both sides’ needs, wise ways forward, and agreement. (Nehemiah 9v38).  

 

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.

Online Porn: The UK government has announced through its Online Safety Bill, all pornographic websites will be required to introduce robust age checks to better protect under 18s from online pornography. There’s a growing body of evidence that tells us when young people watch porn, it influences their view of sex and healthy relationships. There’s also a link between watching porn and sexual violence, especially against women and girls. Research shows that more than half of 11–13-year old’s have watched porn at some point and children as young as five have stumbled across online porn. Give thanks for the report and evidence, and pray for similar measures to be adopted in Cyprus. (Consider Esther 8v11).

Corruption: After the law for the protection of whistle-blowers was enacted, another significant step has been taken to combat corruption - by the establishment of an independent Authority to look into corruption in Cyprus. Pray this group is effective, and for revival in Cyprus – God’s way of changing hearts and dealing with the corruption of the heart. (Heb 3v10; 1 Cor 7v37).

Nursing homes: There has been a growing number of Covid-19 cases among people living in nursing homes - usually the elderly. Pray. (Lev 19v32).

Repatriation: The Republic of Cyprus and ‘Frontex’, the agency responsible for the EU’s external borders, have reached an agreement to set up an action plan for the return of migrants whose asylum applications have been rejected here. The trouble is that some may be sent back to the awful situations from which they fled! Pray with compassion. (Jeremiah 29v11-13).

 

 

^ 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.

E.g. Give thanks and pray for the police, the staff and workers in your municipality or city, those who beautify the area, those who serve the area.

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 if 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: I visited this facility recently and was impressed by the dedication of the staff and volunteers, the services provided and the care for the asylum seekers and refugees. There was order, appointments, even a guard on duty to ensure safety. Covid requirements were met, refuges were able to receive food, clothing, even sleeping bags. Whilst waiting they could have a sit down and coffee or tea, etc., at the café waiting area facilitated by the neighbouring church. The gospel was shared over a coffee at tables at times. Also regular YWAM teams really help this to work, as well as local church and other volunteers. They are doing a great job for these neglected people in Cyprus who have already suffered so much. I felt God’s compassion and also His pleasure at the love and care shown. Bravo! Glory to God! Pray for funds and volunteers.      

‘Love, Light and Hope’ is another refugee ministry group based in Pyla. Pray they are enabled by God, making a difference to refugees. (1 Thess 1v3).  

The majority of asylum seekers – mainly African migrants - who arrive in Cyprus come via Turkey to north Cyprus and then go to the south. Is this a Turkish strategy? Pray about this, and also that the traffickers who take advantage of the migrants are apprehended.

 

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 weapons and chemical weaponry and for Gospel declaration in the Middle East (Matt 16v19).

Israel: The Minister of Aliyah is preparing to rescue and bring in approximately 200,000 Jews from Ukraine, in case of a Russian attack on Ukraine.

Please pray for success and safety should this happen. One Messianic Fellowship in Israel reports: Recently we were able to take several buses full of people eager to hear the gospel in the city of the Great King, Jerusalem. It was absolutely wonderful to see people’s faces and their overwhelming response to Jesus’ (Yeshua’s) message of hope and eternal life. So many of them opened their hearts, prayed for the first time in their lives, and received Yeshua as their Lord. Isn’t it beautiful to see how Yeshua — Jewish Messiah is touching His own Jewish people, the people of Israel, with His message of salvation, when they open their hearts to Him. We’ve been hearing powerful testimonies of healings and restorations of not only their bodies, but their families, marriages, relationships, families, and loved ones, — people stood there with tears in their eyes, receiving prayer for the first time in their lives, allowing God to enter into their hearts and do what He came to do, to bring light. It is all happening today in Jerusalem. (Hosea 3v5).

Ukraine: Russian President Putin could drag out the Ukraine crisis for months in an attempt to challenge Western unity. Pray as led. (See Dan 11v30).

We have sent out an IFC prayer alert so use this /other information for prayer for the Ukraine situation. Why not wait on God and ask Him how to pray?  

UK: The recent storms and record high winds have destroyed many trees. Pray for replanting and restoration of damage. God is God. (Ps. 148v8).  

Africa: The Local Houses of Prayer movement (LHOP) is flourishing in Africa. Where prayer abounds, crops flourish, diseases are kept at bay, alcoholism and chains of addiction are routed, start-ups prosper. LHOPS are establishing in Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe and North America. Pray that this movement flourishes and brings transformation. (James 5v16b).    

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2022 Top Ten. (no.4.Libya). You can’t tell anybody about Jesus or you’ll be reported, arrested, and face punishment or attack, or be killed. Pray for the secret believers’ safety & community, hope in God and for the nation. (Mark 10v27).   

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

 

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

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

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

 







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