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INTERCESSORS FOR CYPRUS    PRAYER UPDATE     JULY 2020   No. 81

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

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

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

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

 

CONTENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tip: Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to an entry He wants you to pray into. Focus on that (also in your group) until you sense completion. God bless you!

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

    

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

Remember the Oasis Refugee Project: (See special entry under Churches; ‘Specific churches and ministries’ section).  

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Israel: The Bible says that in the end days, there is an initial conflict between Israel and surrounding peoples i.e. Hamas, Palestinians, Hezbollah and Syria. This conflict will be over Jerusalem. But Israel will win this initial conflict – Zechariah 12v6 says that “Jerusalem will remain secure”. But into the vacuum that is left will come Russia, Iran and Turkey. Keep an eye on and pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Isaiah 62v6; Psalm 122v6).  

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

 

 

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

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

IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet, Particularly ‘InCyprus News’, from TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.   Regular sources: Issachar UK; Jerusalem Post; Open Doors; IFI; Vision for Israel; Internet.

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CONTENTS

Giving thanks; Editorial: Promises; Prophetic word re Covid-19. 

The Church: Specific churches & ministries; The Rod of Authority; The Lord’s Return.

The Government and those in authority: This month; Health; The North. National issues: (see list);

Cities & municipalities; Caring & compassion; International; IFC.

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

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

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

Tip: Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to an entry He wants you to pray into. Focus on that (also in your Zoom or Skype group) until you sense completion.

              

PROPHETIC EDITION:

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

Pause in order to consider God’s goodness to you and to others, and give thanks to Him. He is a good Father and a merciful God (Deut 32v3-4)

 

^ EDITORIAL: Promises:  Jeremiah 1v12: The LORD said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled."

God keeps His promises. He has promised in 64 scriptures to bring His ancient covenant people the Jews, back home to the Promised Land a second time out of exile. The first exile was to Babylon and its area, The second was a worldwide scattering following the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70.

Isaiah 11v10-12: In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious. In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea. He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth.

So, the chosen people would be coming from the ‘four quarters of the earth’ back to their homeland. After almost 2000 years in exile, first God envisioned early Jewish settlers in the 19th & 20th centuries to return to the land and begin to reclaim it. The desert began to ‘blossom as a rose’ (Isaiah 35v1). In 1917 the British Balfour Declaration entitled the Jews to establish a homeland. God then established the land of Israel again as a nation in 1947 through a remarkable vote in the United Nations and gave it international statehood in 1948. Israel was back on the map! Then in 1967 God enabled Jerusalem to come under the jurisdiction of the Jews following their amazing victory against Arab nations in the Six Day War. 

 

From 1979 God began to fulfil His promise regarding the ‘land of the north’….Moscow being north of Israel, and Russia having over 2 million Jews. Famines began to strike the land over the next few years.  Jeremiah 31v8-10: See, I will bring them from the land of the north and gather them from the ends of the earth. Among them will be the blind and the lame, expectant mothers and women in labour; a great throng will return. 9  They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel's father, and Ephraim is my firstborn son. 10  "Hear the word of the LORD, O nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: 'He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.'

In 1986 the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the Ukraine struck the mighty USSR, who like Pharoah had been resisting the release of the Jews to their homeland. Mikhail Gorbachov was amongst those resisting, but God brought his and Russia’s pride down. Consider the third of the end times trumpets sounded in the book of Revelation (Rev 8v10-11): ‘The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— 11  the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.’  The Ukrainian word for ‘wormwood’, a bitter wild herb, is ‘chernobyl’. How bitter was that cataclysmic event!  Yet this gave birth to Gorbachov’s ‘glasnost’ (openness), coupled with ‘perestroika’ (restructuring), leading to the fall of the Berlin wall, separating the East from the West, in 1990-91.  As a result, the way was open for Jews to return much more easily to their homeland. God is not mocked!

Also in 1991Operation Exodus’ was established through vision from God and then intercession amongst many believers around the world whose eyes had been opened to the scriptures. God’s timing was perfect of course, and they were able to assist returning Jews from Russia. Now, the majority of Jews have returned from Russia and the north, and also many from the south, and the east, but relatively few from the affluent west.

 

The next move of God in this aspect of His working will be to bring His chosen people back from the west (Isaiah 43v5). Hosea 11v10: They will follow the LORD; he will roar like a lion. When he roars, his children will come trembling from the west. The increasing anti-Semitism in the western nations especially recently in the USA will be used of God to precipitate His people out and to Israel. Not only that, but whilst the 2020 Covid-19 ‘pause’ across the nations has reminded us all of our mortality, of our dependence on God, already the Jews are being blamed for it, or accused of wanting to make money out of the vaccine as Israeli scientists seek for one. Israel’s government is anticipating a great surge in Jews returning home from the west, especially America, and is asking other friendly nations and Christian organisations to be ready to help. Will we in Cyprus? Will we open our homes, provide transport and finances if need be, meet needs, etc? It may well be that 2021 is another significant year in God fulfilling His purpose for the Jews according to His promises. It should be noted that only when the Jews are back in the land will He fulfil His promise of revival.

Zechariah 12v10: "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.      Zechariah 13v1-2:  "On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity. 2  "On that day, I will banish the names of the idols from the land, and they will be remembered no more," declares the LORD Almighty. "I will remove both the prophets and the spirit of impurity from the land.

 

‘The Day of the Lord’.  We need to understand that all this is in the overall context of the ‘Day of the Lord’ (Joel 2v28-32, repeated in Acts 2).

Acts 2v17-21: " 'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18  Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19  I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20  The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21  And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'

The pouring out of God’s Spirit began in the Early Church and continues to this day. However the great ‘day of the Lord’ is in the context of the end days and the return of Christ, of a great shaking of the earth (Haggai 2v7; Hebrews 12v26) and heavens and of a great saving of those who call on the name of the Lord. COVID-19 is just the beginning of a new, more intensive phase in God’s shaking of the nations. He is the Sovereign Lord!

Jesus said (Matthew 24v37), ‘As it was in the (ungodly) days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.’

The flood is coming – not a literal water flood but God’s end time flood, dealing with nations and peoples, dealing with the Church, bringing in an end times harvest before His great return. A new era of the Holy Spirit is coming. The Church is being prepared as an ‘ark’ for the many who will be saved. The Church is being revamped by God at this time in readiness. Flexibility and being led of Holy Spirit will be key, and use of homes for receiving unbelievers. The Holy Spirit will enable the ‘great commission’ of Matthew 28v19-20 to be fulfilled afresh in our day. The Church is learning how to rest in the storm, how to look to Jesus, in preparation for those days. Pentecost in Cyprus is the first week in June. Perhaps we will see something of this then. Whatever happens, let us be people of faith in God for what He will do in our day, to His glory. Habakkuk 2v14: ‘For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.’

If all this seems remote from you, then ask the Lord to speak to you about it. He will confirm His word. God will be watching over His word to perform it, but who will be ‘willing volunteers’ (Judges 5v9) to get involved in the ‘day of His power’? (Psalm 110v3). Will YOU?        

     

PROPHETIC WORD re Covid-19: (Editor: I have included relevant scripture verses). The brother who received this powerful prophetic word on March 31st 2020 is known well to IFC, and was a solicitor in London until he joined the Prophetic Word Ministries / Prophecy Today team. He has also exercised his own ministry of speaking at conferences both in Britain and overseas. He is a well-known Bible teacher with an established ministry and remains an official advisor to Issachar Ministries (Prophecy Today UK's parent charity).

 

Beloved, I speak, but who is willing to listen; I call, but who is willing to hear? My people are hardened like barren soil in drought, baked hard by the continual beating down of the heat of deception*, so my words do not take root and righteousness does not result. Yet I have a remnant who grieve over the state of the world in which you find yourselves, and it is to you that I now speak, you whose hearts are humble and open towards me, and who tremble at my word. *(Matt 24v5; Eph 5v6; 2 Thess 2v3; Rev 20v8)

 

To those who have ears to hear, I am shouting a warning, for the great and terrible day of the Lord** is not far off and the time to repent is short.

**(Joel 2v11 & 28-32; Amos 5v18-20; Mal 4v5; 1 Thess 5v2 & 2 Thess 2v1-4; 2 Peter 3v10)  

 

I have sent fire and floods, earthquakes and famines*** in many places, but who has wanted to know the reason? Men, even the leaders of my people, are deceived and believe the lie that these so-called natural disasters are caused by the actions of men and can be resolved by the skilled remedies of men. Therefore I have released a curse, a global scourge of sickness for which men have no remedy; and no nation will escape unscathed. For the whole world is turning in rebellion against me, and in my grief and out of my great love for all mankind whom I have created and desire to save, I have released the scourge of sickness in the hope that in their despair, men will turn to me for deliverance and salvation. ***(Josh 24v20; 1 Chron 21v15; 2 Chron 7v13-14; Psalm 91v9-10; Isaiah 45v7; Revelation chapters 6, 8, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16.)  

 

The nations of the world, the whole earth, are now as it was in the days of Noah, (Genesis 6 & 7v21-23) when violence and corruption brought my anger in the form of a worldwide flood; and as in the days of Lot, when greed and corruption and perverted sexuality brought my destruction in the form of fire and burning sulphur. Even so, this is now the condition of the nations, and I have been watching in horror. Where is the fear of God among the nations? Where is the fear of God among the leaders of my people who are called by my Name? Everywhere I am rejected and mocked and blasphemed, I who created the heavens and the earth and who sustains them by my word of power.

 

Beloved, you whose hearts and ears are turned to me when I call, hear my cry; for it is a cry not only of anger, but also of deep sorrow and love for all men whom I have created in order that they may worship me, the one true God, and live in fellowship with me through my Son who gave his life so that all who call upon me might be saved and live under my hand of blessing and protection. My grief is very great, for I look upon the nations of the world, who have embraced deception rather than the truth of their own eyes, and rejected me as Creator. I am angry, but I am also deeply wounded and in great distress at the destruction which they are bringing upon themselves through their pride and rebellion, for they do not know, and are not willing to hear, that it is the god of this present world-system who is deceiving them and luring them into a trap of destruction.

Men have rejected the everlasting covenant which I made with Noah. Everywhere I see violence and corruption and greed, and the shedding of innocent blood – millions of unborn children who are the work of my hands in this creation and for whose lives I had a purpose on this earth. Now even the very sign of the covenant which I made with Noah, the rainbow of permanent testimony to my love and faithfulness to keep my word, is made a cause of offence to me, a stench in my nostrils, by being taken as the proud symbol of rebellion, of perversion of my created order of male and female. (Leviticus 18v22).

 

Beloved, do not be deceived*. God has been watching while the cup of iniquity of the nations of the earth is coming near to fullness. In my love and concern I am shouting a global warning through this present scourge of sickness, in the hope that even at this late hour many will repent and turn to me, before the final judgments of irretrievable disaster***, the outpouring of my pent-up anger, begin to be released, for then it will be too late and I will not turn back from doing all that is prophesied in my word. Before that day arrives, I desire to purify and equip you, my remnant people, by my Spirit, to declare my love, the gospel of my Son’s sacrifice sealed in his own blood, to those who are destined for the awfulness of my wrath. Who will hear and respond to my call to declare the truth, for this is a day of decision?

 

 

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

1. Specific ministries & churches:  

a) Daniel Generation: The ministry is grounded in Daniel 11:32, which talks of a generation who know their God (intimately & personally), rather than just knowing about God. Cyprus - a nation where many are religious, but most are orthodox - needs an awakening to the love of God for each one personally. We are partnering with God to help see this become a reality in the lives of young people. God has challenged us over matters of diligence – without corruption or negligence – as indeed He did with Daniel before us (Daniel 6v4). We are slowly developing a network of relationship and prayer with youth leaders around Cyprus, and seeking to establish a charity. Pray that we follow God’s leading alone and for youth leaders and young people to be prepared for great things to come. Amen.

 

b) O.A.S.I.S. Refugee ministry:   It is good to hear of the activities of this ministry during ‘lockdown’. Increased numbers of volunteers enabled wider food distribution. A local bakery baked bread for the ministry’s use. Ministry to the whole person, body soul and spirit continues. 

World Refugee Day: The theme this year is "everyone counts." Remember the story of the ‘99’. The good shepherd left his flock of 99 to go after the one that has been lost. The Good Shepherd values each of His sheep equally and He loves them all, unconditionally. As we think of the almost 70 million refugees in the world today we must remember that Jesus knows and loves each one of them unconditionally.  As the good shepherd He laid down His life for all His sheep. Please join us in the month of June as we pray, remember and support the refugee community that is here in Cyprus. 

Media: We have seen a turn in the media covered of refugees….reports of gangs of refugees terrorizing the community. Praise God that 17 jihad suspects have been detained to be returned to their countries. Organizations supporting refugees have also complained about the treatment of their beneficiaries. E.g. people being taken out of their apartments to be moved to camps even though they have a rent agreement. Those who arrived in March are being refused benefits that they were receiving and being told to move to the camps in Nicosia. The camps in Nicosia are overcrowded, with poor living conditions, and not designed to receive the numbers they received from those who were staying in hotels in Larnaca and Ayia Napa.  

People are being governed by fear, misinformation and economics. The prayer is for kindness and compassion.    

Other: OASIS has applied for charity status. The documents are soon to be submitted for approval. With the charity status we will need to make changes in leadership. Pray for the right leaders and new board members to be revealed…God’s choice…and for charity status approval.

Also, the world has changed.  We are also feeling this too.  We are limited on the number of people who can be in the building.  Our volunteer landscape has changed. We are seeking God for what his plans are for the future. Pray for His leading (Psalm 32v8; Deut 1v33).

 

c) Youth for Christ, Cyprus: Psalm 30:5 (NKJV) For His anger is but for a moment, His favour is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. Loukios and Athena press on with online ministry to encourage and strengthen young people in this time of constraint, including an island-wide Zoom event with worship, a quiz, and a speaker from the USA and discussion groups. 75 people joined the meeting! Pray for Christian young people’s hearts and minds to be protected and strengthened…they are our next church leaders, teachers, and parents. Pray also for the ‘After Hours’ project, Larnaca, to be able to move ahead effectively so that young people can meet and bring friends to this outreach café (Ephesians 3v16).    

 

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

 

e) Online Alpha. One church we know in the UK is preparing an online Alpha course in view of Covid-19 and possibilities in the future. This could be a useful tool for any church. Pray for the development and use of this. The course starts on Mon June 8th at 9pm our time. www.kingdomfaith.com/alpha

f) Global Day of Repentance: This event, held online on May 27th was a useful challenge and good spiritual exercise (Matthew 3v8).

 

2. The Rod of Authority: Exodus 4:1v5: Moses answered, "What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, 'The LORD did not appear to you'?" 2  Then the LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?" "A staff," he replied. 3  The LORD said, "Throw it on the ground." Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. 4  Then the LORD said to him, "Reach out your hand and take it by the tail." So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. 5  "This," said the LORD, "is so that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you."

Moses’ authority from God was evidenced in his staff. ‘What is that in your hand?’ God asked him. Let’s ask God through prevailing prayer to equip the Church for the days ahead, evidencing the authority of God in whatever our ‘staff’ may be….healing, deliverance, salvation, gifting, etc. Let’s intercede that the Bride of Christ will be prepared with her lamp burning brightly (Matthew (25), all over the world, ready for our Lord’s return. May God revive His Church, breaking out all over the world. Amen!   

 

3. The Lord’s Return: The Lord’s Prayer includes a prayer for the Second Coming….’Your kingdom come’. The early church prayed for His return (1 Cor 16v22). In the book of Revelation, the bride responds to the Lord by saying, ‘Amen. Come Lord Jesus!’ (Rev 22v20). Pray, maybe using the following: Maranatha - Come, O Lord. Come in revival to purify your Bride. Come in revival to bring many to repentance. Then come to manifest your End Time glory, majesty and power. Come to manifest your holiness and justice. Come to gather, protect and bless your saints. Come to destroy evil, idolatry and oppression. Come to disarm, restrain and destroy the evil one. Come to establish your rule of peace and justice on earth.

Remember that the devil is trying hard to prevent revival, undermine Christians’ submission to Scripture (especially in the area of sexuality), stop Christians proclaiming biblical truth by them being accused of extremism and hate-speech, destroy the church’s reputation (especially in the area of sexual abuse), cause churches to die of old age. All would undermine God’s rule – his Kingdom. So pray regularly “Your kingdom come. Maranatha.”

 

ITI: Practically, short term homes & accommodation, transport, finances will be needed to help the project and the people we will serve. Pray Ps.110v3. 

 

 

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

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

 

^ This month: The President, on TV recently, has laid out a series of stimulations to the economy. Pray these prove effective (Romans 8v11).

Landlords: are being given tax incentives to reduce rents. However, easier eviction of non-paying tenants is being considered. This needs careful consideration and discernment between the genuine tenant in hardship and the rebellious. People’s homes are at stake. Pray. (Exodus 12v27).

The ESTIA scheme: to help people unable to repay their mortgage or other loan and banks carrying non-performing loans is failing due to the requirements of a 30 page application and 40-50 backing documents! Pray for simplification and reduction of ‘red tape’ (Hebrews 8v10).  

Justice system: Major reforms in the justice system will mean that lengthy delays in cases will be scrapped …we are told. Nicosia Central Prisons are overcrowded. A committee is making plans. Pray for effective strategies to improve the system (1 Chronicles 28v12).

 

^ Health: Pray for the general public to maintain vigilance as we begin to step down from Covid-19 alert and to be wise in their social interaction….ask God to bring restraint.  Remember the health service staff, praying for their continued protection and strength. Pray for researchers to be effective in their work. Pray for the planners and administrators to know God’s wisdom and leading. Give thanks for the Larnaca Hospital new building alongside the old one. Pray for effective use of both buildings and of the old hospital (Proverbs 3v5-8).           

 

^The North: Due to fires at national treasure olive groves impacting both north and south, and a bi-communal health committee, a new unity of sorts is developing between north and south. Mr Akinci was positive as was Mr Anastasiades. Pray for healing of our nation (1 Chronicles 12v17-19).

 

 

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

Chlorakas, Paphos. There appear to be a group of Syrians who have arrived in the last 18 months from the mainland living in Chlorakas Paphos and are harassing the earlier wave of Syrians. These are very conservative young male Muslims who are causing lots of trouble and seem to represent a concerted effort to establish an Islamic presence in Cyprus. We need to step up prayer and forbid this effort to change the Republic of Cyprus. Pray that God leads them into His divine trap, and even to the cross. Info:    https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/05/24/chlorakas-in-fear-of-armed-gangs/

Latest: Following a tip from Interpol, 17 are being held ready for deportation. Amen! However, keep in prayer over this enemy action (Exodus 23v22).  

Covid-19: Give thanks for the lessening of its grip on Cyprus – and elsewhere. Keep praying for vaccines. Apple and Google have an app for tracing covid-19 carriers. Sounds good, but beware ‘Big brother’ governments tracing our every movement in the future! Pray as led. (Exodus 10v10).

Fire Service: 476 fires in a 15 day period recently, with suspected arson in cases. Pray accordingly (Isaiah 16v4).

NPL’s: Two major banks in Cyprus are selling 4 billion euros worth of non-performing loans (NPLs) to other finance groups. The concern is that the people needing help might find themselves in the hands of more unscrupulous finance sharks. Pray for deliverance (Genesis 32v11).

Real Estate: The market is taking a hammering. Investors in high rise building could be in difficulties. Links to the citizenship scheme and possible money laundering are also of concern. Pray for God’s relief of the situations (Psalm 4v1).

Tourism: This is a major source of income to Cyprus. Airlines need to gauge the public’s reaction to flying again. Keeping the middle seat unoccupied may help. Cyprus airways commences flights to Athens from July 9th and other airlines commence July 1st. Hotels open June 1st. Pray (Isaiah 60v8).

Schools: Close proximity of children in schools and their likelihood to forget ‘social distancing’ is of concern. Pray for right strategies (1 Chron 14v14).

Marriage: For many, this has been under strain in the last two months due to proximity and confinement. For others, it has brought restoration of marriage and family. Pray for couples under strain, for restoration (Amos 9v11).  

Mental Illness: amongst the whole community of Cyprus increased during lockdown…for the obvious reasons of anxiety and worry. Pray peace and healing into those caught up in all this (Jeremiah 33v6).   

Foster families: are needed in Cyprus for 500 children of various backgrounds. Pray that they are placed well, ideally with believers (2 John 1v4).

Other: A haul of 72 kg of Cannabis was taken by police in Limassol. Amen. Cyber fraud is growing on online orders, the scammer intervening between the company and the purchaser. Be careful of any unusual requests. Pray into these matters (1 Corinthians 10v12).   

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

Remember the Oasis Refugee Project [see ‘Specific ministries & Churches’ section entry b) for prayer requests]. Give thanks for the many Oasis volunteers who have come forward in the last couple of months to serve asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants. There is a lack of team leaders to oversee their departments as some have left recently (Joshua 24v1).          

 

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

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

 

 

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

Covid-19 vaccines: Over 100 are being trialled worldwide. Pray for success. The stock market is in a bad state and partly due to lack of vaccines as yet. The world is talking about ‘digital transformation’ as a result of this world-wide phenomena of Coronavirus. In the UK, Israel and elsewhere, contact tracing is being considered….a dangerous tool in the wrong hands….’Big Brother’ states. Pray for God’s hand on these matters (Proverbs 3v21).

Plague: (Adapted article): We are witnessing what may be the unfolding, in our lifetime, of events similar to those set out by Jesus in Matthew 24 and even evocative of the series of signs in the Book of Revelation. Our daily news is so filled with the coronavirus pandemic that many are failing to notice another event of great significance on the horizon that may be of even more importance than Covid-19. It is a plague of locusts of biblical proportions that is developing at an alarming rate. This plague is already covering a huge swathe of territory across the Middle East and the Horn of Africa, and even spreading eastward to Pakistan and beyond. It threatens to bring starvation and impoverishment to millions of people if it is not controlled within the next few weeks. It has the potential of causing worldwide famine. The work of controlling the spread of the locusts through insecticides and aerial spraying has been hampered during the past month because of lockdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

In the Bible God uses plagues and famines to send strong messages to people. The prophet Joel (chapters 1-3) has more to say about locusts than any other prophet in the Bible. I believe God is calling for repentance in all nations where the sins of humanity have reached the tipping-point that is incurring inevitable judgment. Many of these nations hate both Jews and Christians and many Christians are suffering intensely, even to martyrdom, at their hands. It may be that God is now calling time upon these purveyors of hate and violence who show no mercy to those who love Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Latest Locust Watch situation update…. https://t.co/p0qAyCZxRo pic.twitter.com/BnO9GCw6wj   Source of full article: Dr. Clifford Hill, Issachar Ministries week 15th-22nd May https://prophecytoday.uk

The persecuted Church: (Open Doors World Watch List 2019, Top Ten. (no.8 Yemen): The nation is gripped by the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Christians (mostly migrants) are discriminated against for emergency relief. Evangelism is prohibited. Pray for God’s breakthroughs (2 Samuel 5v20).  

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

 

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

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

IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet, Particularly ‘InCyprus News’, from TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.   Regular sources: Issachar UK; Jerusalem Post; Open Doors; IFI; Vision for Israel; Internet.

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.    MAY  2020.   No. 79 

Intercessors for Cyprus MAY 2020 Prayer Update

Email: iforcy@outlook.com.  Website: www.intercessorsforcyprus.org


CONTENTS

 

GIVING THANKS;  EDITORIAL: REVIVAL in the Church;  FOR STUDY & THOUGHT;  CORONA VIRUS & THE FUTURE;

THE NATION CARING & COMPASSION;  INTERNATIONAL;  IFC PRAYER & INFORMATION

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

We rejoice in and thank God for the opportunity for believers to seek and find our great God, to know Him better, to be made ready and better prepared for His return and all that precedes this. We give thanks for the way our government has acted to restrain the spread of Covid-19, and the way the effects have been limited here in Cyprus. We also thank God for creative responses to lockdown through many churches, ministries and online.  

 

 

^ EDITORIAL:  REVIVAL in the Church:  Whilst we need discernment to identify and reject false prophecy over revival, often in the form of wishful thinking, we also need to recognise where God is moving upon His people as a bride in preparation for her husband to be. As one brother put it, repentance, submission, surrender and obedience brings God’s divine protection. But it can also make a way for Him to move….preparing the way of the Lord. Revival cannot be earned for it is a work of the Spirit (John 1:12-13; John 3v6), but showing our concern for God to move and our willingness to repent will prepare the way. When He moves, it will be a ‘suddenly’ of God, but He will take into account the prayers of those who are crying out for God to move in the land…..and in our world. Your prayers for revival are important to God. Maybe the current world events are part of His plan in humbling people to start to seek God amidst the insecurity of the times. Revival in the Church will overflow in transformation of the nation(s). Remember also that the Bible speaks clearly of revival in Israel in the end days (Psalm 53v6; Zechariah 12v10 & 13v1-2), so pray in alignment with His revealed word and His blessing (Gen 12v3).    

 

On a recent retreat, I was mulling over Joshua chapter three. It began to come alive……Joshua 3v3-9: "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, (i.e. God’s presence) and the priests, who are Levites, carrying it, (think of church leadership set apart for serving His people), you are to move out from your positions and follow it. (Leaders lead).  4  Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. God is doing something new in this time of Coronavirus. (Services and interactions may never be fully the same again. Leaders need to receive God’s strategies from heaven). 

But keep a distance of about a thousand yards between you and the ark; do not go near it." 5  Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you." (Consecration from the world, and being set apart for God and His purposes in these days).  6  Joshua said to the priests, "Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people." (Leaders must respond to the challenge, seeking God for His way, not hiding their heads in the sand, hoping all will go away).

So they took it up and went ahead of them. 7  And the LORD said to Joshua, "Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so that they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses. 8  Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: 'When you reach the edge of the Jordan's waters, go and stand in the river.' (How about that? Stand in the river! What an invitation to seek God for the river of His life, the river of His Spirit to flow afresh in you! Who knows what God will do with one who chooses to seek Him?) " 9  Joshua said to the Israelites, "Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God. (We all have the opportunity and invitation to spend time in His presence and in His word, being led of His Spirit, and receiving fresh revelation….for such a time as this).  

Joshua 3:14 &17: So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. 17  The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground. We are all ‘a royal priesthood’ [1 Peter 2v9] and are all – especially leadership - required to ‘stand firm’ in the faith. 1 Corinthians 15v58 and Ephesians 6v14 are two of the several verses on this theme of standing firm…worth looking into. Having read this, pray for your church leadership, for ministries leadership, for Cyprus denominations’ leadership including the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church.   

 

FOR STUDY & THOUGHT:  The Exodus as End-Time analogy (1)   Interestingly, the Bible draws a clear analogy between the Israelite departure from Egypt and God’s dealings with Israel and the Gentile nations at the end of the age. For instance, Jeremiah said the last-days return of Israel will mirror the Exodus and even exceed it in magnitude.

“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “that it shall no more be said, ‘The Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘The Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.’ For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers.” (Jeremiah 16:14-15)

This same parallel is found again in Jeremiah 23:7-8, where the context once more is the final Ingathering of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland. Here, it has the added element that the promised “Branch,” or Messiah, will come on the scene at this time to gloriously reign, such that “Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely…” (Jeremiah 23:5-6). Zechariah chapter ten carries a similar message, even adopting clear imagery from the parting of the Red Sea to describe this future time when Jews would depart from the Gentile nations and journey home to the Land of Israel: “He shall pass through the sea with affliction, and strike the waves of the sea: All the depths of the River shall dry up.” (Zechariah 10:11)

Elsewhere, the prophet Micah foresees a time when Israel is finally restored to her land and to her God, even while He is dealing with the nations in an Exodus-like scenario, saying: “As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, I will show them wonders.” (Micah 7:15). Bearing in mind Covid-19, f the ten plagues described in the book of Exodus, five are also found in Revelation. This includes hail mingled with fire (Revelation 8:7); the seas and rivers turned to blood (8:8, 16:3-4); locust (9:1-11); loathsome sores like boils (16:2); and darkness (16:10-11). There is much yet to come upon the earth….Jesus spoke of this in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21.

Luke 21v25-28:  "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26  Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27  At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28  When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. To be prepared, we need to be devoted to God. Pray into this. 

 

CORONA VIRUS & THE FUTURE: We do not know the exact impact of Coronavirus on the world’s economy. But let us suppose the economists are right that it causes a major depression and collapse of worldly wealth. What then? How will individual nations react under such pressure?  Russia has conducted unprecedented manoeuvres in the English Channel with 7 warships. Russia is suffering immensely from the dramatic collapse in oil prices and this itself may be a catalyst for Putin to act. We know that God will put hooks in Gog’s jaws to bring him down into the Middle East to take a spoil. The warships in the channel are a sign of things to come. We are told that Russia will send many ships into the Mediterranean when it finally invades. This virus must be a key contraction in the labour pains of the world - leading to the birth (return) of our Lord Jesus Christ (Daniel 11v40-41).  

Conspiracy theories: There are lots of conspiracy theories going around, together with mis-information about the times we are in. On the other hand, the Lord Jesus spoke of the difficulties of the end days (Matthew 24 & 25; Mark 13; Luke 21 as did Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4 & 5 and as did Daniel in his book and as does the book of Revelation. So, whilst we recognise there will be distortions and false teaching (Mark 13v5-8), we are counselled by Jesus to discern the signs of the times….between the false and the true (Matthew16v3). Some examples follow: Some are questioning why Beijing and Shanghai were relatively unaffected by Coronavirus. The USA is investigating this, as the Western economies are suffering badly during and no doubt following the outbreak. Was this a bio attack by the world’s second largest economy against the USA, the largest, and the West?    (DigitalPhablet.com). Is there a link between Covid-19 and the use of the new 5G mobile phones and their radiations? Is this all part of a global conspiracy to subject the human race to slavery to the masters, the very rich and influential? Will the aftermath of the virus eventually lead to the compulsory tracking of people? (http://www.newsincyprus.com/news/232531/eu-wants-voluntary-privacy-based-virus-tracking-mobile-apps). It remains to be seen. One thing we do know, the church needs to be prepared by being close to God. Pray for this as you read Matthew 24 & 25.   

 

 

THE NATION:  (and elsewhere) in this time of Covid-19 and recovery. (www.covid19.cy)

The Government: We give thanks to God for giving Cyprus responsible leaders with the wisdom to view this as a war. The Lockdown exit strategy needs wisdom. Ecclesiastes 8:5b-6a: ‘….the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure. 6  For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter….’  - especially as there are still cases being reported. Pray for the government over this (Romans 13v1).

The afflicted: For those afflicted with Covid-19 at this time, we pray, arise O Lord and heal them (Malachi 4v2).

Testing: There are claims that blood testings are proving weak concerning Coronavirus. Pray for countermeasures if this is true (John 1v5).

The economy: May the Lord impart wisdom from on high to the finance ministry to deal with the economic costs of this battle against the coronavirus (Gen. 48:15; Psa. 41:1-3). Pray He gives wisdom to our leaders to know when and how to complete the recovery from lockdown (Eccl. 9:18a).

Those serving: Lord, please protect the police, National Guard, Civil Defence and all medical personnel who are themselves protecting this nation.

Religions: Leaders of religions need to speak clearly of the seriousness of Covid-19 and urge their people to heed the government guidelines – for Muslims especially during Ramadan (Gen. 16:9; Psa. 18:44). Pray for this. Since some families live in one house with several generations living together, ask God to give them much wisdom and grace and to have mercy especially on the elderly (Matt. 5:44).

Corona lockdown tension: With children at home and also most spouses, this is the longest stretch for most families to have to "put up with" one another – and that can birth mental, emotional and even physical tensions. We thank You Lord for the large number of families here in Cyprus and the emphasis on family life. Give great grace to parents as they deal with their children (Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21), and to children to willingly obey their parents (Deut. 30:2; Col. 3:20). Lord, deal with abusive spouses in a very firm manner and hedge them in from doing any damage to their partners (Job 5:2; Prov. 15:18; Jam. 1:19-20). May Your presence be very real with all single and elderly in isolation (Psa. 46:10-11). Let believers and believing families be salt and light to all their neighbours (Matt. 5:13-16). Draw many families closer together during this enforced lockdown. Thank You, Lord.

Tourism: Cypriot and Greek travel agents will submit a joint proposal to the governments of the two countries to ‘exchange’ tourists as soon as conditions allow. Pray for effective measures to restore tourism (Daniel 12v4b).

Fraud: The EU set aside a healthy amount of finance for forest fire detection here, but it appears the consortium involved ploughed it in to casino development in Cyprus! Pray that the truth comes out, for light in the darkness, and appropriate response if true.

Young children: Latest figures for 2018 reveal that only one in three children (32.9%) in Cyprus aged less than three years were cared for exclusively by their parents. Pray for the little ones to know the security they need (Matthew 18v6; Matthew 19v14). 

 

 

CARING & COMPASSION: Matthew 5v7: Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.’

Since we are still under some "stay home – stay safe" protocols, many single or elderly people may be alone or very lonely, and refugees and disabled are amongst others in need. We thank God for the government and local government initiatives to reach these groups and also the voluntary sector’s mobilisation, including the church. Pray for continuation….Asylum Seekers: The UNHCR office in Cyprus is pleased that steps are taken to improve the living conditions of asylum seekers and remains hopeful that other measures will be introduced soon to resolve other pending issues refugees and asylum seekers are faced with, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pray for continued care and improvements for asylum seekers and their families, refugees and others in need.

O.A.S.I.S produced a useful prayer guide this week: Good News: Pray that live-streamed church messages would bring hope and peace during this challenging time. Pray for protection over those who are in abusive homes and in domestic violence situations. Health: Continue to pray for the stop of the spread of the virus. Pray for the healthcare workers in Cyprus. Praise for the low death rates and containment due to the government’s response.29. Pray that anxiety and fear would be replaced with hope and that the Lord’s presence would fill each home with peace, strengthening each one during this time. Schools: Pray for families and teachers as remote learning starts up again. Perseverance: Pray that those who are sheltering in various places would not grow weary. Pray for an abundance of joy and cheer. Housing: Pray for the asylum seekers who are currently living in poor conditions to find adequate and decent housing.

 

Mutual assistance in Cyprus: The Cyprus Friendship Circle was established in 2008 as a volunteer organization for children with special needs.

As part of the special situation following the Corona virus, the Cyprus Friendship Circle extends the scope of activities and invites everyone to volunteer for the elderly and the isolated, and through mutual assistance to ensure the basic food supply and needs for every person in Cyprus.

Join the special voluntary venture now, and through quiet, focused groups, we will help those in need along with the necessary care, and strengthen the social resilience of us all! Cyprus Friendship Circle by phone  +357-2424770 and WhatsApp: +357-97835501. Pray for this ministry. To join the volunteer groups in the special venture of the Cyprus Friendship Circle Larnaca: https://chat.whatsapp.com/FbK6PXuhnoS3hnhFPA9sUv

 

 

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

USA: The economy is in a bad way. This could have serious repercussions for the West. Pray God works through this and for restoration (Habb 3v2).  

China: China is recovering well after Covid-19, but the concern of recurrence prevails. After 2 months, some in China who have had CV are still testing positive. Pray the Lord has His hand on this, & protects and anoints the Chinese Church to know how to pray and evangelize at this time (Num 10v35).  

Russia: It may be that Russia is using this time to conceal and further its purposes towards the Middle East. Pray using Psalm 33v10-11.  

Israel: Jews are being blamed for developing and spreading this virus! If they develop a vaccine, they will be accused of doing it for the money. Jews will continue to be the world's scapegoats – until Jesus’ return. Pray for the security and protection of Israel from her enemies, and that God would use these pressures to bring His ancient people back home to the land according to His many promises (Isaiah 43v5-7). Note that there are nations who will help them in this great return. There will also be many in the Church who see God fulfilling scripture through this and will serve. Will you?     

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

 

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

In 2013, IFC (intercessors for Cyprus) was given leave to develop its ministry under the authority of the Evangelical Alliance, Cyprus. IFC has an office and a prayer home. We believe in using the home for a place of prayer and in inviting others to join us. (The Hebrew word for ‘house’ is also used for ‘home’, so the rising movement of Prayer Houses could also be applied to homes). We would like to see many homes in Cyprus opening up for public as well as private prayer once a week if not more. We hold prayer meetings three mornings a week. Tuesdays: (9-11am) ITI prayer for Cyprus as a safe haven for refugees and for Cyprus ministries. Wednesdays: (9-12am) we meet to pray for Israel. Fridays: (9-12am) prayer for Cyprus, including the latest news and using the IFC monthly Cyprus Prayer Update, and being led of the Spirit.  If you would like to join us - as a visitor or more permanently- then email the above to arrange. NB during lockdown, online only. IFC News sources and links for Intercessors. First, from the Bible and from Holy Spirit! Then from intercessors, churches and ministries. Also, the Internet, particularly ‘InCyprus News’, from TV, radio & newspapers, local government, local people & shopkeepers, etc.   Other regular sources: Issachar UK; Jerusalem Post; Open Doors; IFI; Vision for Israel; Internet.

 

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










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