March 2017 Global Prayer Agenda

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Category One

Prayer for America and Europe

Scripture Reading: 1 Tim. 2: 1 -4.

Prayer for America

Prayer for Revival

Prayer for and Solution to the Global Refuge Crisis

“Despite previous plans to admit the highest number of refugees in decades, the United States will shut its doors to thousands displaced by conflict in the Middle East—at least temporarily—under the executive order President Donald Trump signed (recently). Christian aid groups responsible for resettlement mourned and criticized the president’s decision to stop accepting any refugees into the United States for the next four months.”

The Trump administration cites security concerns for the policy changes. A draft of the order published by The New York Times reads, “In order to protect Americans, we must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward our country and its founding principles.

Tim Breene, CEO of World Relief, acknowledges the security risks, but believes the administration’s action goes overboard. Franklin Graham, the president of the evangelical relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, defended the decision.”…“It’s not a biblical command for the country to let everyone in who wants to come, that’s not a Bible issue,” he told the Huffington Post. “We want to love people, we want to be kind to people, we want to be considerate, but… there are laws that relate to immigration and I think we should follow those laws. Because of the dangers we see today in this world, we need to be very careful.” Jerry Johnson, president of the National Religious Broadcasters, said on Twitter that Trump’s plan was “sound,” advocating that the goverment limit immigration as a protective measure while the church continue to minister to refugees.” … “Both are needed,” he wrote.

“When the refugee program resumes, the Trump administration plans to prioritize refugees who have undergone persecution as a religious minority. For the Muslim-majority countries where most refugees comes from, this would benefit Christians (and other minority faiths, like Yazidis) and penalize Muslims.” (Source: Adopted from article, “Evangelical Leaders Oppose Trump’s Refugee Ban” in Christianity Today, January 25, 2017)

Pray

  1. For a divine solution to the refugee crisis
  2. For the Trump Administration to receive wisdom to implement US immigration laws in a manner that both enables the Federal Government to meet its obligation to protect the nation and to respond effectively and compassionately to the growing refugee crisis in Syria and elsewhere in the world.
  3. For concerned church leaders and heads of relief agencies to work closely together and with the Trump Administration to address concerns of refugees, while also finding ways to continue ministering to the refugees that are affected because of tightening US immigration policies.

Focusing on God’s healing of the US, a Divided nation

“America’s ills are not merely the result of corruption or racism, although these are evil. Our troubles can also be traced directly to ineffective Christians.” (Tony Evans)

“As Christians, we must take authority and pray over the principalities and powers that are at work in our nation, in the lives of those who are calling for violence or who are perpetuating violence. We saw in Sanford that we could come to a peaceful outcome when we took authority in the spiritual realm.”

Secular people don’t understand this, but those of us who believe the Word of God know that “our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12, MEV) –  (Excerpted from an article by Steve Strang, Editor of  Charisma Magazine, 7/8/2016)

PRAY

  1. “For the church across America to come together as a whole to advance God’s Kingdom light, equity, love and principles in order to be a positive influence and impact for good in the midst of darkness, fear and hate.”
  2. “For the Christian community across America to stand together and commit to one another to usher in a wave of change, justice, life, safety, rightness, equity and dignity for all.”
  3. “That at this time peace, unity, love and non-violence will be our rallying cry and the catalyst for change in America.”

(Prayer Points Adopted from Tony Evans).

Prayer for the President Trump and His Cabinet.

This call is based on the belief that, when God’s people cry out to Him in earnest and heartfelt prayer, He will bless our nation in ways we cannot foresee. Our prayers also open a window for God to work across our land through the Advancement of His Kingdom, resulting in the salvation of the lost (1 Timothy 2:1 – 3).

PRAY

  1. For Wisdom and humility for President Donald Trump and members of his administration to lead America during these difficult and uncertain times.
  2. For God’s blessings upon the New Administration for the general welfare and advancement of the nation over the next four years, resulting in good governance, reflected in justice, freedom and equity for all Americans based on Biblical standards, resulting in a peaceful, united and prosperous nation.

Prayer for Europe

  1. Christian street preacher set for trial

Premier | Wed 22 Feb 2017

By Marcus Jones

https://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/Christian-street-preacher-set-for-trial

Michael Overd, a Christian street preacher who was arrested last year while addressing a crowd in Bristol, is to stand trial on Thursday.

The evangelist, who was with three others at the time, was dragged away by police outside the Broadmead shopping centre and later charged with a religiously aggravated public order offence.

Police claimed the 52 year old was challenging homosexuality and Islam, and upsetting the peace.

After refusing to leave the area, he was then arrested, amid cheers from the crowd.

Whilst it is unclear exactly what was said to draw the attention of the police, the Bristol Post reports that witnesses heard the preachers stating “all Muslims will burn in hell” and that “Allah does not exist”.

Mr Overd is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre.

He will appear at Bristol Magistrates’ Court alongside two friends – Adrian Clark and Michael Stockwell. The hearing is scheduled to last four days.

PRAY

  1. That God will demolish, crush and exterminate every effort to shut down the preaching of the gospel in the UK;
  2. That the case against the preacher will be overturned and that the preacher will be totally exonerated;
  3. That the Lord will give boldness, wisdom and strategy to His people to preach the gospel without fear in and throughout the UK.
  1. Romania: a nation in protest, a Church in prayer

Christian Telegraph | 02/19/2017

http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue27952.html

Romania’s prime-minister-hopeful, Liviu Dragnea, was accused of stealing money from the government. His party then passed an emergency law just over two weeks ago decriminalizing offenses by government officials involving about $50,000 or less. That’s when the protests started, Christian Telegraph reports according to Mission Network News…The law has since been repealed, but protesters are demanding more…

These protests over the last two weeks are the largest Romania has seen since the revolution in 1989….

But the most notable thing is how Romanian Christians have been responding — with the power of prayer.

“Especially the evangelical churches, the youth in the bigger cities — after the people that were protesting went home in the evenings — they would gather in the city centers and would pray for the country and for the government and for the people in power, that they will really rule the country in a godly manner. Many churches have been really fasting, gathering especially for prayers.”

Please join our Christian brothers and sisters in Romania in praying for justice and peace – politically, socially, and spiritually [emphasis added].

“Pray for us that this will come to an end and that Romania will be a peaceful country where God will be put first, even in the politics…. I just want to thank you so much for being involved and just getting out the news and being there for us in prayer and just being concerned for our country. It means a lot for us to know that we’re not alone in this battle, that we have good friends even over the ocean that are battling this fight with us.”

… Although the evangelical population in Romania is small at only six percent, [Operation Mobilization] wants to equip the Romanian Church to be a launch pad for widespread spiritual change in the name of Christ.

 PRAY

  • That the political and social turmoil in Romania will come to an end, that the Romanians will put God first and that there will be lasting peace and stability throughout the country;
  • That the Lord will give Operation Mobilization in Romania great success in their efforts to equip the Romanian Church to be a launch pad for widespread spiritual change.
  • That the Lord will strengthen the ‘Philadelphian spirit’ of faith, brotherhood and unity among the Christians in Romania, as they continue to stand against the forces of darkness set on destroying the country.

Iraqi Christians flee Islamic terror. Get rejected by German-Muslim immigration employee.

By Vincent van den Born|GATESSTONE EUROPE |Posted on February 18, 2017

https://gatestone.eu/christians-german-muslim/

German broadcaster Welt24 reports, that a few days ago, German politician Wolfgang Bosbach met a Christian Iraqi family in Nordrhein-Westphalia (his constituency), who had recently applied for asylum in Germany.

Bosbach heard them tell how they had fled their country for fear of jihadist violence … they filled in their asylum application, in one of the foreign offices of the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). There, they faced a BAMF employee with a headscarf, who was going to decide whether or not they, Christians, would get protected status [emphasis added]

Last year, 97.000 Iraqis submitted an application for asylum in Germany. In January, 64.6% of Iraqi asylum applications were successful. The family that Bosbach met however, was rejected, and they told him they felt they were at a disadvantage because of the official who handled their case. Bosbach understood their reasoning:

“I understand the applicants’ concern that their application may not have been decided upon solely on objective and prejudice-free considerations, (…) when they are Christians telling a headscarf-wearing Muslima that they have suffered persecution by Muslims.”

When asked to comment, a spokesperson for BAMF seemed to miss the point when she declared that:

“Constitutionally, women are allowed to wear a headscarf in their place of work, …”

Bosbach is not convinced by this line of reasoning:

“Apparently, it is not an ‘objective ground’ for BAMF, when asylum-applicants fear, that those doing the interviews and making the decisions at BAMF do not view their application in a way that is unprejudiced, neutral and free from preconceived ideas. I can’t follow their reasoning.”

The Ministery of Internal Affairs meanwhile, appears to agree with the BAMF. It simply does not consider the headscarf, unlike the Christian cross, to be “a religious symbol in and of itself.” …

The Iraqi family has been urged by Bosbach to make a complaint against the BAMF’s decision. But according to him, they’re afraid that “their complaint will again be judged by someone wearing a headscarf.”

PRAY

  1. That the Lord will open the eyes of the German authorities to see the plight of Christians seeking asylum in Germany but are subjected to various forms of discrimination such as this case highlights;
  2. That the Lord will sensitize the authorities and move them to adopt a much more vigilant policy which will ensure that the most vulnerable – in particular Christians – are given the priority they deserve;
  3. That the Lord will protect, comfort and strengthen the hearts of His people fleeing persecution, send them help through even the most unlikely avenues and cause their hardships to ‘turn to them for a testimony’ to others, including fellow refugees.

Category 2

 Israel, the Middle East and Africa

Scripture (Psalm 45:3-8 NIV)

Iraq

Masses of Arab women are being raped and tortured by Islamic State militants, alongside Christians and Yazidis, with one mother revealing that she had tried to kill herself to end her suffering because she was being raped daily in front of her children.
Persecution watchdog group Human Rights Watch interviewed six Sunni Arab women in Kirkuk, Iraq, who managed to escape the clutches of the Islamic terror group, and have described how they were tortured, raped, ill-treated, and forced into marrying IS fighters. (STOYAN ZAIMOV, CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER, Feb 22, 2017)

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/isis-horror-mother-suspended-by-cables-raped-daily-in-front-of-her-children-175611/#qy13kwVotGygYywU.99

 

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Dozens of Islamic State members were killed on Tuesday in airstrikes by U.S.-led international coalition fighter jets in western Mosul, according to a local source.

Alsumaria News quoted the source as saying that dozens of IS extremists were killed and wounded in intense airstrikes on al-Jawsaq district, a major stronghold for the group in western Mosul. “The strike destroyed the headquarter completely,” said the source. The group prevented civilians from approaching the strike’s scene fearing that information about the death toll might be leaked, the source noted.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared a new security offensive on Sunday to invade the western region of Mosul and drive out Islamic State militants. Government forces retook the eastern region late January after three months of battles. Commanders have said they had recaptured nearly 17 villages in that region since operations launched on Sunday. (Mohamed Mostafa, IraqiNews.com, Feb 21, 2017)

http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/dozens-islamic-state-members-killed-airstrikes-western-mosul-district/

“Daesh (Islamic State) militants have burned to death 15 civilians belonging to three families from al-Shajarah village in Hawija (55 km southwest Kirkuk),” a security source told Alsumaria News on Saturday. The group accused the victims of “abandoning the land of the caliphate,” the source added. They were submerged with tar and then set to fire before a crowd the source said.

The victims were bound to central Kirkuk and areas in neighboring Salahuddin province, according to the source. They were captured by IS on a road between al-Riyadh and Hamreen mountains area. (Mohamed Mostafa, IraqiNews.com, Feb 12, 2017)

http://www.iraqinews.com/features/islamic-state-burn-dead-15-including-children-fleeing-kirkuk/

Pray

  1. Thank God for the women who escaped from IS captivity. Pray that God would heal them from the abuse they experienced.
  2. Pray that God would strengthen and comfort the families whose loved ones were publicly burned alive.
  3. Pray for the defeat and dissolution of Is. Also, pray for the salvation of key IS leaders.
  4. Pray for the protection and strengthening of the Church in Iraq.

Somali

U.N. aid agencies are appealing to international donors to provide money to scale up lifesaving operations in drought-stricken Ethiopia and Somalia, where millions of hungry people are at risk of death and illness.

Five years after a devastating 2011 famine killed nearly 260,000 people in Somalia, famine again is stalking that country. The worst-affected areas are in northern Puntland and Somaliland, where dozens of drought-related deaths and many illnesses already are being reported.

“On Sunday, we received reports of 38 deaths due to drought-linked reasons in the Bakool region of south-central Somalia,” said Leo Dobbs, spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency. “Medical cases include people with acute malnutrition — especially children — watery diarrhea and cholera. These problems are likely to grow without substantial aid.”

The United Nations estimates that half of Somalia’s population, 6.2 million people, is threatened by the drought. The U.N. Children’s Fund said children were the most vulnerable. Christiane Boulierac, a UNICEF spokesman, said the number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition “is expected to rise to 270,000 in the next few months.” (Lisa Schlein, VOA News, February 21, 2017)

http://www.voanews.com/a/united-nations-agencies-boost-aid-operation-ethiopia-somalia-famine/3734031.html

Somali officials say at least 30 people were killed and dozens others wounded when a massive car bomb exploded in a busy market in the capital Mogadishu on Sunday. The blast ripped through a busy market in Kawo-Goday in Wadajir district on Sunday afternoon. Security officials and witnesses said the blast occurred as the people were going about their daily business activities. They said the victims included civilians, shopkeepers and government soldiers.

No one has yet claimed the responsibility for the blast, but officials blamed al-Shabab militants.

Somalia’s new president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo vowed to defeat al-Shabab in a Twitter message following the attack. He condemned the bombing in the strongest terms, saying it indicates al-Shabab’s “barbarism.” (Abdulaziz Osman, VOA News, February 19, 2017)

http://www.voanews.com/a/truck-bomb-in-somali-capital-kill/3730786.html

Pray

  1. Pray that humanitarian aid would get to those in need.
  2. Pray for God to send rain and that the drought and famine would end.
  3. Pray for the complete defeat and dissolution of the al-Shabab militant group.
  4. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in Somali.

Egypt

A Coptic Christian man was shot in the head while his son was burned alive in El-Arish, North Sinai, just days after Islamic State-affiliates called believers their “favorite prey.”

Al-Ahram reports that the father, 65-year-old Saad Hana, and his son, 45-year-old Medhat, were found by Egyptian security officials on Wednesday. Authorities told The Associated Press that the father was shot in the head, while the son appeared to have been abducted and burned alive.

While no group has yet claimed responsibility for the killings, the attack comes after a wave of violence against Christians in North Sinai, and after specific warnings by IS affiliates in Egypt that more Christians will be targeted. (STOYAN ZAIMOV, CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER, Feb 23, 2017)

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-father-shot-in-head-son-buried-alive-days-after-isis-affiliate-calls-believers-prey-175729/#wQOkWW0FXPj27Y5D.99

An Islamic State group affiliate in Egypt released a video Monday showing the suicide bomber who killed nearly 30 people when he attacked a packed church in December and vowing more attacks on the country’s Christian. A narrator says in the 20-minute video that the Egyptian Christians are the extremist group’s “favorite prey.”

The video shows footage of Egypt’s Coptic Christian Pope, Christian businessmen, judges and priests who either speak of the need to protect the minority or use derogatory terms to refer to Egypt’s Muslim majority. The narrator says Christians were no longer “dhimmis,” a reference to non-Muslims in Islam who enjoy a degree of state protection. Instead, the group describes the Christians as “infidels” who are empowering the West against Muslim nations.

“God gave orders to kill every infidel,” one of the militants carrying an AK-47 assault rifle says in the video. (VOA News, February 20, 2017)

http://www.voanews.com/a/so-called-islamic-state-group-vows-more-attacks-on-egyptian-christians/3732034.html

EL-ARISH, Egypt – Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Coptic Christian teacher on his way to school in northern Sinai on Thursday, the second killing of a Christian in less than a week in the turbulent region, officials said, amid fears of escalating attacks on Christians.

Gamal Tawfiq, 50, was shot in the head by two militants on a motorbike who followed him as he walked from home to work at El-Samran School in the coastal city of el-Arish. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the killing, but a security official said the Islamic State’s affiliate in Sinai was the prime suspect.

On Sunday, suspected militants gunned down a local vet, Bahgat Zakher, in el-Arish, and in late January, Wael Milad, a merchant, was killed by militants who stormed his shop. Both were Coptic Christians. (Associated Press, February 16, 2017)

https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2017/02/16/militants-kill-christian-egypts-sinai-second-week/

Pray

  1. Pray that those responsible for the killing of the Coptic Christians will be brought to justice.
  2. Pray that the Egyptian government will do more to protect the Christians in Egypt.
  3. Pray for the salvation of key Muslim extremists.
  4. Pray for the strengthening, protection, and growth of the Church in Egypt.

South Sudan

Famine can be added to the list of South Sudan’s problems, according to the government and the U.N. International Children’s Fund, Food and Agriculture Organization, and World Food Program. They say conflict, a collapsing economy, high food prices, and low agricultural production are to blame for food insecurity across the country, and for famine in two counties in southern Unity State, affecting more than 100,000 people, with the threat of spreading further.

“That means that the conditions have deteriorated to pretty much the worst on the scale that we use to measure food security,” said Challiss McDonough, spokeswoman for the U.N. World Food Program in East Africa, explaining the joint technical committee’s conclusion. One million people are classified as being on the brink of famine. According to numbers released by the government and the United Nations, an estimated five million South Sudanese are severely food insecure, a number projected to increase to 5.5 million people, or roughly half of South Sudan’s population, by July. (Jill Craig, VOA News, February 20, 2017)

http://www.voanews.com/a/un-government-declare-famine-in-parts-of-south-sudan/3731713.html

Officials in South Sudan say army troops entered a village near the capital, Juba, on Sunday and raped at least a half-dozen women and girls, some of them at gunpoint. The alleged rapes occurred less than two weeks after South Sudanese President Salva Kiir issued a warning that soldiers who commit acts of rape and sexual assault will be shot.

An increasing number of rapes by members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) have sparked outrage among civilians and raised tension between the Kiir government and countries that pay for most of the war-torn country’s humanitarian needs. (VOA News, February 16, 2017)

http://www.voanews.com/a/south-sudan-army-troops-accused-of-mass-rape/3727156.html

Pray

  1. Pray for rain and for the end of the famine. Also, pray for humanitarian aid to get to those in need.
  2. Pray that the soldiers who are raping and abusing people would be brought to justice.
  3. Pray for the strengthening and growth of the Church in South Sudan.

Category 3

Prayer for Movement Day Global Cities, the Persecuted Church and Other Critical Concerns of Asia

Scripture   –   Psalms 47: 1 – 9

According to the New York City Leadership Center, “Movement Day Global Cities (MDGC) aims to accelerate a gospel movement amongst cities, focusing on influencing committed leaders to make vibrant changes in their regions. In pursuit of this mission, “like-minded individuals are gathered and challenged to find solutions to “stubborn facts” plaguing their city — facts such as crime, poverty, spiritual apathy, struggling educational systems, unemployment and more.”  IPMI is pleased to collaborate with Dr. Mac Pier and the New York City Leadership Center to facilitate prayer through the MGPT for the success of this Gospel Movement among the various cities around the world.

Prayer for Movement Day Dallas, March 4, 2017.  As we focus our prayers on this significant Gospel event scheduled for Dallas, let us bear in mind the following significant needs and challenges facing the Dallas County:

  • Less than 50% of third graders in Dallas reading at or above grade level. Only 4% high school seniors read at or above 12th grade level.
  • The number of North Texans seeking help from soup kitchens each week has risen 80% since 2006;
  • 29.3% of children live below the federal income poverty level;
  • “25% of all international human trafficking victims in America are in Texas. There are 6000 runaways annually in Dallas with one out of three being lured into sex trafficking within 48 hours of leaving home.  The average age of entry into sex trafficking is between 12 and 13 years old.”
  • “Dallas is in the fourth percentile for safety. 94% of America’s cities are safer; and 223 crimes are committed in Dallas per square mile. The nation average is 39.”
  • Racial division in the city
  • Lack of leadership within the Christian community to bridge the economic, social and spiritual divide between communities.
  • (Source: Mac Pier, A Disruptive Gospel: Stories and Strategies For Transforming Your City, 2016, pgs. 78 – 81)

Pray

  1. For the success of the March 4, 2017 Movement Day Dallas
  2. That the Greater Dallas Movement Day would spark greater awareness for unity among pastors from Dallas and the desire to unite in collaborative efforts among participating pastors, Christian market place leaders, churches and other faith based institutions to bring about a healing of the economic, social and spiritual divide between communities in Dallas.
  3. That the Greater Dallas Movement Day conference will result in an outpouring of the Holy Spirt on churches across the Dallas county resulting in significant social impact on the city’s population, including children and the very poor.

Prayer for other Upcoming Movement Day Expressions happening locally and internationally.

Pray

2018 Movement Day in Charlotte, North Carolina

We have significant conversations with leaders in North Carolina to continue seeding vision for Movement Day Charlotte 2018.

  1. For these conversations to lead to the development of an executive team to lead this effort and committed funding for the gathering.

Movement Day in Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore, 2017 and 2018

  1. Pray for the continued conversations following in person meetings with Ebony with leaders from Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore as they explore hosting expressions of Movement Day in 2017 & 2018.

September 27, 2017 Movement Day in Durban, South Africa

  1. For the ministry team in Durban that there would be connectivity to the vision of accelerating gospel movement and that they would sense a call of God to co-labor in this work.

Financial Provision for Hosting Movement Day

  1. For Craig’s donor conversations to result in the generation of funding for Global Cities hosting expressions of MD in 2017 and beyond.

Prayer for Christians Around the World Suffering Persecution

Study: Christians Most Persecuted Religious Group in the World

According to the Director of the Centre for Studies on New Religions (Cesnur), Massimo Introvigne, Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world, with over 90,000 Christians killed in 2016 alone.

Introvigne told Vatican Radio that there are nearly half a billion Christians who are unable to express or practice fully their Christian faith.

Referring to statistics from the Centre for the Study of Global Christianity, Introvigne said of those 90,000 Christians persecuted in 2016, 70 percent of them were murdered in Africa due to tribal conflicts: “The other 30 per cent, or 27,000, were killed in terror attacks, the destruction of Christian villages, or government persecution.”

Due to be fully released next month, these statistics show a decline of 15,000 in the number of Christians killed, compared to the 105,000 killed in 2015.  However, Introvigne also mentioned Christians are the most persecuted faith based group in the world.

Pray

  1. Let us praise God for the continued growth of His Church worldwide despite increased persecution of Christians worldwide.
  2. Let us continue to praise God the lives of the 90,000 faithful martyrs from around the world that departed this life in 2016.  Praise God also for the wonderful fruits their labor for the master have produced or will continue to produce in the advancement of His Kingdom worldwide.
  3. For Christians living in the Islamic world, where Christians are finding themselves at ever greater risk of persecution from both the state and Islamic militants.
  4. For Christians living in India, where persecution is on the increase from militant Hindus, and China, where the pressure is continuing to grow on unregistered churches.

Other Important Facts about the Global persecution of Christians:

  • 200 million Christians in more than 102 countries are affected by persecution, including kidnappings, sex-slavery, imprisonment, torture, and killings, including beheadings.
  • Persecution is “a form of religious-ethnic cleansing of Christian communities” resulting in mass migration and the sharp decline in the numbers of Christians in the Middle East and other countries across Asia and Africa.
  • Persecution is not just an issue for Christians but a human rights issue that affects us all. Christians, however, suffer harassment than any other religion in the world.
  • The incidence of persecution is highest in countries with a high level of religious extremism. (Source:http://www.christiantoday.com/article/pope.francis.sees.christian.genocide.as.persecution.affects.200.million.christians/60393.htm)

PRAY

  1. For increased awareness of persecution and its impact on Christians, living in countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, with the highest incidence of
  2. For Christians suffering persecution to experience God’s grace to enable them to (i) respond to their persecutors in the spirit of the love of Christ, who has called on His followers to love “your enemies” and bless those that “persecute you”; (ii) to remain faithful to Christ despite the sufferings they are enduring.
  3. For Christians in the West not only to become more aware and compassionate about the mounting persecution of Christians around the world but also to be moved by the Spirit of God to become involved with helping to bring relief to the plight of these believers through prayer, advocacy and other practical support.
  4. For governments of the West, international donor agencies and governments of nations where Christians face persecution to do more to enhance and protect the rights and freedoms of those suffering persecution and that these efforts would lead collectively to a decline in the mass migration of Christians and an increase of the Christian witness in affected countries.

Prayer for Revival throughout Asia for the Evangelizations of the continent

Christian Population of Asia Countries

Country            Total Population      Christian Population   Percent Christian

China                  1.37 billion                   100 million                         7.3 %

Philippines         203 million                    84 million                          81.5%

India                   1.2 billion                      28 million                           2%

Indonesia            259 million                   25 – 70 mil                        10 – 30%

South Korea       50.6 Mil                        15 million                           26.3%

Vietnam              94.5 million                    7 million                          7%

Malaysia             31.7 million                    2.6 million                       9%

Japan                  126.8 million                  2.5 million                      1.9%

Pakistan              182.1 million                  2.5 million                  1.4%

PRAY

  1. “Asia needs our special priority since it has the vast majority of unreached peoples, comprising the majority of the world’s Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists, and also the huge numbers in desperate poverty – over 80% of the world’s poorest people.”

“Pray that the church, its leaders and organization of the church in Asia will work together to fulfill the Great commission.”

2. “As China’s churches are believed to have the largest population of Christians (and are still growing) China is rapidly changing from a mission field to a great mission force.”

“Pray that China’s church movement will continue to grow strong in evangelism for the end time harvest, and also for bringing transformation and revival nationally and globally.”

3. “It will take a miracle to bring real reconciliation and unity in the relationship between China, Japan and Korea, due to their deep-rooted historical wounds and trauma.  Nevertheless, if Christians in these three countries come together, they will become huge blessings and a great testimony.”

“Pray for the Lord to unite the Christians of China, Korea and Japan for the revival of North East Asia and the whole of Asia.”    

(Source: “Something Better for Asia” – Prayer Global, pg. 41)

 

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