3/18/2021 Pakistan: (Voice of the Persecuted) Population 208.4 million, Christians: 4, 05 million
Christians in Pakistan face extreme persecution in every area of their lives. Believers who have converted from Islam face the greatest levels of persecution, but all Christians are considered second-class citizens in this strongly Islamic country. They are given jobs perceived as low, dirty, and dishonorable, and can be victims of bonded labor. There are some Christians among the middle classes, but they are still considered inferior to their Muslim counterparts and often face severe workplace discrimination.
Christian girls are at risk of abduction, rape, and are often forced to marry their attackers and coerced into converting to Islam. [Annually up to 1,000 young Christian and Hindu girls aged between 12 and 25 are abducted by Muslim men, forcibly married and converted.] Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws are used to target Christians, and Islamic extremist groups vehemently “defend” these laws, including attacking or killing those believed to have contravened them.
Christian churches do exist, but those that are active in outreach face severe persecution from society. Pakistan remains one of the hardest places to live as a Christian, and violent persecution against Christians and church buildings continues to be particularly bad. Who is most vulnerable to persecution? All Christians are at risk of persecution in Pakistan, particularly those from a Muslim background. Open Doors raises prayer support for persecuted believers in Pakistan.
- Pray to the Lord that His Holy Spirit will convict the religious rulers and that the infamous blasphemy laws will be invalidated. Death penalty for defaming Mohamed.
- Pray for courage for Christians in Pakistan to speak about their faith, despite their fears that their words may be used against them. Pray for wisdom for them, and that God will give them the right words to say.
- Pray for protection over Pakistan’s churches, especially around holidays such as Christmas and Easter, when terrorist attacks have happened in the past.
- Pray for protection for young Christian women and girls. Pray for those who have already been abducted and forced to convert and marry, that God will comfort them and give them strength. Pray they will know His love, even in their terrible circumstances
- Pray to the Lord that the Holy Spirit will guide the accused Christians in their defense as the blasphemy law which is often is misused to target the innocent. If you stay silent, they start suspecting. If you try to answer their allegations, they twist your statements. It must end.”
- Pray that Believers have access to the Christian broadcasts and the internet.
- Pray for Bible translation, as only 7 out of 70 languages have a NT. Many Urdu and Sindhi translations are old and outdated.
- Pray to the Lord for unity among Christians for united prayer and cooperation.
- Pray for spiritual leadership in the churches. Pray for humble and committed leaders with a passion to serve.
- Pray to the Lord for more audio recordings of the word – officially literacy is 50 plus%, but more realistic is 30 plus % – depending on socio-economic and religious group.
- Pray to the Lord for those who are responsible for the killings of Christians to be convicted with the fear of the Lord.
- Pray that the NGOs will be protected. Pray that the Lord will make a difference as they minister to the persecuted Christians.
- Pray the Lord will enable Christians to forgive their persecutors.
- Pray that the Lord will raise up a vibrant church, that the forces of darkness can’t harm or hinder the growth of the church.
Again, we want to lift up persecuted witnesses to the Lord:
- Leah Sharibu, prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018, pray for her release.
- Alice Loksha Ngaddah, kidnapped February 2019. She is a mother of two, working as a nurse for UNICEF. Pray for her release.
- Pray pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
- Pray for Anita, a Christian convert facing a long prison term who escaped and now waiting for a visa to go to a country where she can express her faith openly.
- For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, and his family as their Persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence, recently reduced from ten years.
Andy, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator
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What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God.
The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own.
With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.
On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer.
Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.
Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you.
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