Monday, 30 September 2013

VOM Prayer Watch

Pakistan

Church Bombing Kills at Least 85

A twin-suicide bomb attack outside the All Saints church in Peshawar killed at least 85 people in one of the worst attacks on Christians in Pakistan. According to reports, the attackers blew themselves up as worshippers were exiting the church after Sunday service.  Read more

Prayer Points

• Pray for God's healing mercy upon those injured in the attacks.
• Pray for the families grieving and angered over the loss of loved ones, that they would experience the peace and comfort of Jesus.
• Pray for the country's Christians, that they would not resort to violence but would respond in Christ-likeness.
• Pray for the Lord’s protection over the church in Pakistan.

Laos

Laotian Christian Families Facing Expulsion and Abuse

Eleven Laotian families, about fifty people in all, face expulsion from their village because of their conversion to Christianity. Despite the impending threat, the Laotian believers plan to continue conducting worship services. Read more

Prayer Points

• Thank the Lord for the growth of His church in Laos. Pray He will bless and honour these faithful believers for their relentless courage and devotion to Him.
• Pray that He will always remain at the centre of their fellowship, filling them with His strength, unfailing love, mercy and the ability to forgive others.
• Pray that the authorities will know Christ’s love, forgiveness and blessing through the lives of these Christians (Romans 12:14, 21).

Nigeria

Twenty-Five Churches Marked for Demolition

Government authorities in northern Nigeria's Borno state plan to demolish 25 churches and schools, ostensibly to make room for new housing. Christian leaders believe this is another attempt by local governments in northern Nigeria to persecute the Christian minority. Read more

Prayer Points

• Ask the Lord to intervene to preserve these places of worship, fellowship and teaching.
• Thank the Lord for the faithfulness of the Christians in Nigeria, ask Him to strengthen their faith further to help them to overcome this new kind of opposition.
• Pray for Christians in Nigeria reaching out to Muslims with the love of Christ.

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