Each Friday I am praying and fasting for the nations where Christians suffer the worst persecution around the world, as of 2014. This week I pray and fast for:
Syria. 21.8 million people with 1.3 million Christians.
As the civil conflict inside Syria becomes more and more severe, targeted violence against Christians has escalated. The Syrian opposition is increasingly ‘Islamizing’, and Christians are becoming more vulnerable in all spheres of life. Many Christians were reported to have been abducted, physically harmed or killed, and many churches damaged or destroyed. On October 21st, Islamist militias invaded the ancient Christian settlement of Sadad, killing at least 45 people, and injuring many more. (Open Doors, World Watch List)
The civil war that erupted in March 2011 has killed more than 100,000 people, displaced more than a million and sent 1.7 million fleeing across the country’s borders, according to U.N. reports. Historically, Syria has been home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Kurds, Armenians, Assyrians, Christians, Druze, Alawites, Shiites and Sunnis. It is a secular state, but Islam is recognized as the religion of the majority, and Shariah is the source of all legislation. (Voice of the Martyrs)
Today, I prayed:
Lord, I remember the Christians in Syria as though suffering with them and pray that You will strengthen those who have tired hands and encourage those who have weak knees. Lord, speak to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to save you.” (Based on Hebrews 13:3 and Isaiah 35:3-4)