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:
Iraq. 25.9 million people with 330,000 Christians.
There was an increase in attacks and threats against Christians in 2013. Islamist terrorist groups, influenced by the conflict in Syria, are increasing in number. One of their aims is to empty the country of Christians, and this situation is aggravated by the government’s total authority. According to a local source, every two or three days a Christian is killed, kidnapped or abused. As a minority, Christians are an easy target for kidnappers. Even in the relatively unrestricted, semi-autonomous Kurdish region, the security situation for Christians is deteriorating. (Open Doors, World Watch List)
Today, I prayed:
Lord, I pray for the Iraqi Christians that their love is genuine, they abhor what is evil, and hold on to what is good; that they are not slothful in zeal, but are fervent in Spirit to serve You; that they rejoice in hope, are patient in tribulation and constant in prayer; that they bless those who are persecuting them; and that they are not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Based on Romans 12:8-21)