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:
Afghanistan. 35.6 million people with .05% being Christians (2,000).
The situation in the country remains unstable, and Islamic extremist groups continue to gain power. Christianity is still considered a ‘Western’ religion, and is seen as hostile to Afghan culture, society and Islam. Those who leave Islam are treated as apostates, and face huge pressures from family, society and local authorities. In September 2013, an Afghan MP called for the execution of converts to Christianity. There is no public church, even for ex-pats. Christian converts keep their faith secret, since any connection with Christianity is dangerous. (Open Doors Watch List)
Apostasy and conversion are punishable by death. In 2011, the Taliban released a warning on its website stating that any Afghan suspected of converting to Christianity would be targeted for death. (Voice of the Martyrs)
Today, I prayed:
Lord, I pray for You to open the Afghani people’s eyes, turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those sanctified by faith in You. And I also pray that You are the hiding place for the Afghani Christians, that You preserve them from trouble and surround them with songs of deliverance. (Based on Acts 26:18 and Psalm 32:7)