Each Friday I pray and fast for nations where Christians suffer the worst persecution around the world. This week I am praying and fasting for:
Pakistan. 186.4 million people with 5.3 million Christians (2.8%).
Pakistan’s Christians are caught in the crossfire between Islamic militant organizations that routinely target Christians, and an Islamizing culture that leaves Christians isolated from the rest of the population. The notorious blasphemy laws continue to have devastating consequences for minorities, including Christians. Women and girls from minority groups are particularly vulnerable, and sexual assaults against underage Christian girls by Muslim men continue to be reported. In September 2013, a twin bomb attack on Anglican All Saints Church in Peshawar left 89 people dead. (Open Doors, World Watch List)
This Sunni majority country is one of the most corrupt countries in the world… Though the constitution guarantees religious freedom, Christians increasingly suffer under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. One law stipulates that any person who defiles the name of the prophet Muhammad or the Quran may be punished by life in prison or death. Churches in Pakistan are frequently vandalized, and Christians are beaten, raped, abducted and murdered with impunity. Christians also face discrimination in employment and education, keeping them entrenched in the lower classes. (Voice of the Martyrs)
Today, I prayed:
Lord, I ask You to set apart the believers in Pakistan as You did Your people in Goshen. Make a clear distinction between the Pakistani believers and the unbelievers so all will know that You are the Lord in the midst of the earth. (Based on Exodus 8:22-23)
Join with me on Fridays to fast and pray for prisoners, according to Hebrews 13:3.