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Friday, April 29, 2005Prayers for April 26, 2005
Sorry these are late
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, The just shall live by faith'" (Romans 1:16-17).
Praise God for believers that are willing to stand boldly for the name of Christ! Thank you for joining us in prayer this week.
VOM Web Team
Prayers for April 26, 2005
From The Voice of the Martyrs
ERITREA (Compass Direct)
Sixteen pastors are among nearly 900 Christians known to be jailed in prisons and military camps in this tiny African nation. Only a handful of prisoners has been released after signing a pledge to stop attending religious services. Meanwhile, the director of the Eritrean President's office told Agence France Press on April 5th that arrested members of the banned Christian groups "are maybe held for five hours and then let off with a warning." Eleven Protestant churches, including the Seventh Day Adventist Church, have applied for official registration since they were forcibly closed down three years ago. Despite an Eritrean official's assurance to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights that his government would soon grant official status to the Adventists, nothing has changed. (Click here)
Pray God will give each prisoner a special sense of His presence with them as they stand firm in their faith. Pray the families of the prisoners will be comforted by the Man of sorrows who understands their grief (Isaiah 53:3). Pray God will reveal the truth concerning Eritrea's cruel imprisonment of Christians and bring the authorities to repentance.
The family of Jokran Ratu, a Pentecostal pastor on the remote island of Buru, still does not know whether he is dead or alive. He was abducted in early December and has not been seen since. No ransom demand has been received, and police have not apprehended the kidnappers. Meanwhile, there is still high tension between Christians and Muslims in Ambon, the provincial capital of the Malukus. Violence between Muslims and Christians in the Malukus first erupted in January 1999, partly as the result of a government resettlement policy. The Malukus were previously a majority Christian region, but huge numbers of Muslim settlers changed the ratio and led to bitter land disputes and thousands of deaths.
Pray God will soften the hearts of Jokran Ratu's abductors, allowing him to return to his family. Pray the Lord will protect the Christians in Ambon from further violence. Pray He will send dreams and visions to many Indonesian Muslims, showing them the reality of Jesus' love for them.
SRI LANKA (ASSIST News Service)
The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in a joint statement to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, expressed "deep concern" about the proposed anti-conversion law in a country that "unfairly targets the country's small Christian minority." Sri Lankan Christians have been the subject of over 160 incidents of violence and intimidation during the last two years, including church bombings, physical assaults and desecrations. Protestant Christians are only 1 percent of the population, while Buddhists number 80 percent. The government defends its law by saying that it is needed to protect religious freedom, but the WEA statement notes that laws protecting religious freedom should protect religious minorities, not discriminate against minority groups in favor of majority religions.
Pray God will prevent the passage of this anti-conversion bill. Pray Christians in Sri Lanka will have His heart toward their Buddhist neighbors. Pray the light of Christ's love will overcome the spiritual darkness in Sri Lanka.
Last December, under the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act, two pastors, Daniel Scot and Danny Nalliah, were convicted for "inciting hatred" against Muslims. Now Robin Fletcher, a self-described witch, incarcerated for sexually abusing two teenage girls, has called for a ban on the Alpha course, an internationally known introductory course to Christianity. He claims it promotes hatred against witches and "constitutes a personal danger to my health and safety within the prison system." The ban on the Alpha course will be considered by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Pray God will give the members of the tribunal the ability to discern the difference between righteousness and evil. Pray Christians in Australia will be zealous in their love for Jesus and bold in proclaiming and demonstrating that love. Pray the Holy Spirit will move in power to subdue the enemy at work in Fletcher's spirit and bring him to repentance and the joy of salvation.
FRANCE (ASSIST News Service)
For more than a year, local authorities have been using various administrative measures to stall granting an evangelical church permission to hold public worship services in the building it has leased. The "Temple of Paris" case will be held in court this month, with the ruling setting a legal precedent. Harassment of religious minorities has escalated in France sometimes due to blatant anti-Christian hostility, or it can be because local authorities ignorantly view evangelical groups as sects. French Christian lawyer, Bernard Biro, requests prayer so that Christ the Lord can be increasingly served and worshipped in France. (Click here)
Pray God will heal and bless the land of the Huguenot martyrs, sending His Holy Spirit to seek and save the lost. Pray God will protect innocent believers and churches from administrative harassment and injustice. Pray evangelical Christians will show such love toward their non-believing neighbors so that the authorities will have no reason to fear them.
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