Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Prayer for Somalia - #2 on the World Watch List for persecution

Google images for "Christians in Somalia" and the first images that come up are some of the most disturbing you've ever seen.
Lord, today we pray for Somalia, which Open Doors deems the second-worst place in the world to be a Christian. Lord, this is a land where we need miracles. With absolutely no legal rights, your children are completely dependent upon you as their sword and shield. Lord, please do not disappoint these secret Christ-followers. Give them your peace that passes understanding, even though the most important part of their identity needs to remain secret at the very real risk of life and livelihood. We pray for your disciples to have great wisdom as they seek to share you with the hopeless around them. Help them to know when to speak and when to remain silent. Woo Somalis, and give them courage to ask questions of those they suspect as your followers, so that they may find answers. We pray for Somalis to find access to Scripture, for the purposes of both coming to know you and growing closer to you. We pray against the work of Al-Shabaab and other Islamic militant groups in this land, that participants would recognize the emptiness in violence and long for Someone who truly satisfies. Lord, we pray for this land, simultaneously beautiful and barren. Work in Somalia today, Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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