Lord, today our thoughts and prayers turn toward Nigeria, the country where hundreds of Chibok girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram over three years ago. First, Lord, we pray yet again for these missing girls. We are thankful for the almost 100 who have been located, but we pray for the almost 200 who are still missing. We want these girls returned to their families. Please continue to watch over them. But, Lord, these girls are the tip of the iceberg in Nigeria. Boko Haram terrorists have killed and harmed countless more. We are thankful President Muhammadu Buhari has led the military in successful campaigns against Boko Haram. May this continue to be the case. Yet, Lord, we pray for the government to also turn its attention to the persecution coming from Hausa-Fulani Muslim herdsmen in the Middle Belt region. These herdsmen continue to kill and persecute Christians in their region, with little done to stop them. Please bring this wickedness to light and compel influential people to do something to halt the persecution. We are thankful that Christianity does flourish alongside Islam in this nation. May your children in Nigeria reflect you well, growing deep roots in you that will hold them fast when times of persecution come. We pray this in Jesus' powerful name, amen.
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