During the 40 days of Lent I’m committed to praying each day for Christians in the 40 countries where the cost of being a follower of Christ is highest. I invite you to do the same. The information on the prayer needs of each country comes from a combination of Open Doors, Barnabas Fund and Operation World.
Today we are praying for Afghanistan
The Challenge for Prayer
The present political situation – a foreign military working with a national government that is trying to be both progressive and conservative – is far from ideal, but it is an improvement from the tyranny of the Taliban. The Taliban imposed a harsh brand of Islam on the nation and continue to be a threat to national stability and security. The power of the warlords and tribal leaders is greater than that of the government forces or the US military; currently, most of them side with the NATO/Loya Jirga entente.
Christians who are open about their faith face pressure from family, society and the government. Believers usually try to stay under the radar and do not meet together publicly because of concerns for safety. In June 2010 the deputy secretary of Parliament called for the execution of Christian converts after the baptism of Afghan Christians was shown on TV. As a result, many Christians went into hiding. In August 2010 several Christian aid workers were killed by the Taliban.
- For strength for secret believers under pressure to renounce their faith
- For Christian Radio and TV programmes to encourage isolated believers and help seekers to find the way to Jesus
- For wisdom for young Christians, both physically and spiritually, who are eager to share the gospel with others despite the risks.
- Pray that the Afghan government might serve and govern with humility and wisdom. Pray that the people of Afghanistan may experience genuine freedom and an improved quality of life.
- Pray also that attempts by insurgents and warlords to destabilize the country might be thwarted and that a settlement might be negotiated.