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 the Comoros Islands
Three volcanic islands between Madagascar and Mozambique, all densely populated and resource poor. Mayotte, which voted in 2009 to integrate fully with France, is claimed by Comoros.
The Challenge for Prayer
The vast majority of the population are Muslim. They were almost completely unevangelized before 1973. Islamic fundamentalism is on the rise. However, most are involved in occult practices through witchcraft, curses and spirit possession. Many young people – disillusioned with life in this society that offers so little hope – attempt to find solace in drugs, sex or the opportunity to leave the islands. Pray that they might have opportunities to hear the gospel of life that offers hope to all.
There are severe restrictions on Christians. Evangelism is forbidden, and those who convert to Christianity can expect severe reprisals from the community and from their own family. Harassment and persecution have risen in frequency and intensity in recent years. Pray for courage for those choosing to follow Jesus, and wisdom for all who must walk out their faith in this hostile atmosphere.
- That Sharia (Islamic law) will not be introduced to these islands
- That Christians would have wisdom to resist the influence of occult movements
- Praise God for church growth.
- Pray that Christians will make good use of opportunities to reach out to the lost.