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 Libya
Libya adheres to Islamic law and all citizens are Sunni Muslims ‘by definition’. Converting from Islam brings social pressure and ostracism. Most Libyan Christians are forced to believe in secret and are afraid to meet with other believers. Small Christian communities do exist, mostly consisting of sub-Saharan migrants and Western expatriate workers. However, the large network of secret police makes it difficult to organise church activities. The government criminalises evangelism and forbids missionary activity. Many expat churches have seen their permits withdrawn.
There has been a dedicated group praying for Libya for a number of years, in this time of crisis they have issued the following pointers for prayer:
During these intense days of turmoil, please consider the following points of prayer:
- ‘[Pray] for .. all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives’ 1 Timothy 2:2 (NIV)
- Pray for a lasting peace for the country.
- For many to seek God in their time of distress.
- For the bereaved families to be comforted.
- For the few Libyan believers to have their faith strengthened.
- For the many African refugees living in Libya who were struggling to survive financially even before the troubles began.
- For international communications to remain open.
- For the foreign nationals seeking to leave, as they face uncertainty over their future. And their friends and family who are concerned for them.
- For those traumatised by what they have seen and heard, may there be healing.
- Above all please pray for God to bring light to a dark situation.
More details can be found here.