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 Morocco
Here, in the only kingdom in North Africa, non-Muslim foreign communities can openly practise their faith. However, evangelism is prohibited and conversion to Christianity discouraged. King Mohammed VI appears to want to modernise the country but finds himself in a delicate position. Increased tension between Sunni and Shiite Muslims led to a government crackdown on religious groups in 2010. At least 150 foreign Christians were expelled from the country, and there were reports of local Christians being beaten and harassed.
Answer to Prayer
A Moroccan Church is emerging and accelerating in growth and maturity. While figures differ significantly, national Christian leaders estimate that there are about 2,000 Moroccan Christians in 20 to 30 small fellowships.
Challenge for Prayer
Islam was introduced by invading Arab armies in the 7th Century. The once strong North African, and largely Berber, Church was erased. Pride in Morocco’s glorious past as a centre of Islamic civilization and learning, and deeply rooted prejudice against Christianity, remain barriers to the acceptance of the gospel. Only a small percentage of the population has been clearly presented with the gospel.
- Pray that this nation may become increasingly open for the good news.
- Praise God for the relative freedom of Christians in Morocco, thank God that the small church is growing.
- Pray that isolated Moroccan believers will be led to others with whom they can fellowship.