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Discussion to foster prayer for the persecuted church using Open Doors' calendar and world watch list.  The downloadable World Watch List report and map, as well as country-specific fact sheets, can be found here:

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list...

The online map and links to pages for specific countries can be found here:

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/

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Father, thank you for your faithfulness to pastors who are persecuted for their faith.  Thank you for your provision for their families, and for granting courage and the grace of forgiving spirits.

Please renew the strength of Pastor Barnabas in Vietnam.  Encourage him that you see the difficulties and exiles he has faced; smile on him with your favor for his steadfastness.

Grant wisdom and guidance to the two pastors in Bhutan who are facing legal battles for their faith.  Thank you for freeing them from prison.  Grant them the ability to face these trials with grace and forgiveness, and give them favor in the eyes of those who will have influence over any legal decisions to be made.

Please watch over the pastors in Syria who are serving people displaced by the many conflicts.  Grant to them and to the churches they lead the material resources they need to be able to meet the physical needs of the refugees.  Renew their strength and keep them from becoming weary in the work that they are doing.

Lord, keep watch over the pastors in Iran who are in prison for their faith.  Encourage them and through them reveal your grace to their captors.  Provide for the needs of their families, and grant them and their families peace and faith to trust that you are in control.  Change the hearts of those who are persecuting pastors in Iran, as you changed Saul's heart on the Damascus Road.

Thank you for the pastors and churches in Iraq who have opened their doors to the many refugees.  Bless them both spiritually and materially in order to make them a blessing to those they serve.  May your grace and compassion show through your people and draw the needy into your presence.

In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Father, please look with your favor and provision on refugees in various parts of the world. Raise up your church to reach out to refugees in their local areas. Use the uncertainty in the refugees' lives to draw them to yourself - be their stability, their provider, their hope.

For the refugees who have fled the violence in Iraq and cannot return, please grant them a place of peace and safety. Bring comfort and even reunion to families who have been torn apart.

Please protect the refugees in the Central African Republic from violence, and especially protect the women from abuse.

Please grant health and safety to Syrian refugees inside and outside the country. Protect them from the ravages of war.

Lord God, we your people are all aliens and strangers in a foreign land. But in that "foreign land", you have granted to so many of us peace and safety. As you have blessed your people, Lord, so make us a blessing to those who have been forced from their earthly homes.

In Jesus' name. Amen

WWL #1 - North Korea

Father, you alone are God and there is none beside you. When Herod allowed himself to be thought of as a god, you struck him down. When Nebuchadnezzar dared to set himself up as God, you not only thwarted his efforts to punish your faithful followers but eventually humbled him until he changed his mind. Please grant this same grace to North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-Un: humble him in whatever means you need to in order to bring his proud heart to repentance and acknowledgment of you as the One True God.

Sustain the tens of thousands of Christians in prison camps in North Korea; bless them with physical health and emotional peace, that they in turn may bless those in the camps who don't know you. Draw many of those prisoners to yourself; be their Hope. Provide for the needs of those who have been forced to flee to China. Strengthen thise who are facing pressure from government spies. Blind the eyes of those who would harm your people. Grant your people victory over the evil one as they face danger for being yours.

In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Father, please protect women in the areas where they are in danger. In India, protect those who are threatened with sexual assault, especially among the lower castes. Protect North Korean Christian women who are fleeing into China. Keep them safe from human trafficking and reunite those who have been separated from their families.

Please grant fruit to the literacy and job skills classes being offered by Open Doors to marginalized women around the world. Use these classes to change the trajectory of their lives, bringing glory to yourself as their Provider.

In Jesus' name. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on the women in Nigeria whose lives have been devastated through the attacks of Boko Haram. Provide for the needs of those who have lost their husbands in these attacks. Heal the emotional scars. Comfort and heal those who have been directly attacked; raise up your church to come alongside them. Break the power of this evil organization once and for all - show yourself to be the only true God as you deal with them.

Father, please protect the women in the Arabian peninsula who are in danger because of their faith. Keep them strong in you; give them courage and grant them the peace of knowing your presence. Change the hearts of their persecutors through the witness of their lives.

Please grant wisdom to Christian women who are evangelizing Muslims in China. Give them discernment by your Spirit to know how to present the gospel effectively. Open doors for effective witness, and bring many Muslims to yourself through these relationships.

In Jesus' name. Amem.

Father, please protect Christians attending church in North Africa.  Grant them safe travel to and from church and protect the meetings and the church locations.  Grow the communities of believers both spiritually and numerically.

Please unify the church in Egypt, creating a common bond and a strong witness for your grace and love. Please use Christians of all denominations in Egypt to reach out to their unsaved neighbors with your salvation.

Please protect the safety of Christians meeting in secret in Eritrea.  May your power on their behalf both increase their faith and serve as a witness to those outside the faith.

Lord, grant your peace and provision for the believers in the church that was recently attacked in Kenya. Keep these church members safe and grant them hearts of forgiveness; protect them from bitterness.  May their love and compassion overflow and result in you being honored among the non-believers and even in changed lives for their persecutors.

Thank you, Father, for the missionaries being sent from China to Muslim countries.  Please grant fruit to their ministry and continue to grow the missions vision of the church in China.

In Jesus' name. Amen.

Father, please protect Christians in Libya from violence. Thank you for the recent release of several who had been kidnapped. Grant them your favor and peace as they settle back into life, and give them both a place of honor and a testimony among other believers.

Please bring stability, peace, and righteousness to Libya. Raise up leaders of integrity who will protect the rights of all the people. Give to your followers lives of grace and peace that will be a witness to those around them. Quell the spirit of violence, and spread the seeds of your word.

In Jesus' name. Amen.

Father, please rest your hand of protection on Christians in Syria. Protect your children from the violence. Let your power be seen working on behalf of your people, that those far from you may see your works and believe! Resource your church to provide for those in need. Be the Comfort, the Strength, and the Peace that your people so desperately need.

In Jesus' name. Amen.

Father, please place your hand on all the leaders of the countries on the World Watchlist. Reveal your glory and power to them in such a way as to cause them to repent of their persecution of you. Through your powerful faithfulness to your people, turn these leaders around as you did Darius and Nebuchadnezzar before him. Raise up believers in these countries and give them favor with the rulers, as you did for Joseph and Daniel.

In each country where your word is restricted and your people threatened, cause your church to flourish as you did for the Israelites during their slavery in Egypt. As you did for them, raise your mighty hand to bring about dramatic rescues for your church, so that all who see your power may believe.

In Jesus' name. Amen.

Father, please look down with mercy on the Christians who are imprisoned in storage containers in Eritrea. Protect their health in a very difficult environment, and encourage them with your peace and presence. Do not let the evil one gain any victory in their lives through their circumstances; instead, strengthen their faith and fill them with joy at being counted worthy to suffer for the name of Christ.

Please also have mercy on your children who are in labor camps in North Korea. So fill them with your grace and love that they overflow with forgiveness for their tormentors. Give them a vision of yourself, as you did for Stephen, and encourage them by your presence. May your grace, as shown in your children, overflow to their captors and turn their hearts to you.

In Jesus' name. Amen.

WWL #2 - Somalia

Father, please hear the cries of your children in Somalia.  Bless those who have come to faith in you, and make them a blessing to those around them, that others may be brought to you.  Reveal your power, love, and compassion in the lives of the few believers there.  Protect their lives and their families, and show yourself to be the one true God as you take care of them.

Please raise up a functioning government for Somalia and place in that government leaders whom you will use to change the trajectory of this country.  Raise up leaders with wisdom, integrity, and compassion.  Please bring an end to the things that are keeping this country so impoverished - civil war, famine, and drought.  Extend your blessing to this country and change the situation there, so that you may be named and worshiped throughout the land.

In Jesus' name. Amen

WWL #3 - Iraq

Father, please take care of the many refugees from Iraq who have been forced to flee from their homes. Please provide for their needs and constantly assure them of your presence and your love. Demonstrate your grace to them through your church. Lead them often into prayer, and grant them your peace.

Please raise your hand against ISIS and all that it stands for. Bring the leaders of this organization to their knees in repentance and worship of you. Demonstrate your power to them in such a way that they understand that you are the one true God. Dissolve this organization, Lord, replacing their hatred with your love and their violence with your peace.

For Jesus' sake. Amen.

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