March 1: Dear Lord, we lift up the nation of Nigeria to You. We pray for protection against the perpetrators of violence and terrorism. Bring peace to reign over the land, healing all victims of terrorism and their families.
March 2: Religious violence in Nigeria has cost the lives of over 50,000 people since 1999. Pray for non-Muslims in Nigeria, who endure a reality of discrimination and tension which erupts into organized, deadly violence.
March 3: Regular attacks on Christians in the northern and central states of Nigeria show just how sharply the country is divided along religious and ethnic lines. Pray for the tens of thousands who have lost their lives in religiously-motivated violence.
March 4: The militant Islamic group, Boko Haram, is trying to impose its vision of a Muslim country on Nigeria. After a series of brutal attacks in 2013, Boko Haram issued a statement: “Christians in Nigeria should accept Islam, that is true religion, or they will never have peace.” Pray for an end to the violence by Boko Haram.
March 5: Pray for the security services in Nigeria to ensure the perpetrators of violent attacks are swiftly brought to justice. Pray those who oppose Boko Haram's narrow and violent ideology are free to do so without fear.
March 6: Boko Haram gunmen used explosives and machine guns in the January 2014 attacks on Christians and churches in Nigeria, killing 100s of people, illustrating Boko Haram’s wanton disregard for the sanctity of human life. Pray for church leaders and their families who are under great pressure in Nigeria.
March 7: Thank God for Rev. Yunusa Nmadu, CEO of CSW Nigeria, leading a church which pioneers reconciliation work in their neighborhood. Pray for Rev. Yunusa as he comforts those who have lost friends and family in religiously-motivated attacks.
March 8: Ask God to strengthen Rev. Yunusa in his personal spiritual walk as he comforts and encourages families of victims. Ask God to give Rev. Yunusa wisdom when he makes decisions about the protection of his congregation.
March 9: Pray the reconciliation initiatives would be successful so communities are able to live together peacefully. Pray the hearts of leaders in Boko Haram and its offshoot, Ansaru, would be transformed with God’s love and the killing would stop.
March 10: Pray for CSW’s advocacy work with the UN and EU, shaping appropriate political responses to events in Nigeria. Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance for the government of Nigeria as it tries to contain the violence.
March 11: Night attacks on non-Muslim villages in Nigeria have occurred regularly since 2010. The sophisticated weaponry and coordination during recent attacks indicates involvement of Boko Haram elements. Pray for protection of Christians and their homes.
March 12: Pray for Christians in northern and central Nigeria to be protected from attacks by the militant Islamist group, Boko Haram. Praise God for Nigerian partners who provide assistance for Christian communities devastated by violence.
March 13: Dear Lord, we pray for Your Church in Nigeria. Bless it, protect it, strengthen and guide it. Comfort all those who have lost loved ones and who live in daily fear. Give the church leaders wisdom and courage and bring justice and peace to the nation.
March 14: Almighty God, we pray for Your protection over the Christian community in Nigeria. Comfort and support the families whose loved ones have been murdered. Fill the hearts of Your faithful and kindle in them the fire of Your love.
March 15: Please pray for the nation of Pakistan. Amid all the significant problems facing Pakistan today, including an energy crisis, political corruption, and high unemployment, religious intolerance is one that permeates Pakistani society.
March 16: Almighty God, we lift up the nation of Pakistan into Your hands and pray for Your hope, light and truth to spread through the land. We pray for the grip of extremist forces to be loosened so peace can come to the Pakistani people.
March 17: Please pray for peace in Pakistan. The worst single attack against Christians in Pakistan took place in September 2013 when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in All Saints’ Church, Peshawar. At least 81 people died, and over 100 were injured.
March 18: Pray for the Church in Pakistan to stand united after the recent bombing in Peshawar and other attacks. Pray for the families who lost loved ones during the Peshawar church attack and other incidents.
March 19: Thank God for the many Pakistanis from various faiths who condemned the attacks and took action to prevent more violence. Pray for God to move in the hearts of all who spread hatred against others on the basis of religion.
March 20: Pray for Michelle and Cecil S. Chaudhry, an inspiring brother and sister team working to improve life for Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan. They are continuing the legacy of their late father, a human rights campaigner and long-term CSW partner.
March 21: Ask God to grant justice to victims of religiously-motivated violence in Pakistan, including cases left unresolved for years. Pray for the activists and CSW partners who regularly risk their lives in this work.
March 22: Ask God to protect Christian and Hindu women and girls at risk of abduction or forced marriage in Pakistan. Pray for the complex situation of religious refugees who flee between countries in the region.
March 23: Pray for CSW’s South Asia team, working to facilitate cross-border cooperation and collaboration among CSW’s partners on the ground. Pray for reform of the education curriculum, which contribute to forming attitudes leading to religiously-motivated violence.
March 24: Praise God for the brave individuals and organizations working for peace and justice in Pakistan. Please pray for their numbers to grow daily, and for strength, protection and unity among them.
March 25: Please pray for Asiya Nasir. She occupies a unique position in Pakistani politics being a female Christian within an Islamist party. She was one of the few politicians who spoke out boldly after the assassination of the Minorities Minister, Shahbaz Bhatti. Her faith leads her to work for minority rights and her nation as a whole.
March 26: Several key people involved in the case against four militants accused of assassinating Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs, have received death threats from militant Islamist groups. Pray for the government of Pakistan to act swiftly to protect all those under threat, and ensure the law is able to take its course.
March 27: Pray for those working to bring justice for the hundreds of Christians in Pakistan charged falsely with blasphemy. Pray God would take away the divisive and fear-inducing power of blasphemy laws in the region.
March 28: Please pray for Christian leaders in Pakistan as they establish trusting relationships in a country where so many divisions stem from mistrust. Pray God would give hope among the Christians of Pakistan, equipping them to run with perseverance the race marked out for them.
March 29: Pray for those in positions of authority in Pakistan, whether in the government, military, intelligence services or religious leaders. Dear God, bless Pakistan with leaders who act with integrity and honor, in the interest of their people.
March 30: Pray for all those who are currently motivated by hatred or intolerance in Pakistan. May their hearts be changed by God’s Holy Spirit and turned away from actions which bring violence and harm to others.
March 31: Ask God to encourage and strengthen the hearts of Pakistani Muslims who have converted to Christianity. Lord, give them courage as they live out their faith in difficult, sometimes life-threatening circumstances.
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