December 1: Please pray for the nation of North Korea. Dear God, we pray for this nation to open up so that Your justice, peace and freedom will reign.
December 2: Almighty God, we pray for the leadership in North Korea to see the horror of their actions, and instead begin to work for good. We pray particularly for Kim Jong-Un; that he would use his influence for good rather than evil, and would begin to reform the regime.
December 3: In March 2013, the UN made a historic decision: to launch an official investigation into the widespread human rights violations in North Korea. This is a major milestone! Please pray for this Commission of Inquiry.
December 4: Pray for God’s wisdom upon the Commission of Inquiry investigation in North Korea. It will be an independent inquiry led by international experts, who will look at reports from human rights organizations like CSW.
December 5: Pray for those on the Commission of Inquiry who will interview people who’ve escaped from North Korea, to get first-hand information. They will use this information to hold North Korea to account for its human rights violations.
December 6: The Commission of Inquiry is a great achievement, but by itself it won’t solve the crisis in North Korea, where persecution of religious believers is among the worst in the world. Pray for Christians hiding from the authorities. If found they will likely to be sent to a prison camp.
December 7: Pray that the North Korean authorities will cooperate with the Commission of Inquiry, and that the UN will take decisive action on the Commission’s recommendations.
December 8: Please pray that the Commission’s work will make people around the world more aware of North Korea’s human rights situation. Thank God for this milestone investigation, which could bring real change for the North Korean people.
December 9: Please pray for the 200,000+ men, women and children imprisoned in North Korea’s political prison camps. Children are not only sent to these camps but are born there and remain there.
December 10: Pray for God’s protection over North Korean refugees in China who are vulnerable to being forcibly repatriated. Approximately 500,000 North Koreans have crossed the border into China escaping famine-like conditions in their homeland.
December 11: Please pray for Christians in North Korea who face daily terror for their faith. Three generations of a family are sent to the political prison camps if one member is accused of a “crime”. Crimes include believing in God, not showing respect to Dear Leader Kim Jong Un, or repeatedly trying to flee the country.
December 12: Pray for the starving people in North Korea, where 3 million people have died from starvation since the famine began in the 1990’s. The international community has sent enough food and economic assistance to feed every family at risk, yet starvation continues because Kim Jong Un uses international assistance as a weapon against his own people, feeding his elites and diverting finances for his nuclear program.
December 13: Dear God, we pray for North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. Open his heart and give him compassion for all his people so that he will lead with justice and mercy.
December 14: Almighty God, we pray for Your power and love to change the hearts of those in authority in North Korea. We pray for an end to enforced idol worship in North Korea so that all would have religious freedom.
December 15: Please pray for Christians facing public execution or being taken away to brutal prison camps in North Korea. Pray for their cry for freedom to be heard around the world and that one day soon we will see the end of this brutal regime in North Korea.
December 16: Pray for peace inside Iran and with its neighbors. Pray that Iran would become a nation where each ethnic and faith group can live in peace and harmony with one another.
December 17: Please pray for the Middle East. The troubled region has long been a difficult place for Christians to live. The Arab uprisings of 2011 brought regime change in some countries, but few tangible improvements in the daily lives of Christians.
December 18: Members of house churches in Iran are regularly detained, mistreated and pressured to hand over details of other Christians they know. Pray for courage, safety and wisdom for Christians in Iran.
December 19: Pray for the international community to hold Iran to account for the violations of the rights of religious minorities. Pray that the Iranian government ends its policy of imprisoning Christians and other religious minorities on false political charges.
December 20: Pray that Iran’s recently elected new President Hassan Rouhani will prove to be more moderate than his predecessor. Pray that the change of president translates into freedom and justice for Christians.
December 21: Please pray for Christian converts in Iran, as they are particularly vulnerable to arrest and detention for their faith. Pray for peace and comfort for the families of imprisoned Christians in Iran.
December 22: As we look forward to celebrating Christmas, pray for Christians around the world without religious freedom. Pray for Christians and churches that are vulnerable to attacks over Christmas. May God’s mercy and protection be with them to overcome all threats of violence.
December 23: Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, said “blessed are the peacemakers”. Dear God, plant many communities of peace and harmony around the world. We pray for protection and peace upon Christians meeting together to celebrate God’s amazing gift this Christmas.
December 24: Pray for vulnerable Christian communities who face the threat of attack, violence or imprisonment at this time of year. Remember our brave brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who are unable to celebrate Christmas openly for fear of persecution.
December 25: Almighty God, as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for those who are unable to worship and celebrate in safety. Be close to them and keep them safe from all evil. We pray for peace in war torn areas and an end to persecution and violence.
December 26: The angels proclaimed, “Do not be afraid”. Pray for boldness and courage for persecuted Christians around the world, as they respond to the Good News and celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
December 27: At Christmas we think of Jesus’ earthly family. Please pray for Christian families throughout the world who are torn apart by persecution; that they may know God’s comfort and peace.
December 28: Bethlehem, the birth place of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, is now encircled by the Israeli Separation Wall. Please pray for peace in this ancient city, where the Prince of Peace came to bring salvation to the world.
December 29: Jesus came to “proclaim freedom for the prisoners”. Pray for freedom to all who are in prison for their faith or for defending truth and justice. May their faith sustain them and the Holy Spirit comfort them in the coming new year.
December 30: Praise God for CSW’s contacts and partner organizations in our countries of focus. Please pray for God’s protection over them in the coming New Year, that they may be a support to those facing persecution.
December 31: Thank You Lord for working through CSW to bring change in the lives of those persecuted for their faith. We praise You for all the breakthroughs and releases You have brought in the past year. We pray that CSW will continue to be used as a voice for the voiceless.
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