May 1: Dear Lord, we pray for Your healing over the Eritrean nation. We ask You to carry Eritrea into a new era where its people can live free from intimidation with no fear of religious persecution.
May 2: Please pray for the safety of Christians in Eritrea. Dear Lord, protect Your children who are facing various hardships and persecution. Give them Your power to embolden them against all evil.
May 3: Since Eritrea gained independence in 1991, its government has grown increasingly ruthless. They banned most churches and forbid them from meeting together under any circumstances. Pray for safety and protection over Christians.
May 4: Thousands of Christians are estimated to be imprisoned in Eritrea. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort and strengthen all Christians, especially those held in inhumane conditions, facing torture.
May 5: After years of advocacy, campaigning and prayer, the UN is finally appointing a Special Reporter to investigate human rights abuses in Eritrea. Pray that God would give wisdom and discernment when dealing with Eritrean officials.
May 6: Conditions are appalling in Eritrean prisons, with some prisoners locked in metal shipping containers in the scorching desert heat, or kept in cramped underground cells. Thank God that the UN resolution has raised awareness of the situation in Eritrea.
May 7: In July 2012 the UN decided to appoint a Special Reporter to investigate Eritrea’s human rights situation. Please pray that Eritrea would allow the Special Reporter to report on the true situation.
May 8: Lift up to God all who flee Eritrea, risking dangerous journeys for the hope of a new life. Pray that the voices of Eritrea’s people would clearly be heard at the UN now that the Special Reporter has been appointed.
May 9: O Lord, we ask You to comfort Your children in Eritrea who are in prison for their faith. Encourage their families who are filled with fear and anxiety. Give them Your peace that passes all understanding.
May 10: Dear Lord, we pray that You would strengthen and protect Your Church in Eritrea. Pour out Your Holy Spirit upon the nation of Eritrea to bring real change, and freedom to worship You without fear or persecution.
May 11: Please pray that God would bring healing and reconciliation to Eritrea; transforming the hearts of its leaders so that peace and justice will reign.
May 12: Please pray that the leaders in Eritrea who suppress religious freedom will have compassion and changed hearts. Open their eyes to see the truth of the atrocities and persecution taking place.
May 13: Pray for change in the Eritrean government, which has grown more ruthless, imprisoning Christians in shipping containers or cramped underground cells. Pray for freedom and healing of physical and emotional wounds.
May 14: Pray for other African nations to have the courage and integrity to speak out and condemn what is occurring in Eritrea. Pray for swift international action to free Eritrean refugees.
May 15: Pray for the Eritrean refugees to find supportive communities, and that God would protect them from harassment or intimidation by representatives of the Eritrean government.
May 16: Please pray for God’s blessing upon the nation of Pakistan, pouring out healing, hope and forgiveness in abundance. Lord, we pray for Christians in Pakistan to be uplifted and inspired with an increased level of prayer.
May 17: There has been an increase in religiously-motivated violence in Pakistan in recent years. The failings of the justice system mean that perpetrators are very rarely brought to justice. Pray for protection over Christians, often seen as easy targets.
May 18: Dear Lord, protect and encourage Christians in Pakistan who often live in fear of their lives. Shield them under Your wing and bring them peace.
May 19: Pray for the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, working on the frontlines in Pakistan. Pray for guidance and wisdom as they protect and rescue minority faith victims from abuse and injustice.
May 20: Please pray for God to soften the hearts of officials in Pakistan who often discriminate against Christians in the education and employment sectors.
May 21: Ask God to bring His justice to the Pakistani justice system. Pray for changed hearts and minds of those in authority, and all those who spread messages of hate and religious intolerance.
May 22: Pray for the Pakistani Christian community, suffering for their faith, to be anchored in God’s perfect peace. Pray for strength and courage to Christians with Muslim backgrounds, living under life-threatening conditions because of their faith in Christ.
May 23: Pray for isolated believers in Pakistan, who live in hiding and cannot worship freely. Almighty God, please bless them with Your peace and joy, that surpasses all understanding.
May 24: Christians are the largest religious minority in Pakistan, where 95% of the country’s 180 million people are Muslim. Pray for God to rise up Christian leaders in Pakistan who will fight against persecution and discrimination.
May 25: Pray for all those accused of blasphemy in Pakistan; that God would empower and uphold them. Pray also for the reform and repeal of Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws.
May 26: Ask God to rise up righteous men and women to carry on the vital work for religious freedom in Pakistan. Pray for protection upon minority communities that are at risk of attack.
May 27: Praise God for those groups working within the Pakistan society to promote religious freedom. Pray for those who risk threats against them as they speak up for truth. May God grant them protection and boldness.
May 28: Pray for the Pakistani government to rule with justice, freedom and peace at the heart of all decision making, and for the international community to support them.
May 29: Dear God, please amplify the voices in Pakistan that report the misuse of blasphemy laws against Your children. We pray for the international community to respond swiftly and effectively.
May 30: Please pray for CSW’s partner organizations as they support and represent Christians in Pakistan. Ask God to grant wisdom to CSW’s Advocacy Team in Pakistan as they seek the most effective ways to speak up for religious freedom.
May 31: Pray for God to unite His Church in Pakistan, overcoming divisions and extending hands of support. Pray for love and unity among Pakistani Christians who are struggling against persecution.
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