Police have captured the suspect who left this threatening message on the front of a church in Turkey earlier this month.
Police have captured the suspect who left this threatening message on the front of a church in Turkey earlier this month.
Dec. 23, 2016 | Turkey

Pray for Church Members, Who Were Threatened to Cease Worshipping

[244] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Church Members.

When a pastor arrived at a church in western Turkey, on Dec. 11, police officers were already investigating a threatening sign left on the door. The sign, written on a white board, threatened, "The pastor is not to worship today. I will not allow it. You will not celebrate with guitar and music while bombs are exploding in Turkey." Below that, there was a verse written from the Quran. Surveillance cameras at the church helped police identify and apprehend the suspect later that same day. The pastor asks for prayers for church members to have peace since there is a lot of fear and tension as Christmas approaches.

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  • Lord, thank You for the Turkish government and their willingness to defend the free exercise of public worship. I pray that that policy is not only maintained but strengthened in the face of radical Islamists who would like to see all Christian faith extinguished in that country. Grant boldness to believers there to stand firm against darkness. Amen!
    Matt B - USA
  • Praying
    Carla M - USA
  • Dear Lord, I pray that members of this church would just feel your presence, and that a peace beyond understanding would come from it. I pray for their persecutors, may they see their ways as Saul once did and find you. in your name, amen
    Olga G - USA
  • I am praying for here in Dallas Tx.
    Charles O - USA
  • You are in my prayers.
    Natalie H - USA
  • Lord, there is a lot of tension in Turkey today so we pray that the church will be able to stand strong and shine like a city on a hill and lead people to Jesus. We pray for our brave brothers and sisters who will not cave in to pressure to stop worshipping. Please cover them with Your grace. Amen.
    Michael M - USA
  • Dear Lord , Bless your servant and protect him from harm and dangers who have received threats and place your angels around him . Strengthen him to continue to serve and worship you . Lord please open the radical Muslim eyes and turn them from darkness to light . Lord please bring salvation to Turkey . In Jesus name I pray Amen .
    Mahil G - India
  • Thank You Father for Your Peace beyond understanding in this situation.... Be with them all, comfort your people. Amen
    Deidre S - USA
  • Eternal Father, I ask that you would bless these Church Members and that they would know your peace that surpasses their understanding. Let them pray for the person that would post such a threat. Open his heart to the truth. Let the church members rest in the assurance that you are able to protect them from any and everything that might happen. Amen
    Andre K - USA
  • Father, please reveal Yourself to the man who threatened this Turkish church. I pray that by Your Spirit You will lead the members of this congregation into a deeper understanding of You and trust in who You are. I pray that they find rest in all of Your beautiful promises and see others as neighbors and lost in need of You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
    Katherine S - USA
  • Father God, In the mighty name of JESUS, I pray that You show the power of Your love over the hearts of misguided men. Please protect those in Turkey trying to further the gospel. Send angels and Your divine Spirit to reign in the region so that strength will be given to the believers and men's hearts will be convicted by the truth. Thank you, Father.
    Kathy G - USA
  • Abba, please continue to bless and encourage these faithful brothers and sisters who seek to praise and worship You and share Your love to those around them. In Jesus name
    Jennifer H - USA
  • Father, as we come before You I ask that You give peace, security and well-being to Your people. Father, it is a time when nations are starting to roar and we need You and we need You to be close so much to us and to all Your people; as I pray for my childrengenerations I pray for these and theirs that You lead us into Your kingdom, Yeshua's Name Amen
    Enile F - USA
  • Father, thank You for the gift of Your people in Turkey. Protect them. Provide for their needs. Use their lives to win many to faith in Christ. Help them to see Your power and glory at work. Build Your kingdom here. Allow Your love, peace and forgiveness to rule over all. In Jesus name. Amen
    Janet A - USA
  • Father, Christmas is done for this year, but these believers may still be afraid. Please grant them your peace and joy. Nurture their faith and flood them with truth from your Word that will sustain them.
    Brenda M - USA
  • Malachi 3:17 They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 18 Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.
    Layne N - USA
  • Dear GOD & FATHER JESUS CHRIST, (Isaiah 9.6) Please give everyone the wisdom to ask for the HOLY SPIRIT (LUKE 11:13) as well as YOUR wisdom (JAMES 1:5), AMEN.
    eric H - USA
    Please give these precious Believers favor , and surround them with YOUR Mighty angels . Comfort them, letting them know that YOU are with them! Spread YOUR HOLY LIGHT in this very dark area. Convict souls being used by the enemy, and send millions of Soul Winners to this region. IN JESUS' NAME , AMEN !!
    Doris G - USA
  • Thank you that authorities were interested to help the church in this situation, Lord. May peace grow and darkness recede there.
    emily g - USA
  • Father, I pray the church members in Turkey will be able to worship you freely. Blind the eyes and ears of the enemy. I pray You will encourage my brothers and sisters and help them to find their refuge and comfort in You and Your Word. Bless them and protect them from harm, Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen
    Zoe B - USA
  • Father, I will bless this Pastor in the Mighty Name of King Jesus. Itt is the Mighty Name above all names. Will you touch the heart of this Pastor again and again that he may experience Your wonderfull love every time that he is praising You. Touch also the members of the congregation that Your Peace may dwell in their hearts so that You are there.
    Henri B - Netherlands
  • Thank you Lord!!! You are Good!!! Thank you for justice in this matter. Thank you for good cameras to catch the bad guys.. Father God give your people at this church peace. Drive away any fear they may have. Help them to continue on worshipping with joy in there hearts. Be with them all, surround them with your mighty presence daily. In Jesus name Ame
    Deidre S - USA
  • Jesus, please protect Your church in Turkey. May the members be bold and faithful to You no matter what the cost.
    Scott B - USA
  • Lord, we stand in agreement right now to ask you to watch over and protect the people of Turkey. You are a faithful God, and you will never forsake us. We ask for a hedge of protection over your sons and daughters over seas who need you so much right now. May the people learn to forgive with a pure heart, and believe for a new beginning to come forth!
    Carmelo M - USA
  • Lord God I ask for the sake of your children and workers in Turkey that you would supernaturally protect them from harm, and that you would use them to spread your word. I ask that you touch the hearts of many Muslims so that they might turn to you for their redemption. Let truth, your truth prevail here. I ask in Jesus name
    Bob M - USA
  • Dear Lord Jesus, please bless and protect my Christian brothers and sisters in Turkey as they have worshipped Your birth. Help these brothers and sisters to know they are loved and prayed for as they face violence and persecution. Amen.
    Barb R - USA
  • Lord God Almighty I pray for protection of Christians in Turkey. I ask that authorities in that country will deal with perpetrators of violence against the church of God. Lord I also pray for the growth of the kingdom of God in Turkey so that light can shine in families and communities. I ask all that in the name of Jesus Christ.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • Heavenly Father, you know this whole circumstance. Would you please give grace, peace, guidance, & endurance to these dear servant of yours. Please protect this church. Please give them all strength, YOUR strength to persevere during this trial YOU have designed and allowed to happen for the conforming to YOUR image.
    Diane M - USA
  • Dear Lord, Thank You for protecting these church members from danger. I pray that You will encourage them with the promises of Your Word. Draw them close to You and closer together as a community with deep fellowship. I ask that You will grant them peace that surpasses all understanding. In Jesus Name, Amen.
    Heather J - USA
  • Dear Lord, you are greater than these who threaten your Pastor and children. Protect them. Show yourself real and powerful to the ones you are doing this evil. Help these people to stand strong and win souls from this community. Pam F - USA
    Pamela F - USA
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