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

[230] 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.

Write your own prayer for Church Members

  • 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
  • FATHER GOD,
    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
  • Lord God, I pray that your lovingkindness would be made marvelous to the Christians in this besieged place. In response to that, may the ever worship your name. Give them peace in a place marked by fear and ease their tension. In Jesus Name, Amen.
    Hannah J - USA
  • Heavenly Father,
    Hear my simple prayer for this pastor and his congregation. Keep their faith strong and their love of enemies growing. Embrace them and those who hate them with your tender arms. Keep them protected from all harm and open the minds and hearts of those who would hurt them to your Word.In Jesus Name I ask.
    Irene S - USA
  • Father, protect this Pastor, his family & his church from any additional threats or harm. Continue to use them to spread the Gospel throughout Turkey. Surround them with your warrior angels to protect them. Raise of a standard against the enemy. Meet the needs of this church family, Amen.
    Donna S - USA
  • Father God, we lift these our brother and sisters to asking for protection upon them. Father strengthen them to remain faithful. Father may the Your Word penetrate their hearts not to be anxious for anything as we know through prayer and supplication make our requests be made known. We thank you for Your Son "Our Advocate." Amen!
    Cheryl C - USA
  • Romans 8:28

    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

    Psalm 119:165

    Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
    Analilia G - USA
  • Father, thank You for our brethren in Turkey. Pls give this pastor & church members peace & protection. Pls continue to use them to be a witness to these Muslims. Pls cause the Gospel to be sent forth in power with signs following, in order to open blind eyes & hearts to the truth. In Jesus precious Name, Amen!
    Elizabeth G - USA
  • Lord we are to pray for those who prosecute us. We do and pray our love for God will show the lost world there is hope in Jesus. May this man see the Love of God and desire him, Amen
    jeff h - USA
  • Father, I pray for this pastor and others like him. I pray you would speak peace to their hearts and their congregations. Lead them in what they are to do. Speak to the hearts of those in Turkey. Help them realize you are their hope and peace. Pour out your Spirit, strengthen your children, wrap your comforting arms around them.
    polly c - USA
  • Father, Provide and protect your own in Turkey. May there be boldness and peace within the hearts of your own. Oneness in purpose, in love and sacrifice for each other. Thank you that this person was apprehended, may justice reign. Salvation to Turkey, to the muslim, to the world in the might name of Jesus.
    kathy C - USA
  • Lord please bless this church. Give them courage and a whole lot of faith. That they will be filled with the fullness of You! I pray that they don't want to do anything else then praise You. Because their eyes are opened to the goodness and great love of our faithfull father! Lord Please protect and guide this church! I ask this in the name of Jesus
    Piet K - Netherlands
  • I pray for this congregation, that they would know Your courage to continue meeting even in the midst of persecution. May they know Your strength and unity, may they know Your peace and love for those who are against them. May this church be a radiant example of who You are to those around them.
    Danielle H - USA
  • I pray for these, your anointed that you would shied from all harm. May your spirit be with them to not loose hope in you. In Jesus name, Amen
    Randy S - USA
  • Father, as threats and hostile acts towards Christians in Turkey escalate, I pray that the peace that passes all understanding will be evident in their lives. Empower pastors and other church leaders to press into the Kingdom of God and to encourage their congregations to do likewise. I pray that their faithfulness will challenge others to follow You.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Father thank You for keeping this church in Turkey safe from harm. May You continue to keep these Christians safe, but help them to trust in You and not be afraid. Bless them with courage and boldness for the gospel. Grant the church the peace that passes all understanding. Bless Your church in Turkey in Jesus Name, Amen.
    Anne S - USA
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