Pastor Hamid Shabanov.
Pastor Hamid Shabanov.
Jan. 05, 2017 | Azerbaijan

Pray for a Pastor Whose Home Was Raided by Police

[425] prayers in [26] nations have been posted for Azerbaijani Pastor.

Police raided Pastor Hamid Shabanov’s home during a morning worship service on Nov. 26 in Azerbaijan. After declaring the worship service illegal, police took 10 men and 16 women to police headquarters, where they were forced to provide a written explanation of their activities. Police also confiscated all Bibles and Christian materials belonging to the church and its members. While 22 of the adults were released at around 8 p.m., Pastor Hamid Shabanov and three others were held for questioning until about 11 p.m. Authorities have repeatedly harassed the pastor, his family and his church. In 2013, he was fined more than a year’s wages for holding an unregistered worship service. In 2008, he was charged with possessing an illegal weapon, after a gun was planted in his home.

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  • Lord, please strengthen Pastor Hamid and his church. May no weapon formed against them prosper. May nothing hinder the spread of the good news.
    Scott B - USA
  • Father God, we know that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy, but You have overcome the enemy. Father, I pray for protection of this faithful brother as he shares the truth of Your Word that will not return void. May you grant the scales to be removed from those who are perishing and work in the hearts of the lost. Amen!
    Cheryl C - USA
  • Dear Lord , thank you for this Pastor Hamid Shabanov , save and bless from the harassment from the Officials . Remove all fears from his mind . Bless him be a beacon of light wherever they are giving your glory . Bless their church and believers they may remain strong . In Jesus name I pray Amen .
    Mahil G - India
  • Dear God, I pray for Your protection over our brother in Christ in Azerbaijan. Lord, provide Your Peace that passes all understanding to keep his heart and mind through You Christ Jesus! Lord, speak to his heart and let him know that his labor is not in vain, and that You are with him always! In Jesus name Amen!!!
    Geria M - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father
    Thank you for this faithful brother in Christ. May he remain close to your loving heart. May his enemies see your great light shining through him. May his family know that you are in control and your mighty hand will prevail. Amen.
    Denise F - USA
  • Father, I praise You for godly men like Pastor Hamid who continue to obey You through sacrificial service to others. I pray that You will strengthen Pastor Hamid spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. May Your Holy Spirit be present in his life and manifest Himself through powerful and practical Biblical instruction and supernatural works.
    Patrick V - USA
  • My Child I am here for you. I know the desires of your heart. I know every intimate detail of your life. I am with you always. Don’t ever feel you are alone for I am with you till the end of your time. I will walk through the valley of death with you. Do not fear!
    Estelle S - USA
  • Bless and save
    Alexandr P - Russia
  • Lord, protect Pastor Hammid and his family and church from evil that is trying to snuff our your truth. Bring eternal healing and truth to those ploting evil against your church. Shine a light as you did for SaulPaul and change the hearts of those persecuting. Protect and shepherd your flock in Azerbaijan and strengthen them to remain faithful.
    Atacy U - USA
  • Father, thank you for Pastor Shabanov and these believers who are so willing to serve You. I pray You would strengthen and encourage them as they face these trials. That they would rejoice as in Acts. That You would provide everything they need. Help them to cling to Your promises, to trust and not fear. That the devices of their enemies come to nought
    Rachel B - USA
  • Heavenly Father, thank You for the dedication and service brother Hamid has for Christ. Bless him Lord in protecting him, strengthening him and giving him courage to serve You. Thank You for the example he is to the rest of us Christians. In Jesus' name, Amen.
    Abraham J - USA
  • Lord, bless Pastor as he shares You. Bring to light the dishonest and shame them. Replace the bibles for those who are thirsting for Your Holy word. Give them Your understanding so that they might share Your truth. Amen
    ej L - USA
  • Father, please give this pastor the peace that passes understanding. Contend with his enemies and give these church members increased faith and fervor for Your gospel. Convict those responsible for the illegal charges and may they be burdened by their harassment of a peaceful group of people. In Jesus' Name!
    janie b - USA
  • Adoni please return the free speech,right to worship You God,wisdom to be subtle in preaching,unconditional love to proclaim the good news to the enemies of the gospel.Jesus move among them,touch their lives,open their ears to hear Your voice,give a willing heart to obey Your command to follow You alone,May Your hedge be around them God.Praise Jesus
  • May the peace of Christ rule in every heart.
    Linda D - Korea, South
  • Lord I lift up the pastor and pray that You would be holding him and his family close. I pray for favor with the government and for them to be able to continue sharing the Gospel. I pray for You to hold them close and keep them safe. I pray for you to build in them a hope and love for Jesus so strong that many people come to know You because of it.
    Joy H - USA
  • Father, I praise You for the strong faith of Pastor Hamid. I ask You to strengthen him during the ongoing harassment by officials. Comfort him and his family and may they remain strong in Your might. Please bless his church and may it thrive especially now. Grant them Your wisdom and discernment in dealing with this issue. May their love be strong
    Gail M - USA
  • Our Father in heaven, may all fears be removed from those affected by this. We pray that, in choosing to persecute, those in authorities may learn more about the truth, and come to believe in your Son. In His name we pray, amen!
    Rick T - Malaysia
  • Father, at first glance this doesn't seem as severe as some of the other requests we pray for. But if this happened to me, it would be terrifying and discouraging. It is real. Thank you for this pastor's boldness and unwavering faith. Please keep him strong against this harassment and bring Scripture to his attention that will flood him with joy.
    Brenda M - USA
  • But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten. Jer. 20:11 Thank you God for being faithful to Pastor Hamid and his church. We praise you for the great work you are doing and will continue to do. May all glory be yours!!
    Cinda W - USA
  • Father, please strengthen Pastor Hamid and his Church. Fill them with a peace which makes them leap for joy at being found worthy to suffer for Christ. Give them the strength not to fear. Fill them with your Spirit and give them wisdom on how to reach others for Christ.
    Kendall P - USA
  • Father, the evil of this world can do great damage to a person physically and emotionally. May this pastor know the strength of character or Yourself as he attempts to live each day in honor to You. May he consistently find You faithful and persevere through the attacks of the evil one. In Jesus name, Amen.
    Bruce B - USA
  • Abba, I am asking for help that only You can give and send to deliver, sustain and comfort Your people. Help, Abba, help please according to Your will in Yeshua's Name Amen
    Enile F - USA
  • Dear Jesus, this dear pastor has been persecuted for Your name and because of his faithfulness to You. Come to his assistance. Make hast to help him. Restore the property stollen. Remove the false accusations against him. Give him wisdom as to how to act and how to remain silent.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • I praise you Father for Pastor's faithfulness under suffering. Plant in his heart the knowledge that
    his reward in Heaven is great and you are always with him , his family and his church members.
    May they all stand faithfully for your name. Move in the hearts of the people who are harassing
    your people. By your power may they come to know you as Lord.
    sue g - 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
  • Father, praise Your name as the authorities trump up charges; cause them to repent of their actions and turn to You. Give Your divine covering to the pastor, his family, and church as they labor for Your cause. Restore them to Your service, and give them great joy while suffering in their obedience to You. Remind them of Your great rewards awaiting.
    Meg K. P - USA
  • Father, please bring Your justice and resources to this case. What the enemy intends for evil turn to great good. Just as Paul was able to preach the gospel in Caesar's household, even give Pastor Hamid the opportunity to preach Your gospel in the upper levels of the Azerbaijan government.
    Chad K - USA
  • Holy Father save Pastor Shabanov for your name's sake. You have all the might. Ruthless men who do not set you before them have sought his life. You are the upholder of his life. Show your faithfulness against the enemies, even turning them to become your own children. Help Pastor to see your goodness and offer thanks to you. (Psalm 54).
    Rachel Albro H - USA
  • Heavenly Father, I lift up brother Hamid to You. Let Your will be done and protect him for it is written that "no weapon forged against me shall prosper." I ask this in the Holy Name of Jesus. Amen
    Steve S - USA
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