Already careful, Christians in Mauritania face increased penalties.
Already careful, Christians in Mauritania face increased penalties.
May. 24, 2018 | Mauritania

Increased Penalties for Apostasy

[215] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Christians in Mauritania.

Christians in Mauritania are worried about recent changes to the laws regarding religious conversion. On April 27, the Mauritanian National Assembly approved changes that increase the possible penalty for apostasy. Previously, Muslims convicted of leaving Islam were given three days to return to the Muslim faith. That opportunity is no longer provided for certain offenses, and the death penalty is now mandatory in the case of “blasphemous remarks” and “sacrilegious acts.” The changes also allow a prison sentence of up to two years and a fine of up to 600,000 ouguiyas (about $17,100) for “outrage to public decency and the values of Islam” or “the breach of prohibitions prescribed by Allah or the facilitation of their non-compliance.” Though no Christian convert from Islam has yet received the death penalty, these changes could have serious consequences for new Christian converts. “The government seeks to win favor of other Muslim nations by setting an example of how Islamic governments should act,” said VOM’s Deputy Regional Director for Africa. Pray that these legal changes will not cause Christians to fear and will not deter Muslims from seeking the truth.

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  • The worst penalty is rejection of Christ, resulting in eternal torment. Help these dear saints remember to be faithful and help us do the same. Help all of us maintain our faith, even in the midst of great suffering for your Name. Help us realize it is a privilege to suffer for your sake and for the sake of the gospel. Bring millions to faith
    Mark M - USA
  • Fear is the enemy. Our Father, let the Christians in Mauritania fear no more. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
    Merike O - Finland
  • Father, satan does not let his property go easily and this is warfare. But you are so much greater and more powerful. Please use the devil's tactics against him. Please draw more from Islam and embolden each convert greatly with each attempt the devil makes to intimidate them. Please send massive conversion to this country and let that be the example.
    Cathleen W - USA
  • Father, thank You for Your Church in Mauritania. For those who are committed to You despite the great pressures and risks. Bless them and use their lives to impact others who are seeking the peace with God that only Christ can provide. Use the new legislation to work out for the furtherance of the gospel in this closed country. Open hearts to Christ.
    Toni D - USA
  • Lord Jesus, I pray that Your people in Mauritania would fear only You and trust that You have charge over their souls, that You are faithful to care for them. May they continue to share You and may those who hear treasure You as most precious and be willing to give up all that they have to follow You. Grow Your church in Your truth.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Our Father in heaven. Thank You for Your work in Mauritania. Thank You for remember Your owns. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
    Merike O - Finland
  • Father thank You for the Christians in Mauritania. Please help them remain strong the faith and I pray against the laws regarding religious conversion. I pray that those evil laws would be overturned. I pray that the Christians there would not fear and that many would turn to You for the truth. In the Name of Yeshua Amen.
    Kia W - USA
  • Help these Christians show the government that no penalty is high enough to stop the gospel of Christ.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for the Church in Mauritania. I pray that You will enable them to stand strong in their faith and that they will boldly share the gospel, knowing the times and what to do. Please protect them and new believers from the violence of the state. May Mauritania soon be broken of the stranglehold of Islam.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Lord Jesus we thank you for the Christians in Mauritania, thank you for being their source and strength, we pray for your divine protection over them and we cancel in the mighty name of Jesus every law and decree against the gospel of Christ. Pls Lord arise and fight for the Church, let more souls come to you through the Church in Jesus name
    funke a - Nigeria
  • Father, turn this around before it gains ground. Strengthen your church & allow the light & love of Jesus Christ to permeate Mauritania & the surrounding areas. Convict the government & those responsible for making these laws. Visit them in dreams & visions so that they know that they are contending with the one & only true, God, the Lord, Jesus Christ
    Donna S - USA
  • Dear Jesus, help your peole in Mauritania. Give wisdom and discernment to all Christians and protect their children. Make haste to help them. Convict the leaders that this is not a good law against good citizens.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Dear FATHER GOD JESUS CHRIST, (Isaiah 9:6)

    Please saturate Your Church with Your HOLY SPIRIT , AMEN. (Luke 11:13)
    eric H - USA
  • Dear Lord, please soften the hearts of those that wish to persecute Your believers. Help them to see that Christians are not a threat to them--and that justice should prevail for all. Please send protection, peace, an even stronger faith, and comfort for these victims and for those who wish to spread the Good News in the Name of Jesus, Amen.
    Betty A - USA
  • Lord, may our brothers and sisters in Mauritania not fear those who can kill the body but cannot touch the soul. Please grant them a divine courage and boldness to continue to share the gospel with others, and please open hearts to be receptive to your truth. Please bring freedom to this nation, and open the eyes of those blinded by Satan.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Father, I pray that these new restrictive laws and draconian measures will have the opposite effect of what's intended by the Mauritanian government. In other words, grant that these new laws will serve as a catalyst for Mauritanian Christians to demonstrate courageous faith as they boldly serve You and communicate the Gospel to their Muslim neighbors.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Holy Father,hold tightly to Your children who are facing increased persecution for following Your Son.May they be a light to the darkness surrounding them. Rise up and scatter their enemies. Pour out Your Spirit on the whole country so that those who seek You will find You.Let Your children know they are remembered and prayed for! In Jesus' name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • Lord Jesus, May Your unfailing love rest upon the Christians in Mauritania even as they put their hope in You. Let them take their refuge in the shadow of Your wings "until these calamities have passed by". Praise Your Holy Name, Amen.
    Ane I - Tonga
  • Heavenly Father you know that these have been shown great and severe troubles. Revive them again and bring them up again from the depths of the earth. Increase their greatness and comfort them on every side. Protect them as they talk of your righteousness all the day long. Psalm 71
    Julie C - USA
  • Lord help my brothers and sisters to stand. Please help them not to fear. If they miss you, they have missed everything. Cover them with your blood. Amen.
    Reatha G - USA
  • Father, may your people in Mauritania be strengthened in their faith. May they not fear but trust you and may Muslims continue to seek the truth.
    Darlene E - USA
  • Father, the spiritual weapons that You use are powerful for the destruction of strongholds like this new government law. Please tear it down. Give your children in Mauritania courage and strength and strong faith in Jesus so that He would be known to others through their lives. Despite this law, multiply the numbers of individuals coming to Christ.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Father God, we pray for laws in Mauritania that hinder Your Kingdom and that they be rescinded and that they be replaced with laws that are more favorable for the propagation of the Gospel. We pray that those converting to Christianity in Mauritania and throughout the world will continue to increase, despite laws that punish those who convert. Amen.
    Everett T - USA
  • Father, I in the name of Jesus that these new laws in Mauritania will not discourage believers and those seeking Jesus. I pray that more eyes will be opened to the enslavement of muslim rule. I ask that the Holy Spirit will move throughout Africa, even in the hearts of the leaders of the country will surrender their lives to Jesus and know true freedom
    Debby S - USA
  • Lord you empower the governments of our nations and we are to adhere to their laws but it also says in your word not to follow something that goes against your law. God I pray for those seeking you with a honest heart that they may be able to follow you in their hearts but also be able to live it out in their actions. Let us rest in your sufficiency.
    Kaleb N - Germany
  • Father, we praise You for believers in Mauritania. We ask You to stop every evil against Your church. Provide for and protect every believer. Strengthen and comfort Your church. Show them Your power and glory at work as many more will seek Jesus inspite of these trials. Thank You in advance for Your plans to bless and proper Your Church here.
    Janet A - USA
  • Dear Lord, Please bless the church in Mauritania. Strengthen our brothers & sisters in faith & faithfulness. Keep them safe Lord. Give them opportunities to talk to others & win them to you. We asked for dreams and visions Lord and a mighty turning to you. We pray that these new laws will not block your people, including those who will seek you. Amen
    Susan G - Australia
  • Dear Lord Jesus, we pray that these recent laws have the exact opposite effect as they thought. Embolden the Christians with Your Spirit and place a burning desire in the hearts of Muslims to want to seek the truth. Cause the government to seek Your favor, not that of other nations. Establish Your will and let Fruit of the Spirit be sown and mature.
    Peg B - USA
  • Lord in the face of this most difficult situation, May your children find boldness and experience your presence. Open the eyes of those who would persecute to your truth. In Jesus name amen.
    David H - USA
  • Father God, despite the tightening laws in Mauritania continue to send Your Word out to the people there. Draw Muslims to the truth and let Your love be evident to them. To Your glory Father God. Amen
    Andrew S - USA
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