Two of the pastors arrested remained joyful.
Two of the pastors arrested remained joyful.
Oct. 18, 2018 | India

New Violence Against Christians in Uttar Pradesh

[329] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Believers in Uttar Pradesh.

Christians in Uttar Pradesh are experiencing a new onslaught of persecution throughout the state, including the closing of churches, imprisonment of Christians and false accusations against pastors of forced conversions and kidnappings. On Sept. 5, police arrested a pastor and 270 church members in Jaunpur, accusing them of illegally converting Hindus to Christianity. Later, police and Hindu extremists prevented believers from attending five other churches in Jaunpur. In another incident, A VOM contact said Hindu extremists dragged a pastor in Latehar out of his church along with his wife just before a service started. Other pastors have been awakened in the middle of the night, taken from their homes and accused of false conversions. VOM contacts believe this new crackdown has resulted from propaganda that accuses pastors of luring Hindus to Christianity through various enticements, including performing miracles and drugging Hindus. A pastor whose church was featured in a derogatory movie about Christians was alleged to have kidnapped a girl, telling her parents if they didn’t convert to Christianity he would kill her. Pray that believers in Uttar Pradesh will stand firmly on the truth. Pray for those accused and imprisoned. Pray for the Christians working tirelessly to help those affected.

Write your own prayer for Believers in Uttar Pradesh

  • Father, thank You for those who are standing faithful during this time of pressure and lies against them. I ask that You will be their life, their joy and their strength. I ask that the way they continue to respond in these days will be a strong witness to the kindness, goodness, and gentleness of their Saviour. Let God be honored through them.
    Karen K - USA
  • Our Father, please help my brothers and sisters in Uttar Pradesh. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
    Merike O - Finland
  • Such Joy in these pastor's faces. I am amazed at this common response of joy and faith seen in Your suffering saints in the face of persecution! To You be the glory, God! May the believers in Uttar Pradesh stand firmly on the truth. Give victory to the accused and imprisoned; and strengthen Christians working tirelessly to help those affected. Amen.
    Christienne D - USA
  • Grant strength and resolve to persevere to these dear saints
    Mark M - USA
  • Help them become strong in God.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Father, I pray you put a stop to these lies. I pray your truth flow this area. I pray you give your children wisdom in handling this. I pray that the eyes and ears will be opened of those who are persecuting your children. I pray that your Spirit would deal their hearts and the truth come out. Father wrap your arms around your children. Strengthen them
    polly c - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    Please bless our brothers & sisters in Uttar Pradesh mightily, with strength, wisdom & deep faith & faithfulness. And bless their oppressors too, Lord, give them a spiritual yearning for you, let them seek & find you. May religious tolerance sweep Uttar Pradesh, and peace & harmony.
    Susan G - Australia
  • Please protect Your children. Keep them strong in their faith. Take blinders off of people's eyes so they will see what You and Your people are really about. In Jesus Name, amen
    Debbie M - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    May Your Truth and glory be revealed and known! Be with those who are persecuted and imprisoned. Help their Faith to stay strong. May these non-believers see the love and goodness from the Christians and be drawn to the Light. I pray for those who are working so faithfully for You and our family. Give them all Your strength and Grace.
    Madison F - USA
  • Father God I lift up those who have been falsely accused and imprisoned strengthen them and their families. Encourage and help those who are reaching out to those who have been affected. I ask for truth to come forth in each one of these cases. In Jesus name, amen.
    Elaine H - USA
  • Encourage and keep joy in the hearts of those suffering persecution in Uttar Pradesh. Please free these pastors soon and let them proclaim the gospel with love and power.
    michele r - USA
  • Father thank You for the Christians in Uttar Pradesh. Please have mercy on them and deliver them. I pray for justice. Please help them remain strong in the faith and please protect them. Also please help VOM in this situation . In the Name of Yeshua, Amen.
    Kia W - USA
  • Father God I lift up my sisters and brothers in Christ to you My heart is tender towards them and their current suffering. There is a mountain before them give them strength in their faith to remove that mountain.
    Jean N - USA
  • Lord, I pray for a revival in India. I ask that you would break the darkness in that country and bring the gospel to them. I ask that the believers would be on fire for you and that you would bring justice into their situations and people will come to Christ as a result. I pray the lies and corruption be exposed. I ask this in the Name of Jesus.
    Nancy G - USA
  • Lord Jesus, we ask that You would work justice on behalf of the oppressed. May the truth come to light and those falsely imprisoned be released. May all those who seek to bring lies and falsehood against Your people be stopped and exposed. May Your church be unified in love and care for one another and in forgiveness towards even their persecutors.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Lord, we pray that the Christians in Uttar Pradesh would have strength and courage to stand for their faith, and that they would continue to choose You--that they would choose to love You even when faced with persecution. May they show love to their enemies and bless those who curse them, just as You have done. - In Jesus' Name, Amen.
    Eli B - USA
  • Abba please watch over the christians in Utter Pradesh.May they find hope and refuge in You. Lead them God,fill them with wisdom and strength to overcome. please provide the sustenance.Lead more hindu people to seek after Jesus regardless may they be baptised. Spare their lives and provide shelter. Adoni you are their Elsheddai.Only You can stop
  • Lord I pray that we would see Your Justice in the land of the living. I pray Lord for the truth about Your Truth to come out. I ask Lord for Your hand to be over the Christians in India and protect them. I ask Lord for You to pour out Your Spirit and give more dreams, visions, and miracles that could only come from a God bigger than man.
    Joy H - USA
  • Please protect the Christians in Uttar Pradesh, give them the courage to stand firmly on the Holy truth of Jesus. I thank you for the pastors who remain joyful even after they have been arrested and imprisoned due to false accusations. I pray for the Christians who work hard to help those who are being persecuted. II pray the persecutors find Jesus.
    Linda W - USA
  • Father God, I praise you for the men pictured here with the joyful faces of Paul and Silas. You are like no other. We ask that you expose the satanic lies of false religion in India so all will come to CHRIST. Please comfort those grieving loved ones and help them in their faith. Pour out Your love over them and continue to bless VOM in Jesus' name.
    Kathy G - USA
  • Please protect the Christians in Uttar Pradesh and due to their actions as believers in Christ, help more people accept Jesus as their Savior and let the people who are accusing them and emprisioning them ask questions and accept Jesus as their Savior themselves.
    Francesca R - USA
  • Dear Lord, reveal the liar. Your word has power and authority, bring it often to believers in Uttar Pradesh. Let Your word cut like a knife thru the lies. Bring hope to those imprisoned, let words of encouragement cast out darkness and silence it. Renewed joy and energy to the Christians working to help. Open doors with perfect timing & influence
    Peg B - USA
  • Father surround these people with Christian brothers and sisters to show them the love of Christ! Be near to them Lord, meet their every need I ask. Lord, be near to those in prison and move the hearts and minds of their captors and help them to release them Father! Work a miracle for your people Father I ask in Jesus holy name, amen!
    Amy R - USA
  • Father so many are discouraged and tired. Look at these beautiful smiles and souls! Repay them rework hearts strengthen faith and protect their minds and bodies! They are not always smiles so speak - REVIVE AND PROVIDE in Jesus Christ amen
    Crystal M - USA
  • Thank You dear Lord that these beautiful Pastor's have joy in the jail and Lord I believe You will raise up an army of loving followers of Jesus Christ to walk that land and share the good news of Christ and help the needy and care for the lame and hungry.... You are so much greater than anything they face ... be glorified and lifted high
    Claudia R - USA
  • Merciful and Longsuffering Father, You who hears the prayers of Your children. Strengthen the faith and the understanding of all the Christians involved here. Fill them with Your Joy that their keepers will want to know "what must I do to be saved?" Amen
    Della H - USA
  • Dear Father I pray for believers in Uttar Pradesh facing persecution for their faith. Strengthen their hearts and let them focus on You and never lose hope. May their steadfastness touch the hearts of the persecutors so that they can also accept Jesus Christ. I pray for divine protection for Christians. I pray in Jesus Name. Amen
    Zanele E M - South Africa
  • Father, grant that our brothers and sisters in-Christ in Uttar Pradesh will walk in truth and stand firm on the principles and practices of the Word of God. Give deliverance and liberty to the oppressed and imprisoned. May the joy of the Lord be their strength as they lovingly confront those who seek to hinder the preaching and teaching of Your Word.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Dear Merciful Father, We know you to be loving & concerned for your people & we come to you to ask for you intervention in Uttar Pradesh where pastors are being falsely accused of enticing Hindus through use of drugs & threats of violence for refusing to convert to Christianity. Protect the ministers, imprisoned & churches. In Jesus name I pray Amen
    Robert C - Canada
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Christians in Uttar Pradesh: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they be & remain strong & united in their faith. May truth & justice prevail for the accused & may the imprisoned be released. Particularly strengthen & guide Christian aid workers. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
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