Some Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka want evangelicals to leave.
Some Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka want evangelicals to leave.
Nov. 15, 2018 | Sri Lanka

Mob Surrounds Church and Threatens Pastor

[192] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Beliatta Church Members.

A group of about 100 angry locals surrounded a church in Beliatta during Sunday services recently, damaging windows, removing Christian symbols from the front door and vandalizing motorcycles parked outside. A few people even entered the church and told the pastor they would kill him if he did not stop worship activities and leave the village, a threat reinforced by a Buddhist monk who arrived later. The situation was defused about an hour later, when police arrived to escort the pastor from the church building. Pray that church leaders and members will hold fast to their faith and be able to develop better relationships with those who oppose them.

Write your own prayer for Beliatta Church Members

  • I thank You for this church and the faith of those involved. Please strengthen them with Your word and give them the grace to love those who persecute them. Soften and transform the hearts of those who oppose them and may they be amazed to see the love and unity of Your people. Give the leadership wisdom in developing relationships with these monks.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Lord, there is nothing too hard for You. We pray that You will protect that local church & other churches in that region. May believers be fearless and faithful. May they be united, showing love &forgiveness to their persecutors. Draw the persecutors to faith. Work miracles through the church. Thank You that police helped. Save the officers too. Amen
    Claire F - Barbados
  • Father! have mercy and protect these believers. Show the Buddhist monks that they have no authority to threat Your children. Protect them with your angels and allow them to have courage to meet and worship no matter what. Allow them and help them to hold fast to their faith and do a Godly thing among them. Jesus be there with them. Amen
    Isabel S - USA
  • Father, I pray for the believers in Beliatta. I pray you give them knowledge in knowing how to deal with the Buddhist in their village. I pray you rebuke fear that would try to grip their hearts. Guide them in handling this situation. I pray you open the eyes of the villagers and the monks that they would see truth. Lord, help them to keep peace.
    polly c - USA
  • Enemy is the fear in our minds, please Father, let us reach You over the fear and ask Your heavenly solution in this matter. In thr name of Jesus Chrisr. Amen.
    Merike O - Finland
  • Thank you Lord for the Beliatta Church, please divinely protect and keep them from all forms of attack, strengthen and encourage them, increase their faith and more than ever before grant them boldness and favor, understanding to develop a good relationship with their persecutors and through them, let more souls be won to you in Jesus name.
    funke a - Nigeria
  • Father, I ask that you strengthen the faith of the believers in Sri Lanka. Please help them to know the depths of your great love. Help the Buddhists to see that their fear stems from the conviction of Your Holy Spirit so that they might repent and turn from wicked idols. Please reveal the love of your Son Jesus to them so they will know the truth.
    Kathy G - USA
  • Father God, I pray for the Christians in Sri Lanka, especially those of the church in Beliatta who have been threatened. Continue to protect them and their pastor. Keep them strong and give them peace in the midst of troubles. Help them to find ways to show love to those who reject them, may they see your love through your children.
    Pierrette W - Canada
  • Dear God, please be a fortress and a hedge around about this pastor and the members of your church. Touch the hearts of their oppressors and give your people peace. Lord move the local authorities to support the right of your people to worship and fill your people with love so your light shines on this community. In Jesus name I pray.
    Lee A - USA
  • Heavenly Father we beg through the power of the Holy Spirit that the powers of the evil one and his monks would be stopped and not able to hurt or stop Christians in any way at any time. Help them to the see the TRUTH IS CHRIST and CHRIST ALONE!
    Annalou W - USA
  • Dear Lord, send wisdom to these church leaders and members on how to have a better relationship with their enemies. Strengthen their faith and surround them with safety. Soften the hearts of the unbelievers, so that they too may be saved.
    Betty A - USA
  • God please bless Your flock with unwavering faith and courage to hold to Your promise. Empower them with power of Holy Spirit to boldly reach out to the mobs. Subdue the mob & fill them with fear of You. May Your light shine so all may see You as the true God most loving Father. Crest a yearning to know Jesus as their Savior.
    Benedicta N - USA
  • Lord, I hold up these Beliatta church members and their pastor. I pray they would be emboldened and empowered to continue holding fast to their faith and telling others about You. I pray for their safety as well as the hearts of the authorities turning to You.
    Tricia W - USA
  • Dear God, all false religions are against the one true religion. The demonic spirits cannot stand true Christian worship. I pray for this pastor and congregation, that they would remain faithful and true to the One who is always Faithful and True. I pray for each of those who would persecute your beloved, that they would repent while there is time!
    Curtis M - USA
  • Lord protect the members of the Beliatta Church. May their strong witness cause the monks to come to know Christ.
    Cheryl G - USA
  • Father, please keep this congregation safe. I pray that their faith would be strengthened. Please help these monks to promote peace in their community and not threats of violence. I pray for their hearts and minds to be converted. I pray thru acts of service, these church members can change the hearts of those who oppose them. Come soon Jesus.
    Melody F - USA
  • Father, please protect the paster in Beliatta from these enemy of the cross. God you are more powerful than any of these are are trying to close the church. Give this paster courage and peace of mind knowing you won't let anything happen to him or his congregation. Please lead the church leaders and members to know they already have the victory.
    ALINA A - USA
  • Holy Father I pray Psalm 40 for the Beliatta church. Give give them the faith to rejoice in their current circumstances. Make haste to help them and deliver them. But the plans of the enemy be disappointed. Create a harvest among those who were once enemies. Lett your kingdom come in the hearts of this community.
    Rachel Albro H - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Beliatta church members: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they be & remain strong & united in faith, growing in numbers & maturity. In particular, guard the pastor & his family. Bring Buddhists in the area to repentance. May peace & freedom come to this area. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    Be with the pastor and members of the Belittle Church. Thank You that the police came and helped. Fill the believers with courage and Grace. Let them be billboards of You - let them have a powerful witness. Keep their faith strong. May good relationships come between them and those who don't believe. May You bring peace.
    In Jesus, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Beliatta church members: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they be & remain strong & united in their faith, growing in numbers & maturity. Enable them to relate better with those who oppose them. And bring their opponents to repentance. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Holy Father, bless those in Beliatta who are facing persecution. Thank you that the police helped instead of hindered. I pray that Your children will find ways to love their enemies and show a better way to live by coming to know Jesus and His incredible love for them. May their faithfulness bring glory to You. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Eli S - USA
  • God, please create a hedge of protection around those who've been attending this church and the pastor who is receiving threats. I pray that they would remember Your love and sacrifice for them. I pray that they would understand that You have a perfect plan for all of them. Use them as tools to speak love and life into nonbelievers. In Jesus name Amen
    Heather R - USA
  • Dear Father, I pray for Beliatta believers to received your protection and peace that only you can give. Lord I pray they remain encouraged and confident that you will never forsake them. Let your love abound in their hearts and let their enemies flee from their place of worship. In Jesus name Amen
    ALINA A - USA
  • Father, I pray that You will strengthen the relationship and spiritual bond between the believers at the church in Beliatta and Yourself.
    Grant that they will know the height, length, width and depth of Your overwhelming love for each Sri Lankan brother and sister in-Christ, by name. Allow peace with those who oppose our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Beliatta believers: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they remain strong & united in faith, growing in numbers & maturity. Enable them to relate better to & find favor with those who oppose them. Bring their opponents to repentance. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for the Beliatta church members and their willingness to worship despite the threats of physical violence. I pray that You would strengthen them in their faith and give them a boldness to forgive those who threaten violence against them. May the latter come to see the love these brothers have for them and the One who enables it.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Father I pray for the Beliatta Church Members Lord, that they would hold firm in their faith and preserver until the end! I pray they would be able to worship together Lord and that they would continue to proclaim your name Father! Provide for them Lord and meet their needs, protect them from the enemy Father I ask in Jesus holy name, amen!
    Amy R - USA
  • Father God,
    Praise You for protecting the pastor and other church members in Beliatta. Help the church leaders and members to hold fast to their faith, and be able to develop better relationships with those who oppose them, through the work of Your Holy Spirit. We are powerless to make peace with our enemies, apart from Your Holy Spirit power
    Debbie D - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Beliatta church members: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they remain strong & united in faith, growing in numbers & maturity. Enable them to relate better to those who oppose them. Bring their opponents to repentance. May they find favor with their community. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
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