Behind Sri Lanka's island beauty, there are some who want the nation to be purely Buddhist.
Behind Sri Lanka's island beauty, there are some who want the nation to be purely Buddhist.
Oct. 31, 2019 | Sri Lanka

Villagers Assault Christians

[225] prayers in [11] nations have been posted for Christians assaulted by villagers.

A group of 10 villagers assaulted six Christians as they were on their way to church on Saturday, Sept. 21. The villagers beat the Christians with sticks, injuring five of them so badly that they required hospital stays. Police later arrested two of the assailants, and they appeared before a judge the following day. The pastor of Berea Prayer House and his congregation have faced continuous harassment from the same group during the past year. Christians are allowed to practice their faith in majority-Buddhist Sri Lanka, but community members sometimes object to what they see as a foreign religion. Pray for this congregation as they determine how to respond.

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  • Father, continue to heal the assaulted believers both physically and emotionally. Help them to forgive and even love their enemies. Please protect them. Give them wisdom in how to live under these circumstances and how to respond to what happened. May the believers in Sri Lanka be a light in a dark place and may many come to Jesus through them. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Father please give wisdom to these believers in how to respond. May those who hurt them be convicted of their sin and repent.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • King Jesus, we ask for swift complete healing for especially those five that had to be in hospital. And for all, heal their wounds physical, emotional, mental & even spiritual. I pray for a loving response, as You tell us to love our enemies & bless those that persecute us. Let Your love through them be such a witness that all opposers come to faith.
    Helen O - USA
  • Lord, I pray that these Christians would forgive and show kindness to their enemies. I pray that they would be bold in their witness and faithful to you and to each other. I ask that your Holy Spirit would convict the hearts of those who oppose them and make them to be at peace with those they have persecuted. Comfort and strengthen Your people.
    Cheryl W - USA
  • Dear Lord, as we lift up our Christian brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka, we ask the Holy Spirit to descend upon them to give them wisdom to reach those who follow Buddhism to understand that Jesus Christ is the way, truth and life and the only way to gain eternal life in heaven. Please protect them as they proclaim Your gospel. In Your Name we pray!
    Donna H - USA
  • Father I pray that you grant wisdom to this congregation and its leaders as they respond to assaults by community members. I pray that they authorities will uphold religious freedom and the police will be on the side of justice.
    Sola O - Nigeria
  • May the Lord protect you give each of you wisdom and strength to endure the pains inflicted upon. You.
    Teresa M - USA
  • May God bless you with spiritual wisdom and understanding. May He strengthen you with all His glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy and may God change the hearts of your leaders that you may worship in freedom and peace. Lord, help them forgive and to respond in love.
    Dennis T - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Sri Lankan believers: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Give them wisdom in responding to their challenges. Open the hearts of many around them to You. Bring peace to their land. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear Lord, we give thanks for these faithful servants in Berea Prayer House. We hear the words of Micah 6:8 "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." May the Holy Spirit direct each heart and action of these beloved Christians, breaking darkness
    Peg B - USA
  • Lord I ask that those responsible would be held accountable for their assaults on your people and that they would cease from it but i also ask that you enable your people to forgive and love them and to continue to seek first your kingdom and be a light for the blind there give the church body strength and encouragement and may their numbers increase
    Dean B - USA
  • May a righteous testimony go forth in this community. May the aroma of Christ result in death to death or in Life to Life according to their heart choices. Reveal the only remedy for this situation which is, Christ high and lifted up as we bow before you and Your amazing grace offered to mankind. Soften hearts so no bitterness takes root to defile.
    Madeline W - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for these believers & all those in the area: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Give them wisdom in responding to those around them. Open the hearts of their neighbors to You. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • YAHUVEH GOD AND YAHUSHUA we are praying for YOUR HOLY WIND OF REVIVAL to fill Berea House, All Sri Lanka, and even globally. Please give us all YOUR children the relief of pain and Great Grace and Power like in the Book of Acts. Persecution will only spread YOUR HOLY GOSPEL more powerfully. Please fill us to overflowing with YOUR RUACH HA KODESH amen
    David B - USA
  • Father: Please give these dear believers wisdom in knowing how to respond to those who assault them. May they show forth the love of Jesus. Please bring healing to those who are hurting. Bring salvation to those who are in spiritual darkness. In Jesus' name, Amen.
    Nancy R - USA
  • Jesus, I pray that you will cause the witness of this church to change the attitudes of those in their communities so that it will lead many to you, especially leaders in the community. I pray that the congregation will know how best to respond after what has happened as they seek your guidance. May you strengthen each individual.
    Paula L - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for this congregation: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Give them wisdom in responding to those around them. Open the hearts of those people to You. May the Church stand strong. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Loving Lord, please be with Christians in Sri Lanka. Keep them safe from persecution and bring them ways to respond to what has already happened to them. May Christianity not be seen as a foreign religion and many more people come to know You as the Way, the Truth and the Life. In the mighty and powerful name of Jesus. Amen.
    Linda R - Australia
  • Lord, praying this congregation that they will continue to grow in Christlikeness. May their faith and love of Jesus shine. I pray that their witness will affect those around them in a positive way. I pray for those who persecute them, for their salvation.
    margaret m - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for this congregation: Protect provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Give them wisdom in responding to those around them; open the hearts of those people to You. Bring peace to Sri Lanka. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear Lord, please bless & strengthen our brothers & sisters in Sri Lanka. Guide them in ways forward. Give them wisdom and discernment. Bless their persecutors too Lord - may they be won to you through dreams, visions & the witness of those who love you. Amen
    Susan G - Australia
  • Father I pray for these assaulted brothers and sisters for protection over them. Strengthen their faith. May you fill them with your peace, joy, perseverance and endurance. May you give provision over their needs. Also I pray for the people in Berea and their pastor to have peace. Continue doing the work that you have began. Amen .
    Sonia F - USA
  • God in Heaven I pray that the congregation of Berea Prayer House are allowed to praise and worship You. May the local government also become to believe and be faithful. May what they see as a 'foreign religion' become the Christian way of life for all. Praise Your Holy Name. Thank you Lord Jesus. Amen.
    Sandra T - USA
  • The light shines brightest where it is most dark. God bless you for glorifying our Lord. You are light and salt in the earth. God bless. Julie from Indiana
    julia i - USA
  • Lord, thank you for your goodness, for your grace and guidance. Lord be with my brothers and sisters in Christ, give them strength to not fall away, to not sin and waver, but to remain strong and filled with your peace, your joy, your Holy Spirit, your Presence. protect them and use them as lights in this dark world. and also save these unbelievers.
    Adrian V - USA
  • Father, we pray for fellow Christians in Sri Lanka. Bless them with safety and courage as they continue to worship You. Please show those who wish them harm that Your children are covered by the Almighty! I pray that they see You working in their lives and accept Your free gift of salvation. In Jesus' name, Amen.
    Connie A - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for this congregation: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Open the hearts of others around them to You; give them wisdom in responding to them. And so may the entire church not only survive but thrive. A
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, heal those that have been wounded. Heal them physically and spiritually. I pray you refresh their spirits and help they stay focused on you, knowing that you are with them. I pray you would help your children know how to share the truth. May those who hear see your love shining forth. Give them wisdom in reaching their community. Open the eyes
    polly c - USA
  • Father, thank You for the villagers in Sri Lanka. Please be with the Christians there. Please protect them and keep them safe, please help those who are injured recover quickly. I pray that You would give the church in Sri Lanka wisdom and help them to love and be bold in the faith despite what they face. In the Name of Yeshua, Amen.
    Kia W - USA
  • Heavenly Father May your love grow and spread throughout this village like a virus so that those that don't know you will turn to you Jesus Christ and know that you are the only one that they can seek for the salvation of their souls. Put a hedge of protection around those that do believe so that they can continue to worship you.
    Saundra G - USA
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