Special police forces (in green) remove worshippers from an Algerian church.
Special police forces (in green) remove worshippers from an Algerian church.
Nov. 21, 2019 | Algeria

Authorities Continue to Close Churches

[299] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Closed churches.

Authorities shut down three more churches in Algeria last month. On Oct. 16, days after Christians protested the government’s crackdown on churches, authorities forcibly removed Light Church worshippers from their building in north-central Algeria and sealed its doors. The Light Church was Algeria’s largest place of worship. Earlier in the week, the Protestant Church of the Full Gospel and the Source of Life Church, also in the area of Tizi Ouzou, were closed. These three churches closed in October were among the largest congregations in Algeria and bring the total number of sealed worship buildings to 15. “The police intervened to force us out of our church — a church that exists and has been active legally and in the light since 1996,” said Pastor Salah Chalah, head of the organization representing protestant churches in Algeria. “May everyone know that we have been beaten and abused … for one reason only — our Christian faith. And because that’s the cause of our pain, we’re proud of it.”

Write your own prayer for Closed churches

  • Lord Jesus please comfort your children during this minor setback because every single one of them makes up the church. Please make a way here they can gather together safely and worship your name. May they be a witness of God's Love to their enemies and may they not grow discouraged due to the darkness that surrounds their government,Amen.
    Quanesha r - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in Algeria: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Open the hearts of those who close the churches to You. May this result in better treatment for believers & end church closures. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Holy Father,Your children are living stones in the structure of Your church.No matter how many buildings are closed Your church is vibrant and growing,and I pray for Your children's peace as they deal with the buildings being closed I pray that their faithfulness to You causes many to repent and be saved. Let Your children know that they are prayed for
    Eli S - USA
  • Dear Lord, please send strength and endurance to these believers in the face of this persecution. We know You will supply all of their needs, and we thank You for that. Soften the hearts of their persecutors so that they too may know the love of Jesus Christ. Remind her of Your Word in 1 Peter 4:14.
    Betty A - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in Algeria: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Open the hearts of those behind church closures to You. May they see Christians' value in their society & stop church closures.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for these churches - the Light Church, the Protestant Church of the Full Gospel and the Source of Life Church - in Algeria. I pray that You would strengthen their congregations in the midst of this persecution. May they continue to be a light reflecting You and Your love in Algeria, bearing much fruit in their suffering.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Father God, thank you for your people in Algeria and their faith. Lord, let their story be heard far and wide. Bring glory to your name from their suffering. Advance your kingdom through their steadfastness. Father protect them and provide for them and care for all their needs. Spread your gospel in great and amazing ways in Algeria. Amen.
    Julia F - USA
  • Lord in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Thank you for the church in Algiers. Authorities can remove our brothers and sisters from a building but they cannot change hearts and minds that are committed to Jesus Christ . We lift up your church and the believers and ask that you strengthen and encourage their faith. Thank you for their testimony in this dar
    Alan K - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in Algeria: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Bring those behind the church closures to repentance; may they see the value of Christians & stop closing their churches. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, please bless these Christians. We are so sorry that all this is happening. Please give them other places to worship. May the Holy Spirit continue his work. Please bring the officials to faith in you. In Jesus' name, Amen.
    Alice D - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Christians in Algeria: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Open the hearts of those behind their frequent church closures. May Christians find favor with them. May church closures stop.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father God, for these three churches and the others that have been closed by the government, I ask that you would continue to move in the people, even though they lost their building. Help them to organize and meet regularly. May their leaders have wisdom and guidance. May your Holy Spirit continue to move amongst them and through them. IJNA
    Kevin R - USA
  • Dear Lord, I pray for these closed churches. May You show Yourself strong on their behalf. I pray You would provide right now a place for them to worship. Enable the congregations and their pastors to continue the work of the Lord faithfully in the midst of persecution. In Jesus's Name, Amen.
    Dara W - USA
  • Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
    1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV
    https:bible.combible591co.15.58.ESV
    Rob S - USA
  • God, I am so proud of my brothers and sisters in Algeria who have faced much persecution for their devotion to Jesus Christ. I pray you will take these temporary setbacks and turn them into tremendous victories. I pray you will change the hearts and minds of Algerian leaders, and that your churches that you have planted will be allowed to grow!
    Curtis M - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Christians in Algeria: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Open the hearts of those behind the church closures to You; may the see the value of Christians in their culture. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, thank You for the faithfulness of Your people in Algeria. I do ask that You will work through the current situation to make Jesus known and to bring many people to faith in Jesus Christ. Open doors for witness to the people of this church. Teach them in wisdom how to respond daily to the pressure being put on them. Be glorified among them.
    Karen K - USA
  • Lord TY for my brother & his statement recognizing why they are being persecuted. May they continue to be proud to suffer for You. TY for reminding Your people You are still in control. May Your purposes be fulfilled in Algeria. May Your people grow exponentially that there are not enough churches to hold them in Jesus' Name! Speak to the hearts..
    Lisa T - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in Algeria: 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 when dealing with church closures. Bring those behind those church closures to repentance. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Praise God for the courage and faith of these dear brothers and sisters in Christ! Father God, please give them favor with all their neighbors, their towns and cities, so that unbelievers all over Algeria will be awed and humbled by their faith and love; then, will receive Your Son Jesus as their Savior, too! For Your glory and praise, forever!
    Mr. and Mrs. Dante Z - USA
  • The devil came to destroy, but the word of God is eternal. Broad is the way to destruction and narrow is the path that leads to life and few will find it. Matthew 7:13 We plant seeds, it is God who will cause the increase. Just plant, keep planting. If a door was closed, go outside and reach those who were too afraid to twist the knob. God loves you.
    Eva C - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for believers in Algeria: 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 dealing with closures. Bring those behind these church closures to repentance. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father I pray for the believers in Algeria. I ask that you strengthen them in the face of opposition and persecution from the church. I pray that you will guide the Christian leaders the wisdom to handle this issue. I ask that you touch the heart of the authorities to respect religious freedom in Algeria.
    Sola O - Nigeria
  • Father God, Let no weapon formed against Your church prosper and every tongue that rises against them in judgement be condemned. Let this stronghold be broken that is shutting down churches in the area. Strengthen the hearts and minds of Your saints that they may stand strong in the face of adversity. Bless them with all that they need, in Jesus Name.
    Norma C - USA
  • Dear God- thank you for these dear brothers and sisters witness and faithfulness. I pray you continue to watch over them and guide their steps. In Jesus's precious name. Amen!
    Colleen S - USA
  • Thank you that the body of Christ has a place to gather to fellowship over Your word. Thank You Lord Jesus Christ that the body of Christ in Algeria is strengthened by Your mighty right hand to believe and follow You.
    Lonzie J - USA
  • Thank you that the body of Christ has a place to gather to fellowship over Your word. Thank You Lord Jesus Christ that the body of Christ in Algeria is strengthened by Your mighty right hand to believe and follow You.
    Lonzie J - USA
  • Dear Lord I lift up the people in Algeria, those who are being persecuted for their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray Holy Spirit have your way with our brothers and sisters in the Lord, that you continue to put your passion within their hearts. Build their faith and their determination to continue in Your Will in Jesus Christ amen.
    Robert B - USA
  • Father I thank you for my brothers and sisters in Christ in Algeria that face so much opposition. I praise you for their faith and thank you that regardless of their government shutting the doors of your church that they remain faithful to you. Have mercy on the leaders of this nation as they know not what they do. Provide dear Jesus! AMEN!!!
    Jackie S - USA
  • Father, even as the government closes your churches, may your name be glorified and magnified in the entire country. Grant courage and renewed faith in your persecuted children and give them strength to persevere. Please restrain the your enemies from further action against your Church. In the name of Jesus our Lord, Amen.
    Andrew R - USA
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