Buddhist monks have a lot of power and influence in Sri Lanka.
Buddhist monks have a lot of power and influence in Sri Lanka.
Feb. 06, 2020 | Sri Lanka

Buddhist Monks Threaten Christian Gathering

[304] prayers in [18] nations have been posted for Threatened Christians.

In December, 15 Buddhist monks and 35 community members descended on a church in Nivithigala, in southeastern Sri Lanka, to confront a group of Christians who had gathered for Bible study. They threatened the Christians and demanded that the pastor stop conducting worship services in the area. They also demanded that the church remove any banners or other materials with Bible verses from the church and told the pastor he could not invite outsiders to the village. The mob threatened to return the following Sunday if the pastor did not comply.

Write your own prayer for Threatened Christians

  • Dear God & Father, I pray for these Threatened Christians: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Bring Buddhist months & community members to repentance. May their changed hearts & lives enable the Church to grow in numbers & maturity. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Threatened Christians: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed. Open the hearts of Buddhist monks & others, to You. May they meet Christ. Let the threats end & the Church grow in numbers & maturity. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord, We pray you would turn the hearts of the Buddhist monks who are persecuting Your children. Through the witness of Your children in Sri Lanka, open the eyes of those practicing Buddhism and turn to the One True God. Instill in Your children the power to stand strong in You and cling to You for all their needs.
    Eileen C - USA
  • Father, please protect your children in Sri Lanka. Give them wisdom to know how to live and what to do under these difficult circumstances. May they be strong in the Lord and follow Jesus fully. May many others through their witness come to a saving relationship with Jesus. Thank you. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Your Majesty Father God, I ask for Your hedge of protection around Christians in Wa. I ask that You would give them guidance, wisdom and courage to worship You despite the threats. You Lord give us ways hidden from the enemy to praise you in spite of their attempts to stop You. I pray that You would help strengthen them in faith and Truth Jesus Christ
    Pat D - Canada
  • Dear God & Father: I ray for Threatened Christians: Protect, provide fr, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of Buddhist monks & others around them, to You. May the threats stop & the Church grow in numbers & maturity.In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father God, stop this persecution and allow your faithful to gather without restraint, in Jesus name
    mark h - USA
  • Father, we ask that You will deliver our brothers and sisters in Nivithigala from the fear of man. May their love for You be so powerful that it draws even their enemies to You. Demonstrate Your power and ability to protect Your children from their enemies and Yours, and may the public manner in which the church was threatened draw the curious to You.
    Toni D - USA
  • Father God, Your word shows us Your ways and it shows us that You will support those in need. With Your support, we can do anything. I ask that You may support the church in Nivithigala. I ask that the ministers and members do not bow to men, but instead stand firm in Your strength. I ask that You preserve so they can influence their persecutors.
    Spencer B - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for these Threatened Christians: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of Buddhist monks & others around them. to You. May these Threatened Christians grow in numbers & maturity. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord please help these threatened Christians in Sri Lanka. Protect them and help them not to fear. Praying they will be able to continue their bible study and worship. Praying for the monks and community leaders that they will see the witness of these Christians and notice the scriptures that are on the banners. Holy Spirit use this to open their eyes
    margaret m - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for threatened Christians: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of Buddhist monks & others, to You. May the threatened Christians grow in numbers & maturity, finding favor. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father in Heaven, protect you people in Sri Lanka. Let them boldly proclaim your truth. Strengthen them to be wise as serpents, gentle as doves and not to be intimidated by these monks. Send your warriors to protect them and let their faith grow your church. Grant them Grace and peace, protection and discernment and keep them in your protection. Amen.
    Robert W - Korea, North
  • Father God, the Gates of Hell will not prevail against Your Church. Frustrate the work of these monks and remove any peace they have in their false religion. Help them to see the one True God and His Son, Christ Jesus, that they would be moved to repent and worship You. Use this pastor and his church to this end in Sri Lanka. Amen!
    Joan B - USA
  • ABBA, Father, grant your people influence in this region and the power to overcome evil with good. Open up the hearts and minds of the monks to receive your Word and be saved in Jesus' mighty name. Amen!
    Mary J - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for threatened Christians: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of Buddhist months & others around them, to You. May the Church thrive, growing in numbers & maturity. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • I pray for these Monks -- Open their eyes to the truth of the Gospel & keep them from following through with their threats. Deliver this Pastor & his congregation from fear & keep them safe from injury. Lord, I ask that the Word of God would be sharp & powerful, encouraging the believers to stay true to You. Show Yourself strong on their behalf.
    BETTY F - Canada
  • O Lord God Almighty, I pray in solidarity for our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka who have been threatened by a mob in their community. Grant them the supernatural power of faith, hope and love in Christ Jesus which will help them endure faithful this persecution. I pray you change hearts in this community and your church grow. Thank you! Amen.
    Diana F - USA
  • Father, Son, Holy Spirit, I lift up the church in Nivithigala, LORD you know each & every name of your sons & daughters. Thank You for Your hedge of protection around them, for what You are doing in them, through them, for them, Give the Buddhisr monks eyes to see you Jesus & softened hearts to receive You as LORD and Savior in Your precious name amen!
    Kisha M - USA
  • Lord, protect and guide this congregation and pastor. May they not operate in a spirit of fear, but in love and boldness that brings You glory. You alone are to be worshipped; may the persecutors repent of their sins and be drawn to the Light and Truth of Jesus. May the Bible verses penetrate the darkness and bring Sri Lankans into Your kingdom.
    Beth P - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for these threatened Christians: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of their opponents to You. May these Threatened Christians grow in numbers & maturity despite pressures. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear God, we know how great and powerful, and how merciful and loving You are. Hold strong Your saints who are being threatened by the enemies of Your church. May these anemies be turned from their ways so they may see the God we serve, and repent and bow down to our mighty Lord and Savior.
    Meg K. P - USA
  • Father, help your children have wisdom and courage as they walk through this difficulty. I ask that you would this brothers and sisters from any harm and they would be allowed to freely worship you. In Jesus name amen.
    David H - USA
  • Lord Jesus I commit these Christians to you embrace, help them to seek for your guardian pray and wait for your direction, Command the heathen to hold their peace convict their heart that they will commit their heart to you, Lord you did it to Saul who went out persecuting believers in Jesus Christ,Lord you can do it again thou art the great I Am
    Joyce D - United Kingdom
  • Your father the Lord Jesus said that we would have trouble in this world but he also said be of good cheer because he had overcome the world. Please help these pastors to persevere in shepherding their flocks and met some of these Buddhist monks see the difference in the Christian faith as to what they believe and come to Christ also in Jesus name .
    William S - USA
  • Dear Lord, give these believers even more faith to withstand this persecution. Give them wisdom on how to handle this situation in the best way, and soften the hearts of their persecutors so that they too might know the love of Jesus Christ.
    Betty A - USA
  • May Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bless you and protect you as you work to advance God's kingdom. I pray that you feel His love and presence in extra measure, and that you feel the love of all your Christian brothers and sisters praying for you from around the world.
    David B - USA
  • Father, I thank You for the faith of Your people in Sri Lanka, who are willing to worship You in spite of the persecution they face. I pray You will strengthen and protect them, assuring them that You are with them always, despite what the circumstances may be. I pray great wisdom for their pastor to lead and guide the congregation. In Jesus name. Amen
    Nancy E - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for threatened Christians: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of Buddhist monks & others in the surrounding culture to You. May Christians find favor, growing in numbers & maturity. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, please bring these monks to faith in Christ Jesus. Open their eyes and hearts to see the truth. Please help those who are threatened by them, not to yield to any but the Spirit of God. Give them wisdom and strength to stand strong in faith against the opposition. May their faith grow and may their light shine in the darkness. Amen
    Martha M - USA
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