Neighbors protested the church outside as the police met with the pastor.
Neighbors protested the church outside as the police met with the pastor.
Apr. 16, 2020 | Indonesia

Church in Central Java Forced to Close

[199] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Members of Closed Church.

Another church in Central Java was forced to close in February. Police, local officials, neighbors and members of the Indonesia Muslim Clerics Council interrupted services on Sunday morning, Feb. 16, to demand that the service be halted. When the pastor boldly told the protestors that he would speak to them after the service, the group allowed him to continue. As the pastor met with police after the service, neighbors gathered outside the building to call for its closure. Although the church had obtained legal standing in 2017, the pastor verbally agreed to stop Christian activities for the time being. Pray for church leaders as they determine the best course of action. Pray that church members will have no fear of meeting together for worship.

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  • Father you said in this world we would have tribulation but to be of good cheer because you have overcome the world. I thank you for this pastor and ask you to continue to guide him as they decide what they're going to do to continue worshipping you in spite of the opposition in Jesus name I pray amen
    William S - USA
  • Dear God,
    Please grant wisdom and strength to the members of this church. May they be comforted and helped in their fear and uncertainty. Please decrease the animosity in these areas. Thank you for their boldness and faith. May they stay strong and be wise, always. God bless and protect and breathe life. Thank you so much. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Rae M - USA
  • Help these members of this closed church get a new one and a prettier one.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Abba I lift these servants up to you, and I ask with all my heart that you give them the courage to persevere at all times! Whether death or prison or exile I pray they see YOU and fear ONLY YOU because these wicked lawgivers are temporary while YOU are eternal! They take away LIFE, but YOU GIVE EVERLASTING LIFE. Let them not grow weary. Amen, Lord!
    Bre D - USA
  • Lord we pray that they help churches and members gather in small groups and meet from house to house until they are able to get their church back. We pray for the leaders to determine the best course of action in Jesus name, Amen.
    Evi B - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for oppressed churches in Indonesia: 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. Give church leaders wisdom in their decisions. Embolden believers to keep meeting. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    Pour out Your Spirit, Your Courage, Your guidance and Your love on this church. Do not let fear rule; do not let Satan have his way. May through this shut down thousands more come to know You and love You. You Always work all things together for good for those who love You and are called according to Your purpose!
    In the name of Jesus, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Thank you for the Church,the physical building may be closed but the Church of our Lord cannot be closed, it will continue to march on in the hearts of every man and woman. Father pls be with the pastors and all the members of the Church. Lord, frustrate the plans of the enemies, grant the Church favor even in freedom of worship in Jesus name
    funke a - Nigeria
  • Lord God, I ask that You would give these church leaders wisdom and direction as they make decisions. May they know how to respond to these persecutors, and how to lead the congregation in a way that is pleasing to You. May their witness demonstrate the reality of the gospel, and may those who oppose You come to worship You as Lord.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Father, may Your truth guide these church members as they contemplate what to do and when to do it. May they look to Your word for direction. May they receive the power and strength of the Holy Spirit to do what You say is right and good. May they call out to You in belief You will lead them in what direction they need to go. In Jesus name, Amen.
    Bruce B - USA
  • Dear God & Father,I pray for oppressed churches in Indonesia : 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. Give church leaders wisdom in decisions. Embolden believers to keep meeting. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Our Father, thank You for the chuch leaders in Indonesia. Please give them wisdom and lead them to take the right actions. Help all members of closed church and give them courage to meet each other and worship You. I know You have the solution on every problem. Please show them ro us. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
    Merike O - Finland
  • Father God, give my brethren strength in Java as they face closure of their churches. I pray that church members remain strong in You and have no fear of meeting. I praise You and ask these things in the name of Christ Jesus. Amen.
    Mary I - USA
  • Father God, I pray for this church and group of believers that you would help them and protect in the name of Jesus. Please give them courage and strengthen them during this time of persecution. Cause your gospel message to spread throughout the are for your glory and draw many into your kingdom. Provide for the pastor and church members and cover them
    Julia F - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for oppressed churches in Indonesia: 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. Give church leaders wisdom in next steps. Embolden members to gather. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord I ask for a change of heart for those persecuting them. I pray the message of Jesus would go out louder and with more passion than before. I pray for Your ability to use this for good and to bring more into the fold than ever before. Lord I ask for Your hope and Your peace to be with them in large measures and grant them all they need for life.
    Joy H - USA
  • We ask lord that the protesters and government change their hearts toward Christian's and let them worship freely and give them strength to continue worshipping until you make a way for church to be reopen in Jesus name amen
    Sherry S - USA
  • Lord Jesus, Please Change and Open the hearts, minds, bodies, and souls of the officials, police, and the Muslim Clerics Council to You; Cause them to know that You are The Way, The Truth, and The Life, and to Truly Repent, Believe in, Follow, and Grow in You according to Your will, In Thine Holy Name, Blood, and Stripes Lord Jesus, Amen.
    Marcia H - USA
  • LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, IN JESUS' NAME, we lift the Body of Christ in Indonesia up to You; The Lord Jesus Bind and Rebuke Satan and His hosts from using anything against them. Please Grant the Body of Christ Your Protection, Fortitude, Comfort, Way to fellowship and spread Your Gospel, and Blessed Assurance, In Jesus Christ Name, Amen.
    Marcia H - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for oppressed churches in Indonesia: 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. Give church leaders wisdom about next steps. Embolden members to keep gathering. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father God,
    Thank you for the good You are working out of this situation.
    Open a door that no man can shut
    for the Word to be preached and taught.
    Save the souls of the persecutors.
    Gift and anoint the pastor and the congregation
    with wisdom, prudence, boldness and perseverance.
    In Jesus' name,
    Amen.
    Matt T - USA
  • Lord, please strengthen this pastor, and protect and encourage his congregation. May they continue to have opportunity to speak your truth, and may their response to this situation give them increased voice in their community as they show love and forgiveness to those who oppose them. May many come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ in Indonesia, Lord!
    Jackie V - USA
  • Dear Father, the church in Central Java is under persecution because it is so effective. Why would four (4) separate organizations have to come together to close one (1) church? God is in it! Continue to protect & guide


































































































































    Pamela Y - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for oppressed churches in Indonesia : Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of their opponents to You. Give church leaders wisdom in their decisions. Embolden members to gather. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, TY for covering this pastor & his congregation under Your wing. May the church continue wherever & however You purpose for it. TY their faith is growing stronger in You ea day & may the persecutors also be drawn to YOu in Jesus' Name. Let the church's light shine for all to glorify You. Minister to them peace, forgiveness, hope IJN.
    Lisa T - USA
  • Father, Your church in Indonesia is under attack. I pray that You would intervene on behalf of Your children there, followers of Jesus, to grant them freedom to worship. Protect them from evil with a hedge of Your angels and give them favor with their neighbors and government officials to be able to openly meet and worship You. Grow them despite this.
    Alan G - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for many churches in Indonesia: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open their hearts of their opponents. Give church leaders wisdom on how to handle things. Embolden members to keep meeting. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Thank You for the pastor's courage. Grant wisdom to the church leadership to determine the best course of action. May their behavior toward those who oppose them be one of humility and courage. May they know what their legal rights are and live in the fear of God rather than man. If Your plan is for them to relocate, provide a suitable place for them
    Toni D - USA

  • Dear Father: Give the pastor and church members wisdom in knowing what to do. Give them a love for the neighbors who are wanting the church to close. May You use them to reach their community with the gospel. Pour out your Holy Spirit upon Indonesia to draw the lost to you Lord Jesus. May your church in this place continuing in Faith and Love
    Marian P - USA
  • Thank You, Holy Father, for the steadfastness of the church in Indonesia. Please continue to equip these saints for the work of the ministry and the edifying of the body of Christ. May they come to the unity of faith, speaking the truth in love. Holy Spirit, grow this body to edify itself in love and be renewed in spirit.
    Julie C - USA
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