Christians in Sri Lanka worship openly, but under pressure.
Christians in Sri Lanka worship openly, but under pressure.
Sep. 03, 2020 | Sri Lanka

Villagers Demand an End to Christian Worship

[180] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Church members told to stop worshipping.

On June 28, a group of about 30 individuals descended on the Jesus Witness Church house service in eastern Sri Lanka, demanding that the family stop the worship. From outside, a member of the group phoned the pastor and told him he was not allowed to hold worship in their village. When the pastor asked who they were, the speaker told him they were from the Rural Development Society. When the pastor lodged a formal complaint at the police station, a policeman told him that he could not accept a complaint based on a telephone call. Later, the Officer-in-Charge reprimanded the officer and accepted the pastor’s complaint. Harassment like this is common in Sri Lanka, and pastors must have perseverance as they minister. Pray for this pastor and many others like him serving throughout the country.

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Write your own prayer for Church members told to stop worshipping

  • Father God bless the church for having the courage to stand against all adversity. Strengthen in their faith and allow their worship and praise to touch and condemn the hearts of those who come against them. May Your Holy Spirit reign forth over this land. And let not Your people grow weary in doing good for the harvest is near. In Jesus name Amen.
    Norma C - USA
  • Gracious Father of Heaven and Earth. I come boldly in might Name of Jesus Christ. Holy Spirit give wisdom and discernment when and where church members worship you. We pray for this opportunity for the gospel to be preached and many led to Christ. Thank you for these precious and wonderful saints. All Glory and Honor to you Father. In Jesus Name Amen
    Alvin A - USA
  • Holy Father, thank You for the pastor's persistence. Thank You that the Officer-in-Charge accepted the complaint. Give the Christians wisdom as they face ongoing harassments. May their faithfulness to You open the eyes of those who need You, and be a light that draws others out of darkness into Your saving Light. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Eli S - USA
  • Father God, I pray over all of Sri Lanka that your Spirit will draw many to faith in Jesus Christ. Protect your church there and work to spread the gospel message to every corner of the country. I pray that you would glorify your name and draw hearts and minds to Jesus. Thank you for protecting this pastor and his church. May their love for others draw
    Julia F - USA
  • Lord Jesus, we pray for Your continued work there in Sri Lanka. Protect the believers there and draw many more souls to saving faith in Christ Jesus. May your work flourish in and among the believers and may many more souls desire the abundant life in Christ Jesus. Amen.
    Shirley L - USA
  • Father I praise You for the slight window of justice and the moment to notice the good things. I praise You for the faith of the pastor and his perseverance to keep hoping. I pray Lord that You would be his rock and his refuge. Father God I ask for their church to flourish and come alive in the body of Christ.
    Joy H - USA
  • Dear lord bring justice and your aboundi g love to reside in theses people and let your will be done in nesus name amen
    Sherry S - USA
  • Dear Lord, we lift up the people of Sri Lanka.They are "allowed" to worship, but are only able to do so under pressure and considerable backlash from the authorities and others in the town. Lord help these people to have their hearts opened to the gospel. Help them to truly listen to what is being proclaimed by Your Word. We ask this in Your Name,Amen
    Donna H - USA
  • I pray for this pastor of the Jesus Witness Church. I pray that he and his congregation are free to worship openly and that they attract many new followers to join them. I also pray for Sri Lanka and that Sri Lanka become overwhelmingly Christian so that Christ has conquered this area in Love.
    Brian E - USA
  • Father God, thank You for this church and I pray that they will continue to show your love grace and forgiveness to all those who are persecuting them. I pray for your hand to be upon this pastor and please give him wisdom and discernment in how to respond to any threats he or his church may receive. Please save many souls in this place in Jesus Name
    Sarah H - USA
  • Jesus Witness Church needs safety to worship in the house church. Lord we pray that you will protect the worshipers and their pastor. Let their forbearance become a shining witness to the neighbours. Let those who see the likeness of Christ in these worshipers come along to hear what they have to say about the Gospel. Give them divine protection.
    Tan-Yeo L - Singapore
  • Thank You Father for helping this pastor deal courageously & properly with these persecutors. May they be brought to justice. Please deliver these villagers from fear and wrong ideas about the Church. May the village Christians share Your love with them in meaningful ways that will serve to draw many to Christ.
    Carolann P - Canada
  • lord let them run the race set before them with perseverance; fixing their eyes on the author and perfecter of their faith:Jesus Christ. Let them be wise as serpents and peaceful as doves. Let their words follow your Holy Spirit so that they land on listening ears and soft repentant hearts. Bring courage and steadfastness to them. Fixed on heaven.
    Atacy U - USA
  • Thank You Father for the officer-in-charge's accepting the pastor's complaint about harassment. Give the Sri Lankan believers wisdom to know how to navigate the legal system so as to be able to continue worshiping You. May they demonstrate love toward their persecutors and as being peaceful win the hearts of others who are watching the situation.
    Toni D - USA
  • Dear Jesus, May this verse minister to the pastor and the Jesus Witness Church, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? . . . nothing shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is the Lord Jesus Christ," Romans 8:35-39.
    Rebecca L - USA
  • Dear Father, please allow the people at the Jesus Witness Church to continue worshipping You and studying the word together. Stop the persecution against them, and allow them to share the gospel with those in their area. Please bring a great revival and awakening to Sri Lanka!
    Tricia G - USA
  • O Lord, thank You that Your Kingdom is coming in Sri Lanka. If not, there would have been no phone call. Show Yourself in power there, in whatever ways You see fit. Continue to bless the church with boldness. Cause many citizens, especially those with influence, to sympathise with and become part of the church. Keep them protected. In Jesus' Name.
    Claire F - Barbados
  • Dear Heavenly Father, strengthen your children for this battle. Guide them with your Word, refreshing them and give them a steadfast faith. Help them to be all that you made them . In Jesus name, Amen
    Lis S - USA
  • Dear Lord, Please bless our precious brothers & sisters in Sri Lanka. Give them wisdom, strength, & discernment, along with your peace and joy. We pray for their persecutors too, Lord, that they might come to know you. Amen
    Susan G - Australia
  • Yes,F ather, I pray for this pastor others like him as they face harassment and threats. Protect them and use them to bring many souls to Christ.
    Betty D - USA
  • What I pray for this church and for the pastors who are persevering through the harassment and Sri Lanka of being told not to worship anymore. I pray that you would strengthen them in the name of Jesus. I pray they will continue to be lights for you and that they would be able to bring many people to Jesus through the witness. In Jesus name I pray amen
    Nancy G - USA
  • Lord, help the BELIEVERS. Protect them. Help them to be able to worship without PERSECUTION. PROVIDE for every need. Comfort and give them the peace that passes all understanding in Jesus' name save the PERSECUTORS. Amen.
    Ann P - USA
  • We pray for Christians in Sri Lanka to be provided for by You and to trust in You daily. We pray for greater faith for them and for them to know You more. We pray for the authorities eyes to administer justice and fairness and we pray for Christian persecutor's eyes to be open and to repent. We pray for forgiveness to abound. In Jesus name, amen.
    Benjamin C - USA
  • Father, I am thankful that some governments allow open worship and do not tolerate unlawful actions by those who try to persecute Christians. I pray that You will soften hardened hearts and cause many more people to accept Your free gift of salvation. Amen
    Connie A - USA
  • Prayers against the persecution in Sri Lanka. Help the believers and protect them. In Jesus Name. Amen
    Vicki O - USA
  • Heavenly Father, please enable the people of Jesus Witness Church house to be able to worship You and witness for you. Protect them with Your angels and deliver them from the evil one. I ask for this in Jesus' Name, amen.
    Barbara B - USA
  • Father God we pray for all Pastors in Sri Lanka, we ask you to give them wisdom to know how to continue to work the work of faith. Father give the strength to continue to preach the Word that all Sri Lankan's will see the life saving grace that is in Christ Jesus. Let their light continue to shine Father, In the mighty name of Jesus we pray
    Mark S - USA
  • Heavenly Father, We thank You for the believers in Sri Lanka and for Your mercies to You and for their service to You. We praise you for this pastor and his church, that they are determined against many odds to openly be a witness for You. We pray that You bless this pastor and others like him serving You throughout that land, In Jesus' Name, Amen!
    Michael S - USA
  • Father, please give courage and wisdom to this pastor and all the believers in Sri Lanka. Please protect them from evil. May they trust Jesus fully at all times. Use the Christians' witness to draw many people to a saving relationship with Jesus. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Lord God i thank you that the church is alive in Sri Lanka ,your hand be upon this pastor and the church there,thank you for the officer that helped them I pray for perseverance for all believers there and the love of Christ be in them when dealing with the harassment they receive May the gospel continue to spread and the church grow In Jesus name
    Dean B - USA
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