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A religious celebration in Sri Lanka.
Sep. 30, 2021 | Sri Lanka

Demonstration Disrupts Church Service

[158] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Pastor harassed by villagers.

Christians attending a church service in western Sri Lanka were warned about a demonstration against the church. Per pandemic guidelines, only 15 believers were meeting one August day at the church south of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city. At about 9:20 a.m. as the service was ongoing, the pastor received a call from a member of the police department, who told him there was a demonstration going on and that he should stop the church service in order to maintain the peace. About 15 minutes later, a group of 15 villagers and a Buddhist monk gathered outside the church. The police officers who stand guard outside the church called the head of the police, who came and requested a list of everyone who had attended the service. The head of the police then told the pastor that since the villagers were opposed to his church, he should stop meeting. He also said there were five noise complaints against the church. The pastor replied that he has been repeatedly harassed by villagers and by the police, and that he was doing nothing wrong by exercising his freedom to worship. He asked the head of police to file a court case in order to settle the matter. Pray for this pastor and for the situation to be resolved peacefully.

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  • Father, it is crazy down here. We need you to intervene. Lord, move in this situation. What are they to do? I pray you give the pastor wisdom in handling this. I pray your children would seek you and walk in your will. Show them what your will is. I pray you make a way for them to continue to have service. I pray for those who oppose them, deal w them
    polly c - USA
  • May the endurance of these Sri Lankan Christians and their grit in calling upon the law of their land under not only harassment but illegal curtailment of their right of free worship be a witness in their community that will attract many to the message of Christ.
    Tom H - USA
  • Father, enable this pastor and members of the congregation to use discernment and show grace to the other villagers, despite being harassed. Remind them that they aren't wrestling against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, and the rulers of the darkness in this present age. May they find favor with the judge who adjudicates the case.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Father, we're thankful that no violence was done against these believers this time, yet we know they must feel anxious about the future. We ask that you will make a way for them to continue meeting and that this can be resolved peacefully. Please grow the faith of the congregants in the process.
    Brenda M - USA
  • I thank You for this pastor who remains committed to meeting, despite the threats. May he continue to be strong and courageous, knowing that You are with him, and may he have wisdom to respond to these accusations. I pray that this situation would be resolved peacefully, and they would have a judge sympathetic to their case.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Lord Jesus, grant boldness and courage to those believers who are gathering and worshiping in this village in Sri Lanka to continue to gather together no matter what the local officials are doing to stop or harass them. Give these believers words to speak in moments of tension that will bring immediate clarity of conviction that Jesus is the only way.
    Matt B - USA
  • Father God,
    I pray for your church in Sri Lanka facing persecution and harassment by villagers. I pray for the Pastor that you give wisdom and revelation to handle this persecution with your guidance. Let the authorities maintain law and oder without favouritism. let your kingdom come and your will be done in that nation.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • n the great name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, our awesome God, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we bless You for faithfulness of Sri Lankan followers of Jesus. We ask for healing, for provision, for a hedge of protection and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Holy Father, grant wisdom and peace to those who are being pressed on all sides to give up Jesus. May those who want to stop them see their faithfulness to You and be humbled. Grant that those who need Jesus will come to follow Him, too. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Eli S - USA
  • Lord, I thank you for the faith of this pastor and his congregation. Please give him courage as he faces those who persecute him and his flock and please let this situation be resolved peacefully. Strengthen these brothers and sisters and let them share their hope and love in you with their persecutors. In Jesus's name I pray. Amen.
    Cassie K - USA
  • Father I lift up this group of Your believers. I ask for Your favor with their neighbors and the government; Your protection from harassment and violence. Please strengthen them by Your Spirit with all wisdom, peace, courage, and joy. I ask for their provision; that those around them would be open to the gospel. In Jesus's mighty name, Amen.
    Beth G - USA
  • Heavenly Father I praise You for the villagers who choose to worship You and pray for continued boldness and goodness as they do. I pray for the Spirit to give them faith to trust You amidst persecution and for Your Word to nourish them. I pray for justice and for their freedom to worship to not be restricted. I pray for peace in their hearts.
    Joy H - USA
  • Eternal Father, bless this congregation and strengthen them in their faith. Let them turn their focus on You and lead them to walk in Your will and Your ways. Let them be able to resolve this matter peacefully. Let them pray for those who protest against their worshiping. Let them pray for the police also that they might understand justice. Amen
    Andre K - USA
  • God, I pray for Your intervention in this case. I pray these believers will be able to worship You freely! I pray the situation will be resolved peacefully, but favorably. I pray for each of those who are persecuting Your people in Sri Lanka. I pray they would each repent of their wickedness, and come to know the God they are persecuting.
    Curtis M - USA
  • O Lord, we have been told that persecutions will come, yet you also told us to cry out day and night for justice. So I pray for justice to come to this pastor and his congregation in Sri Lanka. May the governing leaders do what is right in this court case, right according to your standards and not the villagers. May others come to Christ. Amen.
    Diana F - USA
  • Oh God, please give this pastor wisdom and guidance as he faces an unknown future! Please give him courage and shrewdness, and that this attention given to the church would only add to its numbers. Please open up a wide path for ministry, and uninterrupted gatherings. That courage would spread throughout the congregation and draw in others!
    Margaret M - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father, we pray that you work in this situation. Please work in the hearts of the police and the villagers who are against the church. Please guide the believers. Please protect and provide for them, and allow them to keep meeting. In Jesus' name, Amen.
    Alice D - USA

  • Father God,
    You said in Your Word that we are blessed if we are persecuted for Your kingdom, and righteousness. Strengthen this pastor and his congregation to stand firm in You, and let the situation be settled peacefully, and justly. Let this be a great testimony in the community, that others, including those who oppose them, be saved, in Jesus name
    Marian P - USA
  • OLord, protect your saints in Sri Lanka. Bring down fear & trembling on their harassers. Show them Your power & might for those who love & obey You. Open their eyes to You. Let them see Your goodness & mercy for those who LOVE You. May Jesus be glorified in this village. Show his power & the forgiveness He offers. Bless your people, Amen.
    SM D - USA
  • Father God,
    You said in Your Word that we are blessed if we are persecuted for Your kingdom, and righteousness. Strengthen this pastor and his congregation to stand firm in You, and let the situation be settled peacefully, and justly. Let this be a great testimony in the community, that others, including those who oppose them, be saved. In Jesus
    Debbie D - USA
  • Father, give them justice and peace and a powerful testimony in the community.
    Margaret D - USA
  • In the saving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Jireh, God Who provides, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of this Sri Lankan Pastor harassed by villagers. We ask for provision, a hedge of protection on them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • In Jesus Name we pray for our brothers & sisters around the world that are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus our Lord and as You Lord remember we are made of the dust and can do no thing without you John 15:5 strengthen each one with the power of Your Holy Spirit to overcome and continue in the faith & may no weapon formed against them prosper
    barry p - USA
  • Father, your children are being persecuted unjustly. Please intervene and give favor to the pastor for this case to be resolved. May the head of the police department be convicted to clear this case and free all the Christians who are unjustly persecuted.
    Isabel S - USA
  • Thank You for the courage of this pastor who is standing up for the freedom the church has to exercise their faith. Grant favor with the court, and use this as an opportunity to put the gospel of Jesus Christ on display. If they're violating some sort of noise ordinance, give them wisdom to know how to resolve the situation in a way that honors Christ,
    Toni D - USA
  • Dear God & father, I pray for this pastor & his members in Sri Lanka: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Give the pastor wisdom; may the situation he & members are facing be peacefully resolved. Open the hearts of the harassing villagers to You. A
    Lisa D - USA
  • Heavenly Father, in the midst of persecution by those who walk in darkness, let this church in Sri Lanka be a beam of light and love. You are able to give wisdom and strength to this pastor and a peaceful resolution to this situation. In Jesus name, Amen.
    Rachel T - USA
  • Lord overwhelm this Sri Lankan pastor with your wisdom and boldness. Humble the hearts of those persecuting this church and others that near your name. You are the victor and no door can be shut that you do not allow so fling wide the Gospel message in Sri Lanka and give joy and Hope as people repent and turn to You in Truth. Be glorified always there.
    Atacy U - USA
  • Father, thank You for helping this Pastor to stand strong for You in spite of the harassment by the villagers. Please help him and his congregation to strongly sense Your presence. Soften the villagers hearts to allow this church to meet, May many of them come to salvation themselves. Please lead & guide the Pastor and the 15 brave souls who met.
    Anne W - USA
  • Praying.
    Radhika V - India
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