Aug. 25, 2022 | Eritrea

Forty-Two Christians Arrested

[199] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for arrested Christians.

During the last week of May 2022, Eritrean police arrested 17 Christians who had gathered for prayer. A week later, authorities arrested 25 more believers, including eight children. All 42 Christians remain in detention.

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  • Jesus I pray for the brave Eritrean Christians who risk so much to follow You. Please let them be protected and would be able to worship You in freedom. Please sustain them in prison and help them to keep singing like Paul and Silas in Acts 16. I pray for their families, and I pray that Christians around the world would pray and advocate for them. IJNA
    Allison F - USA
  • Dear Jesus please be with these precious Eritrean believers, especially the children. Please make a way for them to be freed, sustain them and their faith in prison, and please reorient the thoughts of Christians in free nations to You and the work You would have us do. Please, please, have mercy on this nation. May my prayer be acceptable to You. IJNA
    Allison F - USA
  • LORD, I know Your body here is called according to Your purpose and that You will have them released according to Your will. I pray their witness has been magnified towards You here among the government and that many in that country will search the scriptures and repent of their sins. I pray will broken and contrite hearts they would believe the gospel
    Devin C - USA
  • You are not silent. You are not deaf. Please hear the cries of your children in Eritrea. Please sustain even through the hardest trials so they don't deny their Faith. Please remind them of your word and your presence with them. Please help the parents with children at home, or who have children in prison. Help the children your children. In Jesus Name
    Allison F - USA
  • O Lord help the children! Surely You have ordained praise from children and infants; now Your children are being persecuted for their testimony. Act! Release them & their families, help them recover from the experience. Give them enough food, water, & sleep; protect them from abuse, help them endue, send them Your Word to comfort them. To You be glory!
    Allison F - USA
  • Dear family in Christ, in the name of Jesus I pray for strength, comfort, and peace for you and your family. The same God who changed Saul's heart to Paul can still do anything today. Stand strong. Stay bold in your faith. The coming of Jesus to take us all home is getting close. Great is your reward in heaven.
    Susan R - USA
  • Dear Lord, we thank You for always being with us & for always helping us to choose what is right. We ask You to be with our Christian brothers & sisters in Eritrea and help them to keep strong in the faith. Eritrean prisons are known for being cruel & we just pray blessings of safety and peace for all those who are being held especially the children.
    Donna H - USA
  • Oh Lord how much suffering our brothers and sisters have to endure in Eritrea. Lord only you can stop this and only you can bring peace to the hearts of you children. In Jesus name amen.
    David H - USA
  • Lord God, we ask for Your grace and anointing on our brothers and sisters in Eritrea. May they sense Your good pleasure for being willing to suffer for Your Name. Assure them that Your eye is upon them for good. That You will redeem their suffering and turn it into glory for Your sake and theirs, and that You'll release them according to Your plan,
    Toni D - USA
  • Father, give strength and courage to not only those detained, but to their biological and church family. May their faith in Jesus remain steadfast and grow while they endure this trial. Meet the needs of your people in Eritrea. Glorify yourself through them. Release them at the timing you know is best so that your will will be accomplished. Thank you.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Lord, grant grace and peace to those believers still in captivity for gathering to pray in Eritrea and deeply convict their captors of how wrong their actions are. Give these captors a desire to know the one true God and Jesus His Son and grant boldness to the prisoners to share Jesus with many of their fellow prisoners and grant them protection, amen
    Forrest B - USA
  • Lord God, You see these suffering believers and You know them by name. I pray that they would be comforted by this truth and would have many Scriptures in their minds as they suffer. Please strengthen them and give them unity and a supernatural love for those who hate them. I also ask that You would work and justice would be done in this case.
    Danielle H - USA
  • In the beautiful name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovan Shammah, God Who is there, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness and forgiveness given by Eritrean arrested Christians. We ask for healing, that they know You are beautiful, You are present, hedge of protection, and angels to surround and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Father please meet the needs of your children detained in Eritrea. May they and all they are with see your mighty power. May many others come to know you through their witness.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Please lord bring all persecutors to Christ also help them repent and see their wrong also deliver them from their enemy and persecutor provide and protect amen also help them come to god
    Sherry S - USA
  • God, I pray that you would protect my brothers and sisters. Thank you for their steadfast love for the Lord. Give them increased wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God and a peace beyond understanding. I pray that you would provide for their every need.
    Sarah C - USA
  • Lord, protect the believers in Eritrea, free the prisoners and cause the followers of Christ to be given freedom to meet and worship, all to your glory, Lord. Amen
    Barbara C - USA
  • Holy Father, I pray for my brothers and sisters and the young ones who were arrested. Lord, help them to endure. Give peace to all, knowing they belong to a great and mighty King who is able to conquer the forces of darkness. This i do pray now in the name of Jesus. Amen
    joey S - USA
  • In the name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Adonai, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of these Eritrean arrested Christians. We praise You that they are in Your hands. We ask for a hedge of protection, angels directly from heaven to surround and minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord, we lift up our brothers and sisters who are in captivity in Eritrea. We pray for their release and most of all for their spirits to be strengthened and their captors to repent and turn to Christ, amen.
    Matthew E - USA
  • As Paul and Silas praised in the prison cell and you released them and brought salvation to the prison guard, so do the SAME thing for these atraested Eritrean Christians because you are the SAME God then as now! I am beseeching your for glorious provision and redemption of this trial. Turn it for your magnificent good! Turn mourning into dancing! Yes!
    Atacy U - USA
  • Father, we intercede for these 42 Eritrean believers who were recently arrested, as well as thousands of brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the country who suffer the same fate. Please be very near and real to each one during their imprisonment and help them to endure persecution. May they bring hope to the other prisoners who need Jesus Christ.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Father we thank you for the life of this your children, May your name be glorified for your goodness in their live forever, May you take away every fear every worries and anxieties out of their heart, Cost your fate to be strengthened the more even as a result of this experience And May they win many souls into the kingdom of heaven in JESUS name Amen!
    Chima U - Switzerland
  • Lord, I pray these people have been released, however if they are still held, remind them of the example of Paul and Silas in jail. Help them rejoice and may those around them come to know you as their Savior. If they have been released, help them forgive those who persecuted them. Amen.
    Debby K - USA
  • Gracious God, We know as the Apostle Paul, that the world will hate us. Lord, I pray you would grant release of these fellow believers, unharmed. May you give them strength as they look upon the One who is the Author and finisher of their faith and will accomplish according to Your will! Amen
    Cheryl C - USA
  • My Lord and Savior, as this prayer goes up I ask that these people will be released unharmed. That those who put them there will recognize Who is really in charge. That Your people will remain true to You and be blessed for their faithful witness. Please hear and answer Oh Lord! In the power of Jesus' name. Amen. Amen.
    Peggy A - USA
  • Thank You Holy Father for calling these children to You. Thank You for sending Your Holy Spirit to quicken them. Thank You Jesus for baptizing them with Spirit and Fire. May they cling to You through their persecution in You. Let their hearts be full of rejoicing as they walk in Your kingdom IJN amen and amen
    Colleen R - USA
  • God, please set these people free. Let them go home, rejoicing in sharing Your suffering, and comforted by Your Spirit. Care for them, for no prison bars can keep You out. In the name of Christ, amen.
    Kesse R - USA
  • Father we pray for these Christians that were detained, we ask that everyone of them will be released and unharmed. Help their families, provide and protect them. Holy Spirit of God move on the hearts of the officials and those that arrested them, have mercy on them in Jesus Christ name amen.
    Diane E - Canada
  • Dear God, please allow these Christians in Eritrea to go free. May you wake up the hearts of those who are in power so that they too, can become believers. Help the Christians in Eritrea to be bold in their faith and to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to everyone they meet. Bring a great awakening to Eritrea.
    Tricia G - USA
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