Dec. 08, 2022 | India

Nine Christians Detained for Attending Thanksgiving Service

[160] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Christians in Legal Trouble.

A group of believers met for a service of thanksgiving after a significant healing, some of them traveling more than 200 kilometers [124 miles] to attend the service in Madhya Pradesh. Local members of a Hindu radical group noticed the assembly. They broke in to videotape it and called police to break it up. Seven pastors and two laymen from three states were taken to the police station and jailed. They were held for four days before being fined 10,000 rupees each and then released. Now they must travel back and forth from their distant homes for court appearances and other legal matters. They have incurred significant legal fees and expenses from this harassment by Hindus who are empowered by anti-conversion laws in the area. These expenses are expected to continue for many months.

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  • LORD, I pray these elders are freed from the persecution of the government. You have set up the government and in this case, they are going against Your word as antichrists. I pray this would work for Your good as the witness of this congregation be magnified and they search the
    A1611 Bible for the truth. I pray many in India repent of their sins.
    Devin C - USA
  • Lord, please help these Christians and may all charges against them be dropped. Encourage their hearts and help them remember their struggle is not against flesh and blood but the powers of this dark world. Protect them from evil, Lord, and restore their souls.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Oh Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ, these people are in turmoil, and they need Your help, and they need Your presence, they need Your comfort!
    christine s - USA
  • Our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus, I pray for comfort, peace, and protection for our brothers and sisters in Christ. We can take comfort that the Lord is working. He is in control and His Will will be done. We can only plant the seed, the Lord will reap the harvest. We will continue to pray. Stand firm, Jesus is coming soon!
    Susan R - USA
  • Father, I pray for these questions who are now in legal trouble. I asked for your mercy over them, and that these charges would be dropped. I pray for justice in the situation I asked that your mighty hand would move on their behalf, and that many would come to Christ because of these questions in India, in Jesus name, I pray amen.
    Nancy G - USA
  • Lord God, I pray that truth and justice would prevail in these cases and that You would strengthen these believers to stand faithfully for You despite the persecution. May they be acquitted, and may these trials provide opportunities for them to declare Your gospel and for those who hear to be drawn to You.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for Your people who serve You in Madhya Pradesh. May they see much fruit from their efforts. May You grant them favor with government officials and provide for all of their legal and material needs. Enable them to forgive their persecutors, who may repent and turn towards You, accepting Jesus and His sacrifice for them. Be glorified.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Heavenly Father, thank you for these precious believers. Please continue to go before them, encouraging them in your Word. Please provide all they need, in every way. Please strengthen them for the battle, helping them not to grow weary or discouraged.
    In Jesus,
    Lis S - USA
  • Praise God for the healing and for Your people who gathered to celebrate Your greatness.
    Deliver them from discouragement; provide the legal fees incurred by their arrests. Give them boldness like that of the early disciples who were called before the authorities and forbidden to speak in the name of Christ. May they fear God more than they fear men
    Toni D - USA
  • In the name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Who creates all things new, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of these Indian Christians in legal trouble. We ask for a hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven to surround and minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Father, we trust You that these inconveniences and trials will be used for Your glory for You are in control. "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance."" May these travels have many gospel opportunities and may God supply the needed money. AMEN
    Lynne J - USA
  • Father God, we see all over the world courts being used to harass Christians. It comes from the evil one whose days are numbered as our dear Savior has told us. We need to know Your word. Please help your people everywhere in these oppressions and may they be a witness for JESUS. May those who practice falsehood repent and seek Him!
    Kathy G - USA
  • Abba the demonic powers dwell in India because the leaders of the nation seek the power of the evil. You are God and greater & most powerful Almighty. You break the chains and set them free. Open the doors for the Christians to gather and minister the members. give them wisdom to find ways to practiv=ce their faith freely and win many souls.
  • Gracious Father God, we know You are able to take what Satan intends for evil and use it for good and for the salvation of many. Please help the pastors and other believers to faithfully serve You in the midst of this interference and harassment. Provide for all their needs. Help them fix their eyes on Jesus and trust Your sovereignty over everything.
    Jean S - Canada
  • Lord, thank you because no one can lay anything to the charge of your children, for it is you that justify them. Lord, just as the opposers could not prove their charges against you, and against apostle Paul, let the Hindus be put to shame, the kind of shame of conviction of sin, that they will repent. Evil shall not prevail. In Jesus Name.
    Sharon-David A - United Kingdom
  • In the name of Light of the World, Jesus, our heavenly Father, Creator of Light, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of Indian Christians in legal trouble. We ask for provision, a hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven surround and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Dear God, please show your favor on these ones and grant them relief. Touch the hearts of those oppressing them and make them release them. Have mercy Lord. Take this burden off in Jesus name. Amen.
    Ajanigo O - USA
  • Father, nothing is too great for you. You have promised you would always be with your children. Jesus, you provided tax money through the mouth of a fish. I know you are able to take care of this problem. Strengthen your children, let them feel your Spirit. Provide all their needs, speak to the hearts of those who oppose them, open their eyes.
    Polly C - USA
  • Father, please work in the best way for these believers. Provide for them. Give them wisdom and guidance every day. In spite of efforts to discourage and intimidate believers, may they not fear and may many be brought into your kingdom. Thank you. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Father please provide for these believers. May they not fear, but be assured that you will meet all their needs. May they continue in thanksgiving.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Please Lord, cause these hindu extremist to repent and come to You. I pray that the believers fines and charges would be dropped, that their faith will be strengthened, and I pray that many would be added to their number, in the Mighty Name of Jesus, amen.
    Pmandy Y - USA
  • Our Father, bless those who are enduring legal troubles. Grant them perseverance as they travel for their court cases. May those who are harassing them see in Your children something better than they are acting, and cause them shame and cause them to repent of their malicious behavior. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • Eternal Father, bless the Christians that were arrested in Madhya Pradesh. Strengthen them in their faith and provide for their needs. Deliver them from worry and let them trust in You. Let their faith lead them and not their circumstance. Convict those that falsely accused them and turn their hearts and minds to Christ. Let the truth prevail. Amen
    Andre K - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father I amen these previous prayers. May Your fruit abound to their account. Leave the courts speechless & speak from the pastor's mouths with wisdom. May Your children be blameless in the eyes of even such men. Jehovah jireh provide abundantly for their costs & needs. I pray for the authorities; change their hearts. In Jesus' Mighty NA.
    Johnathan K - USA
  • Father God, we ask for there to be relief from these legal threats and fees for these pastors and that these public officials would simply bury these charges and and be deeply convicted of their injustice. Father, we know that You change the hearts of kings like the courses of rivers, bring about such change in these official's hearts, in Jesus' name.
    Forrest B - USA
  • Jesus, help my brothers and sisters to not fear the ones who can only destroy the body, only fear you. Give them the resources and favor they need to take care of their natural needs. May it prepare them that they can be counted worthy and escape the things that are to come and can face the son of man. In Jesus' name!
    Ashley B - USA
  • Abba, Father I lift these dear brothers up to You in prayer. I pray You would move in a mighty way in providing all their needs and granting them divine favor in the eyes of the courts that they would drop the matter and release their monetary charge. Bless my dear brothers for their faithfulness I pray in Yahusha's Name!
    Yahliah M - USA
  • Christ, you were unjustly accused. Help these who have also been accused, who are suffering under unjust authority. Please provide for every expense, and clear their names; give them justice. Let them cry to You who hears, and God, answer them. Let the hearts of their enemies be stricken by the love and power You show. Let the healing remain, not fear.
    Kesse R - USA
  • Father God please be with your believers in Madhya Pradesh and those who traveled long distances to attend the thanksgiving service there, who were arrested and now face disruption in their lives and big expenses because of their imprisonment. Help them with these costs we pray and bring dreams & visions of you to the Hindu group. In Jesus name. Amen.
    Linda R - Australia
  • Father God please be with your believers in Madhya Pradesh and those who traveled long distances to attend the thanksgiving service there, who were arrested and now face disruption in their lives and big expenses because of their imprisonment. Help them with these costs we pray and bring dreams & visions of you to the Hindu group. In Jesus name. Amen.
    Linda R - Australia
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