A village in Benin
A village in Benin
Dec. 22, 2022 | Benin

Shaman Regularly Interrupts Church Services

[165] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Harassed Christians.

Benin is the birthplace of voodoo, and witchcraft is deeply ingrained in local culture. Many Beninese view Christianity as a threat to their traditional beliefs. One Christian church has been targeted by a fetish priest intent on disrupting the church’s worship services. The church has been open since 2018, but recently a traditional shaman set up a temple next to the church. Every time the church meets, the fetish priest also holds a service. He yells and screams and casts spells, interrupting the church's activities. The local Christians do not have the funds to move to a different location, so church members request prayer that the witchdoctor’s activities will stop.

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Write your own prayer for Harassed Christians

  • Lord, I pray for deliverance for this Christian church against the shaman and his witchcraft. I pray you would break the power of it in the power of the Holy Spirit in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth who came in the flesh. I pray that he would go away, and they would have peace to worship you. In Jesus name, I pray amen.
    Nancy G - USA
  • In the peaceful name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Shalom, God of peace, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of harassed Christians as they teach the peace of Jesus. We ask for provision, for a hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven to surround and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • In the peaceful name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Shalom, God of peace, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Harassed Christians. We ask for provision, for a hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven to surround and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Father, we are asking that this voodoo priest would be radically saved! We ask that he would be drawn to Jesus through the loving witness of the pastor and multiple believers and that forces of darkness would be bound and walls would crumble and believers would take authority over any darkness threatening their gatherings. Grant them joy and peace.
    Forrest B - USA
  • Lord I pray for the Christians near the witchdoctor and I pray that You would keep them safe. I pray for a showdown like that of Baal where Your power comes through and Your glory can be made known in the village. I pray this witchdoctor would come to know You and experiencing Your saving grace. I pray for peace to surround the church and the believers
    Joy H - USA
  • Our Father, silence this man who thinks he can win against the children of the Most High. Turn his curses into blessings, his rantings into praise. May he come to know Jesus as his Savior. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Eli S - USA
  • In the glorious name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Jireh, God Who provides, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of harassed Christians. We praise You they apply Your Word. We ask for a hedge of protection, and angels direct from heaven to surround and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord God, I pray that this man would come to see the superior power of Your gospel and surrender his life to You. May the Christians have wisdom and endurance and courage as they interact with him and show him Your love despite the difficulties. May they have many open doors to speak Your truth as people watch their love for this man.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Father, greater is He that is in our brothers and sisters in Christ, than he that is in this witchdoctor whose harassing Your people. May the Lord rebuke the demon(s) controlling this unbeliever and deliver him from every satanic stronghold. Empower the saints to wage war in the spirit against any and every principality and power that's hindering them.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Beloved Lord God, please give the leaders of this church extraordinary wisdom to overcome the satanic activities intended to disrupt worship and the study of Your Word. Let Your Holy Spirit fill them and guide them. God is greater than His foes. Drive away the spiritual hosts of wickedness in Jesus' Name. Help Your children overcome the evil with good.
    Jean S - Canada
  • Father, all praise & glory to you. Let the Christian voices of song & worship drown out the witchdoctor's chant. Have them praise you so loudly, he will have to stop to hear what they are saying or singing, he may get a blessing as well. I pray for these Christians to continue their worship in spite of the distractions. The power of God is mighty! Amen
    Judith B - USA
  • Heavenly Father, thank you for these precious believers. Thank you that You are faithful and fight our battles for us. Please help them to wait patiently for you to act in your perfect timing. Please help these believers to be as wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove. help them to continue to pray and meet together, pray n obedience to your word.
    Lis S - USA
  • Father, I believe if Paul was here in Benin he would walk over and rebuke the demon from this man. I pray you raise up a holy boldness in your children and give them wisdom in dealing with him. May your Holy Spirit be so real that instead of your people moving; the fetish priest would move. Open the eyes of those blinded by Satan. In Jesus name
    polly c - USA
  • Dear God, maker of heaven and earth, it is a small thing to make a withchdoctor cease the noise made as your children worship and praise you. I pray that the noise stops forever because you have captured the heart of the shaman and turned his noise into praise for Jesus. To His glory and in his name amen
    Peggy A - USA
  • Father, Paul said worship was to be done decently and in order; here is an attack against the worship of Your children, against order, decency, and the communion with You and with each other. You promised that no evil could stand against You. Please bring Your victory here; let the worship continue in spirit and in truth, and in peace. Amen.
    Kesse R - USA
  • Thank You, lord, for this opposition which indicates that Christ is moving in this community. We ask You to turn this situation around. To stop up the lips of the shaman in such a way that Your power is on display for all to see. Satan is defeated, may his defeat be on display for the village to see as Christ is proclaimed. Encourage these believers .
    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 harassed Christians. We ask for a hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven to surround and minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Father, may You do to this pagan entity as You did for Your people long ago "when they got up early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on his face before the ark of the LORD, with his head and his hands broken off and lying on the threshold." Frustrate the plans of the enemy and protect them from the evil one in the name of Jesus. AMEN
    Lynne J - USA
  • We give ourselves to prayer, loving Father, for this man who rewards evil for good, hatred for love. We prayerfully cast this burden on You Lord that You will sustain this congregation and never let these righteous be moved. Please defend them against their enemies and be their defense
    Julie C - USA
  • Father God, thank you for your word that tells us that evil is chaotic and false religions are a lie. JESUS is the truth. Please encourage Your people by the truth and the power of Your Holy Spirit. As Your people worship in spirit and in truth, May the "screamers" be filled with fear and fall before Your feet in repentance and by the name of Jesus!
    Kathy G - USA
  • Abba we know from Your WORD that demons fear & tremble at the mention of the name of Jesus. There is power in Your WORD God. may Benin receive revival & demons of voodoo be utterly cast out into the lake of utter darkness. May the power of the evil be subdued & Beninese know without a shadow of doubt that You alone are true and only God to be worshiped
  • Dear Lord, we ask You to help our fellow Christians by praying for this witch doctor. Help him to come to understand that witchcraft is of the devil and that You are the light. Darkness cannot penetrate the light and Satan cannot have a hold of us if we have made Jesus our Lord and Savior because He lives in us!Help the Christian's prayers to reach all
    Donna H - USA
  • Father , I pray these Satan worshipers will accect jesus in their heart and stop persecuting Christians . I pray a hedge of protection around these Saints . And I thank You for their faithful witness . In jesus name . Amen
    Ann S - USA
  • And so we pray, Jesus! We ask you to do a creative thing to stop this man's noise and insults from crossing into the Christians' space when they are worshiping. We know this would be a small thing for the God who gives manna in the desert and life to the dead.
    Brenda M - USA
  • Dear God, I pray that Your hand would stay the attacks of this shaman in Benin, so that these believers could meet in peace. May he see your love in these believers and come to want You. Strengthen the believers and their love for each other. Protect and provide for them and grow your church.
    Martha T - USA
  • Dear God, I pray that You would protect those facing harassment in Benin and keep them strong to continue to do Your will despite what the enemy is doing that You would use it for good for Your glory and if the shaman is able to be saved that they would submit themselves to Christ and be saved. May the glory of God shut down all spells and wickedness.
    Jo-Ann C - USA
  • The Lord is our light and salvation, whom shall we fear...Keep the faith.
    Glen O - USA
  • Dear Lord, thank you that you are greater than anyone or anything! When Satan attacks these precious people, turn the fiery arrows back against the enemy. Shield your followers with your mighty hand.
    Send your angels and show your power against the force of darkness
    May the church in Benin grow exponentially ! In Jesus name Amen
    Kathleen L - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father I amen these previous prayers. This witch doctor has no power in Your Holy Name. You have visited this man You have shown Yourself. May he repent & be saved. Bless the church, give them Faith to be strong. That Your Name may be glorified lifted up & dignified. Give them your surpassing peace. In Jesus' Gracious Name amen.
    Johnathan K - USA
  • Father, reading this reminds me of the story of Elijah when he challenged the false prophets. I pray, like that story Lord, that you would show yourself far above all of these other gods. And that many would come out of that deception and come to know the One and Only True God. In Jesus name, amen.
    Nancy H - USA
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