Algerian officials close a church in 2019.
Algerian officials close a church in 2019.
May. 25, 2023 | Algeria

Churches Closed, Pastors Facing Increasing Pressure

[166] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for imprisoned pastor.

Christians in Algeria report suffering from a systematic campaign of government persecution. Since the end of 2017, the government has reportedly closed 30 of the 47 Protestant churches in the country. In January 2023, a 54-year-old pastor from a Muslim background was sentenced to two years in prison for holding “unlicensed worship” and “holding worship in a building not designated for non-Muslim worship.” The pastor has been in jail since his arrest on December 30, 2022. A front-line worker said, “Please pray that Algerian believers whose churches have been closed by authorities can continue to meet together and reach out to their neighbors with the gospel despite the risks.”

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  • Dear Jesus, comfort and encourage your people in Algeria. Especially now during the Christmas season.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Oh Lord Jesus Christ, so many people are in trouble and turmoil around the globe! Please ask The Father to close down this age quicker, please help and heal and protect and deliver all of Your people!
    christine s - USA
  • Father God, we ask for an outpouring of Your Holy Spirit on this imprisoned pastor who refuses to cease from ministry and now Lord, bless his ministry from prison and grant him boldness and grace to share the hope of Jesus with many hungry, desperate Muslims, disillusioned by their own government and Islam so that many come to You, amen.
    Forrest B - USA
  • Lord, for this imprisoned pastor and the nation of Algeria, we call on your name and plead for your help. Give him endurance as he runs the race you have set out for him. May he have a clarity of mind and peace in his heart that can only come from you, Jesus. Open the eyes of the spiritually blind and let your light shine in that nation.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Merciful Father, Please come to the aid of this pastor who has been in Jail for preaching the gospel in Algeria. Please soften the hearts of the government officials who make rulings on what Christians can & can't do. Deliver this pastor & Christians in Algeria that they might be able to worship you in peace & joy to your Glory. In Jesus holy name Amen
    Robert C - Canada
  • Jesus name, God I dispatch Michael & his warrior angels with their flaming swords & flaming wild horses with fire bombs, to go back & forth, in & out thru out the entire world to tare down & destroy satan & every demon & every kingdom & stronghold that he has set up & burn every evil thing to ashes so nothing is left for them to try & rebuild...
    Aimey M - USA
  • Father God, I lift up my brother in Algeria who is prison. Please strengthen his heart and fill Him with your Spirit, peace and joy and please minister through him in prison and draw many souls to You. Please let him our brother get out quickly and return to his family and body of believers. Please protect the believers in Algeria In Jesus Name Amen
    Sarah H - USA
  • Pai, eu peco te que despedaces o poder de Satanas sobre estas pessoas, que eles parem com a sua perseguicao contra os teus filhos e filhas, em nome de Jesus te peco amen
    Duarte S - Portugal
  • How amazing the faith of Your people in Algeria! Increase their ability in creative ways to meet, worship and evangelize that others will find salvation forever. Hear us Lord Jesus we pray Amen
    Peggy A - USA
  • Lord God, I pray that this pastor would be released and that his example would embolden others to preach the word with boldness. May those whose churches have faced persecution have wisdom and courage to continue to follow You. May their bold gospel witness be used to draw many to Yourself.
    Danielle H - USA
  • In the wonderful name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Elohim, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Algerian imprisoned pastor and Algerian Christians. We ask for provision, they will turn to Jesus, a hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Dear Father, we humbly ask for freedom & care for this pastor. Protect & provide for him & others who are persecuted. Strengthen & support them as they suffer in your name. Open the lost hearts of those who do not know the name of Jesus. Pour your Holy Spirit into the prison & bring repentance. For Jesus glory. Amen.
    SM D - USA
  • I hope and pray in Christ Jesus' name for a daily abundance of blessings, especially your Holy Spirit, wisdom, healing, restoration, love, grace, compassion, mercy, protection, deliverance, resiliance, and so much more. I hope and pray that things are going well and improving everyday. May God bless you, those around you and far away. Amen.
    Gabriel S - USA
  • In the name of Jesus, Prince of Peace, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Shalom, God of Peace, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Algerian imprisoned pastor. We ask for peace, for a hedge of protection, and angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to him. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Father, I praise You that You have left a remnant of people still faithful to You in Algeria. I ask that You will provide places of worship that can be safely used for gatherings. I pray that You will greatly strengthen Your people with love for their neighbors. I ask that You will open doors through the Holy Spirit to bear witness to Jesus.
    Karen K - USA
  • Lord, you said blessed are those who are persecuted for your namesake . This imprisoned Paster in Algeria is surely blessed. I pray the Muslim backed government will come to know you as the one true God. Give peace to the Pastor & his family & pray they will be thankful too. Forgive the Muslims a deceived religion. I ask in the name of Jesus. Amen
    Judith B - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for our brothers and sisters in Algeria and their willingness to worship together despite state opposition. I pray that they will not fail to meet together and that their neighbors would be positively influenced by their love, that they may feel the love of Jesus from them and come to a saving faith in Jesus.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Father, we pray for the release of this Muslim background pastor from prison. As the pastor awaits his release, grant him an effective and spiritually fruitful ministry with others who are incarcerated. May the other prisoners recognize that this pastor is truly a man of God, filled with Your Holy Spirit. Empower his congregation to proclaim Your Word.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Father we bring this pastor in Algeria before you and cry out for help on his behalf. Father you know his heart and the great need of your word to be spread this area. Father we pray that you will help him to be released from prison and that when you answer this request that you'll give him a steadfast spirit to continue telling others of your love.
    Jamie G - USA
  • Father, you love this imprisoned pastor dearly and know his situation. Please work your perfect will in his life and release him when you know is best. In the meantime, give him courage, boldness, protection, provision as he trusts Jesus fully at this time. Please lead the believers with your Spirit as how best to meet together. Thank you. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Father, you know those who belong to you. You see this pastor and your children who are suffering in Algeria. I pray you strengthen the pastor and use him while in prison. I pray you strengthen and guide your children as they face the enemy of their souls. I pray for those in authority; may their eyes be opened, soften their hearts. Deal with souls.
    Polly C - USA
  • In the powerful name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, El Shaddai, God Almighty, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of Algerian imprisoned pastor. We ask for his release, a hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to him. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Abba, Father I pray Your divine favor upon our brethren there in Algeria. We know that where 2 or more are gathered together in Your name, You are there in the midst. I pray they would be encouraged to meet together in worship and pray a hedge of protection around them all. May Your name be glorified!! In Yahusha's Name I pray. Amein
    Yahliah M - USA
  • Father, thank You for the strong faith of this Muslim background pastor and we ask him to experience Your Presence in his prison cell. We pray he will continue to stand fast and we ask for his release. May Algerian believers whose churches have been closed by authorities be able to keep meeting together and speak to their neighbors of the gospel
    Gail M - USA
  • O Lord, you said Christians would be persecuted, but you will be with us in it. May your Spirit encourage the imprisoned pastor and other Christians in Algeria who are being harshly targeted by their government. Grant them favor so that they can worship and be discipled together. And let this be a witness to others who then accept Christ as well. Amen.
    Diana F - USA
  • I have added the brave pastor to my prayer list.
    Clint D - USA
  • Lord pour out your blessing of faithfulness, mercy, strength and hope to this imprisoned Algerian pastor. Use him to be a faithful witness as you pour into him all he needs to be faithful to you. Rise up hope and joy in the churches who have lost their building but are the fortunate ones who have not lost You. You are their Rock - let them stand firmly
    Atacy U - USA
  • Our Father, rise up and scatter Your enemies, frustrate the plans of those who are opposing Your children. Bless this pastor while he is in prison. May his life be a witness to everyone who sees him. Strengthen Your children, and spur them to continue meeting and sharing the Gospel with their neighbors. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • Father, I pray for Algerian believers whose churches have been closed. I pray that they can continue to meet together and reach out to their neighbors with the gospel despite the risks. Give them courage and protection as they faithfully serve You.
    Betty D - USA
  • Oh Lord, please strengthen Algerian believers with Spirit filled resolve to continue meeting even though so many churches have been forced to close. May their faithfulness to You be seen and felt by neighbors, drawing many to Christ. In Jesus' name, amen.
    Lynne W - USA
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