Muslim extremists damaged or destroyed 25 churches during a recent riot in Pakistan.
Muslim extremists damaged or destroyed 25 churches during a recent riot in Pakistan.
Aug. 31, 2023 | Pakistan

Faisalabad Mob Targets Christians, Churches

[193] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Pakistan Christians.

On Aug. 16, a mob of 5,000 Muslim extremists rampaged through Jaranwala, a city in the Faisalabad district, reacting to allegations that two young Christian men had desecrated a copy of the Quran and insulted the prophet Muhammad. Rioters attacked Christian neighborhoods and churches throughout the city. The mob burned or severely damaged 25 churches and 89 homes; hundreds of Christians fled either because their homes and belongings were destroyed or in fear of further attacks. The mob dispersed hours later only after the government dispatched police and soldiers into the area. The young Christian men have been arrested and charged under the district’s blasphemy laws. Blasphemy allegations are common in Pakistan and have often been used to persecute Christians. Anyone found guilty of blasphemy could be sentenced to death, and just the accusation of blasphemy can often incite mob violence.

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  • Lord Jesus I pray for the two men accused of blasphemy. I pray you protect comfort and defend them. I pray they be a great witness of Christ to all. I pray for the restoration of the homes and churches destroyed. I pray for the safety of the Christian's I pray repentance of the mob and for their salvation. I pray the two men not be put to death. Amen
    Eric D - USA
  • Lord, stop the mouths of these sons of Belial and let as many as should be saved come to faith.
    Margaret D - USA
  • Father, please provide for the needs of your people in Pakistan. Give them courage and the peace that only Jesus can provide (John 14:27). Please bring justice according to your knowledge of the situation for the young men accused of blasphemy. Draw people in Pakistan to a saving relationship with Jesus. Keep and protect your people from evil.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Dear Jesus, protect these young men falsely accused. Comfort all who lost their homes and possessions. Help the Christians whose place of worship was destroyed or damaged. May many Muslims and Hindus turn to You by seeing the wickedness done to the Christians. Help the Christians remain strong. Give them wisdom and discernment.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Christians in Pakistan: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of many around them to the Gospel, including government officials & Muslim extremists. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear Lord Jesus Christ, please protect Your people from their enemies, please give them everything they need on this earth and in this life while they're on their way to meet You!
    christine s - USA
  • Lord God, I do pray that justice and truth would prevail in this case and that you would protect these men from false accusations. May their families trust and depend on You and may they be encouraged and supported by other believers. I pray that Your people would be unified as they suffer and grow in faith despite persecution.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Lord Jesus, may the persecuted Christians in Pakistan hold strong in their faith. May the radical Muslims realize that the Quran doesn't teach violence and may they be convicted of their sins by the power of the Holy Spirit so that they my receive you as their Lord and Savior for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Amen y Amen.
    Chaplain Dale I - 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 Pakistan Christians. We ask for healing, for hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Father grant your children in Pakistan great wisdom, peace and faith. May they know that you are more powerful than their persecutors. Help them to continue in love for all.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • In the precious name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Jireh, God Who provides. As brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of Pakistan Christians. We ask for provision, a hedge of protection, and angels direct from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Heavenly Father have mercy on Your Church in Pakistan. Our faithful brothers and sisters are under attack- grant them the grace to bear, believe, hope, and endure all things. Make them strong and courageous- peaceful as doves and wise as serpents. Save those who come against them. In Jesus' name Amen.
    Marita J - USA
  • Dear LORD,

    I pray that Your body in Pakistan would experience Your comfort that surpasses all understanding in the face of severe persecution. I pray they always be looking for their blessed hope of Your nearing appearance. I pray they would be a witness pointing to You and spreading Your word from the KJB. In LORD Jesus' name I pray, amen.
    Devin C - USA
  • Precious Lord, help me to always remember these Your children, who suffer for their faith. Help me to pray for these brothers and sisters and to ask You to bless, protect and prosper them openly. In Jesus name I pray, Amen
    Della H - USA
  • Lord, please protect and deliver Your children in Pakistan from the enemy's attacks. Preserve them and their places of worship. Meet their needs and give them Your wisdom to know how to avoid the enemy's destruction and at the same time to be Your witnesses to their persecutors. In Jesus name, Amen.
    Sarah A - USA
  • Lord, I pray for the trial and unfolding of these accusations. Protect your people. Quiet down the mob mentality. Give wisdom, courage, and peace to Pakistan Christians at this time. I pray that Satan would not use this to shut their mouths from proclaiming you. I pray for these your men according to Ps 119:121 do not leave them to their oppressor
    Rachel Albro H - USA
  • Lord,
    We thank You for the faithfulness of our brothers and sisters in Pakistan and their willingness to follow You despite murderous persecution. We pray for those affected by these riots; may You comfort them and provide for all of their needs. May these accused men be given full due process; please be with them during this trial and be glorified.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Lord, bring comfort & strength to Christians in Pakistan as they face the trauma of this strong persecution. Not only are you the healer of physical & soul wounds, you are the one who grants endurance that doesn't fall prey to fear of what evil can do to them. Remind your people to fix their eyes upon Jesus who will led them thru the fire. Amen.
    Diana F - USA
  • Gracious Father in Heaven, we bring to You the situation in Pakistan We understand that the source of this persecution is ultimately the Liar and the Deceiver. eE ask You to bring Your truth into this situation, for the release of those accused. Use their testimony of forgiveness to bring many to receive salvation through Jesus Christ for His glory.
    Toni D - USA
  • Heavenly Father, we lift up our Pakistani brothers and sisters to Your throne of grace. We ask for the restoration of churches, homes and businesses. We ask for the body of Christ to come together in unity and love in building their community back. We pray for the salvation of those that are part of this atrocities. In Jesus precious name Amen.
    Alvin A - USA
  • Ps 86: bow down Your ear O Lord, & hear our prayers for these poor & needy pakistanis. Preserve their holy lives and save these servants who have trusted in You. Be merciful to these young men who are falsely accused as we call upon You in their day of trouble. Give Your strength to Your servants, help and comfort them. Glorify Your name in Pakistan
    Julie C - USA
  • Eternal Father, have mercy on the Christians in Pakistan. Open their hearts and minds to walk in your will and your ways. Touch the hearts of the governing officials to rule justly. Give strengthen to Your children and let them walk in the Spirit and fulfill Your will. Let them pray for their attackers to come to the truth in Christ Jesus. Amen
    Andre K - USA
  • Father, as our Pakistani brothers and sisters in Christ live under a seemingly endless cloud of persecution and hostility, continue to give them the grace to love and forgive their oppressors because they know not what they do. May these young believers who've been falsely charged with blasphemy find favor with the judicial system and be released soon.
    Patrick V - USA
  • In the living hope of resurrected name of Jesus, our heavenly Father Elohim Miqweh, God of hope as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for living hope of Pakistan Christians. We ask of a hedge of protection, angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord, we pray for believers harmed in this rampage, and for those who have been arrested, we pray for justice and release. Please make your presence known, and please protect all those who follow Christ. May others see their testimony and desire to follow Jesus as well. Please bring peace and restoration to this area, and may your name be lifted high.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Dear brothers and sisters in Christ- although I can't begin to know what it's like to endure what you go through, I pray everyday to the One who controls this world and has already won. Jesus is coming back! The time is drawing near. Stand firm. We already have victory. What a glorious day it will be to see Jesus face to face!
    Susan R - USA
  • Almighty God, where can they turn but to You. Protect, help and grant courage to all your dear children who have been affected by these rioters. Manifest yourself mightily to those who have been arrested. May all experience a deeper trust, hope and faith in you, O God. May your name be lifted high and glorified in victory! Pat US
    Patricia S - USA
  • Keep our brothers and sisters safe and well.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Fatherplease free these 2 young men whether they get justice from their adversaries or not. Give them inner strength and peace and May your truth grow like wildfire in spite of attempts to burn down or destroy Your church. In Jesus Holy name amen
    Peggy A - USA
  • Lord I ask for miraculous protection for the young men who were sentenced with blasphemy. I pray for them to be at peace and to remain hopeful about Your protection. I pray for those who lost things to have them given back or restored and for Your power and Your protection of Your people to be strong like that of the Israelites coming out of Egypt
    Joy H - USA
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