Hindu extremists attacked Pastor Zahir and his son during a worship service like this one.
Hindu extremists attacked Pastor Zahir and his son during a worship service like this one.
Mar. 28, 2024 | India

Pastor, Son Brutally Beaten for Christian Worship

[180] prayers in [12] nations have been posted for Pastor Zahir and Ashok.

While 80 Christians gathered on Feb. 19, 2023, to worship, a mob of Hindu extremists broke into the church and demanded proof that they had permission to be there. When the mob began to attack Pastor Zahir, his son, Ashok, defended him and also became a target. The two men were kicked, punched and beaten with a microphone stand until they were both bleeding and unconscious. Other members of the congregation were also injured as the mob ransacked the church while shouting Hindu slogans. When the police arrived, they took Zahir into custody and questioned him but refused to accept his criminal complaint against the attackers. Both Zahir and Ashok have recovered physically, though Ashok continues to experience pain. Pray for the wellbeing of this family and church amid persecution. “Please pray for the vandals,” Ashok said. “Pray that they bend their knees in front of Jesus.”

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  • Almighty God, I come to You on behalf of Pastor Zahir, his sin, Ashok, amd other members of the congregation who suffered injuries from this attack. I pray for complete healing from the physical injuries sustained, and the emotional trauma that follows. I pray the congregation would not grow fearful, but grow in boldness proclaiming the Gospel message
    Curtis M - USA
  • In the name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Ori, Lord Our Light, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Zahir and Ashok. We ask for Jesus, Light of the World, enlighten their lives, a hedge of protection, angels direct from heaven encamp around and minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Precious Lord, please see the plight of these servants of Yours...protect them and bless them openly. Please save those that persecute them. In Jesus name I pray, amen! MARANATHA!
    Della H - USA
  • I pray that a complete healing will take place with Zahir and Ashok. I pray that you will protect and comfort and embolden them. I pray that the Hindu people will become convicted and repent of their sin and come to know Jesus as Lord and savior. I pray this in Jesus name amen.
    Eric D - USA
  • In the strong name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Tsuri, our Rock, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for Your help to Pastor Zahir and Ashok. We ask for continued help,, a hedge of protection, angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • I pray that You would graciously heal Zahir and Ashok physically, and that they would be strengthened spiritually as they suffer for You. May they be an example to the other believers in their church, and may this attack only increase the boldness and supernatural love of the believers. May the attackers come to saving faith in You.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Father God, I thank you that you protected the lives of Pastor Zahir and his son Ashok so that they may continue to bring praise and glory to your holy Name. I pray that you will completely heal them both. I ask that you would protect the church in India so that it may continue to be a light to the people in the country. Draw the people to Jesus Christ
    Julia F - USA
  • Dear Father in Heaven, I lift up Pastor Zahir and his son Ashok and ask for your healing touch on them physically, mentally and emotionally. May they be strengthened spiritually. May the attackers come to know Christ as Lord and Savior because of the faithful witness of these brother's in Christ. In Jesus' Name. Amen
    Jennifer T - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Pastor Zahir, Ashok & their church: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You for their faith! Fully heal the Pastor, his son & other injured believers. Bring their attackers to repentance. Save all India. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Pastor Zahir, Ashok & their church: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You for their faith! Fully heal the Pastor, his son & other injured believers. Bring their attackers to repentance. May all India be save
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord, please help Pastor Zahir and his son to continue to serve you faithfully and truthfully. Please may you also show yourself to the hindu attackers so that they may come to know you personally. I ask for this is Jesus name, amen.
    Cuan J - South Africa
  • Father I thank you for this churchs presence in their community in the midst of Hindu extremists please give the body there courage n strength of faith against the persecution please give physical n emotional healing to pastor n his son to continue in their leadership of the church may your grace n mercy deliver the India from Hinduism In Jesus name
    Dean B - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Pastor Zahir, Ashok & their church: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You for their faith! Fully heal the Pastor, his son & other injured believers. Bring the Hindu extremists to repentance. Save all India.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Abba, as our brother the apostle Paul turned his heart from persecuting christian to becoming a great blessing to them and countless around the world, may the same take place there in India in that those who persecuted our dear brothers would themselves turn their hearts to You. I ask this in Yahusha's name and give praise to You in advance.
    Yahliah M - USA
  • Father, in the name of Jesus We thank you for being our Lord and Savior. We ask that you protect and heal the pastor his son and the church members. Cover them with your precious blood and help the vandals that attacked them come to know you as Lord and Savior. In Jesus Name Amen
    Myrna W - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Pastor Zahir, Ashok & their church: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You for their faith! Give the Pastor, his son & other injured members full recoveries. Bring the attackers to repentance; save all India.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, I pray for these two who were beaten. Father, I pray right now your healing power flow through them and heal them completely. I pray you strengthen them and their congregation. Rebuke any fear the enemy may try to put upon them. I pray you comfort all of them. I pray for the ones who did this. Lord, you see their hearts; deal with them.
    Polly C - USA
  • Father, I lift up my precious brothers & pray for every kind of healing for them & others affected by this. May their faith be strengthened as never before & may they go to a new place in You. We do also pray for the attackers that they do kneel before You. May they hear You speaking to their hearts in Jesus' Name. Lift the pain from Ashok. GraceIJN
    Lisa T - USA
  • Lord, comfort Zahir, Ashok, their family and congregation. Comfort them with peace that surpasses understanding. Give them creativity to think up ways to meet without being targeted again. Protect them from farther injury and heal Ashok's body completely. Let their love and endurance open the hearts of the vandals, turning their lives completely around
    Lydia S - Uganda
  • Father God and Lord Jesus please help and heal these men please give them refuge from their enemies
    christine s - USA
  • Father may you be glorified through Pastor Zahir and Ashok. Thank you for their forgiveness of the attackers, may the attackers see the mercy and love and turn to you! Strengthen the congregation and make them more determined to serve and worship you. Glory Hallelujah, In Jesus name Amen and Amen.
    Rebecca S - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Pastor Zahir, Ashok & their church: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You for their faith! Fully heal the Pastor, his son & other members. Bring their attackers to repentance. May all India be saved. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • In the truthful name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Yahweh El Elmeth, God of truth, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You that Pastor Zahir and Ashok know Jesus as the truth, way and life. We ask for a hedge of protection, angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Heavenly Father continue restoring Pastor Zahir and Ashok from the attacks they have suffered. We pray for them and their congregation to be strong and courageous. We pray that their attackers will come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. In Jesus' name we pray Amen.
    Marita J - USA
  • I have added the brave brave father and son to my prayer list. Great is their reward in heaven.
    Clint D - USA
  • Holy, Almighty Father God, I pray that You will grant full healing to Ashok, Pastor Zahir and others in the congregation who were harmed. Restore what was destroyed in their church. Let the authorities rule fairly. Keep these attackers from doing further harm. We join with Ashok in praying for the salvation of his attackers. In Christ's Name I pray.
    Rose T - USA
  • Lord, according to your promise, may no Hindu weapon formed against Pastor Zahir and Ashok prosper and no weapon against any of the brethren throughout India. Lord, confound the evil ones and may every word spoken against them be found to be in the wrong. Release the convicting power of the Holy Spirit as a mighty rushing wind of conversion on India!
    Danae V - USA
  • Father I pray for Pastor Zahir, Ashok and their church, please give them strength. Help others come to know you amidst this persecution. In Jesus name, amen.
    Nancy H - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Pastor Zahir, Ashok & their church: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You for their faith! Fully heal the Pastor, his son & other injured members. Bring their attackers to repentance. May all India be saved.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, Thank You for the courage of these two faithful men. I pray that You will bring Your peace and presence to them as well and their family and church as they continue to be persecuted for the sake of the Gospel. Thank You for their willingness to forgive and pray for their attackers. Remind them that their reward in heaven awaits them. Amen
    Laurie W - USA
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