As Christians who are able to practice and preach our faith freely with no repercussions, it is so important to remember our brothers and sisters in Christ who face persecution daily for those same acts. Here are 10 powerful prayers for persecuted Christians.
A Prayer of Protection for Those Experiencing Active Persecution
Father, my Miracle-Worker, You hold Your children in Your mighty hands. I want to intercede right now on behalf of my brothers and sisters who are experiencing persecution. Particularly, I remember those who risk every day being raided by authorities. Lord have mercy. Give them the courage to endure. Thank You for their boldness and their faithfulness to You. Help them not to give up. Make them ever more aware of Your presence with them. In Jesus’ mighty, name I pray. Amen.
A Prayer for Persecuted Christians to Have the Strength to Endure
Lord of Power, I thank You for the fact that in Christ, I am united to millions of brothers and sisters around the world. Lord, many of them are not free to follow You. I ask that You grant them the strength to stand up and be counted for You in the face of opposition. As the Lord Jesus made the good confession before Pilate, empower them to make a good confession for You. May they hold fast to the hope of reward on judgment day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
A Prayer for Freedom to Gather
Name above all Names, You have called us to live for You and exhort one another to love and good deeds. In many regions and countries around the world right now, Christians are not permitted to meet. I pray that they may find a way. Give them safety and veil the eyes of those who would seek to prevent such gatherings. We thank You that even when we cannot meet, our unity and connection in Jesus is a greater communion than any physical gathering. Thank You for the unity we have in Christ. Amen.
A Prayer for Provision of Resources to Persecuted Christians
God our Great Provider, You watch over all Your saints and care for them. I pray now for my fellow believers who are prevented from accessing food, money, and other resources due to anti-Christian pressure. May they be strengthened to be able to say with Paul “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” May they see You as Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides. Show them an increase of Your grace. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
A Prayer for Increased Availability of Scripture
God of Increase, Thank You for Your Word, which reveals to me who You are and the way You have demonstrated Your great love to me. Father, my heart yearns for those Christians who have little access to reading Scriptures Many governments rightly recognize the power in Your Word, and so they attempt to harm Your kingdom by suppressing the dissemination of the Bible. But Your kingdom will prevail. Use Your servants to spread the Bible into places that need Your light. Teach those believers with limited access to the Bible by Your Spirit and strengthen them. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
A Prayer for Persecuted Christians in Prison
Lord, Chain-Breaker, You are with us always, and You are our source of comfort and strength. I beseech You on behalf of those who are in prison because of their confession in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank You for the strength of their faith. May they hold on to the promise that You work all things together for the good of those who love You. As Paul knew, may they know that all things are according to Your plan and are used to advance Your kingdom. Give them the knowledge that Your grace is sufficient for them. Thank You, Father. Amen.
A Prayer of Safety for Christians Escaping Persecution
Lord, my Shield, as You loosened the chains of Paul and Silas and You opened the gate for Peter to walk out of prison, allow those believers who are trapped in oppression to leave. I ask for safety, especially of the young and the vulnerable. Open paths and sustain them in travel. Place fellow Christians in positions where they can assist. Give them the trust that You are with them. Whether it be in crossing a border, escaping from prison, or running from those who seek to harm, Father, have mercy on them and speed them on their way. I ask these things in the powerful name of Jesus. Amen.
A Prayer for Persecuted Christians to Have Boldness in Preaching
All-Powerful Father, may Your kingdom come and Your will be done here on earth as in heaven. I pray that You might embolden faithful brothers and sisters who continue to proclaim the good news of Your kingdom in the face of opposition. I know that no power on earth can stand against the coming of Your kingdom in power. Even if violence should come, let those faithful preachers stand firm. Let this remind me to be standing in union with them to preach Your Gospel. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
A Prayer for Christians Who Are Separated from Each Other Due to Persecution
O God, my Strength, You are our comfort and our hope. I pray for those believers who are separated from their families, their community, or even their spouses due to persecution. Be their rock and their peace. Bring them back to their loved ones by Your hand. My heart is burdened for them and their suffering. O God, have mercy on Your saints. Let them trust in You and hold fast to Your Gospel and know that there is nothing that can ever separate them from Your love. Thank You for who You are. Amen.
A Prayer for Support to Come from Other Christians
Lord of Unfailing Love, You are bringing to Yourself a people from every tribe, tongue, and nation. Our union is in Christ. In light of the freedom I have, it is hard to fully comprehend the depth of the suffering persecuted believers are experiencing. I ask that I be spurred on to continue to keep them in prayer. I also ask that other believers who are able to do so might reach out with hands of help to obey Your command to love one another. Let us seek to view ourselves as one body. Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.