Father God, we praise you that your perfect love drives out all fear.
Lord, we lift to you the religious and state officials in Iran who persecute your people – for fear that Christians will undermine the state and the status quo.
Please speak to that fear and overwhelm politicians and prison guards, imams and ayatollahs, with your love. Show them they have nothing to fear from Christians who want to serve others and build your kingdom in Iran.
Show them too that they have nothing to lose by reaching out to you, Lord – and everything to gain.
Lord of all, we thank you that you are even-handed and you look with love on every person you ever created, regardless of how they treat your people.
Lord, we lift to you our Christian family in Egypt who are routinely discriminated against in many areas of the country.
We pray that judges will be convicted of the need to deal fairly with Muslims and Christians alike and mete out justice equally to all.
Father, speak to those in power in Egypt and convict them of the need to uphold religious liberty and ensure that all citizens enjoy equal rights. Make Egypt a bastion of peace and equality in a troubled region, Lord.
Father, thank you that you are ‘slow to anger and rich in love’ (Psalm 145:8).
Lord, teach us how to respond graciously to those who attack and even kill our Christian brothers and sisters in Pakistan. It’s hard not to let our feelings run away with us and to want to see them punished.
But we want to respond as you do, Father, and look on those persecutors with love and mercy, rather than with rage.
Lord, show mercy to those who show no mercy to our family in Pakistan. Teach them the error of their ways and lead them in the way everlasting.
Lord, thank you that we are one in Christ and so our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan are part of our family.
We lift to you Christians in Afghanistan whose relatives have turned against them – because they have turned to you and ‘brought shame’ on the family.
Lord, please pour oil on troubled waters and bring reconciliation between these broken families. Use your sons and daughters in Christ to show their earthly families the power of your love and forgiveness.
We pray that, through the witness of Afghan Christians, whole families and entire tribes will come to know you as Abba Father.
Heavenly Father, you are Lord of all the earth and you reign over every nation – including those like Myanmar that don’t recognise you
Thank you, Lord, that you are the breaker of chains, the One who speaks to hard hearts and unstops deaf ears.
Lord, we lift those in authority in Myanmar to you and ask you to give them dreams and visions about your kingdom. Speak to them of your majesty and power – and of how you long for them to know you as Saviour.
Help them to see that your people in Myanmar love their nation. Lord, we pray in faith that you, the Prince of Peace, will bring true peace to everyone in Myanmar. For your glory, we ask.
Lord Jesus, we lift Colombia and its people to you as it emerges from a long civil war and sets about building the peace.
Jesus, Prince of Peace, please speak to those who persecute your people and see the church in Colombia as a threat, whether they are criminal gangs, guerrillas or indigenous groups.
Open their eyes, Lord, so they see that your people are working for peace, for change, for the good of their nation, not for themselves.
Help people to put aside their agendas, their struggles for land and wealth, for power and authority, and lead them along a different path, one that leads to peace and unity.
Heavenly Father, we thank you that you can speak to the most stubborn of hearts, even to those who have given themselves over to evil.
We lift to you those who have set their hearts against your people and your work in Malaysia: the bomb-throwers and kidnappers, the extremists and hardliners.
Lord, give them glimpses of an alternative road to tread. Instil in them a restlessness and a frustration with the choices they have made. Put people across their path who will challenge their belief systems.
Help them to understand in their hearts, Lord, your perfect plan for their lives – and help them to embrace it.
Lord, we praise you that you are bringing good news, proclaiming peace and salvation, to those who live in the mountains of Vietnam, such as you did in Isaiah 52.
Thank you, Lord, for drawing so many ethnic Hmong people to you, despite the persecution that can bring.
Father, we ask you to use the witness of these mountain-dwelling Christians to speak to the hearts of people they meet: neighbours, village chiefs, local officials and all those who are determined to make the Hmong turn their back on you.
Prompt these persecutors to ask why Hmong Christians are prepared to pay such a high price to follow you. Help them to take that first step towards you, loving Father.
Father God, we thank you that you cause the desert to burst into flower and new life to spring up where none seems possible. You speak new life into dry bones, Lord.
We lift the nation of Iraq to you, and those who want to deliver their nation into devastation, destitution and sin.
Melt the hard hearts of the extremists and make them weary of their violence. Turn them, Lord, into people who will sow peace and harmony, who will weed out extremism and discord.
In faith, we pray, Lord: make them to be like a well-watered garden in a sun-scorched land, a people who will help build a hope-filled future for Iraq.
Lord, we pray for President Isaias Afewerki and all those in power in Eritrea.
Thank you that President Afewerki knows your name, Lord – as he was raised in the Christian Highlands of Eritrea. We pray that he will hear your voice too, just as his namesake Isaiah did.
May he seek your face, Lord; may he come to know you as his Lord and Saviour, for his sake and for the sake of his country.
And through Isaias Afewerki, we pray that every official in the Eritrean regime will come to know you and bow their knee before you, Sovereign Lord.
Father, thank you that you love China and her people with all your heart, including those who persecute Christians.
We may struggle to comprehend it but we know that your unconditional love extends even to the torturers.
Lord, we declare that your banner over China is love. We thank you for the amazing grace and powerful witness of your people there who demonstrate that love through their lives.
We pray that all those people who harass, persecute, imprison and torture our Christian family in China will be arrested by your love. May they be confronted with the reality of the fear and hate that drive them – and may they choose instead life in you, Lord.
Lord God, you created everyone in your own image, including those who have turned their back on you and rebelled against you.
Thank you that you know intimately every Islamist extremist in Egypt who is persecuting Christians. They too are precious to you, even if their actions cause you grief and pain.
Speak to their hearts, God, and open their eyes to see that only you are the Way, the Truth and the Life, and the Good Shepherd who leads his people in paths of righteousness.
Lord, we want to see your Spirit move among the ranks of so-called Islamic State in Egypt and elsewhere, so that their swords become ploughshares and their hatred turns to love.
Heavenly Father, thank you that you are Lord over all the earth and the government is on your shoulders.
We lift to you the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and ask you to speak to him in dreams, in visions and through unexpected people – about your awesome majesty and your deep love for him. We pray that the Supreme Leader will learn to live in reverent fear of you, Lord.
We pray that you will sow seeds of doubt in Kim Jong-un’s closest advisers about what they are living for – and give them a deep longing to discover more about you.
May the name of Jesus be lifted high above Pyongyang, just as it was at the start of the last century – for your glory, Lord.
Dear Jesus, give us the faith to pray for big issues and tough situations such as those facing our family in Pakistan.
Lord, we thank you that you are the same Jesus who spoke to the storm and calmed the waves. Speak to the growing swell of extremism and intolerance in Pakistan, and cause it to subside.
Lord, please speak to the hearts of radical imams and extremist leaders. Take away their appetite for unrest and violence: defuse their anger.
May they see that righteousness lies elsewhere, in pursing peace and walking in close relationship with you, Lord.
Lord, we pray for those who are trying to erase Your name and Your people from Sudan. We praise you that the government of the world is on Your shoulders and you rule and reign in Sudan.
Give visions and dreams to those in authority in Khartoum: may President Omar al-Bashir and his ministers hear Your name and start to wonder why believers are willing to pay such a high price for following you.
Speak to Sudanese officials of every rank, disturb their sleep and interrupt their thoughts: nudge them to find out more about you, Lord.
Pray that they will be overcome by a reverent fear of you, Lord, so they stop their acts of violence, their arrests and their church closures.
Heavenly Father, show us your heart for those we write off as murderers and terrorists.
We lift to you members of al-Shabaab and their sympathisers inside Kenya, who are targeting both Kenyan Christians and believers of Somali descent.
Lord, help us to pray for those with hard hearts: reveal to us the reasons for their choices and attitudes, so we can see them as you do.
Through Your Holy Spirit, speak to the person behind the mask and the weapon, and remind them of Your unconditional love. Lord, may they see the vanity and cruelty of their violence. May they see you in all Your glory and fall to their knees before you.
Lord God, we lift to you all those who are intent on crushing the spirits and destroying the lives of our family in Nigeria.
Father, for the Fulani herdsmen who attack Christian villages with impunity, we pray that you will rid them of the desire to raid and destroy, and replace it with a deep longing for peace.
We pray that you will turn Boko Haram terrorists away from sin and violence. Speak to the hearts of their leaders and rank-and-file members, Lord, and teach them to walk in paths of peace.
Father, we pray in faith that this year the men and women of violence will tire of bloodshed and start to look for meaning and purpose in their lives. May they find it in you, Lord!
Heavenly Father, we pray for those who are persecuting our Christian family in India.
We ask you, Lord, to touch the hearts of key leaders in Hindu nationalist movements such as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. We ask you to give them an alternative vision of a thriving nation where religious freedoms are cherished.
Father, we ask you to speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet: prompt them to act to calm the swell of intolerance in India.
And we pray for ordinary people from all walks of life, that they will unite in an effort to make India a tolerant nation where Your people can build Your kingdom, for Your glory.
Almighty God, please give us Your compassion to intercede for those who attack and harm our Christian family.
Grant us the faith to believe that even torturers and terrorists can be transformed by Your love.
In just one holy encounter you reversed the destiny of the Apostle Paul forever: from great persecutor to greater church-planter.
Let Your Holy Spirit bring many more ‘Pauls’ to faith in Jesus in our generation!