Afghanistan is at a crossroads. Most of the people are fearful, unsure what type of government to expect or what kind of restrictions will be imposed upon them, and they do not know their future for education or women’s rights. The banks are closed, and even those that theoretically have money cannot access it to buy bread for their families. Pray that they will learn about the living bread available to them. “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” (The Bible, John 6:35). Jesus wants disciples from Afghanistan. Let us pray for a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon this nation with many new disciples coming to know Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord (Mark 11:24).
For the last 20 years NATO forces have been in Afghanistan fighting against the Taliban who imposed draconian penalties upon those they felt disobeyed their interpretation of Sharia law. Women had virtually no rights, were forbidden an education, were isolated by all-encompassing burkas, and relegated to staying home. To be seen in public a woman had to be escorted by a male relative. Until recently we thought that there were very few Christian Believers in Afghanistan, perhaps 10,000 and 12,000, but recent reports are estimating that there may be hundreds of thousands. How can this be possible? “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). The number of Christians is officially less than 10,000, but several international charities argue there are many more who remain uncounted and underground.
Christians in Afghanistan are the 2nd most persecuted in the world, only behind North Korea, according to Open Doors World Watch List. “Conversion is considered in the Taliban’s eyes to be apostasy that must be punished with death,” said the former head of the U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom in an interview with Christian Today. Cellular phones have served as a primary way for Afghani Christians to both worship and communicate. It has been reported that the Taliban is checking cell phones for any Christian or Bible apps to thus identify possible Christians. If one has a downloaded Bible, Bible study or other evidence, they will kill the entire family at once. Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the Christian community has been both growing and emboldened, but now the old fears are returning.
Let us fervently pray for:
* Christian Believers in Afghanistan to be emboldened and strengthened in their faith, submitting themselves to our Heavenly Father who knows and loves them (James 4:7).
* God to send dreams and visions to Taliban leaders who are persecuting Christians. May they have a Paul on the Damascus road experience and conversion ( Acts 9).
* Afghani’s to realize that Islam and Sharia law is leading them on a hopeless path, and that there must be something better. Pray that those who are searching will find a personal relationship with Jesus Christ (Acts 16:25-34).
Source: Windows International Network