United Benefice of St.Mary, Higham Ferrers, and St. John, Chelveston
Light a Candle of Hope and pray for Afghanistan
Let us pray
your hands have made all things
and you love all the peoples of the world,
made in your image, to reflect your goodness and grace.
We pray for Afghanistan,
a land of beauty but marred by violence and oppression.
We pray for those now having to leave as exiles and refugees.
We remember all those who have given so much
in the cause of peace there,
those in the forces who have died,
their families who mourn,
and all affected by the trauma of the conflict.
We pray for the people of Afghanistan;
for a generous response from the people of the world,
and for the peace of God to be among us all
in these troubled times.
In the name of Jesus Christ, the peace-giver, we pray, AMEN.
5 Prayer Points from Open Doors,
the organisation supporting persecuted Christians across the world
While our prayers are for all the people of Afghanistan, there are particular difficulties under Sharia Law for Christians and for women. The Prayer suggestions below highlight some of these.
Please pray for the small group of Christians in the country. They are walking on eggshells and are uncertain who to trust. Pray that they find strength, wisdom, and peace in God’s promises.
Pray for all those displaced. A new wave of refugees is expected to come from Afghanistan to many parts of the Middle East and the rest of the world. Pray for God’s protection and provision over them in their journeys.
Pray for the women. Many women fear the Taliban rule will take away their opportunities for education. Women involved in education during the past years could also be at risk – pray for their protection.
Pray for the sick. Though underreported in international media, Covid-19 cases are spiking in the country and hospitals are limited in what they can offer. There is no certainty as to how the healthcare system will be able to sustain itself with the new Taliban government. Pray that the healthcare system will not collapse.
Pray that the country will not be a haven for extremists. The Taliban government of 20 years ago are known enablers of extremist Islamic organisations. Pray that Afghanistan will not be host to a new generation of terror groups.