In connection with the International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, we will spend the 2 weeks surrounding November 1 & 8 praying for the 10 nations where Christians face the worst persecution. Check back each weekday from October 26 through November 6 for a post focusing our prayer on a particular nation, and consider making prayer for the persecuted church a regular part of your personal worship. “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” (Hebrews 13:3)

# 8 – Pakistan

900px-Flag_of_Pakistan.svgGovernment: Republic
Leader: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Population: 188 million
Christians: 5.3 million (2.8%)
Persecution Level: Extreme
Persecution Source: Islamic extremism
Other Information: Pakistan has the third largest population of Muslims in the world. In addition to facing persecution from mobs of Muslim extremists, Christians are also subject to the state’s blasphemy’s laws. Women and children are especially vulnerable to kidnapping, rape, and sexual abuse.

Prayer Points:

  • For Aasiya (Asia) Bibi who remains in prison for alleged blasphemy after her appeal was turned down by the Pakistani High Court
  • For the growing number of Christian women and girls who are targets of kidnappers and sexual assault
  • That the Taliban will be driven out of the country by government forces

Source: Open Doors; The Voice of the Martyrs