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)

#4 – Syria

900px-Flag_of_Syria.svgGovernment: Republic
Leader: President Bashar al-Assad
Population: 22 million
Christians: 1.1 million (5%)
Persecution Level: Extreme
Persecution Source: Islamic extremism
Other Information: Violence against Christians has escalated in Syria as the Islamic State has taken control of and instituted Sharia law in portions of the country as part of a civil war that has been raging since 2011.

Prayer Points:

  • For Christians who are displaced within the country or are refugees in camps outside of Syria
  • For Open Doors workers, who partner with churches and other Christian organizations, providing food, shelter and trauma counseling to the refugees
  • That there would be an end to the horrific civil war which has been waged for approximately four years

Source: Open Doors; The Voice of the Martyrs