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)

#3 – Iraq

Flag_of_Iraq.svgGovernment: Parliamentary democracy
Leader: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
Population: 35.7 million
Christians: thousands (< 1%)
Persecution Level: Extreme
Persecution Source: Islamic extremism
Other Information: As in Syria, the advance of the Islamic state has led to a rise in the persecution of Christians. The establishment of strict Islamic law has forced Christians to convert to Islam, flee, or pay a high tax for being a religious minority. In some areas, churches, homes, and traditional Christian holy sites have been razed, and some Christian communities that have existed since the 1st century have been eradicated.

Prayer Points:

  • For the thousands of refugees who have fled to northern Iraq or to surrounding countries
  • For Christians who have been left homeless and without jobs
  • That the Islamic State will be turned back and driven out of the Middle East

Source: Open Doors; The Voice of the Martyrs