‘Pray for our enemies’ salvation’—Nigerian pastors share Easter prayers

April 13, 2022 by Lindy Lowry in Africa

“As we prepare to celebrate Easter, we pray for the salvation of our enemies who perpetrated this evil—that they would encounter Jesus Christ.”

 

Pastor Dauda’s prayer is a powerful representation of God’s grace.

He lives in the northwest region of Nigeria where extremist groups like Boko Haram are a daily threat to his life and the church he leads.

And yet Pastor Dauda asks us to pray that his attackers would accept Christ’s sacrifice.

He understands that because grace has been freely given to him, he is called to give the same to his persecutors. It’s a beautiful illustration of these words of John: “… God loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:10-11).

Church leaders like him reflect a deep understanding of why Christ came to earth—and their integral part in advancing His Kingdom. They know who Jesus is and what He has done for them—and everyone.

Below we hear from Pastor Dauda, Pastor Andrew and Reverend Phillip as they share their Easter prayers. All live in volatile areas of Nigeria where following Jesus comes at a high price. All three leaders continue to remain in their villages, risking everything to build the Church in the world’s most deadly place for Christians. In Nigeria, every two hours a Christian is targeted and killed for their faith.

Pastor Dauda: ‘We pray that the Lord will step in’

Pastor Andrew: ‘Pray that God will make us strong to endure’

Pastor Andrew is a two-time survivor of attacks by Boko Haram. The last attack destroyed all but  six houses. His church building was reduced to rubble.

“I lost hope that we would come together to worship God again because our church was destroyed,” he shares.”

Today, the church is stronger than before the attack. Andrew calls on the Church to stand in prayer with believers in Nigeria so that “we would stand firm in our faith.”

Reverend Phillip: ‘We ask for God’s redemption’

Reverend Phillip disciples and ministers to believers who have left Islam to follow Jesus in northern Nigeria. Their decision to follow Jesus—and Reverend Phillip’s commitment to walk with them—means they have targets on their backs. Reverend Phillip knows the impact of prayer and pleads for us to intercede for his people and country.

Please take a few minutes today to join your heart with our family. Pray with them for their churches, for their communities, for their families, their country.

And as you celebrate Christ’s resurrection this Easter, pray with them for the salvation of their enemies.

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