We Need Your Prayers for Bangladesh
“Prayer is a wartime walkie talkie for spiritual warfare, not a domestic intercom to increase the comforts of the saints”
Why pray? Isn’t God all-knowing? He definitely is. We pray to not increase God’s knowledge (if that were even possible), but we do so to have fellowship with Him and to live the victorious life He calls us to. The Scriptures say much about prayer; that we are commanded to pray, and that we should “pray continually”. God has given us many promises about prayer. We have been given a great gift through our ability to make choices in this life. As C.S. Lewis stated, “…[Prayers] have not advised or changed God’s mind-that is, his overall purpose. But that purpose will be realized in different ways according to the actions, including prayers, of his creatures.” Prayer does not change God, but it changes things. Through Christ’s example, we see how dependent He was on fellowship with the Father through prayer- how much more should we be committed to this act? In this story from Bangladesh, we learn of a prayer request from our brothers and sisters half a world away. As we join with them through prayer, we ask you to do the same. At around 4:30 A.M. on February 19th, a group of seven to eight Muslims raided a worship house in Bumkarchor, Lalmonirhat District, north Bangladesh. They tore the Bibles and hymnals inside, and also broke down the church’s signboard and the bicycle that belonged to the pastor. The incident left 23 families, all Muslim Background Believers, without a place of worship. Their pastor, Badsha (36), had been kidnapped, beaten, and tortured with electric shocks in October 2, 2012. Open Doors helped to pay for his hospitalization. The pastor believed that the same men were responsible for this recent attack on his church. “The attackers wanted pastor Badsha to stop his Christian work,” said a local contact, who spoke with pastor Badsha after the attack. “The believers are anxious. We ask for your urgent prayers.” Bangladesh is ranked #48 on our World Watch List of countries where Christians are persecuted the most. Click here to learn the specific ways in which you can be praying for this nation. And please continue to pray for this pastor and his church, as we know our God listens to our prayers!