Over the span of two weeks, pastor Mirab* was called to come to the security services office several times for questioning. On his final trip, he was arrested and placed in a detention facility. Mirab is the pastor of an officially registered Asian church that was recently searched by police. Police searched his house, too, and found Christian literature, CDs, and DVDs. The church was forced to suspend activities for a time and Mirab was questioned repeatedly by the secret service. The authorities are going to imprison him for 12 years on charges of “extremism and inciting religious hatred.” Please pray for Mirab to be released, and for his wife and children to know God’s peace and sustaining power during this difficult and uncertain time. Pray for the church to have their official, legal status reinstated and to be allowed to continue to minister in the community.
*Not his real name.
Father, we bring before You the plight of this church in Asia and of Pastor Mirab. You have called Your people to go into all the world and preach the gospel. For Your name sake, for the establishing of Your church in Asia, we call on You to use these circumstances, intended to hinder Your church, to rather spread the gospel of Christ across the land in great power. We pray for Pastor Mirab, that You will encourage and strengthen Him with Your Word and Your Presence each day that he remains in prison and give him opportunities to share the gospel with prisoners and guards. And we pray also for his quick release and that You will sustain his family and the members of the church there with peace, wisdom, and courage. We pray that the church’s legal status be reinstated, but if not, that You will give them eyes to see Your Holy Spirit at work in their midst regardless the circumstances. In the name of Jesus, by whom all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him (Col 1:16). Amen.