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May 12, 2014 by Open Doors in Africa


As the weeks wear on, the families of the more than 200 girls kidnapped in Borno, Nigeria cry out in desperation for their rescue and safe return. Join Christians in Chibok, Nigeria in praying fervently for the release of all of the abducted girls. Please consider the following prayer points, and then send a brief message of hope. Your messages will be hand-delivered to grieving family members.

  • Please pray for God’s grace to cover the captive girls as they struggle to survive in these fearful circumstances. Pray that they will experience His nearness and love in the midst of their suffering.

  • Pray for God’s miraculous protection for the girls.

  • “Cries of parents could be heard all over the town as parents prayed for God’s intervention in their tragic circumstances,” reported OD workers. Pray for God’s comfort to fill the hearts of the distraught parents.

  • Observers have been increasingly pointing to the Nigerian security forces’ inadequate handling of the Boko Haram crisis. Please pray for extraordinary grace and wisdom as they consider possible ways to free the girls. Also pray for diligence and courage in continuing their efforts. Please pray that they will seek and receive wise counsel from others who are more experienced in these kinds of situations.

  • Please pray for God to work through His Holy Spirit to produce compassion for their prisoners in the hearts of the Boko Haram abductors.

  • In May of last year, the Nigerian government announced a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in an effort to bring the Boko Haram insurgency to an end. A year later, insecurity in these states continues unabated. Please pray for government officials as they consider strategies for handling the Boko Haram crisis. Pray also that they would receive local and international support in dealing with this problem.

  • Please pray for God’s grace to cover the church throughout northern Nigeria, and specifically in Borno, as they respond to their tragic circumstances. Pray that they will be encouraged by the knowledge that the worldwide Body of Christ is united with them in prayer at this difficult time. “Pray that the church’s spirit of faith and endurance amid the continuing hardship will not be broken.”

If you wish to to show solidarity with the Christians in Chibok, let them know that you are praying by sending a brief, encouraging message. Click here.

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