Prayer India | 16 May 2024

25 prayers to pray right now for Christians in India


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“If the current government stays in power, there are chances that India could undergo a complete transformation into a Hindu nationalist state. India will be absolutely intolerant to Christians and other religious minorities.”

This sobering statement from Open Doors local partner Priya Sharma* in India is cause to bring us to our knees in prayer for the estimated 60 million Christians in India … our family. The country has gone from No. 28 in 2014 to No. 11 on the 2024 World Watch List.

“In the past 10 years, Hindu extremists have openly threatened to eliminate Christianity and other minority religions in India,” Priya says. “There have been open statements of hatred and threats against Christians. Pastors, leaders and lay Christians have been killed and attacked brutally in broad daylight and the accused are allowed to go free, without any punishment.”

As critical elections begin in India (they started April 19) and are set to continue over the next month, Open Doors is calling for worldwide prayer and we’re sharing 25 specific prayers you can pray right now with our sisters and brothers.

1. Pray for India’s state and national elections. The election outcomes are crucial and will indicate if the situation for Christians will intensify further or help create better conditions for the church in India.

2. Pray that whoever wins the election would pursue freedom for people of all faiths. If a radical Hindu nationalist government wins the elections, there is a high probability of a national anti-conversion law, which could stimulate extremists to use the law against Christians even further.

3. Pray for a fair and peaceful election process and that people would not be swayed by propaganda. Pray that India’s estimated 60 million Christians would be bold and exercise their right to vote in these critical elections.

4. Ask God to be with the 11 million election workers. They must ensure that a polling station is 2 kilometers from every habitation, often meaning dangerous treks across deserts, jungles, and an ocean to ensure every eligible Indian can vote.

5. Pray that India’s elections would not be used as platforms to discredit Christianity and falsely accuse believers. Ask God to place His hand over these elections.

6. Pray specifically that the elected government would work for the welfare of the people. Ask they would listen to the needs of minority groups like Christians who are treated unjustly.

7. Pray Philippians 4:6-7 over our Indian sisters and brothers. Pray they will “be anxious for nothing” and will experience God’s comfort and His peace guarding them in these times of fear and uncertainty.

8. Priya is encouraged by growing unity among believers over the election. Thank God for this! “Believers are arranging prayer chains, fasting and hosting prayer meetings for a moral, ethical and righteous government to come to power,” she says. Pray that God would use these elections and His church in India to expand and advance His Kingdom.

Will you be a vital part of India's extraordinary story?

Every PHP 2,000 can give emergency food packs to two persecuted Christians (living in India’s rural areas).


9. Pray for courage, strength and favor for pastors and leaders who are ready to preach the gospel undeterred by the results of the elections. Whatever the outcome, pray that Christians have a place to worship freely.

10. Where persecution is rising, the gospel is spreading—ask God to sustain this. In the past few years, a large number house churches have been started. Pray that this movement would multiply exponentially.

11. Pray God would protect house churches. The increasing numbers of house churches catch the attention of Hindu extremists, making them easy targets for violence. Pray that God would surround these homes of small gatherings with His angels.

12. Ask God to give strength to those wounded and traumatized by the violence in Manipur State. The world was horrified by the violence in Manipur State in mid-2023 that erupted between the Kuki and Meitei tribes. Pray for comfort for the families of the estimated 70+ Christians killed in the attacks.

13. Pray with 50,000 Manipur Christians who were forced to flee their homes when the attacks began. Many remain displaced, still scattered across relief camps. Pray they would sense the worldwide Church praying for and with them.

14. Ask God to help bring about healing and lasting peace in this troubled region. Pray for God’s hand of restoration over His people and their churches.

15. Pray for Christian leaders who risk their lives to serve Jesus. Most lead house churches and can face beatings, false accusations and destruction of their homes. Ask God to strengthen their faith as they carry out their vision.

16. Pray that God would sustain two leaders who risk so much to serve Him. A violent attack put husband-and-wife church leaders Narendran* and Kavita* in the hospital, but it could not stop their ministry. Pray that God would continue to strengthen them and bless their obedience to the Great Commission.

Will you be a vital part of India's extraordinary story?

Every PHP 3,000 can sponsor 20 Christians in India to attend (and be equipped through) a persecution-preparedness training.


17. Thank God for the testimony of brave Indian believers! Narendran shares: “God’s people stand with us in our troubles. You support us through prayer and encourage us to keep going. Without you, fear may have taken hold of us.” Praise God for this powerful testimony.

18. Pray for the couple’s traumatized children and Christians in the village who are afraid of returning to church. Pray 2 Timothy 1:7 over them.

19. Pray for the healing of traumatized Indian believers. When churches are attacked, many times the believers are also beaten or arrested, causing inevitable trauma and ultimately, a crisis of faith. Pray these believers would seek trauma support from our local partners.

20. Pray for strength for families of house church leaders who are arrested on false charges because of their faith. When these leaders suffer, their families do too, as their livelihood and status in society are threatened.

21. Pray for churches closed down by Hindu extremists. Pray these congregations can one day gather again for worship and in the meantime, that God would lead these believers to new faith communities.

22. Ask God to change the hearts of Hindu extremists, so they will know the one true God and His unconditional love for them. We know God transforms lives.

23. Pray that God would allow a new openness to take root in India. Indian Christians tell us their greatest desire is safe place to worship. Pray for freedom of religion in India and that all could seek God and practice their faith without fear.

24. Pray that Hindu nationalists would accept Christians as fellow Indians and allow Indians of all faiths to flourish. Ask God to protect and grow His church in every part of India.

25. Pray that we as the worldwide Church would be vigilant to keep our eyes and ears open to the suffering of our sisters and brothers in India.

Will you be a vital part of India's extraordinary story?

Every PHP 4,750 can support a Christian community with sustainable livelihood projects (sewing machines, poultry, etc.) to help with their needs.​



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