Pray for the Persecuted Church
We release a free prayer calendar alongside our Open Doors magazine. You can use these to know the prayer requests and thanksgivings of persecuted believers and the ministry.
• In Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, more than 250 people (45 of them are children) were killed in attacks on three churches and hotels and more than 500 people were injured.
• In China, state-sanctioned and ‘underground’ churches have been harassed or shut down in at least 23 provinces.
• In Iran, 194 Christians were arrested (114 in one week just before Christmas 2018) and several house churches were raided across nine cities.
Every year, Open Doors releases a list of the 50 countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution. It’s called the World Watch List.
In this magazine, you will see the 2020 World Watch List and the story of a sister in Christ from North Korea. You will also find prayer points for the World Watch List’s top 50 countries in the prayer calendars.
I hope and pray that through these resources, you will not only get a clearer picture of the danger that Christians across the globe face, but also be encouraged by the faith of those who are “persecuted because of righteousness” (Matt. 5:10) and eager to pray and give.
May the Lord bless you as you read!
– BJ (Development Manager, Open Doors Philippines)
Christians from around the world set aside a day in November to unite in prayer for our brothers and sisters who face opposition because of their faith in Jesus Christ.
Our theme for this year’s IDOP is: Pray for ME (Middle East)
Open Doors began a seven-year campaign called Hope4ME (Hope for the Middle East) in 2016. It was our attempt to follow God’s calling for us to bring hope to believers in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq, who experience violence and pressure from Islamic extremists.
Years later, we are encouraged by the progress, overwhelmed by the continuing needs and amazed by God’s faithfulness. Through God’s providence and the prayers and giving of His people, Christians are returning to their homes and beginning to rebuild. There is still a lot of work to do. And yet, we have seen God help His people in the Middle East in countless ways.
Please join us in bringing hope to the Middle East. We encourage you to organize your own Day of Prayer on November 3 or any day of the month.
Sign up and download our IDOP 2019 prayer kit which contains resources that you can use to lead your church or group to pray for those in Syria and Iraq who share our faith but not our freedom.
Together, let us declare the living hope we have in Jesus Christ as we go on our knees.
– Open Doors Philippines
Prayer is not preparation for the battle; prayer is the battle. – Brother Andrew