Pray for the Persecuted Church

Lift up your persecuted family to God regularly. Remember them in your daily quiet times, family bondings, Bible study group, ministry gatherings, and church worship services.

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.

Magazine and Prayer Calendars | April-June 2020

The Open Doors World Watch List is a unique, comprehensive, and reliable ranking of the 50 countries where the persecution of Christians is most extreme. These are where, daily, Christians are harassed, insulted, abused. Where they could be beaten, imprisoned, or even killed.

And yet these are also places where they dare to share Jesus, no matter the cost.

Because, despite the danger, Christians in these countries are still sharing the good news. The church is alive, active, growing.

Christ is building His church. That’s why all attempts to crush the church will always fail. In North Korean labor camps and Iranian prison blocks, in secret Chinese house churches and in the burned-out shells of buildings in Nigeria, Christians are still actively following Jesus.

But they need our support.

Thanks to the gifts and prayers of Christians around the world, Open Doors is able to stand alongside Christians whose faith puts them in danger. After all, we are one body, one church. They are not strangers. They are our family, our brothers and sisters.

I invite you to see what is happening to our family in different parts of the world through this guide and to pray for and with them.

– BJ (Development Manager, Open Doors Philippines)

Open Doors | IDOP 2019 prayer kit
IDOP stands for International Day of Prayer. It is an annual prayer day for the Persecuted Church.

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