A Call to Prayer: Join a movement of prayer for Afghanistan
This is a pivotal moment in Afghanistan’s history. With the withdrawal of most US troops in 2014, the future of the country is uncertain. May God’s people be faithful to plead with Him for a country and a people desperately in need of His mercy. We invite you to become part of a movement of prayer for Afghanistan. Pray with us that a light would dawn on the Afghan people.
The following prayer requests are divided into four main groups—peace, reconciliation, restoration and hope. We challenge you not just to pray through this list, but to pray for Afghanistan every time you see the country mentioned in the news. Pray for Afghanistan together with your family. Invite your small group, or even your entire church, to join your prayers. Join the Pray for Afghanistan EVENT on Facebook. Share your prayers with us. We want to hear from you and know how you are praying for Afghanistan. Together let's make 2014 a year when the Afghan people are faithfully lifted up by Christians who desire for all of Afghanistan to experience peace with God through Christ.
MAY THERE BE PEACE: Prayers for the healing of families
“But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name…”—John 1:12, HCSB
—Pray that Afghans would cry out to the Lord.
Pray that the Holy Spirit would bring spiritual desperation to Afghan hearts.
Pray that Afghans would wake from their stupor of following tradition and genuinely seek after the Truth.
—Pray for Afghanistan’s women.
Afghan women long to be under someone’s protection and love. They long for healthy pregnancies and babies. They long for their children to receive a good education. They long for deep relationships. They long for peace in their homes. Pray that God would open their hearts to see that their deepest longings can be satisfied in the fountain of His saving love.
—Pray for Afghanistan’s orphans.
There are over two million orphans in Afghanistan. Pray that God would provide safe homes, food, care and education. Pray for protection against predators. Pray for God to be a Father to the fatherless—that He would bring messengers of hope to these children who would tell them about the Jesus who understands their suffering.
—Pray for the healing of broken families.
There are many scars from years of war. Pray that as people turn to Jesus, they would experience hope for a future. Pray that they would reflect Christ’s mercy to their own families. Pray for the comfort and sustaining of Afghan believers. Pray that national believers will have comfort in the glorious hope of eternity with God. Pray that they would pour out their lives for the salvation of their families and friends.
—Pray for the salvation of entire families.
Pray that God will draw fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts and cousins to Himself, so that networks of extended family members can worship together and encourage one another in the faith. Pray that family members asking questions will find answers through the Word, through Christian radio and television, and through the lives of other believers.
—Pray for those being persecuted.
Pray that by the strength of the Holy Spirit they will stand strong. Pray for those who are mocked and beaten by their families, that they would have boldness and not be crushed under the weight of distress. Pray that the Lord Jesus would minister to these and that they would be strengthened to endure the attacks. Pray that they would be assured that they are standing for Truth.
MAY THERE BE RECONCILIATION: Prayers for the salvation of people groups and tribes
“Lord, who will not fear and glorify Your name? Because you alone are holy, for all the nations will come and worship before You because your righteous acts have been revealed.”—Rev. 5:4, HCSB
—Pray for the Pashtuns.
The Pashtuns are the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan yet there are very few Pashtun believers. Media has become vitally important for communicating the Good News to the Pashtuns. Pray that media being developed will clearly express the Gospel. Pray for a complete Bible in print and audio format.
—Pray for the Qizilbash.
Pray for the soil of their hearts to be prepared by the Holy Spirit to hear the Truth of Jesus Christ. Access to the Qizilbash is extremely limited. Pray for doors to be opened for believers to plant seeds of the Gospel in great abundance among them.
—Pray for the Hazaras.
Descendants of the Mongol armies of Genghis Khan, the Hazara people make up the third largest ethnic group in Afghanistan and form a significant working class. As a minority group, Hazaras are constant targets of oppression and persecution. Pray for many Hazaras to believe the Gospel and form
—Pray for Tajiks.
The Jesus film and the entire Bible are available to Tajiks in Dari. Pray that Tajiks will become aware of this, consume the Truth and believe the Gospel. Pray for emerging Tajik leadership to be grounded in Scripture, build up the Tajik church, and have a heart for God’s glory to be made known among
—Pray for the Kyrgyz.
The Kyrgyz of Afghanistan are one of the most remote people on the planet. They have very little access to health care, markets, and schools. Due to harsh living conditions, the Kyrgyz often turn to opium usage to cope with day-to-day life. Pray for the Kyrgyz to find hope in Christ and a desire to live for His glory.
—Pray for the Baluch, Shugni and Wakhi peoples.
The Baluch are a tribal people who long for their own homeland. Pray that they would cry out to the Lord and that He would save them. The Shugni and Wakhi are two small people groups in northern Afghanistan. They are hard to reach and have little access to the Gospel. Pray that one day these people would love the cross of Christ.
—Pray for Afghan believers to seek unity.
After centuries of war and revenge among different people groups, pray that the Church in Afghanistan would be known as a place where God forgives, and His followers seek and give forgiveness to others. Pray for opportunities for believers to forgive their families, their neighbors and even their enemies.
MAY THERE BE RESTORATION: Prayers for the leaders of Afghanistan and the future of the country
"But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace."James 3:17-18, HCSB
—Pray for the salvation of influential leaders.
Pray that God would open the hearts of political, tribal and community leaders. Pray for believers to find open doors into the lives of powerful people. Pray that leaders would come to understand and accept Jesus’ identity as the Son of God and would repent, believe and submit to his Lordship in their lives. Even as Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, pray that the Lord would reveal himself in miraculous ways through dreams and visions to some influential individuals who would become vibrant witnesses and leaders in the church.
—Pray for protection of life.
No one is exempt from a daily threat of death in Afghanistan. Some Afghans are targets of planned military attacks; others are simply trying to pick up their children from school. The fear deadens into a dull lethargy, but it never goes away. Pray for God to show mercy by protecting lives.
—Pray for perseverance.
Pray that leaders of integrity will not lose heart as they work toward the restoration and rebuilding of their country. Pray that they will not give in to temptations to dishonesty in order to accomplish their vision.
—Pray for political peace and stability.
Pray for political leaders of integrity who are committed to judge justly and rule uprightly. Pray for an end to widespread corruption at all levels of society. Pray that God will bring Himself glory by accomplishing a work of political stability which the most influential world powers have failed to succeed.
—Pray for religious freedom.
Pray that leaders, even Muslim religious leaders, would allow the distribution of books like the New Testament so that many can learn about Jesus and the Gospel. Pray that one day, believers will be allowed to worship in public without fear.
—Pray for the maturation of Christian leaders.
Pray for the development of theological education and leadership training that is effective and reproducible in Afghanistan. Pray that leaders would be devoted to the Scripture’s authority and be led by it in humility. Pray that God’s hand of protection would rest over this work.
—Pray for favor toward believers.
Pray that influential leaders in Afghanistan would show favor to believers, allowing them to have ever broadening circles of influence for the Gospel’s sake. Pray that they would become people of peace that would allow the building of cultural bridges for sharing the Good News.
MAY THEY FIND HOPE: prayers for refugees and Afghans living abroad
““How is it that You, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” she asked Him. For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would ask Him, and He would give you living water.”—John 4:9-10, HCSB
—Pray for the salvation of Afghans living abroad.
Many Afghans are drawn to the local mosque in their new home city because it is a place of comfort. Pray that God will sovereignly bring the Gospel into their lives—through dreams and visions, Christian shelters, churches or an encounter with a believer at a park or market who will explain what it means to have an identity in Christ Jesus.
—Pray for an eternal home.
Many Afghans struggle with language and culture when living abroad, quickly retreating into their small circle of Afghan peers. Pray for encouragement of heart as they labor to adjust and for quick acquisition of language and culture. Those living abroad are searching for purpose, identity and a sense of home. Pray that they will find their eternal home in Christ.
—Pray for Afghan children growing up in a host country.
These “third-culture-kids” speak one language at school and another at home. They become experts in flipping between the two cultures, all the while feeling acutely that they don’t fully belong in either world. Pray that a neighbor or school friend will help them understand how much God loves them while sharing the Gospel with these children.
—Pray for Christians in Australia, Europe and Canada reaching out to Afghans.
Pray that Christian workers based in these countries would learn the Afghan culture and language. Pray for wisdom and open doors as they look for opportunities to connect with Afghan communities. Pray for diligence to clearly explain the Gospel.
—Pray for the small number of Afghan believers.
Pray that Afghan believers would become examples of the grace and forgiveness of God as they grow in faithfulness and maturity. Pray that Afghan believers would be burdened to spread the Gospel in their own homeland. Pray that God will protect and bless those who are writing, voicing, and producing radio and TV programs that proclaim Truth in Afghan languages.
—Pray for those brought near—Afghans living in the US.
Pray that Christians in America will have the compassion of Christ towards Afghans living in their neighborhoods and in nearby cities. Pray that churches would be compelled to reach out to Afghans in love and mercy, effectively showing and telling the Good News. Pray that Christian homes and churches would welcome Afghans seeking the way, the truth and the life.
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ENGAGE AT HOME
✦ Research to find Afghan communities in the US and plan a trip to reach out to Afghans living in neighboring states. For assistance email: email@example.com
✦ Connect with Afghan peoples living around your community. Visit them where they live and work. Reach out to international students studying at local universities. They are rarely invited into Christian homes during their time in America.
✦ Learn more about work among Afghans: ccafghan.org
✦ Support ministry among Afghan peoples by giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering or to strategic projects:
✦ Give to hunger and relief work through Baptist Global Response: gobgr.org
✦ Visit centralasianpeoples.imb.org/pray for additional prayer resources and to subscribe to our monthly prayer e-letter. Follow us on Twitter: Pray4CA
✦ Fast and pray during one meal a week for the peoples of Afghanistan. Every time Afghanistan is mentioned in the news, pause to pray.
✦ Host a prayer tea focusing on Afghanistan. Order the Share Tea, Share Life Prayer Tea guide.