Posted by: Titus Presler | November 27, 2015

Prayer requests for Christians in Pakistan

Sometimes a request for guidance in intercessory prayer from someone else can help one assemble one’s own intercessions in a more organized way.  Such is my experience today as I’ve received a request for suggestions about praying for the church in Pakistan from a member of the St. Anselm’s Community, the group of 36 young people from around the world invited by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to spend a year in prayer, worship, study, community life and service to the poor from Lambeth Palace in London.

In response, I’ve put together a set of concerns that might be of interest to others who would like to pray for Christians in Pakistan and for the Church of Pakistan, the ecumenical church that in 1970 brought Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and Presbyterians into organic union.  Here they are:

• Encouragement and blessing through Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s visit, especially in the Diocese of Peshawar and at All Saints’ Church, where two suicide bombers killed 127 people and wounded 160 in September 2013.

• Strength and hope for the Christian community as it experiences discrimination, oppression and persecution in Pakistan.  Protection from physical attacks.

• Reconciling hearts among Pakistani Christians, that they may resist tendencies to caricature and disparage the faith of Muslims, and openness to inter-religious dialogue and shared projects with Hindus, Sikhs and, especially, Muslims.

• Opportunities for educated young Pakistani Christians, that they may resist the common desire to emigrate to escape the difficulties of Pakistan, and recommit themselves to building a culture in Pakistan where differences can be not only accommodated but celebrated.

• Strength and perseverance for the many Christians engaged in education, healthcare and socio-economic development.

• Vision and witness among the many congregations of the Church of Pakistan and its eight dioceses: Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Raiwind, and Sialkot.

• Edwardes College in Peshawar, the Church of Pakistan’s one institution of higher education – its faculty and students – and the Diocese of Peshawar as it seeks to strengthen its oversight of the college.

• Ties that the Church of Pakistan and its dioceses have with the Anglican Communion through Lambeth and the Anglican Alliance, with mission societies around the world, and with other provinces of the Anglican Communion.

• Ties that the Church of Pakistan and its dioceses have with Methodist, Lutheran and Presbyterian bodies around the world.

• Inter-religious initiatives of the Church of Pakistan, especially Faith Friends in Peshawar and the Christian Study Center in Rawalpindi.

• Bishops, presbyters and lay leaders of the Church of Pakistan, especially Moderator Samuel Azariah, bishop of Raiwind, Deputy Moderator Humphrey Sarfaraz Peters, bishop of Peshawar, and Bishop Munawar Rumalshah, provincial coordinator.

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  1. Thank you. This will become part of my sermon and prayers at St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Salem, Oregon this First Sunday of Advent.


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