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Prayers for Healing

Pakistani girl

Release International, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the United Kingdom, recently posted a prayer about a persecuted child in Pakistan. You can read the prayer below.

Dear Jesus, Please be very close to the young girl, aged 13, who was very badly attacked and hurt in Gujranwala, Pakistan. She was hurt as she looked after cattle. Please make her well by Your great healing power. Let her know how much You love her and give her peace and hope. Help her family who are so sad that she was hurt. Help them all to trust You. May the person who hurt her know Jesus’ love in his heart, too. Amen.

Psalm 30:2 is an encouragement to those who are praying for healing. The words below are from the verse, but they are out of order. Can you rearrange them and write the verse (NIV) in the correct order?

for healed You God help You me
Lord and O to I called my

Release International suggests the following prayer for all persecuted children.

Dear Father God, Lay Your all-powerful healing hands on all Your children who are suffering because they love You. Heal their bodies, comfort their sad hearts, remove painful memories, and fill them with Your love, hope, and joy. Amen.

Enter “Pakistan” in the Search box to find stories about Christians in Pakistan, or Download Bold Believers in Pakistan from the Downloads section.

Pakistan: “Spring Is Coming”

For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. — Song of Solomon 2:11-12.

Today is the first day of spring. Spring is often seen as a symbol of new beginnings, joy, and hope. Read the story below, and talk about what the man meant when he said, “Spring is coming into my life.” Share a time when you experienced a new beginning in your life.

Hasan is a Christian in Pakistan. One day when he got up in the morning, he prayed, “Oh Lord, today I will not do anything until You lead me to someone or bring someone to me who has lost hope and wants to know You. I want to be used by You directly.”

For several hours, nothing happened. “Nothing is going to happen,” Hasan thought. Just then, a man knocked on his door. Hasan invited him into his house.

Houses in Pakistan

The man was a Muslim who had walked three miles from his village to visit Hasan. “Someone told me about you, and I have come to you for prayer,” the man told Hasan. The man said he had been looking for a job for five years, but could not find one. “I am tired of my life,” he said.

Hasan was grateful to Jesus for answering his prayer for guidance. He told the Muslim, “You did not come here by chance. God brought you here. He wants to give you peace.” Hasan shared the truth about Jesus with the visitor and prayed for him. “I want to come back tomorrow,” the man said.

The next day, he returned. Hasan told him more about the God who save people from sin. The man was very excited! He wanted to know more about the one who gives people peace.

Now the man is going to church regularly. “Spring is coming into my life,” he said.

Thank God for leading the man to Hasan’s house. Pray that more people in Pakistan will learn about new life in Christ. Ask God if there is any way He wants to use you to reach someone else. 

Pakistan: Pray for Aliza

Last month, the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Pakistan held a children’s Christmas celebration. About 400 people came to join the children in the celebration.

Radical Muslims in Pakistan don’t like Christians, and they sometimes attack churches. Four bombers came to the church during the celebration, intending to attack the church and to harm the Christians.

Church security officers stopped the bombers from getting inside the church. Only one bomber was able to set off his explosives at the church entrance.

But some Christians were injured. Aliza, a 1-year-old girl, lost her foot because of the bomber’s attack. “Pray for the complete healing of Aliza’s wounds… and pray for her parents as they care for her,” said a VOM worker.

Also please pray for other children who were injured in the attack, like the child in the photo above.

Pakistan: Smog Problems

A brick kiln

Thick smog covered parts of Pakistan this month, causing car accidents, airplane delays, and illnesses. The smog also hindered The Voice of the Martyrs’ work in Pakistan, where workers deliver Action Packs and other aid and encouragement to persecuted Christians.

Some of the smoke that causes the smog comes from brick kilns. Many Christians in Pakistan work at the kilns because better jobs go to Muslim workers. Watch a video of a Christian girl working at a brick kiln.

Christians have been praying for Pakistanis who suffer from the effects of the smog. This week, rain improved the situation somewhat, but Pakistanis know the smog will return.

You can visit VOM’s I Commit to Pray website and add your prayer to the prayers of other Christians who are praying for Pakistan.

Sunday School Around the World: Pakistan

Esther and her students

Esther and her family worked very hard all day at a brick kiln in Pakistan. In her free time, Esther began teaching Sunday school classes to the children of other brick kiln workers. Muslim children began to attend her class.

Esther tells what happened next.

“The brick kiln owner warned me four times to stop holding meetings and to stop teaching Muslims. I told him I did not force the Muslims to attend, and their parents knew that the children were Sunday school students. They take interest because I teach about the God who was, and is, and will live forever.

“One day the brick kiln owner came to my class and ordered the Muslim students to get out of my house. He slapped my face, then grabbed my Bible out of my hand and threw it on a couch. He said, ‘I have told you many times to stop the prayer meetings!’ The Muslim students stopped him from beating me.

“I did not stop teaching. The owner continued to persecute me and he attacked me violently another time.

“I have forgiven the brick kiln owner, because I follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.”

Read the entire story here.