IDOPThe Prayer Points prepared for this evening's Hour of Prayer for the persecuted church are copied below for you to use in your own prayers:

NIGERIA 
In Borno state, the authorities plan to demolish 25 churches and Christian schools. Anti-Christian violence continues to be a horrific reality in some Northern and Middle Belt areas. For example, Christians in Kafanchan in Kaduna State have been the target of an ongoing, violent campaign that began in March. Around 100 people have been killed, over 500 homes have been destroyed and more than 10,000 people have been displaced from their homes. Let us pray for Nigeria
·         Pray for persecuted Nigerian Christians, who have suffered and continue to suffer terribly.
·         Pray that all those who live in areas where sharia law is being imposed will know that in Christ they have true freedom, despite the earthly oppression they are enduring.
·         Pray that the mental and physical wounds inflicted on Christian victims of violence will be healed in Jesus name.
·         Pray for the victims of a violent machete attacks in Kaduna State this September, ask that God would strengthen their faith and enable it to stand even firmer so that the gospel might spread rapidly in that area.
·         Ask the Lord to protect our brothers and sisters in Nigeria from further attack.
·         Pray for those speaking the gospel regardless of the cost to their lives or the lives of their families, ask that their actions would impact the hearts of those who are persecuting them.
 
SYRIA
Believers from two Christian villages in Syria were invaded by Islamist rebels on 21 October. Estimates of the number of Christians killed during the siege of Saddad and Haffar range from 45 to 70, and thousands of people were used as human shields. Many of our brothers and sisters were forced to flee to neighbouring villages or to the cities of Homs and Damascus. Let us pray for Syria
·         Give thanks that residents of these two villages have been able to return to their homes since government forces liberated the villages on 28 October.
·         Pray for those who are grieving for lost relatives and for those traumatised by the violent takeover.
·         Pray that the residents of Saddad and Haffar will know the peace of the Lord as they return home and try to resume their daily lives.
·         Pray also for Christians throughout Syria, who are both caught up in the civil conflict and specifically targeted by Islamist rebels.
·         Ask the Lord to meet the needs of those who are displaced and destitute as the temperature drops over winter.
·         Pray that the Sovereign Lord will be the refuge of every Syrian Christian as their ordeal continues to drag on.
 
EYGPYT
 An Egyptian Christian Church family has lost four of its members after a Cairo church was targeted in a drive-by shooting. Two young girls, Mariam (8) and Mariam (12), were among the four Christians shot dead as they left the church after a wedding. A number of other people were injured during the attack on 20 October, during which masked gunmen fired indiscriminately at people leaving the building. Immediately after the attack two sisters, Mariam (10) and Ireni (6), were found to be missing. At the time of writing, there has been no news of their whereabouts. Let us pray for Eygpt.  
·         Thank God that family members of the victims have turned to the Lord in their grief, and praise him for their boldness in saying that the attack has only strengthened their faith.
·         Ask that we would be emboldened in our own faith and encouraged by our Eygptian Christian brothers and sisters.
·         Praise God for their faith and courage in the face of grief and trauma, and ask Him to heal them in their suffering and provide them with reassurance of the truth that He is with them always.
·         Ask the Lord to keep Mariam and Ireni safe and that they will soon be returned to their families.  
·         Pray that the authorities will provide more effective protection for vulnerable churches. (A local church leader said that the targeted church had not had a police guard since the end of June)
·         Pray for the five men who were arrested over the shooting, one of whom was said to be a member of a terrorist organisation. The other four were members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Pray that they might come under the sound of the gospel and be transformed for the glory of God’s Kingdom.
 
 
Bless the Lord, O my soul,and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.- Psalm 103:1-5
·         Praise God for his sovereign grace in the provision of his Son and the hope we have as a result.
·         Thank God for the promises he gives us through his word, for his faithful love that never ends, for his peace that passes understanding, for his victory over sin & death, for an end to pain and suffering and an eternal life with him for all who trust in Jesus. 
·         Praise God for his glory, power & might. For his justice, for his name renowned in heaven and on earth and under the earth.
·         Thank God that one day every knee shall bow, and every tongue will swear allegiance to the LORD and that those who actively fight against the gospel now will be among those who will tremble at his presence on that day.
·         Pray that Christians all over the world would not worry, fret, or fear in the face of adversary, pain, hatred or loss of freedom, ask instead that we would all trust in God’s holy name and mighty power no matter the cost to ourselves or our brothers and sisters in Christ.
·         Pray that armed with the mighty promises of God, Christians would stand firm all across the world and even amidst great suffering, never shrinking back from sharing the full counsel of God.