Pray for Nigeria

On January 3, 2015, Islamist terror group Boko Haram launched what some are calling the group’s deadliest attack to date in Borno, a northern province in Nigeria. The town of Baga and several surrounding villages found themselves under siege in the early morning hours, as the militants rode into town with rocket launchers, shooting citizens as they ran and burning homes to the ground with occupants still inside. The death toll is estimated to be as high as 2,000 people, many of whom still lie where they fell as emergency personnel cannot safely approach the area to offer aid or bury the victims. Numerous people attempted the swim across Lake Chad, a large body of water dividing Nigeria and Chad. Those who survived the swim are now stranded on Kangala Island, with no food, medical attention, or protection from the elements. An estimated 30,000 people were displaced.

These headlines do not tell the story that the victims of these terrorist attacks are overwhelmingly Christians. Reports from these cities reveal that the militants killed anyone who was not a Muslim. With presidential elections coming up in little over a month in early February, there is a reluctance on the part of the government and military to act, a fact exacerbated by the status of the Nigerian army that has limited strength to repel such groups as Boko Haram.

How are we to respond to these events?

  1. Take some time out of your prayer time this week to pray for the church in Nigeria. Pray the Lord will sustain them through this difficult time. Pray that they will respond as Christ would have them. Pray for a spiritual revival in the nation and in the church.
  2. In the coming weeks, pray for the upcoming presidential elections in February in Nigeria. Pray that God’s hand would be on these elections and that leaders would be elected who will govern justly and without partiality. Pray for the current president Goodluck Jonathan as he ends his term that he can promote unity between the predominately Christian south and the predominately Muslim north.

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