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Why pray for Afghanistan?  A land of such uncertainty

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Learn how to pray for Afghanistan – where Christian persecution is amongst the worst in the world

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Last updated;  12 July 2021

Why pray for Afghanistan?  Hopes and dreams continually dashed

It sits within the greater Central Asia region, and is a country whose name evokes so many vivid images. Bearded, turbaned Taliban holding Kalashnikovs, arid mountain and desert landscapes, fields of beautiful, deadly poppies, burka shrouded women crouching on street corners, schoolgirls playing outside a newly built school, and suicide bombs causing carnage on the streets of Kabul.

These images tell only part of the story of a nation whose hopes, dreams and ambitions to be a prosperous nation have been continually dashed by civil war, Islamic insurgence and the controversial involvement of Western powers. Their future security remains so uncertain.

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Why pray for Afghanistan?
For the millions yet to hear the gospel.

Afghanistan is one of the least reached countries in the world.  It is also one in which followers of Jesus face some of the most severe persecution.  Christian believers meet in secret to worship and for fellowship.

However, extremist violence has caused many Muslims to question their faith.  Some are turning to Christ. Christian radio has been used by the Lord. So we must pray on for Afghanistan with hope and faith in our hearts.

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As I commit to pray for Afghanistan, can you tell me a bit more about this country?

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is a landlocked country that borders Pakistan in the south and east, Iran in the west, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in the north, and China in the far northeast. It is split east to west by the Hindu Kush mountain range and most of the country is covered by snow-capped mountains, traversed by deep valleys.

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Pray for Afghanistan at a glance:
  • Population: 37-38 million
  • Area: 252,000 sq miles
  • Capital: Kabul
  • Languages: Dari (Farsi), Pashto
  • Currency: Afghan afghani
  • Religion: Muslim (99.7%)
  • Believers:  8000 (estimate by Operation World)
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How can I best pray for Afghanistan?

Praise and Prayer pointers

BELIEVERS

Praise God for Afghan Christians. Pray that they would respond to all situations with love and grace, especially to violence and persecution that is so common.

THE UNREACHED

Pray for the millions in Afghanistan who have yet to hear the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.

Praise God for those that are being reached, for example by Christian radio.

THE AUTHORITIES

For the President and government of Afghanistan, to be able to gather diverse tribal and religious leaders in agreement, so governing justly and fairly all its people.

RURAL AREAS

For good and fair governance in Afghanistan so that rural areas receive funds for building and maintaining roads, schools, education and health services.

FARMERS

Pray for poor Afghan farmers to find alternative crops to opium and grow other crops that will benefit their communities and earn a viable income. For God to send rain at the right time so there may be good harvests and natural disasters averted.

IMPROVED LITERACY

Pray for literacy programmes in Afghanistan and new ways of communicating in an oral culture to be successful so that people may understand the gospel and catch the vision

A personal reflection & prayer for Afghanistan

Pray for Afghanistan – what is its brief history?

Afghanistan has always been on the crossroads between ancient civilisations such as the Mesopotamians, the Persians and the Greeks. Around 500BC, Darius the Great expanded the Achaemenid (Persian) Empire to its peak when it took most of Afghanistan. 200 years later it was taken by Alexandria the Great, though the Afghans never accepted his rule. Revolts were common.

Afghanistan was a focal point of the ancient trading route, the Silk Road, connecting East, South, West and Central Asia. It has been a target of many invaders. It in turn invaded its neighbouring regions and attempted to form its own empires.

By the 18th Century, Ahmed Shah Durrani unified Afghan tribes and founded the Afghan Empire which, extending beyond its present territory, was the foundation of the current state of Afghanistan. Since the 1980’s, the predominant religion, Islam, has become a rallying point for the warring factions, a common and potentially unifying force in a fragmented, multi-tribal society.

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