• Prayer

    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. – Matthew 6:9-13

    For the most part, Today’s Martyrs leaves the inspiration as to the specific prayers to be offered on behalf of today’s martyrs to our readers.  We do have a few places where we do ask for specific prayer.

    The first place is in the weekly commentary that is posted on the blog page and is also received by our subscribers.

    The second place can be found in most of the biographies on the People page.

    This page is the third location.  On occasion prayer intentions that do not fit into the general format of this site are put here.  Some of these are special requests made by our correspondents from places mentioned on this site.  Please remember all of these intentions in your prayers.

    Please pray for the Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, atheists, and others in India who are striving with Christians to protect and preserve secular democracy and civil society in the face of religious extremism.  Please pray for the success and safety of Ali Anwar, Amarjeet Kaur, Professor Apoorvanand, Digvijaya Singh, Harsh Mander. Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Ram Puniyani, Shabnam Hashmi, and Vidya Bhushan Rawat.

    Please pray for Saud Alabdon, the Muslim driver for Fr. Antoine Boutros, the two went missing together on July 12, 2015 near Shahba, Sweida, Syria; UPDATE: Fr. Antoine Boutros has been freed as of August 15, 2015, but Saud Alabdon is still missing.

    Please pray for the safety and success of Dr. Sarah Ahmed, a Muslim dentist and executive director of Canon Andrew White’s former charity Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, who has been feeding and protecting thousands of Christian refugees in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.  Please pray for those of all faiths who are part of this important ministry.

    Please pray for Salah Sabdow Farah and his family, colleagues, and students.  Salah Farah was a teacher and assistant principal who was shot by al-Shabaab terrorists when he and other Muslims prevented them from killing Christians during the December 23, 2015 bus attack outside Elwak, Kenya, and died in surgery on January 18, 2016.  Before his death he said  “People should live peacefully together. We are brothers. It’s only the religion that is the difference, so I ask my brother Muslims to take care of the Christians so that the Christians also take care of us. … and let us help one another and let us live together peacefully”.