Pray 173 – Daily Prayers

Pray 173 – Day 152

Pray 173 – Day 152

Thank God that Muslims and Christians alike took part in the October protest in Asmara – and in the other protests by the Eritrean diaspora in several other countries that it inspired. Pray that people of all faiths will continue to show a united fro[…]

Pray 173 – Day 151

Pray 173 – Day 151

Thank God for recent signs that Eritreans are prepared to stand up and speak out more boldly for religious liberties. Protestors took to the streets of Asmara on October 31 to demonstrate against the arrest of several teachers who had opposed governm[…]

Pray 173 – Day 150

Pray 173 – Day 150

Please pray today for all church leaders in Eritrea, especially those who are feeling fearful and struggling to trust God for their future and their congregations. Pray that God will strengthen them today, fill them afresh with His Holy Spirit, reass[…]

Pray 173 – Day 149

Pray 173 – Day 149

The Eritrean regime is reported to be increasingly intolerant of state-recognised faith groups including the Catholic church. The church, which runs much of the country’s social infrastructure including hospitals and schools, is finding it harder to […]

Pray 173 – Day 148

Pray 173 – Day 148

Pray for the many Eritrean Christians who have suffered persecution in their homeland and who are now seeking asylum abroad. Pray that governments will look favourably upon their applications and show them compassion. Pray that application processes […]

Pray 173 – Day 147

Pray 173 – Day 147

November 19 is the International Day of Prayer (IDOP) for the persecuted church, when we can raise our voices as one and cry out to God for our Eritrean family suffering behind bars – and for the persecuted church globally. Pray that on this day espe[…]

Pray 173 – Day 146

Pray 173 – Day 146

Pray for the Eritrean Christians who have fled over the border into Ethiopia many of whom will have experienced intense persecution, including imprisonment, even torture. A large proportion now live in government-run refugee camps. Pray that God will[…]

Pray 173 – Day 145

Pray 173 – Day 145

Pray that the international community will respond decisively to the plight of our Eritrean family. Pray that international leaders will put greater pressure on President Afewerki to clean up Eritrea’s religious rights record, allow greater religious[…]

Pray 173 – Day 144

Pray 173 – Day 144

Pray for staff at the Eritrean Embassy in London who have been receiving postcards from Release supporters calling for ‘the immediate and unconditional release of all Christian prisoners of faith… These prisoners are law-abiding citizens who provide […]

Pray 173 – Day 143

Pray 173 – Day 143

Amid increasing hunger and poverty in Eritrea, Christians are suffering doubly. Food coupons and all other public services are only given to children with baptism certificates from registered churches: so members of independent churches such as Pente[…]

Pray 173 – Day 142

Pray 173 – Day 142

Continue to pray for the release of those arrested in recent months. Fikadu Debesay died in custody within three months of her arrest in Adi Quala in May: her son and husband remain in jail, while her three other children are left without either pare[…]

Pray 173 – Day 141

Pray 173 – Day 141

Today, let’s stand with prisoners of faith and with Jesus Himself in praying for the officials, prison guards and torturers who persecute God’s people in Eritrea. Let’s pray as Jesus himself prayed for those who crucified Him: ‘Father, forgive them, […]

Pray 173 – Day 140

Pray 173 – Day 140

Thank God for the powerful testimony of Eritrean gospel singer Helen Berhane, a former prisoner of faith: she has been able to forgive her torturers. Helen says she has no hatred towards those who beat and mistreated her, only love and a deep desire […]

Pray 173 – Day 139

Pray 173 – Day 139

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale of suffering in Eritrea. Praise God that, even when our words dry up and our faith weakens, the Spirit intercedes with and for us: ‘We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes[…]

Pray 173 – Day 138

Pray 173 – Day 138

Pray that prisoners in Eritrea will know that they are not forgotten, and pray they will be strengthened by knowing that their Christian family are interceding for them. Pray that this knowledge will help them stand firm against isolation, depression[…]

Pray 173 – Day 137

Pray 173 – Day 137

Pray that our dear brothers and sisters behind bars in Eritrea today will know that they are a precious and holy people, despite the indignities and degrading treatment they are suffering. Pray that they will be lifted in their spirits as we declare […]

Pray 173 – Day 136

Pray 173 – Day 136

Let’s cry out to God for those who are suffering torture in the name of Jesus who was tortured to death for our sake. Pray that God will give His people extraordinary strength, courage and endurance, reminding them that they are suffering for His nam[…]

Pray 173 – Day 135

Pray 173 – Day 135

Many Eritrean prisoners are still held in cramped conditions, including in shipping containers where there is not enough space for everyone to lie down at night. Some have to try to sleep in a sitting position. Pray that God will indeed bring them ou[…]

Pray 173 – Day 134

Pray 173 – Day 134

Pray for all those being held in solitary confinement in Eritrea today. Speak the words of Isaiah 41:10 over those in isolation: ‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uph[…]

Pray 173 – Day 133

Pray 173 – Day 133

Prisoners in Eritrea suffer many forms of inhumane treatment. Today, let’s pray that God will meet them in their hunger. Speak the words of Paul in Philippians 4:12 over them: ‘I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, wh[…]

Pray 173 – Day 132

Pray 173 – Day 132

The Pray 173 campaign is named after the 173 prisoners of faith who have been behind bars and held in appalling conditions in Eritrea for more than ten years. Pray in faith that every single one of these 173 prisoners will be released. Pray that toda[…]

Pray 173 – Day 131

Pray 173 – Day 131

Eritrea has been described in the media as ‘one of the fastest emptying nations’ in the world. Its diaspora now numbers half a million. Let’s pray in faith that this mass exodus will be reversed, that Eritreans will flood back into a restored and ren[…]

Pray 173 – Day 130

Pray 173 – Day 130

‘Ruth’, whose husband is a pastor imprisoned for his faith, describes what life was like for Christians in the Eritrea of the mid-1990s when she gave her life to Christ: ‘At the time of my salvation, the church in Eritrea still enjoyed freedom, and w[…]

Pray 173 – Day 129

Pray 173 – Day 129

Let’s celebrate the power of words – and of God’s Word especially. The Eritrean Government has said repeatedly that ‘no groups or persons are persecuted in Eritrea for their beliefs or religion’. The Bible says God is the one who ‘sets the captives f[…]

Pray 173 – Day 128

Pray 173 – Day 128

Continue to pray specifically for prisoners in Assab Military Prison near the port of Assab: they are reportedly suffering from poor health, due to poor nutrition, lack of sanitation and extreme heat. There are believed to be about 17 prisoners of fa[…]

Pray 173 – Day 127

Pray 173 – Day 127

Praise God for the courage of Pastor Haile Naizghi’s daughter. ‘Everything we face in this world shapes our spirits into the beautiful spirit the Lord wishes to see in us. I am happy to be the daughter of the Most High God. I am also happy to be the […]

Pray 173 – Day 126

Pray 173 – Day 126

Continue to pray for the family of Pastor Haile Naizghi who have been forced to flee Eritrea where he remains in jail. Though well established in another country now, his children miss Eritrea and their father. ‘It is difficult, but we hold on to Jes[…]

Pray 173 – Day 125

Pray 173 – Day 125

Former prisoner Aberash reports that he fell into deep depression after two years in jail. ‘I was very angry with God and asked, “I was doing good things for You? So why did You let this happen to me? God, this is not fair.”’ Pray that God will speak[…]

Pray 173 – Day 124

Pray 173 – Day 124

Pray for those prisoners who do not have family visits, either because they are not permitted or because the prison is too far from their family home. Due to harsh conditions in jail, it is mostly left to prisoners’ families to bring food and other b[…]

Pray 173 – Day 123

Pray 173 – Day 123

Thank God for the team involved in Radio Selamna which serves prisoners in Eritrea, their families and persecuted believers in the rural areas – many of whom have no church pastors because so many church leaders are behind bars. Pray that God will co[…]

Pray 173 – Day 122

Pray 173 – Day 122

Please pray for our sister Twen. Now 36, she has been behind bars since January 2005 after she was arrested at a secret prayer meeting in Asmara. She has suffered beatings and torture at the hands of her guards. Pray that she will find fellowship in […]

Pray 173 – Day 121

Pray 173 – Day 121

Pray that President Afewerki will find himself increasingly isolated in his repressive religious policies and will reconsider them. Continue to ask God to speak to Afewerki’s heart and spirit, so that in time he will fall to his knees in repentance a[…]

Pray 173 – Day 120

Pray 173 – Day 120

Anecdotal reports from Release contacts suggest that the president’s enthusiasm for the recent crackdown on Christians in not widely shared by his ministers or by army officers. Pray that these cracks in the cohesiveness of the regime will continue t[…]

Pray 173 – Day 119

Pray 173 – Day 119

Pray for non-believers who are sharing cells with Christians. Believers are often put in cells with hardened criminals. Pray that our brothers and sisters in Christ will know that ‘the one who is in [them] is greater than the one who is in the world’[…]

Pray 173 – Day 118

Pray 173 – Day 118

Ask God to give prisoners of faith opportunities to share His word with their guards and torturers today. Thank God that His word is ‘alive and active and sharper than a two-edged sword’ (Hebrews 4:12). Pray that it will penetrate deep into the heart[…]

Pray 173 – Day 117

Pray 173 – Day 117

Prisoners report their deep joy when someone is able to smuggle in a portion or a page of Scripture for them. Ask God to make such deliveries invisible to the prison authorities! Pray too that God will do a supernatural work in prisoners’ memories an[…]

Pray 173 – Day 116

Pray 173 – Day 116

Ask God to flood prison cells across Eritrea with His peace and His presence today. Pray that our Christian brothers and sisters behind bars will know that ‘the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love’ (Psalm[…]

Pray 173 – Day 115

Pray 173 – Day 115

It has been reported that most of the recent Christian detainees on Nakura island are mothers of young children. Speak these words of hope over our dear sisters: ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you ma[…]

Pray 173 – Day 114

Pray 173 – Day 114

A significant number of the Christians imprisoned in Eritrea since April are believed to have been incarcerated on Nakura, a particularly harsh prison island in the Dahlak archipelago in the Red Sea where the heat is oppressive. Pray that the glory o[…]

Pray 173 – Day 113

Pray 173 – Day 113

Pray that Christians of all denominations will draw closer together in unity, under the headship of Christ, amid ongoing persecution. There are reportedly more than 70 denominations in Asmara alone. Praise God for what a Release contact reported rece[…]

Pray 173 – Day 112

Pray 173 – Day 112

Praise God that persecution of Christians in Eritrea has made a way for revival. Pray that the Holy Spirit will move across Eritrea, touching people’s hearts and drawing them to repentance and faith in Christ, so they acknowledge Jesus as their Lord […]

Pray 173 – Day 111

Pray 173 – Day 111

The families of Christian prisoners often have problems finding places to live as people refuse to let property to them if they know they are Christians. Pray that God will provide for prisoners’ relatives in every way and that they will know Jehovah[…]

Pray 173 – Day 110

Pray 173 – Day 110

‘Wegatha’ was widowed during a border conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia. She became a successful businesswoman but was then imprisoned for her faith for two years. When she was released, she had lost her business and all her savings had been spen[…]

Pray 173 – Day 109

Pray 173 – Day 109

Not all Christians have loving and supportive families. ‘Tsion’ was left to care for her four children alone when her husband left ‘because he was not a Christian’, she says. She has also been imprisoned for her faith for four years. Pray for her as […]

Pray 173 – Day 108

Pray 173 – Day 108

Ask God to look favourably on ‘Armana’ and her coffee shop, a small business she opened with help from Release partners after she was released from jail. She had spent two years in custody for her faith. Praise God that she is able to care for her fa[…]

Pray 173 – Day 107

Pray 173 – Day 107

‘Abla’ is a mother of three and her family’s breadwinner. Her husband was not allowed to return to his teaching job after spending two years in jail for his faith. Thank God that Release partners were able to give Abla financial support to set up a s[…]

Pray 173 – Day 106

Pray 173 – Day 106

When ‘Ruth’, wife of an imprisoned pastor, talks to her children about God, she stresses that they need to keep their faith secret. Stand with Ruth in praying that her children will ‘grow up being able to worship God in freedom’. Lift up in prayer th[…]

Pray 173 – Day 105

Pray 173 – Day 105

Pray for the many Christian mothers in Eritrea who are forced to bring up their families alone because their husbands are behind bars. ‘Ruth’ whose husband is a pastor says his imprisonment is affecting their children badly: ‘I find it unbearable to […]

Pray 173 – Day 104

Pray 173 – Day 104

Praise God for the way he is using former prisoner of faith and gospel singer Helen Berhane to inspire the church in the West to greater boldness and to raise awareness of the plight of the persecuted church in Eritrea and globally. Ask God to bless […]

Pray 173 – Day 103

Pray 173 – Day 103

While evangelist Mussie Yemane is in jail, his children are being cared for by their grandparents in Eritrea. Please pray for health and God’s provision for this older couple. The children’s granddad, Mussie’s father-in-law, has also spent time in ja[…]

Pray 173 – Day 102

Pray 173 – Day 102

Imprisoned evangelist Mussie Yemane’s family have all suffered persecution. His brother Semere served ten years in jail and Mussie’s wife, Senait, has had to flee the country because of her own church activities. Mussie and Senait’s children remain i[…]

Pray 173 – Day 101

Pray 173 – Day 101

Please continue to pray for the release of evangelist Mussie Yemane: who has now been behind bars for eleven years. Thank God for sustaining Mussie this far; praise the Lord that ‘he knows those who take refuge in him’ (Nahum 1:7). Pray that Mussie w[…]

Pray 173 – Day 100

Pray 173 – Day 100

Pray that our brothers and sisters in Christ who are behind bars will feel connected to the body of Christ, through letters and prayers and the Holy Spirit. Dare to ask God if he is calling you to engage further with prisoners of faith by becoming in[…]

Pray 173 – Day 99

Pray 173 – Day 99

Continue to pray that God will sustain and encourage the elderly Patriarch Abune Antonios, the legitimate head of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, who was not allowed to deliver the traditional televised Geez New Year blessing in September. His first pu[…]

Pray 173 – Day 98

Pray 173 – Day 98

Pray that God will give His people in Eritrea a fresh revelation of the meaning of the words of Matthew 5:10: ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’ Thank Jesus for all that he suffered f[…]

Pray 173 – Day 97

Pray 173 – Day 97

Pray for unity and strong fellowship between all prisoners of faith. Release sources suggest that there are sometimes tensions between Christians who have refused to sign papers recanting their faith and those who signed – but then remained in jail.[…]

Pray 173 – Day 96

Pray 173 – Day 96

Some prisoners have reportedly been forced to sign papers renouncing their faith – purportedly as a way of ‘buying’ their freedom. But many have not been released, despite signing such papers. Pray for these dear brothers and sisters who have inevita[…]

Pray 173 – Day 95

Pray 173 – Day 95

The Government appears determined to arrest Christian leaders, one by one. Please pray that God will raise up new leaders to disciple His church and mentor new believers. Pray that His people in Eritrea will be filled with faith and spiritual maturit[…]

Pray 173 – Day 94

Pray 173 – Day 94

Pray that believers in Eritrea will find new ways to witness to non-Christians. Pray that they will know that Jesus goes before them, making a path, preparing people’s minds and touching hearts.[…]

Pray 173 – Day 93

Pray 173 – Day 93

Pray that believers in Eritrea will find new ways to worship while their Government does not allow them freedom of worship. Pray that they will be able to worship God through their daily walk and talk, their values and attitudes. And pray that many o[…]

Pray 173 – Day 92

Pray 173 – Day 92

Pray for a change of policy in Eritrea so that freedom of worship for all Eritreans citizens is allowed. Currently, many faith groups, including Christians, can meet only in secret, in private houses – and live in constant fear of being discovered.[…]

Pray 173 – Day 91

Pray 173 – Day 91

Lift up in prayer Estifanos Habtemariam Ghebreyesus, the Eritrean Ambassador to the UK and Ireland, who is based in London. Pray that he will heed recent appeals and petitions calling for the release of Christian prisoners in his homeland, and will r[…]

Pray 173 – Day 90

Pray 173 – Day 90

Continue to pray for Eritrea’s President Isaias Afewerki. Pray for a Damascus Road experience for this man, that he will be overwhelmed by the love of God and brought to his knees. He was originally from the Christian highlands.[…]

Pray 173 – Day 89

Pray 173 – Day 89

Lift up in prayer the nation of Eritrea as it suffers under a totalitarian regime. There are restrictions on everything from people’s movement to their water use, their freedom of expression to their beliefs. Please pray that those in authority will […]

Pray 173 – Day 88

Pray 173 – Day 88

Many of those who flee Eritrea due to persecution fall into the hands of traffickers: many are held captive in camps in the Sinai Desert while ransom payments are demanded. There they are subjected to appalling brutality. Pray that the international […]

Pray 173 – Day 87

Pray 173 – Day 87

Continue to pray for Abune Antonios, the legitimate Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox (Tewahdo) Church, who was ousted from his official residence in 2007. The 90-year-old appeared in public for the first time in more than a decade at St Mary’s Cath[…]

Pray 173 – Day 86

Pray 173 – Day 86

A new trend in Christian persecution in Eritrea has been the decision to arrest believers at
home, rather than at church meetings and Bible studies. This means that Christians do not feel safe in
their own homes any more. Pray that they will trust […]

Pray 173 – Day 85

Pray 173 – Day 85

Pray for those who are living in real fear of joining their fellow believers behind bars. Christians in Asmara recently held a time of prayer and fasting for peace and safety. Stand with them in praying that God will make them invisible to the author[…]

Pray 173 – Day 84

Pray 173 – Day 84

Thank God that He is the one who sets the captives free. Praise him that He is still the same God who broke the chains off Paul and Silas in Acts 16. Ask God to cause a great shaking again in Eritrea, one that will set prisoners free and restore reli[…]

Pray 173 – Day 83

Pray 173 – Day 83

Pray for the psychological well-being of all prisoners of faith in Eritrea today. Pray that they will keep their eyes fixed on Jesus and put all their trust in Him. Thank God for His promise in Isaiah 26:3: ‘You will keep in perfect peace those whose[…]

Pray 173 – Day 82

Pray 173 – Day 82

One woman arrested in June in Nefasit has reportedly become mentally ill due to harsh conditions in prison. Thank God that he can renew our minds and pray he will restore this dear sister to full mental and emotional health.[…]

Pray 173 – Day 81

Pray 173 – Day 81

There have been reports of female prisoners in in Metkel Abiet prison camp having their hair shaved off to humiliate them. Pray that these women and girls will know that they are precious to their heavenly Father and beautiful in His sight.[…]

Pray 173 – Day 80

Pray 173 – Day 80

In July, 16 girls in their late-teens who were on national service were detained in Metkel Abiet prison camp – as were other Christians and relatives who tried to visit them. Pray especially that God will sustain these young women and hold them close[…]

Pray 173 – Day 79

Pray 173 – Day 79

Release has learnt that 23 Christians were arrested in Asmara in the first week of August. Pray that these believers will find favour with their guards and be a powerful witness to their captors. Pray too that they will be released soon.[…]

Pray 173 – Day 78

Pray 173 – Day 78

Forty-five believers, mostly women, were detained, along with the bride and groom, at a wedding celebration outside Asmara in May. Pray for their immediate release. Pray that the faith of all 47 of these Christians will be strengthened through this o[…]

Pray 173 – Day 77

Pray 173 – Day 77

The bride and groom were among those arrested during a raid on a wedding celebration outside Asmara in May. Pray that this couple will be reunited soon. Pray that, while they are behind bars, they will experience God’s peace, comfort and love in fres[…]

Pray 173 – Day 76

Pray 173 – Day 76

A mother with her children was among a number of Christians arrested in A’la recently. Pray for this lady, that she will entrust her family to God, for every aspect of their development and well-being, while they are all in detention. Pray they will […]

Pray 173 – Day 75

Pray 173 – Day 75

Five believers were arrested in the town of Dongolo, 52km north-east of Asmara, in June. Pray that these five Christians will remain steadfast in their faith and stay in perfect peace because they trust in God.[…]

Pray 173 – Day 74

Pray 173 – Day 74

Security police are reported to be monitoring closely those children who have been left without their parents or guardians due to recent mass arrests of Christians. The authorities’ aim is apparently to ensure these children do not get any support fr[…]

Pray 173 – Day 73

Pray 173 – Day 73

More than 50 children are currently without one or both parents after a series of raids in Eritrea from the beginning of May to the first week of August. Ask God to comfort these little ones and provide loving carers for them until their parents are […]

Pray 173 – Day 72

Pray 173 – Day 72

Pray for endurance for other members of Fikadu Debesay’s church in Adi Quala who were arrested with her in May and who are also being held Metkel Abiet: the desert camp in the Northern Red Sea Region is known for its extreme temperatures.[…]

Pray 173 – Day 71

Pray 173 – Day 71

Fikadu Debesay died in Metkel Abiet prison camp within three months of her arrest in Adi Quala: her husband was also among the many detained in the town in May. Ask God to comfort their three children, struggling to come to terms with the loss of the[…]

Pray 173 – Day 70

Pray 173 – Day 70

Two Christian women detained in Eritrea’s Wi’a military camp are reported to have died after going on hunger strike in protest at the abuse they had suffered in detention. Our two sisters were transferred to Massawa Hospital in a critical condition a[…]

Pray 173 – Day 69

Pray 173 – Day 69

The latest reports from Eritrea says that there are now 400 prisoners of faith there – which represents a sharp increase in recent months. Pray for courage for all these prisoners and their families.[…]

Pray 173 – Day 68

Pray 173 – Day 68

A crackdown on Christians since April and a spate of mass arrests have left believers in Eritrea living in fear. Many are now in hiding. Ask God to protect and shield them from those who want to harm or arrest them.[…]

Pray 173 – Day 67

Pray 173 – Day 67

Pray for 17 Christians who were arrested in the Godaif district of Eritrea’s capital, Asmara, in May. Pray that, although we may not know their names, God does – and each one is precious to Him. Pray that each of them will know that they are the appl[…]

Pray 173 – Day 66

Pray 173 – Day 66

Thank God that His word ‘alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.’ Ask God to bring to mind key verses that will empow[…]

Pray 173 – Day 65

Pray 173 – Day 65

Pray for prisoners who feel they have come to the end of their human strength and endurance. Pray that they will know today that ‘underneath are the everlasting arms’ (Deuteronomy 33:27) and that they will experience God’s strength and His refreshing[…]

Pray 173 – Day 64

Pray 173 – Day 64

Christians are not permitted to read the Bible. Pray that the living word of God will be with them, reminding them of His promises over them and His eternal truths.[…]

Pray 173 – Day 63

Pray 173 – Day 63

Christian prisoners are not allowed to sing worship songs. Pray that they will know that the Lord God is with them, ‘the Mighty Warrior who saves’. Pray this verse from Zephaniah 3:17 over them: ‘He will take great delight in you; in his love he will[…]

Pray 173 – Day 62

Pray 173 – Day 62

Christian prisoners in Eritrea are not permitted to pray aloud. Praise God that he knows their inmost being and their secret thoughts. Pray that our brothers and sisters behind bars in Eritrea will know that God hears their cry: ‘Before a word is on […]

Pray 173 – Day 61

Pray 173 – Day 61

Christian prisoners are generally denied visits from lawyers. Pray that they will know that God will see that there is justice for his ‘chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night’ (Luke 18:7-8).[…]

Pray 173 – Day 60

Pray 173 – Day 60

Many of Eritrea’s current prisoners of faith have never been formally charged or brought to court but instead they’re detained arbitrarily. Pray that officials will heed the international outcry about this injustice – and release them.[…]

Pray 173 – Day 59

Pray 173 – Day 59

Publishing news of Eritrean prisoners Is potentially harmful to the prisoner and those with whom he or she is held. Pray that the appalling truth about prisoners’ experiences will continue to be made known so that Eritrea can be held to account for i[…]

Pray 173 – Day 58

Pray 173 – Day 58

Let’s remember in our prayers today prisoners who have been released but who are struggling to reintegrate into normal family life. Pray for those former detainees who have become ‘institutionalised’ and who are finding it hard to adapt to their newf[…]

Pray 173 – Day 57

Pray 173 – Day 57

Pray that the spirit of every prisoner of faith in Eritrea will remain unbroken, despite torture and abuse. Speak the word of God over their lives: ‘[You] are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but[…]

Pray 173 – Day 56

Pray 173 – Day 56

Eyob Yemane has been in prison in Eritrea for 11 years. His wife has fled to Sudan. Pray that this couple will soon be reunited. Pray that each of them will know God’s plan for their life. Eyob’s brother, Semere Yemane, spent ten years in Asmara Pris[…]

Pray 173 – Day 55

Pray 173 – Day 55

Pray for Aster whose twin sister was tortured to death as Aster listened. Aster herself was also beaten at the same time, but survived. Pray that God will heal the physical and emotional wounds of people who have suffered brutal treatment in Eritrea’[…]

Pray 173 – Day 54

Pray 173 – Day 54

Pray that prisoners of faith in Eritrea will have opportunities to share the Gospel with their fellow inmates. Just as Paul urges his fellow Christians in Colossians, ‘Pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the myst[…]

Pray 173 – Day 53

Pray 173 – Day 53

Pray the persecution in Eritrea will spark revival as the powerful witness of Jesus’ followers, especially those in jail, prompts many others to follow Him, as happened in the book of Acts. Pray that Eritrea’s prisons will also witness revival: pray […]

Pray 173 – Day 52

Pray 173 – Day 52

Pray for wisdom for leaders of the Orthodox Church, amid the continuing detention of Patriarch Abune Antonios who was ousted after criticising the Government for interfering in church activities. Pray that they will be bold in their faith but will no[…]

Pray 173 – Day 51

Pray 173 – Day 51

There are fears that the deposed head of the Orthodox Church, Patriarch Abune Antonios, who has been under house arrest since 2007, may have been poisoned. Sources say the 90-year-old was taken to a healthcare facility in May and injected with a subs[…]

Pray 173 – Day 50

Pray 173 – Day 50

Rev Ogbamichel Teklehaiminot, who suffered a nervous breakdown after being subjected to solitary confinement and hard labour at Sawa military camp, was released after six years – then rearrested six months later. His current spell in jail began when […]

Pray 173 – Day 49

Pray 173 – Day 49

Pray for the release of Pastor Meron Gebreselasie and the many other pastors arrested like him in 2004. Pray that the Government will decide that 13 years’ imprisonment is enough and release all these church leaders. Pastor Meron led Massawa Rhema Ch[…]

Pray 173 – Day 48

Pray 173 – Day 48

Gebremedhin Gebregiorsis is a prominent theologian and leader in the Orthodox Church. He was reportedly arrested in November 2004 as the Orthodox Church was experiencing renewal. Praise God that, just as there are no denominations in Christ, there ar[…]

Pray 173 – Day 47

Pray 173 – Day 47

Pray for the release of Futsum Gebrenegus, Eritrea’s only psychiatrist, who has been jailed since November 2004 for his work with the Orthodox Church. Pray that his work among young people will have a powerful legacy. Pray he will be able to continue[…]

Pray 173 – Day 46

Pray 173 – Day 46

Pray for the family of Pastor Kidane Weldou who have never had official confirmation he was jailed: his abandoned car was the only clue they have had to what happened to him. Pray that more information will come to light.
[…]

Pray 173 – Day 45

Pray 173 – Day 45

Pastor Kidane Weldou is a senior pastor in the Full Gospel Church and a member of the executive committee of Gideons International in Eritrea. His vehicle was found abandoned in 2005 and he is believed to be in Wongel Mermera prison. Pray that the go[…]

Pray 173 – Day 44

Pray 173 – Day 44

Prisoners may be taunted and told that they are forgotten. Pray that God will contradict such lies by reassuring prisoners of faith of His great love. Pray too that they will know that their wider Christian family are praying for them.
[…]

Pray 173 – Day 43

Pray 173 – Day 43

Please pray that prisoners of faith will find fellowship with other inmates and with the Holy Spirit, even if they are being held in solitary confinement. Pray that they will know they truly are part of one body, a global Christian family.
[…]

Pray 173 – Day 42

Pray 173 – Day 42

Kiflu Gebremeskel of the Full Gospel Church was a senior academic before becoming a full-time pastor in 1999. Five years later, he was jailed and has not seen his wife and children since. He has never been charged or brought before a court. Pray that[…]

Pray 173 – Day 41

Pray 173 – Day 41

Continue to pray for the men and women assigned to torturing and beating prisoners of faith. Pray that the Holy Spirit will convict them, even in the middle of a beating, that what they are doing is wrong. Pray that they will undergo a Damascus Road […]

Pray 173 – Day 40

Pray 173 – Day 40

Pray that our global Christian family will take on the cause of our imprisoned Eritrean brothers and sisters. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of prayer so that something shifts in the heavenly realms and Eritrea experiences a spiritual breakthrough i[…]

Pray 173 – Day 39

Pray 173 – Day 39

The Eritrean Orthodox Church has sometimes been wary of establishing a closer relationship with Pentecostal and charismatic churches. Pray for unity in Eritrea’s church so that God’s people in Eritrea will unite in prayer to support those in prison f[…]

Pray 173 – Day 38

Pray 173 – Day 38

Thank God for the courage of Eritrean prisoners who repeatedly refuse orders that they should deny Christ – even though it means they face torture and they know they are rejecting the chance to be released. Pray that they will know that they are one […]

Pray 173 – Day 37

Pray 173 – Day 37

The notorious Me’eter prison on the Red Sea coast is renowned for its harsh conditions: the heat is intense, abuse is rife and conditions are inhumane. Prisoners have been known to die due to the extreme heat. Pray for a change in regime at the priso[…]

Pray 173 – Day 36

Pray 173 – Day 36

Pray today for prisoners who are in danger of losing hope, especially those who have not seen fellow prisoners released. Pray that God will lift their heads (Psalm 3:3) and renew their hope in Him. Pray that they will know that He is the God of mirac[…]

Pray 173 – Day 35

Pray 173 – Day 35

Gospel singer Helen Berhane spent two years in detention in Mai Serwa army camp, first in a metal shipping container and later in an underground cell. She was tortured repeatedly to make her deny her faith: she refused. She now lives in Denmark. Pray[…]

Pray 173 – Day 34

Pray 173 – Day 34

At Mai Serwa military camp near Asmara, prisoners are reportedly held in underground cells and shipping containers. Prisoners include many who have tried to evade national service and those practising a religion not recognised to the state. Condition[…]

Pray 173 – Day 33

Pray 173 – Day 33

Many of Eritrea’s prisoners – and many refugees who have fled Eritrea – are people who have tried to evade conscription. National service in Eritrea is often indefinite, sometimes lasting for decades. Conscripts can be ‘as young as 16 as well as the […]

Pray 173 – Day 32

Pray 173 – Day 32

Pray that the Eritrean church would esteem, support, pray for and speak out on behalf of those who are still in prisons in Eritrea and those who have been released. Eritrean Christians outside the country do not want to speak out against the governme[…]

Pray 173 – Day 31

Pray 173 – Day 31

Among the hundreds of Christians imprisoned in Eritrea are a number of prominent church leaders who were arrested in 2004. These leaders face intimidation and hunger and are denied access to proper medical care because they refuse to renounce Christ.[…]

Pray 173 – Day 30

Pray 173 – Day 30

Evangelist Mussie Ezaz had a growing ministry with young people in the Kale Hiwot Church before his arrest in 2007. He escaped from custody but was rearrested in January 2008 as he tried to flee to Ethiopia. Mussie has now been in prison for nearly t[…]

Pray 173 – Day 29

Pray 173 – Day 29

The government enlists community members to spy on Christians. Although members of the Eritrean Coptic Church enjoy relative freedom, other denominations are seen as ‘agents of the West’. The West was blamed for unrest in the nation after a failed co[…]

Pray 173 – Day 28

Pray 173 – Day 28

Many elderly parents of long term prisoners are dying without ever seeing their sons and daughters released. Young children who were left behind when their parents were arrested are now coming of age without experiencing the nurture, provision and cl[…]

Pray 173 – Day 27

Pray 173 – Day 27

Pray for Reverend Dr Tekleab Menghisteab, a highly respected physician who was arrested in 2005 as a church leader involved in the Medhane Bible study group and renewal movement within the Eritrean Orthodox Church. Dr Menghisteab is insulin dependent[…]

Pray 173 – Day 26

Pray 173 – Day 26

Pray specifically for church leaders imprisoned in Eritrea. Their faithful confession of faith in Christ and their refusal to recant that faith means that many of them have now been in prison for more than 10 years. Their discipleship has been costly[…]

Pray 173 – Day 25

Pray 173 – Day 25

January 20, 2017 marked the 11-year anniversary of the Eritrean government’s illegal removal of Abune Antonios as the rightful Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church. The Patriarch has been detained since 2007: His ‘crime’ was his refusal to excom[…]

Pray 173 – Day 24

Pray 173 – Day 24

We know the church is growing inside the prisons of Eritrea. We know numbers but in order to protect believers cannot name specific prisons or give any details. Pray that today even in the darkest of prison cells Christian prisoners will show God’s l[…]

Pray 173 – Day 23

Pray 173 – Day 23

Any prisoner found reading the Bible or a portion of scripture will be in serious trouble. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help prisoners to recall verses and promises from God’s word, that he will speak the Word of God to them and help them find a wa[…]

Pray 173 – Day 22

Pray 173 – Day 22

Pray for the senior pastor of the Kale Hiwot church, Pastor Ogbamichael Teklehaimanot. Pastor Ogba, as he is affectionately known was arrested in 2003 and 2005 before his arrest in 2007. During his time in prison in 2005 he was subjected to months of[…]

Pray 173 – Day 21

Pray 173 – Day 21

Several Eritrean Christians have died in prison. For some of these dear men and women it was a result of beating, malnourishment or infection. Others have suffered so terribly, that they have taken their own lives. Today we pray this promise over eve[…]

Pray 173 – Day 20

Pray 173 – Day 20

Pray particularly for prisoners who are in solitary confinement. When Christians are arrested they will often be taken initially to a police station or detention centre before being transported to prison. Individuals or house church leaders may be se[…]

Pray 173 – Day 19

Pray 173 – Day 19

Aregaheign Weldeslassie, is an Eritrean American who came as a missionary to Eritrea with his wife and two teenage daughters. He served as Director of The Nehemiah Project in Asmara, helping to train and equip pastors for ministry. Aregaheign had bee[…]

Pray 173 – Day 18

Pray 173 – Day 18

Pray today for the health of all prisoners of faith in Eritrea’s hidden network of prisons. Many of them are malnourished, dangerously underweight and seriously ill because of poor sanitation, hygiene and torture. Pray for healing for damaged and bro[…]

Pray 173 – Day 17

Pray 173 – Day 17

Pray for pastor Haile Naizghi’s wife Rahel and their three children. Neither she nor her children have been allowed any contact with Reverend Haile since he was imprisoned in 2004.  In 2013, Rahel received credible information that the government wan[…]

Pray 173 – Day 16

Pray 173 – Day 16

Pray for Reverend Haile Naizghi, leader of Eritrea’s Full Gospel Church who was arrested on May 23, 2004. He was taken from his home to Police Station #1 in Asmara, before being moved to Wengel Mermera – a dungeon-like prison in Asmara, where he is s[…]

Pray 173 – Day 15

Pray 173 – Day 15

Pray today for prisoners to experience God’s presence with them in their prison cell wherever that cell is in Eritrea, or whatever it is like. Pray they will feel the warmth of his love, that he will speak with them and comfort them. Pray that God’s […]

Pray 173 – Day 14

Pray 173 – Day 14

Please pray for Mussie Yemane, an evangelist who was arrested in 4th October 2006. He is currently imprisoned in 5th Asmara police station prison. Mussie is married and has two children. Both of his children are living with their grandparents. His wi[…]

Pray 173 – Day 13

Pray 173 – Day 13

Please pray for God’s provision for the families of prisoners. A very real pressure on Christian prisoners is to sign the required papers recanting their faith so that they can return home to help provide for elderly parents, spouses and children.
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Pray 173 – Day 12

Pray 173 – Day 12

Million Gebressilassie, a member of Rhema Church, was arrested in 2004 in Massawa. He is a single man and worked as a male nurse in Massawa hospital prior to his detention. He was arrested with his church pastor, Tesfatsion Hagos, who was released in[…]

Pray 173 – Day 11

Pray 173 – Day 11

The degree of suffering endured by Christian prisoners in Eritrea depends largely on how they are treated by the guards and prison officers day by day. Pray for favour with the guards and that God will move the hearts of these men and women to treat […]

Pray 173 – Day 10

Pray 173 – Day 10

Pray for God’s protection over all prisoners but today please pray specifically for Weini, a grandmother, along with her daughter and three grandchildren, the youngest of whom is just two months old and who are currently imprisoned in Eritrea.
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Pray 173 – Day 9

Pray 173 – Day 9

Pray for the Eritrean government which has started a new wave of rounding up Christians in several towns. Nobody knows the main reason for this renewed crackdown but the government believes it can act with impunity and has nothing to fear from the in[…]

Pray 173 – Day 8

Pray 173 – Day 8

Today we are asking you to pray for 17 long-term Christian prisoners of faith in Assab. Some of them have been in prison more than eight years.
We heard recently they are suffering from malnutrition and poor health. Many of them are seriously ill as[…]

Pray 173 – Day 7

Pray 173 – Day 7

Please pray for Zeray who is imprisoned in Me’etir prison camp. He is a member of Asmara Kale Hiwot church and a teacher by profession. Zeray was arrested in 2006.
Those who know him testify to his faithfulness and willingness to suffer for his fait[…]

Pray 173 – Day 6

Pray 173 – Day 6

Pray today specifically for 15 Christians arrested last month (May 2017) in Ginda. None of them has been charged and all are still in prison.

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Pray 173 – Day 5

Pray 173 – Day 5

Please pray for Almaz who served as an evangelist and teacher in Adi Quala’s Kale Hiwot Church. She is disabled and uses a wheelchair.
Prison is never easy but in Eritrea where Christian prisoners are routinely tortured to force them to recant their[…]

Pray 173 – Day 4

Pray 173 – Day 4

Some of the women arrested in Adi Quala have children at home with no one to look after them.
Please pray for the release of these prisoners and for their families at home.

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Pray 173 – Day 3

Pray 173 – Day 3

Pray for the brother who tried to visit recently arrested Christians from the town of Adi Quala. He wanted to bring food and to enquire about their situation. The authorities arrested him also bring the total number of adults arrested to 26.

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Pray 173 – Day 2

Pray 173 – Day 2

On May 13 the Eritrean security in the town of Adi Quala went from house to house to arrest members of the evangelical church members. They arrested a total number of 25 adults and 12 children. All of them were sent to a village in the town nearby. S[…]

Pray 173 – Day 1

Pray 173 – Day 1

At the start of these 173 days of prayer for the release of all Christian prisoners of faith in Eritrea, we must thank our Father God for every one of our brothers and sisters who are in prison. Right now, there are hundreds of Christians in prison i[…]

Further prayers will be added in batches.