Pray for India – Hope this second BJP victory will not be a mandate for increased persecution but will instead be an opportunity to heal the increasing divides in India [#PleasePray #PrayerRequest #MyGodMyHealer]
Fall 2018, Hindu nationalists rallied around the goal of making India a “Hindu Rashtra” (Hindu nation) by 2024. Modi and the BJP support the concept, making no secret of their “Hindu first” agenda.
According to Henrietta Blyth, the CEO of Open Doors UK and Ireland, “It is an increasingly worrying time for Christians in India. Over the last five years they have experienced a significant level of violence, discrimination and intolerance against them. We hope that this second BJP victory will not be a mandate for increased persecution but will instead be an opportunity to heal the increasing divides in India.”
There’s even suspicion of a move toward two types of citizenship: Hindu and non-Hindu. A move like this could put even more pressure on Christians and other minorities.
Nonetheless, hope remains.
How to pray for India
Like dark clouds looming on the horizon, Hindu ideology and nationalism appear to be gaining even more strength than before.
According to Bibles For The World’s John Pudaite, Indian believers need “to prepare for persecution and hardship that is going to come ahead in the next few years.”
1. Pray believers will keep sharing God’s truth and trust Him to control the future.
2. Ask the Lord to have mercy upon India, and pray for the Holy Spirit to move the hearts of people who don’t know Christ yet.
“[We’ve] got to keep praying that those people out there working hard [to build] the kingdom, getting the good news of Jesus Christ out to the people of India, will continue with the same fervor and passion.”
– John Pudaite
What Hindu nationalism means for Christians:
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