Afghanistan:

  • 70 people groups*
  • 67 unreached people groups (95.7%)*
  • 39,627,000 people*
  • Main Religion: Islam (99.8%)*
  • Evangelical Annual Growth Rate: 0.0%* (This cannot be measured as there are no above ground churches. We hear that there is a growing underground church).

 

Scriptures to pray for the people in Afghanistan:

Worship of our Almighty God:
O Lord my God, You are very great;
You are clothed with splendor and majesty.
He set the earth on its foundations;
it can never be moved.

Declare His glory among the nations,
His marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
He is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before Him;
strength and glory are in His sanctuary.

Selected Scriptures: Psalm 104;96.

 

Pray for Pastors and other believers who are still ministering in-country:
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
He lifts His voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands;
your walls are ever before Me.

[Jesus said,] “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

[Jesus said,] “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Selected Scriptures: Psalm 46; Isaiah 49; John 14;16; Ephesians 6. (Emphasis is mine).

 

Pray for the salvation of the lost:

When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

[Jesus speaking to Saul]:  I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them [Gentiles] to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’

And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.”
Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”

Selected Scriptures: John 8; 2 Corinthians 4; Acts 26; Revelation 5.

Our colleagues in the Asian area provided this resource. If you feel led to pray these Scriptures for Afghanistan, please also write out a prayer for them or for Afghanistan people you know on our prayer wall by clicking here (please do not share the names of your Afghanistan friends). Check on opportunities to serve in this region. Also, consider how you can help us help Afghanistan refugees by clicking here

*Statistics are from the Joshua Project

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