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Emergency Prayer Alert

Urgent prayer is needed for Bangladesh after the army-backed caretaker government recently postponed national elections from December 18, 2008 to December 29, 2008 to assuage the concerns of one of the country’s two main political parties, but left unresolved whether to lift emergency rule before the elections. Former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party had threatened to boycott the elections if it continued. Its main rival, the Awami League Party—led by Sheikh Hasina, another former prime minister and a rival of Zia—said any delay would be unfair. Meanwhile, militant Islamism has been quietly taking ground in Bangladesh. Terrorist incidents and assaults against Christians has increased with the Talibanization of the country. A prominent Christian Church leader predicts that full Shariah law will be implemented if the situation does not change. “Some day, it will happen,” the Church leader said. “Maybe not immediately, but it will happen ... The support of voices in the international community is very much needed. More people need to come and find out what is happening here.”


Emergency Prayer Alert-Bangladesh

Caretaker Government Reschedules General Election Date As Militant Islam Rises
WIN PRAYER ALERT

flagUrgent prayer is needed for Bangladesh after the army-backed caretaker government recently postponed national elections from December 18, 2008 to December 29, 2008 to relieve the concerns of one of the country’s two main political parties, but left unresolved whether to lift emergency rule before the elections.

The chief election commissioner, A. T. M. Shamsul Huda, said on November 23, 2008 that his commission would ask the government to lift emergency rule, The New York Times reported. Former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party had threatened to boycott the elections if it continued. Its main rival, the Awami League Party—led by Sheikh Hasina, another former primeminister and a rival of Zia—said any delay would be unfair, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

The last time Bangladesh prepared for elections in 2006, months of strikes and street violence forced the army to step in, United Press International (UPI) reported.

The current caretaker government declared a state of emergency and had imprisoned Zia and her two sons after accusing them of corruption. Zia was later freed on bail. Hasina also had been jailed before she too was freed on bail. She returned to Bangladesh last month after medical treatment in the United States, according to UPI.

Meanwhile, militant Islamists have been quietly taking ground in Bangladesh, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). Terrorist incidents and assaults against Christians have increased with the Talibanization of the country.

A prominent Christian Church leader predicts that full Shariah law will be implemented if the situation does not change. ”Some day, it will happen,“ the Church leader told CSW. ”Maybe not immediately, but it will happen ... The support of voices in the international community is very much needed. More people need to come and find out what is happening here.“

Bangladesh is ranked No. 48 on Open Doors’ 2008 World Watch List of countries where Believers suffer the worst persecution.

Elsewhere, an effort has been launched to develop a stronger sense of unity among Bangladesh’s Christians, who account for merely 400,000 of the 150 million people in the Muslim-majority nation, according to Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN).

On September 24-27, 2008, the Commission for Christian Unity and Inter-Religious Dialogue of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh invited 80 Catholic and Protestant laypeople as well as Protestant pastors from around the country for a four-day ecumenical training program as part of its series of activities aimed at forging closer ties among the Christian churches in Bangladesh.

According to WINDOW INTERNATIONAL NETWORK’s Praying Through The Window 9 prayer calendar, the day of prayer for Bangladesh is on day 3.

Pray for:

  • Political stability in Bangladesh, and for wise and godly leaders to be elected. Pray for peace and an end to corruption in the government.
  • The government to strongly enforce, not only religious freedom, but also the freedom to convert from one belief system to another. Pray that Shariah law will not be enforced.
  • Pray that the Government will allow true religious freedom in Bangladesh.
  • Pray that the police, authority, and society will protect Christian converts.
  • The demonic forces that are using Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh and other terrorists like puppets to be toppled, and that all of the people will be set free to worship the Lord. Pray that all of their leaders will experience conversion to Christianity. (1 Timothy 2:1–4)
  • Unity among Bangladesh's Christians. Pray for wisdom and protection of Christian Believers. Pray that Muslim militants who target Christians will be brought to justice, and that God will change their hearts, and open their blind eyes to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord.

Sourced: The New York Times, BBC, UPI, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Union of Catholic Asian News, Open Doors


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