Coup in Burkina Faso: How to pray for the country's Christians?

As soldiers seized power in Burkina Faso on Monday and arrested the country's President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, a contact from the organization Open Doors on the spot offers advice on how to pray for Burkinabé Christians. 

On Monday, soldiers in uniform announced on national television that they had seized power in Burkina Faso. The country's president, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, was arrested. A situation that worries the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, which strongly condemned this coup.

In this context of instability, a contact from Open Doors USA shared several prayer requests for the Christians of Burkina Faso:

  • Pray for the new government of Burkina Faso. We ask for divine wisdom to rule the country in the fear of God. Pray that these leaders will be led according to God's will and principles for lasting peace.
  • Pray that all decisions, laws and decrees that will be taken promote religious freedom and protect all citizens despite their religious affiliation.
  • Pray for the unity of our country as we fight against extremist groups in Burkina Faso: unity between the military authorities, the population and the opposition for peace and victory.
  • Pray for the growing insecurity in Burkina Faso.
  • Pray for internally displaced people in Burkina, living in big cities such as Kaya, Ouahigouya, Koungoussi, Fada, Ouagadougou, Banfora, Bogande, Bobo-Dioulasso, Mangodara... May God continue to provide for their needs (health, food, clothing and Security).
  • Pray for displaced Christians. Ask God to help them stay firm in their faith during these difficult times.
  • Pray for displaced non-Christians. May they come to know Jesus through the faithful and courageous sharing of the gospel with our brothers and sisters.

Le Burkina Faso is ranked 32nd in theGlobal Index of Persecution of Christians 2022 from the NGO Portes Ouvertes. The organization indicates that "since 2019, Christians have become targets for Islamic extremists".

In this West African country which has 5,1 million Christians, Christians and Muslims have so far lived in harmony. However, society is increasingly hostile to non-Muslims, as Portes Ouvertes notes, due to "the growing influence of jihadists". “The latter are the perpetrators of numerous anti-Christian violence and murders,” the organization specifies.

Camille Westphal Perrier

Image credit: Shutterstock / MattLphotography / A church in the suburbs of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso

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