PRAYER ALERT: On January 4, hundreds of Boko Haram jihadists stormed a multinational military force and seized its base in Baga, Nigeria. They came in trucks, patrol vehicles and motorcycles. They flung explosives that spread flames and burned several buildings to the ground. The multinational force was composed of troops from Chad, Niger, and Cameroon as well as Nigeria. They held off the Boko Haram jihadists for a few hours. But they ran out of ammunition.
When no reinforcements came, the soldiers fled. Some took off their uniforms and threw away their rifles. Dozens of them were killed. Villagers took to canoes to escape over Lake Chad. Many of them drowned. Now there are fears that the Boko Haram jihadists will use this military base to mount an assault on the major city of Maiduguri, about 125 miles away. But they may also use it to attack Chad, Niger and Cameroon. These are the very nations which contributed troops to the multinational force. It is into these nations that most of the 1.6 million refugees from the Boko Haram uprising have fled.
The uprising has grown so strong that the governor of Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State says that “Boko Haram are better armed and are better motivated than our own troops. Given the present state of affairs, it is absolutely impossible for us to defeat Boko Haram.”
Boko Haram jihadists and their Muslim allies are responsible for about one thousand church burnings and thousands of deaths in Nigeria. From August to October 2014 alone they torched 185 churches. They have also committed thousands of abductions. These include not only the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped on April 14 but also 30 boys and young men kidnapped only three days ago. According to security officials, “Boys are recruited as fighters and girls as sex slaves.” We must pray that Boko Haram’s campaign to conquer and impose sharia law on mostly Christian southern Nigeria will be foiled. And that they will not spread into other nations, but rather fall into the hands of God.
PRAY WITH US: Father God, we exalt You as Creator and Sovereign Lord. When the earth was empty and void and in disorder, You said, “Let there be light.” And there was light. And You brought the disorder into divine order. Shine Your light on Libya and Nigeria and the threatened nations in between. You have a good plan for them. You began a good work in Libya after Libyans heard the gospel at Pentecost. But Libya jihadists have brought chaos and terror there. They seek to spread their reign of terror to other nations. Disrupt their plans. Do not let them prevail. Empower more nations to mobilize against the spread of Islam. Give grace to Libyans who seek religious freedom instead of shariah. Raise up a government which will allow Your light to shine further and further. We pray for Your great light to shine upon a land on which darkness has fallen. Show the way out of chaos and back to You.
We grieve for the thousands in Nigeria killed in the Boko Haram campaign. We grieve for the hundreds of churches that they burned. You promise that You will comfort those who mourn. Demolish the safe havens of Your enemies. Establish safe havens for their victims. Strengthen Your church through this adversity. Church buildings may fall, but keep Your people standing firm. Rebuild them on the foundation of Your Word. Lead them to pray and praise in unity. Let the praises even of the most vulnerable infants defeat the foe and the avenger. And raise up from them leaders who will show Nigeria, and the surrounding nations, how to overcome Boko Haram jihadists. Help them to establish a kingdom that will never end. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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185 churches torched by Boko Haram jihadists in Aug-Oct 2014.