For Christians in many nations, Easter is a world away from the festival we know. They may have to mark the occasion in secret or are celebrating in the midst of social or political upheaval. This week we pray for our brothers and sisters in situations like these, and remember the events leading up to Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection.

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SUNDAY 20th March

North-east Africa: Pray for Christians in this region, who must hide their faith or face persecution. Pray that they will be able to celebrate Easter in a meaningful way.

‘A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!”’

(Matthew 21: 8-9).

MONDAY 21st March

Yemen: Pray for listeners to the Reality Church programme; that they will know joy at Easter and feel united with other Christians, despite often being isolated by their country’s restrictions on their faith.

‘Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there … “It is written,” he said to them, “’My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”’

(Matthew 21:12-13).

TUESDAY 22nd March

Central Asia: Listeners to our partner’s programme testify to the godly insights they gain from the broadcasts, and the comfort the team gives them in difficult situations. Give thanks for this comfort and pray that God will speak clearly to Christians in the region this Easter.

‘… an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” ‘Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”’

(Matthew 22: 35-37).

WEDNESDAY 23rd March

Sierra Leone: Please pray for Sierra Leonean Christians, celebrating Easter for the first time since the end of the ebola epidemic. Pray that the story of the resurrection will give them hope for the restoration of their country.

While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.’

(Matthew 26: 6-7).

THURSDAY 24th March

Tibet: Gaweylon, our Tibetan partner, operates in a culture in which there are few Christians. Please pray for the Gaweylon team as they seek to communicate the meaning of Easter clearly and compellingly.

‘Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”’

(Matthew 26: 39).

GOOD FRIDAY 25th March

Burundi: Amid the joy of Easter, Burundi is experiencing fear, violence and deprivation. Please pray for a swift end to the current instability. Pray also for the work of our partner organisation Great Lakes Outreach, seeking to bring reconciliation in the name of Jesus.

‘Then the governor’s soldiers … spat on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him … they led him away to crucify him.’

(Matthew 27: 27-31).

SATURDAY 26th March

Feba’s partners around the world: Please pray for all of Feba’s partners around the world. Ask that wherever they are working, they will know God’s peace, power and hope today.

‘As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body … Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb’

(Matthew 27: 57-60).