Daily Prayer - Wednesday 3 January 2018

Shia Muslim militias in formerly Christian towns of northern Iraq are “systematically trying to change the Christian demography,” said an Iraqi Christian, for example, by opening Islamic schools in church premises. A Christian representative in the Kurdish parliament spoke of the “flagrant injustice done to Christians” by the “Shiafication of the Nineveh Plains.” The Nineveh Plains, around the city of Mosul, are the historic heartland of Iraqi Christianity, but the Christians fled when Islamic State seized the area in 2014. Though Islamic State have been forced out, Christians are nervous about returning. Humanly speaking, things look bleak and uncertain for them, but pray that they will have confidence that God plans to give them a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).