ChristianHub Praying for Africa

Central African Republic | Week 9

Prayer Points

  • The Central African Republic (CAR) is one of the world’s poorest countries and faces immense physical human needs. A long series of coups, counter-coups, and civil conflicts devastated the economy and infrastructure. Muslim rebel groups (Séléka) and mostly Christian militias (anti-balaka) fought with government forces and each other. Hundreds of thousands were displaced. Although two successful elections have been held since then, rebels still hold significant swathes of the countryside. Pray for God to establish peace throughout the country.
  • Widespread nominalism and syncretism. The huge numbers of unaffiliated Christians reflect this, and even within most churches there is little depth of commitment and limited grasp and application of the truths of Scripture. Animistic religions may be decreasing on the surface, but their influence is still strong.
  • Denominational rifts hold back cooperative efforts. Pray against the root causes. A failure on the part of leaders to demonstrate Christ-like humility and graciousness in their walk and ministry not only stunts their own fruitfulness but passes on their flaws to their congregations. Breakdowns between church leaders and missionaries have on occasion caused heartache, multiplied splits and isolated ministries from one another. Pray for healing of past wounds and for a deeper appreciation and level of trust among God’s servants, both national and expatriate.
  • The failure to make discipleship a top priority also means that high moral standards and honesty are frequently lacking in the churches. Pray that increased emphasis on disciple-making might yield Christians of high moral fibre.
  • The CAR was one of the world’s most evangelized nations, but the upheavals here and in nearby Chad and Sudan mean the progress in some regions has reversed. Pray for all CAR denominations to send students for missionary training. Pray that those with training would resist the draw to serve as a city pastor and instead go to the unreached. Pray especially for the northern region, for the Runga (90% Muslim), the Sara Kaba (50% Animist), and the Gula/Kara (65% Muslim). Muslims grew rapidly in influence, especially in the cities. Few Christians feel equipped to reach out to them.