Flag of indonesia Rank: 47
Score: 46/100
2013 Rank: 45
Leader: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Government: Republic
Main Religion: Islam
Population: 242.8 million (38.9 million Christians)
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

Christian Persecution in IndonesiaGenerally, it is not the federal government persecuting Christians in Indonesia, but Muslim extremist groups. Though they do not have a strong political representation, their influence is large as they take to the streets and make and steer public opinion. There are a significant number of radical Islam organizations operating in this country, and these organizations have used strict and exclusive religious interpretations to justify the implementation of Sharia law and the infringement of the rights of religious minorities. The level of violence against Christians is quite high, especially when compared to other countries in the Southeast Asia. More than 10 churches were attacked or closed down, including a church in West Java, despite a ruling from the Supreme Court, allowing it to open.


  • Some Christians have been detained on false charges of proselytizing and blasphemy. Pray that they would be able to witness to those who are persecuting them.
  • Muslim Background Believers often face physical abuse, and sometimes have to flee their homes and relocate elsewhere. Please pray for their safety.
  • Many churches find it extremely difficult to obtain a permit, even if they have met all the necessary requirements. Pray that these believers would be able to meet together.

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  • Muhammad Azka Ramadhan

    I am from Indonesia and I heard the video. Why the sound in Indonesia is very small? Because whoever which seen the video cannot heard “the original words” finely? The most important, as thinking of me, the text translation in English is not 100% real translation. It has been modification

  • Amy

    Lord, I come to You this morning on behalf of Indonesia. I pray firstly for the protection of all believers in this country. You see the violence that is threatening them and You see those who wish to bring harm to Your people and to Your church. I ask in the name of Jesus that You would protect them and that You would thwart all plans of anyone who seeks to bring harm to Your people. I ask for Your protection over the churches of Indonesia, over the pastors and over the congregants. Thank You for stopping that suicide bombing in Java and for the many times that You did intervene and protect Your people. Please give them peace in their hearts and minds.
    I pray also that You would put a stop to the rising influence of Islmic groups who seek to bring violence and political upheaval. I ask that You would protect the nation of Indonesia from a Mslm takeover and that You would do something incredible in the government. It’s not too much to ask You to turn the government leadership into a Christian leadership. I ask that You would stop the rise of Islmst extremists and quell their influence over the nation of Indonesia.

    I also pray especially for the Open Doors workers in Indonesia, particularly those who are helping to provide legal assistance to believers who are under pressure from the government. I pray that truth and justice would win out and that the governmental policy of freedom of religion would be enforced. I ask that You would give wisdom to these workers and to the believers that they represent – and that the court cases that they go through would set a precedent to uphold justice when it comes to violence against believers and oppression of the church.
    I also pray for an increase in evangelism and for many more souls to come to know You as their Lord and Savior through the work of Open Doors and other organizations there that are spreading Your gospel… as well as through the believers who are taking a stand for You and being bold in their face. Finally, I pray for the young woman mentioned in the email – that despite the fact that she has lost her family, You would continue to bless her and keep her and remind her that she will gain 100-fold what she lost for Your sake. I ask, if it be possible, that You would reconcile her with her family and allow her family to hear her out and come to know Jesus for themselves. I ask all of this in Jesus’ name, amen.
    For Open Doors workers providing legal assistance to believers under pressure

  • Edith Kurie

    Lord God, I pray Your holy protection over these Christian children. I pray especially for those who were muslim and saw the light and truth in Jesus Christ. I pray, too Father for their persecutors, that Holy Spirit will work a mighty transformation in their hearts, in Jesus’ name, amen.

  • Andrew Wheeler

    Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored in Indonesia. Spread your kingdom there among the unreached. Grow your church, in numbers, in maturity and perseverance, and in vision for the lost. Bless your people both spiritually and materially, and in turn make them a blessing to those who are currently far from you.

    Please protect those who are in harm’s way for their faith. Cause them to turn to you for wisdom, and bless them with courage, steadfastness, and your guidance.

    Reveal yourself in a saving way to those outside the faith, and especially to those who are persecuting your people. Create Damascus Road experiences over and over, and gain glory for yourself as you overcome the power of the evil one by your grace.

    In Jesus’ name.

  • Bonita

    I pray for all persecuted Christians, that God Almighty would place His Hedge of Protection around them in Indonesia, as well as the whole world. Keep your Christian faith, stay strong, and God will see you through this difficult time.

  • Taylor

    Indonesia is a nation in desperate need of You, like every other nation. They have such vast differences in their many islands, but please unite them as one in You, oh Jesus. Be with Your children in Indonesia, and pull them together in the Spirit so that they may be strengthened and empowered and bold to spread Your Good News. Please be with all the MBB’s. Give them Your protection and safety from physical and spiritual harm. Please give them a new Christian family who will love and accept them as a fellow believer in Christ. I pray that the believers who are falsely accused would keep their peace in You and be filled with the Spirit and His fruit in their lives. Please encourage them as they witness to their persecutors and save the persecutors so that they may be a powerful witness for You. Please cause the believers to meet together safely and be able to freely worship You without any fear. I thank You for answering all of our prayers for our brothers and sisters in Indonesia. Thank You for providing them with more than enough grace and mercy and strength and power, for You are Almighty and nothing can stand in Your way. Thank You Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit.

    In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!

  • Amy

    Lord, I come to You this morning on behalf of the nation of Indonesia. I start this morning by praying both against and for the Mslm extremist groups. I pray against them in the sense that You would thwart their attempts to bring harm and persecution against my brothers and sisters, and that they would not be able to succeed in swaying public opinion away from You and Your people. I pray that You would stop any attempts that these individuals have to destroy churches or to do physical harm to Your people or their church buildings. I also pray for them – that Your gospel will be made real to their hearts, even through the witness of those that they are attempting to persecute. I pray that they will see You for who You really are and that they, just like Paul, will be stopped in their tracks and challenged as to who they were trying to persecute. I pray that Indonesia would become one of the leading nations in Southeast Asia when it comes to being “turned around” for the gospel, despite all of the Mslm influences.

    I pray specifically for the Christians in Indonesia who have been detained on false charges. I pray for Your justice! Even as we in this country and in NYC right now are struggling with issues of justice and oppression, I pray that You would move just as greatly in Indonesia and bring justice to Your people. Please also allow those who are being persecuted to be a strong witness for You, even to the point where their actions are not possible without the

    I pray also for the MBBs in Indonesia who have overcome the odds and have forsaken the ways that they were taught in order to come to You and become part of Your family. My heart breaks for them, as they often suffer physical abuse and total rejection by their families as a result of their decision to accept You as their Lord and Savior. I pray for Your comfort and Your peace over them today, and that You would provide everything for them that they are lacking because they are rejected by society and/or their families. I pray that You would restore to them everything that was taken from them in a greater way than it was before. I pray that You would provide a new family of God for them so that they would not have to go through life alone. I pray also that You would provide a place for them to live if they have to relocate, and that You would always provide food and physical necessities for them.

    Lastly, I pray for the churches of Indonesia. I don’t know all the details about what the government is and is not allowing, how hard it is to get a permit, whether it’s even worth it to do so, etc. You know all of these things. My heart is just that the people of God in Indonesia have a place to meet and to fellowship that is safe. I know that may not always be possible, but even if it’s a risk, I pray that places would be provided for them. You can open doors that no man can shut, and I pray that this would be the case for the believers in Indonesia who are seeking for a place to meet together. You know the needs of each “congregation” and I just ask that You would provide them so that Your people can be encouraged and strengthened. Those who do not have connections to other believers, please make ways for them to meet and connect. Help them to encourage one another and spur one another on to good deeds in Christ so that they are not living isolated and alone.

    I pray for Your blessing over Your people in the nation of Indonesia in Jesus’ name!!