Myanmar (Burma)  

Flag of Burma Rank: 23
Score: 59/100
2013 Rank: 32
Leader: President Thein Sein
Government: Unitary constitutional republic
Main Religion: Buddhism
Population: 49.5 million (4.6 million Christians)
Source of persecution: Religious militancy

Christian Persecution in MynamarDespite Burma’s recent transition to democracy, its government is still nominally Communist and will do anything to keep control of its people. Being Burmese is synonymous with being Buddhist, and anyone who deviates from this heritage is viewed as a potential threat. Christians face pressure from extremist Buddhist movements and from the government, which tacitly supports them. Churches are monitored, and sometimes closed. Christians are often caught in the crossfire between different ethnic groups and the army – dozens of Christians have been killed, and church buildings and homes destroyed.


  • Registering a church is almost impossible. Pray for wisdom and perseverance for church leaders.
  • For pastors and church workers receiving livelihood grants and skills training through Open Doors.
  • For children from Christian families, who face constant disadvantages in education.

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  • mitiwwmom .

    Almighty Father, We praise You for Your loving presence with Your people. We ask that for the Christians in Myanmar to be wrapped in Your presence and enabled to live out in this land of the living loving kindness towards their persecutors. May those around them be drawn to You through them. Cover them with Your protecting wings. Give them strength to soar as they wait on You. Help them to keep running and not grow weary. Help them to walk and not faint. You are the Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

    • Ken Palmer


  • Amy

    Lord, I come to You this morning on behalf of Myanmar. I left up this nation before You and all of the believers who live in it. I ask for Your wisdom to be given to every church leader so that they would know how to live day by day. Some of them need to know when to speak and when to be silent in terms of evangelism. Some of them need to know when to meet publicly and when not to. Some of them even need to know where to go in the country and where not to go… and all of this takes divine, supernatural wisdom. They need Your direction as they lead their congregations, and I pray in Jesus’ name that You would give it to them. I especially pray for those whose churches are being targeted and specifically monitored. Give them such wisdom, they they would be a witness even to those who are monitoring them.

    I pray specifically this morning for those Christians who are in Arakan state and who are being caught in the middle of the battle between Mslms and Buddhists. First I pray for Your protection and Your grace. I know that must be so difficult for them, as they didn’t ask to be in that position or to be caught between these two warring groups. But You do everything for a reason, so I ask that You would use these Christians as a light for You in the middle of two forces of darkness. Show people through these believers that there is another way other than violence. Allow these believers to be peacemakers within Your kingdom and to bring calm and quiet to this place of unrest.

    Finally I lift up the pastors who are learning new work skills through various Open Doors programs in Myanmar as well as other organizations’ programs. I pray that they would be diligent in their study and that they would make the most of this opportunity that they have been given. I ask that You would help them to learn well and retain the information, and then put it into practice so that their churches can benefit. I pray for the funding and the leadership of these programs – I pray that You will continue to provide everything needed for their classes to continue and to bless the people and pastors of Myanmar. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

  • turniphouse

    Heavenly Father, I pray for our brothers and sisters in Myanmar. Please keep them safe and strengthen them. I pray for more Burmese to accept Christ as their Lord and savior.

  • Htu Lun

    O my lovely Father, now I come to you and knee down to pray with my heart for our country and your people before You. Firstly please forgive them for their mistakes. Please forgive them that they do not know what they are doing now. They still do not accept Jesus Christ because they can’t feel about your Agape Love till now. So that they still can not free from sins. Actually most people need to hear your good news and they need to hear your Gospel from your beloved Evangelist sons who you send truly. I know that You love them so much and You never want their poor spirits to be perish but to have eternal life. I trust in you only, my GOD. you can change our country and you only can touch their hearts. You only can save their lost spirits. O my Lord Jesus!. Please cleanse their sins by your purified blood and show your way, teach your truth, give your life to them for your eternal kingdom. O LORD! they are your people and your countrymen, so please do not pass over our country if they can not see your great mercy and amazing love. Please forgive them if they can not hear your voice when you are calling them.
    O my Savior GOD!.. Secondly I pray for my beloved brothers and sisters who believe in Jesus Christ. Please give them your strength. They need your power and encourage to stand for your ministry. Please pour your Holy Spirit upon them and fill their heart with your spirit powers. You know their feelings and you see their tears. Please let them know that You are always be together with them. Please encourage them when they are so sad. Please keep them to you closely and hug them whoever lost their families for persecution because of the name of Jesus Christ. Please protect your beloved churches under your glorious wings. Please fill over holy spirit power upon your churches and let your amazing gospel wide spread out all over the country. We need you Lord! your
    people need you my Lord. Thank you LORD! You are our strength when we are weak. Thank you for you bless us for every seconds. Thank you for you bless our children who you own. Thank you for you bless our every single family. Thank you for you know our every single name. Thank you for everything you give us. We give thanks with a grateful hearts. We love you LORD! We love you FATHER! I pray

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