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

  • Edith Kurie

    Loving Lord, thank you for these young Christians who are willing to stay committed to You in the face of persecution and ostracism. Protect them, help them open the hearts of their families and friends that the Holy Spirit might catch fire in this country in Jesus’ name, amen.

  • Teknon Theou

    Jesus, I thank You for the faith of the Burmese believers who want to give glory to Your Name. I pray now for You to bless these church leaders with wisdom on registering a church Lord. I want to ask also that even if there are difficulties in registering a church that this may not hinder the gathering the brothers and sisters in Christ. May they encourage one another and tell others the Gospel. I also pray, Lord, that you may open the eyes of President Thein Sein to see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. Reveal Yourself to him through Your Word and Your children, Father. I ask all of these things in the name of the great I AM and Messiah, amen.

  • Amy

    Lord, I come to You this morning on behalf of the nation of Burma. This morning, first I pray for the program references in the email – Open Doors’ “Standing Strong Through The Storm” training. I pray that this program continues to reach more people like Cho and that You would continue to use teachers like Nu to spread Your Word throughout this nation. I ask for continued provision for this program to continue and that You would provide both the finances and the volunteers in order for it to succeed.

    I also pray for all churches in the nation of Burma. Since it’s basically impossible to register a church, these leaders need Your wisdom in terms of how to continue forward. I pray that You would grant that wisdom as You promised to do in Your Word – and that the leaders would know when to speak and when to be silent… when to be bold and when to wisely remain silent and secret. I ask that You would also continue to touch the government and work through the government officials so that there can be more religious freedom in Burma.

    I also pray for all of the pastors and leaders, specifically those who are receiving livelihood grants and skills training through Open Doors. I’m thankful that this provision has been made for the leaders of the nation! I ask that You would use it mightily and that the training received would then be passed on to the congregants, who can then in turn pass it on to others. I pray that the pastors and workers would take their training seriously and make the best use out of the resources that are given to them. And I ask that You would continue to provide the provision needs to continue these programs to help the nation of Burma and those who live in it.

    And lastly, I pray for the children of Christian families. I know many of them are facing persecution because of what their family believes, and I am sure that many of them are being tempted to forsake their faith because of this. Please help them to stand strong. Please help them to have true encounters with You so that, no matter what others say, they wouldn’t even be able to deny that You are real. I ask that You would keep them from falling into sin and temptation, and that You would provide spiritual training for them from the youngest to the oldest. I ask that You would link them together so that they would have friends to encourage them in their faith and not only those who would seek to oppose it. I also pray for their education, since it seems that Christian children are not given the same privileges in education as others. I ask that this injustice be righted so that Christian children can receive the same education and opportunity as others in Burma. And I pray for the parents of these children – that they would truly train up their children in the way that they should go, so that when they grow old they will not depart from it. I pray that they would take this responsibility so seriously and that they would spend time praying over their children. I also ask that You would give special strength and perseverance to these parents who are watching their children experience disadvantage and persecution. Please help them to endure these difficult times and give them grace to overcome and any all attacks of the enemy. Bless these children and families today in Jesus’ name, amen.

  • Claudia

    But muslims from Bangladesh are killing buddhist people in there too…